An advice and setting book for super hero RPGs in a dark future. The future needs heroes.
Once there were heroes. Protectors of the weak. Doers of good. Gods among men.
The last hero died fifty years ago.
Corporations control the world. The police only protect citizens who can afford the cred. The rich get richer. The poor are cattle, slaves, and pests. The shrinking middle lead desperate lives toiling away for the corporate masters. They escape with designer drugs, blood sports, and virtual reality sims.
The world needs heroes. That's where you come in.
About Future Bleak
Future Bleak is a setting and genre book produced under the Super-Powered by M&M license. Inspired by superhero fiction like Batman Beyond and Marvel's 2099 setting, Future Bleak describes a world deprived of heroes and ruled by greed. Into this world the PCs emerge to rekindle a new age of heroism.
The book will include a discussion of the genre, tools for GMs to update their home settings into the future, a sample setting (Alpha City), superheroes, villains, and an adventure designed to launch a Future Bleak campaign.
If we meet our initial goal of $2,500, Future Bleak will clock in at 96 pages. It will have a stunning color cover and all original black and white art.
But that's just the beginning, because we've also got...
Our first few stretch goals will make Future Bleak bigger and better.
$3,250 - Visitors From Another Time
If we reach $3,250 we'll add 16 more pages, bringing the page count up to 112. This will include info on using Future Bleak in conjunction with time-travel adventures (inspired by comics like X-Men's Days of Future Past). A second adventure will feature heroes from the present era traveling forward to a bleak future.
$4,000 - More is Better
If we stretch to $4,000 in pledges, we'll add 16 more pages for a total of 128. We'll add more setting details, more advice, more heroes, and more villains.
$5,000 - Color!
We'll fill the interior of the book with full-color art.
If we reach the $5,000 level with time to spare, we'll add some new stretch goals. These will probably be self-contained .pdfs (free for all backers) featuring new adventures, villains, or setting information for a futuristic supers game.
At Sneak Attack Press we believe in the crowd-funding model. Art, editing, and printing are all expensive. Crowd funding ensures that all the freelancers involved are paid on time. We also want to give our most dedicated fans an opportunity to help shape the book by naming characters and creating heroes and villains.
Note on High-Level Rewards
If you select a reward level that includes naming rights or creating a hero or villain we will work with you to create a character that you can take pride in and which fits the overall theme of the book. You will be credited as the creator, and you must agree to let the creation become property of Sneak Attack Press for this book and all future uses.
Concept art by Kurt Taylor
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on October 6, 2012.
Sep 5, 2012 - Oct 6, 2012
Pledge $10 or more
TEEMING MASS: You receive a PDF copy of the final book and will be listed as a backer.Estimated delivery: Apr 2013
Pledge $30 or more
COG IN THE MACHINE: You receive a soft cover print copy of the book, a PDF copy, and will be listed as a backer. (Add $10 for international shipping).Estimated delivery: Apr 2013
Pledge $50 or more
PRODUCTIVE CITIZEN: You receive a hardcover copy of the book exclusive to Kickstarter backers, a PDF copy, and will be listed as a backer. (Add $10 for international shipping).Estimated delivery: Apr 2013
Pledge $75 or more
2 backers Limited (18 of 20 left)
NAMING RIGHTS: You get to name one mundane element of the sample setting, such as a corporation, building, or mundane NPC. You also receive hardcover and PDF copies of the books and backer listing. (Add $10 for international shipping).Estimated delivery: Apr 2013
Pledge $100 or more
1 backer Limited (9 of 10 left)
VILLAIN: You help to design a villain that will be featured in the book, and if you desire the art for the villain can be based on your own appearance. You also receive hardcover and PDF copies of the books and backer listing. (Add $10 for international shipping).Estimated delivery: Apr 2013
Pledge $200 or more
0 backers Limited (5 of 5 left)
HERO: You help to design a hero that will be featured in the book, and if you desire the art for the villain can be based on your own appearance. You also receive hardcover and PDF copies of the books and backer listing. (Add $10 for international shipping).Estimated delivery: Apr 2013
Pledge $500 or more
0 backers Limited (2 of 2 left)
COVER VILLAIN: As the VILLAIN reward, plus the villain you create will be featured on the cover of the book.Estimated delivery: Apr 2013
Pledge $1,000 or more
0 backers Limited (1 of 1 left)
COVER HERO: As the HERO award, plus the hero you create will be featured on the cover of the book.Estimated delivery: Apr 2013
Pledge $10,000 or more
0 backers Limited (1 of 1 left)
SECRET ORIGN: As the HERO award, plus we will work with you to create a 16-page color or 32 page black-and-white comic book for your hero. You will receive 10 softcover and PDF copies, and you can choose if you would like to keep the comic to yourself or let other back receive a free PDF copy.Estimated delivery: Apr 2013