The official Game of Thrones RPG is A Song of Ice & Fire RPG: A Game of Thrones Edition from Green Ronin Publishing. That contract has concluded, and so, for now, there won’t be any more material.
However, Green Ronin invented a fantasy RPG game engine called the Chronicle System to power the Game of Thrones RPG. It was a system that could cope with typical tabletop skirmishes, duels, battles and even courtly intrigue.
When the lockdown struck, printers stopped, and game stores closed it put Green Ronin, like so many other small businesses, at risk. If people couldn’t buy their games, then how could the publisher make money?
In response, Green Ronin set out secretly building a new feudal fantasy RPG that uses the Chronicle System. Last night, they officially announced the project.
Sword Chronicle, as the new game is called, is compatible with other Chronicle supplements already published. You can see how many of those there are over at Green Ronin’s store or DriveThruRPG.
So, Sword Chronicle is not Game of Thrones published without the name. This RPG takes the Chronicle System and moves it towards more traditional fantasy RPGs.
That includes rules for fantasy ancestries such as elves, dwarves and ogres (and note the use of ‘ancestries’ rather than ‘races’). The new core rules have a revised version of Chronicle’s magic system, updates on intrigue and the social conflict.
There’s an optional fantasy setting that comes with the core Sword Chronicle too. Called The Shattered Era, this setting features 19 Houses, the nonhumanoid kugulan people and if your characters want to carve out an empire of their own, then there’s the Breachlands.
As revealed on the game’s front cover, Sword Chronicle is written by Robert J Schwalb with Malcolm Sheppard, Steve Kenson, Joseph D. Carriker Jr and Jaym Gates. No release date was mentioned in Green Ronin’s announcement.
Did you play A Song of Ice and Fire by Green Ronin and are pleased to see the Chronicle System get picked up again? Or perhaps Sword Chronicle is the first time you’ve been tempted by the engine.
Interesting news! I assumed this system was completely dead. I’m running a SIFRPG campaign right now, and I look forward to getting this and seeing what I can steal/upgrade.
How do you find the mechanics around all the social drama?