Hippogryph Codex


The Hippogryph Codex is a complete tabletop fantasy roleplaying system. As a player, you take the role of a character in an amazing world of magic and excitement. If you are the guide, you coordinate what’s going on. Everyone collaborates and creates fantastic adventures. This book contains everything that you need to know about how to do all of that.

A hippogryph is a legendary creature, possessing the front half of a giant eagle and the body of a horse. In various cultures it’s come to symbolize different things, but usually represents two contradictory ideas coming together to create something new and surprising. In designing this system I want the familiarity and stability of a system like Dungeons & Dragons (our sturdy and steadfast horse). I also wanted the do-it-yourself, story-driven outlook of a system like Fate (soaring eagle). Players should have many options to choose from when creating their characters, but not be limited to fits within the pages of the book. They should be able to easily create new elements in order to personalize the characters and setting, while still having a solid foundation to build upon.

Thanks to the Open Game License, I was able to create the system that I wanted. Make no mistake, this isn’t simply the D20 system with Fate aspects clumsily bolted on, nor a straight-forward Fate conversion of D20 classes, spells, and so on. The goal has been to create a unique experience that fuses the strengths of each system. In other words, a true hippogryph.

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