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Superheroic Swords and Sorcery Adventure!
A roleplaying game by Sarah Newton

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

"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:

"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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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
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
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
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
Ooh that's a great idea for an adventure, Bjorn!
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Bjorn B May 25, 2023 6:50 am UTC
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
Is there any chance for a fillable character sheet?
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Sarah N May 20, 2023 7:14 pm UTC
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
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
Thank you!
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Norbert F May 18, 2023 9:55 am UTC
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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