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In the year 1765 BC, King Zimri-Lim of Mari emerged from a planning session with his aides and summoned his personal scribe. As he paced the courtyard in his palace in the city of Tuttul, he dictated a letter to the scribe, who used the cut end of a reed to press the message into a warm clay tablet. That letter, which was to be sent within the hour by speedy messenger, said:  

"To my wife, Šibtu, thus says Zimri-Lim: Ask the oracles in Mari questions about Hammurabi of Babylon. Will this man ever die? Does he speak with honesty? Will he bring war? Will he besiege my cities in Suhum while I campaign up north in Apum? Question the oracles, and when you have done so, do it again, and write to me with the answers."

Some days later, the Queen of Mari replied:

"I have asked the questions about Babylon; here is what I've learned. The Man of Babylon is sowing many seeds against this kingdom, but they will not bear fruit. Instead, you will overpower him and capture him. Then you'll see what the God will do to him. His days will soon be at an end. This you should know."

Reassured, King Zimri-Lim organised his troops for departure to the district of Apum. He planned to give battle to the adventurer Atamrum, puppet of the Elamites, who was besieging his allies in the north.

What is Mythic Babylon?

Mythic Babylon is a role-playing supplement for the Mythras game system. It provides everything you need to take your Mythras game back to the 18th century BC and enter a world of cut-throat diplomacy, Machiavellian politics, and ecstatic prophets. Within these covers you'll find information on the society, culture, religion, trade, laws, and beliefs of Old Babylon and the surrounding lands. The setting is presented as a sand-box with a wide-ranging gazetteer of places to explore, each loaded with plot hooks. For those who like to play against the backdrop of history, we provide a timeline of past and near future events. A bestiary and a chapter for game masters rounds out the end of the book.

This book contains everything you need to create adventures in the lands of Sumer, Akkad, and Subartu from the low lying Eden to the Cedar Mountains and even into the Underworld. Follow in the steps of kings like Gilgameš, Kubaba, or Hammurabi in this mythological and historical setting that was nearly 4000 years in the making.

Where is Mythic Babylon?

Mythic Babylon is set in what will later be called Mesopotamia by the Greeks, which means 'The Land Between the Rivers', referring to the Tigris and Euphrates. At the time our book is set, there is no one name for the whole region. Instead, the southern plain is called Sumer and the central plain is called Akkad. Together, these will one day be called Babylonia after the city of Babylon. The northern plain is called Subartu, but will one day come to be called Assyria after the city of Aššur.

This book focuses on Sumer, Akkad, and Subartu. Peripheral regions such as ancient Syria, Turkey, Iran, and Bahrain are given a more cursory treatment.

 
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Lawrence W July 02, 2021 1:35 pm UTC
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Just a quick note to let you know that we’ve updated Mythic Babylon’s PDF file with some errata and a correction to a rasterization problem that rendered some pages as images rather than searchable text.

Thank you for your continued support and we hope you’re enjoying the book.

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Keith D June 18, 2021 10:31 pm UTC
Who's the author? I really liked Perceforest, if it's Mark Shirley I might be tempted.
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Lawrence W June 18, 2021 10:54 pm UTC
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Scroll up the page, top right, authors are listed. Or click on the previews. :)
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Keith D June 19, 2021 11:19 am UTC
ok. I just looked on the cover I never knew that section was up there.
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Lawrence W June 19, 2021 12:52 pm UTC
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No worries Keith. We're glad you like Mark Shirley's work too. He's produced a lot of great material for us: Waterlands for Mythic Britain, large parts of Lyonesse, and is currently hard at work on two new Mythics books.
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Todd T June 18, 2021 9:48 pm UTC
What are the differences between the premium color and standard color versions?
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Lawrence W June 18, 2021 10:55 pm UTC
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Premium colour has a greater weight of ink and a heavier paper stock. Prices for Premium copies will be increasing in July, as LightningSource are charging more for the service, so if you want the premium colour edition, now is the best time for it.
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Micah R June 18, 2021 8:22 pm UTC
Is this compatible with BRP by any chance?
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James T June 18, 2021 8:46 pm UTC
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Compatible-ish. It uses Mythras, not Chaosium BRP, but the systems are closely related. You need the Mythras core book to make the most of it.
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Curt M June 18, 2021 7:15 pm UTC
I don’t have Mythras, but I do have RuneQuest 6. Is that the same game?
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James T June 18, 2021 8:28 pm UTC
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Yes, Mythras is the same text as RuneQuest 6. There are some errata in Mythras, spirits were re-organised and spirit combat has a new set of Special Effects, some additional Combat Style special effects and traits were added as well. Outside of these changes it is the same.
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Stacie W June 18, 2021 4:37 pm UTC
Will this also get an off-set color print run?
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Lawrence W June 18, 2021 4:39 pm UTC
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No, it'll be POD only.
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Stacie W June 18, 2021 5:11 pm UTC
Okay, thank you.
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June 18, 2021 2:34 pm UTC
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I just tried to order the premium hardcover, but all it would let me order was the standard .pdf. Do you know why that might happen?
Never mind, on the third try it let me order the premium hardcover.
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Lawrence W June 18, 2021 2:38 pm UTC
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Glad it worked out!

The Premium colour is going to be increasing significantly in price (as are all Premium colour books handled via Drivethru) owing to cost changes with LightningSource, so that may have had something to do with it. But glad that it corrected itself for you.
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June 18, 2021 2:51 pm UTC
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Should I hold off ordering? (haven't paid yet, still shopping). I don't want you guys to lose money on these things. If you do, you'll stop making them.
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Lawrence W June 18, 2021 2:53 pm UTC
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No! Don't worry about that. We're not going to lose out. :)
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June 18, 2021 2:59 pm UTC
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Cool. So we have Mythic Babylon... Can we now get Mythic Greece, Mythic Anatolia, Mythic Gaul, Mythic Arabia, and Mythic Ethiopia? :)
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Lawrence W June 18, 2021 3:08 pm UTC
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We have Mythic Greece, Mythic Polynesia and Mythic Armorica (which is Gaul-ish) in the pipeline. :)
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June 18, 2021 3:14 pm UTC
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Awesome!
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Thomas W June 18, 2021 12:43 pm UTC
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Page 30 and page 38, page 56 etc., where there are tables added, have text that seems lighter/washed out. Does anyone else have the same problem or do I need to redownload/ check my pdf reader?
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Lawrence W June 18, 2021 1:02 pm UTC
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It looks like a rasterization issue for the PDF version, likely during the compression process. We'll see what can be done. We usually upload a later file with any uncaught errata, so we'll look for a fuller fix at that stage. But thank you for highlighting it!
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Thomas W June 18, 2021 1:06 pm UTC
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Wow that was fast. I was just getting an email set up directly to you. I'm glad to hear that it doesn't hurt the print setup and as always has been the case, I already knew you would quickly fix any problems. As always, a great product and great company support. Thanks.
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Tim L June 19, 2021 1:22 pm UTC
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Mr. Whitaker already replied, but just wanted to confirm your observation. Seems that on every page that has tables the surrounding non-table text has been rasterised instead of maintained as a scalable font (especially visible in the bestiary section). A bit annoying as you can’t copy any of said text unless you run some form of OCR, and because said rasterised text becomes quite blurry when zoomed. Hopefully this can be fixed in an update.
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James T June 20, 2021 12:15 am UTC
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I have posted elsewhere a few times about this, Loz has responded it is in hand to be fixed. Almost all pages are affected except the first page of each chapter, and two of the introduction. The index is also rasterised.
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Thomas W June 20, 2021 5:16 am UTC
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Are you saying this will be a problem for the printed version or just the pdf?
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James T June 20, 2021 12:33 pm UTC
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The problem is just with the PDF.
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Josue P June 22, 2021 8:44 am UTC
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I have the same problem. I will wait for the errata to fix it. Great product as always.
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