Seeing this floating in the Hot List on DriveThruRPG inspired my theme for the week – Positively Barbaric! It would seem the RPG zeitgeist has once again embraced the savage wonder of sword-and-sorcery, with barbaric, mighty-thewed heroes facing unspeakable horrors and terrible sorcery. Let’s spend a week looking at games that cast off the trappings of civilization and embrace savagery in the name of survival… and glory!
ASTONISHING SWORDSMEN & SORCERERS of HYPERBOREA™ is sword-and-sorcery role-playing at its pinnacle. Play an Amazon fighter, Atlantean magician, Esquimaux shaman, Hyperborean warlock, Ixian necromancer, Keltic barbarian, Kimmerian cataphract, Pictish thief, Viking berserker, or one of many other possibilities.
The heroes of a HYPERBOREA campaign delve the mazes and labyrinths of vast dungeons filled with horrifying monsters, lethal traps, and bewildering puzzles. They explore savage frontiers, breach hostile borderlands, probe ancient ruins, and investigate cursed tombs. They plunder for treasure and magic in a decaying world inhabited by bloodthirsty beasts and weird, otherworldly beings.
Now in its second edition, AS&SH™ has been expanded to include new classes, news spells, new monsters, new magic items, and more! It also includes a new, full colour map, an introductory town and adventure, as well as hundreds of new illustrations! This new edition is backwards-compatible with the original edition of the game.
Explore endless challenges and infinite realms of imagination with this complete sword-and-sorcery role-playing game!
Sean Patrick Fannon
Writer & Game Designer: Shaintar, Star Wars, Savage Rifts, much more
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