Where has the roleplaying game based on the Avatar: The Last Airbender franchise been all this time? We’re not sure, but the hole is finally about to be filled thanks to a collaboration between CBSViacom and Magpie Games. Announcing Avatar Legends, The Roleplaying Game, which covers both existing series (ATLA and Legend of Korra) in one box.
The rules are quite deep and better explained on the Kickstarter page, but in basic terms it’s based on the Apocalypse framework. Players invent their own characters, travel through the world and affect the story through their actions. Five known eras are included as potential settings: Kyoshi Era, Roku Era, the Hundred Years’ War (when the new Avatar was frozen), Aang Era and Korra Era. Thanks to the involvement of the creators, canon details about the Avatar World’s past will be revealed for the first time in Avatar Legends.
Magpie launched the Kickstarter this morning. They started with a humble $50,000 goal, and I probably don’t have to tell you they met it — the campaign has only been open for a few hours but it will most likely break over a million before its first day is through.
James Mendez Hodes, who has written scenarios for several other tabletop RPGS including 7th Sea, Scion and Monsterhearts, is leading development on the project. The Avatar RPG will be “easy to learn, flexible, and fun to design in even if you’re new to game design,” according to him.
The lowest tier you can pledge to and receive a physical item is Winged Lemur at $50; you get all unlocked PDF rewards and the core rulebook. The Otter Penguin tier at $75 includes those things plus all physical stretch goals. Polar Bear Dog at $100 gives you the rulebook with an exclusive campaign cover. Finally, Flying Bison sits high at $200 with everything plus special edition dice in a collector’s dice bag.
The core rulebook for Avatar Legends: The Roleplaying Game will be released this February, with follow-ups and expansions planned for the future. The Kickstarter campaign runs through September 2.