Magnum Opus Press

Fury of the Deep

Surprise! With almost no announcement, we’ve released a completely new Dragon Warriors supplement. It’s called FURY OF THE DEEP and it’s a 54-page adventure by Jon Reed and Damian May, who both worked on the excellent Friends or Foes.

The reason we can do this so quickly is because FotD is only being released as an e-book. It is only available as a downloadable PDF from DriveThruRPG (and RPGNow and other affiliates). It also has less interior artwork than you find in most Dragon Warriors books—but that means more words per page, of course.

This is us experimenting with rapid book production. Put it this way: FotD has come together since we finished all work on the next major Dragon Warriors release, In From The Cold. But because of the lead-time that distributors and retailers require, IFTC won’t be released until November.

Anyway, Fury of the Deep is an adventure in the classic Dragon Warriors style, with a lost island, a flooded temple that dates back to classical times, a mysterious patron, a tale of long-awaited revenge, and some truly kick-ass monsters, traps and treasures. DW author Dave Morris called it “up to the very high standard of new-edition Dragon Warriors” and who are we to argue with him?

You can get your copy of Fury of the Deep from DriveThru RPG for just US$9.95 by clicking here.

Ordo Draconis 2 released

The second issue of Ordo Draconis, the independent fanzine for Dragon Warriors, has just been released. This one isn’t free, but on the other hand it’s almost three times as long as the first one. The content is fantastic, with a good range of articles and adventures, plus top-notch art and cartography, and another glorious cover from Jon Hodgson. Most of the game-mechanic articles are dual-statted to make them usable with the Pathfinder game-system.

Magnum Opus Press is proud to have its game supported by such a well-made production.

You can download Ordo Draconis #2 for the princely sum of $3.50 from RPGNow and its affiliates, or find more information at the magazine’s own website.

Fee Fie Friends or Foes

Friends or Foes, the latest supplement for the Dragon Warriors game, has been released. It’s a collection of 36 important and intruiging interlinked non-player characters from the Lands of Legend, all with full game info and adventure-seeds, ready to be dropped into your campaign.

You can find Friends or Foes at all good games shops, or download the digital edition direct from RPGNow by clicking this link.

GAME NIGHT ebook and serialisation announced!

Magnum Opus Press is publicising the ebook release of award-nominated comic novel Game Night by Jonny Nexus by serialising the entire text on leading fantasy roleplaying community website EN World. Starting on Monday 16th November the whole book will be released online in twenty-six free weekly instalments, with each episode directing readers to websites where they can buy and download the full ebook edition of Game Night.

“We knew it was important to choose the right partner for this project,” says James Wallis, director of Magnum Opus Press. “EN World’s status as the number one website for roleplaying fans made it the obvious choice, and they’ve been enthusiastic from day one.”

EN World’s Russell Morrissey adds: “I bought and read Game Night over a year ago and laughed the whole way through. As a novel which will tickle the funnybone of every gamer out there, serialising it on EN World adds fantastic high-quality extra value for readers of the website. I personally can’t wait to start reading it again, and sharing my enjoyment of the book with many others.”

Game Night was described by as “The best novel every written about gaming. One of the funniest novels ever written about anything.” The print edition of the book was nominated for a prestigious ENnie Award in 2008.

The Prince is Right

Prince of Darkness, our revised and expanded edition of Oliver Johnson’s classic Dragon Warriors campaign from 1986, will be appearing in games shops around the world in the first week of November. But you can see it before that, as we’ve released it as a digital edition today. You can download Prince of Darkness from DriveThruRPG right now, in PDF format, for the princely price of US$12.95.

This is an experiment. It doesn’t mean that all our future books will be released as PDFs before they hit print, or that we’ll be moving entirely to electronic publishing, or anything like that. It’s just a test to see how the numbers compare and what shape the graphs make.

(The truth is, Magnum Opus’s director is getting asked more and more often about the business of ebooks and digital publishing, and analysing sales data like this is a way that he can make sure he knows what he’s talking about.)

Ordo Draconis issue 1 released

ORDO DRACONIS is a new fanzine for the Dragon Warriors RPG, available four times a year. Each issue is released as a free PDF that can be downloaded from the Mongoose Publishing website, and several other places.

The first issue of ORDO DRACONIS is 36 pages long, and contains:

  • A new character profession, the Friar;
  • The first part of the Thuland Campaign;
  • ‘The Ruins of Castle Cerreg’, an adventure set in the far south;
  • An interview with Dragon Warriors creator Dave Morris and publisher James Wallis;
  • Dave Morris’s thoughts on the role of faerie in the Lands of Legend;
  • A description of the county of Anglicia in Ellesland;
  • New artwork from DW cover-artist Jon Hodgson;
  • A copy of the very first sketch-map of the Lands of Legend, from 1984;
    and more.

ORDO DRACONIS is an unofficial publication, produced and published by fans of the Dragon Warriors game and its setting. It is not owned, licensed or approved by Magnum Opus Press, but the company is happy to support it and keen to see it succeed.

You can download it from DriveThruRPG by clicking this sentence.

Or visit the Ordo Draconis website by clicking here.

Dragon Warriors wiki

After a huge amount of work, the fan-created Dragon Warriors Wiki has finally gone public. It’s a huge repository for player-created material about the game, ranging from background and rules to adventures and more, as well as discussions about the game and things related to it.

It’s not an official Dragon Warriors site, but you’re sure to find a lot of interest.

Check it out here:

Another medal for the Baron

The nominations for the 2009 Ennie Awards have just been announced—and The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen has been shortlisted for ‘Best Writing’. Thanks to all the judges for their wisdom and insight in this category.

Free RPG Day

Last Saturday was Free RPG Day, with shops around the world giving away samplers and free adventures for upwards of twenty different games. Dragon Warriors was in the mix, with a free 24-page book that combined quickstart rules, background on Ellesland and a short adventure. If you missed the day itself, you can still download a copy of the booklet from DriveThruRPG: just click this link to go to the page.

iDragon Warriors

Over at the blog Teleread Chris Meadows has written a thoughtful piece on PDFs of RPG products, testing several of them on ebooks including the Sony PRS-700 e-reader, and comes out with high praise for the digital edition of the Dragon Warriors rulebook. ‘It’s very nicely done,’ he says, observing that he could even read the book on his iPhone—not true of some other games, which crashed the device.