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One of the best parts of roleplaying is the opportunity to explore strange, new worlds. Now Chessboards: Planes of Possibility provides gamemasters with the first organized, flexible system for designing and evolving game environments. This fun-to-read book covers such topics as the various types of planes and their relationships, planar growth cycles, wways to planes, and several varieties of interplanar traveL For those using The Primal Order, it also includes expanded guidelines on planar use primal energy, planar artifacts, and advanced interactions between planes and deities. Five samples metaplanes provide inspiration and illustrate important concepts. Usable with any roleplaying system, this reference work will give GMs the tools they need to create exciting new planes, run multiple settings in one campaign, or link several campaigns into one logically organized muftiverse.


Keep in mind, The Primal Order is what is called a capsystem—a system of rules designed to be an extension of any game system on the marlet.

"Peter Adkison's The Primal Order... is probably the single most useful book a GM can buy regarding the proper and effective use of gods and religion in a campaign." - Loyd Blankenship, Pyramid


This book is not a roleplaying game; it must be used with an existing roleplaying game system, such as those listed below.

The Primal Order is what we call a "capsystem": a system of rules designed to enhance and extend any game system on the market. To eliminate guesswork, we have included specific conversion rules for integrating The Primal Order with the following popular game systems:

  • The Arduin GrimoireTM
  • Ars MagicaTM
  • Castle FalkensteinTM
  • Chivalry & SorceryTM
  • EarthdawnTM
  • HarnmasterTM
  • Hero SystemTM
  • KultTM
  • PendragonTM
  • RoleMasterTM
  • RuneQuestTM 
  • ShadowrunTM
  • TalislantaTM
  • TorgTM
  • Tri TacTM Games
  • Warhammer FRPTM
  • World of DarknessTM Games
  • World of SynnibarrTM 

"The Primal Order is the definitive work on religion in roleplaying... Most systems treat gods as monsters, and religion is just a source of spells, or a restriction on weaponry. Not any more."  —The Gamer

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