THE ALLIANCE RULE BOOK
The Alliance Rule Book contains all of the rules for every Alliance campaign. It is an 8 1/2 x 11 bound book, 175 pages, with a full color cover. It is full of photos, graphs, examples, advice, and explanations of all of the rules.
A Guide to Role-playing
How to be an NPC
The Game World
The Alliance Code of Conduct
The Skill System
Matters of Life and Death
Effects and Deliveries
Stealing and Searching
Table Top Gaming Rules
ASHBURY PLAYER'S GUIDE
Each chapter then has its own Player's Guide. The book below is for the Ashbury campaign, located in the beautiful Endless Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania. This book contains all of the "In-game" information available to your character, such as the history of the campaign world, treatises, maps, laws, and more. It is an 8 1/2 x 11 bound book with 173 pages.
A History of the Duchy of Ashbury
The Rebirth of a Kingdom
Recent Ashbury History
A Guide to Tar'Navarria
The Estates of Ashbury
Who's Who in Ashbury
The Ashbury Military
Colleges, Universities, and Academies
The Groups of Ashbury
The Laws of Ashbury
The Code of Chivalry
The Ducal Tournament
Holidays in Ashbury
Wines, Ales, and Beers of Ashbury
Treatises on Healing and Necromancy
TALES OF FORTANNIS: A BARD IN THE HAND
This is the second collection of short stories taking place in the world of the Alliance games, featuring stories by Davey Beauchamp, Roy C. Booth and Brian Woods, Jon Cory, Tera Fulbright, Jesse Grabowski, Henry Hart, Laurel Anne Hill, Mark Mensch, Bernie Mojzes and Bob Norwicke, Mike Strauss, and Michael A. Ventrella. The book is 250 pages bound, and is 6 x 9. You can go to www.michaelaventrella.com for more information about this book.
"Magic. Knights. Werewolves. Doppelgangers. Elves. There’s no telling what will pop up in Michael A. Ventrella’s Fortannis fantasy series when he invites other writers to play in his sandbox. No need to wait for any ‘extended editions.’ These stories are good to go now." – Daniel M. Kimmel, author of the Hugo-nominated Jar Jar Binks Must Die and Shh! It's a Secret.
"Curl up in your favorite chair with your favorite beverage and get ready for adventure, action and derring-do—it’s all here!" – Gail Z. Martin, author of Ice Forged and the Chronicles of the Necromancer series
"A very fun anthology of tales in a world both expected and very different indeed! Michael Ventrella and others revisit the world of Fortannis and emerge with tales to astound, amuse, and bemuse; here is sword-and-sorcery to stand well next to that of Leiber and Moorcock, and ordinary people swept up into events far larger than they which can still be addressed with some common sense and cleverness. A fun book, well worth reading!" – Ryk Spoor, author of Phoenix Rising and Grand Central Arena
TALES OF FORTANNIS: A BARD'S EYE VIEW
This is the first collection of short stories taking place in the world of the Alliance games. You don't need it to play any Alliance games, but it's a great (and fun) way to learn about the races, laws and cultures of the Alliance game. It features stories by featuring stories by Davey Beauchamp, Danny Birt, Nick Bond, Roy C. Booth and Brian Woods, Jon Cory, Tera Fulbright, Laurel Anne Hill, Ron F. Leota, Mark Mensch, Bernie Mojzes, Matthew C. Plourde, J. Thomas Ross, Mike Strauss, and Michael A. Ventrella. The book is 250 pages bound, and is 6 x 9. You can go to www.michaelaventrella.com for more information about this book.
"A Bard's Eye View is a varied collection of adventures, whimsies, variously grim, grand and comedic; this book will appeal to fans of gaming and fantasy alike." – Jay Lake, Campbell Award-winning author of Green and Mainspring
"Rollicking good fun perfect for a beach read, subway read, airplane read—heck, just buy it and read it! Mirth, mayhem and magic in an intriguing world." – Gail Z. Martin, author of the Chronicles of the Necromancer series
"A Bard's Eye View is a wild and weird collection of fantasy stories that present some of the freshest writing around. Derring-do with a great sense of fun. Highly recommended." -- New York Times bestseller Jonathan Maberry, author of The King of Plagues and Dust & Decay
"You don't need to know the background material to enjoy the range of stories from the talespinners assembled here. It has plenty of adventures that end with a twist that leave you shaking your head in pleased surprise. I’ll be happy to look for many of these writers in days to come." – Jody Lynn Nye, author of View From the Imperium and Dragon’s Deal
There is also Arch Enemies, a novel by Alliance founder Michael A. Ventrella, which takes place in Ashbury. The book is 400 pages bound, and is 6 x 9. You can go to www.michaelaventrella.com for more information about this book.
"The young bard, Terin Ostler, is astounded when two squires arrive to take him into the Duke’s presence – even more astounded when he learns that he is the one foretold in a prophecy to ensure the Arch remains sealed to imprison the evil Thessi within. The atmosphere of the quest that follows is heightened by intrigues and by Terin’s doubts about who tells the true account of the prophecy, since he is not allowed to read it. The action is lively when the two squires, Rendel and Darlissa, face repeated attacks to protect the timid bard – while he gradually grows in maturity, courage, and character.
A tightly written and plotted work that will keep the reader enthralled until the last word is read." -- Christopher Hoare, Muse Book Reviews
"A late twist lends the entire novel a surprisingly tight narrative ." -- Pat Ferrara , Mania.com
"Clever, funny and suspenseful. Normally, I would rather eat bees than read fantasy novels, but this one is great." -- Mark Waid, author of Kingdom Come, Birthright
THE AXES OF EVIL
The Axes of Evil is the sequel to Arch Enemies. The book is 228 pages bound, and is 6 x 9. You can go to www.michaelaventrella.com for more information about this book.
"Here Michael A. Ventrella takes up the mantle of Christopher Stasheff. Terin’s exploits are as entertaining as those of Rod Gallowglass, and fans of The Warlock in Spite of Himself will hugely enjoy The Axes of Evil."- Gregory Frost, author of Shadowbridge and Lord Tophet
"Humor, danger and a twisted tangle of unlikely prophecies make for a page-turning adventure." - Gail Z. Martin, author of The Chronicles of the Necromancer series
"The Axes of Evil is a taut nail-biter of a thriller. Edgy, funny and dark." - Jonathan Maberry, multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Dragon Factory and Rot & Ruin
"The Axes of Evil continues the story that began in Arch Enemies. In this one, Michael Ventrella weaves another of his perplexing tales where it seems his protagonist, the squire but would-be bard Terin Ostler, cannot succeed in solving one problem without betraying another." - Christopher Hoare, author of Arrival and The Wildcat's Victory
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The Alliance Rule Book is copyright 2009, 2011 by Michael A. Ventrella, with an ISBN number of 0-9669844-9-8. The Ashbury Player's Guide is copyright 2008 by Michael A. Ventrella, with an ISBN number of 0-9669844-7-1. Tales of Fortannis: A Bard's Eye View is copyright 2011 by Michael A. Ventrella and is published by Double Dragon Press, Markham, Ontario, Canada, with an ISBN number of 1-55404-832-X.
Arch Enemies is copyright 2007 by Michael A. Ventrella and is published by Double Dragon Press, Markham, Ontario, Canada, with an ISBN number of 1-55404-464-2. The Axes of Evil is copyright 2010 by Michael A. Ventrella and is published by Double Dragon Press, Markham, Ontario, Canada, with an ISBN number of 1-55404-727-7 . And so on.
The Rule Book addendum is available here. For more information on the game, click the links to the left!