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Rated as a 'Project We Like' on KickStarter and successfully backed by almost 500 people!

Most fantasy role playing games use elements if the Middle Ages in their background ... but they provide little or nothing in the way of real background ... and what they do provide is generally anachronistic, misleading or downright wrong.

Orbis Mundi2 is a massive expansion of the information presented in the first edition and is intended to provide Game Masters and Players with a better understanding of key aspects of Medieval life – with more accurate and more up-to-date information based on deeper research than most RPG designers carry out.

The material inside includes chapters on –

* City & Country, covering the organisation and likely contents of Towns and Villages, Medieval Agriculture, the nature and contents of the Medieval countryside outside of settled areas and more.

* Kingdoms & Crowns, which deals with the Feudal System … not just the usual pastiche of the Anglo-Norman version but also including a detailed look at it and the French variant as well as some idea of how it worked in other areas of (mainly Western) Europe. Law & Justice is also covered – again, not just the Anglo-French ‘norm’, but some information about the rest of Europe, as is the complex issue of Money … and its regional variations.

* De Civitate Dei (‘The City of God’) looks at the main Medieval religions (and heresies) – Catholicism, Orthodoxy, Judaism and Islam, how they were organised, what they believed, how they viewed each other and so forth.

* De Re Militari (‘On Military Matters’) covers military organisation, by region and ethnicity, the cost of warfare and logistical matters, Weapons and Armour, Castles and Sieges.

* Ars Mechanica (‘Mechanical Arts’) looks at the technological and business side of the medieval period (they didn’t really differentiate).

* Ars Scholastica (‘Scholastic Arts’) looks at the educational side of things – and what passed for the ‘scientific’ side as well, looking at everything from Reading & Writing through to University Education as well as Alchemy (Chemistry) and Medicine.

* Daily Life covers all those things that don’t fit elsewhere – how they thought and what they believed, Hygiene, Leisure activities, Names, Calendars and timekeeping, Weights and Measures and Heraldry

Note: The Original Orbis Mundi included a large section with an Annotated Price List ... OM2 doesn't, the Price List will be in a second volume, which will also be considerably expanded in page count, tentatively titled "Orbis Mundi2: The Marketplace"

If you think that your favourite FRPG has a background that is the most accurate representation of the Middle Ages since the Middle Ages, then Orbis Mundi is not for you.

If you don’t care about historical accuracy in even the slightest respect, then Orbis Mundi is not for you.

If you do care about historical accuracy and much, much, more ...

Then Orbis Mundi is for you!

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Bronto C May 13, 2018 1:44 am UTC
Worthwhile information, collected usefully for gamers.

It's a terrible shame that, despite the pdf costing more than most hardbound tomes, no money could be found for a proofreader, let alone a full-blown editor.
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Chad K April 22, 2018 7:16 pm UTC
Are there prices, costs for various things (equipment, food, mounts, lodging) ?
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April 23, 2018 12:07 am UTC
A limited amount.

The second book funded by the Kickstarter, 'The Marketplace' is 99.999% complete and will be released as a PDF to backers (and here on RPGNow) in early May (Print proofing will hopefully mean a Softbound version will be available by mid-May and a Hardcover by the end of May) ... it runs to 300 pages and includes extensive notes on Markets, Economics, Prices and price changes over time as well as extensive annotations as to what the items were, how they were used and some rules that make them 'usable' ... so, for example, actual historically available weapons and armour are rated for D&D3/Pathfinder/D20 OGL and RQ3/Mythras ... pricing will be ~2/3rds of the PDF pricing for this book (for print versions, all I do is add the actual print cost to the base price plus, usually, ~$5 for Print + PDF).
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Michael P December 29, 2017 6:36 pm UTC
Looks very promising and I like the content in the preview - but it's rather expensive for a PDF. Can anyone tell me (a) is there any benefit to buying this rather than a couple of medieval social history textbooks and (b) do the authors give references/footnotes for the information they're providing? Thanks.
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December 29, 2017 10:38 pm UTC
Sure, you *can* buy 'a couple of medieval social history texts' ... if you know the ones that *aren't* mostly outdated collections of mis- and dis-information ... but none of them have the breadth of detail that OM2 has. Decent (and recent) ones will cost, individually, a good percentage of the cost of OM2 *each* and for decent coverage and detail you'll need many more than 'a couple' ... I guess the point of the book is that it distills the scores of expensive books I have consulted over the last dozen years or so, many many hundreds of $$$ worth, cross checking facts and factoids and references in thousands of hours of research and writing.

As for footnotes, well, it's *not* a college or university textbook (most of which, as you will find if you consult and compare, aren't all that useful and are frequently not up to date and, indeed, full of known errors) and was never intended to be, so, no, there aren't any footnotes.

There's a quite extensive annotated reading list, however, to...See more
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December 30, 2017 12:28 am UTC
As a comparison, Cumberland Games & Diversions has two PDFs on 'Fief' and 'Town' for $19.95 (100 pages) and $24.95 (150 pages) ... OM2 is around twice as many pages and, for the PDF, about $5 cheaper. As far as I can tell from the samples, these other two products are perfectly OK, but off less information, obviously, than OM2.

If you want a better handle on the sort of things covered, have a look at the Kickstarter page and some of the earlier Updates, which cover a variety of things 'everyone knows' about the Middle Ages ... and which are completely wrong!
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Michael P December 30, 2017 1:47 pm UTC
Ok, many thanks for your replies. I wasn't trying to imply that the book wasn't full of great information - I'm sure it is. But I just wanted to make sure I would be getting something "extra" above the medieval history books I already own, and that any factual claims were backed up by references (sounds like the reading list covers this). I shall add to my wishlist and consider a purchase soon! Thanks again.
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