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TACTICIANS OF AHM is an ultra-lite tactics-focused roleplaying game in the corrupt3d fantasy world of AHM. A bit-rotten blight has appeared in the Northern Sea and from it flows Corrupt1on, beasts of fractured light and shattered shape spreading chaos and blight across the realm. As TACTICIANS, you alone are prepared to face the darkness spreading across the lands and reunite the scattered peoples of AHM.

Unique elements of AHM:

  • Always-hit, set-damage grid-based combat!
  • Class-specific base attacks, speed and more!
  • Easy-to-use combat ability diagrams!
  • A virtual fantasy world corrupting with age!
    • You know it's a video game, but your characters don't!



CHAPTER 1: THE ROAD TO WAR is the 8-page SHAREWARE version of TACTICIANS OF AHM. It contains basic information about the world of AHM, basic rules of play and starting stats and abilities for 4 classes!

For more exciting options including powerful magic items, monsters and more, pick up TACTICIANS OF AHM: FIRST STEPS available soon at MEATCASTLEGAMEWARE.ITCH.IO!


TACTICIANS OF AHM is best played with miniatures and a standard TTRPG battle grid or custom battlemaps and terrain.

For online play, Owlbear Rodeo is a great Virtual Tabletop as it allows simple uploading of battlemaps, custom tokens, and allows token rotation (for tracking facing).



TACTICIANS OF AHM was created as part of the Ultralite Game Jam hosted by Disaster Tourism. As such, it features just 4-pages of rules for the entire system and a single die resolution mechanic.



Writing and Layout by Christian Sorrell
Art and Interior Textures by Thomas Novosel
Cover texture by TextureFabrik.com
Fonts from Old School PC Font Pack by VileR

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Click download now to get access to the following files:

Tacticians of Ahm - Ch 1 - The Road to War 0.2 - Pages.pdf 25 MB
Tacticians of Ahm - Ch 1 - The Road to War 0.2 - Spreads.pdf 24 MB
Tacticians of Ahm - Ch 1 - The Road to War 0.2 - Printer Friendly.pdf 4 MB

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Tacticians Of Ahm is a retro tactics TTRPG.

The PDF is 8 pages, with an aesthetic that makes it feel a bit like a NES game manual.

Lorewise, you play as high fantasy warriors and mages in a realm that has mostly known peace, but is now headed into a Rough Patch.

Despite the game's brevity, there's some nice meat to the lore (as well as some hints that maybe this is canonically a universe inside of a game, with glitches creeping in). It feels easy to anticipate the game's tone and make characters and GMing decisions that gel with its setting.

Gameplay-wise, Tacticians is a micro tactics game in the style of Into The Breach or the original Fire Emblem. Combat plays on a grid. Characters have a few but very meaningful abilities. Attacks always hit. Progression is tight.

There *is* out of combat adventuring, but it's stripped down. Likewise, without modifying the rules, combat is pretty simple and direct too. However, by cutting right to the core of what the game is about, Tacticians makes itself into a fantastic one-shot or convention game---for a long campaign, you might need to either lean on your GMing skills or expand it with some homebrew.

Overall, this is a gem. If you liked dnd 4e, or if you enjoy retro tactics games, or if you're just looking for a very bite-sized, very combat focused TTRPG, you should pick this up. It's a great game to have in your library, both as a design reference, material for a mini-campaign, and a break-glass-in-case-of substitution for heftier titles.

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Wow! Thank you for the kind words!

I plan to expand pretty much the whole game in the coming months so stay tuned for more! Weapons and Equipment (plus Inventory) are next up with magic items and a starter bestiary coming next!

(+3)

I love pretty much everything about this and can’t wait for an expanded version. It deliberately and effectively hearkens back to an age of 8-bit tactics RPGs, but translates them into an easy to play modern ruleset.

Thanks for the kind words!