Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Wares Blade Beyond

Oh, I forgot to mention...

I recently discovered that Japan has its own Kickstarter style crowdfunding site, called Campfire. How did I discover this? Why is it significant? 

Well, it just so happens I was doing some research for a possible new Mecha Anime RPG campaign, and I came across a little something that may not mean much to the rest of you, but is of great importance to me...






So it would seem!

A company by the name of Shindosha, located outside of Tokyo proper, is trying to gather the fan backing necessary to bring back the epic 'Medieval Fantasy meets Giant Robot' classic in the form of games, replay comics, novels, and most especially an animated feature!

From what I've been able to gather, the main focus is on an animated film, or original video animated series and a series of setting guidebooks, and novels (or novels with a game information section in them - which is a neat idea) for a 'new' setting for the game called 'The Earth of the Sacred Texts', or 'Earth of the Sacred Land' (my translations may be off).

I put 'new' in quotes because if I am not mistaken, some of the previous Wares Blade prose novels do take place in this setting, though it is not the default setting of the game (think old school AD&D. The game itself is based on Greyhawk, but later there were novels set in the worlds of Dragonlance, and The Forgotten Realms). 






Wares Blade was very popular in Japan at one time,
and well supported with numerous products.


I've talked about Wares Blade a number of times on this blog, and would be totally jazzed to see it resurrected in any form. I am very curious to see what they do with it. Preliminary designs, and concept art look excellent, and I have high hopes that an new edition of the RPG will be available if the crowd funding project is successful.





Wow. A new Wares Blade. I can barely wrap my head around it. 

A new Mecha campaign by yours truly is now a must.


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Barking Alien







4 comments:

  1. Thanks for bringing this up! This is definitely something I want to try backing, although the logistics are a bit messy.
    I only saw that company's previous project for a Wares Blade supplement or setting book, which was successful, but trying to reboot a the franchise is a whole different ball game.

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    1. I agree, it seems like a daunting task. I hope they're up to it though. I would love to see Wares Blade return.

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  2. Adam, if you are looking for some more information on wares blade here are a few handy links-

    PDF of the rules here - http://dwarf-p.a.la9.jp/im@s-wares/im@s-wares.html
    PDf of Wares Blade and other TRPG's- https://www.mangaz.com/title/index?category=&query=trpg&submit=Search
    The Wares Reboot Page- https://waresproject.com/

    I have PDF's of the original background books if you want them. After the Campfire campaign, they took them off their website. Looks like they are trying to come out with a new book series at this point, not sure if they are going to get back into TRPG's after the D20 stuff. The nice thing is, the way they have been approaching the reboot they have met there goal in the first two steps so hopefully they can continue the success.

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    1. Very Cool Insomniac009 - Thanks for the info!

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