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Eldritch RPG 2nd Edition Preview

Eldritch RPG 2nd Edition Preview


The Eldritch Role-Playing Game is story and action-focused rather than tactical or “realistic.” The rules encourage immersion where everybody gets into the storytelling groove. In Eldritch RPG design, the player’s character concept being directed organically as the plot unfolds was key.
The Eldritch realms of Ainerêve showcase the tropes of fantasy and the epic fantasy milieu as both a familiar sandbox for the Game Master to play but one with mine and Peter Schaefer’s creative stamps on the face of the campaign setting. The intent is not to reinvent the wheel but to assemble a rule book that presented the game exactly the style the authors most enjoy. Sometimes the better question to ask is not what makes it different, but what makes the system a perfect fit for you and your gaming group? In all, we are confident that if the following overview piques your interest, this game in development (2021) is one you will enjoy.

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Eric D. S October 24, 2021 2:42 am UTC
This game is a great introduction for people who want to get to the heart of what interactive fantasy storytelling is all about. It is designed so that the rules stay out of the way of the story while still providing an underlying structure to the story wherein choices of equipment, tactical actions, and character build matter to the outcome of that story. Story trumps rules. It is not a system that you need to learn an arcane form of note keeping and keep tons of notes on a five-page character sheet as a player. It is the kind that invites escapism, imagination, cooperative storytelling, and a dynamic game experience that is indeed the heart of what interactive fantasy storytelling is all about.

The writing is clean, as is the layout, which includes some excellent and relevant artwork. The rules are logical in their presentation and include many options to add a greater depth if desired by the playing group. This game could easily become your go-to system for house rules as the rules are open-ended...See more
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Dan C April 19, 2021 4:38 pm UTC
Somebody rated this overview of a work in development with three stars and no explanation. I wonder what the point of rating a preview is with zero feedback for me or other prospective customers. I will be updating this overview pdf along with iterations of the rules as development continues.
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George F April 10, 2021 11:06 pm UTC
Looking forward to this.
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Dan C April 11, 2021 12:15 am UTC
One way or the other it's gonna exist, but I sure do hope I can reach my immediate goals (I don't think I can mention it directly or link directly in this space, so I'm following Drivethru Rules, but you know what I'm trying to accomplish. ;-)
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Dan C April 18, 2021 10:57 pm UTC
The book will exist eventually! This year for sure.
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Abraham Z April 10, 2021 4:38 pm UTC
How compatible is this going to be with the first edition?
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Dan C April 11, 2021 12:49 am UTC
The things that made the game special in the 1st Edition (Goodman) carried through into Revised and remain the "sacred cows" of the design for the underlying system I now call "Plyphyny." The short answer is yes, but there are differences in how the parts are put back together. The game "engine" moves toward being multi-genre, but I wanted to update Eldritch first and foremost, now that the Jordenheim RPG (which is also based on the updated rules) is published. Design points like players being empowered to role-play immersively through highly custom characters, narratively-driven rules, and easy action resolution. Also, the unique battle system encourages player participation in the description of climatic battle scenes.
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November 11, 2021
This title was added to our catalog on April 10, 2021.
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