Bastien DeHarme’s "Great Fervor" for His Upcoming Gods RPG

An RPG gamer becomes a successful artist and turns his talents to create the RPG he dreams about. Gods the Roleplaying Game, slated for a May 2020 release, is dark fantasy brought to life through rules, setting, art, and story as first envisioned by artist and writer Bastien Lecouffe DeHarme. This interview details his journey. Gods RPG, set for release in May 2020, turns a dream of a ten year longing to create his own RPG and world into reality. Bastien Deharme, an artist known for work on Magic the Gathering and novel covers for authors such as Philip K. Dick, Clive Barker, H.P. Lovecraft, and Frank Herbert, brings a vision formed by decades of RPG play, artistry, and writing to life. Gods encourages mature dark fantasy roleplay with dangerous battles, exploration of a wild land, conflict between opposing beliefs, and a search for lost gods and hidden magic.

Bastien shares stories. As a storyteller, he discovered that some stories are better told visually and others are better when written. He switches between both mediums while working and even has workspace dedicated to both. In the art below, Bastien painted a queen with an eye patch and surrounded by ravens. After the art was completed, he needed to write about how the queen lost an eye and why the dark birds flock around her. Bastien both wrote and illustrated the French graphic novel Memories of Retrocity.


I asked Bastien why D&D players might want to try Gods. He said that he has all the D&D 5E books and enjoys the game for a full high fantasy experience. Gods will be a gritty human-centric world with more dangerous combat and a built in theme of thinking deeply about the setting and its myths. It is simply a different experience, dark fantasy versus high fantasy, when one wants a change of pace from D&D.

In Gods, PCs must act now. Different game modes allow for different starting power, but regardless the world changes and the characters are embroiled in turmoil and challenges. Chosen Ones, the PCs, are exceptional men and women called by the Old Gods, each one armed with a Shard, a divine magic item. Whether the best blacksmith in a small village, a shaman, a thief, merchant, or escaped slave or gladiator, the PCs are answering a call to adventure.


In Bastien’s own campaign, the PCs slowly discovered their Shards and started to unravel the mysteries of the Old Gods. Whether this form of uncovering mystery makes it into the final version or something else replaces it, Gods is being formed not only through art and writing but also through playtesting and actual play. Gods has become a fusion of art and RPG play.


Native to France, Bastien now lives in Ohio. Arkhane Asylum Publishing, a French publisher, is developing Gods and other French writers are adding to the game. Bastien is a professor and his students in Ohio wanted to experience the RPG he was developing. Therefore, Bastien made the decision to publish first in English, with a French version to quickly follow. He eagerly looks forward to taking his students on a journey through the RPG world he imagined and is now a part of helping to bring to life.

Bastien is doing what many roleplayers dream of: developing a world and sharing it with others as an RPG. Gods will benefit from his amazing art along with the work of many other talented artists. If you find Bastien’s art beautiful and compelling it is very likely you will find his upcoming RPG equally fascinating and the accompanying world a wondrous place to explore.

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dave2008

Hero
The art is amazing, but I do wonder about the tile though. I've heard about this before and every time a see the name of the RPG I think it is about playing gods.

Anyway, it sounds very interesting. I would love to support another Ohioan (even if it is by way of France), but I'm guessing he charges more for his art than I can afford! I will have to check out GODS when it becomes available.
 
The art is amazing, but I do wonder about the tile though. I've heard about this before and every time a see the name of the RPG I think it is about playing gods.

Anyway, it sounds very interesting. I would love to support another Ohioan (even if it is by way of France), but I'm guessing he charges more for his art than I can afford! I will have to check out GODS when it becomes available.
I get that. But it is about finding the gods. The PCs are infused with the gods' power. And in Dungeons & Dragons the title describes the setting also, not the PCs, so it makes sense to me.

As to cost, I agree. Bastien is not getting paid his normal rate for painting and contributing to this RPG. He is putting his time into it purely because of his love of gaming. And the rest of use get to benefit from his generosity!
 

dave2008

Hero
I get that. But it is about finding the gods. The PCs are infused with the gods' power. And in Dungeons & Dragons the title describes the setting also, not the PCs, so it makes sense to me.
In D&D you explore dungeons and fight dragons. The connection is pretty clear. Obviously I don't have this product yet, but the name, to me, doesn't seem to reflect the nature of the setting. The idea of characters empowered by gods is part and parcel of a lot of RPGs. That is not what makes this one standout (IMO).
 
In D&D you explore dungeons and fight dragons. The connection is pretty clear. Obviously I don't have this product yet, but the name, to me, doesn't seem to reflect the nature of the setting. The idea of characters empowered by gods is part and parcel of a lot of RPGs. That is not what makes this one standout (IMO).
I think it does because of the intro doc:

The Old Gods are no more. The battles have ceased. The titans have fallen.
From the age of reverence, only myths remain. From the age of sacrifices,
the citadels of brass, the Sister-Blades of obsidian, and the divine heralds,
only ashes remain. Lost rituals, forgotten graves, faceless frescos, and
broken idols. Yet, all stones someday crack, and all sleepers must wake.

Your time has come.

You are a Chosen One, a flame bearer, a hero in the Wildlands.
Which god will you wake? How will you forge your legend?

This is GODS. Welcome to the Wildlands!


https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JE5f1M4wqzCiCks0N0-fNZ2BxR77uULZ/view

But if you don't that is okay with me. I understand your point of view.
 

jacleg05

Explorer
Looks very interesting. Supported it on Kickstarter at the lowest level. This also allows me to upgrade at a later time after the KS is over. My financial situation should be better in 2020. I also use the armored horseman as the screen shot on my smart phone. I kind of think of as the Death Dealer for the new millennium!
 

dave2008

Hero
I think it does because of the intro doc:

The Old Gods are no more. The battles have ceased. The titans have fallen.
From the age of reverence, only myths remain. From the age of sacrifices,
the citadels of brass, the Sister-Blades of obsidian, and the divine heralds,
only ashes remain. Lost rituals, forgotten graves, faceless frescos, and
broken idols. Yet, all stones someday crack, and all sleepers must wake.

Your time has come.

You are a Chosen One, a flame bearer, a hero in the Wildlands.
Which god will you wake? How will you forge your legend?

This is GODS. Welcome to the Wildlands!


https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JE5f1M4wqzCiCks0N0-fNZ2BxR77uULZ/view

But if you don't that is okay with me. I understand your point of view.
That makes more sense. I also re-read your original reply and realized I missed that it is about finding the gods. I didn't realize that. Makes more sense now.
 

jacleg05

Explorer
Looks very interesting. Supported it on Kickstarter at the lowest level. This also allows me to upgrade at a later time after the KS is over. My financial situation should be better in 2020. I also use the armored horseman as the screen shot on my smart phone. I kind of think of as the Death Dealer for the new millennium!
 
That makes more sense. I also re-read your original reply and realized I missed that it is about finding the gods. I didn't realize that. Makes more sense now.
Great! Yeah, each PC will likely end up with a shard that connects them with the old gods and have them seeking them out.
 

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