Seventh Crown Tabletop Fantasy RPG Setting
Seventh Crown is a new and unique fantasy setting for Fifth Edition created by Bryan Steele, award-winning game writer/designer!
Seventh Crown is a unique setting for use with the most popular fantasy tabletop roleplaying systems on the market. It takes a world you think you’ve read about before and turns it into something new and totally different.
This is the finest time to be a tabletop roleplayer since the dawn of the industry. With so many great choices on the market, your imagination has nearly infinite paths for which to choose and expand upon. With the recent release of the newest version of Dungeons & Dragons, players are chomping at the bit to exercise their imaginations and spread their ideas wide. With the Seventh Crown roleplaying game setting and future sourcebook line, you can do just that. Seventh Crown is a narrative setting and sourcebook that can be used with the rules found within many popular roleplaying game systems.
Welcome to Seventh Crown
Based initially within the heavily populated continent of Kanis, Seventh Crown is a setting that places the players in the middle of an epic time of change in a world controlled by a select few. What was once a powerful dwarven empire now stands as broken racial kingdoms not defined by borders or territories, but by the ironclad magical control bestowed upon them by the crowns upon their brow.
In Seventh Crown, six golden artifacts of unfathomable power – the Crowns of Leadership – give almost ultimate and untested influence over those of the same race. While wearing the Crown, they cannot help but be king or queen of their people. This has led to a world of kingdoms that are not defined on maps or in war rooms, but instead by the blood that runs in a people’s veins. Authority enforced by magic across countless miles creates alliances, enemies and conflicts unlike those found anywhere else. When the reason for going to war is as simple as the will of who wears the Crown and the battlefield could be as complex as anywhere its people tread, life is a complex thing.
These six Crowns are the most powerful and important pieces of antiquity found anywhere in this world, and are watched and sought after by most of the people in Kanis. The dealings of the Crowns and the choices made by those who wear them are the talk of every town and city, and entire lifetimes have been spent trying to place a Crown on someone’s head – or remove the head currently wearing one. Territorial governments, the constabulary, organized crime and other local powerhouses rule their corners of civilization for the most part, but everyone feels the pull of the Crown bearers’ schemes and machinations.
It is the rumored existence of a seventh Crown of Leadership, the namesake of the game setting itself, which drives some people to scour the world for the mythic artifact. There have been six ruling forces on Kanis for thousands of years, many of which changing hands (heads?) over and over again, but the fact that there have always been six has been a constant for as long as the Crowns have existed. The discovery and donning of a seventh Crown of Leadership would change the world in an instant… or the discovery that it has already been found, and by what.
The continent of Kanis is large and varied in respect to the peoples that inhabit it, the history they have survived, and all of the interactions in between. Depending on the where someone is from, which King or Queen they serve willingly or otherwise, and how they plan to fill their purses or bellies day to day – that is where adventure will spring from in Seventh Crown.
What is Different?
Anyone can read through the newest game system and see what each creature, species or deity means to a “normal” campaign setting. Seventh Crown takes a lot of these standard ideas found in several rulebooks and turns them into brand new ideas that come together to create a new and unique world where players can portray characters like they never have before. There are plotlines and narrative hooks found within Seventh Crown that will put players in unique new roles as well as give them interactions with the world not commonly possible in other settings.
Just to give a number of good examples, the following are all samples of what makes Seventh Crown unique, interesting and a great deal of fun in which to roleplay.
The current King of the Elves is a sadistic dark elf warlock with the long term plan of breeding out the surface elves by forcing hospitality between the Surface World and the Great Beneath. Over the centuries dark elves have become a much more accepted sight on the surface, and travel to the depths of the Great Beneath is more commonplace despite its inherent dangers.
The halfling people suffered massive losses during a horrible war that forced their people into nomadic, extended families that travel Kanis in search of joy, profit and adventure. Their stories and culinary crafts are welcomed almost universally in Kanisi civilization.
The dragonborn of Kanis are primarily mercenaries and seafarers, with those of chromatic heritage leaning toward life as sell swords or pirates; metallic dragonborn finding more favor as professional soldiers and trading corsairs. The two sects of dragonborn are constantly at odds, and many conflicts have begun based solely on “scale color.”
One corner of the continent is currently dealing with a large scale guerilla war between the goblinoids and the kobolds, putting some local civilizations in strange circumstances for unlikely social situations and alliances.
There is a militant sect within the dwarves that harken to the days when their bloodlines ruled the entire continent as a royal Dynasty. These dwarves are old-minded, somewhat racist toward certain peoples, and belligerently aimed at returning the dwarves to former glory.
The gnomes of Kanis are willingly subservient to dwarves and have been for thousands of years. Their acceptance of a lower station in life is a key element to a larger meta-mathematical equation that their ancient scholars believe will finalize with the gnomish people ruling the entire world. Effectively, the gnomes believe they have discovered the formula for complete domination of Kanis; it only requires a few more centuries of servitude to come to fruition.
And much, much more!
What will be in the Seventh Crown core book?
The Seventh Crown core book, the goal of this Kickstarter, when published will be a hardcover tome of roughly 150 pages written, designed, illustrated and laid out by industry professionals to create a complete sourcebook for the continent of Kanis and the Seventh Crown roleplaying game setting. While it will contain some rules information specific to the Seventh Crown setting, it will NOT include a core system of rules. Instead it relies upon the player(s) to use it alongside obviously compatible rules systems.
The Seventh Crown Core Setting Book will include:
A detailed History of the continent of Kanis, its many Cultures and its current Rulers
A detailed Pantheon of Kanisi deities, including their effect upon Clerics, Paladins and Druids in Seventh Crown
A detailed look at the Geography and Civilizations of Kanis
New Kanisi Backgrounds, Feats and Spells
Full Color Unique Illustrations throughout
Full Color Maps of the Kanis surface world and the subterranean Great Beneath
Narrative Stories set in the world of Seventh Crown (some starring characters from higher-level Backers!)
Plot Hooks and Adventure Ideas; including two detailed 1st-level Campaign Starters
A Glossary of Seventh Crown terms to help with pronunciation and explanation
What do you get for your backing?
Aside from being a part of the launch of a great new game setting, hopefully giving it enough fan backing to begin a full Seventh Crown line of sourcebooks and such in the near future, you faithful backers can get some really awesome rewards for helping us get off the ground!
The Copper Piece Level – For just $2 or more you throw in your attentions to the campaign and help keep the Kickstarter “Hot Picks” eyes peeled on our little project here. Not only does this help us out, but it also allows you to ask questions in the Comments section, or purchase some of the additional Add-ons when the campaign succeeds.
The Silver Piece Level – For a $20 campaign pledge, this is just the electronic PDF copy of the Seventh Crown Core Setting Book, special thanks in the final product and access to purchasing Add-ons.
The Electrum Piece Level – At $35, this is aimed at the normal MSRP of the printed publication and would be considered the “average” backer level. At this level you will receive not only the electronic PDF copy offered at the Silver Piece level, special thanks in the final product and have access to Add-ons, but you will also receive one printed hardcopy of the Seventh Crown Core Setting Book. In addition, as the campaign moves up through the Stretch Goals, you automatically receive each Stretch Goal Bonus Product with your pledge!
The Gold Piece Level – For a $45 campaign investment you receive an electronic PDF copy of the Seventh Crown Core Setting Book, special thanks in the final product, access to Add-ons, all unlocked Stretch Goal Bonus Products, and a printed hardcopy of the Seventh Crown Core Setting Book signed and personalized by the author, Bryan Steele, and the lead artiste, Natalie Patterson.
The Unionist Level – For a $65 campaign investment you receive an electronic PDF copy of the Seventh Crown Core Setting Book, special thanks in the final product, access to Add-ons, all unlocked Stretch Goal Bonus Products, a printed hardcopy of the Seventh Crown Core Setting Book signed and personalized by the author and the lead artiste, as well as a random piece of original art from the setting book (not an art print!).
The Thornrellan's Mercy Level – For a $75 campaign investment you receive an electronic PDF copy of the Seventh Crown Core Setting Book, special thanks in the final product, access to Add-ons, all unlocked Stretch Goal Bonus Products, a printed hardcopy of the Seventh Crown Core Setting Book signed and personalized by the author and the lead artiste, and the backer reserves a seat at one of three special charity gaming events at GenCon 2015!
These special events will be narrative D&D 5E story-arc play sessions for 5 pre-generated player characters that will be re-living and re-enacting famous moments from Kanisi history – with the game designer, Bryan Steele, running each event as DM! During these events we will be taking charitable food donations (Canned and sealed-boxed items only) from the players AND bystanders to be given to the local Food Finders Food Bank (http://food-finders.org/) to serve as points of Inspiration to modify the game in progress. The catch is that while the players can donate their food products to play as Inspiration for their own characters during the game, bystanders can donate food products to either help out the Player Characters OR give Inspiration for the rolls made by the DM! No matter who is getting the Inspiration played for them, Food Finders will be the true winners in the event.
The Platinum Piece Level – If you are one of the limited backers at the $100 level, you receive an electronic PDF copy of the Seventh Crown Core Setting Book, special thanks in the final product, access to Add-ons, all unlocked Stretch Goal Bonus Products, and a printed hardcopy of the Seventh Crown Core Setting Book signed and personalized by the author and lead artiste. Additionally, within 60 days of the campaign closing you will be in direct e-mail contact with the setting’s designer in order to work the Player Character of your own design into the greater Seventh Crown narrative background as a character of note. So, if you want the favorite of your unique and interesting characters to be a part of something official and in the limelight for thousands of readers and players to interact with… this is the Backer Level for you!
The Crown Level – At $500 and limited to only possibly 8 backers, this is the ultimate backer level. you receive an electronic PDF copy of the Seventh Crown Core Setting Book, special thanks in the final product, access to Add-ons, all unlocked Stretch Goal Bonus Products, and a printed hardcopy of the Seventh Crown Core Setting Book signed and personalized by the author and lead artiste. Also, like with the Gold Piece Level, you will not only work with Bryan to have your character immortalized in the pages of the setting… but also to have it transformed into a physical representation by way of a 30mm scale resin miniature! Perfect for map-based encounters or simply to show off to your fellow gamers, you will work with Bryan to describe the character well enough to have it professionally sculpted and take its place as one of the first products in the Seventh Crown RPG Miniatures line! (Expect some slight delay after regular products ship for the miniatures to be released due to time, talent and resources needed.)
IMPORTANT NOTE: All shipping costs within the continental USA are included with the backer levels, with additional US shipping showing under each Add-on. For backers/purchasers outside the continental USA, there is an additional $15 shipping charge to handle international postage.
The Future of Seventh Crown
Our hopes with this Kickstarter are not just to create a single publication to release Seventh Crown – we have much, much more in the works for this setting. Should this campaign go well enough to show us a solid fan base in the works, we plan on getting Seventh Crown print runs into common distribution and hopefully into game stores all over the world.
Additionally, we have plans to write a series of Seventh Crown setting products that will better flesh out the world, its many plotlines and some major events that take place in the overarching story and expanding world setting.
Some of the products we have planned are as follows:
various Adventure Modules that cover specific plot arcs important to the Seventh Crown storyline
Bestiary of Kanis Sourcebook; introducing numerous native species of creatures to encounter
Farsteader’s Atlas Sourcebook; a guide to the lands beyond the primary continent of Kanis
Seventh Crown novellas surrounding epic events within the world
The following are all Add-on products that Seventh Crown backers may purchase using the Campaign Manager Backer Kit.
Seventh Crown Tee Shirt ($15 and $5 shipping) – A simple, high quality black tee shirt with the Seventh Crown logo printed upon it. Perfect for a devoted DM or player!
Pathfinder Rules PDF for Seventh Crown ($5 and free shipping) – A high-quality PDF file of a chapter that contains new Feats, Spells, etc. written for Seventh Crown using the Pathfinder rules set. Everything a Seventh Crown player will need to use those rules in the Seventh Crown setting!
Poster-sized Map of Kanis ($10 and $3 shipping) – A high quality, folding 2’ x 3’ poster map of the surface world of Kanis. Great for game room walls and adventure planning!
Poster-sized Map of the Great Beneath ($10 and $3 shipping) – A high quality, folding 2’ x 3’ poster map of the subterranean world of the Great Beneath. Perfect to map out and plan adventure down in the darkness under the world!
Extra Copies of the Seventh Crown Core Setting Book ($30 and $5 shipping) – This is just an extra physical copy of the Seventh Crown Core Setting Book. This is a great way to get extra books around the game table, or gifts for those you plan to play with!
We sincerely hope that the Kickstarter campaign for Seventh Crown goes very well, and we have lots of plans to make sure that our backers get excellent goodies if they spread the good word and bring in lots of great pledges. While none of these are remotely possible until after we hit our initial goal and then beyond, we thought we could at least show you what we have planned for our first two Stretch Goals…
$17,000 – Pathfinder Rules Content! (LOCKED) … this Stretch Goal adds a pdf chapter containing Seventh Crown special rules (Feats, Spells, etc.) specifically written for the Pathfinder rules set to every Electrum Piece Level or higher backing level automatically.
$18,500 – Bonus Poster Map of Kanis! (LOCKED) … this Stretch Goal Bonus Product adds a single 2’ x 3’ poster of the Map of Kanis with every Electrum Piece Level or higher backing level.
$20,000 – Bonus Poster Map of the Great Beneath (LOCKED) … this Stretch Goal Bonus Product adds a single 2’ x 3’ poster of the Map of the Great Beneath with every Electrum Piece Level or higher backing level.
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