Book of Metal RPG Sourcebook Up On Kickstarter

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Heavy Metal and RPGs go back a very long way. I mean, Led Zeppelin sang about Lord of the Rings, after all. Then you’ve got Amon Amarth that sings about being the protectors of Valhalla. One of my favorite characters I’ve ever played was a bard and his “electric lute” (it had a pull-chord to start it like in FLCL). Well, the Book of Metal looks to bring Heavy Metal to the forefront of your game. It’s up on Kickstarter now.

From the campaign:

What would you expect to find in a D&D book that was completely themed around Heavy Metal?

– The ability to play a viable front-line Bard who raises the dead and literally uses their instrument as a weapon? Check!

– How about the ability to play a rugged gunslinger with dark powers stemming from the Nine Hells themselves? Or a cybernetic killing machine? Or a no-(censored)-given warrior who summons forth valkyries to fight for him? Check, check and check!

– Using your own organs as fuel for your brutal arcane rituals? Check with a face-melting on top.

– Iconic Heavy Metal monsters to battle against? Check!

– A plethora of magic-items, which range from macabre curiosities to world-breaking relics? (censored) check to that!

This book comes with over 100 pages of Metal-themed material for players and GMs alike. For a sample and an idea of what to expect, take a look at the Disciple of Metal, an 11-level prestige class designed to put the B.A back in Bard.

The campaign is over its funding goal with still 13 days left to go.


  • Chad_Caughmann

    “Heavy Metal and RPGs go back a very long way. I mean, The Who sang about Lord of the Rings, after all”

    But….”The Who” isn’t remotely heavy metal…???

    • How did I know that the first comment was going to be someone specifying that “The Who isn’t metal!” or “Amon Amarth is Death Metal, not Heavy Metal!” or something to that effect? 😛

      • Chad_Caughmann

        Not sure, but Led Zeppelin isn’t really heavy metal either.

        • odinsgrandson

          It just seems less impressive to trace the ties between gaming and metal back to the mid ’80s with Bolt Thrower or Blind Guardian.

    • Also, before anyone mentions it, yes, it was Led Zeppelin that sang about LotR. That’s what I get for typing up that post while listening to surf rock.

  • crazytuco

    Will this have a new patron for the 5th Ed. Warlock class that allows my PC to swear allegiance to Iron Maiden’s Eddie? I’ll also need an invocation called Up The Irons. I really don’t care what it does, just so long as I have access to it at 2nd level. I don’t want it to be one of those ones that requires that I wait until 5th level or later.

  • Gustav

    Led Zeppelin isn’t metal, but I think we can agree they hold the position of (un)holy progenitor!

    • odinsgrandson

      And now I’m really wondering about the origins of heavy metal.

      Is Black Sabbath the start of Metal?

      • Gustav

        The first tune considered heavy metal is ‘Born to be Wild’ which includes the line ‘heavy metal thunder’ (a reference to motorbikes), so you can start from there…

        • odinsgrandson

          Ok, so it didn’t start out that far from the hard rock of the late ’60s/early ’70s.

          That actually makes it a little harder to trace, for me. I mean, it makes sense for musical styles to evolve, but there’s quite a gap from Steppenwolf to Deathclock.

          That makes me wonder if some of what The Who or Led Zeppelin did isn’t a bit metal for its time, you know?