WHAT IS ANTHROMANCER?
Anthromancer is a sacred game system.
I developed it over seven years into the peculiar, intimidating, electrifying experience it is today.
It’s a journey. It will move you. It’s the deepest thing I’ve been able to capture in artifact.
The system’s architecture continues to surprise me. I keep finding deeper levels, and new games to play. As I outline these games, storytelling systems, and human experiences, I will publish them here, for free, for all. Providing value is more joyful than extracting it.
If you admire these humble ambitions, you can support me in my goals:
1. Purchase a manufactured copy of the Anthromancer game system, and experience what it has to offer for yourself.
3. Become a Patron.
Thank you very much for your time.
In Brilliant Chartreuse,
DANIEL JAMES DRAKE
Anthromancer Lead Designer
THE GAME SYSTEM
A Game. An Oracle. An Album. A Myth.
Funded on Kickstarter in 2020, and developed over the course of 7 years with the help of over 20 artists, musicians and designers, the Anthromancer tabletop entertainment system has something for everyone.
Explore The Mercenarium Arcade, a suite of original board and card games that use Anthromancer’s components to create experiences of high stakes competition and collaborative problem solving, built around a patented mechanic that promises to surprise and delight lovers of games of all backgrounds.
Dive into Dragonfruit Alchemy, an oracle system inspired by the archetypes of tarot and the changing lines of the I Ching, and discover how the classical elements can be used to draw out truths that might change us for the better.
Listen to The Hymnal to investigate the hidden meanings contained in the system governing each of Anthromancer’s 15 hymns, and develop your mastery.
Immerse yourself in the tale of The Fool and The Fox, a fully-illustrated mythological account of Anthromancer’s origins, and the key to understanding its true purpose.
Each of these pillars was designed to stand on its own, but by experiencing them in your own way, your perception of the whole will broaden, deepen, and maybe even change the course of your life. Become a part of the unfolding story, and let yourself Be Moved.
With the singing, songwriting, and ambitious basslines of Daniel James Drake, and a punch-up compositional collaboration with Patrick Crecelius, the Anthromancer musical act is an evolving creature building towards stadium-shaking electro-rock in a style somewhere between The Postal Service and Muse.
Anthromancer’s debut album, The Hymnal (released April 22, 2020), is a conceptual work designed to embellish the meanings of the Hymn cards in the Anthromancer tabletop entertainment system. The sophomore album, Absynthe & Honey (released August 1st, 2022) showcases an evolution from studio-produced symphonic chillhop into distortion-powered bass riffs, energetic arpeggiated synthesizers, and pounding four-on-the-floor beats draped in the high tenor of Daniel’s deeply vulnerable lyrics, expressing his painful evolution through undiagnosed autistic tendencies, collapsing romantic relationships, and the technological revolution of the third web.
Now available for stream and purchase on all major platforms.
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Your support establishes a basic income that frees me to weave value into Anthromancer.