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HYPERBOREA Player's Manual

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HYPERBOREA 3E Player's Manual


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HYPERBOREA is a role-playing game of swords, sorcery, and weird science-fantasy. It is played with paper, pencil, dice, and imagination. Participants include a referee and one or more players. The referee prepares and presents the adventure material (circumstances, challenges, quests, mysteries, etc.), and the players create player characters (PCs), including fighters, magicians, clerics, thieves, and 22 possible subclasses, including barbarian, berserker, cataphract, huntsman, paladin, ranger, warlock, cryomancer, illusionist, necromancer, pyromancer, witch, druid, monk, priest, runegraver, shaman, assassin, bard, legerdemainist, purloiner, and scout..

The heroes of a HYPERBOREA game delve dungeons filled with horrifying monsters, lethal traps, and bewildering puzzles; they explore savage wilderness frontiers and dangerous borderlands; they probe ancient ruins and investigate cursed tombs; they match steel against sorcery and sorcery against steel; and they plunder for gold, gems, and magical treasure.

HYPERBOREA is a “flat earth” realm hemmed in by the mystical boreas (“North Wind”), and under the scarlet light of a bloated, dying sun, its roiling seas spill eternal over the world’s rim. This world is in a perpetual state of decay and is populated by disharmonious men and women, hostile monsters, and weird, alien beings. The setting is adaptable and can be used independently or in conjunction with other milieux, published or home-brewed; indeed, HYPERBOREA might be just beyond the North Wind of any campaign setting.

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Laird B September 29, 2022 11:17 pm UTC
POD = Print On Demand
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Jerome C August 28, 2022 11:42 am UTC
It can.

Try ordering from Asia or Europe. For the total price, shipping costs are a ripoff.

POD anytime.
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Cliff B August 13, 2022 8:16 pm UTC
The author sells hardcopies infinitely superior to any POD, so buy one of those. Smyth sewn binding, thick pages, great print quality. Can't go wrong.
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Black W August 13, 2022 12:46 pm UTC
No POD
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Richard H July 15, 2022 12:19 am UTC
POD?
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March 08, 2022 8:23 pm UTC
Just for your information in a next version : " Some people consider Eskimo offensive, because it is popularly perceived to mean "eaters of raw meat" in Algonquian languages common to people along the Atlantic coast. The Inuit are referred to in some Cree texts as askipiw (meaning "eats something raw"). Regardless, the term still carries a derogatory connotation for many Inuit and Yupik. "
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Nicholas M May 15, 2022 6:06 pm UTC
There are no safe spaces in this world.
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Ancient S July 07, 2022 5:08 pm UTC
LOL
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William H July 19, 2022 11:40 am UTC
I've known a lot of Yupiq and Inupiaq - and they prefer Eskimo to Inuit - as Inuit refers to east coast distant relatives.
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Evan D July 20, 2022 6:45 pm UTC
Ignore the Woke whiners. They've proven they don't have any money and are a loud minority.
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Abraham Z October 07, 2022 4:03 pm UTC
Just for your information in a next comment: Some people consider Virtue Signaling to be offensive, because it's popularly perceived to mean "attention seekers who pretend virtue" in English languages common to people all over the world. The virtue signalers are referred to all over the internet as cringe (meaning "shame themselves raw"). Regardless, the term still carries derrogatory connotation for many SJWs and wokesters.
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Dillard R February 19, 2022 1:39 am UTC
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There was mention about a month ago of a Character Sheet for version 3?
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DIOGO A February 10, 2022 11:55 pm UTC
Is there going to be a POD option for this edition ?
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James L January 30, 2022 11:22 am UTC
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Very excited to play this. I love the 'science fantasy' approach. I wonder if there is a way of getting the larger PDFs down to under 100MB? It is a shortcoming of my e reader but a monochrome version might be handy.
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CA M January 27, 2022 7:30 am UTC
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"Since uploading the files to DriveThru, we've received some great feedback on some typos and errors in the books, about 25 in total. These have been repaired and the files have been updated over at DriveThru. So, if you log in to your account, you can download the updated files at your convenience." Thanks for the update! Great stuff!
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Bruce G January 26, 2022 8:41 pm UTC
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For what amounts to almost duplication of the older "Sword and Sandals" genre, I don't think there's very much out there that can say they compete with this.

For fans of Robert E. Howard, and those that like his books, this newer edition of what once was called"Astonishing Swordsmen and Sorcerers", the new edition breaks things down into a Player's Guide and a GM's Guide that can't be beaten!
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thomas G December 28, 2021 1:44 am UTC
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Jimmy F December 24, 2021 4:35 pm UTC
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Stacie W December 23, 2021 7:35 am UTC
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Jimmy F December 21, 2021 12:23 pm UTC
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Jay W December 21, 2021 12:19 am UTC
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Have the links to get the pdf if you backed the kickstarter been sent yet. I backed the kickstarter but didn't get a link or notification for the pdf and the others pdfs from it for some reason.
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Jeff R December 23, 2021 12:36 am UTC
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yes
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Abraham Z December 23, 2021 6:56 am UTC
For those of you that already have the PDF, what's the main difference between this one and 2nd edition?
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Gorgar W December 25, 2021 9:05 pm UTC
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Main difference is combat is no longer 2 phases. More explicit action type order in round of combat. Initiative is side vs side, unless there's a tie in which case it's everyone in Dex order (love this rule).
Minor differences are:
Removed level draining monsters.
Removed rules for asphyxia.
Removed rules for aerial combat.
Deadly poisons no longer immediate death sentence if there's someone in the group who can draw poison.
Monk is a little more powerful.
Fell paladins (LE) as class.
New historical ethnic groups as races.
Simpler 2-weapon fighting.
Sorcery Resistance now a flat number rather than diminished by attacker's caster level (least favorite change).
Removed spell failure %, now we assume casters just can't cast in armors they're prohibited. Which is a guess, the rules don't say.
More plainly shows how/when classes can learn new weapon skills.
Critical Failures (optional) in the book.
Classes listed with a good list of...See more
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Gorgar W December 25, 2021 9:18 pm UTC
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"Removed level draining monsters"
Clarification. The monsters are still there, but they don't drain levels. Just Con, a point of which is permanent (until restored by restoration)
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Scott N May 07, 2022 12:17 pm UTC
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What no Level draining monster's? I'm old school and those help control power gamers.

+No POD=No sale, as I only ever see it on ebay and they want a ton of money for it.
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Abraham Z October 07, 2022 4:09 pm UTC
Only saw this today, thanks Gorgar W.
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