I have turned the subterranean Vault into the valley of Yezud, changed the drow into Zamorians, and converted the priesthood of Lolth into the cult of Zath the Spider-God. The amount of treasure and magic has been significantly reduced from the original. The result is a page PDF module, including 20 pages of NPC stats and new monsters and magic, which should provide many hours of play.
This is essentially the scholar class with a few important modifications, but a separate class name was chosen so as not to confuse the two. However, they are not intended to be used side-by-side; you should choose which variant you allow in your campaigns. The PDF also contains revised spells, new spells, and revised rules for sorcery.
November 13th, All right, I said I had posted all of Vincent's maps, but of course there was one very important area missing: The Black Kingdoms! Also, a map of Zamora has been added to the Dreaming West section. November 4th, The final batch of maps from Vincent N.
Darlage, at least for now. I've saved the best for last; here are magnificent world maps , including versions without text and borders. As an added bonus, there is also a map of the Eastern Desert of Shem and adjacent nations. October 28th, Another batch of maps from the prolific Vincent N. October 24th, Yet more maps from Vincent N. Darlage, this time detailing Khawarizm Castle , a stronghold in the southernmost port of Turan on the western shore of the Vilayet Sea, known for its huge slave market. October 14th, After a few weeks of vacation, I'm pleased to present yet another map collection from Vincent N.
Darlage, this time including cities of Shem and Stygia , as well as a sample Shemite palace. September 26th, Another map collection from Vincent N. Darlage, this time detailing typical temples of the Hyborian Age. September 18th, Maps galore! From Vincent N.
Darlage comes almost a dozen excellent maps of the Blue East , based on the essay of Dale E. September 16th, Even more material from Vincent N. Darlage; a gazetteer entry for the city of Eruk. Note that the map of Eruk was printed in Shem: Gateway to the South. September 13th, Third in a series of material from Vincent N.
Darlage is a gazetteer entry for the city of Asgalun also known as Askalon and a map of the city. September 4th, Vincent Darlage, author of several Conan RPG books, has contributed a gazetteer entry for the city of Numalia and a corresponding map of the city. This is an homage to the original classic adventure module, "D2 Shrine of the Kuo-Toa", by Gary Gygax, reimagined for sword and sorcery gaming in Robert E.
Many of the original's high fantasy elements have been removed or toned down, but the module should be instantly familiar to those familiar with the classic scenario, as much of the text is verbatim from Gygax's original manuscript.
I have turned the subterranean Shrine into a ruined temple on a nameless island, changed the Kuo-Toa into Black Ones, and the Sea-Mother into a tentacled horror from the Mythos. September 26th, There's a new reviews section on the site! February 8th, Jay Lawson has created a set of files for use with the online gaming software called KloogeWerks. These files make it possible to play Mongoose's Conan game with KloogeWerks, and include data files for weapons, spells, and other items.
Download here! June 13th, Stephen has resurrected his Hyborian play-by-email campaign, The Tower , originally started way back in August Five new chapters brings the story up-to-date. Note that Stephen is also looking for a couple of new players to take the roles of current non-player characters; send him an email if you are interested.
Darlage comes almost a dozen excellent maps of the Blue East , based on the essay of Dale E. In short, Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser are motivated by their lust for life and lust for adventure. She soon discovers that ghosts are real and may not be as frightening as she thought. But the witch in the Forest, Xan, is kind. Rumor of deathly hosts emerging from the cold mists to the northwest and grotesque warbands gathering in the unforgiving east lend such reports a dire urgency. Above all, though, what elevates the work of Clark Ashton Smith, and the Zothique tales in particular, above the morass of the pulp fiction is the sheer extravagance of his prose.
Inspired by Lovecraft's aquatic monsters, the article includes details on common deep ones, deep one warriors, priests, as well as a Hybrid template. For more critters, see the Bestiary. Just enter the basic choices such as race and classes, choose skills, feats, sorcery and equipment on the subsequent worksheets; and a handy 3-page character sheet will be generated for you!
I've also added a write-up of a variant rule for the Defensive Blast ability of scholars, called Desperate Blast.
It aims to make Defensive Blast more like it was intended to be in the rulebook. You can find it in the Rules section of the site. January 30, There is a new Neverwinter Nights community at hyborian-age. According to the website, " We have a full world developed for your roleplaying enjoyment based on Robert E.
Howard's Conan milieux. We have a complete Hyborian sub-race system encompassing the whole of the REH campaign setting, and have a full geography for you to explore as a player. The emphasis on our server is role playing, and we aspire to have a very old school dungeons and dragons pencil and paper atmosphere. I've written up some conversion notes for those wanting to run the adventure with the Mongoose Conan RPG rules. I've made some combat counter sheets for Hyborian Age encounters, available in the Resources section. I'll be posting some suggestions on how to place the adventure in the Hyborian Age after the book has been published.
April 17, Chrysagon has made an awesome giant full-color map of Hyboria. You can download it directly from Chrysagon's site or from the maps section here at xoth. March 20, Today, I'm proud to present the awesome cover illustration for my upcoming adventure and sourcebook, Ancient Kingdoms: Mesopotamia , to be published by Necromancer Games. Click the image for a larger version! The page book, while set in a Mythical Mesopotamia, is a homage to the worlds and fiction of Robert E.
Howard and Clark Ashton Smith. Read more at the Necromancer Games upcoming products page There is a detailed review at rpg. It's great to finally have a common ruleset for such campaigns, reducing the need for homegrown fixes and house rules for the d20 system. The page full-color book is beautifully laid out, with illustrations ranging from excellent the Dance of the Cobras on page to not-so-good the rather amateurish sabre-tooth on page Most illustrations are of the excellent variety, though, including the cover art.
The magic system is great and captures the feel of dark sorcery well. In general, the book is very much in the spirit of Robert E. Howard such great source material practically ensures a great book. On the downside, the book suffers from poor sloppy? Hopefully Mongoose will release an errata sheet soon, based on input from the Conan discussion board. For the last year or so, I've been working on a book called Ancient Kingdoms: Mesopotamia , coming soon from Necromancer Games.
It's a huge sourcebook with numerous new classes, deities, monsters and magic items, including a series of short adventures.
Howard and Clark Ashton Smith -- at least that is the atmosphere I was trying to invoke when I wrote the book. With minor modifications, the adventure or parts of it can be inserted in a Hyborian campaign, preferably in eastern Shem or somewhere in the Kharamun desert. If things continue to spiral out of control, an otherworldly horror will engulf the world. But if Davril does set things right, it could mean the death of his beloved. What will he do?
Lovecraft and Robert E. People who like Weird Tales, the works of Robert E. In addition, many early sword and sorcery writers, such as Robert E. Howard and Clark Ashton Smith , were heavily influenced by the Middle Eastern tales of the Arabian Nights , whose stories of magical monsters and evil sorcerers were a major influence on the genre-to-be. Sword and sorcery's frequent depictions of smoky taverns and smelly back alleys draw upon the picaresque genre; for example, Rachel Bingham notes that Fritz Leiber 's city of Lankhmar bears considerable similarity to 16th century Seville as depicted in Cervantes ' tale Rinconete y Cortadillo.
Sword and sorcery proper only truly began in the pulp fantasy magazines, where it emerged from " weird fiction. The genre has been defined, strongly, by the work of Robert E. Howard, particularly his tales of Conan the Barbarian and Kull of Atlantis , mostly in Weird Tales from and respectively.
Other pulp fantasy fiction—such as Edgar Rice Burroughs' Barsoom series and Leigh Brackett 's Sea Kings of Mars —have a similar feel to sword and sorcery, but, because alien science replaces the supernatural, it is usually described as planetary romance or sword and planet , and considered to fall more in the area of science fiction. From the s up till the s, under the guiding force of Lin Carter , a select group of writers formed the Swordsmen and Sorcerers' Guild of America SAGA to promote and enlarge the sword and sorcery genre. From to , five anthologies featuring short works by SAGA members were published.
Edited by Carter, these were collectively known as Flashing Swords! Another notable sword and sorcery anthology series that ran from through was called " Swords Against Darkness " Zebra Books , edited by Andrew J. Despite such authors' best efforts, some critics have used sword and sorcery as a dismissive or pejorative term.
The term is sometimes used in a derogatory manner by writers and readers of the fantasy genre.