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Press Release

London, 2001-05-11

Hogshead Publishing will be releasing Nobilis: A Game of Greater Powers this year.

Nobilis, a roleplaying game by R. Sean Borgstrom, originally published by Pharos Press, has been completely revised and substantially expanded for the new Hogshead edition. Nobilis will be a large format, heavily illustrated "coffee table" style book. It is scheduled for release in September 2001.

In Nobilis, players take on the roles of the Sovereign Powers, each the personification of one single aspect of reality: perhaps Greed, or Roads, or Fire, or Murderers. Once human, each character has been forever twisted and changed by the addition of a single soul-fragment from their Lord or Lady Imperator: giving them awesome power and terrible responsibility. Heaven and Hell, Yggdrasil the World-Ash, the Angels and Devils, the Giants and the Old Gods, all are real; each with aeon-old plots and rivalries. All are united in the Great War against the Excrucians, whose goal is to destroy all Creation, but divided by their own rivalries and feuds.

"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."

"It's been wonderful watching the product develop," said R. Sean Borgstrom, the creator of Nobilis, "I've had the opportunity to polish and improve the game mechanics and setting; to put in substantial new material; and to incorporate the feedback of a legion of great playtesters. Bruce Baugh did a marvellous job editing the result. The art, layout, and presentation look to be positively glorious. I said the last time a press release came around that I was looking for miracles and wonders in terms of product design, promotion, and overall line direction; they seem to have arrived."

Bruce Baugh is 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, has worked closely with Borgstrom on revising and expanding the original rulebook.

The Hogshead edition of Nobilis is a hard-cover book of around 304 pages, retailing for $42.95. The unusual format (11" x 11") is complemented by a stunning cover image of the Sphinx Mysterieux by Art Nouveau master Charles van der Tappen, and beautiful full-page interior art by major fantasy artists including Bryan Talbot, Michael Kaluta, Martin McKenna, and Denise Garner.

Hogshead will be regularly supporting the Nobilis line with three supplements each year, the first of which, A Society of Flowers, is to be released later this year.


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 iews.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.

A complete listing of the artists contributing full-page pictures to the project is as follows: Bryan Talbot, Michael Kaluta, Martin McKenna, Raven Mimura, Denise Garner, Lee Moyer, Rik Martin, Frazer Irving, Al Davison, Ralph Horsley, Guiseppe Arcimboldo, Alphonse Mucha.

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
Hogshead Publishing
18-20 Bromell's Rd
United Kingdom

R. Sean Borgstrom, author of Nobilis

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