Torg was a trans-genre RPG from the early 1990’s that withered and died just five years after its introduction. Despite its ignominious end, Torg’s concepts and mechanics went on to inspire a great many game designers, who made a great many great games under its influence, such as Savage Worlds and Spycraft. This moribund state has lasted for 20 years, but it seems as if, at long last, Torg will see a renaissance.
Teased earlier this month with a series of obscure emails, Google+ and Facebook posts, and tweets featuring the game’s iconic speckled red-and-blue “eternium” dice, Torg: Eternity, published by Ulisses Spiele US and distributed by Paizo Publishing, will update the game system and setting for the modern world, including streamlining the mechanics and (according to Dean Gilbert, member of the as-yet-unannounced team), tweaking the Realities in ways the fans will like.
(What? “Realities?” Yes, Realities.)
Other announced members of the team include Patrick Kapera, designer of Spycraft and Mistborn and Shane Hensley, creator of Deadlands and Savage Worlds. (Wait, “announced”? Yes, there was a press release posted Tuesday. Plus the afore-mentioned Google+ posts and the like.) According to the press release, “[t]he design team includes many who worked on the original Torg.”
Hensley, studio head: “Though my plate is pretty full with my own company, Pinnacle Entertainment Group, I couldn’t resist working on the game that gave me my start. I also met a kindred spirit in Markus Plotz [owner of Torg] who truly loves and appreciates what a turning point Torg marked in RPG development, so I just couldn’t say no.”
They even consulted with Greg Gorden, the man responsible for pretty much all of the landmark RPG. “I really like this re-imagining of the Torg mythos,” Gorden said. “The streamlining and modernization of the game mechanics feel spot on. I cannot wait to play this game!”
And now, Torg: Eternity ART!
That right there is almost assuredly Doctor Mobius, perhaps after a character redesign (the cowl missing its trademark “∞” symbol). (Either that, or a Dark Avenger hunting the Nile Empire villain. Who dresses almost exactly like him. Perhaps not.) It is simply THE best picture of the insane, megalomaniacal, worlds-conquering dictator ever published, which bodes well for the line’s art direction (under the command of Aaron Acevedo, Pinnacle’s Art Director).
[I wonder also about the absence of blue-and-red, and the presence of all the orange, but I’m gonna bide my time for now. ; ) ]
Torg: Eternity will preview during the up-coming GenCon, and will be published in a deluxe, full-color hardback sometime in 2016. (No word yet on Drama Deck cards or speckly red-and-blue dice.)