Evil Genius has the license to the official Highlander RPG, which uses the 5e-based Everyday Heroes rules, and is due out in May if the publisher isn’t running behind.
Sadly, Owen KC Stephens, the designer brought on to help, has had terrible news, and there’s even a Pathfinder bundle to raise money for medical bills.
In the meantime, Eric Farrington and Blood and Spectacles Publishing have the strictly unofficial Princes of the Universe – An RPG in the Highlander Setting. As a fan piece, the RPG is free to download.
However, I suppose we’ll have to see whether “fan piece” is sufficient protection for an RPG available in DriveThruRPG, what Evil Genius think, whether the excellent publisher branding of “Blood and Spectacles Publishing” or even the game’s title, “Princes of the Universe”, a reference to a line in Highlander 1 and the accompanying Queen rock track, are enough to keep the 30-page game available.
Eric explains that their unofficial Highlander RPG uses a rules-lite system where only the players roll dice. Pools of d12 are used in conjunction with a mechanic called the Quickening.
- To make a test, the Watcher will assign you an Attribute to roll against based on the action. The Player can choose a Motivation to also apply that fits with the action. These two attributes added together are the test’s Target Number.
- Roll a d12; a result below your Target Number is a success.
- If you roll your Target Number exactly, you gain a mixed success. A mixed success allows you to count the roll as a success, but a Quickening is generated for the Watcher’s Quickening Pool.
- Fighting Techniques or Focus that apply to the roll allow you to roll an additional d12.
- The more success you score, the more effective your test result is.
Should there have only been one? Maybe but Princes of the Universe RPG touches on other immortals with references to Highland: The Raven and even the PS3 video game.
- Free download: Princes of the Universe – An RPG in the Highlander Setting
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As the lead designer for Evil Genius Game’s licensed Highlander book, I’m hoping Eric doesn’t get any flack for his fan effort. Fan published works are an important part of the hobby. I grabbed a copy of Princes to check out Eric’s design and see how he translated The Game of immortals into play.