As you know, the 21st of December 2012 always was a special date for us, as it marked the release of equinox. Now, eight years later, the 21st of December 2020 marks the end of active development for this line. Equinox won’t be gone however, and might even return with a new edition someday.
To honor this date, we are happy to announce the release of the following titles:
The Pirates Guide
The Earth Belt threads through the eye of Gateway’s ring, an endless stream of billions of tons of broken rubble and debris averaging 5,500km in diameter, with some pieces as large as a small moon and others as small as a grain of sand. The fragments of Earth, its moon, and countless other planets, sucked in from other planes by the Nexus, are now spread far and wide for millions of kilometers along Earth’s original orbital path. The Earth Belt is far more than just an asteroid field; it is also sheathed in a powerful astral field, giving the belt a strange duality. It‘s a living place and, in the wake of the Great Netherwar, the hazardous center of trade in the Consortium.
The Pirate‘s Guide is a sourcebook adding further detail to the Equinox Universe. In this book, you learn more about the seemingly endless stream of rocks passing through the eye of Gateway Station’s ring. The Earth Belt is home to countless people, creatures, mysterious entities, and … pirates.
The distress beacon of the MFS Winter is calling from a deserted region of the Ceres Belt. What happened to the Vagrant freighter and what was its cargo? Was it attacked by pirates or did it encounter some other dangerous hazard? Is it a trap?
Close by lies the asteroid Tauron 5 and built on it the hidden pirate port of San Calvero. The Vagrant settlement is about to be shaken by a series of events threatening to destroy it. Is the sudden hardship just an old pirate feud boiling over? Or is there more going on behind the curtain?
Fellos Shard is an Adventure Pack set in the Equinox Universe. It contains a description of the pirate town San Calvero in the Ceres Belt, four sample characters, numerous adventure hooks, and a full length adventure covering the struggle of the Vagrant settlement and shining some light on the many secrets that lie in the asteroid’s past.
In other news, we are also happy to announce a third release today. The Supragen Startup Guide is a small roleplaying game set in the universe of Jeremiah L. Schwennens Omnigenos Chronicles novel series.
Supragen Startup Guide
Experience a game of fast-paced superheroic action set in the universe of the Omnigenos Chronicles! Players take on the roles of superpowered people known as omnigeni, who are gifted with incredible abilities. While many accept the heavy responsibility of using those pow-ers for good, some choose to go down a different path. Heroic teams of omnigeni are all that protect the ordinary people of Earth from the dangers these superpowered villains pose… and through this game, you decide how the adventures of these heroes unfold.
All three books are digitally available now, with print options following early next year.
The second result of last years successful Patreon project is Elite Paths, and we are happy to announce the release of this sourcebook for equinox! Elite Paths was written and illustrated one chapter at a time by Mikko Goepfert, Jeremiah L. Schwennen and Carsten Damm – and presents your characters with more options for advancement and even greater power. At the same time, each Elite Path also provides new abilities and more background information for your games.
Elite Paths includes new spells, rules for rituals and summoning named spirits, rules for large-scale space battles, new gear, spaceship options, and much more!
We are happy to announce the release of the Gateway Station and the Protectorate sourcebook for equinox! The book is the result of another successful Patreon project we engaged in for the past year after the success of Bits & Pieces. The book was written and illustrated one chapter at a time by Mikko Goepfert, Jeremiah L. Schwennen and Carsten Damm – and we kept exceeding our goal by a factor of 10 throughout the process.
The result is an extensive book giving in-depth insight on this massive space station and the Protectorate government, putting a new spin on your games and offering more background lore on the Equinox Universe – including an overview on the onslaught of the Great Netherwar.
The PDF is available now, with print options following very soon.
“Knowledge and information come and go, passing through our minds on their way. Wisdom, however, is different. You can fill your brain with a tremendous amount of facts and train it to solve many problems in a short amount of time; there is little challenge in doing do. But tempering this knowledge into wisdom requires discipline, hard work, experience and … well, maturity.” —Christopher Cruze
Elite Paths Vol. IX: Seekers is a supplement for equinox, the last in a series of expansions designed to present your characters with more options for advancement and even greater power. At the same time, each also provides new abilities and more background information for your games.
This article is the playtest version of the Seeker Elite Paths supplement, offering new material for your equinox game: the Infomancer, the Enigmant, and the Wyrmpriest. Designed to present your characters with more options for advancement and even greater power, this file features new abilities, new Path options, as well as information on the infamous Twilight Archives.
“Do something productive. Support society. Work hard. These are the things people expect from everyone. If you don’t fit in, you aren’t useful. And if you aren’t useful, you’re trash. But there are exceptions to every rule, I say. We’re misfits—the living embodiment of exceptions. Without us, the universe would be a pretty boring place.”
Elite Paths Vol. VIII: Venturers is a supplement for equinox, number eight in a series of expansions designed to present your characters with more options for advancement and even greater power, featuring new abilities and more background information for your games.
This article is the playtest version of the Venturer Elite Paths supplement, offering new material for your equinox game: the Changer, the Skimmer, and the Glitcher. Designed to present your characters with more options for advancement and even greater power, this file features new abilities, new Path options, as well as a variety of syndicates and other shady organizations. The file also includes a new illustration funded by our generous Patrons!
DriveThruRPG has adjusted the print costs for print on demand books, and we’re happy about being able to lower the pricing for several of our PoD-titles. Especially premium prints became cheaper. Check it out!
“Yes, the Fleet is huge and has millions of vessels and men at their disposal. They control the Earth Belt, regulate and inspect the trade traffic, and have put up a sizable blockade at Pranatur (which isn’t even a topic in the media). The shape of their Marauders is known even to children in the member systems, and their service is the most important one in the entire Consortium. Yet the Fleet Admiralty is much less known—some people don’t even know they have one, as Gateway’s Defensive Council has the most presence in all news streams—and you never get to read stories from the crews manning their ships. All that’s available is neatly sanitized by official news services, and if you research Fleet action for independent reports, you’re destined to end up in real trouble (believe me; three years in the mines of Xak taught me that). So, let’s skip the official material and read something worth your while—a story that is not directly about the Fleet, but connected to it in many ways.”—Brela von Gwenn, Twilight Archives
The last chapter of our Gateway Station and the Protectorate sourcebook covers the Fleet. However, if you are looking for statistics and numbers of the proud vessels serving the Earth Belt or reports and diaries of the brave officers manning these mighty ships, you’ll be disappointed. Such files are worthless, because the Fleet redacted them. They contain no tangible information because the Fleet doesn’t want you to know. Instead, follow the footsteps of Wil Heijanan to the other side of Sol. His diaries and research into the Great Netherwar will paint a much clearer picture.
“There are as many ways to make war as there are reasons to do so. What we know for certain is that there are some soldiers that are simply more proficient in their craft, more perfect in their ability to execute, than others. We reward such exemplars with medals and laurels and special commendations, but for most, those things are secondary. The perfection of being the best, of surviving while destroying, is an undeniable drug.”
—Protector General Advin Burain, Defensive Council
Elite Paths Vol. VII: Soldiers is a supplement for equinox, number seven in a series of expansions designed to present your characters with more options for advancement and even greater power, featuring new abilities and more background information for your games.
This article is the playtest version of the Soldiers Elite Paths supplement, offering new material for your equinox game: the Belt Hunter, the Primal Warrior, and the Shanrazi Warlord. Designed to present your characters with more options for advancement and even greater power, this file features new abilities, new gear, new Path options, and additional background information for your games.
The file also includes a new illustration funded by our generous Patrons!
Jeremiah and Carsten are writing away on the last two chapters of the Gateway Station and the Protectorate series, The Government and The Fleet. To keep up with the higher-than-expected pagecount, we needed to adapt the release schedule a bit to make room for proper editing and another entry of the Elite Paths series – Elite Paths: Soldiers will come to you in February.
To make up for the wait, we have added a freebie for all our Patrons: the Guide to the Earth Belt chapter from the upcoming Pirate’s Guide sourcebook, which includes a map of the Sol System. Enjoy!
Our Vagrant Workshop web presence has been improved to become more organized and modern. One of the better features is that it runs under the same roof as our german label, Pro Indie – the language switcher on the top right of the page allows you to go back and forth at any time. Our Shop has been reworked as well, although that one is mostly targeted at EU customers.
In the meantime, we published a new entry of the Elite Path series on Patreon – this one featuring the Merchant Path. Due to the website outage, we are lagging behind on the layout, so fixing that will be our next priority. For our german-speaking customers, we have released the digital version of the Equinox Gamemaster Screen (link switches to german!). Check the status of our active projects on the Our Games (those interested might find it useful to switch the langauge on this one).
A few articles have been lost along the way, but we’ll dig them up from the bowels of our database. As usual, we’ll keep you up-to-date on everything going on in the ‘Shop on our News page.
That said, come on in!