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Based on the award winning fantasy trilogy by one of Science Fiction and Fantasy's greatest wordsmiths, Lyonesse transports you to the Elder Isles, where King Casmir plots to seize control of the Ten Kingdoms, assassinate his foes, and prevent a disturbing prophecy from being fulfilled. Elsewhere, the magicians Shimrod, Murgen, and Tamurello are locked in a private battle of wit, will and magical intrigue. All the while, the brutal, disdainful Ska are drawing their own plans of conquest.

And in the immense Forest of Tantrevalles, the secretive fairies watch all that happens with wry amusement, and occasionally meddle in mortal affairs for reasons of their own.

Players in Lyonesse take on the roles of adventurers of the Elder Isles, seeking fame, glory, profit, magic, or simply the promise of a good meal and a soft bed for the night. Characters can be mercenaries or spies in the service of one (or several) kingdoms; oath-sworn knights eager to do battle with their lord's enemies; thieves, tricksters or even honest merchants, out to make a just living (sometimes). Perhaps characters are aspiring magicians, keen to emulate the likes of Shimrod, Tamurello, or even the mighty Murgen himself.

Lyonesse is a complete roleplaying game. This book contains everything needed (except dice and friends) for creating fabulous adventures in the Elder Isles. Exhaustive information on the kingdoms and lands of the islands; full rules for characters, skills, combat, magic, and monsters.

Great care has been taken to recreate the style and atmosphere of Jack Vance's novels, so that Games Masters and Players can fully immerse themselves in the Lyonesse setting. Special rules for creating towns, taverns, tavernkeeper, and even lovingly described meals are all included, emulating the quintessential elements of the books.

Don your armour! Take up your weapons! Sharpen your wits! Get ready for adventure across Hybras and beyond!

 

We're delighted to announce that Lyonesse, the roleplaying game based on Jack Vance's award-winning trilogy (Suldrun's Garden, The Green Pearl, and Madouc) is available to buy from our DrivethruRPG store in Print+PDF versions.

We're offering the game in hardcover and softcover formats. The softcover is slightly cheaper than the hardcover (and yes the prices really are meant to be that close - one of the quirks of POD publishing), and both formats are Print On Demand, largely because in these uncertain times, we do not know how long it will take our regular printer to get back to normal operations, and our distributor, Alliance, is still closed for business.

The book costs $79.99 (hard cover), $74.99 (soft), or $25 (PDF only). You also received a free download of the main interior maps at full size, regardless of the format you buy.

For UK, Europe and Australian customers, Aeon Games will also be producing Lyonesse, and you should keep an eye on their store for release details.

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<sighs deeply>


<looks at yet-unpurchased parts of the Chaosium's RQG catalog>

<looks at Jonstown Compendium>

<looks at Lyonesse, with Mythic Mesopotamia/Babylon/whatever, and Mythic Polynesia yet to come>

 

It's all a vast conspiracy, isn't it?  TDM... Chaosium...

Y'all HATE me having a bank account, don't you?

 

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12 hours ago, g33k said:

<sighs deeply>


<looks at yet-unpurchased parts of the Chaosium's RQG catalog>

<looks at Jonstown Compendium>

<looks at Lyonesse, with Mythic Mesopotamia/Babylon/whatever, and Mythic Polynesia yet to come>

 

It's all a vast conspiracy, isn't it?  TDM... Chaosium...

Y'all HATE me having a bank account, don't you?

 

Yeah TDM is getting an unfailry large portion of my monthly discretionary spend at this point. Can't wait for Mythic Greece!

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Check out our homebrew rules for freeform magic in BRP ->

No reason for Ars Magica players to have all the fun!

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How's the magic work in the Lyonesse RPG? I'm only familiar by reputation with Vance's fiction, but a new setting-specific magic system sounds pretty interesting. Love me some magic systems. :D

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2 hours ago, Crel said:

How's the magic work in the Lyonesse RPG? I'm only familiar by reputation with Vance's fiction, but a new setting-specific magic system sounds pretty interesting. Love me some magic systems. :D

Magic comes in two forms.

Fairy cantraps are simple, relatively low level spells, evocatively named, usually used by fairies, but also known by human magicians. Simple and quick, but with wide ranging effects.

Sandestin magic involves summoning sandestins, magical creatures that specialise in creating a specific magical effect. Sandestins carry out the magic on behalf of the magician, with the spell actually being detailed instructions on what the sandestin needs to do. This form of magic can be very powerful, can be scaled, and effects combined. But it is magic point intensive, and there are backlash effects for overspending.

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7 hours ago, lawrence.whitaker said:

This form of magic can be very powerful, can be scaled, and effects combined. But it is magic point intensive, and there are backlash effects for overspending.

Thanks for the reply! Sounds interesting, to be sure. I'll have to check it out eventually.

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