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Into the Motherlands Finds New Publisher in Green Ronin

Afrofuturist TTRPG will still be created by CypherCo

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Into the Motherlands, the Afrofuturist game which was previously going to be published by Andrews McMeel Publishing before that publisher pulled back it's tabletop RPG plans, has found a new home--with Blue Rose, The Expanse, and Mutants & Masterminds publisher Green Ronin.

Green Ronin will be handling the printing and distribution, while the game itself will still be fully created CypherCo, the studio led by Tanya DePass and B. Dave Walters. Into the Motherlands funded successfully on Kickstarter, making over $360,000, in June 2021.

April 21, 2023—SEATTLE, WA and CHICAGO, IL: Green Ronin Publishing announced today that it has signed an agreement to publish CypherCo’s Into the Mother Lands Roleplaying Game. Into the Mother Lands began as a critically acclaimed streaming show in 2020, followed by a $360,000 Kickstarter to bring its Afrofuturist vision to the tabletop as a complete, stand-alone roleplaying game.

“We’re delighted to work with Tanya DePass and B. Dave Walters,” said Green Ronin President Chris Pramas. “They’ve created something special with Into the Mother Lands.

The game takes place on Vutoa, a distant world settled by survivors of African Emperor Mansa Munsa’s expedition that left Earth 1,000 years ago. Over the centuries, the descendants of Mansa Munsa have struggled to flourish on Vutoa, a place that was once alien to them but is now home. Players will learn about the diverse cultures of their world, see what terrifying enemies await them, and find out if they can continue to survive on their adopted homeworld.

“Green Ronin is supporting us by bringing the game to new players, retailers and more,” said CypherCo’s Tanya DePass. “Our Kickstarter backers will get the game first, but then it will have a wider release. The IP, world, actual play, and all properties are our crew’s creations but everyone’s to enjoy.”

“To clarify our role,” added Pramas, “we are publishing the game and getting it into bookstores, game stores, and other channels. Into the Mother Lands is POC created and POC owned, and our job is to help the game reach the widest possible audience.”

Into the Mother Lands uses a new system of our design,” said CypherCo’s B. Dave Walters. “We’re ecstatic to work with Green Ronin, a legendary publisher, to bring the game to backers, players, and storytellers.”

More information and previews of Into the Mother Lands will be announced in the coming months.

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That's great news! As a Cortex fanatic, I'm a little sad they couldn't make that work out even after all this time, but I suspect the system they'll create will be all sorts of awesome anyway!

Anon Adderlan

If they still haven't settled on a system they could do worse than just go with Green Ronin's AGE at this point. The creative director already thinks system is irrelevant to how you experience the setting.


They've been designing their own system for several years now and were almost ready to publish when Andrew McMeel announced they weren't going to publish rpgs anymore and dropped them. Play test docs are restricted to backers, but you can see the system being used in the latest season of the stream. Contrary to saying the system is irrelevant, they were wanting to choose a system that best fit their view of the setting and decided the best way was to make their own system

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