After live role-playing for 27 years in this story, it is time to commit it to print in an epic tabletop RPG campaign world sourcebook.
Orin Rakatha the table-top role playing campaign: Where Worlds Collide
This epic tabletop RPG campaign takes places in the mystical land of Orin Rakatha, a land ravaged by abhorrent creatures, warring nations and powerful magic. Where the only sanctuary can be found within magical sentient towers that the people band together to live within. To survive they must comply with the laws of the Mystics that rule the lands, overcome the ever-changing landscape and maintain enough wealth and power to retain the sanctuary of their tower; which protects them from the cleansing mists.
We are going to use Kickstarter to turn this storyline into an epic tabletop roleplaying game source book and campaign world. We've got all the base material ready, it's taken 27 years to create, but we need your help to edit, purchase digital art and arrange the typesetting so we can publish the books.
Where does it come from?
After playing, organising, crewing and writing in the same live roleplaying campaign world for 27 years we've run over 500 events amassing more than 15,000 hours of real-time story, plot, action and epic campaigns. It is a massive continuous story arch with over 1000 people involved in the play testing.
Although only a few of us are heading up the project we've got a team of over 20 writers to draw on for additional information, all of whom deserve maximum credit for its creation over the years, and we represent the live roleplaying companies Heroquest LARP (www.heroquest-larp.co.uk) and Herofest LARP (www.live-roleplaying.co.uk) where all this background material comes from and continues to reside (and the story is going on even now).
Why is it different?
What makes this campaign world unique is the long period of time taken to create it and the collaborative approach in its initial invention; creating a vibrant and in-depth story concept in which to undertake a fantasy roleplaying game campaign in a wide variety of existing rule systems.
Orin Rakatha is a world created out of real interaction between the referees, crew and players: the characters, stories, action and plot-lines have actually been played out, what we are putting to paper is an enormous collaborative work of living theatre that we feel will become a really exciting tabletop role-playing campaign game world.
Orin Rakatha itself is a unique world where diverse peoples, often refugees, conquering armies or nomads come to settle and the land itself, being semi-sentiant, permits these diverse cultures to live in close proximity; thus creating a highly colourful social and physical landscape.
Adding to this, all the protagonists have been played out for real; the most hyper-playtesting ever for an RPG, therefore they've gained great depth and genuine background seen through the eyes of hundreds of players, making them come alive! The story lines have been through the same process and thus are varied and unique. All in all we hope this process will create a truly amazing in-game RPG experience.
We plan to make this a massive campaign and have hundreds of hours of storyline for modules and campaign guides for forthcoming releases and (we can dare to hope) stretch goals.
How will it fit in?
The campaign world will suit all systems; it’s system agnostic and written from a storytellers view, focusing on the plot, history, background, and nature of Orin Rakatha rather than majoring on stats (although stats will be included for Pathfinder and if we are successful other OGL systems such as D&D 3.5, D20 & Fate) so game-masters will be able to use it for any fantasy system
What's included in the Kickstarter?
1. Orin Rakatha: GM's Guide; 180+ pages of the history, background, inhabitants and denizens of the world. Game masters stat guides and tips on how to introduce a campaign in world of Orin Rakatha, Maps of specific areas and introductions to some of the major protagonists. Everything you need for your next tabletop RPG campaign world.
2. Fortunes Keep: 80+ pages of the players guide to tabletop roleplaying on Orin Rakatha, including story lines for incorporating classes, races, guilds, schools of magic and sects of power; guidelines for feats and what it is like living as an adventurer from the towers of the Kern Valley Alliance; the home of most players on Orin Rakatha and the entry point for adventurers travelling from other lands or worlds.
3. Burning Night: The Starter Module 20+ pages designed to introduce a tabletop roleplaying campaign in world of Orin Rakatha; including Maps, Stat guides and descriptive elements to allow the dungeon master the maximum flexibility.
Burning Night Synopsis: The Ikarthian people were wiped out upon Orin Rakatha decades ago, but their ritual-days are still celebrated, an upstart nobleman going to perform the Ritual of Ashes, is tragically killed in an honour duel and now the Shadowsfall, whom uphold the laws of Orin Rakatha for the Mystics, hold you responsible for completing this ancient rite - what will you do?