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[AU] Arcana Evolved
« am: 7.09.2004 | 19:58 »
Neuigkeiten von Monte Cook zum Projekt "Arcana Evolved":

Hey guys.

Well, I love ICv2, but they got some bad info, and I want you guys to be the first to hear about the real scoop (this announcement, as you can imagine, was supposed to be made on our site, and it was supposed to come about a month from now).

First off, Arcana Evolved is not a new edition of AU. Secondly, the price is not 39.99.

Monte Cook's Arcana Evolved is (and you're hearing this first), what I call the "Director's Cut" of Arcana Unearthed. It's 416 pages, and full color. We pulled out all the stops and got some of the best artists in the industry to lavishly illustrate it. It includes all the material from Arcana Unearthed, the Diamond Throne and even most of the Player's Guide from the screen.

Plus a lot more.

First off, as you can imagine, it provides updates and errata. But frankly, there's not a ton of that. Arcana Evolved isn't a new edition or a revision, so there's not a lot of actual change. Arcana Evolved and Arcana Unearthed are completely compatible, in other words. Someone with one book could easily play at the same table with folks with the other.

As some of you pointed out, it's too soon for a new edition (in the sense of what new editions or revisions imply to rpgs), and I agree. In fact, I'll tell you right now that I don't forsee doing a new edition of the system. There just isn't that much I would do differently. So if you're happy with your copy of Arcana Unearthed as it is, then so be it. We plan to release the important errata and clarifications for free (it mostly just comes from answered questions on the boards, really).

So, other than a really great visual presentation and all the information gathered together, why would you want this book? Well, like an "expanded, deluxe, director's cut version" of a movie, it doesn't change things so much as just add new material.

For example, it delves into "epic" level territory, taking each class above 20th level. It provides additional racial levels for every race (although there's a twist involved, and I'm going to save that surprise for later). It has a whole new class, a whole new race, and a whole new subsystem involving combat maneuvers that come in the form of battle ceremonies. It has new Champion types, a new totem warrior type, and a new witch manifestation. It has a lot of new equipment, spells (including new spells for above 20th level play), new feats, new monsters and new magic items, as well as a few more prestige classes (remember, the Diamond Throne material is all in here now as well). It also opens up new details about the world of the Diamond Throne and gives a new look at one of the settings more enigmatic creatures--the dragons.

If some of this stuff sounds kinda familiar, it should. It's almost all stuff that fans have asked for. Mostly right here in these forums.

To step away from the marketing hype and content teasing, however, let me just tell you this, from me to you. I call this book my "director's cut" because it's the book I always wanted Arcana Unearthed to be. It's not that I don't love the way Arcana Unearthed came out, but this material and the concept of the variant player's handbook has always been an important one to me and now that I've seen that the ideas within it have appealed to so many others, I want to really put it all together in an amazing package with a lot of great material that just couldn't fit into it when it was PH-sized and priced.

If you already have Arcana Unearthed, do you have to buy Arcana Evolved? No. Arcana Unearthed is still a great game, and as I previously mentioned, the two books are fully compatible. But it all goes back to what I was saying about “more.” If you’re an Arcana Unearthed player and you crave more—more of everything that is AU, really—and you want to have all this material in a full-color, complete volume, you’re going to want to get Arcana Evolved.

The price for this giant, full-color book will be 49.99.

You'll be getting a lot more information in coming months. Like with Arcana Unearthed, I'll be doing a series of design diaries that focuses mainly on the new material the book contains. And I'll be giving you more info on why it's called "Evolved" and what that has to do with dragons.

Monte
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Re: [AU] Arcana Evolved
« Antwort #1 am: 7.09.2004 | 20:14 »
Also gibts bald keine namensverwechslung mehr, und das ich so lange gewartet habem hat sich gelohnt?
cool, bis dahin hol ich mir einfach D20 Modern!
UNd dafür hast du ja shcon so ne tolle liste angelegt...
wusste garnicht dass es dafür ein SRD gibt! :D
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Re: [AU] Arcana Evolved
« Antwort #2 am: 8.09.2004 | 19:12 »
full color ?

Es wird mir gehören.
Das Artwork warfür mich der schwächste Punkt von AU. Der Rest war bombensolide und strotzte nur so vor klaubaren Ideen.
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Re: [AU] Arcana Evolved
« Antwort #3 am: 8.09.2004 | 20:26 »
Vorher bin aber ich dran ;)
Ihr wollt doch alle den Nachtisch zuerst !

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Re: [AU] Arcana Evolved
« Antwort #4 am: 8.09.2004 | 20:28 »
Drei Antworten auf das Posting und schon 4 "Vorbestellungen"...
Klingt so als ginge Montes Konzept auf ;D
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Re: [AU] Arcana Evolved
« Antwort #5 am: 8.09.2004 | 21:30 »
Tja, Monte hat "ES" halt geschafft.
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So... die Tote-Baeume-Ausgabe laesst noch etwas auf sich warten, aber die elektronische Fassung habe ich hier... Trotz boesen Uebertragungsraten und Systemfehlern bei DTRPG.

Wer also KONKRETE Fragen hat einfach hier stellen
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