Short post today. I've got a ton of work on my plate, Bastards and otherwise. I just wanted to pass something along that I've been keeping an eye on.
Zweihander: A Grim & Perilous RPG is a something of a retroclone in its own right, originally based off of the 2nd edition Warhammer Fantasy RPG. From what I've gathered, they've taken the original mechanisms behind the game, leveled out the playing field and balanced the classes, and retooled a number of the subsystems adding some of their own.
Personally, I'm fairly excited. I've always liked the WHFRPG system, but never really gotten the chance to play it. I never had a huge interest in the built-in setting and the amount of effort to divorce the original rules from the setting was more than I was willing to invest. Fortunately, Zweihander takes a similar stance to Band of Bastards, in producing a game that is setting neutral. Their artwork (such as the above) is very solid, from what I've seen, and the changes to the rules I've seen discussed on their forums have been interesting.
If you were a fan of WHFRPG in any edition, I'd suggest you check it out. Their last update spoke of a second beta in the works, I'd keep an eye out if you were interested.
Until next time,