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Lyonesse: Fantasy Roleplaying Based on the Novels by Jack Vance

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Based on the award winning fantasy trilogy* by one of Science Fiction and Fantasy's greatest wordsmiths, Lyonesse transports you to the Elder Isles, where King Casmir plots to seize control of the Ten Kingdoms, assassinate his foes, and prevent a disturbing prophecy from being fulfilled. Elsewhere, the magicians Shimrod, Murgen, and Tamurello are locked in a private battle of wit, will and magical intrigue. All the while, the brutal, disdainful Ska are drawing their own plans of conquest.

And in the immense Forest of Tantrevalles, the secretive fairies watch all that happens with wry amusement, and occasionally meddle in mortal affairs for reasons of their own.

Players in Lyonesse take on the roles of adventurers of the Elder Isles, seeking fame, glory, profit, magic, or simply the promise of a good meal and a soft bed for the night. Characters can be mercenaries or spies in the service of one (or several) kingdoms; oath-sworn knights eager to do battle with their lord's enemies; thieves, tricksters or even honest merchants, out to make a just living (sometimes). Perhaps characters are aspiring magicians, keen to emulate the likes of Shimrod, Tamurello, or even the mighty Murgen himself.

Lyonesse is a complete roleplaying game. This book contains everything needed (except dice and friends) for creating fabulous adventures in the Elder Isles. Exhaustive information on the kingdoms and lands of the islands; full rules for characters, skills, combat, magic, and monsters. 

Great care has been taken to recreate the style and atmosphere of Jack Vance's novels, so that Games Masters and Players can fully immerse themselves in the Lyonesse setting. Special rules for creating towns, taverns, tavernkeeper, and even lovingly described meals are all included, emulating the quintessential elements of the books.

Don your armour! Take up your weapons! Sharpen your wits! Get ready for adventure across Hybras and beyond!

*Suldrun's Garden, The Green Pearl, and Madouc


 
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Brian I June 03, 2020 3:52 pm UTC
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Just got my POD copy, and wow - most impressive.
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Lars Jacob H June 01, 2020 8:47 am UTC
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Fantastic book! Will we see the dudgeon adventure soon? And are you planning more adventures or (hopefully) a campaign book?
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Lawrence W June 01, 2020 12:42 pm UTC
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Thank you!

Yes, 'In High Dudgeon' is getting ready for a final proofing, and should be on sale soon. There will be some form of campaign or expansion too, although we're not ready to reveal details just yet.
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Lars Jacob H June 02, 2020 9:20 am UTC
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Thanks! Very good news that you are planning more for Lyoness. Hopefully a campaign, but all expansions is also good. Looking forward to testing "In High Dudgeon" as well.
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Jamie B May 30, 2020 12:18 am UTC
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Crap. All hardcovers sold out then?
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Lawrence W May 30, 2020 12:52 pm UTC
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Erm - no. It's print on demand, so the hard covers don't sell out. Both soft and hard cover are available to buy.
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Peter T May 31, 2020 9:52 am UTC
Yet the hardcover doesn't display here, as an option to purchase.

Might have something to do with a faulty book going out on May 20th. They might have pulled the HC until they get quality control sorted.
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James T May 31, 2020 11:32 am UTC
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The hardcover has disappeared as a purchase option.
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Lawrence W May 31, 2020 1:03 pm UTC
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Thanks for pointing that out - it had been set to Private for reasons unknown to us (we haven't altered any of the books' settings). It is corrected now, and should be displaying. There have been a few odd things happening with POD settings in the past few days. I've taken this up with Publisher Services.
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Jamie B June 01, 2020 12:48 am UTC
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Beautiful. Wasn't showing up so I just assumed. I know very little of this whole POD thing because I've only recently gotten back into RPG's. But I picked up Mythras and was blown away by the quality in every department. Cannot wait to get my hands on this.
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Todd R May 28, 2020 5:00 am UTC
Is the company name misspelled on the cover?
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Lawrence W May 28, 2020 12:42 pm UTC
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Somehow the logo graphic got duplicated and shifted (we're not sure how!). It's corrected on the softcover print copy and PDF.
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Lawrence W May 22, 2020 12:38 pm UTC
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Lyonesse features in this month's Grognard Files podcast.

https://thegrognardfiles.com/2020/05/22/episode-38-lyonesse-rpg-with-lawrence-whitaker/?fbclid=IwAR3ltpLMbc0Dr0dXeszZbDgx9WI_un-1ppkWcJuzKjXvW19mEu6IeK0DBoI
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James L May 19, 2020 8:36 pm UTC
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So, I ordered the pdf and hardback version, truly a lovely book. Well laid out and really informative. That said, I had been only reading the pdf because the pandemic had delayed printing. Well, just got my hard cover in and the binding on the backside is separated and pulling away. Also no physical map like the pdf has, which is a big short coming had I only bought this in physical form. I do have pictures as an aside.
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James L May 19, 2020 10:14 pm UTC
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FYI, customer service was very fast and gave me an actual total refund in store credit. So, since this is the case I'm snagging the pdf again so that you all don't lose money on this.
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May 20, 2020 2:31 pm UTC
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Ouch! I hope this is not a widespread problem as I ordered the hardback. I was a bit afraid of this with such a large book. Should I change my order to the softback?
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Dominic M May 20, 2020 3:16 pm UTC
When I’ve had fails in the past, DTRPG have been fast in reordering and replacing.

If it helps, my copy arrived yesterday and was perfect condition-wise.
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May 20, 2020 3:28 pm UTC
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Thanks! Fingers crossed.
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James L May 20, 2020 5:40 pm UTC
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Actually I've been pondering that myself. I'm pondering this, that books over around 300 pages might be better to purchase in softback. I need to look through all my print on demand books to get a better idea.
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James L May 20, 2020 5:41 pm UTC
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I was really impressed with their customer service. Good people. Question for you Dominic, did your physical copy come with a physical map?
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Aleksandr V May 22, 2020 3:49 pm UTC
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The same issue: hardcover book spine was completely detached from the page binding and 500 pages are barely holding on endpapers.
But paper, illustrations, and color quality is really good so if you handle the book gently it will be fine.
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May 22, 2020 4:13 pm UTC
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Ok this doesn't sound good...
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Lawrence W May 22, 2020 5:15 pm UTC
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Thanks for the feedback people.

My proof copy, ordered some weeks ago, and used daily, is perfectly fine and robust. It may be down to individual print houses, and that's something we don't have control over in the production process. So do make any quality issues known to Drivethru through their contact channels so that these can be referred to the manufacturers.
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James L May 22, 2020 11:42 pm UTC
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No problem Lawrence, I'm really sorry that I had to report the issues but I thought you all should know. The book is well laid out and really well done. Definitely a nice addition to my library. I sent pictures of the issue to DriveThru, they were really fast and helpful.
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Scott J May 14, 2020 1:04 pm UTC
Are these prices correct? Not complaining just inquiring because they do seem a little high.
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Lawrence W May 14, 2020 1:45 pm UTC
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The prices are correct. This is a 510 page, premium book (with the PDF free as part of the print purchase), and competitively priced given that it's Print on Demand. The softcover pricing compared with the hardcover does look a little odd, but there genuinely is only a $5 difference on the base print cost.
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Michael S May 14, 2020 3:54 pm UTC
Would it be possible to make a Standard Color version? The colors end up a bit washed out compared to premium color, but the price difference is often substantial.
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Lawrence W May 13, 2020 4:28 pm UTC
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The softcover version is now back on sale.
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Victor N May 12, 2020 3:32 pm UTC
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Purchased a copy and will be leaving a detailed review when it arrives.
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Colm O May 09, 2020 5:43 pm UTC
How crunchy is this compared to basic Mythras?
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Lawrence W May 09, 2020 6:23 pm UTC
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It's the same level of crunch. There's very little difference from the core Mythras rules.
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May 09, 2020 7:52 am UTC
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Aeon publishing is offering this for 50£. Is it the same book (binding, paper quality etc.) you can get from here?
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Oliver R May 09, 2020 2:36 pm UTC
Hi, Answer is we hope so. We're still finalising print quotes etc as we only go the final files last week. Will update here when I have more info.
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Lawrence W May 04, 2020 7:48 pm UTC
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The softcover option is temporarily unavailable while we correct a slipped graphic on the front cover. It should be back online in about 5-6 days.
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Nick J May 04, 2020 10:09 pm UTC
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It's definitely not a deal breaker, but is this change going to hold up orders placed on the 1st?
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Lawrence W May 04, 2020 11:27 pm UTC
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No, it won't. Any order already processed will go through without delay.
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Nick J May 05, 2020 9:05 pm UTC
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Gotcha, thanks for the info.
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Viktor H May 04, 2020 6:43 pm UTC
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What happened to the Softcover option? Suddenly it seems no longer available... 8(
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Lawrence W May 04, 2020 7:42 pm UTC
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The cover file for it is being updated. This mean's it's temporarily unavailable until the fresh proof is available.
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Viktor H May 05, 2020 12:50 pm UTC
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Sounds good -- thanks, Loz.
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Matt W May 04, 2020 6:05 pm UTC
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I just purchased this title and got a 3-page map pack, and nothing else. Did I misunderstand the description? I was expecting "a complete role-playing game"
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Lawrence W May 04, 2020 6:24 pm UTC
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Hi Matt, you should have two files available for download; the maps and the game itself. Check your account details; the file should be there, but if not, you should raise it with Drivethru directly, as it may be a technical error.
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Jeffrey V May 02, 2020 5:52 am UTC
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I've SO been looking forward to this -- and now I'm short of money. :-( Here's hoping that next month I can afford the hard-back!
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Markus W May 01, 2020 11:26 pm UTC
The preview showed actual text today, now unfortunately it only shows maps. Text (including the table of contents) would be a lot nicer. ;) Could that be restored?
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James T May 01, 2020 11:37 pm UTC
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There is a 40 page preview Markus, that TDM released a while ago https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ls5tcvYgppigBA98ZtxvDUoJHmOMg-Jc
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Lawrence W May 01, 2020 11:55 pm UTC
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The preview settings haven't changed, Markus, so not sure how that has happened.
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Markus W May 02, 2020 12:31 am UTC
Thanks a lot for the link.
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James T May 02, 2020 1:10 am UTC
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I'm seeing the same thing Loz, the preview is 2 pages of the maps.
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Lawrence W May 02, 2020 12:04 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Very strange. The preview's defaulting to the map pack, rather than the main PDF. I'll raise a ticker with Drivethru. There's no apparent way to change the ordering. Thanks for raising this!
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