Kickstarter: The Ruined Empire – A system-neutral, Final Fantasy-inspired RPG setting
“An original campaign setting, inspired by Final Fantasy and common anime tropes, written with an eye toward social issues
Expanded commentary and campaign creation hooks
Conversion guides and system hacks for use in starting campaigns with non-Tenra systems”
So, what – exactly – is The Ruined Empire about, anyway? It is, as-mentioned, a system-neutral RPG setting set against the backdrop of two warring nations, and the three nations that lie between them (well, one of them was kind of ruined when the two nations fought the first time, but still). The major dichotomy in The Ruined Empire – from what I have read – is the pull between those two major empires: The Imperial Dynasty of Azumi, a nation built around machinery and technology, and Jahga Republic of Enlightened Peoples, a national built on magic and self-determination. There is tension in other parts of the world as well: Will melis and the Kugutsu in the Desecrated Lands rise up? What about the lower class in Horom, suffering under the Imperial rule, but powerless to stop it? Reading through the setting begs some interesting questions, and there do appear to be several different facets that a campaign could spark around. As mentioned, you can read the existing text of The Ruined Empire for free at the aforementioned link or check out the Kickstarter page, where the campaign has currently raised just over $2,500 (CAD), as I write this, of its $5,720 goal.