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That sales pitch very much sums up the setting of GURPS Banestorm, by Phil Masters and Jonathan Woodward. This setting book is the latest presentation of . GURPS Banestorm walks the line well. The basic concept is straightforward, and covered well in Chapter One, “History”. A few thousand years. GURPS, Warehouse 23, and the all-seeing pyramid are registered trademarks of Steve Jackson Games Incorporated. Pyramid, Banestorm, and the names.

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Of course, as The setting, politically and socially, works well and I enjoy it.

GURPS Banestorm

It does help that I’m a fan of alternate history settings and this one delivers it in spades. Find More Posts by MrId. The latter has since been suppressed due to concerns by the Empire of Megalos about too much technological progress.

This page was last edited on 13 Decemberat It solves the problem with many fantasy settings which are really Earth counterpart societies with their numbers filed off. You could make an argument for the text superseding the map, but if that’s the case, then both the text and map are grossly missing detail — I get it, I’m nitpicking.


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Other books in the series. Sean Punch black-and-white pages. Either one could easily be replaced by psionics as magic, with one catch: Nearly a thousand years later, Ytarria is now more or less a Standard Fantasy Settingdominated by The Empire of Megalos, surrounded by various other nations on all sides.


For instance, in the 16th century, a number of humans were transported to Yrth from France, bringing with them dangerous knowledge of Protestantism, and gunpowder. Previously, I had said to myself, “When Banestorm is released as a PDF, perhaps I will download it, as it seems far more likely I will run a fantasy game than a sci-fi game. The Elven lands in the west became the Great Desert. Find More Posts by beholdsa. In the Yrth equivalent year of ce, the Defenders took a step they’d been preparing for centuries and cast a spell designed to bring about the extinction of the Orcish race.

Warehouse 23 offers worldbooks, supplements, and adventures, in physical and digital formats, for GURPS — as well as many of our other game lines. As a result, many of the societies and cultures are reminiscent of a Crusades-era Earth, albeit with magic.

Had not more than half the Elven population on the continent of Ytarria been erased from existence by the appearance of the Great Desert, the newcomer problem might have been put under some sort of control earlier on. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Retrieved from ” http: There are also some more unusual fantastic races like the Reptile Men, and several others which can be added in as desired by the game master. Oneiriad rated it liked it Feb 03, Open Preview See a Problem?

Various sovereignties contend for power on a magical world populated by storms blowing across the dimensions. D rated it it was amazing Jul 06, Joey hanestorm it really liked it Dec 09, I hoped for a little more detail in geography and climate, and expected something better than a handwaved “because magic” explanation.


The Dwarves moved underground and their surfaces dwelling cousins became Gnomes. Although the majority of Banestorm strikes occurred shortly after banestlrm initial backfire, giving the world its fantasy-medieval flavor, occasional flare-ups have occurred since then.

The setting seems to make a moderately big deal of there being different mana level zones, particularly the Great Desert is no mana and Caithness is low mana.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Mark rated it really liked it Jul 01, Emory Susar rated it it was amazing Dec 10, The assumption of scale is broken when reading the details and then comparing to the maps.

Welcome to the land of Yrth, a magical realm of incredibly varied races and monstersincluding people snatched from our Earth and other worlds by the cataclysmic Banestorm! This can be counter argued that the “Eternal” they all worship once was directly active on Yrth in it’s ancient past and bamestorm the three always distinct races acquired their beliefs from that contact.

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Abydos — What lurks in the forbidden city of Abydos is so great a heresy, the Church suppresses all mention of its very existence. Justin Colby Cox rated it really liked it Aug 08, Harkwood provide additional setting information about Yrth. Whole villages were transported — from such diverse locales as medieval England, France, Bwnestorm, and the Far East.