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Low Fantasy Gaming (Original)
Publisher: Pickpocket Press
by Robert M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/13/2021 12:42:19

Excellent bare-bones mechanism for old school sword and sorcery role play gaming without the world overlay present in other available systems. Allows you to build your world and tell your story without having to bring in ectraneous elements.



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The Last Barrow
Publisher: Aegis & Gorgon
by Robert M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/21/2020 12:38:29

Stunning artwork makes this worth the purchase even if no other gaming interest is involved. The burial mound detail lends itself to easy incorporation into any game and the rules conversions make the process of running the encounters very straightforward for many systems. Conceptually, the structure has been useful to me for solving the riddle of cultural interactions involving burial practices of superceded races in Bronze Age Wales with which I was struggling so I am looking forward to unleashing this on the players!



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ACKS Player's Companion
Publisher: Autarch
by Robert M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/21/2020 12:32:21

More excellent material from Autarch! This is a resource I continue to reference for game play. Like the parent book, this is well crafted including easy referencing and relevant art. The game system does appear to be acquiring some diffusion of scope as the limitations of class based characters common to d20 systems appears to be reached. A very useful addition to the rules nonetheless and well worth the money.



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Adventurer Conqueror King System
Publisher: Autarch
by Robert M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/21/2020 12:28:42

This book is a master's seminar on how to present a game system with coherent rules, easy to access indices in the back topically arranged to allow rapid review. It is a well constructed tome with engaging and relevant art which helps the material presented appear engaging and entertaining. The game system itself is very playable and an improvement on other d20 based systems. Well worth the money!



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Auran Empire Primer
Publisher: Autarch
by Robert M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/21/2020 12:22:56

Very useful background material for ACKS campaigns. Continue to use as a ready reference with each new game setting.



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The Red Book of Magic
Publisher: Chaosium
by Robert M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/21/2020 11:54:13

Very disappointing purchase.

The section on rune metals could have been expanded to the level of detail that various magics have. Where is the metal, how is it found, some measure of context and story. More differentiation of general categories of enchanted and unenchanted rune metals. As it stands, the category of rune metal appears to lack cohesive form as a species of thing. Some unenchanted rune metals have magical effect, some do not. In a consciously Bronze Age setting, far more should be done to detail the power of metal.

The additional spells lacked context with an example being the additional runes associated with Invisibility compared with RQ Role Playing In Glorantha. Looking at the Summon Ancestor spell, it and the tables are not significantly different from the spell as presented in RQG. Rules for illusions, highlighted as a selling point, are not different from that of RQG. As has seemed to be the case for many supplements for this game over the years, it is often the same information repackaged and resold.

Finally, the artwork requires some commentary. Partial nudes may well have a place for art critics and historians to discuss their merit. These materials are commonly possessed by under aged children and in other contexts their promulgation would be reasonably considered something to be controlled. Editorial decisions being what they are, I find this particular decision by the game creators to be troublng.

This would be better released as a more comprehensive treatment of Gloranthan magic that may or may not be forthcoming (Gods of Glorantha reboot?). If that is the case, spirit magic should encompass one book, rune magic one book, and sorcery one book with an additional book including detailed culturally relevant magic items.

Would definitely not recommend buying.



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