Yesterday I posted about Heroic Journey Publishing’s “Erinbour: Places of Power” Kickstarter. What excites me the most about the setting is two things: first it will support DwD Studios’ Barebones Fantasy, which is a system I like a lot and which should be supported by way more developers, and secondly one of its early stretch goals includes a book which will allow Birthright-meets-Pendragon gameplay with BBF. I’ve never played Pendragon nor Birthright but I was intrigued by both and a combination sounds just awesome. Heroic Journey Publishing’s Mark Reed has luckily agreed to answer a couple of questions. With further ado, here’s the interview:
Stargazer: Before we go into the nitty-gritty details of Erinbour could you please tell us about yourself and Heroic Journey Publishing? One thing I am always curious about is what was your first roleplaying game and what turned the gamer into a game industry professional.
Mark: Great question. My first game was AD&D experienced on a Boy Scout Jamboree when I was 11 maybe. It was cool, I played a wizard and irritated the Teenagers cause I played him “Wrong”Didn’t matter I was hooked. From there my go to games I ran were Marvel Super Heroes (I had the Basic and Advanced boxes) and the TMNT Palladium books. Ah good times. Slightly later I found WEG Star Wars and frankly by that time I was running full AD&D campaigns in this not quite forgotten realms variation that really skirted the realms as source material.
In March I announced that I wanted to start an irregular column with news from all over the RPG scene. For some reason I totally forgot about this. So without further ado, here’s issue 2 of “News of the World”.
Designers & Dragons is on Kickstarter
A couple of days ago Evil Hat started its Designers & Dragons Kickstarter and unsurprisingly the goal was reached on the same day. Designers & Dragons will be a four-volume history of the roleplaying industry starting with the history of TSR and ending with more recent developments. Each book has been written by Shannon Applecline and if the first book (which every backer gets immediately as a PDF) is an indication, the whole four books will be about 1600 pages in total! I already backed this and I am currently reading Issue #1 The ‘70s on my Kindle. If you are just barely interested about what happened and still happens behind the scenes of the RPG industry, you should check this out!
Fantasy Flight Games will release a XCOM boardgame
Ok, this is a bit off-topic but it’s still something I am totally excited about. FFG obviously secured the boardgame rights for Firaxis XCOM computer game and is releasing a board game based on the franchise in the future. In the game the players take on various roles within the XCOM organisation and cooperatively fight the alien invasion.
The boardgame requires you to use a free companion app for your smartphone or tablet, which might either be pretty great or a hassle. Let’s just hope they release it for all major operationg systems at the boardgame’s launch.
Today I had a short chat with Mark Reed who’s currently running the Erinbour Kickstarter project. On its surface Erinbour is your run-of-the-mill high fantasy setting, but there’s more than meets the eye.
Instead of just saving villagers and killing monsters to take their stuff, the player characters are heroes influencing the fate of the world. What also sets the setting apart that the books will be dual-statted for Pathfinder and Barebones Fantasy!
Mark Reed is trying to raise $20,000 so that Erinbour can go into full-blown production and there are some pretty exciting stretch goals. Especially the $25K goal looks interesting: Erinbour Dynasty will include BBF rules for Dynasty and Kingmaker style campaign – think of Pendragon meets Birthright. And that’s a combination I’d play in a heart beat.
There are 27 days to go and if you are interested in a new and exciting fantasy setting, check out Erinbour by Heroic Journey Publishing!