It felt also strange to think that TSR could have put an entirely new fantasy rpg game in without me ever noticing. My first thought was it. A list of products, cover scans, and sources for purchase of these out-of-print books for the various Conan role playing games. Lost Game Safari: The Conan RPG from TSR By Jeff Mejia Conan. With the exception of the works of Professor Tolkien, no other character of.
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The following is an article of mine that appeared in issue of Knights of the Dinner Table Magazine.
With the exception of the works of Professor Tolkien, no other character of the 20th century embodies the spirit of fantasy gaming more than the grim, blue-eyed Barbarian from the magnificent stories by Robert E. The hard fighting, hard drinking, savage warrior has been the favorite character of countless players through the years.
The game comes boxed and contains two slim books, a fifteen-page reference guide, a map, some character sheets, and dice. The actual rulebook is a mere 32 pages, all crunch, no fluff.
The second book is a combination Gsr and monster manual, written in the style of an archaeological notebook, with short snippets outlining the various countries, cultures, beasts and characters of the Hyborian world.
Again, to call the entries brief would be an understatement. The reference pages are surprisingly one of the more important pieces of rpgg these 15 pages contain all the information for the various talents as well as several key tables containing wound charts, equipment lists, and combat modifier charts.
Why these reference pages were simply not put in the rulebook completely escapes me it almost seems as if they were an afterthought, and rushed to the printer at the last minute.
There are a number of unique innovations used in The Conan game. First of all, the mechanics are surprisingly simple with both task and combat resolution being decided off of one percentile chart, called a resolution table. Gaming is about rolling dice and killing your opponents. The Conan game understands this and makes no apologies for it.
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The Combat in this game is both quick and brutal. For example Khoraj, a mercenary from Turan is facing Anteus, a Bounty hunter from Ophir in an alleyway. Khoraj has a movement talent of 4 and is armed with a saber talent 5. Anteus has a movement talent of 5 and is wielding a large club talent 2. It is determined that Anteus will be attacking first.
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The resolution chart is colored and a successful hit in a specific color indicates the amount of damage done, in this case three points of base damage are done, to this number we add any damage modifier for the weapon and any strength bonus in both cases zero and subtract the protection value of the opponents armor if any.
Khoraj has no leg armor so he takes the full 3 points of damage. Khoraj declared a headshot as his intended target.
He rolled a specific wound. The result of a specific wound to the head for an enemy is death. The rules continue with an overview of movement and travel as well as the dangers of falling, fire, drowning and poison.
All of this information is covered in two pages, once again very little is given over to fluff. The next chapter deals with magic. In the Hyborian world, mages are a rare and mistrusted bunch. There are no Magic stores, kindly absent minded wizards, or schools of Sorcery. This however, is in keeping with the flavor of the original stories, priests and mages were adversaries to be thwarted.
In some rare instances a spell caster would provide assistance, but the focus of the Conan stories were on the ability of a determined man, wielding cold hard steel to overcome his foes.
The magic system In the Conan game was truly original. It was one of the first open-ended systems ever published.
Magic is a long and arduous process in the Conan game. To begin with the mechanics are heavily skewed against a magic wielding character; the rulebook itself discourages player character sorcerers. Mages begin the game with the obsession disadvantage right from the beginning and they gain various additional weaknesses as they progress prg magical talent, for every simple illusion they learn to create, or cloud of fog they summon, they are burdened with additional mental and physical disadvantages.
And when its all said and done, the fruits of their labor are still nowhere near as powerful as their fireball-slinging brethren in other games. Fame is a reflection of a characters notoriety it could be a positive or negative value.
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For every heroic deed, act of bravado, or victory in battle the character can earn fame points. Consequently for every cowardly act, notable defeat, act of pure stupidity etc. The value of a high fame score is of course obvious, more free drinks come your way, wenches are more willing, and you tend to recruit a better class of henchman. Using your talents in an adventure is rewarded with additional talent points awarded at the end of the game. These points may be applied to increase current talent scores or to purchase new talents that the character was exposed to during play.
In the Conan game heroic deeds call for heroic rewards. Luck points are valued for enabling your character to re-roll a failed result or to reduce the ill effects of damage, you can also apply them as a modifier to aid in performing extraordinary actions.
The rules encourage players to emulate the heroes of the genre and have their characters act accordingly. There were no source books of the various Hyborian nations, no splat books filled with new talents, weapons, monsters or magic items, not even a measly GM screen. But despite its minimal support there were die-hard fans out there willing to give it a shot, Fans for whom frolicking with faerie folk in the magic rich worlds of Dungeons and Dragons and other Fantasy games held little appeal.
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