Free League Publishing released the first version of their dark fantasy roleplaying game Symbaroum in 2015. They’ve been adding to it since then, and soon, the saga will be complete with the arrival of the Symbaroum Game Master’s Guide.
The ultimate guide to creating your own Symbaroum adventures is divided into three main sections, telling you everything you need to know about the rules of the RPG and intricacies of its world…
- The Adventure section, with chapters on the design of game worlds, chronicles, adventure landscapes and of adventures set in the Underworld, Yonderworld and Spirit World. It also offers tips regarding how to construct scenarios for experienced player characters, and guidelines for Troupe Play in Symbaroum.
- The Challenges section, containing alternative rules for pitched battles, advanced traps and social challenges. Adding to this are chapters on Ceremonial Magic (including sixteen ceremonies), expeditions in Davokar, exploration of ruins, the design of legendary creatures and rules for handling player characters owning and managing an estate or smaller domain.
- The Rewards Section, which offers suggestions on different ways of rewarding player characters and their players, aside from Experience and shiny coins. The chapters also present guidelines for designing what in Symbaroum are called Curiosities, Mystical Treasures and Artifacts, after which the book is rounded off with the description of no less than twenty seven artifacts – all of them with a unique adventure set-up.
With the release of the Game Master’s Guide, the core book collection of Symbaroum will be considered complete, but there is still material on the way. The fourth Adventure Pack for the game is coming next…it’s a 112-page hardcover book that includes two new scenarios, Call of the Dark and Retribution. Adventure Pack 4 will launch later this year.
As for the Symbaroum Game Master’s Guide, it will be physically released June 2, but the digital version can be purchased today on Free League’s website.