New and Reimagined Edition of Scandinavia’s First and Biggest RPG Launched on Kickstarter Today
“The hostility between dragons and demons brought death and ruin upon the ancient civilizations. However, it created the conditions which allowed humans and other kin to flourish. But as sure as night follows day, the time will come again when dragons and demons fight for power over humanity, nature, and the eternal mysteries.”
A legend is reborn. Free League today launched the kickstarter for Dragonbane / Drakar och Demoner, a new and reimagined edition of Sweden’s first and biggest tabletop roleplaying game. The highly anticipated fantasy game was funded in just 4 minutes. The new edition has already raised more than 100,000 USD during the first hour, with 23 days to go.
Dragonbane / Drakar och Demoner on Kickstarter
The campaign includes both English and Swedish editions of the game. All pledges with physical rewards that are made within 24 hours will receive an exclusive bonus art print by artist Johan Egerkrans.
The Dragonbane / Drakar och Demoner Kickstarter campaign includes a free Quickstart PDF available for download at no cost, with a complete introductory adventure and five pre-generated characters.
Dragonbane / Drakar och Demoner on Kickstarter Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lndcmdiaJZs
Drakar och Demoner originally launched in 1982 and has been Scandinavias largest and most beloved tabletop RPG brand ever since. Now, Free League celebrates its 40th anniversary with a reimagined edition based on the heritage of decades of Swedish gaming, updated through the innovative game design for which Free League has been praised for worldwide.
THE SWEDISH HERITAGE
The roleplaying community has been talking a lot about the “Swedish wave” in the RPG world in the last years. With the Swedish roleplaying scene being strong ever since the 80s, the incredible passion for the hobby and the extensive heritage has helped Swedish game creators being at the forefront when it comes to innovative and creative game design.
Drakar och Demoner is the game that started it all. It was the very first Swedish roleplaying game and still is the most beloved game in Scandinavia. The first 1982 edition of the game was a translation of Magic World by Chaosium, but Drakar och Demoner soon took a life of its own, evolving the game world through a dozen various editions being created in Sweden over the decades. Now, Free League is proud to bring Drakar och Demoner to an international audience under the English title Dragonbane.
Dragonbane is a classic fantasy RPG full of magic, mystery, and adventure. This new edition is designed from the ground up to facilitate fast-paced fantasy adventures, with very little prep time and adventures that are a breeze to run.
Dragonbane is not a setting-heavy game, but the core game set describes the Misty Vale, a hidden mountain valley until recently overrun by orcs and goblins. In recent years, the orcs have retreated to the mountains, leaving the land open for adventurers.
The game invites players to experience fantasy adventures of all kinds. However, it is also a game with room for laughs and even a pinch of silliness – inspired by of how Drakar and Demoner always has been played in Sweden.
Do not, however, mistake it for an easy game. It will present formidable challenges for all adventurers. Free League call this playstyle “mirth and mayhem roleplaying” – great for long campaigns, but also perfect for a one-shot.
The mythology revolves around the eternal struggle between dragons and demons. The ruins of fallen kingdoms, that once worshipped either of these rival godlike creatures, beckon brave adventurers with the lure of hidden treasures.
The Game Rules
The new edition of Dragonbane/Drakar och Demoner are based on the core rules of the early editions, however the game design is further developed and carefully updated by Free League.
Each player character has six base attributes, each ranging from 3 to 18, and skills on a 1–20 scale. The core mechanic is rolling a D20 equal to or lower than the skill level to succeed. As an optional rule, a player can push a roll as in Free League’s Year Zero Engine games, allowing a re-roll but triggering a negative condition of some kind.
The Boxed Set
The Dragonbane core game will come in a boxed set, to honor the original editions from the 1980s. The set will include a core rulebook, an introductory scenario with pre-generated characters, and a huge, beautiful map of the Misty Vale setting, created by the magnificent cartographer Francesca Baerald.
If the base funding goal is exceeded, the boxed set will be expanded with a range of stretch goals, including custom dice, custom cards, additional pre-generated characters, and additional adventures, creating a complete campaign to play in the Misty Vale.
All backers will get early access to PDF versions of the complete core set ahead of the official release.
More details about Dragonbane will be shared via Free League’s social media accounts throughout the Kickstarter-campaign.