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Release Lyonesse is Now Available!

Based on the award winning fantasy trilogy* by one of Science Fiction and Fantasy's greatest wordsmiths, Lyonesse transports you to the Elder Isles, where King Casmir plots to seize control of the Ten Kingdoms, assassinate his foes, and prevent a disturbing prophecy from being fulfilled. Elsewhere, the magicians Shimrod, Murgen, and Tamurello are locked in a private battle of wit, will and magical intrigue. All the while, the brutal, disdainful Ska are drawing their own plans of conquest.

And in the immense Forest of Tantrevalles, the secretive fairies watch all that happens with wry amusement, and occasionally meddle in mortal affairs for reasons of their own.

Players in Lyonesse take on the roles of adventurers of the Elder Isles, seeking fame, glory, profit, magic, or simply the promise of a good meal and a soft bed for the night. Characters can be mercenaries or spies in the service of one (or several) kingdoms; oath-sworn knights eager to do battle with their lord's enemies; thieves, tricksters or even honest merchants, out to make a just living (sometimes). Perhaps characters are aspiring magicians, keen to emulate the likes of Shimrod, Tamurello, or even the mighty Murgen himself.

Lyonesse is a complete roleplaying game. This book contains everything needed (except dice and friends) for creating fabulous adventures in the Elder Isles. Exhaustive information on the kingdoms and lands of the islands; full rules for characters, skills, combat, magic, and monsters.

Great care has been taken to recreate the style and atmosphere of Jack Vance's novels, so that Games Masters and Players can fully immerse themselves in the Lyonesse setting. Special rules for creating towns, taverns, tavernkeeper, and even lovingly described meals are all included, emulating the quintessential elements of the books.

Don your armour! Take up your weapons! Sharpen your wits! Get ready for adventure across Hybras and beyond!

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We're delighted to announce that Lyonesse, the roleplaying game based on Jack Vance's award-winning trilogy (Suldrun's Garden, The Green Pearl, and Madouc) is available to buy from our DrivethruRPG store in Print+PDF versions.

We're offering the game in hardcover and softcover formats. The softcover is slightly cheaper than the hardcover (and yes the prices really are meant to be that close - one of the quirks of POD publishing), and both formats are Print On Demand, largely because in these uncertain times, we do not know how long it will take our regular printer to get back to normal operations, and our distributor, Alliance, is still closed for business.

The book costs $79.99 (hard cover), $74.99 (soft), or $25 (PDF only). You also received a free download of the main interior maps at full size, regardless of the format you buy.

For UK, Europe and Australian customers, Aeon Games will also be producing Lyonesse, and you should keep an eye on their store for release details.
 

Comments




Eyes of Nine

Everything's Fine
Why is there an asterisk at the end of the first sentence, which then is not addressed again in the article? I basically stopped reading after I got frustrated that the asterisk wasn't explained.
 

Paragon Lost

Terminally Lost
Supporter
Received the email notice today and quickly went to DriveThruRpg and bought/ordered the pdf/Hard cover version. 😀
 

Bilharzia

Explorer
Why is there an asterisk at the end of the first sentence, which then is not addressed again in the article? I basically stopped reading after I got frustrated that the asterisk wasn't explained.
It's simply a reference to the books in the trilogy, as it says further down:
the roleplaying game based on Jack Vance's award-winning trilogy (Suldrun's Garden, The Green Pearl, and Madouc)
 

sstacks

Shane "Shane Plays" Stacks
I've read the Dying Earth stuff which is fantastic. How close in setting and tone is Lyonesse to Dying Earth?
 

Paragon Lost

Terminally Lost
Supporter
I've read the Dying Earth stuff which is fantastic. How close in setting and tone is Lyonesse to Dying Earth?
I've read about thirty pages so far of the rpg pdf and it's ringing true to my old memories. Though I've not read any of the Dying Earth stuff in thirty five or more years. I went and snagged the complete series for my Kindle to start re-reading them once I'm done with the current book I'm reading though. 😎
 

Part Two of the Lyonesse scenario 'In High Dudgeon' play through, featuring Loz, Inwils and the InCrowd, is now on YouTube.

Sir Jedny of Thrusk Donkey Jousts for the first time (how does he fare?); The Festive Fellows investigate the local blacksmith; Serfod encounters a stranger cloaked in sunlight (and gains a new admirer); and a confrontation in the tavern leads to some rather entertaining violence involving tankards.

Tune in to discover more...

 

I've read the Dying Earth stuff which is fantastic. How close in setting and tone is Lyonesse to Dying Earth?
The tone is similar, and many of the themes carry across: insanely powerful and petty magicians trying to outdo each other; scheming and oneupmanship galore; lavishly described meals; bizarre creatures; occasional violence.

Lyonesse is grittier than the Dying Earth stories, and blends European folklore with the Age of Chivalry, and some quite grim scenes that would right at home in a George RR Martin book. All wrapped up in Jack Vance's marvellous language.
 




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