About this project
Enter a world of epic adventure.
Ancient and mighty empires vie for supremacy, and the very survival of mankind is at stake. The ancient ruins of collapsed civilizations, both human and non-human, conceal long-lost truths, terrible and mysterious artifacts, and foes thought extinct. Where the notions of good and evil are subsumed by shades of grey. A world in which heroes must choose the greatest good as often as the lesser of two evils. Immerse yourself in a deep fantasy world awash in the intrigues of nations, religions and secret societies. Choose a side; pick a cause and gird yourself for your greatest challenge – Leaving Your Mark Upon the Shattered Empires!
Arcanis: The World of Shattered Empires is a role-playing game that immerses you and your players in a story-telling adventure while testing your tactical skills. Epic battles, political intrigue and intricate mysteries have kept thousands of players engaged for over a decade.
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Download the original worldbook written during our D20 era FREE!
The Origins Award winning Arcanis role-playing game encourages the creation of well-rounded Heroes and simulates combat in a fluid manner. The mechanics are easy to learn but challenging to master.
While the Cradle of Empires sourcebook has new rules to support the setting, the majority of the manuscript is story and source material - so dropping it into an existing campaign as a remote and mysterious region is no problem. Use another system? Then just adapt the robust setting and history to whatever game system you're using to add a deeper, richer playing environment for your current campaign!
Why Now Before the Holidays?
We were going to hold off launching this Kick Starter until after the New Year, but we've had many emails from Arcanis fans wanting this project to start sooner rather than later.
Never let it be said we don't listen to our patrons!
So if you decide to pledge now and plan on giving this book as a gift, we've got a little card that you can download, print and give to that Gamer on your Holiday list!
The Cradle of Empires
For over a decade, players have explored an area of Arcanis called the Known Lands, but its a vast world and the time has come to discover new lands, cultures and threats!
The Blessed Lands is a region swathed in mystery and legend. The birthplace of four ancient empires that rose and fell, it is a land many races revere as the holiest of holies, while others covet the lost secrets and artifacts yet uncovered.
At the heart of this region is a gigantic plateau called the Great Mound or Mount Dagha, upon which the capitols of these four great empires once existed, each built upon the bones of the former: the ancient capital of the lost Issori Empire, Yahsremore the center of the reptilian ssethrics brutal domain, Belestor, the elegant home of the elorii, and finally, the First City of the Human Imperium. As each one fell, the conquerors would raze the old and build anew upon its foundations.
But the true secrets of this hoary place lay within the labyrinthine tunnels that honeycomb the interior of the Mound. The deeper one descends, the further back in time one goes and greater dangers and riches can be found.
The Cradle of Empires is a 128 page, softback sourcebook describing the people, places and cultures of the Blessed Lands and the First City. Within its pages you’ll find an extensive history on the region, which touches upon all the major events and civilizations. You’ll discover new religions, new organizations, new rules and who the movers and shakers are in this key metropolis.
If you participate in the Organized Play campaign, Legends of Arcanis, the material herein is invaluable and will deepen your enjoyment of the current story arc, “The Coming of the Destroyer!”
After meeting our goal, we have a few Stretch Goals in mind that will enhance the product, such as a much more detailed map of the First City, additional chapters, as well as what so many fans of Arcanis have been clamoring for: an updated map of the continent of Onara.
$50 - Arcanis RPG Core Book and Codex of Heroes
For those new to the World of the Shattered Empires, purchase the Core book and get the Codex of Heroes, a player's compendium, at no additional cost!
$40 - Arcanis PDF Collection
Add the entire collection of the new Arcanis: World of the Shattered Empires RPG books in electronic format. This collection includes:
Arcanis: World of the Shattered Empires Core book
Codex of Heroes
Forged in Magic I
Forged in Magic II: Treasures of the Ages
The Knightly Order of the Phoenix
A $70 value for $40.
$50 - D20 Arcanis PDF Collection
Add this bundle of selected Arcanis sourcebooks from the D20 era to your pledge. While the system may be obsolete, the story goodness is still relevant to the current game setting.
Carnival of Swords
City of Secrets (The Guide to Nishanpur)
In the Shadow of the Devil (A homage' to the classic Tomb of Horrors Arcanis style)
Legacy of Damnation
Magic of Arcanis
The Player's Guide to Arcanis
The Theocracy of Canceri
You'd spend over $107 for this bundle. It can now be yours at over 50% off!
$10 - Useful Legends of Arcanis item
Create a mundane, but useful item that provides one Living Arcanis character with a +2 bonus to a non-Combat, non-Arcane skill.(Only one item can be assigned per character).
$25 - Special Cert allowing play of a Tultipetan dwarf
This will allow you to play one of the remaining Tultipetan dwarves left upon Arcanis. After the savage attack by a True Dragon freed by the players of the Living Arcanis campaign, this creature attacked and devastated the ancient Tultipetan enclave, leaving behind the bodies of your countrymen buried beneath molten rock. You were one of a few hundred that happened to be out of the area when the genocidal onslaught took place. How will you honor the fallen victims?
$25 - Special Cert allowing play of a val'Vasik character
At the final engagement of the Crusade, the Valinor Xabal, the Patience of Illiir and progenitor of the val'Vasik,battled the Devil King, Uhxbractit and suffered horrible wounds. To keep himself alive long enough to dispatch the Devil King, he took back the life essence of the val'Vasik people, leaving them dried husks. Alas, it was not enough and the Valinor was unmade by the foul Master of the Infernal. Miraculously, a few of the val'Vasik awoke as if from a deep sleep. Now you are one of the final scion of a once proud people, left to make your way in a world bereft of family, home and divine protector. Do you have what it takes to make the world remember and leave your mark upon the Shattered Empires? The number of players claiming this Add On will determine the entire population of val'Vasik on Arcanis plus six (6) additional val'Vasik NPCs.
$20 - Exceptional Ss'ressen Mount - the Sc'math
This Add On will grant you ownership of an exceptional Quality Ss'ressen Only mount known as the Sc'math. The Sc’math is a sure-footed bipedal mount as at home in the twisted tunnels of the Endless Dark as it is to the dusty soil of the Blessed Lands. An awkward looking creature by human standards, a Sc’math resembles a cross between a large flightless and featherless bird and a lizard.
$100 - Land Grant
This Add On allows one character to own a modest piece of property in their nation and appropriate to their background. This piece of property will not require any upkeep, but at the same time not generate any income - any income generated will be used to pay for any and all upkeep expenses. Owning the property will give the Hero a +2 bonus to their Streetwise skill in the area where the property resides. The type of property will be subject to approval by Staff.
Examples include: Coryani Patrician - modest villa on the banks of the Corvus River near Grand Coryan or a vineyard in Cafela. Coryani citizen - a small farm in the territory near a city or town or a tenement apartment in a city proper.
Milandir - Noble background - Modest Manor house near one of the major cities. Milandisian citizen - a modest home in one of the major cities or a farm in the Hinterlands in the new Protectorate region, near Mil Takara.
Altheria - Noble background - A Belel (luxury) compound on the Plateau. Altherian citizen - modest apartment in a major city.
Black Talon Ss'ressen - A suur'esh (basically a hard mud structure with underground chambers) in the Sulfur Marsh.
Elorii - Given that the elorii from Elonbe' are Laerestri, they may purchase land in any of the major nations in play. Elorii from Entares may purchase property in that city.
Add On Shipping
Given the disparity of cost in shipping to different parts of the world, you will be charged ACTUAL shipping charges for the Add-Ons you choose.
$9,000 - Map of Arcanis
At this level all backers at the $15 level and above will receive two electronic copies of the map of the northern portion of the continent of Onara; one with and one without national borders!
$11,500 - Map of the First City
At this level all backers at the $15 level and above will receive an electronic copy of the map of the First City by the very gifted cartographer Andrew Law, who also created the very detailed City of Freeport map for Green Ronin (feel free to Google). Due to the amount of work needed to complete this map and Andrew's work schedule, the estimated time of completion for this map is sometime in the Fall of 2014.
$15,700 - 24 new adventures for the Legends of Arcanis Living Campaign
Producing high quality adventures for your Heroes to experience is not cheap and we need some help to defer the costs. Upon reaching this level, the Legends of Arcanis campaign adventures will continue to be free to all to play and enjoy. It also allows us to pay the very hard working and dedicated authors we have that produce such thrilling tales! All adventures will be available for download in electronic format.
$17,000 - Re-release of Ssethregore: In the Coils of the Serpent Empire sourcebook
When originally released during the D20 years, Ssethregore was a 160 page book jam-packed with stories, creatures and crunch on the reptilian Ssethrics and their empire. At this level all backers at the $15 level and above will receive an electronic copy of this source book, converted for the Arcanis system and with an additional chapter on the Black Talon Ss'ressen player race.
$19,500 - 16 page Bestiary Added to the Source book
Once this level is reached, a 16 page Bestiary will be added to the book detailing creatures indigenous to the Blessed Lands region.
$22,000 -Sorcerous Pacts PDF
This PDF will give further information on the mysterious eloriias one of their own go on a quest throughout the Mortal Realms attempting to contact their slain gods. Along the way, he meets powerful beings and makes powerful Pacts with them that even today, those who wield elder Sorcery can call upon.
$25,500 - The Kio
The shrouded history of the Kio and the val'Sungha are laid bare in this 32 page sourcebook. New talents, paths and more will be found within these pages.
$29,000 - Bestiary II
A 48-page Monster book detailing such classic creatures as the Fire Giants to such vile organizations as the Cult of the Thousand Eyed Man. Each entry is illustrated and ready for to bedevil your Heroes!
$34,000 - Ruins of the Undercity
A 32 page product showcasing seven selected locales in the labyrinthine tunnels that honeycomb the Mount upon which the First City rests. Each locale comes with a "dungeon-style" map and is a great jumping point for your explorations into the ruins, catacombs, tombs and unholy fanes of the ancient civilizations that once called Mount Dagha home.
More to come....
Risks and challenges
PCI has been publishing role playing games since 2001 and have extensive experience on the ins and outs of publishing. The manuscript for the book has been completed. The funds generated by the Kickstarter will defray the cost of the art, layout and publishing of the book.
This is PCI's third KickStarter after two other successful KickStarter's; Rotted Capes where the book was delivered to all backers and Witch Hunter, whose backers received the final PDF and the book is at the printer and upon delivery will be shipped to all backers.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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