Fans of Dark Sun rejoice! Timothy Brown, the co-creator of Dark Sun is running a KickStarter that he refers to as “my spiritual successor to Dark Sun.” Dragon Kings is an ambitious and interesting undertaking that merges music, art, fiction and fantasy role-playing. For those of you familiar with Dark Sun the world of Dragon Kings, Khitus, will seem very familiar. Like Athas it is a world in decline, the best and most glorious days of the planet apparently behind it, and only the intervention of whip-smart heroes with nerves of steel can keep it from continuing to fall to waste.
If you go to the KickStarter page and look around you’ll quickly get an idea of how integrated the music and art are into the project. We RPG lovers are very familiar at this point with the idea of art and fiction
helping to shape the worlds in which we play but the addition of music as a core component of that experience has never been fully realized. Mr. Brown is actually creating an album which tells the story of a hero within the world of Khitus, complete with gazetteer book that has the lyrics to each song, art depicting that part of the story, and interesting lore that helps flesh out the world around.
The initial ask for this KickStarter is $29,000, which has almost been met as of now, and probably will be within the next day at the current rate. That leaves well over three weeks of time to meet stretch goals which will add goodies such as more songs, rules supplements for additional game systems, adventures and short stories.
The initial game systems supported are Savage Worlds and Pathfinder which should satisfy most gamers. 13th Age is the first additional system to unlock via Stretch Goals with Fate Core coming along behind.
For myself the combination of a Dark Sun like campaign world, which was the first D&D Box Set I ever bought back in 2nd edition, and the Savage Worlds rules make this an extremely tempting offering. Check it out and let us know what you think, and if you like what you see go ahead and back it as well!