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Burning Empires



An epic science fiction roleplaying game based on Christopher Moeller’s critically acclaimed Iron Empires graphic novels, designed by award-winning game designer and author of the Burning Wheel, Luke Crane.

BURNING EMPIRES uses the Burning Wheel system as its core and expands it to encompass the sweep of stories that decide the fate of worlds! In this game you will find mechanics for ingenious technology, subtle infiltration, fiery revolution, searing debate, blazing firefights and strategic warfare. The player characters are the protagonists in a story that will decide their own fate, the fate of their loved ones and friends and the fate of their very world. It is a trial of conviction and belief.

To save all that you hold dear in BURNING EMPIRES, you must pass through the fire. And you will be changed.

BURNING EMPIRES is a 5.5" x 8.5" (digest sized) book with full color glossy interiors. The game contains nearly 400 pieces of artwork, both never-before-seen sketches from Chris' sketch books and fully painted artwork from the comics.

The Iron Empires graphic novels, Faith Conquers and Sheva's War are now available at!

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June 29th, 2009
The scan has some odd glitches if you try to read it with Foxit instead of Acrobat. On the table of contents page, a background image warps the text in front of it. Still, these aren't enough for me to take a star away. An excellent game, fillin [...]
July 5th, 2008
Very pretty, very well written. The engine, however, is a major paradigm shift away from normal RPG's, and the book is not a good introduction to the Burning Wheel system. On the other hand, it does do what it sets out to do: evoke a setting by use of [...]
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This title was added to our catalog on September 01, 2007.
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