Topic: The "About" Page on the LotFP Site

It's old! Needs updating!

What points should I hit when writing a new one?

Re: The "About" Page on the LotFP Site

1. A clear definition of "weird fantasy" to accompany the list of authors and metal references.

2. Mention the implied setting of the Early Modern Period, but also the publishing of "out-there" stuff like Isle of the Unknown and Carcosa.

3. Your focus on adventure content rather than rules supplements.

Re: The "About" Page on the LotFP Site

How's this? (any final version will have bolded headers and links embedded...):

Things You Should Know About Lamentations of the Flame Princess

What is LotFP Weird Fantasy Role-Playing?

LotFP is a tabletop role-playing game born out of the mechanics of old school fantasy gaming and the love of underground heavy metal, horror literature and film, and in fact all things strange and macabre. From Lovecraft to Troma, Argento to Barker, the NWOBHM to the Stockholm death metal scene, Vance to Morrison, we take inspiration from everywhere good.

LotFP works with a variety of writers and artists to deliver imaginative and/or disturbing content with no limits.

Rules-wise, LotFP belongs to the "Old School Renaissance" family of games that uses the Open Game License to recreate early (late 70s/early 80s) game rules, with LotFP's particular twisting of those rules flattening out the power level a bit and emphasizing a more horrific and go-for-the-throat focus. A PDF of the full rules without any of the game's artwork is available here for you to use for your own purposes. (The full-version PDF includes all of the art, while the physical version is a beautiful high-quality artifact in its own right.)

This also means that every LotFP adventure and supplement is readily compatible with over 100 other RPGs.

What is so "weird" about LotFP?

The rules themselves are mostly familiar and normal. You don't read the rulebook and think, "Oh, that's strange!" Anything in the actual rulebook becomes in effect normal and not weird while playing the game. The idea is that the characters are normal (for values of "normal" that may or may not be present in a fantasy RPG setting), and it's what they encounter that is unusual and strange and where the weird is found.

So in practical terms, the weirdness lies in the adventures and support material, and consists of challenges to both the characters' and players' perception of what is supposed to be happening in the game.

You'll just have to deal with the fact that the rulebook is "only" a solid interpretation of classic RPG rules, with application left up to your own imagination.

Where's the Referee book?

As of this writing the expanded Ref book reprint is not yet out. However, it will be a book of optional procedures, variants, advice, and adventure-building tools. It will enhance your game and expand your mind, but is not actually necessary to play the game. The rules are the rules, but the flavor and atmosphere that set LotFP apart from everyone else is easily gleaned from the support material.

You can download 2013's Free RPG Day adventure Better Than Any Man right now for free and get a taste of what makes LotFP LotFP.

What is the Default Setting of LotFP?

There is none. The publisher uses Real World 17th Century Earth as a setting in his own writing and campaign, and the rulebook contains information about firearms. Other authors for the LotFP line use real-world variant settings for their writing (Qelong is a fantasy-Cambodia analog), twisted-up takes on a traditional fantasy world (Vornheim, Isle of the Unknown), even an alien planet as a setting (Carcosa).

The LotFP line of releases is not a unified product line - it is a series of individual releases, each with its own spirit and inspiration.

Where do I find LotFP releases?

The LotFP Webstore has everything currently in print, and RPGNow has our full range of PDFs.

You can also get LotFP releases at all non-shitty games stores! We're in the distribution system. If your local store doesn't carry LotFP, they can certainly order it for you.

Oh, and we're part of the Bits & Mortar program, so when you buy a physical copy of something from LotFP, you get the PDF version at no additional cost. If your local store doesn't participate in the B&M program, send a proof of purchase to and we'll get you your PDF!

Where do I find more info?

You can keep up with official announcements, product reviews, etc. over at our G+ page or Facebook page. You can also sign up for an account at the LotFP store and make sure you have the Newsletter option switched to Yes to get notified whenever we release something new.

You can connect with other LotFP fans at the LotFP G+ Community or the Official LotFP Forum.

Re: The "About" Page on the LotFP Site

I think that just about covers it.

You people are all alike, you march in here, young, try and touch the local things.
I suppose next you'll be spraying me with one of those cans of paint, smearing poor Tubbs here with excrement.

Re: The "About" Page on the LotFP Site

This sounds good. You might get more responses on G+. I think the LotFP community there is more active than on this forum.

Re: The "About" Page on the LotFP Site

I popped the link over at the G+ page as well.

Re: The "About" Page on the LotFP Site

Looks good!

Re: The "About" Page on the LotFP Site

I think the line of Carcosa brand coffee beans are a bit off topic for what the intent of this thread.