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The cover of the 2.5 edition of Sword World RPG.
Sword World RPG is a Tabletop RPG created and published by Group SNE . It is one of the most popular fantasy tabletop games in Japan, having sold over 10 million copies of its rulebooks, Light Novels, and replays.
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Sword World has had multiple editions, the first of which was published in 1989; the system was originally intended to be an RPG supplement to the popular replays of Record of Lodoss War. Initially, the setting was a world called Forcelia, which implemented both Lodoss Island from the previously mentioned Lodoss and the continent of Crystania from Legend Of Crystania.

The second edition of Sword World was published in 2008, with a revised 2.5 edition in 2012; it updated the setting to the world of Raxia and introduced several new races to the game system.


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This game provides examples of:

  • Canon Welding: The original Forcelia setting combined the settings of Record of Lodoss War and Legend Of Crystania.
  • Functional Magic: All versions of the game heavily feature magic and magic-based classes. There are several different schools of magic: in the original game, there are Sorcery, Spirit magic, Divine magic, Dark magic, and Dragon magic (the last two only being accessible by evil non-player characters). The 2.0 version of the game adds Faerie magic and Magitech, but drops Dark and Dragon magic.
  • Standard Fantasy Races: Sword World has your standard Humans, Elves, Dwarves, and Hobbits (called Grass Runners in the setting). The 2.0 setting, Raxia, introduces the Tabbits (a race of diminutive rabbit people), Rune-folk (an artificial race inclined towards serving others), Nightmares (mutated humanoids with special powers), and Lilldraken (dragon-men who like to trade with other races).
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