Join the Cohors Auxiliaria Arcana!
Lex Arcana is a roleplaying game whose unique setting merges history, mythology and legend. It is a world where Roman imperial legions clash with barbaric hordes on the field of battle, while ancient monsters, mystical powers and nameless cults threaten the rule of the Caesars from within.
Players take on the role of Custodes (wardens) of the Cohors Auxiliaria Arcana, imperial agents sent on missions to the most distant and dangerous corners of the Roman Empire and beyond.
We are at the end of the fifth century AD, thirteen centuries since the founding of Rome. The Empire has not fallen. In this alternative timeline, Rome has avoided its end by using its haruspices, sages and oracles, escaping the sequence of events which in actual history brought to its fall.
The Empire’s stability has allowed it to strengthen itself for decades and has not suffered any drastic changes, invasions and the breaking up of its territory. Economic growth has brought greater wealth to all the population and many peoples outside its borders are considered Roman citizens, protected by the invulnerable Pax Romana (the Roman Peace). But the Empire’s mighty and invincible legions and divinatory rituals are no longer enough to protect the Empire.
Other powers are working, hidden behind the veil of tangibility: ancient demons, dark magic, witchcraft and monsters from forgotten depths.
Originally published in Italy in 1993, Lex Arcana was designed by an exceptional team of authors: Dario De Toffoli, Leo Colovini, Marco Maggi and Francesco Nepitello. For the new edition, the same team is now reunited under the creative direction of Andrea Angiolino, to create a game that will appeal to veteran players and newcomers to Lex Arcana alike.
To know more about the fundamental rules of Lex Arcana and the world of the Empire without end, click on the button below and download the free pdf Quickstarter ruleset.
Watch Francesco Nepitello (co-author of the game) talking about Lex Arcana during GenCon 2018.
(Thanks to Marco Arnaudo for the interview, youtube channel: marcowargamer)
A lineup of wonderful artists, including Francesco Mattioli and Antonio De Luca, has been tasked with creating brand-new illustrations and an original graphic design.
To enjoy Lex Arcana players are not required to have a degree in Roman history: the world has taken a different turn from what you may have read in history books.
Lex Arcana veterans, the new edition of the game you love will include many important innovations. Among these, game mechanics and setting details, such as new melee combat rules and the possibility of playing adventures set in times before the Cohors Auxiliaria Arcana was founded.
All you need to play in the Empire without end is included in the games's core publications for the game, whether you are planning to play one-shot sessions or a whole campaign. All you need to decide is who will be the Demiurge, your game master.
Lex Arcana was first developed 25 years ago, but its core rules and mechanics are still fresh and elegant: depending on your character's skill level, roll a die or a combination of dice. To succeed, you must beat the difficulty rating, named difficulty threshold.
The truly unique part, however, is that players get to decide what combination of dice to roll. For each roll players make, they decide how a big a risk they want to take. The difficulty rating is provided by the Demiurge, including in the fast and lethal combat phase.
Additionally, the Sortes, special tablets part of the Custodes' standard equipment, can change the result of an event.
Another key role is played by Roman Magic: in this alternative timeline, Rome has avoided its end by using its haruspices, sages and oracles, escaping the sequence of events which in actual history brought to its fall. Since the foundation of the city, the magical might of the Caesars has revolved around the art of Divination, ritual practices aimed at foretelling the future, descry past events, read portents and interpret the favour of the gods.
Roman magic is used to gather information and not to harm or destroy. The art of Divination can be performed in two ways: either by carrying out a ritual or by interpreting omens.
- Corebook: 256-page Full-color hardcover volume containing all rules and background information needed to play, both as Custos and as a Demiurge
- Quickstarter: 52-page Full-color softcover volume with basic ruleset, 5 pre-gen characters and one ready-to-play adventure
- Demiurge Pack: A special set of tools (either in print or in pdf) to help the Demiurge drive the game sessions. Includes a Lex Arcana Empire Map, the Demiurge Screen, the Demiurge Deck , 12 pre-gen characters sheets and NOW the Contubernium Deck
Emperor Pack: A special bundle of books (either in print or in pdf) to help the Demiurge to extend the game sessions at an upper level. Includes the adventures book ‘Mysteries of the Empire I’, the Sourcebook ‘Aegyptus’ and the Sourcebook ‘Encyclopedia Arcana’
Warning: the KS editor doesn't allow to add rewards in the starting pledges boxes after the campaign go-live. This is why the information are inaccurate. Please refer to the 'Reward' picture below.
All the rewards can be backed in pdf and/or print version, including the Demiurge Pack.
The pledge levels are the following:
- Auxiliary – reserved for all citizens of the Roman Empire in support of the Cohors Auxiliaria Arcana
- Initiate junior – the corebook in pdf; all the stretch goals with the pdf logo
- Demiurge junior – all the Initiate Junior items, plus the Lex Arcana Empire Map, the Demiurge Screen, the Demiurge Deck and the pre-gen character sheets in pdf
- Initiate senior – all the Initiate Junior items, plus the corebook in hardcover print version; all the stretch goals with the pdf logo and with print logo
- Initiate super – all the Initiate Senior items, plus the quickstarter (revised) in softcover version
- Demiurge senior – all the Demiurge junior items, both in pdf and printed version
- Emperor junior: all the Demiurge Junior items, plus all the books included in the Emperor Pack in pdf
Emperor senior: all the Demiurge Senior items, plus all the books included in the Emperor Pack in pdf and print
All the Custodes will have an Emperor's special mention in the CoreBook as a member of the Cohors Auxiliaria Arcana!
In addition to the rewards, you can also pick up some add-ons in print version. To do so, simply increase the amount you wish to pledge. In any case, you will be able to choose the add-ons after the end of the campaign, with the late pledge application, Backerkit.
Lex Arcana is an Italian project and will be developed both in English and Italian: if funded, you will be able to choose your version with a Backerkit survey. All materials will be fulfilled in June 2019.
Your shipping fees cover adequate packaging, fulfillment center costs, and postage. We'll ship anywhere in the world and, if this campaign is successful, shipping costs will be collected after the Kickstarter campaign.
Estimated shipping costs:
Initiate Senior and Initiate Super pledges:
Italy: up to 7 € - Europe: up to 15 € - USA/Canada/Other countries: up to 18 €
Demiurge 'Early eagle' and Demiurge pledges:
Italy: up to 10 € - Europe: up to 18 € - USA/Canada/Other countries: up to 22 €
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Risks and challenges
This is our first Kickstarter campaign, though we have been in the gaming industry for over 20 years. Our partners have a long experience in business management, in this and other fields. Lex Arcana designers (and their history) are the guarantee of an out-of-the-ordinary gaming experience.
The core content of this RPG is already complete. All that is left to do is to put together illustrations, adventures, content upgrades, and tips and tricks that might come to life with this campaign's stretch goals.
Despite this, delays are possible. However, we can assure you that if the game isn't delivered on time, it will only be because we have dedicated more time to creating a great quality, highly enjoyable product, with beautiful artwork.
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