Arcana Games has launched their Kickstarter campaign for Blood & Bone, their new low-fantasy RPG. What is “low fantasy?” Well, think Game of Thrones. Sure, there are a lot of fantasy elements (zombies, dragons, etc), but it’s more the actions of the humans involved that drive the story. It’s a bit closer to “historical, medieval RPG” than it is the “classic fantasy” world of Tolkien et all.
The campaign is closing in on being half-funded, but there’s still 31 days left on the clock to reach their target.
From the campaign:
Blood and Bone is a tabletop roleplaying game set in the dark, gritty, low fantasy world of Ossura. Its unique and expansive campaign setting and core rule system are inspired by the brutally realistic historical fantasy championed by writers such as Glenn Cook, Robin Hobb, and, of course, George R.R. Martin.
“The true horrors of humanity derive not from orcs and Dark Lords, but from ourselves” – George R.R. Martin
Like Game of Thrones, the world of Blood and Bone is governed not by cosmic forces of good and evil, but by the actions humans, driven by Machiavellian principals in a struggle for power. The world is morally complex, fueled by sexuality, political intrigue, and war.
“Family games and kids games are great… but this is not one of them. If you’re looking for a world of heroes, monsters — clean cut good versus evil — this game is not for you.”
Ossura, the Shard, is inhabited by a dozen complex human civilizations. There are no shallow reimaginings of the worn fantasy tropes (Elves, Dwarves, Orcs, etc). Nor are the races cheap facsimiles of historical civilizations from our own world. Each culture is unique to the world and setting of Blood and Bone…