Clockwork & Chivalry
Coming next summer!
This is a quick announcement; there'll be more info when our web site is up and running in the new year...
Clockwork & Chivalry
The Roleplaying Game of Uncivil War
© 2009 Ken Walton & Peter Cakebread
Copernicus has proven scientifically that the Earth is the centre of the universe. Galileo's telescope has seen the light of the sun glinting from the heavenly spheres. And in England, they are fighting the war to end all wars...
The country has been torn asunder. On one side, Puritans in their Leviathans, great machines of metal and wood, powered by the righteous power of clockwork, churn through the mud of the battlefields, their mighty guns drowning out the hymn-singing of the Elect within; on the other side, Prince Rupert, premier Battle Alchemist of the age, summons elementals and calls down storms from heaven, leading his Cavaliers in a desperate struggle, despite the death of King Charles at the hands of his enemies.
And between the feet of these wrestling titans, the ordinary people of England struggle to get by, split into a myriad religious and political factions, their faith undermined, their aspirations raised by the overthrow of the old order, and the promise of a new world to come...
Will you be a Leveller or a Digger, a Ranter or a Quaker, an Anabaptist, a Laudian or a Catholic? Will you accept conscription into the swashbuckling Cavalier army of the New-King-in-Exile or the dour clockwork dictatorship of the Puritan mechanical philosophers? Will you become a clubman and protect your community from both sides? Will you turn outlaw and take to the woods, robbing from the rich merchants that grow fat from war profiteering? Will you join the siege of an enemy city, or attempt to escape the misery and disease of your own besieged town? Or will you try to get away from everything and set up your own idealistic commune, a little bit of Heaven on Earth in the midst of the chaos?
Clockwork & Chivalry is a role-playing game set in a 17th Century England that never was; a world of war, of mad machines and mighty magic, of mud and blood and hope and death, of righteousness and revolution. Tuck your flintlocks in your belt and your slide-rule in your hat-band; the King is dead, long live the Mainspring!
An OpenQuest compatible game, using the D100 Open Gaming Licence.
Last edited by carandol; November 28th, 2009 at 16:02.
Reason: spelling mistake!
This sounds like the coolest game ever. I cannot wait for next summer. Considering my Master's Degree is on 17th century English society and the ECW, this hits every bell and whistle I want from a semi-historical based game.
Considering I am an American, and a college professor (my PhD is in late 19th/early 20th century British medical history...too long a story to explain) I'll take anything that has a least a grounding in history for what it is: an rpg that uses real history to make things fun in a fictional version of it.
Heck, I even like Maelstrom and 7th Sea, two completely different ends of the spectrum as far as historical veracity goes. Oh, and add in Lace and Steel to the mix, Mighty Fortress from TSR, Flashing Blades, and a few other sourcebooks, and well you have exahusted 17th century roleplaying. This will be a cool addition to those games.
If its anywhere near the Rome BRP sourcebook, it will be worth every penny.
Oh, and if you need playtesters, I have the perfect group, and who are pretty experienced. Send me a PM if you want more details.
It's kind of surprising that the ECW has never had it's own RPG, since there's so much wargaming and live battle re-enactment in that period. I've run 7th Sea and GURPS Swashbucklers from that period, and had lots of fun.
Originally Posted by Lammomedes
I also co-wrote GURPS Celtic Myth and Realms of Sorcery for WFRP 1st edition, both of which had a strong mix of historical research and making stuff up.
Playtesters are always welcome!
Clockwork and Chivalry Website
We now have a shiny (well, it's quite rusty really) new website - there is also a PDF preview of the worldbook available.
We hope you like what you find, any other queries and we will try to help!
Keep your cogs nice and greasy
Cakebread & Walton: Purveyors of Fine Imaginings
Nice preview. Heh, 'Black' Jack Davy as a NPC.
I like Steeleye Span too!
Can we expect to see Long Lankin and Alison Gross as characters too!
Yes, you can tell what I was listening to while writing :-) Not sure about Long Lankin, but I wouldn't be at all surprised if Alison Gross made it in there. And Lady Derby of "They Called Her Babylon" gets a mention, naturally!
Originally Posted by TrippyHippy
Glad you like the preview :-D