Designer Diary: The Nile Empire Part 2 (Magic and Faith)

This week we take a look at some of the decisions made and principles used when designing the magic and religion of the Nile Empire:

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The Saga of the Theater Knights Returns!

“We seek the bravest!”—with these words, the temple of Rondra in Firunen summons entrants from all corners of the land to test their mettle in a holy tournament and determine whom among them is, indeed, the bravest. At stake is an exclusive, hereditary license to sell steel in the city of Firunen.

The party arrives just in time for the contest and meets an old friend—Alriksej Jantareff, a Norbard merchant. He takes huge risks to enter the tournament and needs the party’s assistance to win. What starts out as a small, annual celebration honoring the long-extinct Order of the Theater Knights soon turns deadly….

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Designer Diary: The Nile Empire Part 1 (World Laws and Pulp Powers)

“All of the cosms are going to be tweaked in some way, some a bit, some a lot.  But not the Nile Empire. It’s perfect.”

That’s an imperfect paraphrase of what I told a Torg fan at GenCon 2015 after we had announced the coming of Torg Eternity the month previous, and it’s completely, utterly, 100% true.
Well…not so much. I said that in something of a tongue-in-cheek manner, but the Nile Empire was arguably the most popular of the original Torg cosms, which meant that we had to be especially careful in updating it. (more…)


Nile Empire Preview #13 – Gear, Gadgets, and Gizmos!

This week we take a look at stuff! All sorts of stuff that your heroes can take on adventures within the Nile Empire.

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Nile Empire Preview #12 – Pulp Villains

This week we take a look at a couple of pulp villains detailed in the Nile Empire Sourcebook!

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Nile Empire Preview #11 – The Delphi Council and the Mystery Men

The Delphi Council

Like the Living Land, the Delphi Council assigns Storm Knights to covert (and overt) missions in the Nile Empire to defeat Doctor Mobius. Additionally, they coordinate activities and attacks with local resistance groups, particularly in East Africa and Iraq where insurrections are flaring.

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Nile Empire Preview #10 – Adventuring in the Nile Empire

This week we take a look at some of the advice, background, and resources the Nile Empire Sourcebook provides for Game Masters to run adventures in the Nile Empire. (more…)


Nile Empire Preview #9 – Rocket Rangers and Scarab Warriors

This week we take a look at one of the iconic archetypes of the Nile Empire, the Rocket Rangers, and the group of elite warriors Doctor Mobius has equipped to fight them…the Scarab Warriors.

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Fading Suns Designer Diary — August 2018

The Great Leveling

It’s a short diary this month, slotted between Gen Con and Dragon Con (come see me there!) — which makes it a good time to address the method of character progression (or advancement, or experience, or whatever you want to call it) in the new Fading Suns core rulebook.

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Nile Empire Preview #8 – GM Screen and Archetypes

As with previous waves, the upcoming Nile Empire Kickstarter will feature a Nile Empire GM Screen and Archetypes pack, which contains new Nile Empire archetypes, plus one from Core Earth.

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