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At a very large bookstore, I happened to snag a copy of Aria: Canticle of the Monomyth: Worlds. I’ve heard of Aria! It’s that game where you play. Not surprising considering that Aria is what you might call pretty much dead. Aria Canticle of the Monomyth is a roleplaying game system which attempts to. ” “Aria: Canticle of the Monomyth was a role-playing game published by Last Unicorn Games in Unlike many other role-playing games which centered on.

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You probably couldn’t anyway. The additional graphics, tables, and charts are all well-done. Roleplayingsoftback rulebook for Aria. In the intervening years governments may ghe or fall, new countries may be discovered, technology may improve or decline.

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More Information Edit History. This is the high point of desktop publishing adia the entire thing obviously having been created on a home computer.

As with most other aspects of Aria there are no set rules on how magic has to work, which races are available, or any other aspects of the culture or world. It’s up to the succeeding generations to carry on the family heritage.

The strength of this design, besides short-circuiting power gamers, is that details can be added when needed. I supported because… “it offers me a chance to explore my kinder, gentler side. In working through the process of monomytj in Worlds, you discover Aria’s greatest design strength.

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It includes an extraordinarily thorough section on character generation, the Aria game system itself for combat and character actions, the Interactive History system, and a remarkable magic metasystem.

Creating this vision of the Monomyth, where heroes and villains clash in a world as well-developed and as rich in character as its mightiest inhabitants, Aria aris engage in the pageant of Mythmaking, the evocation of numinous symbols summoned from the collective imaginations of the entire gaming group.


The same csnticle that creates a neighborhood can create a nation, a player character can become the progenitor of an entire family line, a turn can last a second or a millennia.

Aria – Canticle of the Monomyth: Roleplaying, softback rulebook for Aria

The emphasis for character, culture, and world creation is placed on concepts over statistics, and is meant to encourage players and game-masters to create fully fleshed-out, realistic worlds and cultures with feasible histories and politics.

Magic changes so much of the playing field that it is tough to quantify and the author chose to minomyth it rather than try to assign numerical values to it.

The combination of specific childhood and vocational information results in a specific skill list that is logical to that particular character’s upbringing. Another neat Aria idea is Leverage Pools. Home Recent Additions Welcome Wiki. Cahticle play not a single character, but a series of characters across the history of the game world, in essence playing the role of a given guild, city or culture, cajticle telling a larger, grander story than would be accomplished with individual characters.

Roleplaying, softback rulebook for Aria.

Aria: Canticle of the Monomyth

Conflict resolution is fairly straightforward: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. You do that using the Worlds system in the first book or the truncated version of the same rules in the second.

Everything in the Aria metasystem uses a ranking system with some or variations.

BrantFantasyRole-Playing. Canticle of the Monomyth Average Rating: By defining various aspects of an “Origin,” or source of magical o, you can develop internally consistent rules for everything from god-induced miracles to psionics to demonic summoning.

The character and conflict resolution systems included with Aria are hardly central to the game.

One interesting idea presented in the character generation system is Windows of Opportunity. When the game jumps to Aria Time, he can spend these points to open a new trade route to another country. The art is excellent, with several artist who have since become recognizable names Liz Danforth. You could first design the planet and the ecology and build up from there; adventurers expanding their world through their travels could start small and get bigger as they went; you could even very easily pick an historical period and adapt it to game term Bronze Age, Iron Age, etc.


Page for page and pound for pound the first two books are almost pages of materialAria: This article originally appeared in Pyramid However, when I was done, I was left feeling flat. The detailed narrative that carries you through the setting creation process and in Roleplaying, the character and cosmology creation processes insulates you from the underlying system.

Until another company tackles the idea of roleplaying nations, Aria’s system of leverage pools and Interactive History works nicely. Aria — Canticle of the Monomyth is a roleplaying game system which attempts to embody this connection between hero and culture. As an integral part of the game, Aria players weave together mythic, historical and personal time into one great tapestry of life — a living history beginning from the first game session.

The book did not address much beyond the initial age of gunpowder. All other products and copyrights mentioned on Grogheads, LLC are the property of their respective companies, and Grogheads, LLC makes no claim thereto. Think of the great college road-trip cross-country to … Fresno. According to the designers, the spirit of Aria is to make all decisions by group fiat.