Modiphius' Conan TTRPG Is Ending

At the end of this year, Modiphius' license to publish the 2d20-powered Conan: Adventures in an Age Undreamed Of is coming to an end. Taking over with a new roleplaying game will be French publisher Monolith Edition, which already produces the official boardgame.

While the license ends on December 31st, you will still be able to buy existing stock until the end of June 2023.

Other Conan games include Mongoose Publishing's Conan: The Roleplaying Game, which used the d20 System back in 2004, TSR's Conan Roleplaying Game in 1985, and even 1984 D&D adventure modules called Conan Unchained! and Conan Against Darkness!

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MONOLITH HANDED THE CONAN ROLEPLAYING GAME LINE FROM MODIPHIUS FOR NEW EXCITING ROLEPLAYING STORIES IN THE HYBORIAN AGE!

“When we first started exploring Robert E. Howard’s world of Conan, little did we imagine the full expanse of what was to come. It’s been an incredible journey working with top Conan scholars, talented writers and artists who gave their all to dig deep into the Conan stories and bring them to life in a truly authentic way.” Said Chris Birch, Chief Creative Officer of Modiphius Entertainment. “Now with twenty beautiful hardback books to our name and numerous beautiful accessories, we are ready to call time on our journeys across Hyboria. We’ve reached the point where we feel like we have done justice to REH’s words, delivered some incredible Conan swords & sorcery gaming, and reached the ends of the Hyborian world in every direction we could imagine. It’s time to pass on the mantle to new hands who can tell a new story in the Hyborian age!”

The roleplaying game line, under licence from Heroic Signatures (Formally Cabinet Entertainment), will end on Dec 31st, no more re-stocks are being ordered, and all stock will be sold by June 30th 2023.

If you’ve been waiting to pick up one of the books, now is your chance, either from retail or from the US or UK-based webstores. Get them while you can!

Matthew John, Conan Board Game Developer for Monolith added “For 8 years now, Conan, Heroic Signatures and Monolith have been treading the lands of Robert E. Howard’s Hyborian Age, finding grand inspiration for our products. Our board game, which rallied tens of thousands of players, was soon joined by a great role-playing game, thanks to Modiphius, who did a fantastic job diving deep into this exciting setting. As fans, we’ll be forever grateful to Modiphius for their work and our collaborations on Conan.

We’ve said it before, Howard's stories are part of Monolith’s DNA, and so we happily accepted Heroic Signatures’ offer to develop our own Conan roleplaying game–one we can infuse with our passion and unique creative vision. While we prepare our next Conan board game project, which will offer new, long-awaited features next year, we wanted to let fans know it is not the only Conan game we’re bringing to the table–or rather, your tables.

So…Monolith will bring back the Conan board game, then an all-new role-playing game! And who knows–it’s certainly possible that our admiration for Robert E.Howard's work will lead us beyond the borders of the Hyborian Age.

Stay tuned, Conan fans; we’re just getting started”.
 
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Yora

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I've been trying to find out if there's been anything new about that reported new game. And who is this Monolith anyway?
Their website is blank and they don't have a wikipedia page either. It's been impossible to find out anything about them, except that apparently they made a Conan board game at some point.
 

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Dioltach

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They did, and an excellent game it is. Shut Up & Sit Down reviewed it: Review: Conan - Shut Up & Sit Down

They released a separate source book too, with additional scenarios and rules for playing without an Overlord.

ETA: If I recall correctly, someone on Boardgamegeek came up with art and suggestions for minis to make the game less sexist.
 
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Parmandur

Book-Friend
I like Conan, but I am mildly amazed that there is this much competition for the RPG license in the 21st century. Is anyone under 40 excited about the character?

The Jason Momoa film was unwatchable (sorry, Jason Momoa) and Marvel Comics' bizarre idea, upon regaining the comics license, was to stick him in the Avengers.
Conan has a surprisingly enduring popularity: Conan Exiles sold over 1.4 million copies in the past few years, so the fanbase still exists.
 

Von Ether

Legend
I've been trying to find out if there's been anything new about that reported new game. And who is this Monolith anyway?
Their website is blank and they don't have a wikipedia page either. It's been impossible to find out anything about them, except that apparently they made a Conan board game at some point.
Blank or under construction?

They did a Batman boardgame with similar rules as well.

Regardless being under construction websites give me the same vibe as a "Under renovations" sign on a restaurant. e.g. the business is on the bubble/up for sale.
 



Random Task

Explorer
Sherlock Holmes will be fully and finally in the Public Domain beginning next year. That said, I'm positive the Estate will retain/own the trademark. So how can someone now utilize the copyright without violating the trademark? The classic deerstalker hat and the name Sherlock Holmes will be trademarked by the Estate. But both of those trademarked identifiers are now in the public domain.
So all those Sherlock Holmes vs. Cthulhu and Sherlock Holmes vs. Whatever line of novels I see in the bookstore were approved by whoever controls the Holmes IP?
 

Skywalker

Adventurer
I've been trying to find out if there's been anything new about that reported new game. And who is this Monolith anyway?
Their website is blank and they don't have a wikipedia page either. It's been impossible to find out anything about them, except that apparently they made a Conan board game at some point.
Too early to get much detail about the Conan RPG. They are in the process of finishing up a Batman RPG KS. I would expect that we will get more at the end of the year, where they are planning to do a 3rd Conan Board Game KS, which could be combined with the RPG. I would look at the Batman RPG to get an idea of how that may look.

As to who Monolith is, they are a French company with a strong track record on KS with Conan and board games. They have recently ventured into RPGs as well. I consider them to reliable and producers of high quality game products. My expectation with Conan RPG will be that we will initially see just 3 books like with Batman. It will be standalone but likely be friendly to mini use, given their board game.
 

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