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"Then Romulus shall receive the sceptre of his race, and found the walls of Mars, and call the people Romans. I have given no limits or duration to their possessions: I've given them empire without end."

Virgil, Aeneid

Historical-Fantasy Roleplaying in a Roman Empire which did not fall.

In Lex Arcana, you are a Custos (warden) of the Cohors Auxiliaria Arcana, sent by the Emperor to the four corners of the world to further the study of arcane lore, investigate forbidden cults, and face the thread posed by dangerous supernatural creatures.

The Emperor needs you! 

Join the Cohors Auxiliaria Arcana, enter the world of Lex Arcana and dive into the mysteries and dangers of ancient Rome.

You and the other Custodes will travel to the four corners of the land, investigate terrifying threats, recover lost relics, unearth forgotten secrets and fight legendary supernatural creatures. The Core Rulebook includes:

• Full rules to play Lex Arcana

• A full world to play in

• 12 pre-generated Custodes

• Rules to make and advance your Custos

• Advice for the Demiurge

• The ancient world bestiary

• Two extensive introductory adventures: The Long Winter Nights and The Mothers of Cenabum

From misty Britannia to the immense rivers of Babilonia, from the Egyptian deserts to the beautiful beaches of Italia, the adventures awaiting the Custodes are as numerous as the Empire the Cohors Arcana must defend is large. For the glory of Rome and the Empire without end!

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Andrew B November 24, 2021 3:21 pm UTC
So does this use Pathfinder or 5th Edition rules or some new system? Thanks in advance for your response.
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George F November 15, 2021 3:28 pm UTC
Where can I find a print copy of this?
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Philip S July 28, 2021 9:26 pm UTC

I recently had the pleasure of reading this book, and am very excited to try it - it looks promising! However, there were a couple of rules I was unsure about and was hoping someone could clarify them for me?

First, the Fighter's Combat Talent - A Hero's Duty (pp. 36-37). In the example given, the Custos engages 2 opponents when numbers are equal. However, the text for the ability reads "the Fighter can voluntarily engage one opponent in excess of the number of opponents that would USUALLY be engaged [emphasis mine]". This implies that a Fighter could engage more than 2 opponents, but I'm not sure under what conditions this could happen?

Secondly, the Grab special ability (p. 138). The ability states that in the tempus after being an attacker, the NPC can start using De Corpore rolls for combat. However, I'm confused when the actual Grab occurs? Is it when the NPC first becomes the attacker, or is it only after they succeed on a succesful De Corpore roll?...See more
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Hans-Henning V March 30, 2021 3:54 pm UTC
Just bought this after pledging for the german kickstarter to get a headstart/ I couldn't wait anymore after reading a bit about the setting.

Is a bigger campaign available or in the making? I've seen lots of adventures here, but couldn't find any references to larger campaigns.

Thank you for your hard work and keep it up.
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Valerio F April 04, 2021 7:39 pm UTC
We are currently thinking about how to vary our range of publications. Our standard, also for reasons related to the LA first edition, is the "Aegyptus-like" geographic sourcebook (setting and adventures togheter). However, we do not exclude in the future the publication of campaigns!
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Paul B January 09, 2021 12:11 am UTC
So I just looked at the Kickstarter for this game and it seems that backers have started getting their physical copies a little while ago. Now, I'm wondering when physical books (standard print or PoD) might be available to those of us who are not Kickstarter backers.
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Valerio F January 24, 2021 4:37 pm UTC
physical Book should be available in the store
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Paul B February 24, 2021 5:56 am UTC
What about the English version? Io non parlo italiano.
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Carl P June 30, 2020 2:54 pm UTC
Just bought this and will be reading over it but any chance of a POD at some point? Because something like this needs a physical copy on my shelf.
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Patrick S July 13, 2020 5:43 am UTC
After a completely f***ed up Kickstarter and still no physical products, I wouldn't be surprised if a PoD option would arrive faster than what we pledged for.
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Paul B January 09, 2021 12:15 am UTC
Well, according to the comments section on the Kickstarter, backers have started getting their physical copies about a month ago, but PoD or standard print books are not yet available for non-backers, so it would seem that backers didn't get shafted, just delayed a bit.
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Ty L May 17, 2020 2:53 pm UTC
Really enjoyed playtesting and proofreading this game. To boil it down as simply as possible: Imagine a fantasy Roman Empire (like Darklands by Microprose was a fantasy Germany) and you're playing special forces (Praetorian Guard) trained in magic with a specialization in war, diplomacy, scholarship, magic, and exploring with the job of protecting the Empire and the Emperor by troubleshooting magical threats within and without the Empire.

I have borrowed creatures for my own 5e game and played with Feats based on some of the abilities of the characters after we playtested the game. I hope to play the game again once things settle down.
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John M May 15, 2020 8:16 am UTC
Will there be a POD version of this? I've looked on amazon, but only found a print version of the Italian original.
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Valerio F May 15, 2020 4:52 pm UTC
Ciao John, print on demand is not available at the moment.
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RONALD P May 13, 2020 6:27 pm UTC
A great product: combines an interesting and unique setting with an interesting system. Artwork and layout is top-notch. Highly recommended.
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Valerio F May 15, 2020 4:54 pm UTC
Thanks Ronald; yes, the system is quite intersting and in some ways innovative, even if it was written more than 25 years ago, for the first edition of the game
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RONALD P May 17, 2020 6:25 pm UTC
Things don't have to be new to be better. Its a good product you should be proud of. I eagerly await the print version. However, there are a few spelling errors and grammatical items I found when reading. Do you have a place for me to send them so the pdf can be corrected?
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Valerio F May 12, 2020 11:11 pm UTC
Ciao Luke, no, its not odd, it is very stupid :-D
We have changed, let us know what you think!
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Luke W May 12, 2020 9:19 pm UTC
Was it intentional to only put half of the contents page in the preview? Seems like an odd decision.
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