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Orlando Furioso

role-playing game  
Original Language Italian
Edition Comune di Roma, Rome 1993 
Authors Andrea Angiolino & Gianluca Meluzzi 
Illustrators Gustave DorĂ© 
Description This is a very easy fantasy RPG where player become Paladins, moorish warriors and other characters of Ariosto's poem about King Charlemagne bringing the same title of the game. Besides the literary setting, the game contains all the ingredients of the most classic epic fantasy: heroic knights, wizards, monsters, magic items and so on.
The system is the same that already appeared in "Mediterraneo", with some more special rules for the specific setting such as the one for combat on horse. The tone is fantastic and lightly humorous, as in the poem: paradoxes are even present in the adventures, as sometime where in the literary world of the Italian poet.
The first edition is a 32-pages booklet published in 1000 copies by the Biblioteca Centrale per Ragazzi (Central Library for Kids) and by the City Council of Rome, to be freely distributed to teachers and librarians all over Italy. The booklet is aimed to people that could have never seen a role playing game and that could decide to use it in an educative activity. It has a general introduction about role-playing games and the full list of the ones already published in Italy at the time (a bit more than 30, between original Italian systems and translations), with a short description of each. It includes all the rules, the character sheet, a bestiary and a complete adventure: "The patience of King Charles". The latter has been written in blocks linked as in a choose-your-adventure gamebook, so to help the beginner Master to handle his players' decisions about where to go and how to pursue their goal. The players have to rescue King Charles patience: he lost it because his best Paladins are mostly running after Angelica, and as everything that it lost it went to the moon. Some notes on how to handle RPG in schools and public libraries close the booklet.