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Tharkold Preview #1 – One Year Later…

It’s time to begin previewing the next crowdfunding for Torg Eternity, Tharkold!  As usual, please remember that much of what will be previewed is still in development and the final result may differ. So without further ado…

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Stay at Home and Play Torg Eternity

This week marked the end of the Stay at Home and Play The Dark Eye, but we know a lot of folks are still at home and still looking to play games with friends online. To faciliate that we have a host of Torg Eternity resources and products to help you do that!

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Updates, updates, and New Releases!

This week is a busy time for Ulisses Spiele’s english game lines! Here are the updates for each game line:

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Streams, streams, and more streams!

We’ve kicked off an aggressive streaming schedule with more to come! Subscribe and follow our Twitch and Youtube channels to get notified when we go live and when VOD’s get uploaded.

TODAY 11am Pacific! Join Robert, our social media manager while he STARTS the Conspiracy of Mages Solo Adventure for The Dark Eye today at 11am Pacific on Twitch! Help him make decisions for our budding mage.After years of homework, tests, and a life dedicated to becoming the best mage who ever graduated from the prestigious Lowangen Academy of Transformation, you now face one last hurdle: the final exam. Something sinister haunts these learned halls. As a young student of magic facing an unexpected challenge, can you solve this mystery and still manage to graduate?

Schedule 4/6-4/12/2020

Each show has a playlist on Youtube for watching video on deman, check them out!

Saturday: Aventuria Solo Play
Sunday: Fading Suns – AlloyedClavicle Playtest
Monday: The Dark Eye – Conspiracy of Mages Solo play
Tuesday: Fading Suns – Heretical Musings Lore Chat
Tuesday: Fading Suns – Annals of Antioch Actual Play
Wednesday: The Dark Eye – Conspiracy of Mages Solo play
Thursday: Myth: Tales of Legend Campire Tales
Thursday: Fading Suns – Annals of Antioch Actual Play
Friday: The Dark Eye – Conspiracy of Mages Solo play


New PDF Releases for Torg Aysle and Magic of Aventuria

A host of new PDF’s and images are now available on DriveThruRPG! If you backed the crowdfunding campaigns for digital versions you should have them already, check your email. If you do not please email us at crowdfunding@ulisses-spiele.de

For those of you who missed the crowdfunding you can pick up the PDFs now and if you want physical copies they should be available in 3+ weeks. Please signup for our email newsletter to be alerted when they’re available. (more…)


Cyberpapacy Preview #10 – Nodder Slang

Cyberpapacy Preview #10 – Nodder Slang

Just a quick preview today. Every cyberpunk setting worth its salt comes with a bunch of slang, and here’s a sample of the slang encountered in the Cyberpapacy:


If you have any questions, head on over to our forums!

Art: Sam Denmark


Cyberpapacy Preview #9 – The GodNet (Part 2)

Cyberpapacy Preview #9 – The GodNet (Part 2)

Today we’re going to take another look at what makes the GodNet tick.

GodNet Basics

Although the GodNet is a virtual reality network, for those who are jacked in, it essentially feels similar to the Flesh, or the “real world”. It’s just that the environment is more artificial. There is still an underlying topography in place: sectors connected by datapaths, with constructs (the “buildings” of the GodNet) containing nodes. However, these all appear in the GodNet as structures or objects (i.e. a node could be a door, an archway, or even a wayside shrine).

Avatars

When jacked into the GodNet, a person’s soul is literally uploaded into the system, and so by default their appearance is based on who a person truly is. For most people this is essentially the same as how they appear in the Flesh, but for others (especially for transgender, non-binary, and genderfluid people) their appearance (and specifically their gender) is based on who they truly are.

Deckers with the NewSkin program can appear as a completely different (though not specific) person.

Those who log into the GodNet via sanctioned neural jacks or TempTrodes appear with clothing but no other equipment. “Nodders” (those who access the GodNet through hacked devices) appear with the equipment they associate themselves with.  For game purposes this is generally what they have at the beginning of a mission (i.e. what is permanently on their character sheet). The GM makes the final ruling on what applies.  Deckers however, can provide “more equipment” with particular programs.

The “Hacker Problem”

A common issue with virtual realities in roleplaying games is that it often ends up becoming a side mission with specialized rules for one player that can move focus to them for an inordinate amount of time, leaving the rest of the players with a lot of dead-time. Additionally, the hacker’s character can be amazing while jacked in, but outside the VR environment, they’re not very useful.

 In Torg Eternity, this issue is magnified by the fact that the GodNet is a special feature of just one cosm, so it’s important that the decker be able to do their cool things in the GodNet but still be able to be useful in other realms.

There are a couple of ways we attempt to address this in Torg Eternity:

  • Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff: Often “jacking into the GodNet” is handled just through a skill test (usually computers). If you’re needing your decker to hack a door, it’s not necessary to have a full GodNet mission to do so. Going into the GodNet in-game is reserved for those times it’s important to dive into the details.
  • It’s Dangerous to Go Alone! Take…Friends.: While the GodNet is new compared to the cybernetic advancements of the Cyberpapacy, it’s old enough that the age of the solo decker is over. The security and surveillance of the really important locations and information is just too good. It’s not a question of whether a decker will be detected, but when. So even though the decker might be the best at what she does, she still needs help keeping the forces of the Church off her while she breaks into a Reliquary or other secure node.

Cyberdecks and Programs

The Cyberpapacy Sourcebook includes several cyberdecks and programs for them to run. The basic cyberdeck is the First Seal, which replaces the one listed in the Core Book. Anyone with a neural jack can use the First Seal, but it is not customizable, and does not have as many programs as other cyberdecks.

Deckers customize their own rigs (by selecting the Custom Cyberdeck Perk), and each cyberdeck is attuned to a particular decker. Other Hacker Perks include upgrading programs or increasing storage space. Here’s an example cyberdeck and program:

 


If you have any questions, head on over to our forums!

Art: Bien Flores and Unique Spoarie


Cyberpapacy Crowdfunding Has Launched!

Cyberpapacy Crowdfunding Has Launched!

The GodNet seems to have gotten overclocked, and so we’re live!

https://www.gameontabletop.com/cf283/torg-cyberpapacy.html

 


Cyberpapacy Crowdfunding Pledge Levels

Cyberpapacy Crowdfunding Pledge Levels

The Cyberpapacy crowdfunding launches Monday, November 11, at 11 am Eastern Standard Time.

Update: There WILL be a GenCon game tier!  6 slots as usual, priced at $999.  The Cardinal level will be reduced to 10 slots.

Changes from Previous Campaigns

Currency

The currency is back to US dollars.

No GM Level: You’ll notice that there is no GM level this time around. For those, just pick the Player level and add the print products you want as add-ons, or pledge the amount you plan to spend in the manager later on.

No Catchup Level: We will have previous Cargo Boxes available as add-ons so there will be no specific level for this.

Shipping in the Pledge Manager: In earlier crowdfunding campaigns we had shipping as part of the pledge, but this time we will be collecting it in the Pledge Manager at the end.  The amounts are about the same, it’s just the process we’ll be doing is a bit different, and we wanted to give everyone a heads up about that.

Pledge Levels

So what pledge levels can you expect?  The base tiers are as follows:

  • Priest (Digital) ($40): Similar to previous crowdfunding campaigns this pledge level will get you all of the following in digital format:
    • Cyberpapacy Sourcebook (PDF only)
    • Cyberpapacy GM Screen and Archetypes (PDF only)
    • Unhallowed Data adventure (PDF only)
    • All Unlocked Digital Stretch Goals (PDF or other digital formats)
  • Inquisitor ($50): At this level you will get print and PDF copies of the Cyberpapacy Sourcebook, plus the rest of the items of the Digital level. It is also eligible for Add-ons.
  • Inquisitor Deluxe ($75): At this level you will get print copy of the Cyberpapacy Deluxe Sourcebook, plus the rest of the items of the Digital level. It is also eligible for Add-ons.
  • Inquisitor Limited ($125): At this level you will get print copy of the Cyberpapacy Limited Edition Sourcebook, plus the rest of the items of the Digital level. It is also eligible for Add-ons.
  • Bishop (Cyberreliquary) ($200): The Cyberpapacy version of the “Cargo Box” will be filled of all sorts of goodies including print copies of the first three products listed under the Digital level, all unlocked digital stretch goals, the Cyberreliquary box, and the usual goodies including Threat Cards, Threat Blips, Cyberpapacy Possibilities, and the Unhallowed Ground soundtrack. Additionally, all unlocked Cyberreliquary stretch goals will be included.
  • Bishop Deluxe (Cyberreliquary) ($225): The Cyberpapacy version of the “Cargo Box” will be fulled of all sorts of goodies including print copies of the first three products listed under the Digital level (with the sourcebook upgraded to the Deluxe Edition), all unlocked digital stretch goals, the Cyberreliquary box, and the usual goodies including Threat Cards, Threat Blips, Cyberpapacy Possibilities, and the Unhallowed Ground soundtrack. Additionally, all unlocked Cyberreliquary stretch goals will be included.
  • Bishop Limited (Cyberreliquary) ($285): The Cyberpapacy version of the “Cargo Box” will be fulled of all sorts of goodies including print copies of the first three products listed under the Digital level (with the sourcebook upgraded to the Limited Edition), all unlocked digital stretch goals, the Cyberreliquary box, and the usual goodies including Threat Cards, Threat Blips, Cyberpapacy Possibilities, and the Unhallowed Ground soundtrack. Additionally, all unlocked Cyberreliquary stretch goals will be included.

Limited Pledge Levels

These tiers often go VERY FAST! So if you want one of these, make sure you’re there at the launch time of xxx.

  • Cardinal (Limit 10 at $500): This tier gets you the Cybereliquary plus we’ll work with you to create an official Core Earth or Cyberpapacy Archetype! This includes custom Perks, spells, miracles, or cyberware, art for your character, and your character becomes the “iconic” version of that archetype. Archetypes from this level become a digital extra for all backers.
  • Pope (Limit 6 at $999): All the same rewards as the Cardinal level, including working with us to create your own Archetype. This level also includes an invitation to an exclusive gaming experience at GenCon 2020. Line Developer Greg Gorden runs an adventure for you or your designated proxy, and your decisions directly affect the future of the Possibility Wars. Note that travel, accommodations, and tickets to GenCon are not included.

If you have any questions, head on over to our forums!

Art: Maurizio Giorgio


Cyberpapacy Crowdfunding Launches November 11

Cyberpapacy Crowdfunding Launches November 11

We are happy to announce that the Cyberpapacy crowdfunding campaign will launch on Monday, November 11 on Game On Tabletop!

Why Game On?

The reason we are using Game On Tabletop for crowdfunding the next wave of Torg Eternity supplements is that we need to use a different platform than Kickstarter for fulfillment and due to past issues with porting data from Kickstarter to Game On we figured that we’d save time and solve that issue by going straight to that platform instead.

More Details to Come Soon

We’ll be giving you some more details on exactly what time we will launch and what special tiers we’ll have (but you can pretty much count on them being similar to past campaigns).


If you have any questions, head on over to our forums!