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Maelstrom Rome - an ancient world RPG
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The Maelstrom RPG was a classic of the 1980's RPG scene and still holds a fond place in the hearts of many UK gamers.  In 2013 Arion Games revised the system and released Maelstrom Domesday, a game of supernatural investigation in 1086 York.  Since then, we have produced several follow up products including the Victorian-set Maelstrom Gothic.

Since we first acquired the rights to republish Maelstrom, a Roman version has loomed large in our minds.  The lifepath character creation system introduced in Domesday would seem to suit a Roman setting perfectly, hence the Kickstarter you see before you.

First draft cover
First draft cover

This version of Maelstrom Domesday takes the rules established in that version, adds a few more specific ones such as Curses and Gladiatorial Combat and bundles that up with a guide to the world of the early Roman Empire.

With 44 Rome-specific Livings, new Characteristics and Abilities, mythical creatures, new Herbs and medicines and more, this game thrusts the characters in the the shady and mysterious world of Rome and it's Empire.

The book is currently 75% written or more, and will be finished and laid out before the campaign ends.  It will only require art to be added for the book to be finished.  It is likely that the book will be about 300 pages when complete, and it will be in a 6x9 format, very similar to the original Maelstrom paperback.

Sample Layout
Sample Layout

Like several previous Kickstarters we have run, this project will send out pdf copies and codes for printed copies.  That way, you don't have to wait for us to order and post books, you simply order your printed copy when you are ready and get to choose a softcover or hardcover at the time.

I am also not planning any stretch goals or special pledge levels.  Although these can greatly increase the pledge total, they also tend to slow down the release of the final product and we are trying for a quick, simple and easy campaign.

I have however added a couple of new pledge levels that will also get you all of the existing Maelstrom Domesday and Maelstrom Gothic pdf's in addition to the Rome pdf (and book) at about a 60% discount.

Risks and challenges

The book will be written and laid out by the end of the campaign, requiring only art to finish and release. There are no major identifiable risks.

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    Pdf copy

    A pdf copy of Maelstrom Rome supplied via DTRPG

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    Print Book Code

    As soon as the print files have been printed and approved, you will be sent a code to allow you to order a colour print copy of the book direct from DTRPG. You will be responsible for paying printing and postage costs at the time you order, but it will be your choice when to order and whether you prefer a softcover or hardcover version.

    Although we cannot yet say exactly how much printing will cost, a Softcover version is likely to be about £7 and a Hardcover version about £11. The final price will depend on how many pages the final book has.

    Postage will of course depend on your location, but could be between £4 or so for the UK or USA, £5 for the EU or £6 for Australia. It will be possible for you to combine the postage for this book with other DTRPG orders to reduce P&P costs.

    You will also receive a Pdf copy of the book.

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    Pdf + Domesday and Gothic pdf's

    This level will get you the upcoming Maelstrom Rome pdf as listed plus all of the existing Maelstrom Domesday and Maelstrom Gothic pdf's at a super discount! This bundle, worth over £50 includes:
    Maelstrom Domesday core book, Maelstrom Gothic core book, Investigators Guide,
    Beast of Ledsham, Maps and Charts, North York Moors, Yuletide Spirit, Four Investigation Shards.
    These pdf's will be sent as soon as the money reaches us, which is normally two weeks after the end of the campaign.

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    Print Code + Domesday and Gothic pdfs

    This level will get you the upcoming Maelstrom Rome pdf and print book code as described above plus all of the existing Maelstrom Domesday and Maelstrom Gothic pdf's at a super discount! This bundle, worth over £50 includes:
    Maelstrom Domesday core book, Maelstrom Gothic core book, Investigators Guide,
    Beast of Ledsham, Maps and Charts, North York Moors, Yuletide Spirit, Four Investigation Shards.
    These pdf's will be sent as soon as the money reaches us, which is normally two weeks after the end of the campaign.

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