Monday, June 22, 2020

Nibiru - Basic Math


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I have previously posted a map for my Nibiru sword & planet setting for ACKS. Now, it is time to do some basic mathematical calculations about this setting, using the ACKS rules.

Nibiru is a dying planet and population is low. In "civilized", cultivated areas such as the city-states, population density is 40 people per square mile, that is, 250 families per 6-mile hex. In desert areas, even with mining and some cultivation, population density is 20 families per square mile, that is, 125 families per 6-mile hex.

Built around city-states with some remnant Ancient technology, Nibiru is an "Advanced, Urban Realm" (2 rows downward on the ACKS p.231 urban population table) and has a very "Centralized Settlement Pattern" (2 rows downward for the Largest settlement).

The city-state of Anurash controls 53x "civilized" 6-mile hexes, and thus has an approximate population of 13250 families, placing it somewhere between a county and a duchy in ACKS terms. Thus, Anurash is a City (Class III market) of approx. 3000 families, out of approx. 4000 urban families in the realm.

The city-state of Ennung controls 42x "civilized" 6-mile hexes, and thus an approximate population of 10500 families, placing it somewhere between a county and a duchy in ACKS terms. Thus, Ennung is a Small City (Class IV market) of approx. 1500 families, out of approx. 2500 urban families in the realm.

The city-state of Erida controls 63x "civilized" 6-mile hexes and thus an approximate population of 15750 families, placing it somewhere between a county and a duchy in ACKS terms. Thus, Erida is a City (Class III market) of approx. 3500 families, out of approx. 5000 urban families in the realm.

Desh is a fortress-village controlled by Erida. It has a population of 200 families, making it a Village (Class VI market).

Kur is a fortress-village controlled by Erida. It has a population of 250 families, making it a Village (Class VI market).

The city-state of Edin controls 48x "civilized" 6-mile hexes and thus an approximate population of 12000 families, placing it somewhere between a county and a duchy in ACKS terms. Thus, Edin is a Small City (Class IV market) of approx. 2000 families, out of approx. 3000 urban families in the realm.

Telal is a fortress-village controlled by Edin. It has a population of 150 families, making it a Village (Class VI market).

Zag, an independent fortress, controls 7 desert hexes. Thus, 875 families in total, making it almost a March (or a huge barony) in ACKS terms. Thus, Zag is a Village (Class VI market) of approx. 100 families out of approx. 500 urban families in the realm (most locals live from commerce and a little subsistence farming rather than more extensive agriculture).

Barzal, an independent fortress, controls 12 desert hexes. Thus, 1500 families in total, making it a huge March in ACKS terms. Thus, Barzal is a Village in ACKS terms, and would be a Class VI market by RAW, but I'd making it a Class V market due to extensive mining and trade. Barzal has 200 resident families, out of the realm's total of 400 urban families. Most economic activity here is mining and commerce, and much of the food comes from traders.

Helix is a village controlled by Barzal. It has a population of 75 families, making it a Small Village (Class VI market).

Meshanna, an independent fortress, controls 5 desert hexes, and thus has a population of 625 families, making it almost a March (or a huge barony) in ACKS terms. Thus, Meshanna is a Village (Class VI market) of approx. 100 families out of approx. 150 urban families in the realm (most locals live from commerce and mining and a little subsistence farming rather than more extensive agriculture).

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Nibiru - updated Scar's Maw regional map


(scale: 1 hex = 6 miles)

I have recently posted the regional map draft for my Nibiru sword & planet setting. I have updated the map, adding a legend for the various terrain types; a few more sites; and domain borders for the various polities.

EirdaEnnugAnurash, and Edin are independent city-states.


Telal is essentially Torus Tem - A fortress built by Edin as one of several to protect it from desert raiders. Now, half in ruins. Expect a nasty low-level dungeon in the nearby fungal forest.


Desh and Kur are fortified trade stations controlled by Erida.


Barzal is an independent fortified town on the Eastern Road, engaged in trade and mining, and so is Meshanna.


Zag is an independent fortified trade station.


Helix is a small village ruled by Barzal, now becoming a "boomtown" with the winds exposing the Pyramidal Maze (Barrowmaze).


Udrea and Sag are Ancient ruins, up in the highland, where the cold is harsh and the air is thin.


Barzal mines iron, Meshanna mines copper. They trade for much of their food with Erida, but also engage in some subsistence farming.


Helix used to engage in mushroom-forestry but now gains much more from adventurers and the business they bring.

Monday, June 1, 2020

Nibiru - Scar's Maw Regional Map work-in-progress



I began designing the starting region for my  prospective Nibiru sword & planet campaign setting. So, without further ado, here is the regional map (scale: 1 hex = 6 miles) of the Scar's Maw region, opening up to the Rusted Sea desert.

Eirda, Anurash, and Edin are independent city-states.

Telal is essentially Torus Tem - A fortress built by Edin as one of several to protect it from desert raiders. Now, half in ruins. Expect a nasty low-level dungeon in the nearby fungal forest.

Barzal is an independent fortified town on the Eastern Road, engaged in trade and mining., and so is Meshanna.

Helix is a small village ruled by Barzal, now becoming a "boomtown" with the winds exposing the Pyramidal Maze (Barrowmaze).

Barzal mines iron, Meshanna mines copper. They trade for much of their food with Erida, but also engage in some subsistence farming.

Helix used to engage in mushroom-forestry but now gains much more from adventurers and the business they bring.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Nibiru - a Sword & Planet setting for ACKS




Nibiru is a dying, ancient world. Once it was the seat of wondrously advanced civilization. But now it is far past its peak. In its hubris and avarice, it became decadent, declined, and finally only a shadow of its semblance is left. Where forests stood, now cold deserts sprawl. Cities lie in ruins. The oceans are dry. Vast polar ice caps trap most water - and not a little of the atmosphere.

The Scar- Nibiru's vast equatorial rift valley - once housed Nibiru's mightiest river, which fed the Old Sea to the south. Now it is far more slender and feeds the Scar's own small, salty sea. The Old Sea dried; it is now a cold, salty plain called the Rusted Sea. But at least one can easily breathe the air of the Rusted Sea. Unlike the Northern Highlands, where the air is thin, hardly breathable on the Highlands proper, and utterly unbreathable on the Northern Mountains.

Eons ago, Nibiru was a warm, humid world with significant jungles. Ruled by reptiles of all kinds. Dinosaurs. A reptiloid civilization. For some reason, potentially something nasty the reptiloids did (technomagical war? an experiment gone astray?), the world started to begin to cool and dry out. This stabilized for a few eons, though the jungles were gone. The reptiloids were mostly extinct, as were most dinosaurs. The survivors migrated underground, where it was still warm and humid.

Eons passed. The Ancients rose. They were slender and intelligent to begin with; at their technological pinnacle, their physical prowess declined while their intelligence rose (think hairless elves growing into shorter and thinner Gray Aliens). The Ancients built a massive civilization of sorcery and superscience.
Their eldritch might grew to a degree that a sizeable percentage of their population had at least some sorcerous abilities.

The ancients, in their final form, were unsuited for war and labor. Initially, they used machines for these ends, but as they grew decadent and sorcerous, breeding servitor races was cheaper. They crossed themselves with White Apes to create Men - versatile servitors better suited for labor and war. They then crossed Men with White Apes once more - to create the far less intelligent Ape-Men as heavy laborers and shock troops. They crossed Men with surviving Reptilians to create Lizardmen and shock troops. They then crossed themselves once more with Men to create foremen and officers for their servitors, the Nephilim.

The Ancients' decadence knew no end. As they turned to Black Magic for raw power, Nibiru's already fragile Ishtar, the world-goddess, began to die. Their technology and sorcery already declined to such a low degree that they could not resurrect Ishtar.

As the world began to die and dry out once again, the Ancients dug canals, fed by vast machines on the polar ice-caps, to bring water to the dry equatorial regions, where the climate was still bearable.
But the Ancients died out themselves. (technomagical war? summoning the wrong demons?).

Now, only their former servitors remain to fend for themselves.

So, you have, among other things:
  • Men.
  • Ape-Men and Lizard-Men (beastmen-equivalents?).
  • Sorcerous Nephilim.
  • Above-ground (at least partially) ruins of the Ancients.
  • Remnant Ancient superscience and sorcerous remnants/
  • Deep underground Lost Worlds inhabited by dinosaurs and reptilians!

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Dark Nebula 2900 CE: Library Data

I am proud to present you with the first full draft of the Library Data for the Dark Nebula 2900 CE setting!

Get it HERE!

Saturday, February 29, 2020

The Sword of Cepheus - now RELEASED!

Now RELEASED!

A sorcerer blasting his enemies with the power of his mind. A muscled barbarian wielding a flaming sword against the local tyrant’s thugs. A secret cabal of magicians plotting to control the minds and souls of kings. A gladiator who freed himself from slavery wanders the land, righting wrongs and smashing villains. Big muscles, big swords, eldritch sorcery, powers of the mind, eldritch beasts. From Burroughs to Howard to Moorcock to Italian Peplum films to those dreaming of outlandish post-apocalyptic worlds, heroes raise swords against corrupt nobles, inexplicable sorcerers, and alien monstrosities.

Sword of Cepheus is a roleplaying game in the triple “Sword” genres: Sword and Sorcery, Sword and Planet, and Sword and Sandal. In Sword and Sorcery, often-amoral protagonists face vile sorcery and horrid beasts as they complete awesome adventures for gold and glory. In Sword and Planet, humans finding themselves on barbaric or decadent alien planets use their superior brawn and valiant hearts to win fame, fortune, and the heart of an alien princeling. In Sword and Sandal, often set in a quasi-Biblical or faux-Roman world, men and women with sharp wits and strong sword-arms fight mythological creatures and overthrow tyrants. The common threads of all three genres are the blade-wielding protagonists who use their brawn, as well as brains, to fight foes both supernatural and mundane and undertake hair-raising, violent adventures.

The Sword of Cepheus rules include everything you need to play thrilling sword & sorcery adventures:
  • Streamlined skill-based 2D6 task resolution!
  • Procedural character generation with 12 archetypal careers for your character to undergo!
  • 44 unique character Traits to customize your character!
  • A wide selection of adventuring equipment and weaponry!
  • Simple yet intriguing rules for adventuring and exploring exciting worlds!
  • Fast-paced, action-packed combat - whether on foot, from horseback, or on the high seas!
  • A skill-based, perilous sorcery system, with 108 eldritch spells!
  • 96 terrible monsters for heroes to face!
  • A selection of treasures, both mundane and magical!
  • Detailed gameplay examples for quick and easy comprehension of the rules!!

Raise your sword! Adventures awaits!

Compatible with Cepheus Light, the Cepheus Engine System Reference Document and other OGL 2D6 Sci Fi games.

See a sample from the book HERE!

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Sword of Cepheus to be released in two or three weeks!

We at Stellagama Publishing are proud to announce that we will release Sword of Cepheus, Stellagama Publishing's 2D6-based sword & sorcery ruleset, in the last week of February or the first week of March. The initial release will be in PDF format; print options should be available within a few weeks from the PDF's release.