Although 3 of my regular players couldn’t make it today, I decided to push on with the E&S game to help while away the afternoon.
After witnessing Visimar, Psatan and Deroth legging it out of the decrepit chapel, Akuma, a thieving ex-militiaman, joined Oxonfrey in the crypt. After making a ghastly discovery in a locked casket (a dead ringer of her ladyship with a wet doll), they too did a runner! Exploring the old farmhouse was surely a better idea…
They decided to extinguish their torches and sneak in, but found it was rather dark inside. The house was all shuttered up and there was only a smouldering hearth to light their way. It didn’t take too long before they sensed that they weren’t alone. There were creatures in the walls, under the floorboards and in the shadows. Nasty little hairless rats with almost human faces. Akuma managed to skewer two of them with his crossbow. Oxonfrey decided to roast one at point blank range with his elemental force but the rat-thing got the better of him, biting his leg, his finger and then slashing his wrist causing him to pass out in a pool of blood. As it gloated, Akuma got a bead on the rat-thing so that when it turned on him, he managed to fire a bolt right through its shrivelled skin. Ooh-ya!
Thankfully Akuma is a civilized sort, and was able to apply his learned mind to saving Oxonfrey’s life. Maybe there is honour amongst thieves after all…
Due to some of my regular RPG group being off on hols, we decided to leave the post-apocalyptic wastes behind and venture back in to the world of sword & sorcery with a session or two of Epees & Sorcellerie.
We met a lovely motley crew of adventurers in the previous session… a worn-out knight, a disgraced cleric, a light-fingered sorcerer and a mortician with heretical leanings. They’re surely on the righteous path to gold & glory… I introduced Origins from E&S2 to add a little extra flavour. Two of the party plumped for Decadent – no points for guessing which!
I shan’t go in to any detail of the adventure at this point as it’s still on-the-go at the mo, but suffice to say I think we all enjoyed session 1 and I’ve got plenty in the goody bag for next time.
I think my favourite thing about GMing is seeing NPCs and PCs come alive when they engage with each other. And having a good laugh when player’s plans go awry of course! More on that later…
During the last session of Epées & Sorcellerie, one of the PCs stripped off his armour to try and rid himself of an infestation of bugs. It struck me that it’d be useful to have a place on the character sheet for unarmoured Armour Class and Movement. So I’ve altered those areas and uploaded a new version of the E&S character sheet to the Downloads page.
The English translation of Épées & Sorcellerie (1st ed.) is now available on Amazon for only £5.49. It’s one of my favourite systems to run Sword & Sorcery RPGs. It’s a mix of OD&D and Chainmail using 2d6 task resolution. Recommended!
When I was scouring the land for an RPG that would click with me, I was lucky enough to stumble upon Samwise7RPG and Webhead123’s video reviews of Barbarians of Lemuria on YouTube. Up until that point I didnt know exactly what I was looking for in an RPG but it quickly became clear that BoL ticked all my boxes. Here’s three of the reasons why BoL is my #1 RPG.
The Career system is an extremely elegant way of modelling the many and varied types of occupations that a Sword & Sorcery hero might have tried their hand at. There’s no need for an overwhelming list of skills. If it’s likely that a hero has the ability to perform a certain task due to having a rank in a relevant career, then they can attempt it. Whether or not they succeed is of course another story!
There’s no tedious beancounting when it comes to the experience system. At the end of a saga (a campaign of several adventures) players are awarded Advancement Points based on their tales of what they did with all their ill-gotten gains. If they hoard it or spend it selfishly they get 1 AP. If they blow the lot in an entertaining fashion they get 2 AP. And if they waste it all in a typically debauched binge but provide the GM with some story seeds for follow up adventures then they get 3 AP. What could be simpler and celebrate the S&S genre to boot?
Magic is mysterious once more! There’s no pre-set list of formulaic spells. “So how on earth do you spellcast?” I hear you say. Well, first of all you decide on the nature of your spell and the GM assigns a casting cost based on the magnitude of the effects. If you don’t have enough magical power to cast the spell, then you can perform rituals and impose other requirements on yourself in order to make it less difficult to cast. Now that’s what I call magic!
Finding a game like this, that was not only rules light but supported the S&S genre, was a godsend. So I was over the moon when I heard that there’s currently a Barbarians of Lemuria Kickstarter project running for a brand spanking new edition chock full of Sword & Sorcery goodness. It has already smashed its initial funding goal and is well on its way to its 4th stretch goal of a full colour book. If you yearn for high adventure in a Sword & Sorcery world without the rules getting in the way, then I would recommend Barbarians of Lemuria wholeheartedly!
NB All backers receive a draft PDF of the rules upon supporting the project. So you will definitely get a return on your investment!
Here’s a summary of how the project is getting on:
As well as the RPG book itself, there’s a whole stack of BoL Add-ons that you can sign up for if they take your fancy:
Reference Cards: Physical copy (at cost from RPGNow) of the Reference Cards. At current count the deck will include 14, 6″ x 6″ reference cards.
Bloodhunt!: Physical copy (at cost from RPGNow) of the Kickstarter exclusive adventure.
Creature Deck: Physical copy (at cost from RPGNow) of the Creature Deck. At current count the creature deck includes 58 creature cards.
Lemurian Tales: Physical copies (at cost from RPGNow) of the six adventures achieved from the 300 backers bonus stretch goal.
A3 Map of Lemuria: An A3 map of Lemuria (170gsm Silk) folded to A5.
Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover
Investing in add-ons will help the project reach its stretch goals, so I’ve done my bit and snaffled as much loot as I could. I know I’d love to see the Mythic Edition be the best it can be after all the gaming pleasure that BoL has brought me.
For more information on the Barbarians of Lemuria Kickstarter visit the project page here:
Only 48 hours to go on Venger Satanis’ Kickstarter for his old school weird-fantasy adventure. It’s already successfully funded but if it gets some more last-minute love it’ll get an extra 16 pages of stretch goal goodness. Slurp!