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Torg Eternity Coming in 2016

I have to admit that as someone who reports on RPGs for a living, it's probably criminal that I am completely unfamiliar with Torg. However, there's a new edition coming called Torg Eternity, which is an updated take on the original game and seeing from 1990. The co-creator of Torg, Greg Gorden, is involved, and the project is being spearheaded by Shane Hensley (of Pinnacle Entertainment Group and Savage Worlds fame).

So, what's Torg? It was a multi-genre game written in 1990 and published by West End Games. Players play near-future Storm Knights who fight the invasion of Earth from various dimensions, each of which corresponds with an RPG genre. The title originally meant "The Other Roleplaying Game".

It's a "cinematic" game, and uses cinematic terminology like "Acts" and "Scenes"; it has exploding d20s, and a card system called a Drama Deck.

This will be a full color hardback book, and is slated for a 2016 release. It will be published by Ulisses Spiele, a German RPG publisher, which bought the rights after West End Games closed.

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Here's Ye Olde Presse Release:


CLASSIC ROLEPLAYING GAME TORG RETURNS AS TORG ETERNITY

Ulisses Spiele Announces Return of Torg in New Updated Edition

CHANDLER, AZ (July 21, 2015) – Ulisses Spiele US, a division of Germany’s premiere game manufacturer and distributor, today announced the return of the influential Torg roleplaying game.

The new game is entitled Torg: Eternity, and is a new and updated take on the original game and its setting. The design team includes many who worked on the original Torg line that debuted from West End Games in 1990.

Torg co-creator Greg Gorden has been involved at a high level and given it his blessing: “I really like this re-imagining of the TORG mythos. The streamlining and modernization of the game mechanics feel spot on. I cannot wait to play this game!”

The game’s rights were sold after the closure of West End Games and were eventually purchased by Torg fan and president of Ulisses Spiele, Markus Plotz. “TORG is a one of a kind RPG. The setting is unique and for over 15 years, I dreamed about releasing a new and updated version. Now, with the help of the amazing Shane Hensley, that dream finally becomes reality!”

Shane Lacy Hensley heads up the United States studio where both Torg: Eternity and The Dark Eye are being created. “Though my plate is pretty full with my own company, Pinnacle Entertainment Group, I couldn’t resist working on the game that gave me my start. I also met a kindred spirit in Markus Plotz who truly loves and appreciates what a turning point Torg marked in RPG development, so I just couldn’t say no.”

Torg: Eternity will debut in 2016 in deluxe, full color hardback format.

About Ulisses Spiele
Ulisses Spiele is the premiere manufacturer of RPGs in Germany. The company’s portfolio includes amongst other games The Dark Eye (the biggest Fantasy RPG in Germany), the German version of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game (as a license from US RPG giant Paizo Inc.) and the new German V20 version of Vampire – The Masquerade.

Additionally Ulisses Spiele is known as the German distributor for the critically acclaimed tabletop games Warmachine and Hordes from Privateer Press and Infinity from Corvus Belli.

With TORG: Eternity, Ulisses Spiele publishes its first English RPG.

 
Russ Morrissey

Comments

fjw70

Explorer
I bought the original Torg when it came out. I wasn't playing RPGs at the time so I never played and remember very little of the rules. However the concept of the game facinated me and still does.

Will the new game use the same mechanics? If I don't like the rules I may homebrew something for my new infatuation (the AGE system).
 



Plageman

Explorer
The mechanics will be an updated, streamlined version of the original rules.
I was waiting for this since 1995 !

I hope that the revision will go beyond the streamlining of the rules. One of the issue of the original game was that there was no way for the Storm Knights to win the war. To truly go into the epic of changing permanently the course of the war was quite difficult. Removing a Stelae was freaking difficult and would have dramatic negative effect most of the time. I won't even speak about taking down a High Lord...
 

Malikai2000

Explorer
This announcement is even better than I imagined. Greg Gorden is involved! Shane Hensley is involved! Modernized rules and re-imagining of the mythos. Love the artwork of Dr. Mobious. Will there be anything at Gen Con related to this?
 


Fildrigar

Explorer
This announcement is even better than I imagined. Greg Gorden is involved! Shane Hensley is involved! Modernized rules and re-imagining of the mythos. Love the artwork of Dr. Mobious. Will there be anything at Gen Con related to this?
According to Shane, their booth will be inside Paizo's space.
 

Staffan

Adventurer
This is some awesome news. I played a lot of TORG in the early 90s, and I'm looking forward to again making the Cyberpope's acquaintance.
 


Birmy

Adventurer
Loved it growing up, even if (or because?) all my Orrorshan characters had a tendency to die horribly. Looking forward to seeing what they do with it (hopefully addressing some of the problems that killed it the first time around).
 
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Grimjack99

First Post
(Please sing the following loudly, and off key) TORG, ole wonderful TORG! Its coming our way!! Oh, how we missed you, oh blessed TORG! TOOOOOOOORRRRRRRRGGGGGGG!!!!!! (ok, you can stop singing now) I was such a Torg-Head in the 90's. Ran a campaign for 3 years, sent the rumors and dispatch results in; even got quoted in the newsletter. I've still got all the stuff, with an extra Torg die (in case I lose one). You know, maybe the world will be ok after all (sniff, sniff).
 

Dalhyp

First Post
(Please sing the following loudly, and off key) TORG, ole wonderful TORG! Its coming our way!! Oh, how we missed you, oh blessed TORG! TOOOOOOOORRRRRRRRGGGGGGG!!!!!! (ok, you can stop singing now) I was such a Torg-Head in the 90's. Ran a campaign for 3 years, sent the rumors and dispatch results in; even got quoted in the newsletter. I've still got all the stuff, with an extra Torg die (in case I lose one). You know, maybe the world will be ok after all (sniff, sniff).
There, there! I'm just as happy! I've done my best to keep Torg alive and now just so happy it is coming back!
 


AlphaDean

Villager
I still have almost all my Torg Books... How I loved the game and the concept as a whole. How I wished it had caught on more than it did. Well Come 2016 I will be one of the 1st in line to buy this one. I cannot wait to see how they update everything. Now this is exciting. I actually still have my Torg Dice as well.
 

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