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Willow - Roleplaying based on the film by George Lucas

George Lucas released this forgotten fantasy movie in 1988. It was followed by three novels.

There actually isn't an RPG based on the movie to my knowledge, but there's plenty of support material available to develop your own role playing game.

The Willow Game

A boardgame developed by Greg Costikyan

"In a land of magic and sorcery, a baby is born who, legend foretells, will destroy the evil ruler, Queen Bavmorda; but she is determined to destroy the child first.
A midwife escapes with the baby, and all Bavmorda's minions, together with her general, Kael, and her daughter, Sorsha, go forth to find and recapture the child.
Willow Ufgood, a gentle Nelwyn farmer, becomes the baby's reluctant guardian. Together with brave companions the renegade swordsman, Madmartigan; the rebel leader, Airk Thaughbaer; the brownies, Franjean and Rool he embarks on a quest to keep Elora Danan from Bavmorda's evil clutches...

144 encounter, treasure, and transformation cards, illustrated in full color.
A mounted full-color gameboard depicting the land of Willow in gorgeous detail.
Six large full-color laminated player cards.
Twelve plastic pointers
Six plastic card stands
Two plastic pawns
Cardstock display
Rules booklet
Two dice
Box with storage wells

1988 ... Tor Books ... ISBN 0312930828

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The Willow Sourcebook
"In a land of sorcery, a baby is born. Legend foretells the child, Elora Danan, will destroy the evil ruler, Queen Bavmorda. But Bavmorda is determined to destroy Elora first. All Bavmorda's armies, led by General Kael and Princess Sorsha, go forth to find the child.
Willow Ufgood, a gentle Nelwyn farmer, becomes the baby's reluctant guardian. Together with brave companions -- he renegade swordsman, Madmartigan; the brownies, Franjean and Rool; and the sorceress Fin Raziel -- Willow embarks on a quest to keep Elora Danan from Bavmorda's clutches...
Explore a world of magic, of heroes and villains, of cruelty and courage. Explore the world of Willow.

The Willow Sourcebook Includes:
Detailed histories of Willow, Madmartigan, Bavmorda, and every important character from the movie.
The cultures and beliefs of the Nelwyns, the soldiers of Nockmaar, the Knights of Galladoorn, the fairies, and the brownies.
Fearsome monsters -- the two-headed Eborsisk, the Death Dogs, and others.
Magic-transformation, Bavmorda's Ritual of Obliteration, Cherlindrea's Wand, and more!
Descriptions of the lands, people, and cultures of the world of Willow, including Tir Asleen, Bavmorda's Nockmaar, and Nelwyn Valley.
A detailed map of the lands travelled in the movie.
Game information that lets you use the people and creatures of Willow in your own fantasy roleplaying game.

Plus 8 pages of full-color photographs from the movie!"

1988 ... Allen Varney ... 90 pages ... TOR ... ISBN 0312930836

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Willow: The Marvel Graphic Novel
"Marvel comics published a serialized, three-part adaptation (shown above) in August, September, and October of 1988, respectively; shortly afterward, all three were collected into a one-volume graphic novel (cover art shown right). The adaptation features several scenes deleted from the movie, including the infamous sea monster scene. The comic's credits (for those of you interested) are as follows: Jo Duffy, Writer; Bob Hall, Penciler; Romeo Tanghal, Inker; Joe Rosen, Letterer; Bob Sharen, Colorist; Bob Budiansky, Editor; Tom DeFalco, Editor in Chief." from The Big Big Willow/Shadow Moon Homepage


Willow, The Illustrated Version

A paperback-sized version of "Willow: The Marvel Graphic Novel."

Willow: A Novel
"I have read some pretty terrible novelizations, and some really great ones. This one I'm giving an average rating. Overall it moves just like the film, although some of the action and most of the comedy that was in the film, is missing in the novel. Madmartigan's humour must have totally relied on Val Kilmer's performance. The other characters are up to par though.

The greatest reason to read this novel as a fan of the movie are the few scenes that must have been cut, or too expensive for the film. One thing that totally shocked me was the entire new character and storyline that was missing from the film! Sorsha's father! In the film you never meet him. In the novel it is great!" ...from Amazon user "lichloathe."

Shadow Moon (Chronicles of the Shadow War, Book 1)
"In Shadow Moon, war and chaos have gripped the land of Tir Asleen. An ancient prophecy reveals one hope: a savior princess who will ascend to the throne when the time is right. But first, a Nelwyn wanderer must face forces of unimaginable malevolence and dangerous, forbidden rites of necromancy that
could bring back a powerful warrior from soulless sleep.

George Lucas reshaped filmmaking in the '70s and '80s with his Star Wars and Indiana Jones films. When Bantam Books asked Lucas if he had any stories he would like to develop as novels rather than as films, Lucas turned to his 1988 fantasy film, Willow.

"When I wrote the story for Willow, I began with the pre-story," Lucas said, "but the full story was yet to be told."

Now, Lucas's vision is being fulfilled with the talented help of Chris Claremont. Having previously taken the reins of what was for a decade the bestselling comic in the western hemisphere (The Uncanny X-Men) Claremont assumes the reponsibility of foster parent to Lucas's creation." ...from Amazon

Shadow Dawn (Chronicles of the Shadow War, Book 2)
"The battle scenes in this book aren't as grand as in the first book, but they are just as compelling. The sacrifice of friends, the fight against all odds, and the trust shown for those guarding your back, Claremont ties all of these themes into each of the fights that our protagonists encounter. While the majority of the book was character and plot development filled with beautiful and compelling prose, the action scenes in between were gripping and had me turning pages at a hectic rate. Heart pounding action that left you wondering who would live and who would die." ...from Amazon user Christopher Ware

Shadow Star (Chronicles of the Shadow War, Book 3)
"Elora Danan has done the unthinkable. She has slain the dragons that were the embodiment of the soul of Creation. It was a desperate act--the only way to save the dragons from the Deceiver, who would have used them to rule the Realms. Yet in Elora's possession are two last dragon eggs. To protect them, Elora spellbinds herself to her faithful companions Thorn Drumheller, the Nelwyn sorcerer and her sworn guardian, and Khory Bannefin, the long-dead woman warrior whose body is inhabited by a demon's offspring. It is a dire spell that ensures none of them will betray their cause...even at the cost of their lives. And if one of them dies, the magic of the eggs is lost forever.

Pursued through a land of shadow predators by the dreaded Black Rose, the Deceiver's commando assassins, Elora and her allies must reach the free city-state of Sandeni. There they will be reunited with old friends: the brownies Franjean and Rool, the eagles Anele and Bastian, and the young warrior-scribe Luc-Jon. But Sandeni is besieged by mighty armies fueled by the Deceiver's sorcery, warrior wizards, and engines of evil magic. With defeat all but certain, Elora must convince the Sandeni people to continue the fight. What she doesn't tell them is that the greatest enemy lies within her. For the Deceiver is her own dark twin from a potential future of unimaginable evil...an evil that lies dormant in Elora's soul. And the only way Elora can stop the future is to befriend an enemy whose insatiable appetite for destruction could destroy all of Creation. Or is that, too, part of the Deceiver's plan?" ...from Amazon

Willow is a property of LucasFilm.

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