About this project
Torg Eternity is a table-top roleplaying game based on the original 1990 version of Torg created by West End Games. It has been re-imagined and updated for the Near Now.
The "High Lords" came from other cosms—other realities—conquerors joined together to steal the Earth’s living energy…to consume its very Possibilities!
Each Reality Raider brought his or her own reality, or "cosm"...
...from the dark fantasy of Aysle...
...to the technological oppression of the Cyberpapacy...
...the savagery and exploration of the Living Land...
...the diabolical pulp villains of the Nile Empire...
...the Gothic horror of Orrorsh...
...the action and intrigue of Pan-Pacifica...
...and the terrifying, demon-ruled wasteland of Tharkold!
The High Lords impose their reality and transform everything within, draining the Earth of its Possibilities in the hopes that one of them will become an ancient and all-powerful being called the "Torg!"
Axioms and World Laws
Each cosm in Torg Eternity doesn't just feel different, it plays different thanks to its Axioms (Magical, Social, Spiritual, and Technological) that define what can exist there, and most importantly its World Laws, rules that reinforce the genre and trope of the place.
Here are a few examples:
- Core Earth is a cosm of die-hard action and adventure.The Law of the Underdog allows Storm Knight player characters to use their Destiny cards a little more often--but only when they're outnumbered or at a disadvantage!
- Aysle's Law of Enchantment generates magic items when characters get certain lucky rolls, granting them weapons, armor, or more powerful abilities!
- The Living Land's Law of Savagery grants a Bonus Die to damage--if a character performs a risky All-Out attack!
- Heroes in the Nile Empire use the Law of Action to spend additional Possibilities, improving their skill or attribute rolls and allowing them to perform thrilling feats that are near impossible elsewhere!
Earth is not defenseless. The player characters are "Storm Knights," heroes from all the cosms who fight against the High Lords. They use magic, technology, miracles, and even super powers against the Reality Raiders and their endless minions.
The Storm Knights are agents of the "Delphi Council," an international organization led by Quinn Sebastian to counter the High Lords and their many forces.
Join the fight and you can play a....
...monster hunter from Orrorsh armed with alchemical creations, magical medals, or a "Slayer's Gun" loaded with various bullets carved with cryptic runes...
...heretical cyberwitch, valiant priest, or resistance fighter decked out with stolen cyberware, battling the Anti-Pope in the technologically oppressive world of the Cyberpapacy...
...knight, wizard, or elf of Aysle, including the fantastic dwarven "Dragon Warriors" who wear armor forged with amazing enhancements and steam-powered devices of doom...
...hard-boiled hero of Pan-Pacifica or an "Electric Samurai" armed with high-tech "Ion Gusoko" armor and ion-charged katana...
...psychic survivor or irradiated scavenger of Tharkold, using Occultech against the cruel demon masters who once enslaved you...
...savage human of the Living Land accompanied by a saber-toothed cat, or a mystical edeinos who can call on the miracles of a fierce and powerful goddess whose interventions are very real...
...pulp hero of the Nile Empire, racing through the skies with a rocket pack or firing your ray gun at the dastardly shocktroops of Pharoah Mobius...
...stalwart Core Earther, a realm runner who can negate your enemies' powers or summon phenomenal reality storms to strip foes of their very Possibility Energy!
And so much more!
Characters of each realm choose from different "Perk" sets generally only available to certain realities. Every character stands out and is just as valuable as any other. Edeinos of the Living Land might have Death Claws, Star Eyes, or Whip Tails, for example, while heroes of Pan-Pacifica can call on Ki Powers such as Unflinching or Focused Strike.
Check out our updates for more previews of Perks and how they'll help YOUR Storm Knight resist the High Lords!
D20s and Bonus Dice
As with the original Torg, the central mechanic of Torg Eternity is a d20 roll on a "Bonus Chart." Rolls of 10s and 20s "explode," allowing another die to be rolled and added to get a result. Something new for Torg Eternity is that a high enough number on an attack generates extra damage from 6-sided "Bonus Die."
Storm Knights (and some villains!) have a resource called Possibilities they can spend to roll extra dice or absorb incoming damage, allowing them to bend reality to their will. More Possibilities can be earned by playing roleplaying, achieving objectives, or playing the all-new Cosm cards (see below!).
The Drama Deck
Initiative is controlled with the Drama Deck. Each card features a Conflict Line that grants benefits or hindrances to either side as the tide of battle ebbs and flows.
Players also have a hand of Destiny cards that help them pull off spectacular maneuvers or add new elements to the game.
Cosm cards are a new addition that help reinforce the World Laws and sometimes grant Possibilities or other advantages--though often with consequences!
If you want more detail, watch our Let's Play!
If you're a fan of the original Torg like we are, you're probably wondering exactly what's changed. We stayed true to the spirit of both the setting and the rules, but this is a new edition from the ground up so there are definitely some big ideas in this gorgeous, full-color book.
Here are a few highlights:
- Perks are a system for buying and balancing all those awesome special abilities characters have!
- Characters from cosms like Core Earth now get their due, with unique Perk sets for everyone! Medals, Occultism, and Alchemy for Orrosh! Electric samurai in Pan-Pacifica! Cyber witches in the Cyberpapacy! Outsiders for Aysle!
- Tharkold--right from the start!
- Streamlined reality rules that make some of the strange edge cases a little more clear!
- Edeinos are MUCH more savage and frightening!
- Damage is simpler and doesn't need a chart. The change also fixes the "glass jaw" problem!
- Interaction results are much simpler, with no chart needed!
- Every cosm got an overhaul from the ground up, updating those that were out of date given the 30 years that have passed since the original game was released, refocusing some that had gone a little astray as the original game grew, and generally making each realm tougher! We had the luxury of all the development the original team did on the original cosms, so we consolidated some of the most beloved material and worked it in right from the start.
We have two special Pledge Levels for this Kickstarter, the Delphi Council Cargo Box and the Seat on the Delphi Council pledge!
Both these pledge levels get the Delphi Council Cargo Box, a sturdy, custom box designed to hold all your Torg accessories, and it comes with EVERYTHING listed below...and more!
- Torg Eternity Rule Book (Hardcover + PDF)
- GM Screen and 16 Character Archetypes (Print + PDF)
- Delphi Council Cargo Box - (Print, see text)
- Drama Deck (Print + PDF)
- Dice Pack (Physical)
- Status, Shock, and Wound Counters (Print + PDF)
- 20 Possibilities (High Quality Poker Chips with unique art, Physical)
- Poster Map of the Possibility Wars (Print + PDF)
- A "tear off" pad of full-color character sheets (Print)
- ALL Original Torg books! (PDF) ($130 value!)
- All Digital Stretch Goals (PDF or other Digital formats)
Added so far through Stretch Goals:
- Day One Adventures (Print + PDF)
- Soundtrack CD (and MP3)
- Delphi Missions Book (Print + PDF)
- Cosm Law Table Tents (Print + PDF)
- Threat Cards (Print + PDF)
- Threat Blips (Print + PDF)
- Character Journals (Print + PDF)
Watch for more Stretch Goal exclusives for the Cargo Box!
A Seat on the Delphi Council!
This special award is limited to TEN individuals on a first-pledge, first-serve basis. You get the Delphi Council Cargo Box AND the following...
Custom Character and Illustration
We'll work with you to create a character to be a member of the Delphi Council in the fictional world of Torg Eternity. This can be you, your favorite character, a character you made up, or even a friend or relative you want to honor (with their permission).
We'll write up a brief description of them in the CORE rule book (the space is already reserved!), and commission a high-resolution illustration from our best artists you can print and frame.
NOTE! By pledging for this reward you give us permission to become the copyright holder of the character. We'll be able to use them in our stories to deliver missions to Storm Knights in various parts of the world, involve them in fiction, plots, and other intrigue, and they might even make the ultimate sacrifice. This is a war, after all! If you're not comfortable with that, please don't take this pledge.
Dinner / Game with the Designers at GenCon 50!
Backers at this level will be invited to a special game of Torg Eternity at GenCon 50, taking place in Indianapolis in August, 2017. You're responsible for travel and lodging, but we'll treat you to a great meal and a private game with other backers or guest authors and game celebrities, all run by one of our lead designers!
The games are currently planned for THURSDAY NIGHT AT 7PM at GenCon.
We'll try and make other arrangements with those who can't make GenCon, such as an online game with our team or a session at another convention we're both attending, or you can donate your GenCon seat to someone else if you prefer.
Some reward levels get the entire run of original Torg books in PDF format from our friends at DriveThruRPG! Check your backer level to see if it says "All Original Torg books! (PDF)".
This is a $130 value! Click here to go to DriveThruRPG and see the massive and amazing catalog created by the West End Games crew for the first edition!
We have a reality storm of additional adventures, props, accessories, music, miniatures, and more in the works for Torg Eternity! We'll offer some of these as FREE digital and physical Stretch Goals, and some are available as Add Ons right from the start (or are already included in the Delphi Council Cargo Box!).
You can add the amounts below to your pledge level now or wait until we send out links to the pledge manager.
Note that shipping for Add Ons is not included in these prices, so there may be some adjustments depending on the specific items and whether or not it affects the size of the shipping container. You'll also be charged additional shipping if you pledge for a digital level and later want any physical items. All of this will be explained in detail in the pledge manager sometime after the Kickstarter ends.
Here's what you can Add On right now... look for more to unlock as you help us fight the Reality Raiders and unlock new Stretch Goals!
Torg Core Book
Add an additional core book to your order! This gorgeous, 280 page book (may change...we're still in final proofing!) contains info on all the cosms, character creation, Perks, gear, creatures, and so much more!
- Torg Core Rules (280 pages, full-color, hardback book): Add $50 to your pledge
Print Edition Upgrades
Upgrade your Torg Eternity rulebook to the blue leatherette Deluxe Edition or the incredible Limited Edition, a hand-bound, hand-embossed real red leather version!
Both the Deluxe and the Limited Editions are embossed with the Delphi Council logo.
(You'll also be able to add extra books when we send out the pledge manager so you can get all the editions or extra copies if you're a super fan!)
- Upgrade to the Blue Deluxe Edition: Add $25 to your pledge
- Upgrade to the Red Limited Edition: Add $50 to your pledge.
The Day One Adventure Book
Ever wonder what it was like to live in the world of Torg Eternity on the day of the invasion? The Day One Adventures let you and your group battle through the opening days of the Possibility Wars as civilians caught up in the High Lords' attacks! You don't even start as Storm Knights... but you might have your "Moment of Crisis" if you prove yourself worthy!
Designer's Note: The original Torg had several "person on the street" interviews that gave some insight into what it was like to be a normal individual in the world of Torg on the day of the invasion. These adventures let you play those first days! These aren't campaign starters (though they can be), but reveal some of Torg Eternity's changes and mysterious secrets to your players in a fun and interactive way!
- Day One Adventures (144 page, full-color, hardback book): Add $30 to your pledge
The new Torg Eternity Drama Deck controls initiative and the flow of combat for both "Standard" and dangerous "Dramatic" Scenes, introduces special conditions such as Flurry or Setback results, lists Approved Actions that encourages players to attempt Taunts, Tricks, Maneuvers, and other interactions, AND contains special steps for Torg's revolutionary Dramatic Skill Resolution!
The box also includes the now-separate Destiny Deck. These cards are the player's best friend, allowing them to play cards such as Action that adds to their skill tests, Romance that helps them strike up an amorous relationship (and gain Possibilities!), or Seize Initiative to change the Drama Deck when things are bad. And so much more!
Torg Eternity also introduces Cosm cards, which reinforce the tropes and World Laws of each cosm and grant the heroes an advantage of some sort, though often at a price! Check out our updates and previews to learn more about this incredibly cool addition to the game.
- Drama Deck: Add $25 to your pledge (watch the Stretch Goals for bonus cards and art!)
Game Master's Screen
A three-panel hardboard, landscape style screen featuring art and Core Earth's Axioms and World Laws on one side and important notes and reminders for the Game Master on the other.
The GM Screen also includes 16 loose, full-color card stock, full-size prints of the archetype characters you can hand out at your game table so your players can jump into Torg Eternity right away!
- GM Screen + Printed Archetypes: Add $25 to your pledge
Poster Map of the Possibility Wars
Want to track the changes to the game world in your campaign, or just show your players the various cosms and their "stelae boundaries"? This 22" x 34", high-quality, dry and wet erase poster map features the map of the Possibility Wars on one side, and gorgeous artwork on the other! (Check back soon for a preview!)
- Poster Map of the Possibility Wars: Add $15 to your pledge
Fans of the original Torg remember how special those red and blue d20s were, and that they were rumored to have been manufactured by accident so the exact formula couldn't be repeated!
The new Torg Eternity dice are similar to those treasured d20s and include two "Bonus Dice," six-sided dice numbered from one to ... well... eternity! The dice pack also includes additional "tracker" cards you can use to track your rerolls.
- Dice Pack: Add $10 to your pledge for each additional pack of two d20s, two Bonus Dice, and tracker cards.
Players in Torg Eternity use "Possibilities" to affect their die rolls and soak damage. This gorgeous pack of ceramic chips allows your group to track their Possibilities in style!
Each of the TWENTY chips in this pack is a custom ceramic poker chip featuring the High Lords, Storm Knights, and other art from the game. Best of all, the art on every chip is unique--no repeats!
- Possibility Chips: Add $20 to your pledge
Status, Shock, and Wound Tokens
These die-cut, cardboard counters help track damage and status conditions in Torg Eternity. Each sheet contains at least five double-sided Stymied / Very Stymied tokens, five Vulnerable / Very Vulnerable tokens, 20 1 / 2 Shock markers, and ten 1 / 2 Wound counters.
- Status, Shock, and Wound Tokens: Add $5 to your pledge for each set
Tear-Off Character Sheets
A pad of 50 full-color, two-sided character sheets you can tear off for those who want to make their own custom Storm Knights!
- Tear-Off Character Sheets: Add $5 to your pledge for each pack of 50
High Lord Miniatures
Thanks to YOU, we've unlocked the High Lord miniatures! Here's a sneak peek at the 3D models we'll turn into 32mm METAL minis, all in a set for $60! (We may sell the individual High Lords after the Kickstarter at a higher individual price.)
- High Lord Miniatures: Add $60 to your pledge for the set of 8
Torg Eternity Soundtrack
20 tracks to set the mood for adventuring in Core Earth and beyond! Composed and recorded by Ralf Kurtsiefr.
- Soundtrack CD: Add $18 to your pledge.
Delphi Missions Hardcover Book
This 80-page hardcover book contains all of the new missions being written by our guest authors, plus some of our convention scenarios and more!
- Delphi Missions Book: Add $25 to your pledge.
Stretch goals already unlocked:
Visit our web site (http://www.ulisses-us.com/torg-eternity-stretch-goal-summary/) for more detailed descriptions of unlocked stretch goals.
Everyone gets the PDFs. Physical book added to Add-Ons and the Cargo Box.
Various upgrades added to all copies of the Drama Deck.
PDF Map set for all backers.
Now in Add-Ons. (Not included in the Cargo Box.)
New adventures by authors of past Torg products - like Ed Stark, Miranda Horner, and John Terra - prominent industry writers like Steve Kenson, Robert Schwalb, Monica Valentinelli, and John Wick - and by original creators Greg Gorden and Bill Slavicsek - all wrapped up in an 80-page hardcover book with other new Torg Eternity adventures!
Book added to Add-Ons and the Cargo Box.
20 tracks to set the mood for adventuring in Core Earth and beyond! Digital tracks available to all backers. CD added to Add-Ons and the Cargo Box.
Table tents for each cosm showing the world laws, threat cards for most major creature and villain, and threat blips (tokens) to help you visualize them at the table. PDFs for everyone, physical rewards added to the Cargo Box
Original Torg writer Ed Stark writes three novelettes set in the new Torg Eternity timeline! Available to all backers in PDF!
$300,000 - The Return of the Infiniverse!
When this goal unlocks, we will commit to developing a set of web-based tools and resources that will be freely available to GMs for use in their own games, as well as tools enabling coordination with the larger story.
The specifics of what those tools will be are not yet determined, but we do have some ideas. Also, this is a long term project, with the first items probably not launching until fall. We need to take the time to make sure that each part of this system is something that is both useful and sustainable.
$320,000 - Character Journals (PDF)
This is a set of 8 themed character sheets - one for each cosm, including Core Earth. Each one then has several pages for keeping track of your character's story in a journal format.
$330,000 - Character Journals (print)
The character journal pack is added to the Cargo Box and to the add-ons (at $5).
$340,000 - Day One Pregens (PDF)
At this level, we create downloadable pre-filled character sheets for every single pregenerated character in the Day One adventures!
$350,000 - Expanded Counter Sheets
This is a straightforward goal: Every reward level that gets physical counter sheets gets twice as many!
Stretch goals to be unlocked:
This set provides an entirely new group of cards - reference cards! Each stretch goal unlocks a new type of reference card that you can print out to use at the table. Since these are PDFs, everyone gets them!
$360,000 - Combat Option Cards (PDF)
$370,000 - Spell/Miracle/Power Cards (PDF)
$380,000 - Perk Cards (PDF)
$390,000 - Gear Cards (PDF)
We still have more sets planned if we reach these lofty heights, so spread the word and get more for you and every Torg fan!
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We have shipping centers in Germany and the US, plus a distribution partner in Australia. This allows us to assure that we are US, EU, and Australia-friendly. We also have a partner in Hong Kong (VFI Asia), which means many locations in Asia and the Pacific Rim are cheaper, though not all customs for those countries may be covered.
Other locations will be more expensive based on how difficult it is to ship from those four centers. If your country is not included in our shipping list but you think it might be accessible from one of our shipping centers, please contact us and we will check.
Torg Eternity is developed by Ulisses North America, the English-language division of Ulisses Spiele and publisher of The Dark Eye.
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Our core design team consists of Shane Lacy Hensley, Darrell Hayhurst, Dean Gilbert, Timothy Brown, and Markus Plötz. We've run out of space here, so their full bios are available on the Ulisses North America site.
Risks and challenges
The game is in final edits and playtesting. Backers will receive the PDF within days of the close of the campaign. Your support helps us make the game and all the accessories such as the Drama & Destiny Deck, archetypes, GM Screen, and more even better.
There are always challenges with large-scale, international fulfillment. Some delays may occur that are out of our hands simply because we do not control every aspect of shipping and customs. However we will keep working until every customer has their rewards.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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