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RPG Watch: ‘Emissary Lost’ Opens The Mystery of Coriolis from Free League

RPG Watch: ‘Emissary Lost’ Opens The Mystery of Coriolis from Free League

Each week here at Geek & Sundry we’re taking a look at new and upcoming exciting titles on Kickstarter! This week’s Kickstarter of the week is Emissary Lost, a campaign book for the Coriolis: The Third Horizon RPG. As of this writing, the Kickstarter has exceeded their $6K funding goal and is over $90K.  

The future is, to many of us, out there. It may be dreaming of a galaxy far, far away or one where we seek out new lifeforms and new civilizations. Thinking about the majesty of space magnifies the human condition, both the ambition that will send us into the black and the frailties that might keep us from reaching our highest potential. We’ve told these tales in hundreds of ways with millions of words and now Free League, the tabletop RPG studio behind Mutant: Year Zero and Tales From The Loop, is offering the first part of an epic sci-fi campaign on Kickstarter. Emissary Lost is the first part of a mega campaign set in the worlds of Coriolis: The Third Horizon.

Coriolis: The Third Horizon is described by the developers as “Arabian Nights in space”. Much as Firefly is influenced by Asian culture mixed with Western tropes, Coriolis brings together Middle Eastern culture and dark sci-fi together. Humanity discovers a series of jump games that propel it deep into space, colonizing sectors called the First, Second and Third Horizons. A jump gate war between the sectors closed the jump gates, and the humans of the Third Horizon found itself alone for many years. A colony ship from ancient Earth arrived called the Zenith, and these Zenithians clash with the humans that have changed so much in their culture.

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There is also a matter of faith in the game. Many sci-fi settings keep religion out of the setting, but Coriolis embraces the idea through the Icons. These nine gods are central to the faith of the Third Horizon. These gods reflect futuristic needs such as The Deckhand and The Traveler. Every character chooses the Icon most important to them at creation and unlocks a blessing received from the figure. Within the game, when a player spends points for a reroll, their character whispers a little prayer to the corresponding Icon for help.

If the Icons offer an element of faith, the Dark Between The Stars is where the setting’s horror comes in. Coriolis runs on a variation of Free League’s house d6 system, tweaked to give the GM a bit more control over horrific elements. Certain actions by the players produce Darkness Points that the GM can use to introduce monsters and other plot twists into a session.

Emissary Lost is the first part of an epic adventure that explores the setting and delves into its secrets. Backers can get stretch goals that include custom dice, art books for use with the campaign and extra adventures that can be run in addition to the three directly related to the book. Even those seekers who don’t already have the book can get the core book for a great price by backing the right level.

The Kickstarter ends Thursday, April 5th so if you want to explore the Third Horizon for yourself, you’ll need to make the jump before then.

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Image Credits: Free League

Rob Wieland is an author, game designer and professional nerd. He’s worked on dozens of different tabletop games ranging from Star Wars and Firefly all the way down to his own creations like CAMELOT Trigger. He can be hired as a professional Dungeon Master for in-person or remote games. His Twitter is here. His meat body can be found in scenic Milwaukee, WI.

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