A world changed by magic. A legacy hidden in shadow. A nation of ponies reborn; with the threat of an empire reaching out with iron claws to hold them and the world in its grasp.
Pony adventurers, can you answer the call of duty to defend your nation? To rediscover the lost, and to reclaim what was stolen?
If the minds of Tesla and the mysticism of Merlin were to be cast into a pony, you'd have Roan!
Roan is a unique world inspired by My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic meets the many action adventures war films as well as gaming classics such as Crimson Skies, Guild Wars, and more.
The world and its history has been developed form the ground up to give players a unique, and colorful setting that allows players to involve themselves in many adventurous campaigns, be it answering the Call of Duty, finding lost artifacts, espionage, and more!
Many artists from all over the world are involved in this project providing various styles of pony characters to expand the Roan vision. Supporting Roan helps support many of these talented people and we certainly appreciate any and all help that you are willing to offer.
What Dice Rolling System does Roan Use?
Roan utilizes the Ubiquity system (Hollow Earth Expedition), created by Jeff Combos. The main feature of the system is its use of binary dice pool rolls to determine success. Under the default rules, each even number rolled counts as a success, while odd numbers count as nothing. Odd 'nothings' do not cancel out even 'successes', making dice rolling quick and simple.
It is a very dynamic system that encourages and even rewards role playing, and helps to simplify the dice rolling so it is not overly cluttered by fancy mathematics.
Ubiquity is an enhanced dice pool system that emphasizes storytelling and cinematic action.
Key Dice Pool Features
Roll any dice: Ubiquity lets you use the dice you already own.
You can roll any dice as long as they have an equal number of even and odd numbers on them. You can even mix and match polyhedral dice!
Roll less dice: Ubiquity Dice dramatically simplify rolling dice.
Specially designed as an add-on to Ubiquity, they allow you to roll up to one-third less dice and make counting the number of successes a breeze.
Roll less often: Ubiquity does away with needless dice rolls. Taking the Average tells you which actions are too easy to bother rolling for. You never have to slow down the action.
Play with style: Ubiquity rewards players for having a good time. You earn Style Points for role playing your character which may be spent for bonus dice later in the game.
Roan offers additions to the Ubiquity mechanics, these include an open magic system, air combat rules reflecting dog fights of the real world in easy to play terms, and specialized rules for armor, weapons, and combat talents.
What is Roan?
A pony inspired world set in a 1940s style era. Will you defend your country from the Ratvarian Empire, or race to be the first to rediscover lost cities and ancient secrets!
What can you do?
Venture on as a band of intrepid explorers and soldiers, by hoof, by plane, and by airship to discover lost cities, ward away mysterious creatures, or fend off the Ratvarian Anarchists!
Roan focuses on the ponies that reside in its world, and how they've grown to handle a world changed by magic and ever changing technology.
We have focused on creating a grand gaming experience for our backers and everyone that participates in the world of Roan. We've worked hard and long to give you all a solid package that is designed well, has clear rules, and wonderful artwork!
I am working to partner with DriveThruRPG so that they may handle the projects electronic format, as well as its prints. Backers will be able to point their friends to DriveThruRPG to obtain their own version of Roan, whether in electronic format, or print on demand.
Backers should please note that the January delivery date is subject to change based upon the goals we reached and the additional content that will then be included in the book.
As for Backer Rewards!
$15,000.00 USDWith Roan successfully funded, this means more artwork will be included in the book and additional rpg tools will now be made available to enhance your Roan RPG experience and they are:
- Ubiquity Dice
- Style Chips
- Full color map of Roan
- Game Masters Screen
- Roan Official Passport (A special use character sheet)
Prices to be placed for additional content.
Guest Writer Ross Watson - Known for his work with Dark Heresy and more. Mr. Watson will write a setting for Roan, building upon the world for the pleasure of you adventurers.
Guest Writer Michael Surbrook -An accomplished writer who has done works for Hero Game System, and is known for his published works such as Kazei 5 a cyberpunk anime styled rpg game.
Additional Races can now be included in the book.
Current additions will include racial benefits and talents for the Canidians, the Gryphons, and two bonus races which will be chosen by you the backers.
A mini comic will be created which will present the Roan rules in an informative yet entertainingly hilarious adventure and will be included in the book.
Below you will find a listing of the supporting artists who have helped to make Roan. Some of these artists are included in the backer awards for doing pony character artwork.
Backers of the upper tiers will be able to choose an artist on a first come first serve basis. If you have the time and patience, you can wait for additional slots to open up for artists as well.
Artists have a certain amount of slots open, listed below, which shows the amount of art that they can currently handle at a time, along with the rest of the work they are doing.
Apple – http://main.askapplejack.me/
Azure – http://askiceshine.tumblr.com/
Crybringer - http://crybringer.deviantart.com/gallery/
TiredPie – http://tiredpie.tumblr.com/
TirePie will do 3 character slots for high tier backers.
Flytree – http://flytee.tumblr.com/
GamerPony – http://ask-gamer-pony.tumblr.com/
GamerPony - Will provide 5 character art slots for high tier backers.
Glacier Clear - http://glacierclear.tumblr.com/
InLucidReverie - Will provide 5 character art slots for high tier backers.
MinionsULtd - http://minionsultd.deviantart.com/
OMGProductions – http://omgproductions.deviantart.com/
OMGProductions - Will provide 3 character art slots for high tier backers.
PinkieDotGif – http://pinkiedotgif.tumblr.com/
Rattlecat - http://rattlesire.deviantart.com/
Rattles is offering 5 slots for art!
RavenPuff – http://ravenpuff.deviantart.com/
Shonuff44 – http://shonuff44.deviantart.com/
Shonuff 44 - Will provide 2 Slots for Top Tier Backers
Stedilnik – http://gordonfreeguy.deviantart.com/gallery/
Stedilnik - Will provide artwork for up to 5 backers.
Zilof – http://gwstoop.deviantart.com/
ZodiacNicola – http://zodiacnicola.tumblr.com/
ZodiacNicola - Will provide 3 character art slots for high tier backers.
If we have any new artist join, who are willing to do character art, backers will be notified.
Backers will also be notified of additional slots.
Expect to see plenty of concepts to be shown to you all as time progresses!
Advisors and Writers
Wrtier/BusterBuizel - http://busterbuizel.deviantart.com/
Writer/Foxfire Glow – http://foxfireglow.tumblr.com/
Advisor/Writer Mortikie – http://mortikie.tumblr.com/
Advisor MinionsULtd – http://minionsultd.deviantart.com/
Advisor/Writer Sky Buster - http://busterbuizel.deviantart.com/
Advisor Ross Watson – http://gamerstavern.org/category/rossblogs/
ROAN COVER 2000$ Tier Reward
The above is the art piece done by Baron Engel in full Glorious color, the sketch version that is ready to go to 1 lucky backer is a 11x17 piece.
I will be having these professionally framed for you the lucky backer who chooses the highest level tier possible!
Please do not submit copyrighted characters and ideas.
We will not accept art, or written works that were created by other individuals and companies.
Providing us with your idea gives us the right to use of that idea in any way we see fit. (Don't worry, we aim to keep as closely with your vision as possible).
If your idea is declined, you will be able to submit an alternative idea. We will also reach out to you, and see how we can re-envision your idea so that it might work.
Risks and challenges
Much of the risks have been in working with artists to coincide with their schedule as we want to provide not just good art, but great art to the Roan book.
Extensions can also happen to the deadline depending on what goals are reached as well as any time it may take for both writers and artists to create and design additional content for the books.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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