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Barbarians of Lemuria: Mythic Edition - fast, rules-lite, sword and sorcery roleplaying in the Lands of Lemuria.
Barbarians of Lemuria: Mythic Edition - fast, rules-lite, sword and sorcery roleplaying in the Lands of Lemuria.
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“It is a savage age of sorcery and bloodshed, where strong men and beautiful women, warlords, priests, magicians and gladiators battle to carve a bloody path leading to the Throne of Lemuria. It is an age of heroic legends and valiant sagas. And this is one of them...”

Simon Washbourne, creator of Barbarians of Lemuria, says:

"I always thought Barbarians of Lemuria (or BoL as it has since become known) was pretty good when I designed it, but it wasn’t until much later that others were given the opportunity to see whether I was right to think that. Thankfully, by and large they did.

It started in about 1992 or thereabouts. I’d just re-read Lin Carter’s Thongor books and decided to run a campaign set in his land of Lemuria. I wrote the rules on a few sheets of paper, drew a couple of maps and away we went. Whilst we were playing the game, my players commented that this was probably as good, if not better than other games out there and that I should publish it. But then every gaming group says the same about their own homebrews – very few go on to publish and even fewer succeed. The campaign eventually ended and I put the rules away and we moved onto other games.

Things changed by the early 2000’s. Designers were beginning to find a growing market for their own niche games, so I decided to showoff BoL to the world. Some time in 2003 I re-wrote it, threw in a few pieces of art I’d done for some UK fanzines years before and still had lying around at let it loose. It’s still there on 1KM1KT. 

It took a while, but feedback started to come in. People were reading BoL…people were playing BoL…and, even better, people enjoyed playing BoL. There were even suggestions I should publish it commercially. So, in 2007, I did.

I published the first edition of BoL in print through LULU and in pdf via RPGNow. It sold very well in both formats, even though the artwork wasn’t great. So well in fact that a French publisher proposed a deal whereby he would publish a French translation and I would receive all the artwork that would be in the French edition. I jumped at the chance and BoL: Legendary Edition was born. All it needed was wider distribution; this was where Cubicle 7 stepped in.

Through Cubicle 7, BoL: LE got the exposure it needed and hasn’t looked back. It has inspired people to run it in genres other than sword and sorcery and it has been translated into German, Portuguese, Catalan, Japanese as well as French, as mentioned above. Other genres for BoL, include Dogs of W*A*R (men’s action/adventure), Barbarians of the Aftermath (post apocalyptic), Honor & Intrigue (swashbuckling derring-do) as well as other spin-offs, such as Jeff Mejia’s Legends of Steel: BoL Edition. Others are in the works."

Now it’s time to update BoL! The Mythic Edition is the best version yet - it takes all the ideas from the fans that have made BoL into the finest sword-and-sorcery system there is and makes it even better. Mainly it’s just more of everything: more creatures, more adventures, more background and setting, mass warfare, sea battles and so on. There are some rule changes, but these just make the game even more straightforward so you can just get on with the action! 

All in all, we're excited to bring Barbarians of Lemuria: Mythic Edition to you, and hope you are just as pleased with this fabulous game. 

The draft manuscript of Barbarians of Lemuria: Mythic Edition is 99% complete, and for a £1 pledge you will receive a full copy of the draft pdf. This draft has no art, minimal layout and no editing. To transform this document into a publication deserving to be released, as both a pdf and physical book (softcover and hardcover), a minimum of £2,000 is required for editing, layout and the following line / back & white art: 

  • cover image
  • 26 career portrait images
  • 34 creature / race images
  • 6 half page scenes
  • 3 full page scenes

Whilst this will see Barbarians of Lemuria: Mythic Edition released as a worthy successor to the Legendary Edition, this is just the start of the journey: it's true potential will be unlocked through stretch goals.

Funding Achieved!

The following Pledge Levels clarify the those to the right, including any extras achieved during the Kickstarter project.

You get immediate access to the draft pdf (see update 1) and access to all backer-only updates. The draft pdf is the initial unedited document with minimal formatting.

You get everything at the Backer level. You also get the finished pdf of Barbarians of Lemuria: Mythic Edition, the pdf of the Kickstarter Exclusive adventure Bloodhunt!, pdf(s) of the adventures: Children of the Void, Crimson Shoals, Ghost Moontower, Shades of Yggdar, The Skyward Citadel, and The Unholy Greyl, pdf of the World of Xoth adventure - The Vault of Yigthrahotep, Creature Deck pdf, Reference Cards pdf, GM Screen pdf, plus pdf copies of any other extras that may be produced from stretch goals. You will be able to buy the book at cost price from RPGNow (see FAQ for further details).

Estimated delivery: December 2014 (please note the November estimated delivery listed under Pledges was in error).

You get everything at the Backer level. You also get the finished pdf of Barbarians of Lemuria: Mythic Edition, the pdf of the Kickstarter Exclusive adventure Bloodhunt!, pdf(s) of the adventures: Children of the Void, Crimson Shoals, Ghost Moontower, Shades of Yggdar, The Skyward Citadel, and The Unholy Greyl, pdf of the World of Xoth adventure - The Vault of Yigthrahotep, Creature Deck pdf, Reference Cards pdf, GM Screen pdf, plus pdf copies of any other extras that may be produced from stretch goals. You will also get the finished Fantasy Grounds ruleset of Barbarians of Lemuria. This ruleset will include the adventures within the book as ready to play adventure modules (five in number).

Estimated delivery: December 2014.

You get everything at the Fantasy Grounds level. You will also get early access to the beta Ruleset and will be able to provide feedback on it.

Estimated delivery: December 2014.

You get everything at the Book and Fantasy Grounds levels.

Estimated delivery: December 2014.

You must be able to prove that you are a retail store. You get 5 physical books at cost price from RPGNow (see FAQ for more details). At the Kickstarter conclusion you will be asked what type of books you require, softcover, hardcover, or a combination. P&P will be paid to RPGNow when the physical books are ordered.

Estimated delivery: December 2014.

You must be able to prove that you are a retail store. You get 10 physical books at cost price from RPGNow (see FAQ for more details). At the Kickstarter conclusion you will be asked what type of books you require, softcover, hardcover, or a combination. P&P will be paid to RPGNow when the physical books are ordered.

Estimated delivery: December 2014.

You get everything at the Book level. You also get a custom portrait (B&W or Colour) of your character, drawn by one of the project artists of your choice. You will receive an image file of the portrait and a custom pdf character sheet that includes the image.

Estimated delivery: December 2014.

You get everything at the Book level. You also get a custom full length image (B&W or Colour) of your character, drawn by one of the project artists of your choice. You will receive an image file of the character and a custom pdf character sheet that includes the image.

Estimated delivery: December 2014.

You get everything at the Book level (including a book from RPGNow at cost, if required). You also get a hardcover book, cloth bound, with foil blocking on front and spine, with a full colour wrap around jacket. The book will be signed by Simon Washbourne. Initially with a black and white interior, the book will be upgraded to partial colour and then full colour, as additional stretch goals are met. An A3 map of Lemuria will be included with the book. Please add the following amount to your pledge for postage and packing: UK - £9.50, Europe - £15.50, World Zone 1 - £25, World Zone 2 - £26.50. See update 7 for World Zone information.

You get everything at the Book level. You also have an image in the book, based on the likeness of a photo you provide (you must have permission to use the photo), drawn by one of the project artists (see FAQ for more details).

Estimated delivery: December 2014.

You get everything at the Book level. You also get to work with Simon Washbourne to add a Cult or Organisation into the book and your name will appear on the main credits page.

Estimated delivery: December 2014.

Increase your pledge level by the amount listed to include the items below:

Reference Cards, £1. Physical copy (at cost from RPGNow) of the Reference Cards. At current count the deck will include 14, 6" x 6" reference cards, see update 14 for full details.
Bloodhunt!, £2. Physical copy (at cost from RPGNow) of the Kickstarter exclusive adventure, see update 4 for details. 
Creature Deck, £2. Physical copy (at cost from RPGNow) of the Creature Deck. At current count the creature deck includes 58 creature cards, see update 3 for full details.
The Vault of Yigthrahotep, £2. Physical copy (at cost from RPGNow) of the World of Xoth adventure, see update 17 for full details. 
Lemurian Tales, £3. Physical copies (at cost from RPGNow) of the six adventures achieved from the 300 backers bonus stretch goal, see update 9 for full details).
A3 Map of Lemuria (UK), £3. An A3 map of Lemuria (170gsm Silk) folded to A5, includes P&P.
A3 Map of Lemuria (Europe), £4. An A3 map of Lemuria (170gsm Silk) folded to A5, includes P&P.
A3 Map of Lemuria (Rest of the World), £5. An A3 map of Lemuria (170gsm Silk) folded to A5, includes P&P.
Extra Book, £10. Add £10 to you pledge if you would like to receive an extra book at cost from RPGNow.
Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover, £50. If you are currently pledging at a £40 level or above, and want to upgrade to a Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover, then please add £50 to your pledge.

The following stretch goals will unlock additional content, should the funding level be achieved:

The first stretch goal at £4,000 will include the following additional line / black & white art: 

  • 30 additional creature / race images
  • 6 additional half page scenes
  • 3 additional full page scenes
  • 40 small filler images

Achieved!

If we reach £4,500 an all new map of Lemuria, from Robert Altbauer of Fantasy Map, will be commissioned. Not only will this be a remake of the map seen in the Legendary Edition, it will also include the lands to the north of the Mountains of Axos.

Achieved!

Should the project reach £6,000, the first round of art will be upgraded to full colour. 

Achieved!

The last planned stretch goal, at £7,500, will see the entire book in full colour.

Achieved!

By an overwhelming majority (73%), the next stretch goal will be another adventure. This will be written by Simon Washbourne.

If the project exceeds £7,500, then all further stretch goals will be controlled by you, the backers! The floor will be open to all backers to suggest what else you might want (subject to the constraints of the project, i.e. it has to be realistically achievable), some suggestions being: 

  • Hero / Villain Point Tokens
  • Custom Dice
  • Full Length Characters instead of Career Portraits
  • Kickstarter Exclusive Hardback

All backer suggestions will be noted, and a poll created for backers to choose the next stretch goal. This poll will take place once the preceding stretch goal has been reached, so that an appropriate cost level and delivery timescales can be determined.

At 50 backers, Krongar and the Thieves of Malakut, a new adventure from Simon Washbourne, will be included within the Mythic Edition. - Achieved!

At 100 backers, Krongar and The Curse of the Bloodless, another new adventure from Simon Washbourne, will be included within the Mythic Edition. - Achieved!

At 200 backers, Bloodhunt!, a Kickstarter exclusive adventure will be produced, written by Garnett "G-Man" Elliott and with art by the project artists. This adventure may subsequently be given a general release, however it will have different layout and/or cover art. - Achieved!

At 300 backers, the following adventures from Garnett "G-Man" Elliott, currently available on Strange Stones, will be updated to be compatible with both the setting and rules of BoL:ME: Ghosts in the Moon Tower, The Unholy Greyl, Children of the Void, Crimson Shoals, Ghosts of Ygddar, and The Skyward Citadel- Achieved!

At 400 backers a World of Xoth adventure will be included, converted for use with the Barbarians of Lemuria: Mythic Edition rules and complete with notes on adapting it to the Lemurian setting. - Achieved!

At 500 backers BoL Everywhen will come to a Kickstarter near you, in 2015. Think of BoL Everwhen as the BoL core rules, with such options as fear, firearms and vehicle combat (to name a few), for all your pulp setting needs. Included in the book will be hints and tips for using BoL in just about any pulp-type genre, including several sample settings such as "Barbarians of the Forgotten Suns", "Warriors of Callisto" and "Guns of Laredo".

The goal of this Kickstarter is to produce both a pdf and physical book of Barbarians of Lemuria: Mythic Edition. At a minimum this will be with all-new line / black & white art:

However, if the first three stretch goals are met the book (both pdf and physical) will include twice the amount of art, which will be all full colour:

The following artists and cartographers will be supporting the project: John BlaszczykJenna FowlerPeter Frain, MonkeyBlood Design.

Subject to meeting the stretch goal Robert Altbauer will also join the team.

Risks and challenges

Filigree Forge is new publishing company, without the resources and experience of larger organisations. With a tight deadline being set, constant oversight will be required to ensure targets are met.

Unlike some other ventures, the book is largely complete, with the project requiring only art, editing and layout. Print on Demand is being used rather than wholesale printing / distribution, which significantly reduces the risk for backers in obtaining the finished product.

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    Exclusive Book. You get everything at the Book level (including a book from RPGNow at cost, if required). You also get a hardcover book, cloth bound, with foil blocking on front and spine, with a full colour wrap around jacket.

    The book will be signed by Simon Washbourne.

    Initially with a black and white interior, the book will be upgraded to partial colour and then full colour, as additional stretch goals are met.

    Please add the following amount to your pledge for postage and packing: UK - £9.50, Europe - £15.50, World Zone 1 - £25, World Zone 2 - £26.50. See update 7 for World Zone information.

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