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Brazen Backgrounds: Character Backgrounds for Bronze Age Settings


Welcome to BRAZEN BACKGROUNDS, a character-background generator written specifically for role-playing games in Bronze Age fantasy settings - and written by a professional scholar, with a doctorate in the study of ancient history and archaeology. System-neutral, this resource can also breathe life into characters for any low magic, low fantasy, or sword-and-sorcery campaign. 

From the moment of character generation, these backgrounds will ease players into a setting that many find less familiar than the faux-medieval worlds more common in fantasy games. While some character background products offer a one-word or one-sentence description of each career, BRAZEN BACKGROUNDS describes twenty-four period-appropriate backgrounds, and then expands each background with small random tables for further detail. Many backgrounds add a piece of appropriate equipment to character inventories, or suggest character motivations and personalities. With this guide and a handful of dice, you can easily generate thousands of medium-detail backstories for Bronze Age characters who lived a little before becoming adventurers.

Reflecting the writer’s own background as an ancient historian, the introduction also briefly discusses tips on gaming in a Bronze Age-inspired setting, and provides a short list of suggested titles for those wanting to learn more about Bronze Age history, archaeology, religion, equipment, and fighting techniques. 


...from Erik Tenkar of Tenkar's Tavern: 

There are story hooks that can be grabbed out of here for your campaign … Something like this gives your players something to latch onto at the beginning of the game … and enough to feed off of. … This is nice! These are adventure seeds. This has a lot of potential. ... Seriously. A very, very worthwhile product … Go to DriveThru, give it a peek, you’ll like it. 

...from Arlen Walker of Pellam's Wasteland: 
"...this is a cool product that does exactly what it says on the tin and I can't wait to see more from Gundobad Games."
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Casey P June 10, 2023 10:42 pm UTC
Are these backgrounds like those for Dnd 5e?
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Ryan W September 08, 2023 2:30 pm UTC
Hi Casey - apologies for the slow response! I didn't see a notification for your question, and just now caught it. The character backgrounds in "Brazen Backgrounds" are *sort of* like 5e backgrounds. :-) They offer primarily narrative color to help give a PC or NPC an instant, distinctive backstory. The product is written in a system-neutral fashion, so there isn't anything tailored specifically to 5e (or any other system) - but you could use the background's relevant skills and areas of knowledge to craft suitable skills for different systems - pretty quickly, I think. That's probably easiest to do with something fairly rules light, like an OSR/NSR or a Powered-by-the-Apocalypse game, but I imagine it could be useful elsewhere, too. At any rate, there is a product preview enabled, so if you click on that just below the picture of the product cover, you can see what the backgrounds are like and what they do/don't offer. Thanks for your interest in "Brazen Backgrounds."
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Ryan W March 08, 2020 7:56 pm UTC
Author/Publisher here - if you'd like the source for the Tenkar's Tavern review comments mentioned on this product page, please see:
For Arlen Walker's comments, see the "reviews" tab on this page. Happy gaming!
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