NOBILIS MOVES TO HOGSHEAD
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
"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
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
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
R. Sean Borgstrom, author of Nobilis
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