Well, "Sword's path: glory" is likely the most convoluted and math-heavy fantasy combat system ever developed, but i may be proven wrong since i have never read "The Riddle of steel", for instance.
Is it playable, after all? I don't know, but there surely are players willing to revel in this kind of difficult rule-systems. Unfortunately, i never really managed to get copies of the second book- and given that even on NK website it isn't available, i suppose my chances are very small.
And yes, i would definitely play this, had i the time and patience nowadays to absorb the rules.
It is no secret that i adore complicated fantasy rpg systems, and i'm sure that my acquaintance with Powers & Perils could help me a lot to comprehend this system.
"In an alternate universe, history took a terrifying turn for the worse during World War II, with the Axis Powers conquering the globe. Nearly 200 years later the '"Third Reich" and the "Empire of Nippon" have spread their reach to off-world colonies far beyond our Solar System, enslaving the technologically inferior alien species they have so far encountered, and maneuvering their might against each other in an ever threatening Cold War. In the midst of this darkness many resistance groups have emerged to fight against the Nazi tyranny. The player characters belong to one of these groups, and fight to overthrow the Third Reich and restore freedom and democracy to Erde and her colonies."
Text taken from Wikipedia
Magic in Bifrost rpg is extremely fascinating. At least, if you are spellbound by magic system such as those found in Chivalry & Sorcery rpg for instance, where the task is to try to capture the feeling of "real" medieval magick with all the convoluted tables and esoteric calculations.
If you are still uncertain what we are talking about here, the game in question is an old fantasy rpg published in 1977 and very hard to find. See this link on rpggeek for info.
Furthering my quest of disseminating these obscure rpgs, i leave the images here.
When i read this today, it occurred to me that many osr devotees may be unaware of the existence of old games that are still available nowadays.
So, here is a succinct list of old fantasy role-playing games that anyone can still find on the web (sometimes free of charge), and that one can consequently play at his/her own pace.
Far from being a quixotic goal, there are still plenty old fantasy games floating on the web, in their full or almost complete form. Often what you need to do is just to download them and play.
[The Compleat Arduin avalable for free here]
BEASTS, MEN & GODS: (link)
WIZARDS' WORLD: (link)
PHANTASY CONCLAVE: (link) [available as a new, revised edition under a different name]
POWERS & PERILS: (link)
THE COMPLEAT WARLOCK: (link)
DRAGON WARRIORS : (link)
I purposedly omitted from the list:
Heroes (just because it is more historical than it is a fantasy game, nevertheless the new edition is here)
Vikings & Valkyrs (not cited because it is still a work in progress, though you can read several original pages here. And by the way, this is a fantasy game, not an historical one. I read it, trust me).
With this list i hope to offer a service to OSR newcomers and to anyone who may have missed some of the links above.
No excuses...instead of buying a new osr clone or simulacrum, history awaits!
It is a click away.
An altogether more comprehensive RPG than T & T or others. This RPG was published in four volumes over easily as many years and has long been out of print. It tries to be more realistic (if one can have realistic fantasy) with more than a nod to 'proper' wargaming. There are signs of interest again in this RPG as people rediscover it and realise that its adult approach chimes with the more mature fantasy now being written, e.g. Game of Thrones and the Malazan series.
Bifrost is a complex RPG system dating from the late 70s and has a distinctly British (or even more parochially, English) feel to it. Whilst it is a serious game there's an understated humour that underlines it.
The authors of the original three volumes - Faerie, Combat and Magic were G.Highley, S. Johnson, K. Minear and K.White and little more is known about them.
After many years of being moribund there seems to be a few signs of life with a number of devotees of old forgotten RPGs (and Bifrost certainly falls into those categories) seeking the books.