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|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 decades of 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 industry's standards, 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.
I've got a soft spot for comedy, too. Risus: The Anything RPG, my free beer & pretzels RPG, has been online for half of forever; 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! 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 fonts are designed with gamers in mind! There are several titles available, including Sparks, the world's first and grooviest font-based paper minis, 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'm also looking for skilled RPG writer/designers to join me! If you're 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.