Pre-Order Store for Historica Arcanum: Empires of the Silk Road

Created by Metis Creative

Backer Empires of the Silk Road and looking for more? Missed the Kickstarter and want to still get the pre-order discounts? You are in luck! Within this pre-order store you can late pledge, add other Historica Arcanum games to your packages and more!

Latest Updates from Our Project:

LAUNCH REVEAL - Wayfarer: Nomadic Realms
24 days ago – Fri, Mar 03, 2023 at 06:36:22 AM

We are extremely excited to announce that we are collaborating with Grim Golem Games to bring you Wayfarer: Nomadic Realms!

What you will see in this update is a pre-launch teaser, But before that, don't forget to grab your Quickstart PDF:

Without further ado, Wayfarer: Nomadic Realms!

Progress Update: Almost There + Art Drop
about 1 month ago – Tue, Feb 21, 2023 at 03:42:45 AM

Hello all,

Just wanted to drop a quick progress update and some more art teasers. The good news is, most of our work is done and print stage is fast approaching!

The first drafts of both books are finished, sent to the editors, and we are doing internal playtests to refine the experience and we are adding more side content. The internal design team is also close to the end product. Our art team is focused on adding as much art as possible while the writing and game design is being finalized. 

All in all, the PDFs will be ready much sooner than we anticipated, and we will get to the final print stage immediately afterwards.

Now, without further ado, let us introduce you to a new cast of characters that you will meet in your journey through the Silk Road:

A Harbinger wielding many faces as a weapon, an angel of death who only grants his true name in the dying breath of his victims... Whispers herald the coming of a bloodbath.
A friendly face in a city doomed thousandfold, the legendary healer Ibn-i Sina uses his knowledge of medicine and arcane to save who he can. Just make sure you reach him when you are in need, ideally in one piece.
A matron in charge of the Madrasah in the wartorn city of Samarkand, Munavvar expertly dances around the invading forces of the Khaganate and the remnants of the city's oldest inhabitants.

As we get closer and closer to the release date, you will hear more from the world of Empires of the Silk Road! We seriously can't wait to give you all the full storyline of Herald of Rain - and get you the meet the full cast of the adventure, including a villain of great infamy - a forsaken exile who pulls the strings from the shadows. 

That is all from us this week folks! As always, let us know if you have any questions, comments, suggestions. We will catch you with another surprise, much sooner than you expect :)

All the Best,

Metis Creative Team

Regarding the Earthquake
about 2 months ago – Mon, Feb 06, 2023 at 07:32:54 AM

Hey all,

In the early hours of today, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.7 struck Southern Turkey at 4:17 AM. Following this, 3 more severe earthquakes struck with, quite frankly devastating, magnitudes of 6.4, 6.5. and 7.6.  Aftershocks are still going on and at least ten cities in the region are known to be affected.

Some of you have reached out to us to offer support and condolences, and ask if we are okay.

Our team is okay as we were far from the earthquake zone, but the aftershocks that travelled westward scared us a bit. We are contacting our friends and family in the affected zones as fast as we can, and so far we haven't heard any bad news - which is a relief. 

We will most likely be out of office for the next few days. We have personally donated, and we will volunteer for the relief effort. Our thoughts, prayers, and all the effort and resources that we can give are with those who are affected by this tragedy. 

Our schedule for Empires of the Silk Road remains unaffected. 

Thank you for your care and support. 

Best Regards,

Metis Creative Team

BackerKit's Pre-Order Store Closing Soon
2 months ago – Mon, Jan 23, 2023 at 06:41:49 AM

Hello all, 

Just wanted to let you guys know that we'll be closing our BackerKit Pre-Order store for Empires of the Silk Road campaign, and we will migrate the pre-orders to our website at February 1st. 

This means that all the add-ons, except the hardcover books, bundles and collector's boxes will be out, forever! Also,  you won't be able to grab all these at Kickstarter discount - though they will still be available at some discount to their retail prices until the pre-order period is over.   

This does not affect your surveys, or your address changes. We will keep all of those open until we are ready to ship out. 

As always, let us know if you have any questions at all.

All the Best,

Metis Creative Support Team

The World is on Fire, and we are Playtesting & An Important Survey to Come
2 months ago – Sat, Jan 14, 2023 at 01:13:12 PM

Hey there everyone,

What a week to be a TTRPG publisher. 

The world is on fire, the future is unclear, but we know one thing: both books of Empires of the Silk Road have to be, and will be absolutely kickass. 

Playtests Start!

So, we already started private playtests. We are testing two things right now: the feel of the setting, and the feel of the narrative, specifically in Herald of Rain. We are having a full party running through the first city, Samarkand, both ''Rules as Written'' and ''Worldbuilding as Written''. This is more or less an in-house playtest, DM'd by Fatih - our history advisor, and played by veteran players who are not in Metis. Once we have the book layout demo finished, we will expand the playtest to public, to also see if our layout makes the game easy to run, along with previous points. You can be included in this stage if you wish so!

In this playtest, we wanted to make sure of two things: First, the players are to feel that they are specifically in our designed time period, in Silk Road, and in the world of Historica Arcanum. Second, the narrative flows well through quests, and mentally prepares and hypes the players and DM towards a grand campaign, starting as soon as scene one. 

I wholeheartedly CAN'T wait to share the world we designed; the story, the art, the characters - especially the antagonist, the locations, even the soundtrack. 

Our lead artist Belgin Kaya sketching out player characters as the party makes its way through wartorn Samarkand.

An Important Survey to Come

The world is indeed burning around us, and well, it is not unsurprising that we are, along with almost every member of the community, is very concerned regarding the future of OGL. However, since day one, even as early as when OneD&D was announced, we took a very firm stance, saying that our design philosophy will be Historica Arcanum first, system second. 

As we said previously, we will wait for ''more'' official announcements to make definitive statements. However, we are far from standing still. We are already in contact with a lot of other, big, publishers. 

One thing we are fiercely debating internally is, well, where our community stands. Unlike some other ''big publisher'', instead of taking action without talking to people that make us who we are, we want to communicate with you directly. 

As soon as we are able to, we will create a survey to talk about your preferences, where do you stand on the OGL (although some of you made it VERY clear regarding your support, thank you), what makes Historica Arcanum series appealing to you, your game table choices regarding system, and so on. Our goal is to build the future of Historica Arcanum, together.

One Other Thing

We are, as a TTRPG studio, growing - much faster than we first anticipated. When we were first funded with our first Kickstarter campaign, we said that you guys did not just fund a niche 5e book, but a full fledged TTRPG studio. OGL or not, we will not stop making great tabletop content - at an increasingly faster rate. Once the dust more less settles, you will hear 'interesting' news :)

So Much Love, 

Sarp - Producer @ Metis Creative