Thursday, October 20, 2016

Savage Super Science & OSR Sorcery As Old School Wasteland Campaign.

I've been reading through Adventurer, Conqueror, King over the last two weeks on and off. The book is really well laid out & do like many of the ideas that the game lays down. There isn't a whole lot of stuff not to like really. I like the level limits because quite frankly I don't have a huge amount of time lately to run on going campaigns where PC's hit twentieth level. This can take years of game play. Because ACK's is dedicated to domain play this isn't that much of a problem. Now what does this have to do with Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea? Well one of the gonzo Linus tests I've got is if a system can handle a Thundarr The Barbarian style campaign? This shouldn't be too much of a problem give the laser swords relic in AS&SH but there's more to it then that.

I was poking around the Autarch's website about three or four weeks ago and noticed a nice little download under the Supplemental Rules section called Laserguns & Lightswords Optional Rule by beastman. Not only does this give laser gun relics, light saber style weapons, optional races like Tharks and more it has rules for varying the weapon damage,etc. YOU CAN FIND IT HERE UNDER THE SUPPLEMENTAL RULES SECTION UNDER LASERGUNS & LIGHTSWORDS

Now I'm not taking anything away from the awesome work of Mutant Future & Tim Snider's Thundarr The Barbarian free sourcebook So instead this is more of a bench mark & way of dealing with OSR system values that I enjoy as well as a mental exercise. Sounds like a ton of hard work & effort doesn't it. Over the past two years I've made careful purchases of OSR products that work well together such as OSRIC, Basic Fantasy, Fantastic Heroes & Witchery, ACK's, AS&SH, Dark Albion, and many others. This was done in order to have a palette of OSR goodness that would work well with original Dungeons & Dragons as well as Advanced Dungeons & Dragons first edition. Mega dungeon settings like Operation Unfathomable make things very interesting and dicey where DM can mix and match elements of science fantasy and old school as needed.

Now with the newest edition of Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea's kickstarter coming on line it does seem like a good time to talk about the post apocalyptic sword & sorcery goodness. Especially when Jeff Talanian reveals the cover for the second edition of AS&SH. The Kickstarter is coming up tomorrow.

Actually another awesome blog has done a ton of the heavy lifting for me already. K-Slacker does a most excellent job of putting all of the the Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea (AS&SH)  Adventurer, Conqueror, King System (ACKS) ruleset together in an OSR mashup he calls Astonishing ACKS on the Mutants & Magic blog.
I've been following that blog for years and it convince me to buy AS&SH & ACKS. He's done and excellent job of blending the two systems together along with a fair degree of  Fantastic Heroes & Witchery. He's just done a spot on post on the Apes Victorious rpg and a blending of the scientist class.
One of my next purchases is going to be the ACK's Player's Companion but its going to be a long while before I can afford that little luxury. Taking care of a sick parent kinda takes up all of my cash at the moment. Fortunately my father is on the mend. This has been more of a mental exercise then anything else but these are some of the bend marks I use.
The wonderful little piece of artwork below is really what I'm after for my campaigns of savergy and super science.

Thundarr redesign by RedHeretic

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