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Stormbringer: Dark Fantasy Roleplaying (Stormbringer Roleplaying Game, 2115) Paperback – Jun 2001

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Product details

  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Chaosium Inc; 5th edition (Jun. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568821522
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568821528
  • Product Dimensions: 27.8 x 21.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,268,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stormbringer is a role-playing game based on the novels of Michael Moorcock, whose tales about Elric and other incarnations of the Eternal Champion are now classics of fantasy available everywhere in the English-speaking world. In this game, heroes discover secrets about the world of the Young Kingdoms, the nature of the universe, the Gods of Law and Chaos, and what their prophecies portend. You and your friends portray ordinary people from the Young Kingdoms who seek adventure, riches, power, and understanding. You face the same sorts of situations and dangers that Elric, Moonglum, Dorian Hawkmoon, and Corum encountered, but this time you must win those legendary victories.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Weisenwolf on 30 Aug. 2011
Stormbringer 1st edition, when first launched was a superb game with a couple of floors, specifically while hugely atmospheric the character generation system which had racial stat modifiers, classes and a very powerful magic system was apt to create some very powerful characters and some very weak ones which while possibly realistic does not make a balanced party. Ultimately of course most referees found ways round this problem without losing the atmosphere of the game, fear of demons and so on. A 4th edition further modified the magic rules and made a few more tweaks

Then along came the 5th Edition called Elric! (The exclamation mark is because there is already an Elric game!)and that has now been followed by this 6th edition.

The whole game has now been sanitised! 3D6 replaced by 2D6+6 so everyone is less diverse, removal of stat modifiers, so everyone is less diverse, all racial modifiers removed so everyone is less diverse, occupations instead of character classes which, you guessed it narrow any diversity.

Basically it makes no difference what you statistics are, where you come from or what your occupation is, from Argimilian Farmer to Pan Tangese Priest you can all have 100%+ on your weapon skills and the ability to use a bland form of runequest battle magic from the outset. Nobody is scared of demons because they all have sorcery themselves.

Well it's certainly fair but all the character has gone from the game. 1st Edition with it resolvable flaws was much better.
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1 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Feb. 2004
well i have a second one this time i have got the book and with me now on the back there is this
elric lifted the huge blade easily and turned it this way and that, admiring its alien beauty.
"stormbringer," he said... it was suddenly as if he had been born again and that this runesword was born with him. it was as if they had never been separate. "stormbringer." and the sword moaned sweetly and settled even more smoothly into his grasp. "stormbringer!"
it's more difrent than i fought it has diffrent tipes of food and drink and there is more items including one you make up your self but it does nothing apart from you treshure it it's youre family air loom if you do buy it make sure you have thease dice D4, D6, D8, D10, D10%, D20 and mabe d2 what is a coin before you try and play the game make sure that you have a game master who has read all the book because its so big and complicated you also can realy do any thing on stormbringer dark fantasy roleplaying.
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1 of 17 people found the following review helpful By "3fpme04" on 13 Feb. 2004
whell what can i say it is a good roleplay game that you have to emagion what it is lik i have not got the book but some of my frends have and i am getting this very soon hopfuly and on this game you get magic magical items demonds and other stuff you could nead you also have food and cups and drink you also have to eat and drink it is like real life in the past and you can realy do any thing you can do know or in the past it is a hard game if you are going the rong way about it it is not about the money you have it is about the items you have to save you're life so don't get dragon sikness (from the hobbit means you run off with all the gold and with no food or drink) spend you money on food or drink and armer and weponry that could save your life and may stop you from having to start the game again when you all die. always run away from you enamies when you are the last person alive so that the others can carate new caricters
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Amazon.com: 5 reviews
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
A true Malnebonian delight 20 Oct. 2001
By "beliorao" - Published on Amazon.com
If you are a roleplayer and a follower of Moorcok's epic novels, than look no further. The book uses same rules (which are easy to digest) as does "Call of Cthulhu" and the two books can accompany each other. Detailed information on Moorcok's world, spells, bestiary and stats for well known heroes and characters.
This game has something that other roleplaying games ,in my experience, lack. You are not restricted by alignment, nor do you have to pick a strict character class. So you can end up with a skilled warrior-sorcerer (Elric style) or any other occupation and still be able to cast magic spells. Another great feature (in tradition with Elric novels) is character's abilities to summon and bind demons, elementals and other supernatural creatures, depending on the character's following of eather Law, Chaos or Balance... There are no levels so any spell can be cast or creature summoned even by novice sorcerers, only if the adventurer has enough resources for the deed. This, of course, you do at your own risk for it is a high price to pay for disturbing the Lords of the Higher Worlds...
The game has the dark and brutal feel about it and is not recommended for those that prefer high fantasy and happy endings. In my opinion, those that enjoy "Call of Cthulhu" or "Vampire" will like this as well. If you know what I am talking about, go forth and get your hands on this classic piece. You will not regret it, this I swear by Arioch...
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Very good, but improvement still possible 3 Nov. 2002
By Jens Hykkelbjerg - Published on Amazon.com
I've been playing Stormbringer 4th edition for many years by now, and have recently changed to 5th edition. The combat rules in 5th edition are far superior to 4th edition, and for this reason alone 5th edition is a welcome change. However the new character generation bugs me. Each player has 250 points to distribute between skills, and the rulebook even recommends using 101 of these points for the primary weapon. However none of the examples in the book feature beginner characters with 101% weapon skill for a good reason: I bring you my own transscript of a playtest where two beginner characters each armed with 101% broadswords fight between themselves:
P1: I roll 50, a HIT
P2: I roll 40, I parry
P2: I roll 40, I Hit
P1: I roll 83, I parry
P1: I roll 45, I hit
P2: I roll 39, I parry
P2: I roll 06, a CRITICAL hit
P1: I roll 37, I parry, but my weapon takes 4 points damage
P1: I roll 82, I hit
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And so on. Sooner or later a broadsword breaks. The winner is the player who brought the highest number of broadswords to the match...
This is the reason why my players are not allowed to generate their own characters. Giving me as the GM some extra work (And causes my players to bicker for good reason that I give them [weak] characters)
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
EXCELENT IMPROVE 16 Feb. 2004
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
The step from 4th to 5th edition is incredible. There are a lot of graphics available including weapons and homeland characters. The new character creation is also excelent and lets you focus a little bit more your adventurer abilities. A must-have rpg.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
100% satisfied 15 May 2015
By Jacknight - Published on Amazon.com
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Item received in very good shape. It was a bit long to receive it, but the content met my expectations. Great ! Thanks !
Great! Game! ELRIC! 4 Aug. 2015
By Christian P. Mercer - Published on Amazon.com
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I have every edition of this game and they always make improvements and are continually striving to make it feel more like the Young Kingdoms ( always keep telling yourself "More darkness, more gloom, more doom, less hope, everyone is someones elses pawn nothing is what it seems" and you are getting the drift.
Well I think this edition is excellant but I use the Runquest based combat system in the Elric RPG since it has specific body hit locations which is and has been one of the best things about Runequest, so I use this for everything else but the combat system, stats, creatures, magic, and the fluff is nearly exactly the same except that Stormbringer has more of it and is better written and illustrated than the Runequest version of Elric.
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