Music enchants. Elevates. Destroys. Literally shapes our world.
It's also a cornerstone of urban fantasy adventures.
The modern bard. The faerie singer. The mad fiddler or vampire rock star - this is their domain.
But the wild allure of mystic bardery is a hard path to pursue. There are devil-deals and heartbreaks, load-ins and flame-outs and two-minutes warnings where the crowd might literally eat you alive.
Do you have the courage to throw down with legends?
A roleplaying sourcebook dealing with magic, music and urban fantasy, POWERCHORDS is a new project from fantasy author, game designer and occasional bass player "Satyr" Phil Brucato. (Mage: The Ascension, Deliria: Faerie Tales for a New Millennium, Witches & Pagans, Ravens in the Library)
Featuring artwork from acclaimed illustrators Aaron Acevedo, Jason Engle and Bryan Syme, POWERCHORDS explores the crazy world of musical magic: feral groupies, sinister patrons, smoky clubs, and tour buses rank with the flop-sweat of the damned!
Drawing inspiration from real-life adventures - and from the fantasy fiction of Anne Rice, Charles de Lint, Mercedes Lackey and others - POWERCHORDS takes you on a backstage tour of urban bardery. Big breaks, bad busts, sex, drugs, rock-n-roll... from street-corner busking to headlining tours, POWERCHORDS gives you characters, settings, plot hooks and gear suitable for any urban fantasy game setting.
A print-on-demand roleplaying game sourcebook POWERCHORDS will be available in PDF, softcover B&W and hardcover color editions. The book will be promoted through various websites and communities, with orders for the book being taken and filled to order, as with our previous project, the anthology Ravens in the Library. If successful enough, POWERCHORDS might be made available through gaming stores as well.
If we're especially successful with our fundraising, the book might be larger, with more artwork and higher word-and-page-counts.
Current plans sets this up as a 120-page, 60,000-word book. A "plug-in-your-favorite rules system" supplement, POWERCHORDS will feature a handful of rules drawn from the revised Compact System(tm), with suggestions for other systems as well. With this book, you could play a fiddle-wielding vampire, a honey-voiced faerie, a hard-rock zombie, or simply a scruffy mortal who wants to be in a band and damn everything that stands in her way!
POWERCHORDS outline features five chapters, an Introduction, and a rule-systems Appendix that presents game stats in the Compact system(tm).
Introduction: Mystic Rhythms
Chapter 1: The Big Gig
Chapter 2: Grace Notes
Chapter 3: Goodies & Gear
Chapter 4: We're With the Band
Chapter 5: Hitting the Road
Appendix: Cranked to 11
Funds will pay all contributors, secure proofs for publication, and provide rewards for project sponsors.
Current Contributors are:
Phil Brucato - writing, illustration & design
Sandra Buskirk - editing, illustration & proofreading
Sherry Lynne Baker - graphic design, illustration & layout
Aaron Acevedo - illustration & graphics
Jason Engle - cover & illustration
Bryan Syme - illustration
Estimated release date is early summer, 2011. Production events may move that date slightly forward or back.
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