7th Sea Hits Kickstarter

John Wick bought the rights to his 1999 7th Sea roleplaying game back last year with the intention of releasing a second edition of the game. That new edition has just hit Kickstarter with a bang - $66K in under an hour, more than double its funding goal. "John Wick brings 7th Sea back in a 300-page, full-color, hardbound book. Revised rules, revised Nations, updated for the 21st Century." John Wick is, of course, an international assassin who goes on a revenge spree after some Russian criminals kill his dog. No, wait, wrong John Wick.


There's already a Quick Start PDF, which backers get free access to immediately. You get two PDFs - an adventure called Long Live the Prince!, and five pregenerated characters. The adventure is 33 pages long, and includes basic rules. The Kickstarter itself offers the hardback for $60, or the PDF for $20.

What's 7th Sea? Well, it's an RPG by John Wick, originally released in 1999. In Wick's own words, "7th Sea was a game inspired by the works of Alexandre Dumas, The Princess Bride, and other novels and movies of high adventure, and it played fast and furious, emulating the pace we've come to expect from movies such as Captain Blood, The Three Musketeers, and Pirates of the Caribbean." The setting, Theah, is very similar to 17th Century Europe.

The 2nd Edition of 7th Sea (the one being Kickstarted now) is the 3rd most anticipated RPG of 2016.

Wick himself is no stranger to controversy. He recently told us about how Tomb of Horrors is the "worst, &#@&$&@est, most disgusting piece of pig vomit ever published". A couple of years ago, he created widespread internet arguments when he stated that "The first four editions of D&D are not roleplaying games."

You can find the 7th Sea Kickstarter here.

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With all the unlocked material, backing it is such a great deal. $60 gets you the physical core book, as well as PDFs of the core + the first SIX supplements (around 200pg. each), along with electronic versions of maps, novels, villain and hero cards, and a city supplement.


Golden Procrastinator
But seriously, I liked 7th sea a lot and I'm glad it's making a come back. And the Kickstarter has already almost reached half a million with a month to go!

aramis erak

This is the same system that Legend of the Five Rings uses or am I thinking of another setting?

1st edition was a VERY close relative to L5R.
2nd edition is mechanically rather different, judging from the QS.

Brief flowchart

  1. Player declares intent
  2. GM declares consequence(s)
  3. Player assembles pool of d10's from Stat + Skill
  4. Player rolls pool
  5. Player counts raises
  6. Player uses raises to buy success and buy off consequences
  7. Player and/or GM narrates results based upon success effects bought and consequences bought-off.

A raise is a number of dice that count a sum of 10-19 points. (At 20, you break it into a raise and building a second raise.)

So, let's say joe has 5d10 of skill pool, and rolls 1 3 5 8 10... he organizes them as (10) (8+3) and (1+5)... the 1+5 is only 6 so not a raise. On a later resolution, he rolls 9 9 9 9 9 ... he organizes as (9+9) (9+9) (9)... again, 2 raises. Later he rolls 1 1 1 6 8 , and organizes them as (8+1+1) (6+1) getting a single raise..

The minimum pool for competence is 3d...

For comparison...
1st ed was
  1. Player states action
  2. GM calls for a roll and sets a TN
  3. player assembles pool of d10's, including how many will be kept. IIRC, it used roll (Stat+Skill) keeping (stat)
  4. GM narrates success/failure based upon total on kept dice and TN, and the resultant raises; raises = (∑(kept) - TN)/5
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Thanks for the explanation....seems like a lot of rolling and such but like anything, couple sessions and its second nature and quicker I'd imagine (for those rookies to the game).
Like stated above - I like the setting as well, always been a Princess Bride fan and dread pirate Roberts :)

edit - backed mainly for the setting, then I'll try the actually game out eventually.
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If anybody has backed this Kickstarter, do you gain immediate access to all of the first edition PDFs, or do you have to wait until the second edition stuff is delivered?


If anybody has backed this Kickstarter, do you gain immediate access to all of the first edition PDFs, or do you have to wait until the second edition stuff is delivered?

You get immediate access to the quick start rules (which will get an update. When I don't know). The $300 with of 1st. Edition PDFs come at the end ( after you have actually paid.)


Looks like the kickstarter for 7th Sea 2nd ed is going to surpass $684 756 today or tomorrow (and they only asked for $30 000). This means:

a) This will be more than any other KS for a tabletop rpg. Ever.

b) As a stretch goal, they will release some basic rules for free (similar to 5th edition D&D doing so, perhaps).

Also, there will be a newer version of the Quickstart rules out later in the week (they are responding to feedback, I believe).

According to Kicktraq data, the KS has been closing on a projection between 800K and 1,200K, going flatter and flatter as the days go by. So perhaps we'll see it finish in the 1 million mark?

Of course, one never knows with these things; lots of KSs get a sudden bump at the end due to the "About to End" reminder tempting people who see a succesfully funded campaign with lots of stretchgoals, but seeing how pledges have been stabilizing somewhere between 10k and 15k for the past 10 days or so, and considering we're 18 days from the finish line, 200k-300k more seems well within the mark.

One thing certain is that we're getting a lot of maps. And I love them maps.

PS: Here's the link to the Kicktraq page for the campaign: https://www.kicktraq.com/projects/johnwickpresents/310731843/#chart-daily

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