#RPG – The Gor RPG is RELEASED!

210283THIS GAME DEALS WITH COMPLEX ADULT THEMES AND CONTAINS ARTISTIC NUDITY. MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY.

The day is finally here, long overdue!

The Gor RPG is now on sale, in PDF, while we wait for print proofs.

You can buy the two books that make up the game at RPGNOW/DrivethruRPG.

GOR CATEGORY AT RPGNOW/POSTMORTEM STUDIOS

World of Gor is the encyclopaedia of the game world, but has been written and organised in such a way that the RPG is not necessary to get use from the book. It is intended as a much wider resource for fans of the Gorean Cycle as a whole to inspire and reference while working on fan projects or re-reading the series.

Tales of Gor has basic world information – enough to play with – but is incomplete without the World of Gor book. This contains the rules for making and playing characters for the harsh and exciting life of the Counter Earth.

Our first adventure, The Tower of Art, is also already out, and contains additional supplementary material for the game. Future adventures will work the same way, serving double-duty to provide more game information and rules alongside adventures set on Gor (or even, perhaps Earth or somewhere even more exotic).

If you need a preview before making the jump, you’ll also find a preview document that you can download for free at the same link.

We have a lot of support and material planned for the future and this will, likely be the best supported line of Postmortem Studios products.

210277World of Gor

World of Gor collects the lore of the Gorean cycle of novels by John Norman into one reference volume, intended for use alongside the Tales of Gor roleplaying game. This reference work will also be useful to Gorean roleplayers and fans of all kinds, roleplayers or not as a resource for fan fiction, roleplaying and Gorean activities of all kinds.

Illustrated in striking style by celebrated fetish and comic book artist Michael Manning (Spider Garden, Tranceptor) this book is also a visual treat for fans of Gor, giving his unique interpretation to Gor, its creatures and its people.

John Norman’s works by permission of the author and the author’s agents Richard Curtis Associates, Inc. John Norman’s works are published by Open Road Media

Tales of Gor

Tales of Gor brings you into a striking world of science-fantasy roleplaying. Born from the Gorean Cycle (34 books) by John Norman, Tales of Gor brings you to The Counter Earth. A world of contradictions, freedom and slavery, science and fantasy, primitive violence and high technology ripe for adventure.

While two great alien powers vie for control of the solar system their plans play out on two worlds, Earth and Gor. Will you take sides or simply strive to survive in a hostile world of gigantic animals, powerful city states and cunning machinations?

Powered by Open D6, Tales of Gor lets you step into this long-running series of science-fantasy novels and carve your own future on the Counter-Earth.

Illustrated in striking style by celebrated fetish and comic book artist Michael Manning (Spider Garden, Tranceptor) this book is also a visual treat for fans of Gor, giving his unique interpretation to Gor, its creatures and its people.

John Norman’s works by permission of the author and the author’s agents Richard Curtis Associates, Inc. John Norman’s works are published by Open Road Media

SlavegirlPress & Publicity

This is a big project for us and one we really want to succeed. As such I am looking to appear and talk on as many blogs, podcasts, livestreams and youtube shows as possible to talk about the game, the Gorean Cycle and any related issues or topics anyone wants to ask about. If you have such an outlet – no matter how small – please get in touch at grim@postmort.demon.co.uk and we’ll arrange something.

#RPG World of Gor PDF has shipped to backers

Paga

If you backed our World of Gor/Tales of Gor Indiegogo campaign you should now be getting the download link for it in your email.

Some people’s email links appear to be out of date though, as I’ve had a few bounced emails. So please a) check your spam folders and b) check your contact information is correct. The download link expires in a week.

You can contact me at grim@postmort.demon.co.uk if there’s any problems that need fixing.

The RPG book that goes with this one – Tales of Gor – is in final layout and should be available in a few days to backers, a little longer for non backers.

The print version will take longer as proofs need to be received and cleared.

Still, let’s raise a cup of paga in celebration!

Ta Sardar Gor!

Gorean Chronicles: One Week Left – Q&A

For those who are interested, there’s quite an interesting interview with John Norman from 2011 on iO9. It’s not perfect, but it’s reasonably respectful and gives him plenty of space to talk. HERE is the link.

So I open the floor here, or on Twitter (@grimachu), or on Facebook, or on G+ (James Desborough on both) for questions.

I’ve got a few for you guys though…

How can I reach more people this week?

If you haven’t pledged to help the project, how can I get you to?

How can I squeeze more money out of you if you have?

What else can I offer?

What would convince you to pledge?

Here’s a classic Vallejo Gorean cover for you to ogle 🙂

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Chronicles of Gor – RPG Crowdfunding

GOREAN CHRONICLES
Despite great popularity, spanning nearly fifty years, the Gorean Cycle, by John Norman has existed without much greater recognition in the broader culture. It’s high time it got some of the recognition it deserved in the form of a tabletop role-playing game and a definitive guide to the world of Gor.With your help we will be producing:

  • Chronicles of Gor: Gorean Roleplaying – A full tabletop role-playing game based in the Gorean world.
  • World of Gor: The Gorean Scrolls – A world guide to Gor, either usable as a resource for playing Chronicles of Gor, or as a separate book celebrating and describing the world of Gor for fans who don’t want to role-play.

This project is being completed in partnership with Open Road Integrated Media:

E-book edition of Gor and all other John Norman titles are available in the United States via Open Road Integrated Media and the United Kingdom via Orion Gateway Editions. Print editions are available in the US via Amazon or in the UK at Amazon UK.

Me

I am James ‘Grim’ Desborough, I’ve been a fan of the Gorean Cycle for over 20 years and a professional role-playing game designer for 15 years. I also write science fiction, fantasy and erotica stories and have been featured in several anthologies as well as publishing my own work.

The Campaign

Gor deserves to be treated with the respect and affection that it’s thousands upon thousands of fans regard it with. The books are written, but to make it from words on a page to a proper book funding is needed to give the books the degree of presentation and polish they deserve.

What We’ll Achieve

Many different groups have done a fantastic job in creating Gorean worlds on IRC, WebChat pages and in Second Life but there has never been a definitive, common resource upon which every fan can draw or a set of role-playing rules that everyone could agree on or hold in common. With these two books we can provide a guide to the World of Gor and a common point of reference for a huge and sprawling community as well as bringing a wonderful fantasy world to a whole new group of fans.

What We Need & What You Get

To truly do the books justice we need a minimum of $5,000 USD, though $10,000 would be ideal. This will allow us to quite lavishly illustrate the books and extra money can provide additional art, layout and editing services to ensure that we end up with a pair of books as a lasting resource for both the role-playing and Gorean communities.

  • We need $5,000 if the books are to be illustrated in a unified and defining manner by a single artist – who will be named later. I want to define Gor with art in the way Brom did for Dark Sun or Diterlizzi did for Planescape.
  • What perks can we offer? At the moment, early access to electronic versions of the books (PDF) when ready and the opportunity to be immortalised in the pages of the book – in one way or another. Additional perks and stretch goals may be forthcoming as the campaign continues.
  • If we don’t reach the goal, the contributed money will go towards artwork anyway, to do the best job possible.
  • If we go over our goal the excess money will go to more art, layout, editing and to further compensating the contributors, helping to support writers, artists, layout designers and editors – all of whom often work on a shoestring budget.

Impact

Creating a Gorean roleplaying game and worldbook will create a resource for fans of Gor and role-players of all kinds for years to come, hopefully another fifty years to come. I am devoted to making this project a reality, having already spent eighteen months researching the books, cross-referencing, extracting information and writing both the guide and the game rules.

I have successfully completed two RPG projects previously, ImagiNation – an RPG about depression and mental illness – and Machinations of the Space Princess, a science fantasy ‘old school’ game.

You’ll be helping me make something great and I’m devoted to making it happen one way or another.

Risks & Challenges

There’s some risks and challenges to this project, not least of all because of the sexual content of the Gorean cycle and its perceived sexual politics. Let’s go through a few of them…

Sexual Content

Yes, Gor contains sexual content of a BDSM, D/S nature. Given that this is a huge part of the reason that it is so popular and that we live in a world where Fifty Shades of Grey can sell 100 million copies and be mainstream, I don’t see this being too much of an issue. Underneath all that Gor is a fantasy world in the Planetary Romance tradition of Edgar Rice Burrough’s ‘Barsoom’ and similar works. Sex is optional and need not be explicit, but it is part of what makes Gor so unique. To ignore it would be to do the books a disservice. The RPG book will contain advice on how to handle these complications and the illustrations should be able to avoid the problems that international censorship rules can sometimes cause.

Sexual Politics

Gor’s world is unashamedly (mostly) a patriarchal, male-dominated society. The current climate in SF&F with regard to games is quite heated about depictions of race, gender and sexuality and Gor is bound to set off some rancorous argument.

It’s a fantasy world. It’s not real.

Personal Issues

I suffer from depression, bouts of which can knock me out for some time. The project is already some six months behind my original, projected schedule but all the work that I really need to do is now complete. My health should not further affect the schedule.

Negative Publicity

As noted above, discussion over representation and sex/gender issues in games are a hot topic. The revelation that a Gorean RPG has been developed is bound to cause ripples, scorn, recriminations and many, many heated blog posts.

It’s all publicity, free publicity and hopefully these people will discover that the treatment in the book is not as terrible as they might have thought.

Existing Communities

There are many existing communities that role-play Gorean experiences and they have made their own decisions about cities, governments, laws, history, details and have played out their own story lines.

If working in gaming has taught me anything, it’s that fanboys are never happy and that they always have their own ideas.

Reviewing some of the material, art and other creations that these communities have come up with hugely inspiring and I have nothing but respect for the fan community that has kept the Gorean Cycle going.

Nothing I am doing is intended to override or replace what they have done, but to provide a common point of reference and something for them to use.

Other Ways You Can Help

Share! Tell people! I don’t have direct communications with the Gorean communities around the internet, on the forums or in Second Life and I’m not about to join them just to spam them about the game. Spread the word!

Ask questions! I’ll answer as best I can, as and when I can.

FUND IT!