Our friends at Green Ronin Publishing, who have released such titles as Titansgrave: The Ashes of Valkana, Dragon Age RPG, and A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying, are closing in on the end of their latest Kickstarter campaign, this time for 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons. The book they’re producing is called The Book of the Righteous, an updated, full-color hardback version of a paperback, black-and-white sourcebook they made for 3rd edition D&D.
Why is Book of the Righteous so Righteous?
First of all, Green Ronin is making it, so you know it’s gonna be good. Their track record of making awesome games precedes them; the Fantasy AGE system Titansgrave and Dragon Age runs on is one of the best non-D&D fantasy RPG systems out there.
Putting all that aside, though, why are we so excited for Book of the Righteous? Simply: making pantheons, gods, and an actual, organized religion for those gods is hard. It’s easy enough to create four gods based off of the elements or just to steal the Greek gods, but what comes next? How do people worship these gods, where do they build their temples, how do they influence the civilizations around them? These are great questions for worldbuilding aficionados, but they require a huge investment of time and effort. The Kickstarter page displays a sample god that shows the level of detail in this book: Urian, the Sky King.
Looking at this sample (taken from the original 3rd edition book), we see mythology that can be given to players as a handout, symbolism which can be used as adventure hooks or dungeon dressing, descriptions of servants and churches that are essential for creating exciting NPCs and plots, holy days that can inspire single-session adventures (remember the Feast of Fools in Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame?), and well… the list goes on. Suffice to say, Game Masters will get tons of mileage out of this book as a worldbuilding aid alone.
On top of that, Book of the Righteous offers a ton of new options for players looking to play divine characters that go beyond the stuff in the Player’s Handbook. Check out the Beauty Domain, one of the new cleric subclasses included in the book. One of the most exciting backer rewards is at the $150 level: art of your character as a holy or unholy warrior is commissioned and published in the book. It may seem like quite a lot, but it’s actually an incredibly reasonable price for high-quality commissioned artwork–just think, about $50 to “buy” the book and $100 for the art is a better rate than most pro artists give.
If you’re interested in hearing the designers’ thoughts on this project, Chris Pramas of Green Ronin Publishing weighs in on the design philosophy of this book on their Kickstarter page. It’s a good read for beginning game designers looking to understand what goes into updating a product to a more modern game system.
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