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Nobilis: the Game of Sovereign Powers (2002 Edition)

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In 2002, James Wallis and Hogshead Publishing Ltd. brought Nobilis: the Game of Sovereign Powers into the world—a diceless RPG that gave each character control over an elemental aspect of reality. Designed as a boutique-quality coffee table book, it sold through its first printing in a flash and received a suite of positive reviews. The second printing fell into the hands of a malfeasant distributor and vanished. The third printi...

There was no third printing.

Nobilis: the Game of Sovereign Powers was never seen again.

Fast forward to Christmas, 2014.

The game line had moved on, of course. There was even a new edition from Eos Press, available here. But wise heads and caring hearts agreed: there was still something missing. The hearts of those who loved it, or would love it, still cried out for Nobilis: the Game of Sovereign Powers.

...and at last it has come.

Thanks to the generous assistance of Kari Tuurihalme, Rand Brittain, James Wallis, and Daniel Solis, it’s now possible for you to obtain a PDF version of the classic RPG, Nobilis: the Game of Sovereign Powers. Yes, it’s a little outdated. Yes, it’s 11”x11”. Yes, it’s not yet possible to print on demand.

It’s also a legend.

Enjoy.

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Jim L October 02, 2021 8:23 pm UTC
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The product brief should be revised to omit the link to the Eos Press edition on DTR, which is now broken.
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Aaron A August 07, 2021 7:15 am UTC
This says that there "was no third printing."

I do own a "Nobilis 3" from this site which seems to no longer be for sale. I love the concept of Nobilis and may be willing to purchase this edition, but I would like to know why the edition I own has been apparently disowned by the author.

I'm sorry if it isn't kosher to ask or there's some drama there, but this seems to be an older edition so I would like to know why the newer edition I own is no longer acknowledged.
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Jessica F August 11, 2021 4:35 pm UTC
That description is referring to the third print run of the second edition, not to the third edition. She hasn't disowned the third edition; the third edition is no longer on sale here because of distribution rights nonsense thanks to (from what I recall) the publisher for 3e going under.
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Randford B August 11, 2021 5:30 pm UTC
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The third edition was published by Eos Press, who defrauded Jenna over Chuubo's Marvelous Wish-Granting Engine and then more-or-less vanished from the internet. They own the layout elements and art, so Jenna was unable to sell the book without their involvement and unwilling to let them continue to to it for her.

A fourth edition of Nobilis is currently in playtesting and is likely to Kickstart in late 2022 or 2023. If you want to learn more about Jenna's recent and future products, you could join her public Discord server at https://discord.gg/gutdr2P9ea .
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Jeremy T July 04, 2021 6:13 am UTC
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Hi,
I recently purchased the PDF of Nobilis. I would like to print it, but the unusual size makes it impractical to print at home -- plus it's long and that would be really expensive.
I have found I can print it through Barnes & Noble, but they require written permission from the copyright holder.
Does anyone know if the purchase include printing rights for personal use? Is it possible to get this permission in writing from DriveThruRPG, or would I need to contact the author herself?
In general, can anyone advise me about printing this PDF and the copyright issues associated with it?
Thank you,
--JT
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Lan D H September 12, 2021 6:31 pm UTC
Would love to hear any follow up on this.
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Christos L January 19, 2020 2:47 pm UTC
Any chance for PoD ?
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Christopher H April 25, 2020 5:19 pm UTC
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It's an extremely unusual format (11"x11") and DTRPG's largest supported format is 8.5"x11". So if PoD were to happen, it would have to be through a different printer...
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John N October 24, 2020 7:12 am UTC
Well then, any chance of Kickstarting a new printing then? That way you don't have to go all forward with the investment and hope it sells.
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Christopher L October 23, 2017 1:55 pm UTC
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Any chance we'll see The Game of Powers released in PDF format as well?

Also, where's the file with the cover art others mentioned previously?
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Randford B January 08, 2018 5:46 am UTC
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Game of Powers is in proofing, albeit on the low-priority track.

It's up for PoD, even, since it's a normal size!

I'll ask about the cover.
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ARTEMIY K October 22, 2016 7:15 pm UTC
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What are the fonts used here? I am mostly GMing 3e, but I love 2e's fonts a lot, so I'd love to make handouts in the same style, and possibly re-lay-out 3e with using 2e assets for my personal use.
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Randford B October 30, 2016 7:30 pm UTC
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Adobe Caslon Pro, Arial, ITC Zapf Dingbats, Finesse, Myriad Pro, Times New Roman, and Trajan.
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Colin B February 05, 2015 11:25 am UTC
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Is there any chance that the original Little Pink Book of Nobilis first edition is being pdf'ed and may become available?
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Jay D February 06, 2015 4:14 pm UTC
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I'd buy an OEF copy of the Little Pink Book, so long as it had good bookmarks.
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Randford B January 08, 2018 5:47 am UTC
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It's a possibility, but it's going to be harder than the others because all the tables were saved as little jpegs and I'd have to have somebody recreate them.
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Jay D December 18, 2014 8:59 am UTC
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This says "original electronic format." Does it have decent bookmarks?
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Randford B January 03, 2015 12:04 am UTC
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It does. Daniel added bookmarks to the new files as part of the reconstruction process.
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Jay D January 03, 2015 1:12 am UTC
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No, it does not.

The copy I bought and reviewed on 19 December 2014 does not have any bookmarks at all. It also lacks pages showing the front cover and the back cover, and there exist some changes in the interior art from the original hard copy edition. Search RPG.net's forums for the list of artwork changes.

As of the time of this comment, DTRPG shows "File Last Updated December 11, 2014," which means the file available for sale hasn't changed since I bought it.

These minor defects don't make me regret my purchase at the sale price of $20. The PDF allows all Document Permissions, and I can add pages and bookmarks myself. On the other hand, had I read Rand B's claim before purchase and had I paid $43 for it...well, I am glad that didn't happen.
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Randford B January 06, 2015 3:18 am UTC
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Having downloaded the file from DTRPG, I see that it is indeed missing bookmarks. That's odd and inappropriate, since the bookmarks were present in the final draft PDF. Either way, you are right and I was wrong. I'll see what I can do about remedying this ASAP.
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Randford B January 19, 2015 3:45 pm UTC
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And the bookmarks should now be present. Thanks for alerting us (and Daniel) to this problem!
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Jay D January 20, 2015 7:47 am UTC
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You're welcome.

I've downloaded the new version (20150119), and found all the bookmarks. I also found a second file that shows the book's splendid cover. That was a pleasant surprise.
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Bret G December 12, 2014 11:45 pm UTC
I find it odd that the game's designer, Jenna Moran, isn't mentioned a single time anywhere in the promotional text here but a bunch of doodz are. If it's not at her request that's a pretty shitty oversight.
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Randford B December 17, 2014 1:30 pm UTC
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She did in fact, write the promotional text herself.
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