Let me start by saying that Legends of Steel gives me a warm fuzzy feeling.  I love the tone and style, which are right on.  The cover drew me in from the start, and the illustrations maintained a consistent feel throughout the PDF.  On a similar note, the Edges, especially the Professional Edges, continue to set the tone for a Sword & Sorcery game.  Jeff Mejia devotes enough time throughout each section of Legends of Steel to laying out the style that you never forget what kind of game you are preparing for, but he refrains from hitting you over the head with it.

Like Michael Wolf over at Stargazer’s World, I was suitably amused and impressed by the Sexy Armor Edge, since it is appropriate to the genre and yet not the first thing I might think to put into a Sword & Sorcery game.  Other new Edges, like Just the thing, were equally appropriate, if not as funny.  It didn’t take terribly much to imagine Conan—or better yet, Cohen!—striding out from the pages armored by his exposed abs and deflecting arrows with his bare hands.

The Style of Play section drew me in me as much as, or more than, the rest of the Savage Worlds mechanics.  Sword & Sorcery in particular is a fantasy genre into which my gaming has rarely delved, so I enjoyed reading Mejia’s pointers on how to set up your game.  Toss in a few tips for taverns and handling the morning after and you have a well-rounded players’ section.

The last half of the book is devoted to Erisa, a campaign world presented for general use.  Erisa is perfectly capable of standing on its own, and would fit well in just about any system (part of what I like so much about it).  The particulars draw heavily on the mythology of the Sword & Sorcery genre, however, so it doesn’t feel like a generic world.  It certainly made me want to explore it further, just like my first exposure to Forgotten Realms.  In addition to the excellent content, each realm is laid out simply and concisely, with a paragraph or so of detail and several strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities in each.  I found it very readable and useful for a busy GM.

In short, I want to play with Legends of Steel more, and have no reservations about recommending it to you, dear readers.

The Legends of Steel: Savage Worlds Edition PDF was provided as a free review copy by the author.  You can find it at DriveThruRpg for $12.  It requires a copy of the Savage Worlds: Explorer’s Edition handbook, which you can pick up as a PDF ($7.99 right now at DriveThruRpg) or hard copy for $10 on Amazon.

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