Ho, Dog Brothers! Ready yourselves… We ride in two days!
We’ve got a lot of news today to help you prepare for the Conan RPG Kickstarter – below you will find a list of the pledges, the first set of supplements you can expect, yet more great writers added to our esteemed company and of course some artwork! Here’s a piece to get you in the mood by Giorgio Baroni (Dust Adventures, Achtung! Cthulhu) and below you’ll find some inspiring Tomas Giorello pieces!
First of all I’d like to introduce you to yet more writers who have joined the team under the grand designs of our line manager Jason Durall and scholar Jeffrey Shanks. You can see the full line up on www.modiphius.com/conan
Jeb Boyt (contributor to Blue Rose, Thrilling Tales, and other projects with Green Ronin, Adamant Entertainment, and Goodman Games)
Jesse Scoble (author and contributor to Marvel Heroic Roleplaying, A Game of Thrones Roleplaying Game, Dreaming Cities, A Song of Ice & Fire Roleplaying, Silver Age Sentinels, and any others, and writer for computer games such as Armored Warfare, City of Heroes, and Wizard101)
Sam Johnson (author and contributor to Miskatonic University 2nd edition, No Man’s Land, A Resection of Time, Dwellers in Shadow, Basic Roleplaying, The Lord of the Rings Roleplaying Game, Star Trek: Planets of the UFP, and computer games such as Shadowbane, The Elder Scrolls Online, and Pirate101)
Mark Carroll (contributor to 7th Sea and World’s Largest Dungeon, Green Ronin’s Mutants & Masterminds, and Modiphius’ John Carter of Mars).
Anne Toole (contributor to Steamscapes: Asia and Rocket Age, and computer games such as The Witcher and Wizard101)
Jennifer Baughman (contributor to World’s Largest Dungeon)
Miri Weaver (designer and developer on the Fallen Earth, Dexter, and Saturday Morning RPG CRPGs)
Richard August (contributor to Small Mercy and Codex Infernus)
Steffie de Vaan (contributor to Chill 3rd Edition, Promethean the Created 2nd Edition, Changeling the Lost 2nd Edition, Cavaliers of Mars, and Vampire: The Dark Ages 20th Anniversary Edition)
Other writers include Elspeth Goff and Rachael Cruz with more still to be announced.
Now let’s take at look at the books you can expect beyond the illustrious core book and Conqueror’s Edition! These are all beautiful 112 page full colour hardcover books with high quality Arctic White paper content (the same as Mutant: Year Zero if you have seen those books). We’ll be working our way through these in order but we’re also going to be splitting them up with some stunning geomorphic adventure tiles which feature similar movement spaces to Monolith’s Conan boardgame (the Conan RPG does not use grid movement). We’ll also be providing campaigns and short adventures by guest writers – more on those in the next update
Conan the Thief [Sourcebook] by Mark Finn
This sourcebook covers the countries of Nemedia, Brythunia, Corinthia, and especially Zamora, with a focus on using the City of Thieves as a base of operations for rogue-based campaigns. New thief-oriented character options and lifepaths are provided, and gamemaster advice for a “Way of Thieves” adventures or campaigns. Famous thieves such as Taurus and Shevatas are described, and heroes can rub shoulders with thugs and rogues in the Rat’s Den, the worst tavern in all of Corinthia!
Conan the Barbarian [Sourcebook] by Jason Durall
From the wintry lands of Asgard and Vanaheim, to the rocky peaks of Hyperborea, and finally to the crags and hills of fog-bound Cimmeria, this sourcebook describes life for the barbarians of the Hyborian Age. Barbarian-themed lifepaths and character options are provided, and the terrifying gods of the north are described in all their grim glory. Heroes can drink mead along with Wulfhere or Horsa, and hear wild-eyed Old Gorm tell tales of the time he saw the frost giant’s daughter.
Conan the Mercenary [Sourcebook] by Chris Lites
The “middle kingdoms” of the Hyborian world-Koth, Ophir, and Shem-are rife with conflict, defending their borders against enemies from within and without. Such conflict requires swords… and the hands to hold them. This sourcebook covers the path of the mercenary, those who would fight for others, in return for coin. Included are mercenary character options, including lifepaths and additional equipment, as well as expanded mass conflict rules.
Conan the Pirate [Sourcebook] by Jeb Boyt, Jesse Scoble and Anne Toole
Sail the red-dimmed seas as a reaver or explorer, seeking fortune on the farthest horizon. This sourcebook covers Argos and Zingara, the Pictish coastline, and the coasts of Shem, Stygia, Kush, and the Black Kingdoms, as well as the Barachan Islands and the Vilayet Sea. Join the Red Brotherhood or prove your mettle with the Zingaran Freebooters. Character options include pirate-themed lifepaths and options, as well as expanded ship combat rules and guidelines for ocean-going adventure.
Conan the Brigand [Sourcebook] by Timothy Brown and Chris Lites
In the land between the Hyborian lands and the Vilayet Sea are the minor kingdoms of Khoraja and Khauran, and beyond even those is the ever-expanding Turan, whose armies are the greatest in all the world. This sourcebook covers the life of those who dwell in the wild, brigands such as the kozaki. Presented here are new brigand-themed character lifepaths and options, with gamemaster advice on running campaigns set in these rugged lands.
Conan of the Mysterious East [Sourcebook] by Timothy Brown
The lure of the East draws many adventurers beyond the Hyborian kingdoms, and this sourcebook provides information on those exotic kingdoms: Iranistan, Ghulistan, Kosala, Vendhya, and far-off Khitai. Haggle for lotus in the grand bazaars, fight alongside desert hillmen, and match wits with the sorcerers of the Black Circle! Provided are expanded options for characters from these lands, including new lifepaths, equipment, and even magic.
Conan in the Kingdoms of the South [Sourcebook] by Vincent Darlage
To many Hyborians, the kingdoms to the south-Kush, Keshan, Darfar, Punt, Zembabwei, and the Black Kingdoms-are but a myth, while serpent-haunted Stygia is an all-too-real nightmare. This sourcebook covers the lands south of the Styx River, describing their accursed sands, dense jungles, and broad savannahs and veldts. Players can take advantage of new southern and Stygian character options, including new lifepaths, and the darkest of Stygian sorcery!
Conan the Scout [Sourcebook] by Jeb Boyt and Jason Durall
Hard is the life for those who inhabit the border lands such as the Gunderland, the Westermarck, the Bossonian Marches, and the Border Kingdom, but these brave pioneers and scouts hold the wall between civilization and savagery. These rough lands breed doughty warriors, and this sourcebook covers player options and lifepath for frontier-based characters, providing gamemasters with guidance for scout-based campaigns.
Conan the King [Sourcebook] by Timothy Brown and Chris Lites
In the midst of the Hyborian continent are the most civilized of kingdoms, the culmination of human achievement in this forgotten age: Aquilonia, Poitain, Nemedia, and Koth. Here, heroes can learn the codes of chivalry, rise to the heights of nobility, and battle the most despicable of conspiracies! Player options for this sourcebook include noble lifepaths and options, and an expanded mass combat system covering king- or queen-level command.
Now let’s look at what you can expect when we launch on Tuesday at 12noon GMT.
For the curious folk you can jump in for just £1 and get the Thieves Whispers updates whilst you decide what you want. Players who just want character creation can grab the Player’s Guide PDF for just £7.50 / $10
You can pick up the Conan RPG Core Book PDF for just £15 / $21.50 or go for the Conan Core RPG Core Book Print & PDF at £30 / $43. We really tried to keep these prices down as we wanted as many people as possible to be able to get at least the core book. The hardcover core book will be between £35-£40 in retail once it launches. You will be getting the PDF’s as soon as they’re ready and we always send out chapters for preview so you can help spot any errors whilst we’re also proof reading. We expect to be delivering quite quickly, but we’re allowing plenty of time due to the big name artists involved so final PDF’s are expected in June and shipments in July.
Things get interesting at £40 / $57.50 with the PDF Master – this is our classic pledge we have in all our kickstarters and gets you every single book in PDF unlocked in the Kickstarter. These typically run to 2000 or more pages and end up being worth over £150 / $200.
Want the core book and all the PDFS? Then pick the Print & PDF Master giving you the core book plus all the unlocked PDF’s for just £60 / $86 – this is a hugely popular pledge with our Kickstarters. It also comes with the Blessings of Mitra which will be bonuses we unlock at every £100,000 raised in the Kickstarter and through social goals.
Generous GM gets you the Print & PDF Master plus 3 copies of the 112 page colour hardcover Player’s Guide (which is content just for players drawn from the core book) for £80 / $115
The PDF Subscription is for those who want everything digital at £100 / $143 – not only does it get you all the books unlocked in PDF in the Kickstarter, it also gives you every PDF release for 2 years from the date we deliver the core book to you. PLUS you get PDF’s of the four planned card decks and four sets of geomorphic adventures tiles as they are released. You’ll be able to pick up an upgrage Add On to get this.
The Conqueror’s Edition is the gorgeous collector’s edition of the core book I’ve been talking about. Imagine that soft cover fine old bible your grandma kept in the side table. It flops over the palm of your hand as you open it, it will be the same high quality Arctic White paper with a gold edge and reading ribbon. The aged brown leather binding will be heat stamped with the Phoenix on the Sword design (you’ll see that on the Kickstarter page). This comes with all the unlocked books in PDF, the Blessings of Mitra and will be a limited edition print run – £100 / $143. This will also be an Add On.
The Conqueror’s Collection adds more to the above pledge. A llimited edition leather and canvas travel bag, suitable to carry the severed head of foe to dump at the feet of a king, heat stamped with the Phoenix on the Sword graphic, a limited edition leather Stygian Pit of Doom to roll your dice or keep the GM’s Doom tokens. A set of speciality dice by Q-Workshop (2xd20’s, 1 Hit Location d20, 6 x d6 Combat dice), a set of 36 stone Fortune and Doom Tokens, a 100cm x 70cm map of the Hyborian age printed in full colour on luxurious soft satin, something Conan might have thieved from a princess! All this for £250 / $360. This will also be an Add On.
If you crave notoriety, then look for the Lotus Dreams of Xuthal (£450 / $575 or the Visions of the Black Lotus (£500 / $720) which gets you a full page in a supplement or the core book respectively – a half page of art by one of our artist based on your concept, background story and NPC stats plus you’ll get your characters as a custom playable character sheet and all the benefits of the Print & PDF Master. These are limited in number – just 10 for the core book at the moment (we may add a few more later on with plenty of notice for everyone), and 30 for the supplements (we’ll open up more later if we fund a lot more books). This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be drawn in to a book alongside the most legendary line up of artists.
For the true collectors we have the Hoard of Yezdigerd – one of every book unlocked in Print & PDF including the Conqueror’s Editions as well as the core book, and the PDF subscription for £300 / $430. In addition if we announce books in the stretch goals and they’re not unlocked you will also get these in print. If we fund all the planned books it’s worth over £660 at Kickstarter prices and around £800 / $1150 at retail prices
Finally we have the Secrets of Mount Yishma for £600 / $860 – it includes all the unlocked books in print as above, plus all the limited edition and other accessories offered – the contents of the Conqueror’s Collection, card decks, geomorphic tiles, GM Screen, poster maps, dice and much more. The non-book items alone will be worth £360 so it will quickly become a treasure worthy of Conan!
There will be a first main shipment in July (core book, accessories, some core supplements and adventures, followed by two waves of shipping – Christmas (rest of the main supplements) and Spring 2017 (additional books funded) with PDF’s arriving in your inbox as they’re completed.
Tomorrow we’ll be unveiling an excerpt from a forthcoming documentary on the life of Robert E Howard showing some of the team playing Conan around Howard’s very own dining table plus info on the campaigns and the geomorphic tiles we’ve been creating!
If you have any pressing questions or comments about this please post in the Conan RPG forum
That’s all for today, now I must relax by laying siege to the fortress of a filthy cur who betrayed my kin…
Modiphius reveals wealth of writing talent ahead of Conan RPG Kickstarter
Modiphius, publisher of award-winning roleplaying games like Achtung! Cthulhu and acclaimed board games like Thunderbirds the 50th Anniversary Board Game are proud to announce a wealth of writing talent for its Conan Adventures in an Age Undreamed of, which launches on Kickstarter at noon on February 16th GMT.
Headed by lead writer and line manager Jason Durall and under the watchful eye of renowned Conan scholar Jeffrey Shanks, Modphius has welcomed on board a stellar cast of writers, who will bring the savage Cimmerian’s world to life, not only in the Conan core book but a huge range of supplements. The Conan writing team now includes:
* Jesse Scoble (author and contributor to Marvel Heroic Roleplaying, A Game of Thrones Roleplaying Game, Dreaming Cities, A Song of Ice & Fire Roleplaying, Silver Age Sentinels, and many others, and writer for computer games such as Armored Warfare, City of Heroes, and Wizard101).
* Sam Johnson (author and contributor to Miskatonic University 2nd edition, No Man’s Land, A Resection of Time, Dwellers in Shadow, Basic Roleplaying, The Lord of the Rings Roleplaying Game, Star Trek: Planets of the UFP, and computer games such as Shadowbane, The Elder Scrolls Online, and Pirate101).
* Jeb Boyt (contributor to Blue Rose, Thrilling Tales, and other projects with Green Ronin, Adamant Entertainment, and Goodman Games) .
* Mark Carroll (contributor to 7th Sea and World’s Largest Dungeon, Green Ronin’s Mutants & Masterminds, and Modiphius’ John Carter of Mars).
* Anne Toole (contributor to Steamscapes: Asia and Rocket Age, and computer games such as The Witcher and Wizard101)
* Jennifer Baughman (contributor to World’s Largest Dungeon)
* Miri Weaver (designer and developer on the Fallen Earth, Dexter, and Saturday Morning RPG CRPGs)
* Richard August (contributor to Small Mercy and Codex Infernus)
* Steffie de Vaan (contributor to Chill 3rd Edition, Promethean the Created 2nd Edition, Changeling the Lost 2nd Edition, Cavaliers of Mars, and Vampire: The Dark Ages 20th Anniversary Edition)
* Other writers include Elspeth Goff and Rachael Cruz with many more still to be announced!
The writers join a team of Conan artists which include legends like Simon Bisley, Liam Sharp, Val Mayerik and Daren Bader as well as cover art by the acclaimed Brom.
Conan Adventures in an Age of Undreamed of launches on Kickstarter on February 16th at 12 noon GMT. For further information, please visit http://www.modiphius.com/conan.html
Following on from the list of Pledges and new writers yesterday here’s a little more info to get you thinking before tomorrow’s launch!
Today we wanted to give you a sneak peak of an extraordinary video we’ll be sharing on the Kickstarter page. At last year’s Howard Days a fine group of player’s got together under the auspices of GM Mark Finn to playtest our Conan roleplaying game. Even more incredible is that this game took place around Robert E. Howard’s very own dining table just a few feet from where those incredible stories were created. Highlights of the game and interviews with the group were captured for a fantastic documentary being made:
A Riddle of Steel: The Definitive History of Conan the Barbarian is FauxPop Media’s deep dive into the past, present and future of R.E. Howard’s legendary adventurer king. This feature documentary, currently in production, was put into development in the wake of the success of Turtle Power: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Paramount Pictures) and will be timed for release with Cabinet Entertainment’s forthcoming Conan the Conquerer. Check in with our Facebook page for ongoing updates! You can watch the clip about the playtest below!
|Modiphius Conan Playtest At Robert E. Howard’s House!|
Robert E. Howard’s Conan: Adventures In An Age Undreamed Of Kickstarter has LAUNCHED!!!
We are almost HALFWAY through the first goal and counting!
We have one of the biggest line ups of major artists ever for a roleplaying game. Each book is a beautiful high quality hard cover book featuring a major commissioned cover art by one of the legendary names we have assembled along with truly authentic and evocative content by industry veterans and newcomers. Please check it out!
There will be a free to download Quickstart available from DriveThruRPG from Thursday so you can get a feel for how the rules play.
…all under the watchful eye of world-renowned Conan experts and scholars including Jeffrey Shanks, Patrice Louinet and Mark Finn, working together to bring you the most authentic Conan roleplaying experience yet, focusing exclusively on Robert E. Howard’s original stories.
Thanks so much for your support and patient as we prepared this incredible project!