If it is not obvious by the title of this post, much of what is written herein may be a little offensive.
I appreciate DIY-gaming, so when I discovered this adaption? mutation? fork? (in the computer programing sense, not the utensil) of Swords and Wizardy, I was blown away. It is not revolutionary in what it contains, but it is an example of what DIY-gaming can do. I want to encourage anyone who has any sort of gaming idea to make it happen. If this can be made, anything can!
Is it perfectly formatted and utterly professional in its presentation? No. There a few minor errors here and there, but if you are even a tiny bit familiar with any retroclones or the original D&D, you should be able to figure it out.
Is it funny? Absolutely.*
Is it political? Yes.**
There are a couple of ways to look at this game, one way is by looking at its mechanics (the “crunch”) and the other way would be the story (the “fluff”).
If we look at the mechanics, it is a solid retroclone. Because of how closely related it is to Swords and Wizardy, we could do some comparisons with that game. This game is a little simpler, partially because it cuts several character classes and races that are found in Swords and Wizardy. If I were to ever run a one-shot OSR game, I would use Shitlord: The Triggering simply because it lacks an abundance of options. For instance, in this game, everyone’s human. No need to mess around with different races and their individual quirks. There are only four classes: Acolyte of Harambe (Cleric), Dickpuncher (Fighter), Bullshitter (Wizard), & Fabulous Homo (Thief).
When I am at the table, particularly in the time-limited setting of a one-shot game, I do not like to flip through a large book (or PDF) with pages of information I will not need. Shitlord: The Triggering is perfect for that.
Because it is a retroclone, it is pretty compatible with other retroclones. Nothing is stopping you from re-skinning the Paladin from Swords and Wizardy as a Kek Knight with a giant frog mount instead of a war horse.
On to the story. Actually, I will not get into too much. The cover of the game has Pepe, Harambe, AIDS Skrillex, and Carl the Cuck on it. That should tell you most of what you need to know. If you have been following a lot of memes, particularly alt-right memes, you will understand what is going on. The content will be offensive to many, but those that enjoy this kind of humor, will REALLY enjoy Shitlord: The Triggering. There are few little touches here and there that elicited a chuckle out of me. One example is this line at the end of the section on vampires:
“They don’t fucking sparkle in the sunlight.”
Final Thoughts: Get it. The PDF is cheap.
*I am well aware that my sense of humor may not be appreciated by everyone. In fact, I am informed of that fact nearly every day.
**There is a larger discussion about whether or not real life politics should be at the gaming table. In short, I would say “No”, unless everyone involved was ok with it. If only I could get a group together to play this…