From publisher blurb:
Open the book, step through the gate and enter Lumis – a world where reality is torn, where portals to other dimensions have woven a tapestry of different cultures, beliefs, personalities, and conflicts. The rich earth is an excellent place to harvest stories – your stories, populated by characters you build and live through.
As gamers, we do not live one life. We live many.
For storytellers, we appreciate that your skill is narrative architecture. We've got solid and consistent mechanics here to make your stories impactful and tangible, full of relatable dangers to challenge players and hundreds of items to spark creativity. For players, we present a world of limitless possibilities. The depth of this book allows for two characters of the same race and class to play entirely differently from one another, meaning that every time you set out on an adventure you're going to end up with something new. You are what you put in, and your imagination will be rewarded like never before.
In our world, physical and social conflict alike are driven by choices and consequences, seasoned by the roll of the dice. Every tool in our box has been built to be cohesive, logical, intuitive, and believable.
Welcome to the Endless Realms – a crossroads of infinite civilizations, animals, peoples, and abominations that gather in the world of Lumis. Those that live there readily manipulate the cosmic energies that the gods themselves used to forge the world, creating tools and resources that mighty spirits seek to claim for themselves. Riddled with tears in the fabric of time and space, Lumis has become a vibrant and turbulent melting pot.
Lumis is the crossroads where an endless number of realms overlap. The species that have made it their home – by fate, chance, or nefarious purpose – each have their own lore, history, and culture, providing rich soil from which to weave intricate and interesting narratives. Their complex views of morality present a scheme far greater than the simple axis of good and evil.
Lumis is a world of balance, from fragile diplomatic relations between races and cities, all the way down to the mechanics that make life and adventure possible. Every roll of chance, strategy, and choice is made with two ten-sided dice – one rolled by the player and the other by the Storyteller.
Bonuses are applied by skill and fiat, and even a critical failure can succeed in the hands of the right character and circumstances.
This carries over into combat. Attackers have a chance to show their mettle – and so do defenders. An attack may deal a high value of damage, a low value, or none at all; how much pain the defender feels depends on who has the stronger stats and the better roll.
The Balance System is easy to visualize, but versatile enough to allow for a variety of games and creative solutions. It encourages Storytellers to create interactive social encounters that test and reward players who put time into their backstories, fundamental vices and virtues, and skill choices in an immediate and tangible way.
The Endless Realms Corebook contains all the information you need to begin your adventures within the universe of the Endless Realms.
- The Balance System - D10-based comparative system
- 8 completely unique Adventurer races
- 10 unique classes
- Full-Color Illustrations
- All tools needed for a Game Master & Player