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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Skywalker

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As a matter of interest, Monolith's Batman RPG KS had 10,375 backers with 3,586 US backers and 2,287 French backers. For its Conan board game KS, it was 16,037 backers with 5,472 US backers and 3,359 French backers.

No doubt Monolith values the US market, but it does have a significant French (and other European countries generally) segment too, especially when compared to most US based KS creators.
 
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Jaeger

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As a matter of interest, Monolith's Batman RPG KS had 10,375 backers with 3,586 US backers and 2,287 French backers. For its Conan board game KS, it was 16,037 backers with 5,472 US backers and 3,359 French backers.

No doubt Monolith values the US market, but it does have a significant French (and other European countries generally) segment too, especially when compared to most US based KS creators.

A French based company has grown a French-European fan base!?

Stay tuned for our next segment where we discuss the wetness of water...
 

mcmillan

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A French based company has grown a French-European fan base!?

Stay tuned for our next segment where we discuss the wetness of water...
You're the one that seems to be suggesting the French-based company with a French audience should alienate that fanbase by trying to compete for the American audience using a system they don't generally publish.
 


marroon69

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I mean books are still being released with the character...Conan - Blood of the Serpent by S.M. Sterling was just released in December 2022. Monolith also 2 very successful kickstarters for Conan the board game (lots of fun). I am sad the license was lost by Modiphius, the 2d20 system with the momentum and doom was a great game and well supported over their tenure. But here is hoping Monolith can make a good game also but not sure they are an RPG company. I jsut hope it is not another e5 clone personally....
 

Jaeger

That someone better
You're the one that seems to be suggesting the French-based company with a French audience should alienate that fanbase by trying to compete for the American audience using a system they don't generally publish.

We are discussing the Conan rpg license which both mongoose and modiphius created well selling full rpg lines for. For which there is now a less than six year window to maximize return on the license sales.

Is it really so controversial to suggest that a 5e based game might sell just a bit better than a 3e based one given the current state of the hobby?


They have grown a large worldwide fanbase with their Kickstarters over the years. And yes, this includes a large number of fans from France and other European countries.

Amazing. A French based company has a large number of fans from France.

Who saw that coming...
 

Dannyalcatraz

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Euro-based RPGs aren't written for mass media indulged spoiled players, most of whom you'll find in America and play a game that looks like an RPG, but plays more like a video game.
Mod Note:

One of the cardinal rules for continuing to participate in discussions on ENWorld is “Keep it civil.” This quoted section fails that test.

If your posts repeatedly fall short of this simple admonition, you can and will suffer repercussions, up to and including targeted/general bans of a temporary or permanent duration.
 

Other companies could buy the IPs of Conan's clones. WotC doesn't need Conan when they have got Dark Sun.




* What about Sagard the barbarian, the character created by Gary Gygax? Is Paramount the owner of the IP?
 

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