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.
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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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