I know I haven’t blogged about any Cepheus stuff in quite a while. Heck, I’ve been busy. But then this little jewel popped up. And oh man is it good.
Warlords of Atlantis is from Zozer Gamers and they already have a great pedigree when it comes to Cepheus Engine games especially Hostile and Zaibatsu. Warlords of Atlantis is specifically designed to used the rules for Barbaric! In case you haven’t been keeping up, Barbaric! is a very rules lite take for Sword & Sorcery adventures.
It’s mostly a setting book and it’s a really inspiring setting while I was reading thru it, I heard this in my head, “Between the time when the oceans drank Atlantis and the rise of the sons of Aryas, there was an age undreamed of….” Warlords of Atlantis presents a classic pulp style Atlantis that not only brings forth Conan but also Kull of Atlantis and all of those classic Harryhausen movies. The setting is an alternate ancient world with inspiration from so many damned sources. Often, when that’s done it can dilute a setting. But all of those elements are put together with consistency making just a plain cool setting.
This is just plain cool and fresh step away from the usual elves, dwarves and kitchen sink. Don’t get me wrong. I do love playing with the standard D&D races is nice but it’s also nice to have something different.
There aren’t a lot of rules changes or additions. A few spells are changed. A couple monsters are added. Character generations is spiced up with backgrounds that offer up an extra specialization. There is a cool tweak to the Hero Points. You just don’t get them. Warlords of Atlantis takes this metagame currency and makes it part of the setting. You see. Hero Points are a gift from the Gods and they demand sacrifices. Cool right.
But wait there’s more. Want to take some 20’s or 30’s character into the time of Atlantis or may be do the good old Hollow World thing. Yep. There’s rules for that too.
So yes. Warlords of Atlantis is a welcome addition to my Cepheus Library. And you can grab the PDF up on DrivethruRPG.