Whilst the partnership with Cubicle 7 has helped BoL reach a far wider audience than would have been possible on my own in the last three years, I've decided to review my options for BBGs best-selling role playing game. To this end, the partnership between Beyond Belief Games and Cubicle 7 to print and distribute Barbarians of Lemuria has been terminated. Cubicle 7 will continue to sell remaining stocks (so get them quick if you want a copy!) but once they're gone, they're gone.
At the moment, I don't know what's next for BoL. Maybe a new super-improved edition, with all-new art and incorporating some of the changes that have been suggested on various forums and elsewhere? If that's the case, I will probably be looking into the possibility of a new partnership with an established publisher; so if anyone has an interest, I'd be willing to talk.
I don't know what the future of BoL will be, but in the meantime, look out for BoL through LULU again in the coming months. Lulu does some lovely hardcover books and it's always been a shame that BoL wasn't available for the last three years in hardcover. I'd like to at least remedy that.
The most popular of Beyond Belief Games' role playing games, Barbarians of Lemuria is swords & sorcery role playing at it's best. Don't take my word for it - see these reviews from RPGNow:
"Finally a system that does sword and sorcery properly."
"BoL encrouages you to play a sullen northern barbarian, a savage jungle tribesman or cunning desert nomad and play it to the hilt."
"BoL splits the skulls of all other fantasy games to the teeth with a single, savage blow. A simple system that effortless recreates a specific genre leading to swift, exciting play."
"At it's core, BoL is perhaps one of the best RPGs I have ever played. Simple and intuitive, the rules blend into the background and let you get on with the adventure."
"This is a masterpiece. I can't deny it. Or, better yet, like I've said at first, this is a gem. Grab it. You won't be disappointed."
Check out a review of Barbarians of Lemuria here
Barbarians of Lemuria has thousands of fans all over the world and has been translated into French, German and, this year, will come out in a Portuguese edition.
Not only is BoL great for sword & sorcery roleplaying, with a few tweaks it can be used for other pulp-style genres. Fans have created a number of conversions, which you can see at the Lords of Lemuria forums. In addition, there are several published books:
Dogs of W*A*R - modern mercenaries in the style of Mack Bolan and Phoenix Force
Barbarians of The Aftermath - a superb post-apocalyptic conversion
Dicey Tales - 1930's pulp action, investigation, mystery and adventure
Legends of Steel - a sword & sorcery setting for Bol, set in the land of Erisa
Honor & Intrigue - swashbuckling adventure for BoL, with additional rules for dashing swordplay and derring-do
League of Heroes - Super Heroic roleplaying for BoL (playtest draft for download)