The year was 1993, and I was in college. I had a group of friends who used to meet in a study room in the library to play pen and paper role-playing games. A particular pen and paper role-playing game crossed our table during the Fall semester – it was published by a Swedish company known as Target Games, and we were absolute fascinated by the prospect the entire world held. Fighting the Dark Symmetry and aberrations across the solar system; finding corruption in the midst of the mega-corporations; and helping the Brotherhood purge the taint wherever the Dark Legion tread. It was glorious, even if the rules and books then were not very well done and fragmented. We had a great time. It had been translated into 16 languages. It spawned three board games, a card game (Doom Troopers), two video games, and two miniature games (including the revived Warzone). Even a movie staring Thomas Jane and Ron Perlman*.
This game? Why, Mutant Chronicles, of course.
I still have the core rulebook on my shelf. A lot of us fans have been waiting for a very long time that someone, somewhere would republish the core material with more polish and care. It seems like forever, but finally someone grabbed the license reigns and created a new edition. Enter Modiphius Entertainment and Chris Birch.
From the man and team that brought you Achtung! Cthulhu on Kickstarter, Modiphius Entertainment is now reviving the old franchise of Mutant Chronicles in a glorious 3rd Edition. Modiphius has already funded the core book in gorgeous full colour hardcover, adding a Player’s Guide softback, and is well on the way to a long series of stretch goals. Modiphius has re-designed the rules with a new d20 / roll under eight attribute based cinematic system, playtested with over 400 groups.
The plan is a re-write of the setting guides and supplements to include brand new material alongside the existing storyline. Supporters can expect the usual high quality production values seen in Modiphius’ Achtung! Cthulhu project.
In their own words:
Awesome new art will reveal never before seen parts of the Mutant Chronicles universe alongside the existing fantastic images by Paul Bonner, Peter Bergting and Paolo Parente. There will be huge campaigns, fantastic accessories and miniatures produced in conjunction with Prodos Games (who successfully re-launched the Warzone miniatures game) specifically for the roleplaying game. See below for more information on the world of Mutant Chronicles and new plans for the game.
Being a fan, I am excited to see what they have in store. Apparently so is every other fan in Europe and North America, since the game Funded almost right after being put up on Kickstarter.
There’s plenty of stretch goals and pledge levels covering all the material you could possibly want. New campaigns, new books and new ideas. I am getting into the hard print myself, but you might want to look into pledging to get your own PDFs, to save on shipping.
As you’ll see below we next want to fund the Corporate Guides, the next main setting book: DARK LEGION which carries the story forward some 700 years to the time of the original roleplaying game and then DARK SOUL (the in depth guide to the Apostles and Dark Legion). We’ll be upgrading the main setting books to full cover hardcover later on. Remember – if we unlock hardcover, full colour versions of the books, your pledge or Add On is automatically upgraded for free!
- Website: www.modiphius.com
- Game Facebook: www.facebook.com/mutantchroniclesrpg
- Company Facebook: www.facebook.com/modiphius
- Twitter: @modiphius
- Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/modiphius/mutant-chronicles-3rd-ed-rpg
* I never did say it was a GOOD movie, now, did I?
Nathan is a 40-ish year-old gamer, father and programmer. His hobbies are board games, video games and watching his son. He wrote for http://www.ironmanmode.com/ for the years of 2012 and 2013 to make money for Child’s Play. He has been basically playing games since the 1980’s in one form or another. His very first favorite video game was actually an arcade game called Dig Dug. He has played every generation of video game console (including the Magnavox Odyssey)