Frank Mentzer’s Empyrea Fantasy Setting Kickstarter



You should know the name, Frank Mentzer if you are a Grognard. If not, I’ll just say two words,  “Red Box

During his time at TSR, he also created a fantasy world setting called Empyrea, Mentzer is looking to bring this back, with a crazy ambition plan, in that it will work with 10 different game systems, yes you read that 10.



For $50 you get the boxed set in PDF format, You can opt for the $65 print version. Each box contains a full-color two-part map, an Empire core book softcover, a Player’s Guide softcover, a system book for the game of your choice, and three “little brown books”.

This is a  central game setting used by a multitude of different game systems, starting with the above ten, but with more planned for the future. Currently, the setting supports:

  • Dungeons & Dragons 5E
  • Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1E & 2E
  • Dungeons & Dragons BECMI
  • RuneQuest
  • Savage Worlds
  • Pathfinder
  • Castles & Crusades
  • Dungeon Crawl Classics
  • Hackmaster
  • Swords & Wizardry.

The project does have some pretty big names attached to it, not just Mr. Mentzer.

Producer & Wordsmith Frank Mentzer
Executive Producer, Map, and Graphics Darlene
Design & Development Ted Fauster, Tim Beach
Editing Steven Winter, Anne K. Brown
Art Team Peter Bradley, Don Higgins, Mark Quire, Ogmios
Cartography Alyssa Faden, Anna Meyer
Business Christopher Wiese, Kevin “Doc” Wilson
Crowdfunding Engineer Mike Myler

Legendary Guest Authors
David “Zeb” Cook (D&D Expert, AD&D 2e), Ed Greenwood (Forgotten Realms), Allen Hammack (Ghost Tower of Inverness), Tracy Hickman (Dragonlance, Ravenloft), Harold Johnson (Lost Shrine of Tamoachan), Tim Kask (Dragon Magazine), Len “Leomund” Lakofka (Lendore Isles), Steve Marsh (D&D Expert), Douglas Niles (City of Greyhawk), James M. Ward (Deities & Demigods, Gamma World), “Skip” Williams (Sage Advice, D&D 3e), with a Foreword by Margaret Weis (Dragonlance)

Legendary Guest Artists

Clyde Caldwell, Liz Danforth, Jeff Dee
Jeff Easley, Larry Elmore, Jennell Jaquays
“Diesel” LaForce, Erol Otus, Stephen D. Sulliv


The kickstarter is up and running now, with 41 days to go, and is (As of this posting) at 2 % of the goal.


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