Raiders of R’lyeh

The year is 1910.

It is an age of crumbling empires, dangerous adventures, and rotting decadence. Rifles crack across the untamed Khyber pass, sorcerers stir from eldritch crypts, and dark things dream and lurk in secreted, fetid corners of the globe.

Raiders of R’lyeh is a stand-alone roleplaying game and sourcebook in which mercenary rogues explore forbidden frontiers, unearth ancient artifacts, and outwit villainous scum.

The game is crafted for compatibility with other d100 percentile systems. It emulates not only adventures in the Cthulhu Mythos of H.P. Lovecraft and his circle of influences, but especially the savage and evocative feel of Robert E. Howard’s weird and pulp stories.

Raiders of R’lyeh: From the Tideless Sea

The year is 1900.

It is an age of imperial intrigues, daring missions, and creeping dread. Steamships ply the farthest feral seas, and explorers stir the darkest sorceries from forgotten, sunken eons.

From the Tideless Sea is a seafaring expansion for the tabletop roleplaying game, Raiders of R’lyeh. With it, mercenary rogues captain weather-beaten steamships, travel strange lands, and challenge shadowy conspiracies.

The expansion includes new rules and toolkits for playing a world-spanning sandbox, operating merchant steamships and leading crews, navigating to far-flung ports and lost worlds, running trade and missions in hostile foreign territories, handling adventures in mysterious ports of call, battling seafaring cults and other menaces — both human and inhuman — hidden across the globe, salvaging secrets from eldritch ruins, and investigating an existential and conspiratorial threat overshadowing the world.

Inspired by the Cthulhu Mythos of H.P. Lovecraft and his circle of influences, sea adventures, and especially the Sargasso Sea tales of William Hope Hodgson, the expansion provides everything a gamemaster needs when players ditch dreamy Arkham to investigate a lead to the missing HMS Terror, to pursue coordinates found in an 18th-century wreck pointing to fabled R’lyeh, or to smuggle contraband out of Cairo right under the nose of the British Empire.

Best of all, From the Tideless Sea expands on the rich Edwardian setting and lore established in Raiders of R’lyeh — offering a new seafaring sourcebook for players wishing to expand their preexisting Mythos campaign, as well as modular mission and campaign resources for gaming in 1900-1914.

(Note that From the Tideless Sea is not a stand-alone roleplaying game, but rather an innovative expansion to be used with Raiders of R’lyeh and other d100 systems.)

Coming soon in PDF to legacy Raiders who supported the original game, and as a 280 pp nearly 500 pp hardcover book to new backers via Kickstarter!

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Raiders of Rlyeh: From the Tideless Sea — A Look at Character Sheets

Raiders of R’lyeh: From the Tideless Sea Tramp Steamer Rules

A playable PDF of From the Tideless Sea is almost ready!

From the Tideless Sea is entirely written — save for a few paragraph-length entries in the Campaign chapter, plus some last-minute tinkering that occurs in a project of this scope. Layout is also complete — save for the images. As a point of reference, with the core rules book, images took roughly a month in layout. We are also tinkering with the campaign map, which is a double-sized (i.e., 11x17) handout given to players to plot their voyages — or to be used by any gamemaster designing a globe-spanning campaign.

We are still not exact on dates of release yet. Most likely backers will receive pre-release documents as we tinker through the last stages, if they want to be party to the creative behind-the-scenes. We do plan on a Kickstarter for the final hardcover, but legacy backers will receive a PDF of the expansion regardless of their involvement in this new Kickstarter.

Here is a look at two character sheets — for both a ship and an adventurer — from the book (in From the Tideless Sea, merchant vessels like the Shantung are treated as characters with their own sheets). [Edit: Our site is still being renovated. Not all links are working yet!]

Posted on December 14, 2020. Contains 214 words and is a 2 minute read.

Raiders of R’lyeh: From the Tideless Sea Outline

Raiders of R’lyeh: From the Tideless Sea Tramp Steamer Rules

Here is the breakdown of the Raiders of R’lyeh expansion, From the Tideless Sea!

Chapter One includes rules for the creation of merchant steamships (“tramp steamers”) and their crews, and customization options based on in-game experience and rewards; also included are thorough rules for creating any vessel type of the era from a rough schematic, or even from a vessel’s gross tonnage — plus options for artillery and other customizations applicable to the players’ ship and to a wide variety of other ship types found in the setting.

Chapter Two provides new seafaring backgrounds, skills, and other options for players including an upgraded mariner background plus resources for creating over eighty new professional backgrounds including ship personnel, passengers, and other ship-based adventurers.

Chapter Three lists the various new game mechanics relevant to a seafaring campaign, in alphabetical order for easy reference, covering things such as: Communication and Sight at Sea; Damage & Repair (of ships experiencing things such as collisions, fouling, grounding, storms, etc.); Diving (and the creation and customization of diving equipment); Naval Combat (including artillery, torpedoes, mines, and even harpoons); Scaled Forces (including titanic monsters capable of threatening ships); and Survival (including new rules for survival horror at sea); to name only a few categories.

Chapter Four covers all the options for merchant campaigns, including voyaging, charters, and seafaring missions — plus an entire structure for running a tramp trade — moving cargo and passengers throughout the world — and leading a merchant vessel crew (or even a shipping company).

Chapter Five includes nearly 100 pages of toolkits for the gamemaster, including exhaustive setting information, character and faction generation tools and rules (including ship and character tables for creating on-the-fly stats and names of ships, crew members, and passengers from a multitude of countries), an encyclopedia of ship types — including warships, gunboats, submarines, merchant vessels, and a host of auxiliaries, among others — and other elements (e.g., custom houses, diplomatic missions, pirates, navies), plus an entire campaign creation section, to name only a few of the resources.

Chapter Six adds an entire chapter devoted to ports of call, including a system for statting up various types of ports and other seafaring regions — plus a quick reference for over 140 ports, hideaways, and lost worlds of the era.

Chapter Seven connects directly to the campaign creation resources in chapters five and six, providing step-by-step instructions for creating a wide variety of (mythos- or adventure-based) seafaring missions, mission nodes (for investigations, explorations, voyages, etc.), and plot hooks — and includes an example scenario outline (“Secrets of the Sargasso Sea”) illustrating the scenario creation process.

Chapter Eight focuses on a specific Ancient One and other enemies (the identities of which are to be kept secret from the players); it provides a complete resource for developing an epic, world-spanning campaign involving ancient evils, powerful conspirators, seafaring cults, mythos minions, and an assortment of interrelating factions — with a lonely, isolated cargo liner caught in the middle of the chaos. Also included are new spells, occult paths, and monster rules for hordes and titanic-sized, ship-threatening horrors, among other resources.

Other resources include a bibliography, characters sheets, a campaign map, and other gamemaster tools — including complete stats for the merchant vessel, Shantung, plus character sheets for her key crew members.

Posted on December 1, 2020. Contains 549 words and is a 3 minute read.

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