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Mythras Settings

Monday 24 May 2021
In May 2021 we presented the new Mythras Settings Bundle, featuring Lyonesse, Luther Arkwright, and other new frontiers for Mythras from The Design Mechanism.

Mythras has shown up often in Bundle of Holding history. We first presented Mythras in April 2018 — well, no, technically in February and December 2014 we presented its primordial form, RuneQuest 6. Even that early offer displayed the system’s wide range, with supplements and adventures featuring swords and sorcery, history and myth, science fiction and urban horror. In August 2019 our Mythras Worlds offer showed off the game’s extended range, with Mythic Constantinople, After the Vampire Wars, and several supplements set in The Design Mechanism’s world of Thennla. Still Mythras keeps finding new directions, and this new Settings offer showcased several recent explorations.

Lyonesse is based on the masterful trilogy of high fantasy novels by Jack Vance, author of The Dying Earth books. The Lyonesse TrilogySuldrun’s Garden (1983), The Green Pearl (1985), and Madouc (1989) — chronicles conquest, revenge, political intrigue, and sorcerous rivalries in the foredoomed Elder Isles, a baroquely detailed medieval land now lost beneath the Atlantic. In 2020 The Design Mechanism adapted the Mythras rules for a beautifully produced standalone rulebook and two adventures.

Luther Arkwright: Roleplaying Across the Parallels (2015) is a RuneQuest/Mythras campaign supplement based on Bryan Talbot’s nine-issue comic series The Adventures of Luther Arkwright (1978-89). Like Arkwright, players travel the multiverse as agents of the Valhalla Project in Parallel ZeroZero. Use expanded Mythras rules for psionics, technology, firearms, vehicles, sanity, and more to uncover malign Disruptor influence in countless parallel timelines.

On Monster Island (2013) you explore forgotten jungles, search for forgotten ruins filled with gold, and discover foul temples infested with lizard cultists. You can drop the island into almost any Mythras campaign for many kinds of adventures from swords-&-sorcery to 1930s two-fisted pulp. The 198-page setting book provides a complete campaign good for years of play. Monster Island‘s lineage traces back to RuneQuest‘s venerable Griffin Mountain (later Griffin Island) — at the time of its publication in 1981, the largest adventure ever published, and still one of the best.

There were six titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $47) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the complete 304-page Mythras core rulebook (previously in our April 2018 Mythras Core offer), the Mythras Companion rules expansion, two Combat Modules (Take Cover and Breaking the Habit), and the sprawling jungle-hell sword-and-sorcery sandbox Monster Island, along with its Monster Island Companion.

Our Bonus Collection added five more titles worth an additional $50, including the standalone Lyonesse roleplaying game core rulebook; the Lyonesse adventures In High Dudgeon and Coddefut’s Stipule; and the licensed Luther Arkwright: Roleplaying Across the Parallels worldbook, along with its eight-scenario campaign Luther Arkwright: Parallel Lines.

Ten percent of each payment (after gateway fees) went to this Mythras offer’s pandemic-related charity, Direct Relief. Direct Relief gets protective gear and critical care medications to health workers, with emergency deliveries to medical facilities across the US and to regional response agencies across the world.