The Chronicles of Future Earth

The Chronicles of Future Earth is a Basic Roleplaying (BRP) sourcebook of Science-Fantasy Roleplaying in Earth’s Far Future.  This is the second of Chaosium’s new year releases (following the 6th Ed. Call of Cthulhu Keepers Screen). The marketing blurb for The Chronicles of Future Earth describes it as being volume one, so I have great hopes that we will see more in this series. Beautifully written by Sarah Newton, a writer of roleplaying games and weird- and science-fiction, including “Mindjammer – Starblazer Adventures in the Second Age of Space” and “Legends of Anglerre – Starblazer Fantasy Adventures”.

I love the tone of “The Chronicles of Future Earth” it is clearly inspired by Harry Harrison’s “Viriconium”, C.A Smith’s “Zothique”, and Wolfe’s “Urth”, as well as others I am sure.  Despite such impressive influences this is not a derivative work, it has originality and stands on its own in terms of content.

As the Chaosium advertising describes:

It is the end of the Chronicles of Future EarthFifth Cycliad, the unimaginably far future of planet Earth. A world grown strange with time, where the stars are but a distant memory, and demons, sorcery and ancient technologies hold humankind in thrall.

The Venerable Autocracy of Sakara, oldest and greatest of the Springtide Civilizations, is decaying from within. In its vast and crumbling cities strange races eke out lives unchanged for millennia, while ancient enemies gnaw at the edges of the world, ready to wreak a terrible revenge.

In these dark days a cry goes out for heroes, to stand against the dying of the light and save the world from the sins of its past. Sorcerer, priest, warrior or prince, everyone knows the end of an age is at hand.

Will you answer the call?

The setting immediately reminded me of some of my faourite games, even perhaps having something in common with “Skyrealms of Jorune”. As I mentioned above, it is beautifully written and it puts me in mind of the storytelling and fantastic attention to detail that we used to see in the “Gloranthan” source books many years ago.  Surely I’m not the only one who misses that kind of detail, even if Runequest was never one of my favourite systems.

The Chronicles of Future Earth contains, within its hundred or so pages, an introduction to Urth, the world of the unimaginably far future and focuses on the vast and ancient city of Korudav. It contains details of races, cultures and occupations, magic, artifacts, and religions. It presents rules for demons and divine powers and a bestiary of the Urth’s wildlife including the more deadly denizens. The book also contains an introductory scenario “The Worm Within”, which showcases this startling new land of adventure and mystery.

CHA 2023
ISBN 1-56882-306-1
Price $18.95
96 pages (approx)
Trade paperback, Illustrated.
Written by Sarah Newton

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