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A world of perilous adventure for the Torchbearer RPG
A world of perilous adventure for the Torchbearer RPG
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There is a center to all things, and so it is with worlds. Between Hel and the Dry Lands, Aether and the Endless Ice, the Shining Realm, fair Alfheim and other worlds sits the world of mortal men and women. And the crossroads of all is the Middarmark: a harsh land of stark beauty concealing the crumbling bones of countless civilizations that have sought to tame it and failed. 

The Middarmark is a setting supplement for Torchbearer inspired by Scandinavian myth and folktales. It's chock full of adventure ideas to give you a jumping off point for your campaigns, along with new settlements, legends of infamous lairs and harrowing places, details on the more popular Hero Cults of the Young Lords, and, of course, new spells, magic items, monsters and more!

Contend with the slave-taking pirates of the Skera Strait and the Kraken that preys upon those waters. Explore the Trollfjells for signs of the chaos cultists of the Jotunn Hrym and the terrifying Temple of Black Skulls dedicated to him. Follow the legends of Sigrun, Lady of Battles, to the fog-shrouded barrow downs in hope of winning her war-magic. Aid the elves who quest ceaselessly for the Tower of Seven Dreams where the Erlking holds the key to ending their long exile. Seek the fate of the fabled dwarven kingdom Nidavellir, near the gates of Hel. Adventure awaits!

The Middarmark opens new vistas of possibility for Torchbearer. Within you'll find nature descriptors and questions for six human tribes, a new class in the form of the human skald, rules for steadings (a new form of town), rules for how various weather conditions affect your adventurers and much more.

We've commissioned reams of new art from our longtime collaborators Kurt Komoda and Jordan Worley, as well as new friends like Doug Kovacs, Jayna Pavlin, Nate Pride and Stefan Poag.

Cover by Kurt Komoda
Cover by Kurt Komoda

The book is 100 pages and contains information about the people, culture and legends of Middarmark. Click this link to download a preview of the Traditions chapter.

In addition, with the lovely people at Heart of the Deernicorn, we will also produce a cloth version of Maxime Plasse's detailed map. It will be 11 x 17 and printed on heavy canvas. 

Map by Maxime Plasse
Map by Maxime Plasse

 

Map detail of Rimholm area
Map detail of Rimholm area

We've been working on this book for four years. We're deliriously excited to finally release it and put it in your hands. It promises to inspire many great tales of adventure!

Middarmark is part of our Torchbearer game. We launched Torchbearer here on Kickstarter in 2013. Based on the award-winning Mouse Guard Roleplaying Game, Torchbearer is a fantasy adventure game in which you’ve run out of options. Your only choice for survival now is to win a fortune as an adventurer.

You’ll need to  delve into forlorn ruins, brave terrible monsters and retrieve forgotten treasures. It is a game of exploration and survival. Everything stands against you, ready to grind you into dust. You’ll need ingenuity, grit and a bit of luck to prosper in this world.

For people new to the system we're offering the complete Torchbearer line: The main rule book, Middarmark, the player's deck and the gamemaster's screen.

The Compleat Torchbearer
The Compleat Torchbearer

Thank you for supporting this book and all of our crazy projects!
—Thor, Luke & everyone at Burning Wheel HQ

Risks and challenges

This book will cost more to create than expected. Production will be delayed multiple times. There will be shipping problems. Something unforeseen will happen that will jeopardize the entire production.

If you are comfortable with these risks, please back our project.

We will deliver the books to you. We always do.

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    Seekers of Knowledge! Summon this eldritch tome of lore from the aether!

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    A pouchful of mystic sigils for your divinations.

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    Summoned from beyond the grave, these spirits will advise you in matters of entertainment and finance.

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    Tomes for you to pour over.

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    3 copies of Middarmark and 3 copies of Torchbearer for you to resell in a commercial fashion. You must demonstrate that you are a member of the merchant's guild with a proper store front.

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    This haul will require a backpack and some extra pockets.

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