Children of Orion: The Venu Sourcebook – OUT NOW!

We’re delighted to announce the launch today of CHILDREN OF ORION – THE VENU SOURCEBOOK, the brand new supplement for our transhuman science-fiction RPG Mindjammer – The Roleplaying Game, by Mindjammer creator Sarah Newton and David Donachie (Legends of Anglerre, Solipsist).

YOU WILL KNEEL BEFORE THE EMPEROR—OR DIE!

“To dwell on the past is weakness! We were born from nucleonic fire. We were forged in flame and suffering. And now we march to the stars and make the spawn of abomination burn!”

Welcome to the Bright Empire of Venu—the interstellar civilisation of the “bad guys” of Human Space! An ancient people of xenophobic human supremacists, survivors of an ancient war, now hellbent on cleansing the cosmos of abomination and bringing the purifying word of their undying God-Emperor to the stars.

Children of Orion—the Venu Sourcebook provides a whole new universe of adventure for your Mindjammer games—a harsh and violent interstellar empire beyond the Commonality frontier. Play rebels against the domineering rule of the God-Emperor, mutated troopers and servitors of the sinister Dark Radiance fighting against the cultural inroads of the Commonality—or Commonality agents themselves, working behind enemy lines to defeat an implacable foe which once devastated the Core Worlds! It’s a completely different vibe for your Mindjammer games—darker, more desperate, where the survival of an entire people is at stake.

Children of Orion—the Venu Sourcebook includes:

  • Prehistories and histories of the Empire of Venu
  • The strange powers of the Dark Radiance
  • Starmaps and world descriptions
  • Full details for creating Venu characters, including genotypes, occupations, and cultures
  • Venu tech and starships
  • Guidelines for playing Venu campaigns. Fight against the Venu, or play a Venu character yourself!

Also check out Sarah Newton’s blog post today on the genesis of the Venu and Children of Orion.

Children of Orion—the Venu Sourcebook is now available in PDF format on Modiphius.net and DriveThruRPG, with the print edition available from the 23rd November.

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Mindjammer Press – Fifth Birthday Sale! 20% off!

Late last month Mindjammer Press turned five years old, marking half a decade of publishing role-playing games and related fiction! It’s been an absolute whirlwind – two RPGs, over a dozen books, and three expansive and exciting settings for adventure. And of course we couldn’t have done any of this without you!
To celebrate our fifth birthday, we’re holding a one-week sale of all our Mindjammer Press products (Wed 4th October thru Tuesday 10 October), with a full 20% off all our PDF products and selected print products on both DriveThru RPG and the Modiphius Entertainment webstore. The sale covers the Mindjammer – The Roleplaying Game range of RPG and fiction products (core book, supplements, and novel), the Monsters & Magic roleplaying game, and the new novel for the upcoming Chronicles of Future Earth RPG setting, The Worm Within. Check it out today!
We’d like to say a HUGE thank-you to everyone who has supported us over the past five years, buying and playing our games and books, backing our Kickstarter, helping spread the word, and encouraging us to keep producing our games and worlds, and of course a special thanks to Chris and Rita Birch and all the team at Modiphius Entertainment for being such awesome distribution partners. We hope you’ll join us for many more years and worlds to come!
Best,
Sarah Newton, Chris McWilliam, Jason Juta, and the whole team at Mindjammer Press

Novel release: THE WORM WITHIN – THE FIRST CHRONICLE OF FUTURE EARTH

“Classic fantasy packed with exquisite and original touches…” – Jaine Fenn, author of the Hidden Empire series.

Mindjammer Press is delighted to announce the release today of THE WORM WITHIN, the new cosmic fantasy novel from ENnie Award-winning writer Sarah Newton (Mindjammer, Achtung! Cthulhu, Monsters & Magic, Legends of Anglerre). Subtitled “The First Chronicle of Future Earth”, this is the first in a series of epic fantasy novels set in the strange world of Earth’s very far future, a world of uncanny gods and demons, weird sorceries, and ancient and deadly technologies.

In the last centuries of the Fifth Cycliad, a great malaise fell on the lands of humankind…

It is the far future. Our civilisation, and its glorious technological future, is gone. Only rusted ruins and tunnels beneath the ancient cities hint at what once was. In the Chronomancer’s Tower, a young apprentice stumbles upon a secret which will change the world; an ancient evil, little more than a fairy tale to frighten children, is real, and threatening to return. But is everything what it seems? Wheels turn within wheels, and political machinations wrought by selfish men and women bring the world to the brink of devastation. Can Iago and his unlikely allies unravel the knot in time, and fathom the mystery of… the Worm Within?

Some said it was the end of days. Some said it was only the beginning. These pages tell the story of that time yet to come. These are the Chronicles of Future Earth.

THE WORM WITHIN is available right now in physical (trade paperback) and ebook versions, from the following outlets:

  • In trade paperback and ebook bundle (PDF, epub, Kindle MOBI) from our awesome distribution partner, Modiphius Entertainment.
  • In ebook bundle (PDF, epub, Kindle MOBI) and (very shortly) trade paperback from DriveThruFiction and DriveThruRPG.
  • In trade paperback and Kindle version from Amazon (.com, .co.uk, .ca, .de, .fr, etc).
  • In bookstores via Ingram Group distribution (please ask your bookstore to order you a copy if they don’t have it in yet!).
  • Available via other major ebook retailers (iBooks, Barnes & Noble, etc) in the new few days.

THE WORM WITHIN marks the start of a major new line of fiction and RPG titles from Mindjammer Press, to be followed by our Chronicles of Future Earth RPG crowdfunding campaign later in 2017.

Just us, and take up the cry for Heroes, to stand against the dying of the light and save the world from the sins of its past. The Autocracy abides!

“Thrilling, inventive, and full of wonder.” – Howard Andrew Jones, author of The Desert of Souls.

“The start of an absolutely fantastic new series!” – GMS Magazine

The Monsters & Magic RPG back in print!


Mindjammer Press and Modiphius Entertainment are delighted to announce the release of the acclaimed Monsters & Magic roleplaying game, available now in a brand new print edition (including a complementary PDF!) for just £19.99 on DriveThruRPG.com.

“Honestly, this looks set to become one of my new favourite games. I give it a 5 of 5 for Substance.” — RPG.net review

Created by Sarah Newton, author of the ENnie award-winning Mindjammer roleplaying game, Monsters & Magic features old school fantasy with new school play, letting you play your beloved old 1st edition modules and campaigns using this modern rules set with an old school vibe—with little or no conversion!

Combining the atmosphere of classic fantasy games with modern RPG mechanics, Monsters & Magic lets you use old school fantasy gaming material with little or no conversion with a new and innovative set of rules. Battle giants, defeat dragons, explore deadly dungeons and mysterious wilderlands—and bring your favourite adventures, supplements, spellbooks, and bestiaries to brilliant new life!

Monsters & Magic features:

• the Effect Engine, a modular open-license rules system
• action-packed adventure from 1st to 20th level and beyond
• rules for castles, kingdoms, guilds, and warships
Silvermoon, an introductory adventure for levels 1-4
• new rules for alignment, hazards, encounters, treasures, epic and mythic gaming, and more!
• 140 pages, black & white interior.

Dust off your spell book, polish that suit of +1 plate armour, and unsheathe your vorpal blade. Adventure awaits!

Monsters & Magic is a complete fantasy roleplaying game—you need nothing else to play. However, please note that while Monsters & Magic is a standalone game, featuring rules which can take you to 20th level and beyond, it’s also specifically designed to work with your favourite classic fantasy bestiaries and spell books. As such, it contains 1st and 2nd level spells and just over 20 sample monsters—enough to cater for your first 4 or so levels of play. Although the rules can take you much further, you’ll want to use your own classic bestiaries or spellbooks for higher level characters, or any of those available for free online!

Keep an eye out for our other Monsters & Magic products now in development, including:

All Under Heaven — Oriental Monsters & Magic (coming soon!)
The Heroic Companion — Hero Scale Adventures for Monsters & Magic.
The Horror of Haugling Hall — a Monsters & Magic adventure for levels 1-4.

We hope you’ll take the chance to enjoy this brand new printed version of this classic fantasy roleplaying game and look out for more great Monsters & Magic titles appearing soon!

Buy the 140-page softback edition of Monsters & Magic today!

Preorder now! Cosmic fantasy with THE WORM WITHIN novel – The First Chronicle of Future Earth!

Click to preorder!

In the last centuries of the Fifth Cycliad, a great malaise fell on the lands of humankind…

It is the far future. Our civilisation, and its glorious technological future, is gone. Only rusted ruins and tunnels beneath the ancient cities hint at what once was. In the Chronomancer’s Tower, a young apprentice stumbles upon a secret which will change the world; an ancient evil, little more than a fairy tale to frighten children, is real, and threatening to return. But is everything what it seems? Wheels turn within wheels, and political machinations wrought by selfish men and women bring the world to the brink of devastation. Can Iago and his unlikely allies unravel the knot in time, and fathom the mystery of… the Worm Within?

Some said it was the end of days. Some said it was only the beginning. These pages tell the story of that time yet to come. These are the Chronicles of Future Earth.


Mindjammer Press and Modiphius Entertainment are delighted to announce THE WORM WITHIN, the first novel for The Chronicles of Future Earth, a tale of epic cosmic fantasy by Sarah Newton (author of the Mindjammer novel and RPG). The 336-page trade paperback is available for preorder today, and will be released by Modiphius Fiction on June 1st 2017! All preorders of the physical version come with a complimentary suite of ebook files (epub, Kindle, PDF), also releasing on the 1st June.

THE WORM WITHIN is the first novel in the Chronicles of Future Earth sequence, and precedes the upcoming Chronicles of Future Earth RPG from Mindjammer Press and Modiphius Entertainment, which will be kickstarting in Q4 this year.

The Commonality salutes you – and the Autocracy abides!

Mindjammer – Traveller edition now available!

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Modiphius Entertainment and Mindjammer Press are delighted to announce the release of Mindjammer – Transhuman Adventure in the Second Age of Space (“Mindjammer Traveller”), a complete 384-page hardback setting supplement for the second edition TRAVELLER RPG from Mongoose Publishing. The ENnie Award-winning transhuman science-fiction RPG setting returns, in a brand new edition for use with the TRAVELLER roleplaying game!

Available now in print + PDF bundle and PDF-only version from the Modiphius webstore and in PDF-only version from RPGNow / DriveThruRPG.

Mindjammer Traveller has been written by Sarah Newton and John Snead (who did all the heavy-lifting on the conversion), with gorgeous layout and artwork from Jason Juta and his team of visioneers, and features:

  • full rules for starships, organisations, and culture operations;
  • detailed character cultures, genotypes, and new careers – play a sentient starship!
  • new and innovative systems for describing planets, star systems, and alien life;
  • deep setting material on the New Commonality of Humankind;
  • rules for the Mindscape and virtual worlds;
  • starmaps and planet descriptions, histories, and background.
  • THE UNIVERSE AWAITS!

    Never has there been a greater time of opportunity. The universe is in flux, and for the first time in ten thousand years no one knows what the future will bring. Charge your blaster, thoughtcast your orders to the starship sentience, and fire up the planing engines. Come and defend the light of humanity’s greatest civilisation as it spreads to the stars!

    (Requires the use of the Traveller Core Rulebook, available from Mongoose Publishing.)

Mindjammer: BLUE now available!

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We’re delighted to announce that the new Mindjammer adventure BLUE is now available for order, in physical version (with complimentary PDF) and PDF version. You can buy the physical version + complimentary PDF from the Modiphius webstore here, and the PDF version from DriveThru / RPGNow here. The physical version will be available in your friendly local game store in the new year.

ADVENTURE IN THE RUINS OF AN ALIEN WORLD

Blue. A beautiful yet alien world. Until six hundred years ago it was the home of an unimaginably advanced alien species, poised in splendid isolation on the brink of transcendence, refusing even to communicate with the lesser intelligences which had colonised its planetary twin. That’d be us—homo variens, the diverse and curious descendants of the colonists from Old Earth. Even our probes and telescopes were deflected, leaving us with tantalising glimpses of wonders beyond our ability to understand.

Then, six hundred years ago, the alien civilisation fell. Almost overnight: the lights on the surface of the planet Blue went out, the aliens’ structures seemed to dissolve, and the barrier which had protected them from prying eyes for millennia collapsed. But where had they all gone? Amid magnificent ruins we found devolved life forms, as confused and as uncomprehending as we.

None of us ever knew what had been lost. Until now. Now the Blues are back—and no one knows if even the Commonality can resist them. Let’s hope they want to be friends…

There’s been a murder on the fallen world of Blue, a planet of ragtag survivors and curious human colonists researching the remains of a near-transcendent alien civilisation. But the culprit is stranger than anyone had imagined; and, as factions manoeuvre for influence and control, a mystery is uncovered which threatens to change the Commonality forever!

BLUE includes:

  • Two whole alien worlds: maps, ecosystems, exointelligences, cultures, and more;
  • A multi-session adventure of intrigue, conspiracy, and mystery spanning an entire star system;
  • Secrets of the Commonality and the Mindjammer setting!

Buy your copy of BLUE today, in physical version + comp PDF copy, or in PDF-only version. The Commonality salutes you!

BLUE – Adventure in the Ruins of an Alien World.

Softback, 80 pages.

A Mindjammer adventure.

Mindjammer Press at the Utopiales in Nantes (29-30 Oct 2016)

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This weekend (29 and 30 October 2016), Mindjammer Press’s Sarah Newton is going to be at the Utopiales convention in Nantes, one of the biggest science-fiction festivals in France. She’ll be doing signings at 10am Saturday and Sunday, as well as two panel discussions on Saturday 29th:

  • 12 noon: Steampunk, Dieselpunk, and Cyberpunk (in Mr Spock’s Forum)
  • 2pm: Crowdfunding (in Mr Spock’s Forum)

We’ll be selling copies of the Mindjammer RPG core book, the Mindjammer novel, and the supplements Hearts and Minds, The City People, and Dominion. And of course Sarah will be wandering the halls in search of friends and the latest books and games, so if you spot her please say hi!

We look forward to seeing you there!

BLUE “thoughtcast edition” pre-release PDF

Blue CoverThe “thoughtcast edition” pre-release PDF of the new Mindjammer adventure BLUE is now available for Kickstarter backers to download!

If you backed the Kickstarter, you’ll be receiving an automated email with download links shortly, and you can also access it from your Backerkit account at https://mindjammer-the-roleplaying-game.backerkit.com/

This is a multi-session adventure / mini-campaign by Sarah Newton and John Snead set among the ruins of a near-transcendent alien civilisation, and takes your characters deep into the unknown.

Read the update here:

Here’s a  landscape shot of the world of Jessila, the second garden world in the system.

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Ian Liddle joins Mindjammer Press as Operations Manager

Ian Liddle-18-05-16Hi everyone! We’re delighted to welcome Ian Liddle to the Mindjammer Press team today as our new operations manager. Ian’s an experienced hand in the roleplaying games industry, having spent twelve years publishing as Applied Vectors, undertaking freelance games conversion, and doing writing and layout work for such luminaries as FASA Games Inc, Battlefield Press, BTRC, Utherwald Press, and most recently Shades of Vengeance.
 
As Mindjammer Press operations manager, he’ll be immediately taking over the management of our online presence, including the Mindjammer Press website, forums, and social media, as well as assisting with the day-to-day running of the company. Since our successful Mindjammer Kickstarter last December, we’ve been delighted to find ourselves increasingly busy, and can’t wait for Ian to join the team and help pilot Mindjammer Press into the future!
 
Ian joins me, Sarah Newton (Mindjammer Press director), and Jason Juta (our art director) on the management team, together with our fantastic team of writers, designers, and artists, including John Snead, Graham Spearing, Paul Mitchener, David Donachie, Michal Cross, Andy Wintrip, Ian Stead, Eric Lofgren, and Daniel Voss.
 
Welcome aboard, Ian!