Dying Earth Roleplaying is fast, fun and funny. It's also magical. And dangerous, scary and well, different. Robin D Laws custom-made its simple mechanics to produce the feel of Jack Vance's classic novels. There's risky combat, of course, but there's persuasion, trickery, seduction and deadly sorcery.
A future, unimaginably distant... The sun, now in its dotage is a swollen maroon orb. It stutters and blinks. At any moment it may finally go out.
Earth, immensely old... Dig anywhere and find a buried city or the shore of a vanished sea. Deodand-haunted woods stretch from decadent Kaiin to the Land of the Falling Wall. Erbs and grue hunt in the wilds. Isolated villages embrace surprising customs. Larger towns favor debauchery and mincing murder.
Magic, rich and colourful... Enchantment shapes the world. Any dabbler may know a few simple cantraps. Magicians in lavish manses struggle to master Earth's last great spells, while all-powerful cabals intrigue against rivals or plot revenge for ancient feuds.
Visit the Dying Earth. Enter this vivid world in the first roleplaying game authorized by master fantasist Jack Vance. Here a flashing sword is less important than nimble wits, persuasive words,and a fine sense of fashion. Create an adventurer for any of three different kinds of stories: a typical mortal such as Cugel the Clever, surviving by wits and cunning; an ambitious magician searching for lost lore, like Turjan of Miir; or a supreme mage to rank with Rhialto the Marvellous, commanding the omnipotent but quarrelsome sandestins.
The Dying Earth features easy, fast-playing rules that encourage creativity and interaction. No knowledge of Jack Vance's work is needed for play,but fans of the stories will enjoy the comprehensive summary of the world's places, creatures,and known spells.
Setting Page last updated: 1 August 2013