Orbis Terrarum, a new fantasy RPG system up on Kickstarter now

By on 8 November 2013

Orbis Terrarum is a unique UK born fantasy role-playing game set in a richly detailed world shaped by sword, sorcery, history and evolution.

Orbis Terrarum is a game set in a rich, living world and ecology. We like to call the genre ‘gritty heroism’ – this is low fantasy, not Tolkien, with heroes in the vein of Firefly or Game of Thrones, but also a lot in common with the classic pulp adventures of Conan, Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser, Nifft the Lean, and other heroes of sword and sorcery. We don’t have elven kingdoms or dwarven clans, but rather vibrant human cultures and history. Science and magic have equal weight – alchemy and scientific method function alongside each other and compliment the magics of geomancy, earthpower and daemonology.

History is full of the efforts of human cultures, but they are not alone. For centuries men have called creatures from other worlds, from strange spaces and dimensions beyond their own called Pandaemonium, or the Daemon Sea. Some people call them a plague, others servants of the divine: Daemons, Spirits, Gods; it was they that brought about the Fall of the first age, from which mankind is only now recovered.

Although things are often bloodily realistic, both rules and setting allow for heroism as well as grim practicalities. We’ve an unromantic system rewarding tactical sense, but PCs are tough enough to justify feats of heroism and daring do as well.

With original artwork by Gary Chalk and Oliver Cuthbertson this is a truly well crafted Indie RPG, please come and take a look and give us your support.


About Dave McAlister

Dave has been roleplaying for over 30 years, having played and/or run most mainstream systems with the espionage genre being an early favourite. So much so that, in 1999, he started Modus Operandi. That same year he joined the Sarbreenar “Living” campaign team as their plotline controller before moving across to the Living Spycraft campaign team (as UK Regional Branch Director) in 2003. 2003 also saw the birth of UK Role Players as well as Dave’s first freelance writing appointment (co-writing World Militaries and consulting on both US Militaries and Battlegrounds, all for Spycraft).

Since then, Dave has concentrated on supporting the UK gaming scene. He has organised and run several small, one-day, events and was the RPG Area Manager for Gen Con UK in 2004. His current favourite systems are Dungeons & Dragons (specifically 5th Edition), Savage Worlds and Cinematic Unisystem. He has a (currently neglected) blog at dave.mcalister.org.uk and runs a D&D 5e SRD website at DnD5e.info.


  1. simon "fifty" clements

    9 November 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Woo-hoo We’ve just hit our first stretch goal so we’re dancing around with excitement! 🙂

    …for starters the stretch goal means we get a whole bunch more art by Gary Chalk of Lonewolf gamebooks, Talisman boardgame, and early Warhammer & White Dwarf mag.

    Now we’re just hoping with your support we can keep it up and hit the next one!! 8)

  2. shortymonster

    9 November 2013 at 4:58 pm

    I’m a huge fan of this game, and have been lucky enough to be involved in the play test process for a good few years and I can confirm that these guys have put a whole lot of work into creating an amazing game. One thing not mentioned above, but it is on their Kickstarter page is that because the game is finished bar some artwork to be improved now that they’ve hit their stretch goal, means that anyone who goes in at digital or above will get a pdf of the full game as soon as the Kickstarter campaign finishes, no risk at all.

    And if you’re wanting some more info about the game, I’ve been putting reviews up as I’ve been playing it weekly at the moment, and my IC player diary of the campaign. Check out all such info through the link.


  3. fifty

    28 November 2013 at 11:04 pm

    In our last 48 hours now, come and give a UK RPG a bit of support! 🙂

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