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Planedawn Orphans


Planedawn Orphans is a campaign kit that helps you prepare a campaign for the fantasy role-playing game of your choice. It provides a flexible and versatile framework to start a campaign. The campaign kit will help you get started, but some assembly is required.

Created by Martin Nerurkar and Martin Buntz.

Stranded between the planes

Set in the Planar City, a strange melting pot that connects the vast diversity of the multiverse. You all play Planar Orphans stranded in this city, your original home worlds destroyed, corrupted or lost. 

A mysterious Patron has brought you together, provided you with a base of operations and tasked you to complete a Planar Key. This key will let you create a new plane for you and your fellow refugees. Your quest will bring you to exotic places filled with strange creatures and bizarre phenomena.

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What it is

This book is a campaign kit. It presents a structure and a collection of ideas that will help you plan your own campaign. Contrary to a predefined campaign, this leaves a lot of empty space for the GM and the players to fill.

We designed the core elements of the campaign (the orphans, the patron, the home base and the key) so that they provide maximum flexibility: Drop-in and drop-out play, a lot of variety in your missions, a focus on action rather than travel and even rotating GMs.

Campaign Benefits

  • Flexible for drop-in drop-out play
  • A medium to long-running campaign
  • Easy access to a wide variety of strange planes and exotic locales
  • Highly varied character backgrounds and concepts are possible
  • A clear goal and a way to measure campaign progress
  • Can accommodate multiple rotating GMs

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Planedawn Orphans

Planedawn Orphans is a campaign kit that provides a flexible and versatile framework for the fantasy role-playing game of your choice. Set in the Planar City, a strange melting pot that connects the vast diversity of the multiverse. The players are Planar Orphans stranded in this city, their original home worlds destroyed, corrupted or lost. They are tasked to complete a Planar Key, a mighty artifact that will let them create a new plane for themselves and their fellow refugees.

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We are thinking about maybe doing a crowdfunding campaign for a limited-edition run version of the book. If that sounds interesting, following us on twitter or subscribing to our newsletter via our homepage might be a good way to stay in touch.
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This title was added to our catalog on July 06, 2021.