There’s an interesting low fantasy RPG, based on the Cepheus Engine system, called Barbaric! from Stellagama Publishing. It’s a much lighter, quicker version of the whole 2d6/Cepheus/Traveller style of game. There isn’t any career lifepath system and the stats have been completely replaced with a common set of seven skills. It’s somewhat closer to games like Barbarians of Lemuria than to its Traveller roots. It’s an excellent choice for one-shots and small campaigns.
Warlords of Atlantis
The Barbaric! book doesn’t have a setting, so Paul Elliot has provided one with his setting book: Warlords of Atlantis from Zozer Games.
Warlords of Atlantis is set in a fantastical version of the ancient world, specifically Europe and North Africa in 10,000 BC. It very much revives the spirit of old sword-and-sandal and Ray Harryhausen style movies. There’s also a lot of the faux-history of the Robert E. Howard Hyborean Age stories, especially his King Kull works.
What you’ll find in the 55 page book:
- The island of Atlantis, made up of various kingdoms, with maps
- A list of Archetypes – Gladiators, Hoplites, Sorcerers, etc.
- The cultures of 10,000 BC – Atlanteans, Greeks, Kythians, Sokarians, etc.
- Eldritch Tomes
- Demons that can be summoned
- A list of gods & cults
- A bestiary – Cyclops, Scorpionmen,Titans
- Strange Atlantean machines
- Suggestions for running the game as a Lost World pulp romance.
You can pick up both Barbaric! and Warlords of Atlantis for a few bucks each. Like a lot of Cepheus Engine books, they’re not particularly fancy – simple page design, with a little bit of B&W art, but they’re very usable. You could get a campaign running very quickly with these. I’m a sucker for this kind of low fantasy historical setting, so I’d highly recommend them both.
I’ve made my own custom 2-page character sheet for Warlords of Atlantis. It’s fillable, creates Endurance/Lifeblood boxes automatically, and will allow you to import an image.