I never found a Science Fiction RPG that quite worked for me. As a lifelong Sci-Fi fan, I tried a large number, from classic to recently released games.
Many Sci-Fi games provide a long history, some even have thousands of years. But all the games I came across seemed to limit the situation to one type of game. As someone who loves all sub-genres of Sci-Fi, from dystopia views of a post-apocalyptic future to space opera, I found myself hopping between games a lot.
I realised that a single Sci-Fi game with a varied history could truly provide everything, from exploring planets and encountering aliens to all-out wars or resistance movements against oppressive governments. I set out to create that game.
I wrote a detailed backstory, 500 years long. It described how Humanity had reached the stars and spread their influence. Three alien races were encountered during that history and became playable. That is the key to Era: The Consortium: this huge weight of history is all playable.
We got the best artists available, amazing writers and a very skilled team together, all dedicated to bringing this game to life. When we finished, we presented it to critics online to find out their thoughts, and they loved it!
Finally, when it came to you, we listened to what you wanted to ensure that you loved it too.
A framework of history was put in place with this game. Time travel is even possible, changing events to reshape the Consortium in a new image! In fact, we found that possibility so exciting that we made the Time Travel Campaign, which you can get monthly on Patreon!
You can play one campaign as a certain individual. For the next, you can jump back through time and play one of their ancestors. You may find that, although your new character has the same outlook on life, they end up in a totally different situation because of the events at the time.
Era: The Consortium is a critically acclaimed tabletop RPG, which has been nominated for several awards.
We have not stopped building the Universe, recently running a successful Kickstarter to create expansions for the game. In the words of one podcasters, “each of these could be a game in itself!”. That is what Era: The Consortium is – a game which brings you all sub-genres under one rule set and within one game universe.
There are no limits.
Last week I directed you to check out the Kickstarter for our most recent comic; Violete from Era: The Empowered. Thank you to everyone who ran over and expressed an interest in our latest hero.... more
Hi everyone! The second book in our Time Travel Campaign is now available on DriveThruRPG! http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/218926/Era-The-Consortium--Time-Travel-Part-2 This is the second... more
Hi everyone! The first book in our Time Travel Campaign is now available on DriveThruRPG! http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/218924/Era-The-Consortium--Time-Travel-Part-1 This is the first of... more
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Hi everyone! I'm pleased to announce that three Era games for Aethercon, the virtual convention in November, are now available for sign up. You'll get to play with either me or Lukasz, one of... more
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Want to know more about Era: The Consortium?
Check out our Backstory page for loads of information about
the races, factions and planets as well as extra stories!