Tuesday 1 May 2018

[NEWS] The Barbarian King (revised edition) / Echoes From Fomalhaut #02

Cover art by Matthew Ray
I am happy to announce the forthcoming publication of the revised edition of The Barbarian King. A 20-page adventure module for 4th to 6th level player characters, The Barbarian King pits the company against the ruined empire of the mountain barbarians... and the evil that still slumbers therein! This gloomy wilderness and dungeon scenario features deals with malevolent and ultra-powerful spirits, the burial places of a now defeated people, shadowy hosts and deadly traps. 

First published in 2002 as a standalone mini-module and in 2011 in an expanded version in Fight On! magazine, The Barbarian King has seen quite a lot of play in those sixteen years (and held up rather well at the table). This edition has been re-edited for easy use, and includes illustrations by Matthew Ray (who also did the cover art seen to the left), Stefan Poag and Denis McCarthy. It will be available in print in May, and in PDF with a few months’ delay, at a price of $6 plus shipping. 

Echoes From Fomalhaut #02 is now almost fully written, and undergoing proofreading (you should see how many tiny errors I catch before releasing something still riddled with a whole lot of tiny errors). With art orders taken into account, it has a good chance to come out mid-June. Remember the map from Issue #01? There will be a double-sided one in this one!

City State of the Invincible Typographical Error


  1. Great news.
    Look forward to both.

  2. Excellent news, Gabor!


  3. Do you have a link to a write-up of gameplay by premier or yourself?

    1. We played it as a one-shot (or in two sessions?), and no play report was written.


      As I wrote, part of this module goes way back. Way way back. In 2002, I used what would become the second half of this module as a sub-level and alternate entrance in our Tomb of Abysthor campaign, and that was one of the rare games where I did write a campaign journal. Even more miraculously, it is still around, although half the formatting is gone (31 Aug 2002): https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/necromancergames/melan-s-tomb-campaign-completed-t5539-s10.html#p104470
      No maps or illustrations. I actually lost the map for the module and had to reconstruct it from the key and this post.

  4. Looking forward to this...

  5. Hi Melan. Great adventure! I just got this module and I'm excited to dm it soon. My s&w group just turned 4th level and one of their regular hirelings is a Barbarian that speak a lot about the North and the mythic fallen King :) .
    Anyway, a small question: What king of scale do you had in mind for the valley? from the canyon to the village: how long it would take on foot? thanks

    1. Thank you! It would be around half a day. Maybe a little less due to the road. A lot of movement in the module is uphill or downhill, so take that into account. Hope the game goes well!