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HISTORIAE MUNDI: A HISTORY OF THE KNOWN WORLD is a collection of stories, legends, maps, and illustrations detailing the history of the Known World, the fantasy setting of Mark Smylie's Artesia graphic novels, the novel The Barrow and its (eventual) sequels, and the roleplaying game Artesia: Adventures in the Known World (with any luck to be released in a new edition called Sword & Barrow). A system-neutral sourcebook presented to entertain, inform, and inspire, with an extensive timeline and glossary, HISTORIAE MUNDI maps and explains the evolution of the kingdoms, empires, and peoples of a diverse and complex fantasy setting.

A system-neutral companioin volume, GEOGRAPHIAE MUNDI, a sourcebook and tour of the Known World in the present day of the novels and graphic novels, is in preparation. 

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Alex A April 21, 2021 1:11 pm UTC
New edition? Interesting!
Can you tell what game engine will be used? Still Fuzion? Or something modern? Any information about mechanic will be nice to read too.
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Mark S April 21, 2021 1:52 pm UTC
At the moment it's looking like it will be based on the new edition of RuneQuest, though it'll take a little while for that conversation to play out. RuneQuest was in fact the game system for which the setting of the Known World was originally written.
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Alex A April 22, 2021 8:35 am UTC
Last question. Will you update product "Artesia: Adventures in the Known World" with high resolution art? In the preview I can see it is hard to read names on the map.
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Mark S April 22, 2021 2:34 pm UTC
I will take a look, the RPG was uploaded to DriveThru over a decade ago so it's possible that back then there were file upload limits.
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Mark S April 22, 2021 5:23 pm UTC
A new high resolution file has been added, and the full-size preview should reflect that.
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Alex A April 28, 2021 7:04 am UTC
Cool! Have already bought it for my GM-friend. Now I can't wait to start playing.
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Justin H August 30, 2021 6:07 pm UTC
Have you taken a look at Mythras? Its a descendant from RuneQuest (it was actually RuneQuest 6e, but that's a complicated story) and honestly may be easier to work with than the most recent RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha, both from a system flexibility standpoint and maybe even from a licensing position.
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Chris M June 28, 2022 3:03 pm UTC
Have you considered using the 'Mythras' rpg/engine instead. It would probably be cheaper to license and use than the RuneQuest engine.
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David S July 03, 2020 3:42 am UTC
So happy to have Artesia material in print again. Looking forward to receiving this HC.
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Brian F May 13, 2020 7:29 pm UTC
First, It is great to see new Artesia books back in print (in any form PDF or paper).

Is the Historiae Mundi different from what is in 'Adventures in the Known World' or is it sub-set? In other words, how much information does Historiae Mundi repeat from 'Adventures in the Known World'?
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Mark S May 13, 2020 7:45 pm UTC
Hi Brian! Everything that is in the RPG history section is in the new book, and to that core has been added other previously published material from the essays that appeared in the graphic novels and Annuals (including the extensive timeline and maps from Annual #3), so I'd guess 70-80% of the material is older material reorganized and put together. But then that material has been expanded upon and there is also all-new material--for example, new sections on Nymarga the Devil and Azharad (the lurking "lich" of THE BARROW), the Hemispian cities of the League, new material on the Usurper of Palatia's rise to power, more recent figures like Uthella of Uthmark, etc.--along with new art and illustrations. The maps from the timeline have also been redone, and the timeline updated in places to better match the current narrative of the novels. It's meant to be an exhaustive compilation of everything previously published plus new material to give as complete a history as possible. The companion book, GEOGRAPHICAE...See more
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Chris M May 06, 2020 6:07 pm UTC
Print on Demand option please.
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Mark S May 06, 2020 6:34 pm UTC
Waiting on both softcover and hardcover proofs now! I've been warned DriveThru's POD supplier is running a bit behind but hopefully those will be on their way soon and then with any luck those options will become available shortly thereafter.
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