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What do you get when you mash up arguably the best swords and sorcery role playing game ever, Barbarians of Lemuria (BoL) with the Original 1970s Fantasy Roleplaying Game? That’s the question I asked and this book is my attempt answer to that question, taking the best bits from each. This is massively trimmed down from BoL and includes none of the background material (which you can get from BoL: Mythic Edition or BoL: Legendary Edition) – so you can use The BoL Hack for any swords and sorcery setting you like.

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ANTONIO M April 30, 2020 3:57 pm UTC
the term / phrase 'Hit Dice' gets used a few times across the book, but it appears it got removed from any of the examples / rules. Particularly p.24, and "To determine their Hit Points, you roll the indicated number and type of dice." while the creatures have a flat hit point value in their statistics.

What was the intention with Hit Dice?
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Diego B August 07, 2017 2:21 pm UTC
Is this game somehow influenced by "The Black Hack" or it's a pure clone of the Original D&D? Does it also have rules from The Black Hack?
Thank you.
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Luca C December 10, 2016 10:45 pm UTC
My biggest problem with BOL is that I cannot manage to convert D&D
monsters to BOL...and I have plenty of D&D minis I'd like to play with
BOL rules...are there classic D&D monsters stats in THE BOL HACK?
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Michael T February 07, 2017 8:29 pm UTC
I have a pretty workable system for that - I'd PM you, but I don't know how!
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Luca C February 09, 2017 7:44 pm UTC
Would be wonderful, I've found some convertion notes online, but was a bit confused. Is it not possible to send me an email here?
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ROBERT D August 07, 2017 2:57 pm UTC
Rather late to this conversation but would it be possible for you to share your conversion system on the Champions of Lemuria forum?
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ROBERT D July 23, 2016 4:49 pm UTC
Nice book. The BoL and OSR hack seems to go well together. One question - is there a reason why the Group Ritual option was left out of the spell casting requirements?
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Michael T June 23, 2016 9:59 pm UTC
Why are there two files named exactly the same?
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Simon W June 24, 2016 9:55 pm UTC
Just a mix up - now sorted
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Peter P February 02, 2017 1:14 am UTC

any chance those of us who got the CB2 on lulu as hardcopy could get our hands on the d20 version?
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Jeremy H June 22, 2016 3:06 pm UTC
I'm intrigued by this one, but I'd like to hear some other good stuff before I buy it.
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Marcus B June 22, 2016 8:41 pm UTC
What do you want to hear? It is BoL with a D20, stripped down to the basics and with some added class features to harken back to ODD. It is for all intents and purposes BoL for 2.50 USD. Do you have any specific questions about it?
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Jeremy H June 23, 2016 4:14 pm UTC
I asked this on the G+ thread:

"Having never read the original BoL I have 2.5 questions... :^)
1.) Why are Heroes and Magicians always at odds? (Does this mean you can't have mixed parties?)
2.) What's so unique about the magic system?"

I received some good replies there, but if you'd like to chime in...
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Marcus B July 04, 2016 12:09 pm UTC
Ah yes, I saw that post on G+! 1) Is "Setting inherent" and as such can easily be ignored If your setting is different. 2.) The freeform and flexibility of it. As there is no fixed spell list just guidelines on how to measure the power and impact of an effect, a mage is truly free. However as a caveat, it is clearly geared away from the classic fireball throwing wizard of DnD to match the tone of classic sword and sorcery.
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