Welcome to the Kings of War the Roleplaying Game Kickstarter! Pledge now to help us fund an RPG set within the epic fantasy world behind the extremely popular Kings of War miniatures game.
Mantic's Kings of War is a popular global brand that has led to equally venerated games such as Vanguard and Dungeon Saga. For the first time ever, you can now explore Pannithor through the medium of a roleplaying game tailor made for this epic fantasy setting.
Red Scar are collaborating with Mantic Games and Winged Hussar Publishing to tie together lore that stretches across aeons, all with the purpose of creating a roleplaying game that lives, breathes, and enables your character to take control of their own legendary destiny.
In addition to a Quickstart using our very own TriCore ruleset, we've provided a conversion of the introductory adventure for folks who prefer their RPGs with a 5E flavour. Feel free to download either or both!
Kings of War is a fantasy setting of epic scope. Originally envisioned through the medium of a tabletop wargame, Pannithor has since been expanded with the Dungeon Saga board game and the Kings of War: Vanguard skirmish game. With Kings of War the Roleplaying Game, GMs and players will be able to explore this grandiose fantasy setting like never before!
The balance and stability of the world of Pannithor was cataclysmically destroyed in a long-ago age. The surviving Celestians — the gods worshipped by many races — were torn in two, each split into a ‘good’ and ‘evil’ aspect as their energies sundered with the breaking of the enchanted Fenulian Mirror. The surviving deities that now presided over the world, the Shining Ones and the Wicked Ones, plunged Pannithor into an age of warfare as they led man, elf, dwarf, and other species into the countless bloody battles of the God War.
The seemingly endless war waged for centuries, claiming the lives of countless thousands of all races. Civilizations rose and fell, entire kingdoms and empires were ruined, and alliances and rivalries were forged that endure to this day. The Wicked Ones created ranks of monstrous beasts charged with annihilating the humans, elves, and dwarfs who fought for the Shining Ones. Colossal battles raged across the world as armies on a scale previously unknown tore each other asunder. Domivar, son of Mescator, God of Justice, took to the skies to fight against Oskan, Father of Lies, and chief power amongst the Wicked Ones.
In a climactic duel that raged across the heavens, Domivar defeated Oskan and took from him the Black Axe, symbol of his dark powers. Domivar plummeted from the heavens, smashing the axe into the world and tearing a great wound across Pannithor’s surface. The cursed axe shattered and the dark gods pulled inexorably into the gaping tear, but spent too was the noble Domivar, having sacrificed himself to put an end to the God War. The great scar gouged out of the world’s surface by his heroic sacrifice became known as the Abyss, and its physical and spiritual gateway to the underworld became home to the dark creatures created by the Wicked Ones.
But this is merely a brief glance at the world, a few verses in a chapter of the great book of Pannithor. This is now your world to explore, to choose your path for good, for balance, or for darkness. This is your world to create your own stories and your own adventures. In a world of heroes, it is time to forge your own legend.
This kickstarter will fund the production of a printed edition of Kings of War the Roleplaying Game. This full-colour hardcover rulebook of approximately 320 pages will not only provide new content for Pannithor, but will also feature the TriCore ruleset; a lightweight ruleset designed to empower both GMs and players alike with the ability to use the system to keep the game focused on both characters and the narrative.
The core book will not only greatly expand upon the factions that have already been introduced by the board games, but will also introduce several new ones. It will also delve further into the history of Pannithor, from the very Day of the Apocalypse to its current timeline, some twenty years later. Global affairs will also be explored, including a closer look at the new super powers that contend on the world stage.
Rather than act as separate entities that share the same setting, part of our aim is to provide as much cross-platform support as possible for the Kings of War franchise. We will be including crossover rules for Dungeon Saga, Vanguard, and Kings of War. Bust into a dungeon and claim a relic that will help with future adventures or engage in a skirmish that will make exploration easier in later scenarios. The possibilities are endless!
Please note, however, that there is absolutely no need to pick up any of the other Kings of War systems. First and foremost, Kings of War the Roleplaying Game has been designed as an RPG ruleset that allows each group to tell their own epic stories. As each crossover component of the game also has a narrative counterpart, the system will run brilliantly on its own as a traditional pen-and-paper RPG. Mantic produce some truly amazing miniatures and scenery, though, so we wanted to enable as much compatibility as possible.
You can read all about the dynamic TriCore ruleset in a series of blogs taking place over at the Red Scar website, including in-depth breakdowns of the core Keyword mechanic, crossover elements for the Kings of War range, and Payback. That's not all. however, as we'll be adapting the exciting elements of TriCore into a PDF for the popular 5E mechanics.
If you're new to Kickstarter, please follow these simple steps below to help support Kings of War the Roleplaying Game.
Choosing a pledge level will not only help us reach our funding goal, but will also provide you with amazing content once the Kickstarter is complete and we have finished production. The handy graphics below summarise the content you will receive with your pledge.
Once we reach our funding goal, stretch goals will help us unlock even more potential!
Plus additional content can be unlocked by simply sharing the news of this Kickstarter!
Add-ons allow you to include additional items with your pledge, such as extra dice or miniatures. As stretch goals are unlocked, more add-ons will become available.
We've participated in a lot of interviews and playtesting sessions since the announcement of Kings of War the Roleplaying Game, plus involved groups from around the globe. Here are a few words from Ronnie Renton at Mantic, plus some of the highlights of our journey to date.
A playtest video from a mid-iteratioon of TriCore:
Plus a recent playthrough of the quickstart adventure, Ashen Gold, at Mantic HQ:
Podcast interviews listed in chronological order:
- December 2019 - The Xboxcast
- January 2019 - Frantic Gamers Podcast
- June 2019 - Counter Charge Podcast
- July 2019 - The Uncertain Sore Point Podcast
- July 2019 - Counter Charge Podcast
- August 2019 - Morrus' Unofficial Tabletop RPG Talk
- September 2019 - GMS Magazine
An excellent review from Paco at G.M.S. Magazine:
We also have regular development posts appearing on our blog, giving you an insight into the system and the mind of our developers.
Feel free to hop on to our Discord server and talk about your current exploits on Pannithor, plus stay tuned for some Twitch related news very soon!
Shipping and logistics are key elements for delivery of a project. This is especially the case with Brexit highly imminent. Thanks to our logistics guru, Garry Harper, all of these concerns are being prioritised, investigated and leveraged to provide our backers with the best shipping rates possible. With logistics and distribution connections throughout the industry, plus years of experience in delivering the best packages for Modiphius Entertainment, Garry can deliver shipping rates that are Kickstarter friendly and minimally affected by Brexit, if at all.
Shipping will be collected after the Kickstarter campaign concludes as part of the pledge manager process. We will keep you fully apprised of shipping charges as the date approaches, but expect the following example prices to remain close to the final cost:
- US £12 (Approx $14.4 USD)
- Canada £13 (Approx $21 CAD)
- Germany £9 (Approx €10)
- France £11 (Approx €12)
- Europe £14 (Approx €15)
- Australia £25 (Approx $44 AUD)
- Rest of World £35
The PDFs for this campaign will be delivered by drivethrurpg.com.
Post Kickstarter fulfillment, we are partnering up with Word Forge Games to ensure that Kings of War the Roleplaying Game successfully launches into retail and distribution.
We have a diverse and dynamic team working to make sure the project is delivered to the highest of standards and in a timely manner. Although we also have active playtesters and many other people assisting, the table below introduces you to our core team.
Risks and challenges
As with any Kickstarter project, there are certain risks and challenges that can present themselves. Both our own team and Mantic have plenty of experience in handling this type of project, and we've been working closely to ensure that it runs as smoothly as possible.
The core Red Scar team have a good level of experience in managing projects of this scope. They also have an extensive and supportive network to draw upon should any goblins try to loose mawpups amongst the manuscripts. Regular updates will be provided to not only showcase new artwork or content as it arrives, but to also inform of unforeseen delays.
Playtesting has been ongoing for a long time now, but will continue apace with expanded input from you, the backers, as the Corebook heads into layout in preparation for print. The majority of the fine details and background are in place, but there are other areas, such as crossover rule, that will benefit from deeper feedback.
We're also not afraid to make the big decisions that mean you'll be getting a top-quality product. With our other Kickstarter project, the Devil's Run RPG, we took the decision to delay production of the Corebook as the unpredictable launch of a new edition of Savage Worlds meant that the rules would essentially be immediately out of date. Delaying production was definitely the right thing to do and has made for a well-rounded project overall. We are in the process of delivering the Devil's Run project now, which means there will be zero impact on this one.
With Mantic's support, Red Scar's team of artists, writers, editors and graphic designers are passionate about delivering the best possible product that they can for you, in a timely manner. All we need is your support to make this epic fantasy RPG a reality!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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