The Arcanum is a role-playing game by Bard Games. Like many early published systems, it closely followed the tropes of AD&D and other contemporary games. Bg Atlantean Trilogy the Arcanum Bookmarked 2nd Ed. – Ebook download as PDF File DIRGE Dark Modern Fantasy Roleplaying Game. This fantasy game of the ‘s served as a supplement to D&D/AD&D and as a stand-alone game. It was fairly innovative at the time and is known for its magic.

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Back ina company called Bard Games released some books: These three books would gamws be combined into an omnibus called The Arcanum. The Arcanum, in addition to repeating an edited and cleaned up version of the three previous books, added an entire game engine gamds the mix.

The Arcanum had three editions. Bard Games released the first two; the third was released by Death’s Edge Games. A new version of The Lexicon, combined with The Bestiary was released as well. Over time, this small press game was all but forgotten. The adcanum, Stephan Michael Sechi, had moved on to write Talislanta. Then, after some more time, he left game writing to focus on his music career. He is truly a multi-talented man, and a fine human being.

The Arcanum: 30th Anniversary Edition by ZiLa Games (K. David Ladage) — Kickstarter

In other words, these two books are in very good hands. The Arcanum was far from a perfect book. It had some editing and typographical errors, some issues with formatting, and so on. In other words, it suffered the issues associated with a small group of enthusiasts trying to publish an RPG in the days before desktop publishing. I am cleaning up the text, re-arranging items; breaking up the book into true chapters, and creating a cohesive flow making bames rules easy to follow. Some things are quirky.

This is not a flaw, or an error — it is a matter of style. To do this, Gamees have to strive for two secondary goals:. My name is K. I am the founder of ZiLa Games — and this role-playing system is my flagship project. I am a tinker of games and a natural game designer meaning that I love coming up with games, and when I play games I begin looking at how I would have done things almost immediately.


I have high hopes for ZiLa Games. I have a lot of ideas and notes that need an outlet. I ran a Kickstarter campaign some time ago for this book.

I asked for far too little and it succeeded beyond my wildest dreams.

Then things went south. I had two artists filch me out of a couple thousand dollars. I let my eyes get too wide and started envisioning things far outside the scope of the project — that I laid out money for. Then all things went to hell as the scope of the project’s text started to get violated. Weeks turned into months. Months into a year and more. I realized I needed to make my backers whole again.

Aecanum I took out a small loan and used my income arcanu, refund to refund every dollar that had been donated to that last attempt.

It is now done. Some artwork needs to be put in. But it is fundamentally done. All it needs now is you: Some of the higher level pledges get custom dice and a custom dice bag. Below are pictures of what they will receive. These are not available as add-ons. The Paladin level includes a one-of-a-kind dice tower.

This is what it looks like dice are shown for scale. However, one exceptions was made: Sechi maintains the rights to that one element of the game. The combined book the actual Arcanum releases came shortly after. Thus, the 30th Anniversary of this RPG classic. The book writing and layout are complete.

I have the dice Chessex and the dice bags Custom Dice Bags. I have the dice tower Unique Dice Towers. I have an artist who is donating his time and effort for the last few remaining spots where artwork is needed. The biggest hurdle will be in the editing.

I am estimating how long that will take. If it runs over, I will let you know. If all else fails, I can do the printing through Lulu or CreateSpace. Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ.


A heartfelt thanks from a game designer and small-press publisher trying to get a great game back into the public eye. In addition to my thanks and the warm feeling you get when you help your fellow manyour name will be included in the appendix aracnum Hall of Heroes’ as a contributor to this project.

Plus you will receive a soft-cover copy of the book once it has been printed. Plus you will receive a hard-cover copy of the book once it has been printed.

Plus you will receive a soft-cover copy of the book once it has been printed; a set of custom dice; and a custom dice arcanmu. Plus you will receive a hard-cover copy of the book once it has been printed; a set of custom dice; and a custom dice bag.

Plus you will receive a hard-cover copy of the book once it has been printed of if the limited edition stretch goal is met ; three sets of custom dice; a custom dice bag; a one-of-a-kind Arcanum-themed custom dice tower from Unique Dice Towers.

May 15, – Jun 14, 30 days. Share this project Done. A re-release of a classic role-playing game and supplement originally released by Bard Games in the s. Dice Bag outside and custom dice. Dice bag inside and custom dice. Support Select this reward. Estimated delivery Jul Kickstarter is not a store. It’s a way to bring creative game to life. Learn more about accountability.

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Plus, you will receive a PDF copy of the finished book. Estimated delivery Aug Ships to Only certain countries. Estimated delivery Sep Estimated delivery Oct Reward no longer available. Reward no longer available 1 backer.

Funding period May 15, – Jun 14, 30 days.