Adventurer Conqueror King System Imperial Imprint (ACKS II)

A project in Durham, NC by Autarch

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Welcome to the new edition of the bestselling fantasy role-playing game. Adventure, conquer, and reign. Crowdfunding begins October 24!
Backers: 1971
Average Pledge Per Backer: $169

Funded: $332,910 of $50,000
Dates: Oct 24th -> Nov 23rd (31 days)
Project By: Autarch
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Latest News

ACKS Birthright

November 23rd - via:
Birthright is in my opinion the most awesome setting to come out of AD&D 2e’s run of boxed sets. The gods of men are dead, but their power lingers within the bloodlines of the ancient heroes. Such men — called regents — are destined to rule by right of birth, one with the land itself, and Birthright’s core assumption is that PC regents begin play with a moderately sized domain of their own. (Read More)

18 Hours to Go

November 22nd - via:
Hello, everyone!  As many of you know, I was sadly called away from home to attend a funeral today.  My wife and her family had to put to rest her 94-year old grandmother. It was an exhausting and emotional day following a stressful six-hour drive... (Read More)

48 Hours To Go!

November 21st - via:
Friends, Aurans, countrymen -- our great campaign nears its end. In one-seventh of a fortnight, it will come to its dramatic conclusion. Thank you all for supporting Autarch and me on this journey. Today I wanted to show you a couple of monster... (Read More)

ACKs II kickstarter, and Fun With Wargaming

November 21st - via:
First, the Kickstarter for Acks Imperial Imprint (AKA Acks II) is wrapping up. It met it’s goals, and if you were undecided or holding off, time is running out. (Read More)

I've Much to Be Thankful For!

November 20th - via:
We're down to the last 48 hours of the Kickstarter campaign. It ends at noon on Wednesday! There is usually a substantial bump in the last two days; whether it will be enough to kick us over the $350,000 milestone is anyone's guess. No matter what, we've already had a big success, and the Autarch family has a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. (Read More)

Spells, Spells, Spells

November 19th - via:
Hello, everyone! We're down to the last 72 hours of the Kickstarter campaign. There is usually a substantial bump in the last two days; whether it will be enough to kick us over the $350,000 milestone is anyone's guess. No matter what, we've already... (Read More)

We've Surpassed $300,000!

November 17th - via:
Yesterday was a knuckle-biting day as I watched the Kickstarter surpass $300K only to fall below it, surpass $300K again, then fall below it again, all day long. The comments in the ACKS Discord could have been out of CNN Money, 'Autarch stock ticker... (Read More)

It's the Final Countdown!

November 15th - via:
It's the last week of the campaign! With 7 days to go, we stand just shy of $300,000. It's anyone's guess where we'll be when the campaign terminates. Wherever we end up, it's been a triumph for Autarch and the ACKS community. Please enjoy this... (Read More)

It's The Final Countdown!

November 15th - via:
It's the last week of the campaign! With 7 days to go, we stand just shy of $300,000. It's anyone's guess where we'll be when the campaign terminates. (Read More)

A New Project

November 14th - via:
On the ACKS Discord from Jan 07/2019 to July 3rd/2022 I ran what was considered to be a very successful Play-By-Post campaign based on the Dwimmermount setting by Autarch. It was enjoyed by the players and more than a few observers. After the game ended I was bothered by some of the events that happened during the course of the campaign and how they wouldn’t have a resolution. Several of the observers also asked questions about where I saw the events effecting the setting. (Read More)

We've Got Magic Items!

November 13th - via:
One of the largest challenges in transitioning ACKS II off the Open Game License was the challenge of creating new magic items that were not linked to the OGL. In doing so, we followed a simple algorithm: If the magic item existed in fiction,... (Read More)

[Review] AX2 Secrets of the Nethercity (ACKS); The ACKs Tax

The ACKsination is underway. As the ACKs kickstarter (banned by the pretender OSR reddit) grinds its way towards the 300k mark, I have taken it upon myself to dedicate November to the adventures of this most dense, serious, advanced and autistic of OSR retroclones. (Read More)

The Twelve Days of ACKSmas

November 10th - via:
With 12 days still to go in the Kickstarter campaign for the Adventurer Conqueror King System II, we have raised $292,438! That is an exciting milestone, because it means that we have now out-raised Old School Essentials: Advanced Fantasy. Since OSE: AF has been one of the market leaders in the Old School Renaissance for years, this is a significant event for our game. With your continued support, we’ll surely raise even more. (Read More)

For Your Viewing Pleasure...

November 8th - via:
Prior to the launch of the ACKS II Kickstarter, I recorded a number of videos talking about the game in various ways. I imagine that only a fraction of you have seen these videos, and so they might be of interest in learning more about ACKS II.  If... (Read More)

Evacuate? In Our Moment of Triumph?

November 6th - via:
It's Been an Interesting Couple Weeks Here at Autarch... (Read More)

What's in the Judges Journal?

November 2nd - via:
We've climbed to almost $280,000. It seems likely that, with a little good fortune and some end-of-campaign trail winds, we'll hit our $350,000 bonus goal and unlock amazing new features for VTT play.  I think I will likely add some intervening... (Read More)

Adventurer Conqueror King System Imperial Imprint Passes $250k in Kickstarter Funding

November 2nd - via:
The Adventurer Conqueror King System fantasy roleplaying game is in the midst of a highly successful Kickstarter to fund a new edition from Autarch LLC. (Read More)

What's in the Revised Rulebook?

October 29th - via:
Hello, everyone! Thank you all  for the outpouring of support for ACKS II. It has been a groundbreaking week for Autarch and I am delighted to know the game has found an audience. Many of you have asked for more information about what's actually in... (Read More)

Science Fiction and Fantasy New Releases: 28 October 2023

October 28th - via:
Every week, the Castalia House Blog spotlights some of the many new releases in independent, pulp, and web novel-influenced science fiction and fantasy. (Read More)

The Thief Class in ACKS II

October 26th - via:
Thank you all again for the tremendous support. I can't believe we've already hit $250,000 in the third day of the campaign. That said, we must not "rest on laurels" but instead keep focusing on what makes ACKS II worthy of your attention. Today I... (Read More)

By this ACKS He Rules! Chuck Dixon's Conan Gets RPB Sourcebook

October 26th - via:
Autarch LLC is pleased to announce that it has partnered with the legendary comics writer Chuck Dixon, creator of Bane and the Birds of Prey, to develop an RPG sourcebook set in the world of Chuck Dixon’s Conan, his bestselling series of sword & sorcery novels that builds on the public domain works of Robert E. Howard. (Read More)

What a Triumphant First Day!

October 25th - via:
Friends, Aurans, Countrymen,  I'm at a loss for words. The night of October 23rd, I prayed hoping that my Kickstarter would reach $50,000 on Day 1 and $100,000 by Day 30. Instead, it reached $218,965 on Day 1! I cannot express my gratitude enough... (Read More)

Interview: Alexander Macris

October 25th - via:
Alexander Marcris’ long-awaited kickstarter for his Adventurer Conqueror King II and it has completely blown the doors off. It is currently sitting at FOUR times its goal. (Read More)

One Day More! - by Alexander Macris

October 24th - via:
Adventurer Conqueror King System™ Imperial Imprint (ACKS II) will be Kickstarting on October 24th. ACKS II is the new edition of my acclaimed bestselling fantasy role-playing game. (Read More)

Claim Your Crown and Take Your Throne...

October 24th - via:
It’s time to crowdfund the Adventurer Conqueror King System™ Imperial Imprint (ACKS II). The Kickstarter page is now live. There are a number of time-limited pledge levels and an exclusive Day One reward so make sure you back it on October 24th! (Read More)

Adventurer Conqueror King System Imperial Imprint (ACKS II)

October 24th - via:
The Adventurer Conqueror King System Imperial Imprint (hereafter referred to as ACKS II) Kickstarter is going strong out of the gate. As I type this, it is less than 9 hours after launch and it has already raised over $180K. Phew! The OSR is still going strong. (Read More)

Adventurer Conqueror King System funds the Imperial Imprint on Kickstarter

October 24th - via:
The new edition of Adventurer Conqueror King System (ACKS) is the Imperial Imprint (ergo ACKS II), and it’s shot through the £100,000 funding barrier. The publisher, Autarch, is based in Durham, NC, so they might not know that. (Read More)

Arbiter of Fellmyr – Roleplay Rescue’s Blog

October 19th - via:
Partly this was inspired by my own return to sandbox gaming in Fellmyr but it’s also popped onto my horizon because ACKS is about to be Kickstarted for a second edition called Adventurer Conqueror King System Imperial Imprint (ACKS II) (Read More)

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