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Legends of Steel - Barbarians of Lemuria Edition
by Michael H. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 08/11/2013 01:29:42
With all the great background of the Savage Worlds edition that I already have, but ported into the wonderful Barbarians of Lemuria rules. I was very eager to learn more of these rules, but had to forebear till I could find them in a product that did not have pictures I found objectionable. While I fully understand that such is commonplace in the Swords and Sorcery genre, I still cannot accept it into my home. I was absolutely delighted to get this book.

The BoL rules are light and look faster and easier than those of my old flame, Savage Worlds. I look forward to testing this assumption. A simple 2d6 mechanic drives everything, so there is no wondering which dice to use or anything like that.

Characters are simple but elegant with a dozen or so important things to note on the character sheet, which it seems should be pyrographed into rabbit skins in old nordic runes or something to keep up with the amazing setting.

There is still the great discussion of the genre, and the world presented with its gazeteer will work to one degree or another anywhere along the spectrum.

In short, pick it up if you want a great setting for the S&S genre and concise fast rules.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Dicey Tales #2
by Andrew G. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 12/02/2012 03:26:30
Whilst Dicey Tales #1 was excellent as a source book for the pulp genre, Dicey Tales #2 moves into a slightly different, and in my opinion, possibly better area.

It is now, in essence, a proper "fanzine" for the BoL system - albeit with superb production values!

It still has at its core the beating pulp heart of DT#1; and builds on the pulp source material with an excellent bestiary (which is, obviously, useable with any genre), new Boons & Flaws, and a cool adventure (Nazis! mystery! ghost Vikings!). The addition of a Lemurian and a further Legends of Steel adventure just makes it perfect for those of us who enjoy a range of genres.

DT#2 is, I believe, a love letter to the BoL system - get it, feel the love!

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Dicey Tales #1
by JERRY M. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 11/21/2012 17:36:14
OK, this one took me a little by surprise.

Evil DM took an already great system (BoL) and adds another genre (Pulp Adventure) to the list of playable games! Nice, concise rules, some nice boons and flaws that capture the feel of everything from Indiana Jones and Amelia Peabody to the Shadow and the Phantom...

The adventures are also fun and well-written. I might even adapt them both to be good BoL roleplaying adventures. (Easy enough to replace San Francisco Museum with some city-state building...)

All in all, funa nd well worth it.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Dicey Tales #2
by JERRY M. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 11/21/2012 17:26:37
Another great BoL product from Evil DM

And it not only fleshes out the Pulp Era, but the core BoL as well.

You get some great new rules (some of the Boons and Flaws will be modded for my own homebrew BoL adventures) and not one, not two, but 3 adventures: one each for BoL, Pulp, and Legends of Steel.

One of the best things about Evil DMs adventures, is that they are adaptable. Even the Pulp Adventure could, (with a little tweaking of the main badguys) be used as a fun BoL exploratory adventure.

All in all, well worth the $$$ and the time. A great resource for fans of any of the BoX games.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Legends of Steel - Barbarians of Lemuria Edition
by Jonathan D. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 02/10/2012 16:44:50
If you already own "Barbarians of Lemura - Legendary Edition", there's not a lot of reasons to the buy this product. I was disappointed with the lack of new content. The book rehashes the BoL rules. Many of the Careers/Boons/Flaws overlap. And the Armor/Weapon lists are almost identical. The one draw to this book is the bestiary. It offers stats for mythological beasts with familiar names (as opposed to the creatures in the BoL book). There's very little art in the book. In conclusion, there's some good ideas but not enough to warrant a 15 dollar price tag.

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[2 of 5 Stars!]
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Legends of Steel: ZeFRS Edition
by Patrick C. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 07/03/2011 10:58:42
One of the best RPG systems around, slick mechanisms and very broad character creation system. It works very well with detailed and speedy resolution.
And one of the best settings around (I already had it for Savage Worlds). Very evocative and full of flavour.

A real killer combination. The Evil DM is slowly producing little gems one fter another.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Dicey Tales #1
by Tim L. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 06/27/2011 07:25:08
Althoug written for Barbarians of Lemuria, the text is incredibly clear and easy to convert to my own favorite system. Pulpy adventure at the end is a highlight.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Dicey Tales #1
by Olman F. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 06/20/2011 20:33:09
If you already are a fan of Barbarians of Lemuria and are looking for a supplement that will allow you to play in the pulp genre, then this is it. There really isn't a whole lot else to say. Just a great all-around pulp supplement for one of the best light systems out there.

If you aren't familiar with Barbarians of Lemuria, you will need it to play this game. If you are looking for a light, flexible system that captures the sense of high adventure found in the old pulps and old time radio plays, BoL + Dicey Tales really could be your go to system.

This is a nicely designed product, with lively, relevant art that captures the pulp spirit. The new boons and flaws really help to flesh out the various pulp characters you can create easily with the BoL skeleton. Mejia really gets the genre and this is demonstrated in the text descrptions, which not only flesh out the mechanical elements of the Boons and Flaws but also add tons of inspiring little ideas for characters and adventure hooks. It's what makes this book just fun to read.

The two adventures at the back are nicely done. The first one is a bit too linear for my tastes, but should give plenty of opportunity for the players to engage in creative fisticuffs. The second adventure is much more open-ended, a very elegant little scenario that could go off in many fun directions. Together, the two adventures provide material for a wide range of group playstyles.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
Dicey Tales #1
by Andrew G. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 06/19/2011 07:36:57
An excellent addition to the Barbarians of Lemuria "family"! Jeff Mejia (The Evil DM) has provided us with a really useful toolkit for full-on Pulp action.
There are a wide range of careers, and Boons & Flaws for creating square-jawed heroic adventurers, wise-cracking sidekicks, dangerous femme fatales and, of course, the obligatory mad scientist. There are also rules for magic & psychic powers and scientific wizardry!
You will find rules for firearms,vehicles (and car chases!) which, pretty much, mirror those found within Dogs of War (by Beyond Belief Games).
Dicey Tales also provides good advice on creating a Pup "feel" in your adventures.
There are two cracking adventures to get you started.
Hopefully future editions will provide more of the same.
If you like Pulp adventures, this is something to consider. If you like BoL, and want to take your game into a different area - this is (almost) an essential purchase.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
Dicey Tales #1
by Timothy S. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 06/17/2011 15:09:30
Full Disclosure: I have some bias, having helped with the editing of Issue #1. However, bias aside, The Evil DM, a.k.a. Jeff, has hit a homerun with Dicey Tales #1.

DT #1 exudes pulpy goodness. The expanded boons and flaws just add icing. The Evil DM is expanding support for Dicey Tales too with a blog and forum, bulding a community along the release. If you liked Barbarians of Lemuria, or just like rules light systems, I can recommend Dicey Tales!

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
Dicey Tales #1
by Morgan H. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 06/15/2011 20:38:21
Great Product from the Evil GM! A couple years ago I wanted to run a pulp campaign with the Barbarians of Lemuria game engine. I wish DT had been available then!

The work has been done by providing appropriate character careers, boons, and flaws. Sample powers have been provided in the areas of Magic, Scientific Wizardry, and Psychic Abilities following the very open system of BoL.

Rules for firearms and vehicles have also been included along with generic samples.

Two starter adventures have been included.

This is apparently the first in what will hopefully be a long line of great supplements covering many pulp genres, such as lost world, western, or Sci-Fi.

You will need BoL to use Dicey Tales but is well worth downloading. I wish a character sheet with the DT logo had been included as well as some generic adversaries but future Dicey Tales should come to the rescue!

Another "well done" for the Evil DM!

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
Legends of Steel: ZeFRS Edition
by Tim K. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 02/24/2011 11:29:59
The best looking iteration of Legends Of Steel to date, employing the slick ZeFRS system (as originated in TSR's old Marvel Super Heroes roleplaying game). The evocative world provided (World of Erisa) is a cornucopia of gritty, swords and sorcery inspiration.

Highly recommended for those looking for a change of pace to their usual fantasy fare or those coming to roleplaying for the first time as this is a complete game - and setting - in one book.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Legends of Steel - Barbarians of Lemuria Edition
by Hombre-lobo D. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/25/2010 07:45:20
This fantastic game slightly adapts the excellent Barbarians of Lemuria rules set to fit the Erisa setting. Chock full of ideas and opportunities for sword & sorcery adventure and intrigue. You can use this setting instead of Lemuria but combining the two is perhaps an even more interesting option.

Highly recommended for any fan of the genre!

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Legends of Steel - Savage Worlds Edition
by Michael W. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 07/14/2010 07:37:05
There are campaign settings for Savage World for almost every genre. One genre I’ve been missing for some time was Swords & Sorcery. But luckily Jeff Mejia aka EvilDM released Legends of Steel in a Savage Worlds edition some time ago. I recently had the chance to check it out as he now sells his works on DriveThruRPG now.

The 70-paged PDF is truely a great introduction into the Swords & Sorcery genre. Starting with the Introduction the author gives several examples what Sword & Sorcery is all about and clear up a couple of misconceptions. There are much more character concepts than barbarian and not every S&S game should be reminiscent of Robert E. Howard’s Conan stories.
Mejia differentiates between the “Grim And Gritty”, “Pulp and Paperback” and “Comic book and Cartoon” styles and provides some details and examples for each style. The included campaign setting “The World of Erisa” was modeled after the “Comic book and cartoon” style.

The cover artwork of Legends of Steel is reminiscent of a S&S comic cover and shows a party of adventurers fighting some kind of lizardmen. The interior artwork is black and white only and of varying quality. But overall the artwork is of pretty good quality. If you buy the digital edition of the book you not only get the regular version, but also a printer-friendly one (which doesn’t contain any artwork) and a high quality version of the map of Erisa.

The character creation section of the book provides tips on how to create interesting characters fitting for the genre and explains what sets Legends of Steel apart from other fantasy Savage World games. For example is the game geared toward human characters and player characters should start as Veterans and not Novices as in vanilla Savage Worlds. This actually sets the tone of the whole campaign. Player characters in the S&S genre tend to be larger-than-life heroes and non-human usually don’t play a large role.

Legends of Steel introduces a couple new and enhanced edges like Birthright, Fearless, Sexy Armor (I am not kidding) and Shape-shifter. Sexy Armor is actually a great idea on behalf of the author. One of the tropes of S&S are horribly underarmored heroes and heroines, but for some reason their loin cloth or chainmail bikini protects its wearer as good as plate. This is simulated in the game by this new edge.

The book also gives a lot of useful advice for players and GMs on how to set the tone of the campaign. There’s even a section on taverns – just think of the tavern scenes in the Conan: The Barbarian movie. All in all I like that the author really managed to convey the feel of the genre.

The second and larger part of the book focuses on Erisa, the campaign world of Legends of Steel. Each place of interest is described in detail. In most cases strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to the city or province is given. Basically the whole chapter is crammed full of adventure hooks that the GM just needs to pick and choose for his campaign. This definitely compensates for the lack of a plot point campaign. The setting definitely reminds me of the Hyborean Age presented in the Conan stories, but this isn’t a bad thing. It’s crammed full of interesting ideas and there’s the right place for almost any adventure conceivable.

The book concludes with an introductory adventure and a couple of pregenarated characters.

If you are into the Swords & Sorcery genre, you will definitely enjoy Legends of Steel. The Savage Worlds ruleset definitely is a good fit and the book contains a lot of great tips for players and GMs. Did I tell you that the whole book in its digital form is just $12? So you really get a lot of great content for the buck. There’s only a minor drawback: instead of most Savage World campaign settings, it doesn’t come with a plot point campaign. But that shouldn’t prevent you from checking it out!

This review was written based on a read through of the PDF version of Legend of Steel which has been provided as a review copy by the author. Thanks, Jeff!

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Legends of Steel - Barbarians of Lemuria Edition
by Andrew S. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 07/14/2010 07:13:51
Best rules lite system ever. I will never go back.

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