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Barbarians! Civilized men huddle behind tall stone walls, trembling at the thought. The soldiers of civilization tighten their shield walls against the oncoming onslaught. And then they come. Savage men and women, screaming at the top of their lungs, oblivious to fear, frothing at the mouth from rage and lust for war. Wave after wave, they storm shields and fortifications. Many die; the pagan gods bless their souls. But eventually, mail and castle fail. Then, the flames of barbarism will sweep the land, leaving no stone unturned!

Sword and sorcery tales speak of cunning thieves, power-hungry sorcerers, and, indeed, barbaric warriors. This game – Barbaric! – lets you play such heroes. Or, more often, anti-heroes. Pit your sword-arm and knowledge of eldritch secrets against ravaging bandits, scheming nobles, diabolic demons, mighty dragons – and, ultimately, the rotten and ugly face of moribund civilization itself.

So, pour your drinks, devour your pizza, turn up the volume of your favorite heavy metal album – and prepare to become… Barbaric!

Barbaric! is a lightweight sword & sorcery ruleset perfect for convention games, one-off adventures, and mini-campaigns where easy-to-learn rules and fast play are preferred. It includes:

  • Simple skill-based task resolution!
  • Lightning-fast but customizable character generation!
  • 30 Traits to spice up your barbarian!
  • Brutal combat with varied combat maneuvers and murderous critical hits!
  • Dangerous sorcery - risk your soul to gain eldrich might!
  • 36 deadly spells!
  • 50 fearsome monsters!
  • Treasures for your barbarians to loot!

All in a mere 57 small pages!

Barbaric! is compatible with Stellagama Publishing's Cepheus Atom post-apocalyptic rules. Mutate your barbarians! Arm them with laser rapiers! Bring dark sorcery to your post-apocalyptic wasteland!

Get your Barbaric! character sheets HERE!

Character sheet for Barbaric! available on Astral TableTop - select from the Template picker in the Characters section of the vault in Astral!

Full Virtual Table Top support for Barbaric! available on the Foundry VTT - search for for Twodsix in in FoundryVTT's Game Systems tab!

 
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Isaiah H August 04, 2021 12:36 pm UTC
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seems really cool for the price so im not exactly complaining but a few oddities really stick out. there are only two Elementals listed in the Monster section leaving Earth and Air out completely. Weird. Theres a single Demon entity but we get 4 different extremely similar spooky undead (Ghost, Allip, Shadow, Wraith). Would have been nice to get an Imp or Hell Hound. Easy to wing it guess.

Spells are neat and powerful but a few arent quite clear and or are just bad to redundant. True Seeing doesnt have a duration listed (SoC lists it at 6 turns so I hink so its a good guess this is the same). Do we really need control weather AND summon weather on the table? Deathless Minion creates one minion ever while Animate Undead creates triple that AND grows per Sorcery rank. Same issue with Paralysis and Force Grip, sure Grip is a little easier to cast and does a little damage but Paralysis is a flat 9 duration with no escape and whopping ten times the range of Grip.

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Omer J August 04, 2021 6:07 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Thanks for the input! Both a monster book and a sorcery expansion are under work, which will provide many more monsters and spells, including a spell rebalance.
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Isaiah H August 04, 2021 10:24 pm UTC
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thats awesome! i look forward to them!

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Mark J August 05, 2021 11:14 pm UTC
Any ETA on the sorcery expansion? I just logged onto this site looking for something like that.
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Omer J August 06, 2021 7:47 am UTC
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Working on it. ETA Q4 2021.
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Isaiah H August 06, 2021 7:58 am UTC
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so Scandinavian Legendary Creatures is a supplement for Barbaric! that has a whole new d66 table for spells in addition to everything else. i bet its great to use as is or mine for ideas yourself in the meantime and/or in addition to whatever is coming
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Christopher D June 15, 2021 6:31 pm UTC
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Could I get a clarification on healing real quick?
"Characters recover all Endurance after a 10-minute break. If half or more
of a character’s Lifeblood is lost in Severe Wounds heals at a rate of 1 Lifeblood
point per day. Healing maiming critical hits requires powerful magic."

What does this mean for healing if you have not gained severe wounds at over half health?
Also health potions list as "X Days under a healer's care." What does "Under a Healer's care" imply in terms of recovery?

I created some homebrew rules for this where you would heal 2 points per day if not severely wounded, and 1d6 Life points per day under a healer's care, but I would like to get something closer to the original intent.
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Omer J June 16, 2021 6:34 am UTC
PUBLISHER
Heal Lifeblood at 1 point per day. Double if under a Healer’s care. Potions or spells may heal Lifeblood as in their description.
Healers have the appropriate Trait.
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Ashley B June 18, 2021 12:57 pm UTC
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I use a take on the Sword of Cepheus rules :

Minor Wounds require treatment by a character with Medicine 1 or higher, which takes an hour.
Or characters will recover from all Minor Wounds on their own after resting a full day

Serious Wounds need treatment by a skilled healer with Medicine of 1 or higher. Full recovery takes 5 days and recovery is not possible without Healers care.
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Christopher D June 08, 2021 11:16 pm UTC
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Can you please fix the 1 gp dog
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Omer J June 09, 2021 5:28 am UTC
PUBLISHER
Will fix this in the next revision. Thanks for spotting this typo!
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Christopher D June 08, 2021 9:24 pm UTC
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Hey why are hunting dogs 1 gold piece? One of my players just tried to buy 75 hunting dogs.
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Omer J June 09, 2021 5:28 am UTC
PUBLISHER
Will fix this in the next revision. Thanks for spotting this typo!
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Christopher D June 09, 2021 5:50 am UTC
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Also another small note: Rope's decimal point is a comma.
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Omer J June 09, 2021 7:39 am UTC
PUBLISHER
Thanks for spotting this typo.
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Daniel D May 07, 2021 6:29 pm UTC
What are the differences between this product and Sword of Cepheus? They seem to both be adaptations of the Cepheus System for the "Sword and Sorcery" genre. Is it just a Cepheus Light vs. Cepheus Atom thing? When should I pick this one over the other and vice-versa?
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Omer J May 07, 2021 7:50 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Barbaric! is a far simpler ruleset, similar to Cepheus Atom in scope. If you want a more comprehensive sword & sorcery ruleset, choose The Sword of Cepheus. If you are looking for something fast and lightweight, pick Barbaric!
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Daniel D May 08, 2021 11:18 pm UTC
Thanks for the prompt reply! If the difference is just depth of rules and there's no extra content, I guess I'll stick with Sword for now.
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Darren P April 24, 2021 1:39 am UTC
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A question about spell mishaps:

"Additionally, the sorcerer must make another Sorcery throw, with the same throw difficulty and DMs of casting the spell, to avoid a mishap.

Does one need to just fail the second sorcery throw or does one need to get another critical failure to trigger a mishap?

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Omer J April 24, 2021 6:49 am UTC
PUBLISHER
Any (including ordinary) failure on the second Sorcery roll causes a Mishap.
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Darren P April 24, 2021 4:19 pm UTC
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Thanks
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Christopher D April 22, 2021 8:40 pm UTC
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I don't know why you don't add the character sheet as an additional file that comes with the main download.
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Omer J April 23, 2021 4:07 am UTC
PUBLISHER
If this is necessary to you, I can add the character sheet here as well; however, it is usually more convenient to list it as a separate product.
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John R February 27, 2021 7:14 pm UTC
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Any chance for POD?
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Omer J February 27, 2021 7:42 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
We are working on a print version; it should be available, God willing, within a few weeks.
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Steve W February 27, 2021 3:56 am UTC
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Great little light and quick game, easy to pick up and play in no time. Makes me want to check out the other Cepheus stuff. Is there a character sheet available?
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Omer J February 27, 2021 7:36 am UTC
PUBLISHER
Thanks!
In fact, we just uploaded character sheets for Barbaric! Look here:

https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/348402/Barbaric-Character-Sheets
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