Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Lovecraftian Thing A Day No.47: Astonishing Swordsmen and Sorcerers of Hyperborea!

So today Modiphius has launched its Conan rpg Kickstarter. If, however, you can't wait for that burning hunk of Lovecraftian-inflected sword-and-sorcery goodness to appear in your friendly local gaming store, you could do worse than check out the honest slice of Old School gaming that is Astonishing Swordsmen and Sorcerer's of Hyperborea! Ok, so officially the title doesn't end with an exclamation mark. But it should. No orcs, elves or dwarves here - but Nightgaunts, Shoggoths and Elder Things aplenty (along with many other Lovecraftian horrors) to vex you player characters with.  There are already a number of Lovecraft-themed scenarios available, with an Innsmouth one being kickstarted shortly.

Personally, I find Astonishing Swordsmen and Sorcerers of Hyperborea best played whilst wearing nothing but a pair of sandals (socks not optional if you are British) and some leopard-print underpants to get into the proper, mighty-thewed barbarian mood...

I'll leave you to ponder that image with some easy listening.

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