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There is no king who is strong on his own.
Ten or fifteen kings are following Ḫammu-rapi, the master of Babylon,
the same for Rīm-Sîn, the master of Larsa,
the same for Ibal-pi-El, the master of Ešnunna,
the same for Amud-pi-El, the master of Qaṭna.
Twenty kings are following Yarim-Lim, the master of Yamḫad.
- A letter from Itūr-Asdu of Mari, to vassals of King Zimri-Lim, written ca. 1769 BCE.

Over 3,700 years ago, Hammu-rapi reigned in Babylon. Known today for his law code, this Amorite king took a minor city-state located on a branch of the Euphrates and created an empire which rivaled any the world had yet seen.

Babylon On Which Fame and Jubilation Are Bestowed is a roleplaying game set during the 25th year of Hammu-rapi’s reign. Whether players choose to situate their game in historic Mesopotamia, or in some fantastic variant, BFJB gives players and gamemasters the tools needed to experience the cultural milieu and personalities of Babylon in the eighteenth century BCE.

Now updated with a simpler, faster ruleset, this new edition includes significantly more information on the peoples and cultures of the Old Babylonian Era. The gazetteer has also been substantially expanded from the first edition, and includes notes on 29 additional cities of the Ancient Near East. In addition to this book, a group needs only paper, several six-sided dice, and their imagination to play.

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Sándor G March 25, 2020 11:19 am UTC
Very intriguing!
Could you summarise the most important bits of the system?
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Geoffrey D March 25, 2020 2:39 pm UTC
I'm going to try to synthesize a few things I've said elsewhere to answer your question. For starters, the First Edition (2016) of BFJB ran on a modified version of the 3.5 OGL; BJFB 2.0 explicitly does not.

Basics. The system of BFJB 2.0 is based around single 1d6 rolls and three character stats. When a character attempts a task, the player rolls a 1d6 and adds the appropriate stat, as well as any applicable penalties. Modified results of 6 and over succeed; a roll of 6 automatically succeeds, and rolls of 1 automatically fail. Of course, that means that statistically one out of every six attempts always succeeds, while one out of six always fail. However, BFJB encourages GMs not to have players roll for every task. There are a lot of things that trained characters should be able to do without having to worry about succeeding. The system runs on a healthy dose of GM discretion -- it's meant to be rules light, after all.

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