Last week, Seattle-based game design company Green Ronin Publishing has announced the creation of a new role-playing game based on N.K. Jemisin’s best-selling fantasy series, The Broken Earth. President of Green Ronin Chris Pramas described the trilogy as “ripe with role-playing possibilities” with the worldbuilding coming alive via a tabletop RPG.
This Hugo Award-winning trilogy tells a story of trying to survive in a dystopian world. Its world is rich with apocalyptic history, powers, and social commentary which will lend itself perfectly as an RPG. This would also give the fans a chance to revisit their favorite story.
— Green Ronin Publishing (@GreenRoninPub) August 2, 2019
Fantasy world like no other
Jemisin has created a unique blend of futuristic sci-fi and fantasy based around geological processes. The plot unravels against the backdrop of protected groups of survivors from post-apocalyptic events called “Seasons”. Furthermore, a sinister organization called the Fulcrum trains a powerful group of people known as “orogenes” from a young age. Their mission is, supposedly, to combat the upcoming Seasons.
The story is told in three different POVs, and of course, nothing is what it seems. The trilogy doesn’t shy away from the pivotal issues plaguing the world today and certainly packs a punch. Diversity, class systems and of course natural disasters are the series’ most topical themes. Pramas stated that “the books are searingly relevant to the current state of our world and we hope the game gives people the opportunity to explore the issues and themes the novels handle so deftly.”
— Green Ronin Publishing (@GreenRoninPub) August 3, 2019
Jemisin said that she will be working with Green Ronin to try and “make sure that the spirit and feel of the books is rendered successfully in this new form”. Hopefully, this reassures some hardcore fans who’re anxious about the adaptations of their beloved series.
The upcoming game will use a revised version of the Chronicle System. The system is also used for Green Ronin’s popular “A Song of Ice and Fire” game. Aside from that, Tanya DePass and Joseph D. Carriker will join together to develop the game. The RPG will start with “The Fifth Season” and is scheduled for release in autumn of 2020.
If you haven’t done so yet, go check out the book trilogy of The Broken Earth before playing the game. Enjoy!
Photo credit: The feature image has been done by Zoltan Tasi.
Sources: Evan Sass (Green Ronin Publishing) / Andrew Liptak (The Verge) / Stubby the Rocket (TOR.com) / Christian Hoffer (ComicBook.com)
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