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For five millenia the Council of Immortals maintained order, but when mortals slew one of The Fourteen, the Council disbanded in outrage. It has been replaced by armed camps of deities and their worshippers, and a terrible war looms on the horizon.

The fates of both men and gods are now in the hands of a bold few; they must risk everything if they are to save their world.

The Orb provides players and GMs with all of the following and more:

  • A complete, Fudge-powered, fantasy roleplaying game they can read, understand, and play without additional work or support
  • A comprehensive character creation system that permits players to create genuine heroes
  • A detailed and deadly combat system
  • A powerful and flexible magic system that frees PC mages from spell lists and rote memorization
  • A detailed fantasy setting with multiple cultures, nations, and places of wonder
  • An extensive bestiary including 33 fully described creatures for GM use. Many are entirely unique to the setting

Whether you are a fan of Fudge or an aficionado of fantasy roleplay, The Orb should be on your bookshelf. 

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John B July 06, 2021 7:36 pm UTC
Just wanted to leave a brief update here. I am currently reviewing a premium color, hardcover proof of The Orb. It is beautiful, and I hope to make it available within the next few weeks.

All the best,

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Peter D July 25, 2021 4:24 am UTC
I'd be interested in this should it come to fruition.
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Christopher R May 09, 2020 8:21 pm UTC
In chapter 9, on the gods of The Orb, there is a lot of text that is hidden by the images on those pages. It maybe that way on other pages as well. The text isn't wrapping around the images. The images are over the text and obscured. Some PDF clients can see the text if you highlight it. Others cannot.
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John B May 10, 2020 7:29 am UTC
Yikes! It seems that I set the PDF to comply with a more universal format and ended up with issues I hadn't seen previously. Please try the new PDF I am posting. My apologies.
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John B September 12, 2019 8:09 pm UTC
Hello. As the sole writer-editor-publisher, all of the fault for anything you dislike in this publication is mine. A couple of quick things:

1. There is no "layered" version for printing more economically. However, the document is not password locked, so feel free to remove images, etc.
2. I will be considering the viability of print-on-demand should there be sufficient interest.
3. If you find glaring errors, please let me know. I will make updates as time permits.
4. I truly hope you enjoy this game. It really is a labor of love and a way for me to promote two meaningful charities.

Happy gaming!

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James C September 16, 2019 4:00 am UTC
Hey John - How many pages is the book?
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John B September 16, 2019 5:37 am UTC
Hi James,

The book is 200 pages.
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This title was added to our catalog on September 12, 2019.