A roleplaying game
written by R. Sean Borgstrom
, originally published in a Lightning Press print on demand
edition by Pharos Press
, in which players take on the role of godlings
ensconced in a hidden realm called a chancel
, who must help defend their reality against external forces who wish to see it destroyed. Nobilis
is noteworthy for being diceless
, with a very simple rules system, placing emphasis more on story than on mechanics. Ironically, it is much less easy to powergame
in such a system (where you're playing an outright god
!) than it is in a game with many more rules where you're playing someone closer to a normal human being--RIFTS
, for example.
As a game setting, Nobilis draws on many religions and mythologies, but also seems heavily influenced by the writings of Lord Dunsany and Neil Gaiman, with perhaps a touch of H.P. Lovecraft as well. Nobilis is currently undergoing expansion and revision, and will soon see a second edition from Hogshead Games.