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It’s widely known that Saint Patrick famously drove the snakes from Ireland, what’s lesser known is that “snakes” was nothing more than a slanderous term for the original inhabitants of the island. The wee folk who used the dwell in the hills: The Faeries.

Bloody Shillelagh is a rules-lite RPG zine where you can take on the role of maniacal leprechauns causing a little mischief on Saint Patrick's Day, the one day of the year that they can cross into our world from the Fae Realm. Of course for leprechauns “mischief ” could mean anything from playing particularly cruel pranks to cold-blooded murder. All you need is some friends, six-sided dice, and a desire to get into various forms of leprechaun shenanigans.

Available as a PDF for device reading, as well as a printable format (in U.S. letter and A4) for printing up and folding into a pocket zine. Assembly instructions


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Bloody-Shillelagh.pdf 457 kB
Bloody-Shillelagh-print-A4.pdf 438 kB
Bloody-Shillelagh-print-letter.pdf 447 kB


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A cute micro-RPG for a very specific subset of players. I like the advantage/disadvantage style of rolling, and for one-shot situations (ESPECIALLY on March 17th) I could see this being a fun time. The only thing I'd personally add is a few suggested scenarios for fae-schemes the leprechauns might try to accomplish.