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Cover of the 2nd edition Omnibus
DesignersJason Holmgren
PublishersSanguine Games Productions, Ltd
Publication1999 (1st edition) 2010 (2nd edition)
GenresAnthropomorphic Fantasy

Ironclaw is a series of tabletop role-playing games created by Jason Holmgren of Sanguine Games, this series features anthropomorphic characters in a setting inspired by class and religious conflicts during the Italian Renaissance. Additionally, Jadeclaw is a related game that is set in a concurrent East Asian setting.

Publication history[edit]

The first edition of Ironclaw was initially published in 1999[1] by the independent publisher Sanguine Games. In May 2002 it was voted the most-popular furry RPG in a public poll which included works of the same era such as World Tree and Furry Pirates. The second edition was published in 2010; it has since sold over 10,000 copies.[2]

As of 2019, the game has been in continuous publication, with various add-on books such as The Book of Monsters featuring Ursula Vernon,[3] and is run at furry conventions such as Furry Fiesta,[4] Midwest FurFest and Anthrocon.


Ironclaw uses a system where attributes of characters are matched to different polyhedral dice.[5] These attributes include a character's physical, mental, and social capabilities, in addition to the abilities associated with their species.[6][7] This system was later used in Sanguine's other role-playing games, including Jadeclaw.[8]

Published books[edit]

1st Edition (1999-2004):[8]

  • Ironclaw Anthropomorphic Roleplaying Game
  • House Rinaldi[9]
  • House Avoirdupois
  • House Bisclavret
  • House Doloreaux
  • Phelan

2nd Edition (2010-present):[8]

  • Ironclaw Omnibus: Squaring the Circle (2011)
  • The Book of Mysteries
  • The Book of Jade (2012)
  • The Book of Adventures (2014)
  • The Book of Horn and Ivory (2017)
  • The Book of Monsters (2019)[3]
  • The Book of Corals (2020)


  1. ^ Fannon, Sean (December 15, 1999). The Fantasy Roleplaying Gamer's Bible 2nd Edition. Obsidian Studios Inc. p. 114. ISBN 978-0967442907.
  2. ^ "IRONCLAW Omnibus: Squaring the Circle". DriveThruRPG. Platinum best-seller (10,000 copies or more sold). Retrieved 2019-10-13.
  3. ^ a b Sha, translated and edited by Pup Matthias (2019-08-06). "Ironclaw: The Book of Monsters, by Tempe O'Kun and Ursula Vernon – Review". Red Furros/Dogpatch Press. {{cite news}}: |first= has generic name (help)
  4. ^ Fred Patten (2017-02-03). Furry Fandom Conventions, 1989-2015. McFarland. p. 116 (Furry Fiesta 2015). ISBN 9781476626888.
  5. ^ Liz, Iron (2011-10-18). "Ironclaw". Pen & Paper Corner. Channel Awesome. Review starts at 03:54; character dice at 10:04 onwards. Archived from the original on 2012-12-23.
  6. ^ Day, Aaron (1999-09-12). "Review of Ironclaw (1st ed.)". RPGnet.
  7. ^ Night10194, Pseudonym (2016-10-25). "Review of Ironclaw (2nd ed.)". Something_Awful.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  8. ^ a b c "Ironclaw/Jadeclaw – anthropomorphic fantasy". Beyond the Bundle. 2019-02-18.
  9. ^ "Brian's Picks: "Rinaldi"". Knights of the Dinner Table. No. 47. Kenzer & Company. September 2000.