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Green Ronin Set to Publish The Fifth Season RPG Based On Broken Earth Novels

August 4, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
The Fifth Season

The world of N.K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth novels is heading to the gaming table with The Fifth Season Roleplaying Game. Green Ronin announced on Friday that they’ve entered into a licensing agreement with Jemisin to create the game based on her critically-acclaimed science fantasy novels.

The Fifth Season RPG is set to publish in the fall of 2020 and will be co-developed by Tanya DePass (Rivals of Waterdeep) and Joseph D. Carriker (Critical Role: Tal’Dorei Campaign Setting). The game will use a customized version of Green Ronin’s Chronicle System that powers the A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying Game. It will be set in the world of the books, a planet that has a massive continent known as The Stillness and is has to deal with disasters known as Seasons. Every few centuries, the Fifth Season arrives, bringing catastrophic climate change. The three books in the series — The Fifth Season, The Obelisk Gate, and The Stone Sky — all won the Hugo Award for Best Novel, making Jemisin the first author ever to do so.

“The world building in the Broken Earth Trilogy is incredible and ripe with roleplaying possibilities,” said Green Ronin president Chris Pramas. “More than that, the books are searingly relevant to the current state of our world and we hope the game gives people the opportunity to explore the issues and themes the novels handle so deftly.”

“I’ve heard from many of my readers that they’re fascinated enough by the world of the Broken Earth that they’d like to visit it (nobody wants to live there tho!) and now they’ll get their chance,” said N.K. Jemisin. “I’ll be working with Green Ronin to try and make sure the spirit and feel of the books is rendered successfully in this new form.”