Tuesday, June 21, 2022

OSR Commentary On ' By This Axe: The Cyclopedia of Dwarven Civilization' By Autarch LLC Kickstarter For ACK's & Other OSR Rpg's

 Today Alexander Marcus has threw the By This Axe: The Cyclopedia of Dwarven Civilization By Autarch LLC For OSR Rpg's Kickstarter with  our way that is making it very hard to keep our pocketbooks closed. By This Axe: The Cyclopedia of Dwarven Civilization is two hundred pages of full on OSR Dwarven lore! The By This Axe: The Cyclopedia of Dwarven Civilization book is abosolutely loaded for the Dwarven oriented DM's & players! 

 By This Axe: The Cyclopedia of Dwarven Civilization is the end all book of all things Dwarven for the Adventurer, Conqueror, King rpg! How do I know this because of the way that By This Axe: The Cyclopedia of Dwarven Civilization is writen & the point of view is from a Sage of the Tower of Knowledge; "All of the lore in By This Axe is presented by a point of view character, a sage from the Tower of Knowledge of the Auran Empire named Sürcaneus. Sürcaneus is the self-proclaimed inventor of Dwarrology, the study of dwarves. All of Chapter 2 is presented in character, and any backstory or setting material in the later chapters is from his point of view, too. Using Sürcaneus as our point of view narrator offered several benefits:

  • Since Sürcaneus is a human writing about dwarves for a human audience, adopting his viewpoint allows us to focus on what makes dwarves different and gloss over all those areas where dwarves are just like humans.
  • Since Sürcaneus is a sage in the world, rather than an omniscient worldbuilder outside of it, his knowledge is incomplete. This allows us to leave some facets of the dwarves open for interpretation or customization. It also means he can be wrong. The possibility of error allows Judges to simply ignore anything they disagree with.
  • Since Sürcaneus’s writing exists in the world, it makes it possible for his writings to be discovered in the campaign, or given to players as in-character background information.
  • Since Sürcaneus is a cross between a Greek natural philosopher and a Victorian anthropologist, it allows us to bring some humor to the writing. As a sage, he’s very smart but also very parochial; he tries to be magnanimous, but often comes off as smug. And the dwarves are, in many cases, messing with him. He was fun to write, and we hope you’ll enjoy his point of view, warts and all.

While written with our own Auran Empire campaign setting in mind, the dwarven lore is applicable to any other setting that includes traditional fantasy dwarves. Here are some samples from Sürcaneus's Dwarrology. " And all of the classic Dwarven elements from popculture, fantasy literature, movies, and more has been woven into this book. And this includes the Bitter War between the Dwarves & Elves. 

And this sort of a mythology & legendary status has been written into the very DNA of By This Axe: The Cyclopedia of Dwarven Civilization. This is something we've seen in other ACK's kickstarters. By This Axe: The Cyclopedia of Dwarven Civilization  has the advantage over other ACK's books because it takes it's que's from other OSR systems being fully compatible with even BCEMI D&D & other OSR systems. By This Axe: The Cyclopedia of Dwarven Civilization  represents a very interesting direction for Auran Empire campaign setting. By the end of the week my bid for this kickstarter will be in! 

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