Sunday 7 February 2021

The Jester

The Jester was written by Gustavo Tertoleone. Art is by Gustavo Tertoleone. The publisher is Black Dog.

This product is a single class (the Jester) with three progressions, suitable for Old School Essentials/Caves & Hexes, Lamentations of the Flame Princess, and Dungeon Crawl Classics. The format is a pdf that can be printed double-sided and folded into a pamphlet (with a C-Fold or Z-Fold, if you have the equipment available to do this for you; the layout suggests a C-Fold).

The heart of the class is a "Chaos Roll" - a d66 roll that allows the Jester to alter reality around them in several ways. The d66 is rolled with two different d6; one to indicate the "10s" place and the other to indicate the "1s" place, for a total of 36 different potential effects. The number of times that a Jester can roll on the table each day is also randomized, with higher-level Jesters getting more rolls.

This is a class that I would definitely allow into games that I run. The judge will have to adjudicate some of the "Chaos Roll" effects, but that should not be difficult.

A note on the art/typeface: If you look at the illustration, there is a "3D without 3D glasses" kind of effect that some might find headache inducing. It is appropriate for the class, but it might be hard to look at. The majority of the text is easier to read, but the numbers on the "Chaos Roll" use the same effect.

For those willing to play your favorite OSR game with a chaotic individual, the jester is here!

In this pamphlet you will find 4 different progression charts for Jesters: Old School Essentials, Caves & Hexes, Dungeon Crawl Classics, and Lamentations of the Flame Princess.

You will also find a D66 table with the chaotic actions, the big thing behind the jester class! It is a table full of chaotic elements inspired by the most classic cartoons from the previous century.

Get It Here!