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New races, callings, prayers, spells, background and relationship tables, rules for running domains, and more for The Secret Fire RPG.
New races, callings, prayers, spells, background and relationship tables, rules for running domains, and more for The Secret Fire RPG.
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Roleplaying mechanics plus old school gaming style equals immersive adventure!

The Secret Fire RPG

Winner of the 2012 Innovative Game Design Award from I-CON 31, The Secret Fire™ uses a unique blend of game design and storytelling to create a fast and flexible original fantasy game system of roleplaying, exploration, and constant danger. (This campaign also includes Stretch Goals to bring the TSF roleplaying and immersion mechanics for players and GMs to Swords & Wizardry and Pathfinder. Check them out below!)

Praise for The Secret Fire

“A flavor-filled approach to fantasy gaming that puts the mystery and magic back into the dark recesses of the dungeon.”

Monte Cook, creator of Numenera and co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition

“Finally there comes a fantasy game with rules designed to enhance game play and story, rather than bogging it down. The Secret Fire is great for a wide range of ages and audiences. You can really just sit down and enjoy your game time with some good friends , jumping right into the action and adventure.”

Brian Berg, CEO of Total Party Kill Games

“I just purchased a physical copy and a PDF copy. People in the house have been trying unsuccessfully to pry me away from my iPad ever since I downloaded the PDF. As a gamer, a game master, and a writer I haven’t been this excited for an RPG in many years.”

Jamie LaFountain, Game Designer, TSR, Inc.

“With The Secret Fire, George Strayton has captured the sense of wonder, possibility and (yes) magic that I felt when I first played D&D back in 1979.”

Stan!, Creative Director & Co-Founder of Super Genius Games

The Way of Tree, Shadow & Flame

By Ed Greenwood, Logan Bonner, Michael Curtis, Thomas Reid, Bill Heron, Ronald Corn, Bill Smith, and George Strayton, with a foreword by Jim Ward.

This first supplement for The Secret Fire roleplaying game augments the material presented in the main rulebook, expanding upon existing elements as well as adding new dimensions of play. At the same time, The Way of Tree, Shadow & Flame seeks to maintain the dark sense of mystery, uncertainty, and danger of the original system, while providing players and Master Creators with options and advice for creating and fleshing out three-dimensional characters to set forth on perilous quests in search of fortune, glory, or perhaps some greater cause, all within a realistic fantasy milieu. As The Secret Fire was always meant to be a free-wheeling game of adventure loosely bound by its rules and empowered by the varied imaginations of its various participants, so this book is the result of contributions from many veteran game designers responsible for some of the most popular game systems and campaign worlds in the history of the hobby.

The Way of Tree, Shadow & Flame contains new Callings (Assassin, Druid, Huntsman, Knight-Errant, Skald), new prayers, spells, and rituals, new Traits and Trademarks, expanded Energy Point options, backstory and relationship generation tables, new equipment, rules for building and running your own domain, new monsters and talismans, new ways to use the Elder Gods and the Character Wheel, optional rules to customize your campaign and increase immersion, random encounter tables for sandbox play, advice for MCs, and more!

Stretch Goals

$4000David "Diesel" LaForce artwork added!

$5000Stan! cartoon added! The subject of which will be voted on by the backers on The Secret Fire facebook page.

$6000The Secret Fire Companion for Swords & Wizardry added!

$7000The Secret Fire Companion for Pathfinder added!

$8000Brian Berg to author content for The Secret Fire Pathfinder Companion.

$9000Owen K.C. Stephens content for The Secret Fire Pathfinder Companion.

$10,000 - Bruce Heard to author a gazetteer of The Secret Fire world!

$11,000 - Ed Greenwood to author an original origin story for The Secret Fire world!

$12,000 – New adventure for The Secret Fire by George Strayton!

$13,000 - Matthew Finch to author content for the S&W Companion!

$15,000 – Pathfinder Adventure by Tom Phillips (TPK Games, Paizo, RPG Superstar)!

$18,000Custom Druid Miniature for The Secret Fire!

$20,000Custom Demon Miniature for The Secret Fire!

Add-ons

Official Secret Fire D6s with logo: 3d6 for only $5 or 7d6 for only $10!

Full seven dice set with official Secret Fire D6: only $15

Print softcover copy of companion of choice (if unlocked): only $20~

Professionally painted miniatures (if unlocked): only $20 or $30 for two

Print softcover copy of The Secret Fire Gazeteer (if unlocked): only $15.

Print softcover copy of the 32 page Pathfinder adventure (if unlocked; title forthcoming): only $20.

Print softcover copy of the 16 page The Secret Fire adventure (if unlocked; title forthcoming): only $12.

Risks and challenges

As a well-established RPG designer and screenwriter, I feel that I have a proven track record with regard to committing to creative projects (with over three dozen RPG products already published by various companies). When working with other freelance authors, there's always a chance of delay, though we have put a significant completion date on this project to mitigate any such issues. Lastly, in the event of some sort of personal tragedy with any of our authors or illustrators we will utilize a sufficient replacement designer or author.

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