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RAKEHELL - a KNAVE zine.

The Rift of Mar-Milloir will always be contested between two kingdoms, though neither will ever have the means or desire to enforce that claim with true rulership. Each year, the representative courtiers will send spies and assassins to one another’s court, to beguile, berate, and suffer further insult to see the conflict never ends. No one goes to Mar-Milloir who has a choice, it is a wretched and perfidious region of serpent-haunted mountains, wayward nephilims, and heretical holdouts who refuse the reformation of the Grand Heliopapacy of the Cathedral Tempestuous.

You have been sent here, if not to die then to profit your betters. You are a blaggard, a knave, a blackguard, a rakehell, and an out-and-out scoundrel; whether you desire such a title or otherwise.

Survive. Change your fickle fortunes. Take the Rift for yourself. Praise be to the Sun and those who have inherited its grace; with ambition enough, you will stand among them.

CONTAINS:

  • Randomizers for your adventurers! Who sent you here [d12]? Why are you working together [d12]? What have I heard of this wretched place [d20]? What nobility will profit from my toil [d10]? What am I to expect of these backwoods yokel [d10]? What treasure might be found here [d8]?
  • Camping locations for valleys [d6], hills [d6], woods [d6], and mountains [d6]!
  • Randomizers for village creation; the appearance of the village [d8], the authority of its leader [d8], their goods [d8], their food [d12], their fears [d8] and what they call their town [d12]!
  • Randomizers for deep dark places [d6], signs of habitation [d12], what treasure [d8] and what creatures [d8] might lurk within!
  • Randomizers for Brigands; what made them turn to crime [d6], who their leader is [d8], and what could make them able to bargain [d6]!
  • Randomizers for Dragons; of what sin they were born of [d8], their coloration [d8], their malign hungers [d8], and what the legends say can kill them [d6]!
  • Randomizers for Giants; their terrible blasphemous purposes [d6], their unearthly and horrible frame [d8]. their terrible visage [d8], and their foul treasures [d6]!
  • Randomizers for Fiends; those they possess [d12], their original sin [d8], what scripture says can stop them [d6] and the consequences of a mortal soul held in their bondage [d4]!
  • A listing of [d20] random encounters for the Rift!
  • [13] Monsters for Knave!
  • [10] Factions to Fight, Cooperate With, or Belong To!
  • A [d12] of Strange & Awful Weather in the Rift!

HARK! Revised content?
Yes, even more randomizers for you filthy blaggards.
Including:

  • Armors for the Newly Sojourned! [d6] for No Armor, Gambesons, Brigandine, and Chainmail Equivalents from those who have arrived from the Kingdom! From schiessjoppe jackets to thick horse leather jerkins!
  • Weaponry for Kingdom exiles! [d6] weapons for each damage category, including things such as a phallic war-pick, or a mighty occidental caber pole!
  • Armors of the Rift-folk! [d6] for No Armor, Gambesons, Brigandine, and Chainmail categories for those who need to replenish their equipment in this misbegotten place! From wool-padded kuyak to a braided jacket of giant's hair!
  • Weaponry for the Rift-folk! [d6] weapons for each damage category, including shovels beaten into fighting shape, and ancient petrified pig-stickers!
  • Expanded Faction Explanations & Equipment! Each group now possesses items to provide and sell to members, including ammonite charms, solar shards and slimy rat keys.
  • The destroyed border settlement of Antévol, with a loose map and 9 NPCs of note who represent the various factions present in the Rift.
  • The Black Market! For those who wish to sell their ill-gotten goods back to the south or to buy something they can't get around here; complete with [d10] responses to wanting to sell on the black market, [d10] responses to wanting to buy on the black market, and a [d8] list of problems with the black market.
  • Randomizers for The First Men; their horrific form [d10], what keeps them from their rest [d6], their profane powers [d6], and their haunting movements [d6]!
  • Random encounters for travel through the Hills [d10]. the Forests [d10], and the Mountains [d10]!
  • Also Included: The Bandit's Manse! A short site-based module done for the Pamphlet Dungeon Jam, and meant to compliment this product.
  • WHAT HO?! The Maw of the Mountain! A foolish raid into a dragon's lair for sake of gold and bravado, done also for the Pamphlet Dungeon Jam, meant to compliment this product, and now included within!

Insert your favorite module in the Rift, or make use of the above randomizers to flesh out your own setting! Mar-Milloir is a loose framework, it is a map, it is consequences, it is filled with strange things and war will break out at some point; it is not a complete setting; it is meant to allow you to better make use of your own setting. 

This issue of RAKEHELL was written in roughly three days. An urban issue is also planned, which will likely be longer and of greater use to many more individuals than this one. RAKEHELL is based on Ben Milton's KNAVE, and made for use with any and all adventure games. '

RAKEHELL is now available for purchase in physical copies via SoulMuppet Publishing at the Melsonian Arts Council in the UK/EU, and by way of Exalted Funeral in the Americas.

Now Included: A Printer-Friendly Image for DIY-folk!

StatusIn development
CategoryPhysical game
Rating
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(50 total ratings)
AuthorGoatman's Goblet
GenreRole Playing
TagsFantasy, knave, pdf, physical, Sandbox, zine

Purchase

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In order to download this zine for KNAVE you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $3 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Rakehell: The Rift of Mar-Milloir (Finalized, 5/30/2020 - Bookmarked) 13 MB
Map.png 13 MB
R1: The Bandit's Manse.pdf 3 MB
R2: The Maw of the Mountain.pdf 3 MB
Antevol.png 338 kB
Printer Friendly Cover 1 MB
Printer Friendly Rakehell PDF 16 MB
Original Cover - Large.png 13 MB
Bandit's Manse.jpg
Maw of the Mountain.jpg

Development log

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Just downloaded this again and forgot how fantastic it is. Highly recommended for anybody who backed the new edition of Knave. Any info on the follow up issue? Would  love to see more of Mar-Milloir.

Its a somewhat sad, albeit common problem; in that its mostly all done, it has all the art I ordered for it done (literally years ago at this point) - but it just needs that bit more extra polish and I'm no longer in a circumstance where I can actually and actively pour myself into it.

When I was really going whole hog on Issue 2 I was working a pretty terrible factory gig that paid well enough but was destroying my knees and my sanity; and then we got hit with the pandemic -- which in turn allowed me to have a safety net for a bit, as nobody needed quasi-legal waterbeds during said pandemic. Factory shuttered, PUA allowed me to finally get a computer that didn't murder itself when I was running photoshop -- and for a time, I was really banging on all cylinders with Rakehell 2.

But things changed, lost some roommates, still marooned in NYC despite the state of all things, ended up doing work for others/books for others which I enjoyed and stand by, but which were ultimately just there to pay the rent. Then I also turned 30, lost a good portion of my peer group overnight due to a good many of them leaning into some horrible things they decided to be okay with, and the existentialism hit me for a bit.

That was two years ago at this point, as I'm 32 now. Its rough goings, more often than not, but I've begun rebuilding, and I've begun focusing again on aspects of the craft that I personally love - and I do want to get Rakehell 2 out at some point -- I spent a lot of money on art, token pieces and a cover by some artists I've been friends with for almost over a decade each at this point.

But the rent still needs paying, and times are tough all over. Its on my list of things to do when I've got a moment to breathe, a moment to not be held in the cage of month to month anxieties of making said rent. Which is all more complicated now having gotten covid (literally back in March, never stopped masking, up to date on my shots, but it happened) and having been dealing with compounding fatigue issues ever since. 

I'd love to get back into it. It does bring me joy as a setting, to pour in all my woebegone eruditic malaise into some purple prose by way of a poisoned pen - but alas, its an issue of 'maybe someday' rather than anything I can give a proper time table to.

Glad you like it, and I appreciate the kind words. 
All the best, 

- Brian

Have some art, just to know that it still lives though it languishes on my hard drive. Some of the main NPC tokens, some player tokens, and the cover. Perhaps not the stylistic choice some would desire, but they're done by Peter Violini, my current roomie and a guy I made comics with for six years. Cover by Tish Doolin, who is also a comic friend from way back when.


The pause on the work is understandable. I hope your health improves as nothing is important as that. The art looks great, especially that cover. Thank you for sharing and take care of yourself! 

Is there any chance of a complete POD or hardcover with all the rakehell material collected in a single work? (Ideally a digest size, small books are neat)

Paypal doesn't work for me. I am very sad :,(

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This setting is really interesting, It reminds me of Dark Souls and Elden Ring. I have a request, though: Could you add the maps for Bandit's Manse and Maw of the Mountain as PNGs?

And the other maps, for that matter.

Sure, I'll see if I still have those in raw (as these were from a good while/several computers ago), and I'll comment again here once I've done so. Glad you liked it!

Added those two dungeon maps to the downloads; as I apparently did have them (albeit not at the largest size, as this was years ago before I had gotten a bit better at bashing things together.)

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so why is this only purchasable through Paypal instead of the standard Itch.io payment method?

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I'll be honest with you, I haven't the slightest idea. I never really did much of the back end stuff with itch when I first set things up here; and this is the first time this has been brought to my attention; like to the point that I didn't know those weren't one and the same in most cases. I'll look into this and try to figure it out; sorry for the inconvenience. 

- Brian

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The physical zine is awesome! I love your tables and descriptors. 

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Any chance we’ll see this in print again? It doesn’t seem tk be at Exhalted anymore

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I believe SoulMuppet did another print run of them,  I'll check in with him to see if/when any will be resupplied state-side. Worst case scenario, you absolutely do have my permission to get it printed locally at a print shop if the option is open to you.  

it’s back

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I bought mine on Exalted Funeral. Just came in the mail today. 

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any way to pay for this without paypal? I have issues with pp in my country, would be glad to be able to just pay via card -- seem to be able to do this on most other purchases here on itchio..

Since it’s so thick, I’ve been using it as an excuse to learn a bit of bookbinding. I’ve split it into four signatures and have sewn it up with cloth tabs. Cut case cards and I’ve got a decent enough printer that I’d like to try my hand at the color cover. Any chance we could get the proper cover as a PDF?

Sure. Took me a moment to find it (been a few computers since the initial writing of this.)
I'll upload it. 

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Beautiful, thanks! Here are some process pics of it underway. prepping for sewingtext block sewn

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This is not just one of my favorite OSR supplements ever. This may very well be one of my favorite RPG supplements overall, ever. It rocks.

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Is there a chance for a proper black and white cover for DIY printing at home since the PDF lacks one (it starts directly with a table of contents)?

Sure, I'll whip something up today!

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Also, there are a few dark pages in the book proper; so if you can give me til this evening I can probably cobble together a printer-friendly version without much art or black pages getting in the way. 

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Added a printer friendly image to the downloads/screenshots; let me know if that's still too rough and I'll try to polish that out.

You're going t make me print this myself, aren't you Brian?

It seems likely, yeah. Sorry.

There have been snags with layout revisions given the small size of the operation (i.e., just me and a friend of mine), most of which having to do with the price of housing in the cheaper areas of NYC and a data entry job that ended up being a very workplace violation filled factory job; among other more unpleasant things which makes free time for productivity hard to come by.

I am sorry for the inconvenience, but if you do get it printed for yourself let me know how it turns out.

No problem, and I was just kidding!  I'm happy to print it out.  It's excellent work, and I'll juts be happy to have a physical copy no matter how I get it.

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Actually, just spoke to layout; I should have a finalized revision (with some fixes and the two pamphlet dungeons included) up possibly tonight!

Edit: New version with two dungeons in it is now up in the Downloads section.

Is a print version in the works?

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Yes there is, once we finish polishing out some layout issues and maybe add a bit more to it. Until such a time, feel free to print it out on a service of your choice. 

I'll also try to figure out if I can do coupons for the printed version for anyone who bought the pdf, as it'll be done via DriveThruRPG.