Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Crimson Shoals

When I heard that G-Man was going to create a Barbarians of Lemuria adventure set in the Hyborian Age of Robert E. Howard, I was excited. I have very much enjoyed his previous adventures and since Hyboria is one of my favorite literary settings I figured that it would be a great adventure. My excitement wasn't misplaced, it is a great little adventure.

The characters are the survivors of a ship that wrecked off the coast of Shem. They discover two ships on a nasty reef that seems to draw ships towards itself. As usual I don't want to give much away but the adventure involves pirates, treasure, Stygians and magic foul. As is his practive, G-man has included several helpful appendixes. These include the full stats for important npc's, random treasure tables and pregenerated characters that can be used for the adventure. The last appendix branches out and includes the full stats for the npc's for the Basic Roleplaying.

I really like this adventure and appreciate that G-Man shares the results of his labors with the rest of us. Crimson Shoals would work great as a one-shot or as the springboard for further adventuring in the Hyborian world. Also, Hyboria is a perfect setting for BoL. If you are a fan of the game or the fiction, I believe will enjoy this adventure. I only hope G-Man has the time to create another adventure in this setting.

Edit: You can find the PDF here.

I snagged the artwork from the cover. It is again the work of Floyd Thompson, III.


  1. Linked.

    It is hosted by the Venomous Pao over at Strange Stones.

  2. Thanks for the review, Narmer. I think BoL is perfect for Hyboria the same way you (and legions of other gamers) do.

    I've been prompted to write a 'decadent urban fantasy' adventure, so that's what I'm working on now. The author inspiring this one is that other bastion of S&S goodness, Fritz Leiber.

  3. That sounds cool, too! I haven't read as much Leiber as I have Howard but Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser are still icons to me.