And then Crom smiled upon us…

Wow. Modiphius just pulled off an unbelievable Kickstarter campaign for Robert E. Howard’s Conan: Adventures In An Age Undreamed Of RPG.

They raked in just shy of $630,000 from nearly 4,500 backers.

Conan, my dog brothers and sisters, is alive and well.

This was the first Kickstarter that the Oak Hill Dungeons & Dragons Club has taken part in. Conan was too good to pass up. So, for our roughly $90 pledge, what are we getting?

Treasures. Lots and lots of treasures.

For starters, there’s the Conan RPG Core Book in print and pdf, then there are pdf supplements of  Conan the Thief, Conan the Barbarian, Conan the Mercenary, Conan the Pirate, Conan the Brigand, Conan the Wanderer, Conan the Adventurer, Conan the Scout, Conan the King, Jeweled Thrones of the Earth Adventures, The Book of Skelos, Beasts of the Hyborian Age, Nameless Cults, Ancient Ruins & Cursed Cities, the Conan Board Game Sourcebook, a d20 to 2d20 Conversion Guide, and a bonus set of Mongoose’s Conan d20 RPG.

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In addition to all that, there’s also a double-sided map of the Hyborian Age and the Brom cover art, a double-sided adventure map, digital wallpapers, a Form-fillable Character Sheet, Pre-generated Character Sheets in pdf of classic heroes including: Conan, Balthus, Zelata, Shevatas, Valeria, Khmesa, Olgerd, Old Gorm, Belit, Ageera, Nestor, Amalric, Hadrathus, Tananda, Taurus, Prospero, Strom, Yasmina, N’Yaga, Kherim Shah, Tutmekri, Baal-Pteor, Tascela, and Murilo.

3803344_origBut that’s not all. We also get Roll20 Support, an Online Character Generator & GM Tools Suite Apps, and a set of bonus adventures in pdf.

Oh, and a killer 20-sided Hit Location die.

So, that’s what, a hard cover (that most likely retails for $50), 17 Supplements and Sourcebooks in pdf, a whole other RPG with a myriad of sourcebooks, plus all the online goodies, and maps, and posters, and… well, I think you must agree, for $90 that is all one helluva value.

I don’t think this will be our last Kickstarter.

Adventures In An Age Undreamed Of

ROBERT E. HOWARD’S CONAN: ADVENTURES IN AN AGE UNDREAMED OF is an exciting new RPG currently being kickstarted by Modiphius.

Writers on the project include notable Howard scholars Jeffrey Shanks, Mark Finn, and Patrice Louinet, while the legendary artists brought in to add vision to their voice are a veritable who’s who in the fantasy field: Ken Kelly, Brom, Joe Jusko, Mark Schultz, Tomas Giorello, Cary Nord, Tim Truman, and a whole host of others.

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The only names missing from the line-up are three giants that defined Howard’s Cimmerian artistically — Big John Buscema, Barry Windsor Smith, and, the pinnacle of fantasy art, Frank Frazetta. Granted, Frank and John have both passed on, but if it were my call, I would have licensed  some of their existing art to complete the circle.

Regardless, this RPG is, to put it mildly, amazing. What sells it to me, first and foremost, is the care in which they are adapting and honoring Robert E. Howard’s most famous creation.

By respecting the source material, they honour the legacy of who I consider to have been one of the greatest American authors to have ever put words on paper. Robert E. Howard was a brilliant storyteller and Conan of Cimmerian one of those lofty literary icons that transcends pop culture.

The Oak Hill Dungeons & Dragons Club are proud supporters of this Kickstarter. With but nine days left at the time of this writing, our pledge has already seen an amazing array of rule and source books unlocked, as well as other items of extreme interest, including a glorious map of the Hyborian Age.

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I’m still holding out hope that we’ll cross the £300,000 mark, but if not, our money has already been more than well spent.

Look, I’ll be honest, I’m an old school gamer who is a diehard fan of the d20 system. Modiphius’ 2d20 system is alien to me. It’s probably alien to you. But if you’re on the fence as to whether you should help fund this project or not, trust me… if you don’t, you’ll regret it.

As far as I’m concerned this is essential for every Robert E. Howard fan out there.

There and Back Again

50You can imagine what great pleasure it was to discover, when I was but a wee lad of 11 years or so, that I shared a birthday with the Dúnadan, Aragorn, son of Arathorn, whom I prefer to call Strider.

In retrospect I had a near idyllic childhood, with a clear stream and woods to roam. I had such a love for Tolkien then and my appreciation has only grown. In those wildlands, I was a borderman, with sword at hand, ready to defend the weak against the perilous monstrosities that made such back country their home.

Little has changed.

So here I am at 50 — a half-century old.

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

I do so long to walk the wild road again. I suppose, on this day, I feel more akin to Bilbo Baggins as his end neared than to Elessar, the Elfstone.

“I am old, Gandalf. I don’t look it, but I am beginning to feel it in my heart of hearts. Well-preserved indeed!” he snorted. “Why, I feel all thin, sort of stretched, if you know what I mean: like butter that has been scraped over too much bread. That can’t be right. I need a change, or something.”

“I want to see mountains again, Gandalf – mountains; and then find somewhere where I can rest. In peace and quiet, without a lot of relatives prying around, and string of confounded visitors hanging on the bell. I might find somewhere where I can finish my book. I have thought of a nice ending for it: and he lived happily ever after to the end of his days.”

50 is not such a bad age to be. I’ve acquired a bit of wisdom and am still blessed with a wee bit of spring in my step. A very wee bit, but it’s there just the same.

I have been quite blessed. This past half century has been filled with good friends and good cheer and though I’ve said goodbye to some, I’ve said hello to many others. And as for family, well I could not have done better in that regard.

My wife is my heart and my son is my soul, they are my lodestone.

As I look up into the heavens, I see reflected back at me the sum of my adventures and I know in my heart of hearts, the journey has just begun.