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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 It has been replaced by armed camps of deities and their worshippers, and a terrible war looms on the horizon.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 who must risk everything if they are to save their world.

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

  • A complete, Fudge-powered, fantasy roleplaying game;
  • A character creation process that builds heroes, not novices;
  • A fast, detailed, and deadly combat system;
  • Powerful and flexible mechanics for magic and miracles;
  • An exciting setting filled with fascinating cultures and places of wonder to explore;
  • 100+ pieces of evocative, full-color, fantasy artwork;
  • Beautiful maps of Arabor and Brithos.

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


 
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Chris W May 13, 2022 6:28 pm UTC
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Could we get a Printer-Friendly character sheet version, without the parchment background? Thanks!
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John B May 15, 2022 2:38 pm UTC
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Hi Chris! I have just loaded one. Let me know if this fits the bill.

John
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Peter D March 17, 2022 4:49 pm UTC
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Hi. I already own a copy of the game in PDF and am wondering where to get the hardcover version. Thanks.
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John B March 23, 2022 6:56 pm UTC
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Hi Peter!

I am working with Premiere to address a formatting issue that is preventing me from uploading a new document for POD. Once they have helped me figure out the problem, I'll order a proof copy. If all goes well, it should be back up and available for POD in a month or so.

My apologies for the inconvenience,

John
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John B April 08, 2022 12:07 am UTC
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Hi Peter,

I just approved the POD after receiving and reviewing the proof. It should be available in a day or three.

All the best,

John
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Donald B February 03, 2022 12:25 am UTC
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This rpg is becoming a favorite. I am creating a solo rpg type game, and this rpg will be my base. I might do a review on my YouTube channel. Have you worked on creating any adventures for it yet?
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John B February 03, 2022 7:48 am UTC
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Donald, thank you for the kind words! I am working on a set of scenarios that form what I am tentatively calling The Brithos Campaign (Not very catchy, I know.). I have four adventures written and at least another four to go. Not sure if they'll be published anytime soon, but I have been playing through them with my gaming group as I write them. The adventures begin before the death of Bayus and lead up to that cataclysmic event.

If you end up doing a review, I'd love to see it. If you have suggestions or want to bounce ideas around, just shoot me an email.

All the best,

John
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Donald B February 03, 2022 7:14 pm UTC
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If I get a review done, I will certainly let you know. Happy Gaming!
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August 18, 2021 5:13 pm UTC
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Thank you, John, for taking the time to answer my question.
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August 10, 2021 4:22 pm UTC
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Hi John,
could you tell us a bit more about the setting you created. In what way is it peculiar and differs from other fantasy settings?
What cultures have you used to base your nations on? What is the unique selling point of your world?
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John B August 11, 2021 6:10 am UTC
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Hello!

Those are some sizable questions.

There are numerous analogues on The Orb—medieval England/France, ancient Sparta and Egypt, Viking Scandinavia, Dark Age Ireland, and more. However, these are very liberal interpretations. There are also cultures that are very different, such as the bargemen of Lake Corazos and the ghoul-infestedrealm of Thalos.

What makes it unique? The characters actions matter. The Orb is on the brink on disaster, and unless heroes intervene, their gods will lead them into a war that results in millions of casualties.
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John B August 11, 2021 7:00 am UTC
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Please ignore my repeated, initial attempts to respond. I was on a tablet, and it was giving me one heck of a time.

What cultures will you recognize? Many of the nations of The Orb are based upon Earth's cultures from the distant past, but these are VERY liberal interpretations with elements that have nothing to do with our own history. There are locations that will remind you of ancient Egypt and Sparta, Viking Age Scandinavia, Dark Ages Ireland, Medieval England or France, Feudal Japan, and more. You will also discover Thalos the Accursed, whose people were transformed into ravenous ghouls for their depravity, and the Bargemen of Lake Corazos, who will never forgive a long-dead King of Kyphan for his betrayal.

So what is unique? Great question. Frankly, I have no idea what is entirely unique at this point with so many games and works of fantasy fiction on the market, but here are a few bits that are definitely different:

The Orb has one satellite--the severed head of...See more
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Sean W August 11, 2021 12:46 pm UTC
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I bought the PDF and really like how gameable the setting is. The analogues help you visualise the cultures and the background and pantheon of gods give you a lot to work with as a GM.
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John B March 02, 2022 10:43 pm UTC
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Thank you, Sean!
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John B August 07, 2021 6:18 pm UTC
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Hi All!

I have posted a video (amateurish and shot at my kitchen counter) that shows you the premium color, hardback edition that will be available in the next day or two. I think it is important to show you in advance what you will be getting for your hard-earned cash.

Happy gaming!

John
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John B July 06, 2021 7:36 pm UTC
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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,

John
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Peter D July 25, 2021 4:24 am UTC
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I'd be interested in this should it come to fruition.
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Christopher R May 09, 2020 8:21 pm UTC
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John,
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
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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
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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!

John
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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
PUBLISHER
Hi James,

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