Game On: The Expanse Roleplaying Game
“Game On” is a series in which we examine the companies, creators, and games in crowdfunding. We look at the journey, ideas, and concepts the creators wanted to bring to market with their product.”
Chris Param the president of Green Ronin Publishing is an award winning game designer, writer, and publisher. His publishing company is based out of Seattle and is dedicated to the art of great games. “Since 2000 they have established a reputation for quality and innovation that is second to none.” The company has won over 40 awards for excellence. For three years Grenn Ronin won the prestigious GenCon & En World Award for best publisher. He is the designer of Fantasy AGE RPG, Dragon Age RPG, and Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, 2nd edition.
Green Ronin launched their game The Expanse on Kickstarter on July 23, 2018. The project was very popular and was funded in only 54 minutes. By the next three hours they had unlocked two more stretch goals. Within the first 8 hours the campaign had crossed the $100,000 With the upgrades they were able to add a poster map of the solar system, more material to the Mars background chapter, and they added an adventure to the GM’s kit. Overnight they were able to unlock all of the street goals within only 24 hours. The campaign was completely on fire and blowing past all of the set up expectations that they had for the campaign. They were successfully able to raise over $400,000 within only a month.
The Expanse is a Role-playing game that is based upon the series of science fiction novels by James S.A. Corey. “Using the Adventure Game Engine (AGE) rules found in Fantasy AGE, Blue Rose, and Modern AGE, The Expanse takes players to a far-future solar system where humanity is divided: Martians, Belters, and the people of old Earth struggle for political power and resources, but even older, alien, forces are stirring in the universe, and human history is about to take an unexpected new turn. The Expanse applies the fast-playing and action-based AGE rules to spaceships, solar colonies, and adventure and intrigue in the far-future, where the actions of the characters may change the course of history!"
There are some unique features that are found with this version of The Expanse verses other AGE games. A Fortune score versus a health score is used to “measure the near misses and close scrapes and trivial hits before a character takes serious harm”. Conditions are used to measure things line injuries and fatigue as well as tactical challenges like hindered movement or sensory abilities. Characters can have interludes between encounters that are given their own treatment allowing players to do as they please during their down time. The Expanse also features a system to model and create spaceships. To find out more about The Expanse or to view their Kickstarter Campaign you can visit the links below.
Included in the box:
1 224 page book
3 panel landscape
game reference cards
Crowdfunding Campaign: Kickstarter
Launch Date: July 23, 2018
Ship Date:June 7, 2019
Website: Green Ronin