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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Kickstarter - The Sinister Stone of Sakkara

So once again here comes Kickstarter with another deal I can't pass up

Autarch LLC the publisher of the Adventurer Conqueror King SystemTM  was kickstarting its first published adventure scenario set in the Auran Empire, the implied setting of ACKS.

The Sinister Stone of Sakkara is a ready-to-play adventure scenario presented for use with theAdventurer Conqueror King System™ (ACKS™). It is readily compatible with other fantasy role-playing games built on the same core rules, but is specifically designed to highlight the features and mechanics of ACKS.The adventure is intended for six to ten characters of 1st to 3rd level, with a combined total of 8-12 levels of experience in the party. In the tradition of classic TSR adventure scenarios such as The Keep on the Borderlands and The Village of HommletThe Sinister Stone of Sakkarafeatures a detailed starting base and small wilderness sandbox in addition to a dungeon. 
  • The adventure scenario is approximately 40,000 words.
  • The starting base includes a villa, headquarters, hospital, chapterhouse, infantry barracks, cavalry barracks, bathhouse, traveler's inn, and forum, all mapped and keyed.
  • The dungeon features two levels, the first with 75 rooms and the second with 39 rooms, mapped and keyed, along with two custom wandering monster tables. 
  • Additional delights include the "Adventurer Motivation Table", "Random Philosophical Meditations Table", "Profligate Imperial Banquet Table," and "Settlement Demand Modifiers Table" (for the mercantile venturers!), as well as a menu of options available at an Auran fast-food restaurant, excerpts of Zaharan prayer-verses, and more!

I had gotten the Core Rulebook and Player's Companion last year in pdf format. For those who don't know about the ACK system, the best way I can describe it is as follows

Take the Classic D&D Rules Cyclopedia and turn it up to 11

It has to be one of the better designed and laid out rules books I have ever seen. The rules are streamlined and flow very well. The attention to detail is amazing.As a DM, the section on kingdom design is awesome. One of the key features of this ruleset, the Economics. From the cost of a sword, to how much a blacksmith makes a day, it all balances out. Laced through out the rule book are little glimpse of the Auran Empire the default setting for ACK. one of the Bonus Goals for this Kickstarter is a 2,500 word Auran Primer. There is a great little blog post by the writer of ACK that give a snapshot of the Auran Empire Setting.


I purchased the: 

CONQUEROR WITH VASSALS: This is a special bundle for new fans who want to dive into the Adventurer Conqueror King System. In addition to all the benefits of Conqueror level above, you get the ACKS hardcover and PDF as well as the Player's Companion hardcover and PDF.

I will be writing up a preview of the adventure once I get it.