What is The Midderlands?
After three successfully funded Kickstarter campaigns, The Midderlands, The Midderlands Expanded and The City of Great Lunden are live and available near you!
Watch the first look and flipthrough video of all three products and the Midderzines at The Gaming Gang here:
Also check out this great in-depth review of the first two book over at Fantasy Fiction:
The first Kickstarter campaign was for The Midderlands – An OSR Setting & Bestiary. An old-school game setting with bestiary for use with old-school role-playing games. It is based on Swords & WizardryComplete (it’s a free PDF), but could easily be used with other old-school systems and even non-OSR systems such as D&D or Pathfinder due to it’s setting-heavy material.
The setting is a green-hued, dark-fantasy, late-middle ages, early-renaissance view through grime-smeared spectacles. The setting itself is based on an area in the middle of England called The Midlands. Many of the locations are loosely based on reality, but others are pure fantasy from an addled mind.
The setting part of the book contains something called “game-juice”. Not heavy of history and monotonous detail, but enough to get the game-juices flowing and let the game master twist and tweak as they need to in order to fit their campaign.
The first book has won a 2018 ENnie Award Gold for Best Cartography!
The second Kickstarter campaign was for The Midderlands Expanded, which opened up the campaign setting to a much wider region – The whole of The Haven Isles and contains even more green-hued, twisted, dark-fantasy, old-school goodness.
The first book focused on the land-locked Midderlands, a twisted version of central England. The Midderlands Expanded book expands the setting to include the whole of Havenland, Scrotland, Oldenwale, Emeraude, and beyond.
Learn about Bear Maw, Darkpool, H’sst-Akal, Middercastle, Queensmyr, Scar Burg, the Great Wall of Hadreen and many more locations.
Explore the shipwrecks of the coast, and be harried by Gloomcrabs, Sharkfolk, Leviathan Spawn and more.
Learn of the dangers of the neighbouring countries, Gaulandia and the Serpentlands.
This book is full of more horrors and threats to the safety of not only the midderfolk, but havenfolk at large. Sea monsters, threats of invasion, countrywide travel, island enclaves, and ship combat to name a few.
This expanded setting gives more opportunity for adventure and who doesn’t love adventure?
There is also humour, occasional swear words, and graphic descriptions.
A City Setting for use with Old School Role-playing Games.
In the daylight hours, the folk of the City of Great Lunden bustle through the drizzle. Its wards are alive with pickpockets, street brawls, puking drunkards, muggings, and murder. This is the capital city of the Haven Isles and those that come here get streetwise quickly. Then, the night comes.
As the barely-seen sun sets over the myriad of tiled rooftops, Great Lunden is plunged into a green and dangerous gloom.
In the Royal Palace, Queen Elspeth IV’s mood matches the night. The Mad Queen, as she is known, is fickle and paranoid. Her hatred of gossips and spies, as well as her tantrums, spread fear amongst her court. Dukes and duchesses quiver as she glowers at them all through half-closed eyes. One of their deaths is near.
The queen is not the only danger in the cobbled streets of the city. The corrupt city guard, known as the ‘Peekers’ patrol the gloombug lantern-lit city wards looking for cowering souls to intimidate. Unmentionable horrors lurk in the sewers below the narrow alleys and streets. Assassins sneak across the Nightways of the precipitous rooftops above. And in the fields beyond the beryl-bathed outer wards, where shadows fall, lurk things that are hungry.
So, what products are available for the setting?
Head over to the shop and check them out. If you are in the United States you can save a little bit on shipping costs by getting them from Exalted Funeral. Check out their stock availability here: https://www.exaltedfuneral.com/search?q=MonkeyBlood