With all of the exciting Kickstarters launching recently, I thought I could introduce one more very ambitious project to keep your eyes on.
We just launched our Kickstarter, but would love to share news and progress of the project’s development as it happens. RAIDERS OF R’LYEH is a stand-alone roleplaying game set in 1910, in the last gilded days of the era of empires. It is a time of lost worlds and adventure, and a menacing prelude to war. Derived partly from the Runequest rules that have been released under the Open Game License, the game is crafted to emulate not only adventure in the Cthulhu Mythos of H.P. Lovecraft and his circle of influences, but especially the savage and evocative feel of Robert E. Howard’s Mythos and Weird menace stories.
The book will have two uses, as either a rich sourcebook for playing adventures in the Edwardian — or Edweirdian — period, or as its own game using a familiar percentile framework with some innovative twists. The project is designed to be of use in both modes: supplementary sourcebook and standalone. The project, as its own IP, frees us to be completely open and malleable with design choices and experimental directions, and we plan on involving the feedback of the yog-sothoth community as much as feasibly possible.
As the book is put together by professional artists (we just wrapped up a book with Tim Powers, James Blaylock, and K.W. Jeter), the final layout will have a unified design direction, and a beautiful consistent quality of art. The overriding design goal of the book is for it to double as an art book. Also attached to the project is: the RPG Pundit, writer of Arrows of Indra and Lords of Olympus, and owner of the RPGSite, one of the largest RPG forums on the internet: Kevin Ross, one of the major writers behind many of the classic sourcebooks and scenarios for Call of Cthulhu; and special thanks to Kevin Crawford for his inspiring sandbox material.
To help back this ambitious new project, go to http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1375282718/raiders-of-rlyeh-horror-adventure-rpg-and-mythos-s!