NOBILIS RE-LAUNCHED BY HOGSHEAD
Hogshead Publishing will be releasing Nobilis: A Game of Greater Powers
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
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 http://www.chancel.org/rev
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
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
18-20 Bromell's Rd
R. Sean Borgstrom, author of Nobilis