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Barbarians of the Ruined Earth (Standard Cover)

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This is the standard edition cover for the book by James Hanson.  You can find the Special Edition cover by James V West here.  

Barbarians of the Ruined Earth is a weird post-apocalyptic fantasy setting inspired by Thundarr the Barbarian. Throw in a healthy heap of Mad Max: Fury Road and a little Pirates of Dark Water and you’ve got yourself a Saturday Morning Cartoon Stew fueled by heavy metal!

The players take on the role of heroes (or maybe some feisty brigands or profiteers), wandering the Ruined Earth defeating evil Sorcerers, beating the crap out of mutated frog-men, bashing some raider skulls, or wandering through the stinking ruins of an Ancient Earth space shuttle hanger looking for bits of Stupendous Science! 

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What can I say about Barbarians of the Ruined Earth that the tasty 89 full color illustrations packed into this goddamned book doesn’t already scream at you? I mean aside from the fact it uses The Black Hack, has 4 classes and 4 races (each with cool abilities, starting gear, and tables to generate unique trinkets and life events), 7 sample traps, new magic system with 30 spells, new and fun equipment for the setting, including 12 weaponized animals, hireling and vehicle rules, 14 pieces of Stupendous Science, 60 different mutations, 18 pieces of cyberware, 11 charts and tables for GM’s to use on the fly, 46 adversaries to pit your players against, a point crawl in the ruins of the Los Angeles area with 13 locations, all channeling the spirt of Thundarr the Barbarian, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Pirates of Dark Water and it’s wrapped up in a 162 page sexy package… what else is there?! Not much, I’m afraid…

 
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Oscar C March 28, 2021 4:56 pm UTC
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Question: Do PC's grow in terms or damage output? Like HD goes from d8 to d10? I dont see it in the rule book but would seem logical that it did. New to TTRPGs so I am trying to figire things as I go playing solo :)
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Mike E March 29, 2021 1:47 pm UTC
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Nope. Their damage stays consistent. Like getting a piece of Stupendous Science can increase class damage by 1 level or cause critical damage to be rolled with Advantage, etc.
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Marcus Vinícius D March 23, 2021 3:09 pm UTC
Hey, Mike!
First of all: CONGRATULATIONS!!! Your book is all I ever wanted in a science fantasy game! I am 43 years old and my favourite cartoon during my childhood was Thundarr.
I have question: the character sheet has a section for "Proficiencies", but I haven't found any mention to proficiencies in the book. What they are and where do I find them?
Thank you very much for this work of art!!!
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Mike E March 29, 2021 1:48 pm UTC
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I'm glad you enjoy! If I remember right it's just where people could put their weapon and armor proficiencies, languages, etc.
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Yue-Bond C February 24, 2021 2:38 am UTC
Hi Mike, hope you are well. I sent you an email at DIY production regarding shipping and tracking.... not sure if you see it. Since I see you appears to be active here. Would you mind taking a look at my question? If there is a problem, I will buy it here at DTRPG as I will support your work either way! Thanks
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Dillard R February 18, 2021 1:47 pm UTC
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When rolling up STATS there is no provision for swapping two attributes...is this intentional?
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Mike E February 22, 2021 6:56 pm UTC
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It's up to the GM for that call. When I run games sometimes I allow that, others I don't. Other times I say XXX it and let them roll in any order:)
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Dillard R February 18, 2021 6:24 am UTC
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Do you use ranged attacks for Sorcerer's Staff (DEX)? What is the range of the Staff?
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Mike E February 22, 2021 6:56 pm UTC
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Yup.
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Dillard R February 17, 2021 11:02 pm UTC
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Do I need Black Hack 2 or can I run this as is? Or would you recommend Black Hack 2 for additional support?
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Mike E February 22, 2021 6:57 pm UTC
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I highly recommend supporting Black Hack but you do not need it. Black Hack 2e has some different mechanics than Barbarians but it's easily modified.
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Dillard R February 23, 2021 4:40 am UTC
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Thanks for answering all my questions. I did come across where you talked about ranged attacks typically not going beyond Far Away. So you got me to watch Thundarr the Barbarian. Plus I am listening to The Dying Earth. So I am really getting the vibe for Barbarians of the Ruined Earth.
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Jeff D November 23, 2020 2:13 pm UTC
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@ Mike E, I just bought the PDF. How easy (or not easy?) would it be to use this product with other old school rules sets, such as Old School Essentials or Labyrinth Lord, etc. I ask because I don't really need yet another rule set but as a Thundarr fan since it was on Saturday mornings, the setting is very intriguing to me.
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Mike E November 30, 2020 4:49 pm UTC
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Hi Jeff! Oh super easy. Barbarians uses the Black Hack, which still has the 6 normal D&D stats. The abilities are either ported over or, if they call for Advantage, I'd simply change it to a +2 or +4 modifier.
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Jeff D November 30, 2020 5:06 pm UTC
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Great. Thank you!
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Randall O September 29, 2020 7:32 pm UTC
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This looks great and I'm most likely going to pick up the PDF. I love more Black Hack content!

That being said, $40 and $50, respectively, are a lot to ask for 164 physical pages, in my opinion. Typically when I spend that kind of money I get around double that.

Of course, I am speaking as a consumer and not a producer of content, so there may be very good reasons for the pricing that I am not aware of. It's just too much for me, personally.

Thank you again for writing this!
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Mike E October 09, 2020 3:45 pm UTC
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Hey Randall! Thanks for the feedback. I totally get that the price point is high for some but yeah- there are several factors... The major reason is that the book is in full color with 99 illustrations in it, which is a huge amount of art. Production-wise, I sank $6,000 into the art and another $1k into the layout...

While OBS offers a great service with allowing independent rpg publishers to print their books without the nuts upfront cost, it costs nearly $20 alone to print the book then there is the % OBS takes for their services. For each book I sell, I make roughly $11 which then I roll back into DIY to hopefully produce more cool XXX in the future :)
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Mike E September 14, 2020 12:58 pm UTC
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James M over at Grognardia did a review of Barbarians of the Ruined Earth- wanted to share it here as well: http://grognardia.blogspot.com/2020/09/review-barbarians-of-ruined-earth.html
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Simon P August 23, 2020 7:44 pm UTC
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(I can't write a review as a publisher, so I'll write here)

An absurd, colorful, gonzo game for people who have a sense of humour and a love for post-apocalyptic adventures. The rules are very easy and there is a nice selection of character types to choose from, and none of them mirror the typical fighter-mage-thief. Just as the game and setting itself, every character is crazy and weird. My only complaint is that the game is "pretty OSR" in terms of character advancement. From what I noticed, characters gain nothing from leveling up, aside from a chance to get sightly higher stats. I only played a Black Hack game once, but if I'm correct - this is "sadly" how the system just works. I'll have to find a fan supplement that enchances leveling-up a bit, so that it will be more exciting for my "newschool" players.

Also:
- The Bestiary is amazing. I love the art and the dumb monsters/mutants/animated golem trucks.
- A lot random tables, which allow...See more
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Mike E August 24, 2020 12:55 pm UTC
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Thanks so much! I'm glad you dig. I get that the way OSR games level up isn't everyone's cup of tea. I'm not a fan of level bloat and a load of abilities so that is something that really appealed to me with TBH.

As far as further progression goes I give out Stupendous Science devices (magic items) and new abilities that they earn through play rather than a level ladder system. Feels more organic and rewarding to me:)
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Jose L August 19, 2020 11:58 pm UTC
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Cool game. Page 70, the Belt of Super Strength has the Scepter of Flame's description. Uses per day for Wall of Fire are different in each, so you know. Thanks!
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Mark S July 22, 2020 4:27 am UTC
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Because I'm a publisher on DTRPG I can't leave an actual review, so I'm going to say it here. This game is a gonzo trip into a far future that looks like it was designed by Franz Kafka, H.P. Lovecraft, and Albert Camus while they were all on a bad acid trip with screaming heavy metal playing the entire time. At its core, it is a love letter to Thundarr, Mad Max, and other gonzo post apocalyptic sources, but it goes beyond that and finds its own voice, or voices. Those voices are the howls of barbarians, the electronic vibrato of ancient-but-still-functional robots, the bellows of beastmen, and the roars of creatures that don't exist in any sane universe.

Combine all of that with super science, weird sorcery, mutated creatures, ancient machines somehow still running after all this time, and other weirdness that defies logical explanation and you've got a game setting that flexes like Arnold when he was Mr. Universe. Check logic, historical accuracy, and any sense of reality at the door, because you...See more
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Mike E July 22, 2020 11:52 am UTC
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I am humbled. Thank you so much for the feedback <3
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thomas G July 16, 2020 3:21 pm UTC
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I love this. If you plan to ever update, just one tiny mistake; on page 70 "Belt of Super Strength" reprints the text below it instead ("Scepter of Flame") of info for the belt. Just a nitpick, exceptional product all around. "Ariel, Ookla to battle!"
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Mike E July 16, 2020 6:40 pm UTC
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Already fixed and updated on the PDF:).

I'm really happy you dig the book! Thank you!

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Michal B July 09, 2020 9:42 am UTC
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Do I need a copy of Black Hack to run this game?
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Mike E July 09, 2020 6:57 pm UTC
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Nope. Book is an all in one package:)
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thomas G July 08, 2020 8:41 pm UTC
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Lords of Light! I cannot wait to see what else you develop for this setting.
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Mike E July 09, 2020 6:57 pm UTC
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Thanks! I hope you dig! <3
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Coleman M July 08, 2020 3:32 pm UTC
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Holy XXX, this is awesome. Best system, best setting thank you.
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Mike E July 08, 2020 4:23 pm UTC
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Thank you so much! I'm really glad you dig!!
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Coleman M July 13, 2020 6:33 pm UTC
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Sorry if you've already answered this. Any plans for a hardcover print? Read and reread the pdf. Dig the game so now I want to get a print copy. Willing to wait if there's a hardcover version coming down the road.
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