Review – Song of Gold and Darkness


With a really big delay due to some personal problems, here is the review of the first supplement to Song of Blades and Heroes produced by Andrea Sfiligoi and his Ganesha Games . As usual first I’ve to say thanks to Andrea for the support.

Song of Gold and Darkness is a 34 B/W pages book full of fine illustrations and with a nice and clear editing (as it was for the first book). Since this is an expansion I’ll avoid any talk about the main machanics of the ruleset for which I’ll link you to my review of Song of Blades and Heroes. The first part adds to the game rules for eleven new special terrains (like Fungi Patches, Pentacles, Vampire Soil) and nineteen new classes/special abilities, among which three new magic users: the Necromancer, the Sorcerer and the Summoner.

Of this new characters the most interesting is the Necromancer, this because his new ability really adds something new to the games mechanics. Infact the Necromancer has the power to reanimate the deads during the battle, those new un-dead warriors will be less powefull than their original live form but for sure will give and edge to the Necromancer warband on their foes. The other two new magic users are less innovative but their abilities adds something to the rpg side of the game. The Summoner can use the points unspent left during the warband creation step to summon any kind of character/monster, this will give him the possibility to call up for the needed aid in any specific moment of the battle. The Sorcerer can sacrifice the weaker members of his warband to enhance his powers and his spells giving him more chances to succeed in casting a spell when his warbands need more.

The real heart of this new book is the part dedicated to the Dungeon: it starts first with an intro which contains also many ideas on how to build up your own dungeon for gaming you battles, than the book goes deeper in looking up to any possible situation that can arise during dungeon exploration or fights. You’ll have special rules for stairs, passages, randon dungeon creation, light sources and its effects, trap and treasures. It’s not missing the part dedicated to dungeon effects on morale, wandering monsters, doors and locks. You’ll find difficult to think about something not “explored” in this book about dungeons. This is really important because the book also gives you the rules to play solo dungeon explorations, it’s just a couple of extra pages but that gives you the chance to apply all the rules and the situation described in this supplement in a solo game fast and easy to setup.

The book also includes 4 new scenarios and extra rules to make your warband grow in a campaign game.

The books ends with a new large list of warriors and monsters (created with the new abilities introduced) that expand the race lists included in Song of Blades and Heroes, with extra new monsters tipical of the underground world.

In the end I’ve to say that this first supplement for Song of Blades and Heroes is a must buy for the ones that already own the first book and a good reason to get both the books together for the one of you that still miss them. Also think about the cost of the books in their pdf format: $8 for Song of Gold and Darkness and only $4 per Song of Blades and Heroes.

Waiting for the next book in the serie “Song of Wind and Water” I can only remind you that Song of Blades and Heroes” has a great support from the author and the gamers, which you can find in the SBH Yahoo Group. There you’ll also find any revision, faq and errata available.


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