The Spawn of Fashan

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The Spawn of Fashan is a role-playing game published by The Games of Fashan in 1981.


The Spawn of Fashan is a fantasy system.[1] The rulebook includes a character-creation system, combat rules, guidelines for creating wilderness, towns, and dungeons, monster descriptions, a brief description of a campaign setting (the land of "Boosboodle"), and an example of play.[1]

Publication history

The Spawn of Fashan was designed by Kirby Lee Davis, and published by The Games of Fashan in 1981 as a 96-page book, part typeset, part typewriter.[1] The second edition was published that same year, and was fully typeset.[1]


Lawrence Schick describes the game: "Hilariously bad fantasy system, legendary among RP game designers as the epitome of clichéd, amateurish FRP games. (Some maintain that it is so bad, it must be a hoax.) The rulebook includes a bizarrely complex character-creation system, painfully cumbersome combat rules [and] monster descriptions (with names like 'makl,' 'foklom,' 'finikor,' and 'rolmtrokl')".[1] He also notes that this game is a "highly collectible item".[1]



  1. ^ a b c d e f Schick, Lawrence (1991). Heroic Worlds: A History and Guide to Role-Playing Games. Prometheus Books. p. 214. ISBN 0-87975-653-5. 
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