NOBILIS MOVES TO HOGSHEAD

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NOBILIS MOVES TO HOGSHEAD

Press Release

London, 2000-04-09

The rights to publish Nobilis, the acclaimed role-playing game by R. Sean Borgstrom, have been acquired by Hogshead Publishing Ltd.

The existing edition of the game, produced by Pharos Press, will go out of print immediately. Hogshead will be releasing a revised and expanded edition of the rulebook in August, to be followed by supplements and expansions.

"We're also talking about other games in the same background, and possibly even fiction," said James Wallis, director of Hogshead Publishing. "This may seem premature, but Nobilis is the most stunningly original and brilliant game I've seen in many years. If it's not a huge success then the RPG market has no taste."

Nobilis is a game that describes a clandestine war between immensely powerful meta-beings fighting to control the destiny of creation and reality. Players take the roles of one-time humans raised to a higher power, who now work for Imperators, the forces that are trying to protect -- or sometimes destroy -- everything.

"I'm thrilled with the direction things are taking," said R. Sean Borgstrom. "Nobilis has always been a co-operative venture. I was fortunate to have Pharos Press as my partner at the beginning of this road; it brought a lot of talent to the table. Moving to Hogshead takes that to a new level -- I'm looking for miracles and wonders in terms of product design, promotion, and overall line direction, and I'm quite certain I'll get them."

Bruce Baugh will be the line-editor for Nobilis. Baugh, a longtime industry professional best known for his work for White Wolf on projects such as Wraith: the Great War, Hunter: the Reckoning and Trinity, will work with Borgstrom on revising and expanding the existing rulebook. Hogshead intends to relaunch the Nobilis game-line in time for Gen Con 2000 in early August.

The exact details of the Hogshead edition of Nobilis have not yet been set, but it is likely to be a hard-cover book of around 160-200 pages, retailing for around $25 or less. It will have a new cover and more interior art.

Background

Nobilis, a role-playing game by R. Sean Borgstrom, was originally published in August 1999 by Pharos Press. It has received rave reviews from many people including industry professionals of the calibre of Ken Hite, Geoff Grabowski, Bruce Baugh and John Snead, who have praised its unique setting, groundbreaking rules and the high quality of its writing. (Excerpts of reviews can be found at http://www.chancel.org/reviews.html)

R. Sean Borgstrom has written for White Wolf on parts of the Cainite Heresy, Aberrant: Worldwide (Phase One), and the Trinity Player's Guide, as well as portions of the Liber Castellorum, the Liber Servitorum, and the first Superiors book for Steve Jackson Games' In Nomine. Borgstrom is studying for a doctorate in computer science at the Johns Hopkins University.

Hogshead Publishing is the UK-based company behind Warhammer FRP, SLA Industries and the Origins Award-nominated Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen RPG. Incorporated in 1994, it has worked to publish games that push forward the frontiers of role-playing.

For more information, please contact:
James Wallis, director of Hogshead Publishing
james@hogshead.demon.co.uk

R. Sean Borgstrom, author of Nobilis
rsean@cs.jhu.edu

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