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Critical Role and Dungeons & Dragons contributors collaborate on Animal Adventures: The Faraway Sea RPG

Alongside cosplayers and Ennie award winners

Contributors for Critical Role and Dungeons & Dragons will collaborate together on the upcoming RPG setting Animal Adventures: The Faraway Sea.

The D&D supplement will see players creating and playing as a party of ‘awakened’ animals embarking on a seafaring adventure. The group of announced authors include Deven Rue, who is best known for being the official cartographer for the Dungeons & Dragons actual play series Critical Role. Rue has devised a collection of maps for The Faraway Sea, which will feature a chain of islands for players to explore in search of a series of magical items.

Other aspects of the setting, such as characters and adventures, have been co-designed by Ginny Di - a Dungeons & Dragons cosplayer and contributor on Bardsung, which was previously released by the publisher behind The Faraway Sea, Steamforged - Ennie award-winner Marc Langworthy, D&D editor and designer Ginny Loveday, Mari Tokuda - the author of horror RPG Malifaux: Third Edition - Conan RPG co-designer Rachel Cruz, as well as Chaosium and Modiphius writer Lloyd Gyan, amongst many other tabletop writers and designers.

The Faraway Sea artwork

Animal Adventures: The Faraway Sea is the latest entry in a series of Dungeons & Dragons supplements that began with Dungeons & Doggies - which featured a collection of playable canine characters - and has since expanded into complete campaign settings for the fantasy roleplaying game. In The Faraway Sea, players become a group of animals, varying from Alpaca to Albatrosses, who are free to sail around the coastline of a fantastical world containing various factions and potential quests to pursue.

Rather than containing an overarching main storyline for players to follow, The Faraway Sea will be an open-world experience featuring several different locations for players to explore, including a bustling coastal town called Flotsam. Players will be able to choose from a selection of different subclasses in the game, including an Artificer class inspired by the one introduced in the official D&D 5E sourcebook Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything and a monster-killing subclass that takes its cues from The Witcher series of fantasy novels.

Besides the aforementioned collaborators, Animal Adventures: The Faraway Sea was co-created by Russ Charles and Richard August - the co-designers behind the previous Animal Adventures setting book, Gullet Cove, as well as Dungeons & Doggies and Cats & Catacombs.

alpaca bard The Faraway Sea miniature

Apart from Bardsung and the Animal Adventures series, Steamforged is also responsible for releasing several video game board games such as Resident Evil 2: The Board Game and Horizon Zero Dawn: The Board Game.

The Kickstarter campaign for Animal Adventures: The Faraway Sea is set to be launched tomorrow - July 20th - with the core pledge costing backers £63 ($75) and a hardback copy of the setting book costing £28 ($35).

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After writing for Kotaku UK, Waypoint and Official Xbox Magazine, Alex became a member of the Dicebreaker editorial family. Having been producing news, features, previews and opinion pieces for Dicebreaker for the past three years, Alex has had plenty of opportunity to indulge in her love of meaty strategy board games and gothic RPGS. Besides writing, Alex appears in Dicebreaker’s D&D actual play series Storybreakers and haunts the occasional stream on the Dicebreaker YouTube channel.