#RPGaDay Day 23: Which RPG has the most jaw-dropping layout?

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Day 23: Which RPG has the most jaw-dropping layout?

There are a lot of beautiful RPGs out there and many whose layout and design have made me drool, but without a doubt, at the top of the heap, are the books coming out of Modiphius for Robert E. Howard’s Conan: Adventures In An Age Undreamed Of.

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Clean, readable font choices, cool inserts and borders, spectacular art, and immersive content — Conan is an RPGers dream. While I may not be entirely sold on the system itself, the books are true works of art backed up by flawless design.

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Everything about these books is attractive, from legibility to illustration, and the tables are distinct and pop off the page.

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Modiphius have really gone above and beyond. Each book released so far have been tremendous works of art, but more importantly, well planned, laid out, and articulated.

If if you choose to not play the game, the books themselves are more than worth the investment.

 

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#RPGaDay2017 Day 12: What RPG has the most inspiring interior art?

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Day 12: What RPG has the most inspiring interior art?

One of my favorite things about rpgs is the artwork, how it informs and inspires, so this question is a tough one because there are so many great games to choose from.

Mulling over the games I own — all the various D&D, Pathfinder, Call of Cthulhu, Star Wars, Marvel, DC, The Riddle of Steel, Middle-Earth, A Song of Ice & Fire, and on and on — I’m going to settle on <insert drumroll>…

CONAN: ADVENTURES IN AN AGE UNDREAMED OF

Let’s face it, Modiphius really pulled out all the stops, hiring some of the best known, and Conan-connected, artists in the field. Take a look at some of Tim Truman’s work and you’ll see what I mean—

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Here are some more samples —

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This is a book that positively drips with inspiration, from the remarkable cover art and throughout all the interior renderings. It’s a beautiful book and a terrific game.

Heck, I’m getting excited just thinking about it.

 

Hither came Conan, the Cimmerian

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At long last, the core rulebook for Robert E Howard’s Conan: Adventures in an Age Undreamed Of by Modiphius has see the light of day, at least in pdf form. In addition, another book, Conan: Jeweled Thrones of the Earth, has been released alongside it.

As a backer, this is exciting news. We’ve been poring over chapter releases for months, with incomplete art and typographical errors. It’s nice to see it in its completed glory, even as a collection of pixels on a computer monitor.

Some of the art is uneven and I sort of wish they’d have just buried Tim Truman in money for all the interior illustrations. His work really pops in this.

The core book is strong, with in depth character creation mechanics and a rich and erudite examination of the cultures and homelands that make up Howard’s Hyborian Age.

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Jeweled Thrones is an adventure book that most gamers will find indispensable. They are compiled chiefly of thinly-veiled pastiches of actual Conan adventures which maintains the flavor if not the overt originality. I think this is a good move on Modiphus’ part. By making it hew as close to Two Gun as possible you establish the world as intended and train those less versed in Howard’s words.

Skilled Gamemasters will be able to take the reins from there.

The core book is priced at $24.99 with the adventure book coming in at only $10.99. I know some people balk at prices like these for pdfs, but believe me, this is money well spent.

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While not originally a fan of the 2d20 system, it’s grown on me and I look forward to bringing the game to our Club.

I’m also excited to see the rest of the kickstarter material to be unveiled in the months ahead. There is a wealth of source books on the way, as well as dice, tiles, maps, and more.

It’s been a long time coming, but the wait is mostly over. The time of Conan is at hand.

Robert E Howard’s Conan: Adventures in an Age Undreamed Of and Jeweled Thrones of the Earth can be purchased through DriveThruRpg

A Star Trek RPG coming from Modiphius

MODIPHIUS ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES FORTHCOMING STAR TREK ADVENTURES, A NEW ROLEPLAYING GAME & MINIATURES LINE

Starfleet Academy Intake 2016 Launches August 4 at Gen Con with Living Campaign Playtest Registration, Free Capt. Kirk and Picard Miniatures

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LONDON, ENGLAND (July 21, 2016): Modiphius Entertainment, publisher of the Achtung! Cthulhu, Mutant Chronicles, Conan, Infinity and John Carter of Mars roleplaying games, is excited to announce today the development of Star Trek Adventures, the first new official Star Trek roleplaying game to be produced in more than a decade. The news comes as Star Trek fans worldwide celebrate Star Trek’s 50th anniversary in 2016.

Fans of the legendary Star Trek television series’ and films will not only boldly go to the final frontier, but they will shape the voyages and missions through the Star Trek Adventures living campaign playtest. Each player will experience the game differently based on the ship they are assigned to and attendees of Gen Con will have the exclusive North American opportunity to choose their ship, as well as claim a free Captain Kirk or Captain Picard miniature, while supplies last, when they register for the playtest. Registration will take place daily at the Modiphius booth #2737 in the Gen Con exhibit hall August 4 – 7, 2016.

Additional sign-ups will launch online from late August at www.modiphius.com/star-trek and fans in Europe will have their chance to claim Kirk or Picard at the Modiphius booth at Essen-Spiel in Germany in October and at Dragonmeet in the UK in December. The living campaign playtest will launch in the fall.

“Since I was a kid I dreamed of sitting in the captain’s chair and boldly going on my own voyages,” says Modiphius Entertainment’s publishing director Chris Birch. “With Star Trek Adventures we can all explore our own stories in the worlds of Captain Kirk, Picard, Sisko, Janeway, Archer and many others.”

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Star Trek Adventures will use the Modiphius 2d20 game system (Mutant Chronicles, Infinity, Conan, John Carter of Mars) designed by Jay Little (Star Wars: Edge of the Empire, X-Wing Miniatures Game). Modiphius is also sculpting an accompanying Star Trek miniature figure line, the first to be produced in 17 years. Resin and metal 32mm-scale hobby figures will feature classic Star Trek characters and crews, boarding parties and away teams. Geomorphic tile maps of burning Federation ships, mysterious colonies and embattled Klingon cruisers will set the scene for dramatic new voyages in the Final Frontier.

Under license by CBS Consumer Products, Star Trek Adventures is slated for a Summer 2017 release and the playtest crews will be listed in the Star Trek Adventures book manifest. Sign up for Starfleet now at www.modiphius.com/star-trek

™ & ©2016 CBS Studios Inc. STAR TREK and related marks and logos are trademarks of CBS Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.

 

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There will be a wide range of Star Trek Adventures miniatures including many of your favourite characters as well as generic crew, away teams, boarding parties and aliens. Accompanying the range will be geomorphic map tiles of Federation, Klingon and other ships, space stations, lost colonies, ancient ruins as well as dangerous and mysterious worlds to explore.

The figures will be single piece and multi-part, and available in collector’s blisters as well as crew packs giving you whole away teams or bridge crews from different eras. As you can see from the scale picture example above they are 32mm iand made in a soft resin. These two initial figures of Captain Kirk and Picard will be available to those signing up for the official playtest at the Modiphius stands at GenCon, Essen Spiele and Dragonmeet and later as part of various sets.

A #ConanRPG Character Sheet to tide you over

On Friday Modiphius surprised their kickstarter backers with a little taste of the Robert E. Howard’s Conan RPG.

Now we’ve already had a healthy sample via the Conan QuickStart Rules, available FREE on Drive-Thru RPG, but this was something a whole lot more —an actual chapter from the Conan Core Book.

But it wasn’t just any chapter…this was the chapter on Character Creation.

I’ve got to tell you, I think rolling up characters this weekend is the most fun I’ve ever had generating a player character. It’s well-rounded, with a lot of in-depth content that delves not only into the mental and physical aspects of the character, but their psyche as well.

This is good stuff.

Anyway, all that said and done, I decided a character record sheet was in order so I “borrowed” the stylistic elements of the recent Dungeons & Dragons 5e sheets and added some Conan Pre-Test record sheet influences.

Feel free to use it as you see fit:

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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.