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First Book of Swords by Fred Saberhagen

Posted this to the gaming blog today.

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I’ve decided to do a semi regular series where I discuss older fantasy novels and how they relate to my role-playing.

I first read Fred Saberhagen’s Book of Swords in the mid to late 80s. I read both the Book of Swords, and their follow-up the Books of Lost Swords. Last month I re-read the First Book of Swords, and hope over the next year or so to pick up the rest of the series again.

From the Amazon.com description:

The gods decide to devise a Game of great fun: their colleague Vulcan forges 12 magic Swords, each with a different power, and scatters them across the world. Play begins in grand and gloriously violent fashion as Swords are gathered and used to control chance, enhance fortune, and change destiny. The holder of a Sword wields power undreamed — power to change the world and the holder.

If you haven’t…

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