Friday, December 27, 2013

2013 Game of the Year

2013 was a great year for gaming personally.  I got to try out a lot of old things, which is fun, and had a chance to try out some new games as well.  I got to play a lot of Basic and 1st Ed AD&D with my kids, do a little more with 3e, started both a Pathfinder and 4e game.  The Pathfinder game kicks up again next year and I just got a notification about my 4e game just two days ago (on Tuesday, so I guess this post was premature).

But of all the games I tried out only one really grabbed me this year.
Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea.

Today we played a very Howard inspired "rescue the princess before the Old God is awakened" sort of deal.  It was fun and I borrowed a lot from Spellcraft & Swordplay and Call of Cthulhu for this one.
We had an Atlantean warlock, a Keltic Bard, Kimmerian fighter and a "Norse" Cleric.  It was a lot of fun.

For my money it is the best of the "Dark Fantasy" games on the market right now.
I hope I get to play it more in 2014.

If you don't yet have this game then you are really, really missing out on some fun.


Fabio Milito Pagliara said...

Indeed a nice game :)

Anonymous said...

I finally managed to pick up the boxed set and pdf a week or so back. So far I'm really impressed. The classes and mechanics seem to fit that sweet spot somewhere between AD&D 1st ed. and B/X D&D, but the Hyperborean gazetteer in the back of the referee's book is what really makes it stand out; fits in perfectly with my "Age of Atlantis" inspired home-brew setting.