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A totally new Player Rulebook from one of the co-creators of 5E for the most brutal fantasy RPG out there.
A totally new Player Rulebook from one of the co-creators of 5E for the most brutal fantasy RPG out there.
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Welcome to the Dragon Kings Player's Rulebook project.

In 2014, Tim Brown, co-creator of the Dark Sun campaing setting, released Dragon Kings through a very successful Kickstarter campaign and to much acclaim, with rulesets for Pathfinder, Savage Worlds, and 13th Age.

Dragon Kings showed us a ruthless and extremely dangerous world, with exotic races of humanoids and non-humanoids that depart from more traditional roleplaying games paradigms.

Khitus, the setting where Dragon Kings is located, is a world that is slowly dying. Its forest becoming deserts due to dreadful influences on the planet that are draining its natural resources.

With magic that takes a dreadful toll on those who use it, psionics are awakening. Races of long ago mindless insects are evolving and expanding, with a thirst for conquest that threatens the entire planet.  Lizardmen become cleverer by the day. 

The world is changing as it dies, and only strong heroes have a chance to slow down or halt its demise. 

That would be you.

The Pachyaur
The Pachyaur

Dragon Kings is a departure from more traditional fantasy settings, and has a darker and more exotic edge to it.

Add to this the intensity of the world and the new classes that it presented, and it's impossible not to appreciate the vast potential and richness of this game.

The gorgeous art, the amazing cartography - Dragon Kings really stood high among the best and most innovative RPGs.

You can download the free gazetteer from here to get a great overview of the world.

And now, Dragon Kings is coming to 5E

With this project, we want to create a Player's Rulebook to bring the 5E rules to Khitus.

To achieve that, we worked with the talented Chris Sims, one of fifth edition's developers, and someone with more years of experience in the industry than politeness allows us to mention.

The Player's Rulebook will contain races, class information, and more. It’s a book for Dragon Kings fans and fifth-edition gamers.

We expect the Player's Rulebook to contain more than 20,000 words of text when it funds, with more content added as we hit stretch goals.

This Player's Rulebook will be available both in black-and-white and color, and both soft and hard cover. That way everyone will be able to choose the edition that suits you best.

What is in the Rulebook?

This is the outline of the amount of material that Chris will produce for the basic level of funding. You will see there is a ton of stuff and more to be added in the stretch goals!

Races

  • Krikis
  • Oritahl (Cold Skins)
  • Penmai
  • Pachyaur

Classes

  • Bard, Nyutu college
  • Clerics, Khitan gods and domains
  • Monk, Cora tradition
  • Rogu
  • Boneshard archetype
  • Sorcerer, mind origin (psionics)
  • Warlock, Dragon King pact (Trakeen)
  • Wizard, Dramidge tradition

Personality and Backgrounds

  • Criminal Assassin (Boneshard)
  • Enforcer
  • Fence
  • Qath Manhar
  • Raider
  • Smuggler
  • Entertainer
  • Nyutu
  • Merchants: City, caravan, seekers
  • Raetann (water guild)
  • Priest Kuad Ahir (psions)
  • Shadazim (Shadam; old gods)
  • Trakeen
  • Sage
  • Gare Attessa

Equipment

  • Money
  • The Iron Virus

Spellcasting

  • Sorcery’s Wrath
  • Mind powers related to spells

Creatures

  • Traces of the Dragon

Why fulfillment through DriveThruRPG?  

OneBookShelf, the company behind DrivethruRPG, has been at the forefront of print-on-demand for years. The quality of their books is very good with strong paper and great binding.  

By working with DriveThruRPG, we don't get surprises with shipping or production costs. We eliminate risks of finding ourselves without the funds to finish the project because they provide a reliable and affordable platform to deliver everything to high-quality standards.

You can find out an estimation of the printing costs here.

Furthermore, because the stretch goals available mean the size of the book could end up being massive, this way we can concentrate on creating the best possible Player´s Rulebook.  

As we see it, this is a win-win way of working for everyone!

How DrivethruRPG fulfillment works.
How DrivethruRPG fulfillment works.

Missed the original Dragon Kings project?  

Don't worry, we have you covered. You can still buy the original book from Studio 2.

Who are we?

Mindscape Publishing and Battlefield Press are working together on this venture.

Mindscape Publishing is a Spanish company created by Paco García Jaén, the person behind G*M*S Magazine for the last 7 years. (Mindscape Publishing is also releasing Dragon Kings in Spanish.)

G*M*S Magazine has been going on for seven years, andd if you want to know if I have any experience with Kickstarter... check the 138 projects I have backed here.

Battlefield Press International, headed by Jonathan M. Thompson, is an American company that is partnering with Mindscape Publishing for this venture.

Jonathan has helmed quite a few books in the last 18 years, and Battlefield Press has created such settings as Gaslight Victorian Fantasy, Eldritch Skies, Warren C. Norwood's Double Spiral War, Terran Trade Authority: The Proxima War, and Agents of G.A.I.A. for the Savage Worlds game.

With more than 25 years of RPG passion and 15 years of graphic design and art direction, we can ensure a terrific result for this and upcoming projects.

What are you paying for?

The funds from this Kickstarter will go to pay for writing, proofreading, and layout. The more we fund, the more we can produce.

Stretch Goals

We have tons of ideas for more material and by reaching new funding goals we can offer a great deal more rules and expansions for this Player's Rulebook.

$4500: Psionics Expanded. New class, feats, new spells, and reskinning of core classes as psions.

$5500: Races Expanded: Human groups, the Yenfansa, new feats, expanded information on core races.

$6500: Magic Expanded. New spells, lost wizard traditions revealed, Harmonious magic, priest magic, magic feats and expanded core magic.

$7500: Threats expanded: Hazards of Khitus, more NPCs, core monster info expanded.

Have questions?

Please, do ask. We want everyone to feel comfortable with the project, so get in touch if there is anything else you would like to know.

Thank you very, very much for your support.

Risks and challenges

All of us on this project are professionals. We produce our work on schedule and to high standards. And, we’re starting with an established setting, using a well-established mode of fulfillment. Only unforeseen circumstances could stop this book from making it to you on time.

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