Teach Your Kids To Game – Day 2

Today we give you not one game to teach your kids but we point you towards a publisher who is producing fantastic quality roleplaying games that are suitable for all ages and particularly for the family group.  Today in the second of our Publisher Spotlight series we are pleased to feature Beyond Belief Games.

Simon Washbourne runs Beyond Belief Games, and they started publishing role-playing games in 2003, with their first title Lashings of Ginger Beer (more of which later).  Since then, Beyond Belief Games has become known for producing well-received role playing games, largely in the traditional (old school) style, that often combine unusual subject matter with good value.  Beyond Belief Games sells it’s products predominantly via DriveThruRPG and its sister sites and as well as through LULU.COM providing a good quality print on demand publishing service.

Barbariasn Of LemuriaBeyond Belief Games are probably best known for the highly successful “Barbarians of Lemuria” a fantastic swords and sorcery game, which for me really is one of the best in the genre.  I have used it in the past to run games based on the Brian Lumley tales of Tarra Khash the Hrossak barbarian and other stories set in the Primal Land (possibly not child friendly the way I ran it) – and to be honest, Swords and Sorcery in a Barbarian world, (think Conan or Kull the Conqueror), may not be suitable for children of all ages, but for those that are old enough it is a simple and engaging game and the Lemuria setting gives you everything you could want.  Due to it’s success Barbarians of Lemuria, along with a number of other titles, has now gone into general distribution in a deal between Beyond Belief Games and Cubicle 7 publishers of The Laundry RPG and the Dr. Who Adventure Game.

Beyond Belief Games have much more than Barbarians of Lemuria to offer though, and for a great family game you really could do much worse than take a look at Woodland Warriors.

Woodland Warriors is a fantastic little role playing game suitable for kids and adults alike.Woodland Warriors It uses the popular Swords & Wizardry Core mechanics. Fans of any animal-based fiction, (especially things like Brian Jacques “Redwall” novels), or cartoon movies will love this game.  The setting is the Alder Vale, Stonewell Abbey is a place of learning for the Kind and Murkenhill Fort is a bastion against evil.  Players take the role of Mice, Moles, Hedgehogs, Squirrels and Badgers, who must protect their homes against the Verminous Rats and Weasels that pour down from the Murkenhills, intent on pillage and plunder.  Danger and adventure awaits – will your Woodland Warriors be brave enough to put their swords to the defence of The Alder Vale?

Woodland Warriors is available for pocket money prices, only $5.00 for the 115-page pdf from DriveThruRPG or as a print on demand title from LULU.COM for just $12.00.  There are also two supplements for Woodland Warriors, again both available as pdf downloads from DriveThruRPG or as print on demand titles from LULU.COM

Greyrock Isle & Out WestGreyrock Isle is a mini-campaign setting and sourcebook. With new classes and new woodland creatures the Otters and Hares for your players to choose from. It introduces a once idyllic island setting that has been overrun by the evil Vorstang and his minions.

Woodland Warriors: Out West, this introduces a whole new genre and setting for players – the days of the Wild West.  Raccoon cardsharps, prairie dog braves, badger rowdies and mouse gunslingers all mixed together in the lawless gold-hungry Golden Valley.  Included are simple rules for guns, a gorgeous map by Gill Pearce and details of the towns and characters of Golden Valley.

All of the above games are great value, beautifully thought through and well presented, but there is still plenty more to be had at Beyond Belief Games, to get a taste of their work there are a number of free downloads which I would urge you to look at, not least of which is Lashings Of Ginger Beer, a game about nosey schoolchildren investigating real or imagined crimes in Idyllic England. You just need to think of the Famous Five, Secret Seven or maybe even Just William and his gang the Outlaws.  You can download the complete Lashings Of Ginger Beer RPG for free here.

In addition “Tombs & Terrors” – Classic Old School roleplaying, “Go Fer Yer Gun” – a simple but effective western game, and “Medieval Mysteries” – historical sleuthing,(think of Ellis Peters Cadfael novels or Susanna Gregory’s Thomas Challoner and Mathew Bartholemew stories).  All of these use a simplified version of the WoTC OGL system and are easy to pick up and play.

In summary, Beyond Belief Games produce some fantastic games, any of which would be great things to play with your children.  Although our recommendation for today has to be Woodland Warriors.

Ia! F’tagn!

Derek.

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