Forbidden Lands – Sean’s Pick, 121018

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and no matter what you choose to celebrate in particular, the end of the year usually means gifts for those you love and care about. So this week’s theme is New Games for Christmas, and we open up with this top-seller from the gang that brought you Tales from the Loop and Mutant: Year Zero.

Forbidden Lands skips the part where you’re heroes banded together by outside forces to defend a kingdom, recover a treasure, or whatever. Nope, you’re “Raiders and Rogues in a Cursed World,” hanging together to explore and survive. Not sure I’d have gone with the digital game terminology of “open world” (the GM is the one to determine that, yeah?), but I grok why they went there and want to appeal to Red Dead Redemption and MMO fans. Obviously, a lot of other folks agree, as it’s been quite the hot item for a while.

Round the beggar from Varassa all sat in a ring,

and by the campfire they sat and heard his song.

And about walkers and wolfkin and every terrible thing,

and of his fear he sang to them all night long:

“There is something beyond the mountains, beyond the howls beyond the mist, there is something behind the veils, behind hearts cold as stone.

Hearken, something walks and whispers, walks and lures you in and whimpers:

Come to us, for this earth shall ever be ours and ours alone!”

Forbidden Lands is a new take on classic fantasy roleplaying. In this open-world survival roleplaying game, you’re not heroes sent on missions dictated by others – instead, you are raiders and rogues bent on making your own mark on a cursed world. You will discover lost tombs, fight terrible monsters, wander the wild lands and, if you live long enough, build your own stronghold to defend. Contents:

  • Player’s Manual including rules for fast character generation, visceral combat, lethal magic, dangerous journeys and for building your own stronghold – easily be ported to your own favorite game world.
  • Gamemaster’s Guide including a rich and detailed description of the Forbidden Lands setting, a large illustrated Bestiary, extensive random encounters, and three complete adventure sites.
  • The Legends & Adventurers booklet, letting you flesh out your characters and give them unique backgrounds.
  • Full-color map, giving you the freedom to explore the Forbidden Lands any way you want, hex by hex.

From the creators of the award-winning RPGs Tales from the Loop, Coriolis – The Third Horizon and Mutant: Year Zero.

Sean Patrick Fannon
Writer & Game Designer: Shaintar, Star Wars, Savage Rifts, Freedom Squadron, and much more!
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