A new era is dawning in The Third Horizon. The signs are there, the Icons are whispering it. A new beginning. Or - a downfall. It's time for you and your crew to make your own fate in the dark between the stars.
Coriolis is a science fiction role playing game set in a remote cluster of star systems called The Third Horizon. It is a place ravaged by conflicts and war, but also home to proud civilisations, both new and old. Here, the so called First Come colonists of old worship the Icons, while the newly arrived Zenithians pursue an aggressive imperialistic agenda through trade and military power.
In this game, you will crew a space ship and travel the Horizon. You will explore the ancient ruins of the Portal Builders, undertake missions for the powerful factions and partake in the game of political intrigue on Coriolis station - the centre of power in the Third Horizon. You might even encounter strange beings from the dark between the stars.
From the Monolith in the jungles of Kua to the floating temples of Mira, the Horizon is yours to explore. You can be traders, explorers, mercenaries, pilgrims or agents. Whatever your calling is, together you will make your own fate. In the end you might even discover the truth about the mysterious Emissaries and the threat of the dark between the stars.
This kickstarter is just the beginning. Going forward, we will release a range of supplements to the game, from atlases to the grand campaign that tells the sweeping story of The Horizon: The Mercy of the Icons.
We expect to release Coriolis - The Third Horizon in December of this year. All artwork is done, translation is under way and layout has just started. All we need to proceed is the funds to print and ship the game.
The Third Horizon is a series of interlinked star systems far away from Al-Ardha, or Earth as we call it. Each system contains portals leading to the other systems in the Horizon. During the recent Portal Wars, all portals leading back to the First and Second Horizon were destroyed, plunging the Third Horizon into isolation and decay.
Years later, the long-lost arkship Zenith arrived from to the First Horizon. The colonists scavenged their ship, rebuilding it into the great space station Coriolis and declared a new era in the Third Horizon – a time for trade, reawakening and peace. They invited the older factions of the Third Horizon to join a council to address grievances between the people of the Horizon.
All would be well if not for the faceless Emissaries, arriving from the depth of the gas giant Xene. Spectres from another world, Icons or Portal Builders - what are they? They claimed godhood as Icons, and once again the Third Horizon is torn between the newcomers and the powers of old.
Now, it time for you and your friends to make your mark on the Third Horizon. Your ship is your home and every spaceport is a chance to find work and adventure. You don’t know it yet, but you will soon be caught in the coming maelstrom. Will you be the one to decide the fate of the Third Horizon?
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The game engine of Coriolis - The Third Horizon is based on our previous game Mutant: Year Zero, that was awarded with a Silver ENnie for Best Rules at Gencon 2015.
The core mechanic is the same: To make a skill roll, you simply grab a number of dice for your attribute score, skill level and gear, and roll them all together. You need at least one six to succeed, and extra sixes can give crits and other bonus effects.
The twist to this simple base is not pushing rolls as in Mutant: Year Zero, but something different that ties in directly to the theme of Coriolis: prayer to the Icons. The Icons and the worship of them are central to the game setting. Praying to an Icon will give you a reroll - but not without cost. Each reroll also gives the GM a Darkness Point, which she can use for a range of adverse effects later on in the session. Sooner or later, the Icons will claim what’s theirs and restore balance in the dark between the stars.
Another core feature or Mutant: Year Zero is the base-building system for developing the Ark. In Coriolis, the Ark is replaced by the ship. The player characters’ spaceship is the focal point for their adventures, it is their home that needs to be defended, repaired and developed. The game contains a comprehensive and innovative system for spaceship combat, where each character has an important role to play and where teamwork is truly rewarded.
With your help, we can make Coriolis - The Third Horizon even more amazing. Below are the stretchgoals we have lined up if we exceed our initial funding goal. Should we reach all of these, we have more things lined up!
STRETCHGOAL 1: MAP OF THE THIRD HORIZON AND CORIOLIS – UNLOCKED!
If we reach this goal, we will print a large full-color map of The Third Horizon on the front and the Coriolis station on the back, in the format 39.5cm x 55.8 cm. This reward will be included in pledge level DIGNITARY and above. The finished map will of course be in English, not in Swedish like the one below.
STRETCHGOAL 2: HARDCOVER BOOK – UNLOCKED!
If we reach this goal, we will print Coriolis – The Third Horizon with a top-quality hardback cover.
STRETCHGOAL 3: BEASTS AND DJINNS OF THE THIRD HORIZON – UNLOCKED!
If we reach this goal, we will expand the book with an extended bestiary, containing planetary beasts, darkmorphs, constructs and spirits that can be used in your adventures in The Third Horizon. This stretchgoal will be included in the core rulebook.
STRETCHGOAL 4: SHIP DESIGN, ORYX COURIERSHIP – UNLOCKED!
If we reach this stretchgoal, we will publish a new ship design – the Oryx class couriership. The Oryx is fast, limber and has excellent atmospheric capability. The ship design includes interior floorplans as well as ship statistics and a short description of the vessel. This stretchgoal will be included in the core rulebook and as a separate PDF.
STRETCHGOAL 5: SCENARIO LOCATION “WAHIB’S CANTINA” – UNLOCKED!
In an alley next to the Ozone Square on Coriolis station, lies the noisy cantina managed by Wahib. Here crews meet, exchange info and acquire cargo, missions or just relax.
If we reach this stretchgoal, we will publish Wahib's cantina, a scenario location placed on the space station Coriolis. If reached, this stretchgoal will be included in the core rulebook.
STRETCHGOAL 6: CORIOLIS SOUNDTRACK – UNLOCKED!
If we reach this stretchgoal, we will release a specially composed soundtrack to Coriolis – The Third Horizon, by Siddharta Barnhoorn, the composer behind more than 70 movies and gamse, such as Antichamber, Out there (+ Omega Edition) and The Stanley Parable. All backers on level SPACE NOMAD and above will receive an electronic copy of the soundtrack.
STRETCHGOAL 7: MINI-ADVENTURE “THE FIGURINE OF ZHAR BAGHRAS” – UNLOCKED!
The archeologist Zhar Baghra has found a small figurine in the jungles of Kua. But the expedition was lost. Now – rumors have surfaced that the figurine is on Coriolis. The artefact merchant Merez Alcan hires the characters to find said figurine.
If we reach this stretchgoal, we will publish The Figurine of Zhar Baghras, an adventure where the characters search for an artefact on the space station Coriolis. If reached, this stretchgoal will be included in the core rulebook..
STRETCHGOAL 8: STAR SYSTEM: MIRA – UNLOCKED!
Mira – the planet where time has stood still since the Portal Wars. Mighty temples, palaces and monasteries crown the city states of Mira. Pilgrims, prophets and merchant in various religious parafernalia crowd the planet and its capital the City of Icons. On Mira you’ll find adventures in the alleys of the City, along pilgrimages where the creature Yal-Shir rip lone pilgrims apart or in Celebs’ shipyards where agents spy for the new gravitron drives.
If we reach this stretchgoal, we will publish the star system Mira, describing an overview of the system, the main planet Mira and the capital – City of Icons. All backers on level SPACE NOMAD and above will get the star system in PDF format.
STRETCHGOAL 9: SHIP DESIGN: KAMRUK SALVAGE SHIP – UNLOCKED!
If we reach this stretchgoal, we will publish a new ship design – the Kamruk class salvage ship. The Kamruk has been a well used work horse for prospectors and salvage collectors all over the Horizon. With multiple cranes, manipulators and large indoor hangars it fulfills it’s role with excellence. The ship design includes interior as well as ship statistics and a short description of the vessel. This stretchgoal will be included in the core rulebook and as a separate PDF.
STRETCHGOAL 10: ICON CARD DECK – UNLOCKED!
If we reach this stretchgoal, will publish an all new card deck with the nine Icons of the Horizon. Each Icon in represented four times and thus the deck can be used to make prophesies, create adventure hooks and simulate die rolls. The deck also contains NPCs as well as cards describing the five different crew positions on a spaceship for easy rules reference. All backers on level SPACE NOMAD and above will get the cards in PDF format. Backers on the level DIGNITARY and above will get a printed copy of the deck.
STRETCHGOAL 11: SCENARIO LOCATION “THE GREEN VALE OF TERENGANU” – UNLOCKED!
Deep in the jungles of Kua, lies the vale of Terenganu. Until recently a lonely and forgotten place until loggers arrived and later an archaeological expedition led by professor Ilhana dol-Pranha. What have professor dol-Pranha found and what has upset the tribe of indigenous sogoi in the vale? Our characters will soon find out.
If we reach this stretchgoal, we will publish The Green Vale of Terenganu, a scenario location placed in the jungles of Kua. If reached, this stretchgoal will be included in the core rulebook.
STRETCHGOAL 12: STAR SYSTEM: ALGOL – UNLOCKED!
Algol the cursed planet basking in the rays of the Demon Star itself boast vast wilderness, deep mines, heavy industry and the ruthless rule of the Consortium and its corps. The Algolians are split between supporting the Consortium or the rebels. Algol is also famous for its Prayer Towers, the highland of Tanzim and the old and new city Akhandar-o-Sharif, which blends skytowers, Dabarani globe palaces and the great Crater Dome with widespread shantytowns and utter misery.
If we reach this stretchgoal, we will publish the star system Algol, describing an overview of the system, the main planet Algol and the capitol – Akhandar-o-Sharif. All backers on level SPACE NOMAD and above will get the star system in PDF format.
STRETCHGOAL 13: SPACE STATION AZANDRA – UNLOCKED!
If we reach this stretchgoal, we will publish a space station design – the Azandra space station. The station hull was designed to be towed to a location and then furbished for different uses. Some have been used as portal stations in the outer systems, while others serve as service hubs for mining asteroid belts. The station design includes interior as well as statistics and a short description of the the space station. This stretchgoal will be included in the core rulebook and as a separate PDF.
STRETCHGOAL 14: ARTEFACTS AND WONDERS OF THE THIRD HORIZON – UNLOCKED!
If we reach this stretchgoal, we will publish a description of several artefacts and wonders in The Third Horizon. Wonders are large structures or ruins of unknown origin – presumably after the Progenitors. Example are the giant monolith in the in the Menkar system and Ekharans Eye, a presumably artificial moon orbiting in the Amedo-B system. The Third Horizon also contains a lot of small artefact, like the healing scarab constructs which can be found in the jungles of Kua among other places. There will be an extensive list of artefact for explorers to find and figure out. All backers on level SPACE NOMAD and above will get the Artefacts and Wonders of The Third Horizon in PDF format.
STRETCHGOAL 15: STAR SYSTEM: ZALOS – UNLOCKED!
The closed system of Zalos is ruled by the Order of the Pariah, a faction in The Third Horizon that only acknowledges one true Icon - The Judge, called The Martyr by the Zalosians. The Zalosian navy was key in destroying the forces from the First Horizon during the Portal Wars. Nowadays it is mostly locked down in fighting the heretics in the Zalos-B system. Trade in the Zalos system goes thru the City of Foreigners on the moon Karrmerruk. Adventurers venturing into Zalos can get rich in trade or carted off to the interrogation chambers deep inside the moon.
If we reach this stretchgoal, we will publish the star system Zalos, describing an overview of the system, the main planet Zalos and the City of Foreigners. All backers on level SPACE NOMAD and above will get the star system in PDF format.
STRETCHGOAL 16: FACTION TECHNOLOGY – UNLOCKED!
If we reach this stretchgoal, we will publish Faction Technology, a description of the secret tech of the factions. From the meson guns of the Draconites and the animated armors of the Order of the Pariah to the Dirhad Ships of the Consortium and the Proxi technology from The Temple of Ahlam – the factions keep their edge over lesser systems and city states. All backers on level SPACE NOMAD and above will get the star system in PDF format.
STRETCHGOAL 17: STAR SYSTEM: DABARAN – UNLOCKED!
In the glare of the red giant Dabaran, lies its’ namesake of a planet. The dry planet is famous for its many emirates, khanates and dars. In prodigious oasis cupolas clockwork nightingales sing while the emirs and emiras discuss philosophy or mathematics. Served by an imported workforce from the rest of the Horizon - the only problem to the outsider would be the sporadic skirmishes for water - buried in deep aquifers under the dry surface.
If we reach this stretchgoal, we will publish the star system Dabaran, describing an overview of the system, the main planet Dabaran and the metroplis – Dar Bahri. All backers on level SPACE NOMAD and above will get the star system in PDF format.
STRETCHGOAL 18: PRINTED ATLAS COMPENDIUM – UNLOCKED!
If we reach this stretchgoal, will publish an Atlas Compendium containing all the previously unlocked star systems. All backers on the level DIGNITARY and above will get a printed copy of the compendium.
STRETCHGOAL 19: STAR SYSTEM: SADAAL – UNLOCKED!
The binary system of Sadaal lies almost at the end of the Third Horizon. From the mountains of Sadaal and the marshes of Bahram you can see the Perseus Arm rising over the horizon as a river of stars, bracketed by the empty darkness of the transgalactic void. The masked hierocrats that rule the system will not leave any room for dissent, although their greed has let the Consortium and it’s corporations land and take advantage of the systems riches.
If we reach this stretchgoal, we will publish the binary star system Sadaal, describing an overview of the system, the main planet Sadaal and the capitol – Alburz. The system will be included in the printed Atlas Compendium for DIGNITARY and ICON backers. All backers on level SPACE NOMAD and above will get the star system in PDF format.
STRETCHGOAL 20: SCENARIO LOCATION: MAHANJI OASIS – UNLOCKED!
In the northern deserts of the planet Lubau, lies the Crystal Lakes, and the Mahanji Oasis. A small village at the shores of the oasis it home to colonist seeking the black gold, the Nimatallah clan living in the Compound and working on body and mind altering sculpts and the indigenous nomads. Law is upheld by the Sharif of the nomads. Lately people have started to disappear. Are the djinni of the desert taking revenge or is it something else?
If we reach this stretchgoal, we will publish the Mahanji Oasis, a scenario location placed in the sweltering deserts of Lubau. All backers on level SPACE NOMAD and above will get the sector in PDF format.
STRETCHGOAL 21: NOVELLA "THE SECRET OF NESTOR AMBAR" – UNLOCKED!
Follow the crew of the Peregrine, the merchant Ambar and the Judiciary Miranda as they investigate a murder on the station Coriolis. A story that will take them into the jungles of Kua and a new brand of horrors.
If we reach this stretchgoal, we will publish a novella set in the Third Horizon. All backers on level SPACE NOMAD and above will get the novella in PDF format.
STRETCHGOAL 22: SCENARIO LOCATION: ARAM’S RIFT – UNLOCKED!
In the valleys of Jina lies the small outpost called Aram’s Rift. Only a pit stop for poor space merchants or the depressing end for the colonist living there - Aram’s Rift has not much to offer. Now an archaeologist is stirring up trouble with new theories and the hidden powers of the colony wake up.
If we reach this stretchgoal, we will publish Aram’s Rift, a scenario location placed on the acidic planet Jina. All backers on level SPACE NOMAD and above will get the sector in PDF format.
STRETCHGOAL 23: STAR SYSTEM: ODACON – UNLOCKED!
The final battles of the Portal War stood in the system of Odacon. Memories of it’s blooming gardens are gone and instead marauders, pirates and ancients battle systems plague the system. The planets are dead, frozen and dark and a belt of ashes crowds the system. This is no place for the weak-hearted as the Darkness between the stars is close.
If we reach this stretchgoal, we will publish the star system Odacon, describing an overview of the system, it’s dead planets and the portal station – Khôban. The system will be included in the printed Atlas Compendium for DIGNITARY and ICON backers. All backers on level SPACE NOMAD and above will get the star system in PDF format.
STRETCHGOAL 24: SCENARIO LOCATION: PORTAL STATION HAMURABI – UNLOCKED!
Skirting the corona of the sun Hamura is a lonely Portal Station – the Hamurabi. It doesn’t see a lot of traffic except the odd archeologist, pilgrim or merchant crew. Most ships just pass thru on their way to Kua or Dabaran. Everything has been quiet until contact with the colony in the adjacent Taoan system was lost. Now space is teeming with an blockade enforced by Legion destroyers and sinister Monastery Crusiers of the Order of the Pariah. Nothing passes into Taoan and Hamurabi is getting crowded.
If we reach this stretchgoal, we will publish Portal Station Hamurabi, a scenario location placed in the Hamura system, but possible to move to any system. All backers on level SPACE NOMAD and above will get the sector in PDF format.
STRETCHGOAL 25: GAMEMASTER SCREEN – UNLOCKED!
If we reach this stretchgoal, we will publish a deluxe Gamemaster Screen. This screen is made out of four sections of 3 mm thick hardback, measuring a mighty 872 x 279 mm when unfolded. The outside features beautiful full-color artwork, and the inside contains all of the tables and charts needed to play Coriolis - The Third Horizon. All backers on the level DIGNITARY and above will get a printed copy of the Gamemaster Screen.
Below is a summary of what is included in the different pledge levels that you can choose between. As we unlock stretchgoals, the rewards will increase!
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Our first international game, Mutant: Year Zero, co-published with Modiphius Entertainment, was awarded a Silver ENnie for Best Rules at Gencon 2015. We have run several successful crowdfundings for roleplaying games and artbooks.
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