Item description for Conan: The Roleplaying Game, 2nd Edition by Gareth Hanrahan...
Enter the Hyborian Age. The civilised kingdoms at the heart of the world make war on one another with massed ranks of mercenaries while idle nobles chatter and gossip in the courts of Aquilonia and Nemedia. In the north the barbarians of Asgard, Vanaheim and Cimmeria make war on anyone close enough to raid and in the west the Picts savagely reject the encroachment of settlers into their primeval forests. Pirates infest both the open ocean in the south and the inland Vilayet sea, earning the ire of Stygian sorcerer-priests and Turanian horse lords alike. This world of expansive plains, steaming jungles, ancient tombs and otherworldly horrors gives no quarter - you must wrest your destiny from it with the strength of your limbs and the edge of your sword! The Conan RPG allows players to take the on the roles of characters from this rich and vivid world, whether Hyborians or any of the other myriad races who people the tales of Conan. As Howard s hero did, they can learn the skills of the thief, the mercenary soldier, the desert nomad and other roles on their way to greatness. This second edition of the Conan roleplaying game both tidies up and expands the original. Several subtle changes have been made to the mechanics to reflect the experiences of players over the past four years and the informed commentary of Conan experts, but it remains fully compatible with all the material from the previous edition. In addition you can find new character options, more combat manoeuvres, new spells to cast or suffer from and an expanded section of human enemies in the bestiary. Conan 2nd Edition. Are you ready? Now with additional content!
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.87" Width: 8.19" Height: 1.18" Weight: 2.65 lbs.
Release Date Sep 26, 2007
Publisher Mongoose Publishing
ISBN 1905850069 ISBN13 9781905850068
Reviews - What do customers think about Conan: The Roleplaying Game, 2nd Edition?
Excellent Sep 15, 2008
Many game companies have tried their hands at Conan and the Hyborian Age setting material but only one company has gotten it right: Mongoose Publishing.
Others have writte better reviews than I would ever be able to write so I will keep mine short. If you are a fan of either Conan, RE Howard, or the Third Edition (D20) Dungeons and Dragons ruleset then this book is for you.
Five stars in all regards.
Great Core rulebook Mar 31, 2008
When I first looked into this book, my reaction was of dissapointment since it is a Black and White book. After reading it and comparing it to the early edition of Conan the RPG, I realized not only the quality of the contents but the great improvement in rules and mechanics.
Amongst the new features this 2nd edition has is the Temptress template, the review and re-explained sorcery chapter, the religion and cults information (on how the different Hyborian gods are worshipped according to nation and culture), alliegance and reputation rules revisited, better explained combat, etc. Always keeping faithful to Howard's vision of Conan and the Hyborian world.
After browsing the book and reading the first chapter you'll realize that the lack of art inside is not missed at all, since the contents make up for this, after all you're looking for a rpg, not an art book.
Mongoose Publishing Conan 2nd Ed Dec 15, 2007
I had pre-ordered the book, and the initial run had a bad binding process. I contacted Mongoose and they replaced it for free. The current runs have an improved binding that is more what I've come to expect from Mongoose Publishing. Some folks do not like the B&W illustrations, but I like the feel of the B&W. The appearance is very crisp, and the bulk of the book is packed with text, so those 400+ pages are not simply crowded with filler.
The 2nd Edition rules have been well-clarified and many contentions and confusing aspects of the Atlantean Edition have been cleared up. The classes, races and some of the mechanics have also gotten a new facelift, but the entire rules as is are 99% compatible with the vast amount of material that are out for the game, so that's a major plus.
As has been mentioned in another review, the Temptress class is now included in the core classes in the main rule system, and she has gotten a well thought out revision as well. Notably, in place of where the former temptress would have gotten Sneak Attack, the temptress in 2nd Ed now has various levels of Secret Art; With Secret Art, you choose between Politics (which allows you to choose Noble-eseque skills), Sneak Attack (which deals with Sneak Attack as well as allows some addition rules for distraction in melee), or Sorcery (which allows some access to sorcery spells, advanced spells, and special rules to gain power points)
Speaking of sorcery, some of those rules have been revamped, clarified and improved as well.
Overall, especially now that the binding issue is resolved, I applaud the second edition of the ruleset. It's much more concise and user-friendly. And unlike some of the other reviewers, I like the clean black and white layout and graphics. An excellent book!
Good but could have been excellent Nov 13, 2007
The first copy of the book I got the binding broke and the pages came out. The content is perfect. They couldn't have done a better job with the actual game rules and descriptions. I was disappointed that it wasn't in color for such an expensive book. The original books were in color and I didn't have any binding issues - though their was several mistakes. I hope that future books may be in color as they are easier to read.
Good contents, but a so-so package Nov 11, 2007
I would say the rules changes are welcome, tweeking mmre than a few points to make the game more user-friendly. As an example, making a sorcerer's defensive blast an acual spell, not some stand-alone rules mechanic. I am also happy to see the temptress moved into the main rule book, and enhanced to be a little more formidable as a character. In general, I would say this version of Conan seems more playable than its predecessor.
However, appearance of the new edition is dreadful. The old full-color interior is replaced by a very gloomy black & white that put me less in mind of swords & sorcery than World of Darkness. It would have been better if they had retained the glorious color of the first edition.