Editorial Note

The Sword and the Loves is a hack of Archipelago III (Matthijs Holter, 2012). The initial idea of ​​the game dates back to January 2016. After two years of conception, writing, and playtests, The Sword and the Loves is ready to be published.
Illustrations by Howard Pyle, from The Story of King Arthur and His Knights (1903), The Story of the Champions of the Round Table (1905), The Story of Sir Launcelot and His Companions (1907), and The Story of the Grail and the Passing of King Arthur (1909).
Captions of the illustrations by Daniele Di Rubbo, to whom I have given this task knowing that «he would have enjoyed himself as a child» (cit.). The book from which Daniele has drawn inspiration is The Wondersmith and His Daughters, a collection of tales attributed to Beren de Evervudd, an English writer and poet of the twelfth century.
Stanzas at the beginning of chapters and archetypes’ poems by Ivan Lanìa.
The section “Why this is not a fantasy game” was written by Francesco De Natale.