Ruling Over the RPG World With A Pair of Stolen Panties and a Chicken Leg Since 1998.
|Welcome to the home of Cumberland Games ,
the finest "pretzel cart" in adventure gaming. I specialize in
fonts and electronic books for
face-to-face RPGs - specialty titles built on twenty
years' experience in professional design for Guardians of Order, White
Wolf, Steve Jackson Games, Avalon Hill, Flying Buffalo, Last Unicorn, Wizards
of the Coast and others.
Here at Cumberland, I can stretch my legs and write directly to my needs as a Game Master, without compromise. I take pride in exceeding the standards set by RPGs traditionally sold on paper, designing fun, unselfconscious gaming material for the needs of adults. Wander around and explore; snag some free stuff! Here's a quick guide to what I have to offer:
The Cumberland All-Systems Library includes some of the cooler gaming supplements you'll find anywhere. Fief, a medieval history resource by Lisa Steele, is a revised edition of an underground classic, and Points in Space 1 is the first in a series of space-adventure resources. Uresia: Caravel expands the popular Uresia: Grave of Heaven fantasy setting, where peril and whimsy dance hand in hand. All-Systems Library books don't have stat-blocks or rules references; they're pure resource material: maps, facts, cultures, characters, adventures and ideas. Future All-Systems titles include adventure collections for fantasy and horror gaming.
I've got a soft spot for comedy, too. Risus: The Anything RPG, my free beer & pretzels RPG, has been online for more than a decade; it's free, supported by the sale of The Risus Companion and campaign modules like A Kringle in Time. There's also the Pokéthulhu Adventure Game, the free electronic edition of my bestselling parody game (revised and expanded from the editions you've seen in game stores). If that isn't quite strange enough for you, try Encounter Critical on for size - it's my free RPG from an mythical 1979, written by my well-meaning alter ego, Hank "The Wordsmith" Riley!
I love freebies, and I've got more by the cartload! Cray Canyon Cold Snap is a free All-Systems adventure set in the old west. Ring of Thieves is a swords-and-sorcery solitaire for Risus, and I've got a handy free PDF of my infamous Big List of RPG Plots available. See the downloads page for several other freebies and samplers; I add more all the time.
Cumberland's biggest projects are on the horizon: followups to Points in Space and Fief, a new Russian Fantasy RPG, more Uresia material, and more. Chief among all my projects is Fly From Evil, my "flagship" RPG, a historical/literary game of crime drama in the tradition of the hardboiled pulp writers of the 1920s and 30s. Watch for it!
Cumberland fonts are designed with gamers in mind! There are several titles available, including the official Macho Women With Guns ™ paper-miniatures font, classics like the Dan Smith Stockpile, new classics like the Adventures of Darcy Dare, and my bestselling mapmaking tools, HexPaper and Flagstones. The Fontworks also includes a three-page gallery of more than a dozen free fonts, with more appearing all the time.
I'm always working on new games, toys, and books for Cumberland. I've got plans for card and boardgames, adventures written with adult schedules and tastes in mind, and a variety of genre-based setting resources. To receive email announcements about CG&D and what I'm up to, join the Cumberland Games Mailing List. List members are privy to special offers and secret free stuff that I never announce here on the page. It's easy to join, easy to quit if you don't like it, and chatter-free. Interested in designing for Cumberland? Click here for the writer's guidelines.
Cumberland Games & Diversions, CG&D, Risus, Uresia: Grave of Heaven, Sparks Paper Miniatures, All-Systems Library, "Creativity. Unbound." and Fly From Evil are trademarks of S. John Ross. All contents of this site are Copyright © by S. John Ross except where noted. All rights reserved. Macho Women With Guns is a trademark of Greg Porter, and is used under license. If reading notices and disclaimers really turns you on, visit the Cumberland Games Policy Page for thrill-a-minute, edge-of-your-seat excitement.