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Worlds Without Number

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The stars gutter and the skies fade and the earth grows weary with years. Ages of men and of Outsiders have ascended and been forgotten, and only the bones of their cities and the dust of their dreams remain upon this tired world. The Legacy of their laws is woven deep now, the edicts of dead gods and fallen sorcerer-kings made to trace patterns of power we no longer understand. We are heirs to their unseen empires, and our lives are built upon their ashes.

Worlds Without Number is a fantasy role-playing game, one fully compatible with the hit sci-fi game Stars Without Number. It's built from the ground up to provide gritty, hard-edged adventure in the fathomless future of the Latter Earth, a fantastic realm of time-lost sorcery, savage foes, and barbaric splendor. The cold steel in the fists of your heroes and the half-understood sorcery in their tomes must suffice to overcome the monstrous remnants of ancient alien rulers and the present depredations of ruthless lords and hideous beasts alike. The riches of lost ages await in the subterranean Deeps that once held their kingdoms, and even the heavens above are not beyond the reach of the recklessly daring.

Worlds Without Number isn't just a savage game of steel and sorcery. It's packed solid with system-neutral GM tools and worldbuilding support, with hundreds of pages of useful tools, tags, tables, and practical advice usable by any GM, regardless of their favorite setting or system. The well-loved sci-fi tools of Stars Without Number are reworked here to support fantasy gaming, whether in the provided setting of the Latter Earth or in your own carefully-crafted homebrew world. Even GMs who don't prefer the OSR-compatible game system of WWN will find more than half the book dedicated to tools they can use in the systems they like best.

So what do you get in this book?

  • Sword and sorcery heroes of blade, cunning, and spell. The proven OSR-compatible character creation system of Stars Without Number is redone here for a fantasy world of blade and black magic.
  • OSR-compatible rules, allowing you to plunder decades of existing adventure material for your play. You can even pull in Stars Without Number content, as it's fully compatible.
  • The Gyre region of the far-future Latter Earth, a premade sandbox for quick play. Venture forth to clash with the sinister powers that gather in the shadow of the waning rule of the Reaping King.
  • Worldbuilding tools crafted to the renowned Sine Nomine standard. Did you like the hundred different world tags in SWN? Then have two hundred inspirational tags to help you build ruins, courts, communities, and wilderness points of interest. Grab a wealth of tools for building histories, societies, governments, religions, and geography, all written with a keen eye toward producing good, playable content for your adventuring group.
  • Adventure creation tools to soothe the pangs of a working GM, with guides for building adventures out of combat, exploration, social, and investigative challenges. Use the tags you picked in the worldbuilding section to speed up your creation of a good night's gaming.
  • Faction rules for fantasy worlds, with dark cults, fierce lords, grasping abbots, and greedy merchants all serving to keep your world in motion even when the PCs aren't on the scene.

And those contents are in the free edition of the game! If you dare to lay hands on this deluxe, for-pay version, you'll get even more.

  • Heroic characters, ones fired with the prowess of high fantasy heroes and epic Chosen Ones. Don't care for gritty sword and sorcery? Use these rules to turn even novice adventurers into the protagonists of mighty deeds.
  • Legates, those heroes touched with the power of the Legacy itself. Reach beyond the limits of mortal prowess to embrace superhuman abilities and impossible might, and dare adventures that will live for an age in legend.
  • Bonus character classes, including the Adunic Invoker, Darian Skinshifter, Llaigisan Beastmaster, Sarulite Blood Priest, Kistian Duelist, and Vothite Thought Noble. Each one is built to help support a broad character concept, such as shapeshifting, mind control, animal companions, divine blessings, or swashbuckling fighters- concepts you can import to any setting.
  • Additional GM tools, including a hundred fractal adventure seeds, help with extradimensional Iterums, and a sheaf of bonus GM tables for fleshing out architecture, NPC relationships, and random adventure NPCs.

Seize your chance, bold adventurer! Earnest souls have been waiting for years for a fantasy counterpart to Stars Without Number; now it awaits your daring grasp to help you forge your own mighty deeds!

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Bill B January 07, 2024 1:50 pm UTC
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Had a skim through past discussions so apologies if this has already been asked...
Is there any plan to release official GM screen for this? I am already working my way to "completing" my collection of products as I have fallen in love with your stuff. CWN and and the Atlas of Latter Earth are being added to the collection shortly but would love to have screens for each of the three big books.
Any info greatly appreciated!
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Kyle C December 02, 2023 9:20 pm UTC
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Why the huge price difference for a physical copy here vs Sine Nomine? I would love to get a physical copy, but I will hold off if this is just an upgraded Kinko's print job. I assume that another offset print run KS is a ways off as one just completed in October. Just got into the system and seem to have missed the boat on getting a copy at a reasonable price ( it is over 100 bucks for the book)
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Kevin C December 08, 2023 8:49 pm UTC
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The print copies at the Sine Nomine webstore are offset print books, rather than print-on-demand items. The paper is heavier, the inks better, the spine is sewn-in rather than glued, and several of them have ribbons. While the WWN offset is sold out at present, a reprint KS completed last month and the surplus books should be in the webstore by the end of January.
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Kyle C December 11, 2023 1:31 am UTC
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Thanks for the response. I'll be sure to keep an eye on the webstore.
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Michael G December 01, 2023 6:37 pm UTC
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Is it possible to get a non-form fillable version of the character sheet? Normally, I would print it with the fields blank and be fine, but the melee, ranges, and initiative fields autocalc and remain zero.
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Orin T September 20, 2023 3:19 am UTC
Amazing game. Really bad table of contents. Otherwise it is perfect.
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Leo P August 13, 2023 10:54 pm UTC
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Just to update people here, Kevin Crawford said in the latest Cities Without Number (CWN) kickstarter update that he will do a kickstarter for another offset print run of WWN after he finishes the fulfillment of CWN books. I'm guessing sometime between October and December.
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Dean W October 09, 2023 7:51 pm UTC
How will we know when that launches?
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Kelly W October 12, 2023 6:52 pm UTC
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https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sinenomineinc/worlds-without-number-rpg-offset-reprint

its been launched
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Linus N May 20, 2023 7:37 pm UTC
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Love this game! Please create another Kickstarter to satisfy the demand for more offset print copies!
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Stacie W March 22, 2023 4:01 pm UTC
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Now that the offset print version is out of stock will this book get a premium color option on here, or will there be another Kickstarter for the offset print version?
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Yalaz O March 21, 2023 7:37 am UTC
Does the For-Pay PDF version also come with a Lightweight print-friendly copy?
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Duane C April 15, 2023 2:13 am UTC
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Yes, it includes a lightweight pdf.
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Seth H February 08, 2023 4:37 pm UTC
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Is there a glossary of terms anywhere? If not would be super useful. Took me a decent amount of time to figure out what an arratu was since it isn't defined until halfway through the book.
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Jonathan B February 05, 2023 6:12 pm UTC
Here's hoping there will be another print run/kickstarter for an offset edition of this book.
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Brent R February 19, 2023 10:13 pm UTC
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Same here. It would be great if he setup a mailing for folks wanting the offset editions of his books. Or heck, another kickstarter just for offset print runs of worlds and stars w/o number. He could set rewards levels for one of the books and the minimum $$ to meet min number of backers for that book. If it funds, then he can do a print run. If not, no big deal. A KS like that would kinda run itself - either enough folks back or not.
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Jonathan B February 21, 2023 11:03 am UTC
Agreed. I'm hoping that with Kevin's current kickstarter (7 days left at time of writing) for 'Cities Without Number' doing so well, that there will be another chance for a second crowdfunded 'Worlds Without Number' offset in the near future; people have mentioned it in the Cities kickstarter comments and the time seems right...even more so since many D&D players are apparently currently looking at alternative systems. I own offset editions of 'Stars Without Number' and 'Atlas of the Latter Earth' - both are fantastic and these offset editions are still available for purchase at Kevin's own Sine Nomine site directly (this is where I bought them from and shipping to England was only $20).
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Kelly W January 31, 2023 1:12 am UTC
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would love a softcover verison
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James P January 24, 2023 4:04 am UTC
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Any plans for a softcover version? I have the hardcover offset-print edition, which is amazing, but I want something I can toss around the table and not worry about.
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John S January 19, 2023 2:42 am UTC
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For whatever reason, the *.mobi file does not work with my kindle. Can it be double-checked and updated?
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Ryan D January 28, 2023 8:59 pm UTC
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Amazon removed support for .mobi, but .epub works
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lekkis L October 24, 2022 8:49 am UTC
Is there a way of buying it in EU?
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Robert J December 09, 2022 11:01 am UTC
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Seconding lekkis L's question - would also love to buy this in EU. Better yet, the offset printing version.
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