Barbarians of Lemuria, Mythic Edition is a page color hardback, and it is gorgeous. The minimalist cover depicts a sword-wielding. This is a review of “Barbarians of Lemuria: A Sword and Sorcery Roleplaying Game”, written by Simon Washbourne, mythic edition Half a million years ago, on the lost continent of Lemuria in the Pacific, the Barbarians of Lemuria is an excellent free & $10 rules-lite RPG.
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BoL is kind of barebones as it is, there’s not much left to trim. I wouldn’t use the word “bloat” to refer to the HP situation. I feel it was a step away from what makes the system so good.
They are for ‘telling stories’ only in the same sense that golf or fishing is for ‘telling stories’, that’s not really the goal, and golfing stories or fishing stories are just something that happens but no one goes golfing or goes fishing to try to ‘make a story’ from those activities; and 9 times out of 10, the ‘story’ of any random Golfing, Fishing, or RPG session are going to be pretty rambling and pointless, if not outright boring.
Lekuria, have you guys played it? One thing the GM complained was the lack of stats for creatures and such, and some weirdness in the default setting.
Barbarians of Lemuria
One day, I’ll do a Barbarians of Glorantha conversion. I didn’t think I would like BoL but I actually have grown to love it. That’s my favourite bit of Burning Wheel. World guide, map, and all. The BoL fan community isn’t as widespread or productive as the OSR, but there’s a handful of variants for that style of play — grab one of those or make your own. A few words and low single-digit numbers are enough to let you know your character’s capabilities.
However, the system is so basic it’d be a snap to modify. Don’t like all the Hero Point options? It was an age of warriors, when brave men and beautiful women, savages and savants, wizards and champions struggled to carve a red path that led to the Throne of the World. PC’s grow in power, but not in worldly importance – you are not going to be a king just because you’re buff. It’s a good rowboat! Want to add to the discussion? Yet, there’s a solid action resolution mechanic that is simple, quick, versatile and doesn’t influence your roleplay at all.
They don’t try to let players jump out of their character and back into the meta-world so they can change reality for their character. I felt they were unnecessary. It’s certainly not a game for the autistic. I suppose, for the casual observer, RPGs are about pretending to be someone else who is living in a fantasy setting, and throwing dice to see if their actions succeed or fail. Comments deemed abusive may be removed by moderators.
I actually like this boat just like it is! Do not link to, request or encourage piracy in any way. It’s absolutely my go-to system for teaching new players.
A frail Physician lemhria strength must roll 10, 11 barbarans 12 to successfully bash a door open. BoL has character advancement options, and sufficient flexibility, to be able to sustain a session campaign. Legendary is significantly cheaper and apparently about half of people find it better than Mythic anyway, so you had decent grounds to prefer it in the first place. Munchkin Joe Strength 3 Brawl 0 Assassin 3 Agility 2 Melee 2 Soldier 1 Mind 0 Ranged -1 Appeal -1 Defense 3 Assuming Joe goes the supernatural defense route, he could, if the GM lets him, abuse it by spending 7 points on defense 4, then 9 more on defense 5, and maybe 11 more for defense And he’ll be HARD to hit.
It’s ridiculously easy to rlg weapons and armor to the appropriate BoL type, even on the fly.
It is a good read, but it does read a lot better than it plays. This entry was posted on Sunday, July 25th, at It plays very fast. There are weak parts?
Is Barbarians of Lemuria suitable for campaign play? – Role-playing Games Stack Exchange
Man, I would not like to play your games, so fragile. Submit a new rrpg. Is Barbarians of Lemuria suitable for campaign play? Which isn’t to say that I think BoL is good because you can hack and homebrew it into greatness.
Comments deemed abusive may be removed by moderators. Want to power your Wilderlands of High Fantasy sandbox hexcrawl with BoL instead of individual sagas?