Savage Worlds : Beasts and Barbarians Interview

Savage Worlds IconHello World,

after reviewing Beasts and Barbarians, and liking it, I asked Piotr Korys from GRAmel if he would agree to do an email interview. And he did! And not only that, he  got in contact with Umberto Pignatelli, the original author of Beasts and Barbarians, and got him involved too! Enjoy the interview and read you soon.

Chaosmeister: Lets start by talking a bit about yourself. Who are you, how did you come to gaming and what is your job at GRAmel?

Piotr: It is a long story. In the early 90s, a friends of mine got some nice looking books from a foreign copy party (Berlin, I think). I read something similar in a fantasy/sci-fi magazine. In GRAmel, I`m a husband of the owner. And a brain behind RPG part of GRAmel (we do a few other things in GRAmel, very different from roleplaying or publishing 🙂 )

Umberto: I am italian, living in Turin. I started playing RPGs in 1985. An uncle introduced me to the gaming world. I know Piotr from a couple of years. We worked together on a Slipstream adventure for Pinnacle and came in touch. Currently I am the designer and developer of Beasts and Barbarians, GRAmel’s swords and sorcery setting for Savage Worlds.

Chaosmeister: Please tell me a bit about GRAmel, I have never heard that name before the Beasts and Barbarians release.

Piotr: It is a small company from Poland. 🙂 We are publishing polish edition of Savage Worlds and a few other things.

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Savage Worlds Review : Beasts and Barbarians

Savage Worlds IconHello World,

today I will have a look at Beasts & Barbarians, a Sword and Sorcery Supplement for Savage Worlds by Gramel Publishing. I want to find out if it is as good as word on the street says. So follow me on a journey into a dangerous and wretched place full of dark secrets and mighty heroes.

The looks:

Beasts and Barbarians is a 76 pages PDF file. The usual layer options are present and it is fully bookmarked. I have the habit of scanning the table of contents of any new RPG book I buy to get an overview of the contents and to check if there is something that stand out as interesting to me. However there is no table of contents here. The book starts with the introduction to the setting. A quick flip through reveals the table of contents is at the end of the book, after the index on the last few pages. An odd layout choice that I first found weird but got used to. If you read it at the screen it does even matter less.

The books artwork is of varying quality from very good to mediocre, while the good is definitely in the majority. Do not let the cover image fool you! Gramel is working on a replacement. The layout is nothing extraordinary but works well.

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