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THE LAIR OF THE LEOPARD EMPRESSES 
Superheroic Swords and Sorcery Adventure! 
A roleplaying game by Sarah Newton 

A whole new world for your Monsters! Monsters! games. 

"Awesome beautiful swords & sorcery gaming" 
- Ken St Andre, creator of the Monsters! Monsters!, Tunnels & Trolls, & Stormbringer RPGs 

"It is the fiftieth year since the Sheathing of the Claw. Goblins cross fallen Helwathe, and Lord Crying-Death-on-Wings stands ready to invade. We trust to chance for our saviours - but where are the heroes who will save our land?" 

Welcome to Ximuria, the Lair of the Leopard Empresses! Where the Kindreds of the Cat battle the return fo the Winged Serpent, where the Justiciars of a long-dead warrior queen vie with cannibalistic leopard-riding elves for the thrones of the West, and where mighty wizards wield arcane magics to forge the future! 

Contains everything you need to play, including: 

  • Exciting kindreds and callings. Play a tiger centaur, a leopard-riding elf, a beastwalker of the sabretooth tribe, and more! 
  • The core Monsters! Monsters! rules, and many new elaborations! 
  • Full spell lists, including many new spells! 
  • A complete Ximurian bestiary! 
  • Maps, gazetteers, and encounters for Ximuria, the Wilderness of Toth, and the Free City of Halagad. 
  • And much more! 

A complete stand-alone swords & sorcery fantasy roleplaying game using the Monsters! Monsters! RPG rules. One of the Monsters! Monsters! family of games. 

What They're Saying About The Lair of the Leopard Empresses

"Awesome beautiful swords & sorcery gaming" 
- Ken St Andre, creator of the Monsters! Monsters!, Tunnels & Trolls, & Stormbringer RPGs 

"The Lair of the Leopard Empresses is a stand-alone swords & sorcery RPG powered by Monsters! Monsters! It is a thing of beauty... Sarah Newton has revealed the path to take is both old and new. To say The Lair of the Leopard Empresses is inspirational doesn't do it justice. The first thing I did after it went live for sale on DTRPG was order a print copy. It quite simply is that good." 
- Erik Tenkar, Tenkar's Tavern 

"Yay, one of my favourite authors and publishers is back on the scene - and doesn't disappoint! 
"Newton really excels at concise, atmospheric and flat-out funny descriptions of setting elements... it really makes me pump my fist - YES, that's how you do a proper fantasy RPG! ..."Most of all, have FUN writing it and let it show... The setting clearly flows from a love of the rules system, but it's also obvious how the setting then has changed the system, and how actual play has lead to tweaks and clarifications. The result is a beautifully organic whole that really just makes me want to play it." 
- Swanosaurus Blog 

The illustrations used in this book were drafted and initially generated by a professional artist using the commercial version of the Midjourney tool, then manually manipulated, assembled, corrected, and processed in post-production by the same artist. No artist names were used in prompts. All illustrations were paid for at the RPG market rate. 

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Seth P June 17, 2023 7:52 pm UTC
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Hello, want to get this, but after reading the M!M! rules the past couple days have some questions first.

M!M! seems to leave out a lot of seemingly essential rules, and I want to make sure that this ruleset actually explains them.
1. M!M! has rules for using MR. But has zero explanation for how to determine MR, how MR correlates to Level or how to figure what a fully statted character's MR would be (and vice versa) Is this fully fleshed out in these rules? Does it give a formula to convert between the two?
2. None of the creatures in M!M! list an MR range, so there isn't even any reference point to ballpark or reverse engineer what MRs should be (i.e. well a grizzly has this MR, so my sabretooth should be roughly...). Does Empresses have suggested MRs or MR ranges listed for all the creatures in the game? Does it have relatable real world creatures to use as a gauge?
3. M!M! mentioned creatures' natural weapons (teeth, claws etc...), but fails to give the damage dice for most of...See more
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Seth P June 18, 2023 2:43 am UTC
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I just read the entire preview and see that not only do you have a small example MR table, but you mention the bestiary is full of MR ratings and give excellent examples and explanations. I have to say it's really well-worded and clear. Just reading your preview actually cleared up some ambiguity with the M!M! book.
I imagine the rest of the book is just as quality.

EDIT: Before I order though I want to make sure there aren't any errata/proofreading corrections about to be added I should wait on are there? If so I'd rather wait for the updated version to be available. Thanks
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Sarah N June 18, 2023 9:37 am UTC
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Hi Seth - thanks for the great words, and glad to hear you're considering buying LAIR OF THE LEOPARD EMPRESSES. This is just to confirm that the existing files are the latest version of the game and we have no file updates planned in the near future. Welcome to Ximuria!
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Seth P June 18, 2023 3:21 pm UTC
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Sounds good. Just ordered the hardback. Also wanted to say that Monsters & Magic is probably the best ruleset of all the OSR re-imaginings I've read and own (and that is a lot), so excited to see what you've done here. I also had Capharnaum arrive yesterday, but haven't had a chance to open it yet. Thanks
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Richard H June 12, 2023 8:05 pm UTC
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Is there a good place to ask questions about mechanics? There are a couple of things I'd like to clear up, but don't want to bog down this page with them.
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Sarah N June 12, 2023 8:23 pm UTC
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Hi Richard - come join us over at the Trollbridge Forums, it'd be great to see you there!

https://trollbridge.proboards.com/board/49/ximuria-lair-leopard-empresses

All the best, Sarah
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Timothy Peter F May 30, 2023 1:26 am UTC
Any plans for an economic softcover version? The yen doesn't go very far these days...
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Sarah N May 30, 2023 7:27 am UTC
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Hi Timothy - not at this stage, no. LAIR is a big book - 400 pages - and we really want to make sure customers get the best experience with their physical book, and the hardback option seems to be sturdier and generally more durable. We're going to provide a softback option on the upcoming Player's Guide, however, and our experiences with that may encourage us to experiment a little! Thank you for your interest in LAIR OF THE LEOPARD EMPRESSES!
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David G May 26, 2023 12:21 am UTC
Just wanted to mention that Monsters! Monsters! is now Ken St Andre's main focus since he no longer owns the rights to Tunnels and Trolls. So although I can't speak to the author's reasons for going with this ruleset, to my mind it is a way of supporting the tradition of T&T, the second-oldest RPG of all.
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Richard H May 22, 2023 6:04 am UTC
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Really interesting game, I picked it up on a whim and am excited by the potential of running it solo. I'm sorry it's getting caught up in the purity crusade about AI art, which it absolutely does not deserve. Are there any plans for expansions? I'd love to see more about Xinqari culture and how they function.
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Sarah N May 22, 2023 3:26 pm UTC
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Hi Richard - thank you for purchasing Lair of the Leopard Empresses, I'm very glad you're enjoying it! Yes, we have plans for future supplements - right now we have a solo adventure, a GM adventure, and a sandboxy campaign set in the Helwast in development, as well as a Player's Guide. All the best - for Wrath and Wragna, the King and Queen of Old! :)
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Bjorn B May 24, 2023 2:31 pm UTC
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I also have to say that "The Lair of the Leopard Empress" is really well done! Funnily enough, one of my first thoughts when reading it was that there should be a dimensional portal to the Bermuda Triangle in the 1930s off the coast of Ximuria, because the continent would certainly also make an excellent pulp setting. :D
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Sarah N May 24, 2023 5:23 pm UTC
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Ooh that's a great idea for an adventure, Bjorn!
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Bjorn B May 25, 2023 6:50 am UTC
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Glad to be of help :)
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Mark C May 20, 2023 11:01 pm UTC
I want to thank you for giving us a very informative full size preview that spotlights your game system. I truly appreciate it!
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Ulises G May 20, 2023 6:00 pm UTC
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Is there any chance for a fillable character sheet?
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Sarah N May 20, 2023 7:14 pm UTC
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Hi Ulises - we'll look into that. Obviously there's a printable one at the back of the PDF which we'll shortly post here and on the website, but we'll look into making a fillable one too. Thanks for your feedback! (y)
All the best, Sarah
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Sarah N May 21, 2023 8:41 am UTC
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Hi Ulises - I've just uploaded a form-fillable character sheet for LAIR OF THE LEOPARD EMPRESSES, I hope you enjoy it!

Best, Sarah
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Ulises G May 21, 2023 2:24 pm UTC
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Thank you!
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Norbert F May 18, 2023 9:55 am UTC
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Thank you very much for this new game. I hope it'll make a big impact for Mindjammer and popularize the gonzo, exotic sword & sorcery genre. It's a great way to refamiliarize oneself with the Monsters! Monsters! rules (which are also over 90 percent compatible with Tunnels & Trolls... in fact, any Tunnels & Trolls players will find the rules parts of "Lair" extremely easy to understand). I am happy you went with those rules, not another d20 version or 5E or anything like that. It's rare for me these days that I'll get and support a book that is both a core rules system and a fully functioning world book and a gazetteer. I often get those as separate products. Lair is one of those rare cases where a game pulls it off. I've only praised Barbarians of Lemuria in that way, as a book I instantly embraced as both a rules system and a campaign world to play in.
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