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Terror! Suspense! You will not believe the dangers in store for your intrepid heroes! Will they discover ancient secrets, lost civilizations, or priceless treasure? Will they escape treacherous villains, evil super powers, or deathly traps?

Temples & Tombs is a roleplaying game devoted to creating the fast-paced adventures popularized in pulp magazines that led to films like Raiders of the Lost ArkThe Mummy (1999), and Romancing the Stone

Built on the Year Zero Engine system, the framework that drives Free League's games such as Tales from the Loop and Mutant Year ZeroTemples & Tombs is adapted to fit the two-fisted adventure pulp genre in several key ways.

  • Custom skills and talents engineered for a fast-paced and adventurous setting
  • Luck mechanic that provides more dice for added chances of success, but with a chance to "run out of luck"
  • Hero mechanic for additional chances to succeed
  • Condition-based consequences so that heroes never die (but may be on the run)
  • A scene structure that helps guide play to emulate your favorite action/adventure story

Beyond that, the game looks and feels like you'd expect YZ0 to feel. And if you've never played in this system, you're in for a treat. Very easy learning curve, fast-paced game play, and just enough crunch to keep things interesting.

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Randy C February 11, 2022 8:31 pm UTC
Will there be further adventures written for this product? And if so, when do you think that we can expect to see them?
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Paul H February 02, 2022 7:27 pm UTC
Hi, I have a hard copy of this rulebook via the KS and I have a couple of questions...

pg.9-Character Sheets: To track your character and their progress, you’ll
need a character sheet found at the end of this book.

? So I cannot see a char sheet anywhere in the book, is it me?

pg.51-Push Your Luck
The additional Luck Dice are *always* added to the pool until you can /Take a Break/ or until you run out of Luck
(*my emphasis*)

? Not sure where /Take a Break/ is defined?

? Not sure how to read this sentence overall, as in does this mean that once you /Push your luck/ the resulting dice stay in your pool? What happens when you /push your luck/ again? Do you get more dice? What forces you to "run out of Luck" if the dice are *always* in your pool once you push your luck?
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Christopher G February 02, 2022 8:29 pm UTC
Hi Paul! Clarifications below:

-Character sheets are provided digitally with your DTRPG purchase, they aren't in the book. Let me know if you need one I'll send it!
-Take a break in this context is resting overnight (or in between sessions typically). This is different than taking a quick break to clear a catch, which means doing nothing during your combat round.
-Whenever you Push Your Luck (reroll the dice) you add a Luck Die to the pool. That continues until one of your luck dice rolls "1" then you are "out of luck" and take a catch and clear your luck tracker. This is a reskin of the Alien stress mechanic if you want to see it in other applications.

Hope that helps!
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Paul H February 02, 2022 9:04 pm UTC
Thanks Christopher, I've found the char sheet download.
I think I still need to get my head around Luck but I have access to the core book for Alien so I'll take a look at the stress mechanic and see if that helps. If not I'll come back here if that's okay.
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Christopher G February 02, 2022 10:41 pm UTC
I'll try a brief example (maybe that'll help):

So I'm running from a dinosaur and botch my stunt roll as I jump over a chasm (let's say it's 4 dice). I decide to push my luck and add one luck die to the pool of 4 and reroll and I got a success, yay!

Now I have 1 Luck Die on my tracker. The next time I need to make a roll is because I'm trying to punch a T-Rex (long story). So I roll my fight which is 3 dice. But I also have to include my luck die. I don't get any successes so I decide to push my luck again, now I have two luck dice (tracker at two) and I reroll my 3 plus two luck dice. Success! Whee!

Okay next I'm trying to pull my friend from the T-Rex's mouth. So this is a feat. Let's say we have 2. So you roll your 2 dice plus 2 luck dice. This time you get a 1 on one of the luck dice so that means you are out of luck. You immediately take a catch and clear your tracker (so you won't use the luck dice anymore unless you push your luck again).

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Paul H February 03, 2022 2:53 pm UTC
Thanks, that helps, and matches what I read last night in the Stress rules for Alien. I think that was a little more obvious since I think of Stress building (increasing) whereas I tend to think of Luck running out (decreasing). So the rule works fine but I was just not getting that the number of dice increased and didn't reset after the push. Mostly I was reading "your current luck" as the number of unticked boxes (since in my head you "use up" your Luck). Now I understand the Stress rule and that "your current luck" increases it all makes sense.

I would say that, with the exception of struggling with this mechanic, your book has really helped me to understand the M:Y0 system much better than I did after reading Forbidden Lands, or my more brief skim of Alien. I think there is so much chrome in those, particularly the latter, that it's a bit hard to see where the system is "coming from". T&Tbs made that much clearer for me, thank you for that.
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Christopher G February 04, 2022 12:53 am UTC
Thanks so much for saying that! It means a lot
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Matthew W November 26, 2021 10:38 am UTC
I can't write full reviews because I use DTRPG to print cards, and they want to avoid the risk of publishers poo-pooing on publishers. So this isn't a review. Not at all. This is just me casually mentioning that Temples & Tombs is a pretty clever adaptation of the Year Zero Engine.
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Paul C November 09, 2021 4:25 pm UTC
If you are looking for Indiana Jones adventures where you fight axis agents, find amazing artifacts to put in museums, and risk your life in daring cliffhangers, this game isn’t for you. If you are looking for a game that accurately reflects the pulp genre, again, this game is not for you.

I had a more detailed post regarding all the problems with this game, but DTRPG promptly removed it, so all I can do is give you the bare bones of why you should avoid this product like the plague.

If DTRPG removes this post as well, then it shows that they are more interested in selling products than providing solid critiques and reviews that help guide your buying decisions.
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John C November 29, 2021 7:51 pm UTC
Would you be willing to try posting your concerns once more? I'd appreciate the insight.
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Patrick S December 29, 2021 6:40 pm UTC
Unfortunately i experienced the same. The cancelling became strong with these guys here.
But i would be very interested in your concerns, too. Maily because i really like Mr Bahr's other stuff.
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Ed S January 10, 2022 7:55 pm UTC
Discussion comments can be removed or hidden by both the publisher and Drivethru, but only Drivethru can remove a 'Review', and even then it has to be pretty egregious or libelous (outright defamatory lies). I've seen brutally honest 1 star Reviews elsewhere here on Drivethru for other titles from different publishers that absolutely gutted said products without any sugar coating. Please repost your critique as a Review. You have piqued my curiosity. It's kind of hard to go wrong with the Year Zero Engine.
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Gilles D January 15, 2022 4:47 am UTC
To be honest, I have had a completely different experience than you did. I really feel like I can take my players to fun Pulp and epic adventures. I am in no way related to the company and I purchase my own games. This one is spot on for my needs.
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Stacie W May 13, 2021 9:56 am UTC
Will this be available in print?
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Christopher G May 15, 2021 5:25 pm UTC
Yep! Once the initial run gets out to backers within the next month or two.
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Matt K May 25, 2021 12:03 pm UTC
Nice! Will it be print on demand here, or available offset somewhere?
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Alan B May 26, 2021 2:53 pm UTC
Offset will be available via the Gallant Knight Games webstore, as well as in retail distribution.
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Jeffry W October 31, 2021 9:43 pm UTC
In print by now?
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Alan B November 09, 2021 1:55 am UTC
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Alan B November 10, 2021 3:49 pm UTC
It's been delayed due to a printing issue! We're working to get the POD live as quickly as possible.
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Gilles D December 25, 2021 2:39 am UTC
Soon 2022, how's the print going?
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Alan B December 29, 2021 3:08 pm UTC
PoD is live now!
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Gilles D January 07, 2022 1:27 pm UTC
Awesome, getting it.
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