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Almost two centuries ago the lightning-powered ships of Ceramia pierced the skies of Soburin heralding an age of oppression that still marks the lands with the resources stripped from the countryside. Ripped away from a long age of peace and broken by soldiers wielding scientifically advanced weaponry, the warriors of the prefectures were drafted into a distant conflict across the edge of the world and ancient traditions of violence have reawakened a thirst for blood in those few that survive in the decaying world. Emperor Hitoshi’s rebellion a decade ago threw down foreign rule but an ancient danger has reappeared to push society to the brink of collapse: the Mists of Akuma.

The corrupting fog transforms those within it into bloodthirsty adeddo-oni, monsters that seek only the rending of flesh and the taste of living meat. Nobles have retreated to the cities dotting the countryside leaving the common folk to face the supernatural haze alone, adding to the undead horde. Nature itself has been perilously wounded and the technology that might save the prefectures is shunned and feared by the Masuto Dynasty and Emperor Hitoshi’s subjects.

Mists of Akuma is an eastern fantasy noir steampunk campaign setting for use with the newest edition of the world’s most popular tabletop roleplaying game. Using new mechanics steeped in eastern lore, the book focuses on providing in-depth urban settings and a diverse array of character options to make truly unique parties of adventurers perfectly suited to survive the decay and desperation in Soburin. Bengoshi (governmental agents) empowered to deputize individuals in service of the Masuto Dynasty are attempting to hold the apocalypse at bay but intrigue and graft are as common and deadly as the corrupting fog, and the ancient threat’s influence is spread all the further by the despair of Emperor Hitoshi’s subjects.

In the 275 page Mists of Akuma rulebook you’ll find...

  • An overview of the recent history of Soburin and basic information about the world including the dangerous Mists of Akuma, rules for traveling the prefectures, and what rigors maddened explorers must overcome to visit the apocalypse that has become of the other continents.

  • Over 100 NPCs and monsters ranging from foreign generals to eastern dragons, powerful bengoshi and underlings from each of the 24 unique clans, and more than two dozen kami, oni, and tsukumogami!

  • Cultural practices and traditions for Soburin inspired by and drawn from eastern lore.

  • Gorgeous cover artwork by Claudio Pozas, interior scene illustrations by Indi Martin and Sara Shijo, and character illustrations by Jacob Blackmon and Nathanael Batchelor!

  • A chapter each detailing three different cities: the capital of the Imperial Prefecture, Sanbaoshi, the advanced mechanical metropolis of Kyofu, and the traditionalist magic-steeped settlement of Nagabuki.

  • Short stories with gorgeous half page illustrations at the start of each chapter to firmly posit the desperation and diversity inherent to adventuring in Soburin!

  • Details on each of the two dozen clans of the prefectures, including the bengoshi that negotiate on the behalf of each ruling family’s lady or lord and how the Kengen Occupation affected each region of Soburin.

  • 7 new character backgrounds and guidelines for adapting existing character backgrounds when playing in Soburin as well as new conditions, the Culture skill, and 6 maps for the continent and its settlements by cartographers Michael McCarthy, Mike Myler, and Tommi Salama!

  • 19 different archetypes that provide exciting theme-appropriate character options for every class! Take the paladin samurai oath or the fell pact of the warlock wu-jen, grab some ninja rogue levels, or even become a bardic gun priest!

  • 14 new races to breathe life into Soburin, making it an exotic and unique world that is eager to shrug off the shackles of western imperialism: a trio of human subraces, bakemono goblins, ape folk enjin. 11 different kinds of hengeyokai, kappa turtle folk, gigantic mutants, undead necroji, corrupted oni-touched, psionic psonorous, frog-like pyon, hobgoblin shikome, automaton steametics, wily tanuki, soaring tengu, and the umibo water people!

  • 32 new character feats, over 10 pages of equipment that ranges from new armor and weapons to steampunk prostheses and vehicles, and 22 new eastern-themed spells!

  • Revenge of the Pale Master, an epic 25 page mystery adventure set in the industrialized city of Kizaki beneath the shadow of an ancient, evil necromancer that has the settlement firmly within his ethereal grasp.

If you aren’t sure if this exciting new campaign setting is for you, download the five free preview PDFs of Mists of Akuma to see what perils await within this deluxe tome!

Death and corruption are everywhere, and only the devious or strong thrive as the world dies around them.

Can you survive the Mists of Akuma?

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December 23, 2017 8:31 pm UTC
I don't understand when and where the mists come. Is it a daily occurrence? Is the whole continent covered at once, a prefecture at a time, or just small clouds? How is the daily life of a peasant in a small mountain village affected? Or a middle-class city dweller?
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May 14, 2017 6:59 pm UTC
Where are the prices for the Firearms that are not Matchlocks in the equipment section?
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May 18, 2017 7:58 pm UTC
Only weapons listed in the equipment chapter are regularly available to PCs -- anything else they need to pilfer or scavenge off of a corpse :D (you may decide to use the prices listed in the DMG though if you like.)
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Stacie W April 25, 2017 10:16 am UTC
As a backer of the KS I just got the print version in the mail and I do have to say, this B/W option does not make it all that easy to read. The art is hard to discern in places, the writing does blend into the background in places and I think the primary choices of black background with white lettering without it being a premium quality product does this game a big disservice.

It desperately needs to be colored, as the original previews were shown to us because it would be a much more amazing product if it was full color... or just switch it to white background/black lettering because it would then be more readable.

Still, I intend to put this to use, because the setting is so awesome.
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Jason S May 02, 2017 10:28 pm UTC

Thanks for your feedback! I'll pass it on to Mike!

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tanya L March 28, 2017 2:35 pm UTC
I recently bought the ink friendly version. How do I get the colour version and when is a print bundle available?
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April 06, 2017 4:15 am UTC
Unfortunately there is no color version of Mists of Akuma (the Kickstarter gathered enough funds for awesome artwork but not in color.) That said, all of the adventures coming along for the campaign setting are in full color -- and the print bundle just went back online. :D
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tanya L April 06, 2017 7:16 am UTC
Ok, thanks :) Is there any discount for the print version having bought the pdf already?
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April 07, 2017 9:13 am UTC
Possibly, but that really isn't my department--shoot an email to the publisher at jaye|_a|t_| :)
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Jason S April 17, 2017 11:28 pm UTC
Shoot me an email Paul.
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Jason S February 07, 2017 5:30 pm UTC
For those who were having issues with the files, they have been updated.
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January 26, 2017 12:49 pm UTC
I am using Adobe Acrobat reader and am getting a damaged file error on thr web pdf (color version). The black and white version opens fine
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Jason S January 31, 2017 1:34 am UTC
I'll update the files, see if that fixes it.
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January 26, 2017 12:06 am UTC
Getting an error when trying to open the PDF
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Jason S January 26, 2017 3:08 am UTC
Which one? And what app are you using?
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January 25, 2017 10:59 pm UTC
Do you get the ink friendly version as well if you purchase the print + PDF version?
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Jason S January 26, 2017 3:08 am UTC
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Jason S January 26, 2017 3:38 am UTC
Correction. The current print + PDF bundle includes the black background version. I can also send you a copy of the print friendly version if you'd like, as well. I'll likely set up a bundle in the coming week that includes the print friendly version at no additional cost. When I do, I'll update the previous buyers and make that copy available to them (again, at no cost).

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