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Wurm, the prehistoric Roleplaying Game - Now in English
« on: November 03, 2015, 03:14:07 PM »
Editions Icare is proud to present a French role playing game with a truly original theme, already loved by players for the quality of its writing and its illustrations, now in English language for the first time ever. This funding campaign aims to back the professional translation of the work, and its distribution in the USA and the United Kingdom. Our publishing company, now eight years old, is specialized in publishing independent role-playing games with strong themes. We would therefore like to invite you to discover Würm, a role playing game that takes place at the very origins of humanity, which will surely strike a chord with both new and experienced players alike.

Humanity before history began, thirty five thousand years ago, in the middle of an ice age…




When you play Würm, it will be up to you to imagine what life was like for our ancestors, and give YOUR OWN vision of this time before time. During your adventures, whether simply surviving or going on perilous hunts or legendary quests, your characters will gain strength, wisdom and prestige by exploring unknown territories, daring to enter the darkness of mysterious caves, seeking out the powers of ancient spirits, or challenging the creatures of the night, the ice and the fire…

All the rules you need to play Würm are included in the core rulebook, detailed over nine chapters. These rules were designed to be simple and clear. For the most part, they only require a few 6-sided dice. Most of all, they were designed to be well adapted to the atmosphere of the Stone Age. For example, to develop the characters, you won’t need skills and stats, but a number of Strengths and Weaknesses that are connected to specific totems. Additionally, Talents and Secret techniques represent the abilities that a character will have to learn, such as painting, shamanism or certain combat techniques.

The game rules have been developed to be as close as possible to established archeological sources, carefully relaying what we know of the technical knowledge, the environment and part of the culture of our ancestors. However, the world of Würm also leaves room for a touch of fantasy and adventure: you will therefore find rules that allow you to play with the real powers of totem spirits, as well as a whole range of fantastical creatures living along side the mammoths and the cave bears, such as fire spirits, witches and glacier giants…

To let you dive right into the prehistoric adventure of the world of Würm, the core rulebook ends with four introduction scenarios, each one providing a specific atmosphere, such as adventure, investigation, melancholy, or humor. One scenario is especially designed for the initiation of younger players!

So prepare your flint or ivory-tipped spears, and make sure your clan and your totem spirits are behind you. The adventure begins the second you step outside your camp…Editions Icare is proud to present a French role playing game with a truly original theme, already loved by players for the quality of its writing and its illustrations, now in English language for the first time ever. This funding campaign aims to back the professional translation of the work, and its distribution in the USA and the United Kingdom. Our publishing company, now eight years old, is specialized in publishing independent role-playing games with strong themes. We would therefore like to invite you to discover Würm, a role playing game that takes place at the very origins of humanity, which will surely strike a chord with both new and experienced players alike. Humanity before history began, thirty five thousand years ago, in the middle of an ice age… In this long-forgotten time, many powerful creatures roamed far and wide over a vast territory covered in steppes and taiga, reaching from the white mountains to the raging sea: mammoths, aurochs, bison, giant deer, cave bears and cave lions. Among these huge creatures, two species of humans live in small communities of hunter-gatherers: the robust Bear Men (Neanderthals) and the taller Long Men (Cro-Magnon, or Cavemen).


All the rules you need to play Würm are included in the core rulebook, detailed over nine chapters. These rules were designed to be simple and clear. For the most part, they only require a few 6-sided dice. Most of all, they were designed to be well adapted to the atmosphere of the Stone Age. For example, to develop the characters, you won’t need skills and stats, but a number of Strengths and Weaknesses that are connected to specific totems. Additionally, Talents and Secret techniques represent the abilities that a character will have to learn, such as painting, shamanism or certain combat techniques. The game rules have been developed to be as close as possible to established archeological sources, carefully relaying what we know of the technical knowledge, the environment and part of the culture of our ancestors. However, the world of Würm also leaves room for a touch of fantasy and adventure: you will therefore find rules that allow you to play with the real powers of totem spirits, as well as a whole range of fantastical creatures living along side the mammoths and the cave bears, such as fire spirits, witches and glacier giants… To let you dive right into the prehistoric adventure of the world of Würm, the core rulebook ends with four introduction scenarios, each one providing a specific atmosphere, such as adventure, investigation, melancholy, or humor. One scenario is especially designed for the initiation of younger players! So prepare your flint or ivory-tipped spears, and make sure your clan and your totem spirits are behind you. The adventure begins the second you step outside your camp…


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Re: Wurm, the prehistoric Roleplaying Game - Now in English
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2015, 06:33:38 PM »
This looks very cool booga. I'm always a fan of unique rpg settings and this looks like it is bursting with creativity.

I am going to post your words on Something Awful as some of those forum goers may enjoy it as well.

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Re: Wurm, the prehistoric Roleplaying Game - Now in English
« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2015, 11:23:10 PM »
This looks very cool booga. I'm always a fan of unique rpg settings and this looks like it is bursting with creativity.

I am going to post your words on Something Awful as some of those forum goers may enjoy it as well.

Thanks a lot Twisting H, for these words of encouragement, and for spreading the word about this project. The hardest part for publishers on a new market is to build a fan base. Although Icares Editions is well known on the French market, they are unknown in English speaking countries.

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Re: Wurm, the prehistoric Roleplaying Game - Now in English
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2015, 01:45:11 PM »
A couple cool news about the project:

-- A sneak peak PDF to Würm the RPG is now available for download. Inside you'll find a summary of the game system, a character sheet and a community sheet (used to track tribes). Download it HERE.

-- Update #6 on the Kickstarter page shows that the second stretch goal for the project (at 14000 Euros) will add the GM screen in English. My understanding is that all the backers will still get the PDF of the Screen, and pledges at 110 Euros and up (those that originally includes the printed French screen) will get a printed English screen instead of the French one, if the project gathers at least 14000 Euros.

-- Update 6# also mentions the translation of additional adventures with further stretch goals. These will be available in PDF for 45 Euros backers and up, and printed for 60 Euros backers).

IMHO, that's quite a bit more value! Please pass the word on :)