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Twilight Continuum is the first Perilous Journey campaign set for Savage Worlds and features a near-future space opera campaign.

Twilight Continuum is the first Perilous Journey campaign set for Savage Worlds. The Perilous Journey campaign sets are a collection of six 72-page books that follow the characters from their first days as a Novice through their career as a Legendary hero. Each book contains one part of the campaign, one part of the fictional novella series, a mini-sourcebook, and a collection of new creatures.

Twilight Continuum is a near-future space opera campaign where the characters find themselves on an Earth different than our own. It does not require the use of an existing or upcoming Savage Worlds setting and can thus be played on its own with only the use of the core rulebook or inserted into your favorite sci-fi setting such as Mercenary Breed, High Space (published by StoryWeaver), or Nemezis (published by GRAmel).

Twilight Continuum, and the Perilous Journey series, is a campaign series modeled after Paizo Publishing's Adventure Path series and Triple Ace Games' Daring Tales series. It is not a setting but rather a series of adventures designed to be used as-is (with the use of the Savage Worlds core rulebook) or within a setting you already enjoy.

In Twilight Continuum, the players will take on the role of a squadron of fighter pilots, fresh out of the Alliance Military Academy, who have the good fortune to be assigned to the Alliance's prototype fast-response corvette, Vanguard. Although their skills are intended to be pitted against the pilots of the Co-prosperity Sphere, the characters each possess a genetic potential which makes them the best hope for all of humanity when the fleets of the Zentari suddenly arrive.

DIVIDED WE FALL...

It is the dawn of the twenty-second century, and mankind's quest for land and resources has led to the colonization of the inner solar system. But the people of earth remain polarized into two major factions and their satellites - the Western Euro-American Alliance and the Eastern Chinese Co-prosperity Sphere - and in spite of a state of detente at home, battles and skirmishes continue in the vacuum of space and between colonies.

FOR THE ENEMY IS AT THE GATES...

But when the invading fleets of the Zentari arrive and aim their invasion toward earth, humanity must learn to cast aside its differences and fight together against a common foe. What drives the aliens to conquer earth? Is there any hope against their superior technology? Become one of the handful of heroes destined to save the earth and change the universe. Enter the Twilight Continuum.

Vanguard is the first in the Twilight Continuum series, and details the cradle of humanity and the Zentari War.

Campaign

The campaign portion of each book will bring the characters from the beginning to the end of each rank with books 5 and 6 both covering Legendary ranks.

Novella

The novella series will include a 6-part fictional series set in the Twilight Continuum setting featuring various aspects of the campaign.

Mini-sourcebook

Each book will contain a mini-sourcebook or something equivalent that provides additional details on one or more locations within that particular campaign module. This information is not required for the campaign and instead allows the GM to expand on their own games or take them in different directions.

Bestiary

Each book will contain a collection of 6 new creatures to either supplement the encounters within the campaign module or usable in conjunction with the mini-sourcebook to give the GM more options for creating their own encounters.

Vanguard (Book #1)

This Kickstarter campaign covers the first book of the campaign in regards to the funding goal. Stretch goals includes additional books, but at the very least we would like to raise the funds for the first book and gauge everyone's interest. It is slated for delivery in July 2013. Additionally, we will be publishing a Player's Guide as a reference for players in the campaign. It too is slated for general delivery in July 2013 with backers at the Cadet level or higher receiving it by June 2013.

Concept Trade Dress

Here's a sample trade dress for the Twilight Continuum series. The artwork is concept art and serves as an inspirational reference.

Concept Wrap-around Cover Layout

Here's a sample of the wrap-around cover layout. The artwork is the promotional artwork and not the actual cover art.

Free Kickstarter Exclusive Paper Miniatures

After looking through the Kickstarter budget again, I have freed up some funds to produce a free set of paper miniatures, available exclusively through this Kickstarter. This set of paper miniatures is a free add-on to everyone backing at the Ensign level or higher. These paper miniatures will not be available to the general public.

Additionally, with each book we fund, another set of exclusive paper miniatures will be produced to correspond with the newly funded book. These paper miniatures will also be added to everyone backing at the Ensign level or higher.

Free Crystalline Counters

As announced by Curtis Lyon in his update, a limited bonus for backers of this Kickstarter at the Junior Lieutenant level or higher will get a free set of these Crystalline Counters. Additionally, everyone at the Ensign level or higher will get the laminated Fighter Ship cheat sheet.

We are turning to Kickstarter for two main reasons: to gauge interest in the Savage Worlds community and to present the campaign in a faster, more complete method. Without the Kickstarter campaign, we're not sure if we have the capacity to create this adventure series.

Although this Kickstarter campaign's funding goal is for the first book, we hope to fund the entire campaign, and possibly more. If we don't, then additional books will either be developed slowly over the upcoming years or through additional Kickstarter campaigns.

Because of the nature of this Kickstarter campaign, we are going to lay out the first series of stretch goals.

With the first stretch goal, we will fund the PDF publication of Enemy at the Gates (book #2 in the Twilight Continuum campaign). This book will continue the storyline and follow the characters through Seasoned rank. It has an estimated delivery date of August 2013. Once this goal is reached, you may purchase it by increasing your funding as follows:

  • If you have backed at the Commander level or higher, you will receive the PDF for free.
  • If you have backed at the Ensign or Junior Lieutenant levels, you may add $5 to your backing amount to purchase the PDF.

With the second stretch goal, we will fund the printed publication of Enemy at the Gates. It has an estimated delivery date of August 2013. Once this goal is reached, you may purchase it by increasing your funding as follows:

  • Add $10 to your backing amount to purchase the Printed version, shipped within the United States.
  • Add $20 to your backing amount to purchase the Printed version, shipped outside of the United States.

With the third stretch goal, we will fund the PDF publication of Prometheus Unbound (book #3 in the Twilight Continuum campaign). This book will continue the storyline and follow the characters through Veteran rank. It has an estimated delivery date of September 2013. Once this goal is reached, you may purchase it by increasing your funding as follows:

  • If you have backed at the Commander level or higher, you will receive the PDF for free.
  • If you have backed at the Ensign or Junior Lieutenant levels, you may add $5 to your backing amount to purchase the PDF.

With the fourth stretch goal, we will fund the printed publication of Promotheus Unbound. It has an estimated delivery date of September 2013. Once this goal is reached, you may purchase it by increasing your funding as follows:

  • Add $10 to your backing amount to purchase the Printed version, shipped within the United States.
  • Add $20 to your backing amount to purchase the Printed version, shipped outside of the United States.

With the fifth stretch goal, we will fund the PDF publication of Into the Void (book #4 in the Twilight Continuum campaign). This book will continue the storyline and follow the characters through Heroic rank. It has an estimated delivery date of October 2013. Once this goal is reached, you may purchase it by increasing your funding as follows:

  • If you have backed at the Commander level or higher, you will receive the PDF for free.
  • If you have backed at the Ensign or Junior Lieutenant levels, you may add $5 to your backing amount to purchase the PDF.

With the sixth stretch goal, we will fund the printed publication of Into the Void. It has an estimated delivery date of October 2013. Once this goal is reached, you may purchase it by increasing your funding as follows:

  • Add $10 to your backing amount to purchase the Printed version, shipped within the United States.
  • Add $20 to your backing amount to purchase the Printed version, shipped outside of the United States.

With the seventh stretch goal, we will fund the PDF publication of Final Destination (book #5 in the Twilight Continuum campaign). This book will continue the storyline and follow the characters through the first half of Legendary rank. It has an estimated delivery date of November 2013. Once this goal is reached, you may purchase it by increasing your funding as follows:

  • If you have backed at the Commander level or higher, you will receive the PDF for free.
  • If you have backed at the Ensign or Junior Lieutenant levels, you may add $5 to your backing amount to purchase the PDF.

With the eighth stretch goal, we will fund the printed publication of Final Destination. It has an estimated delivery date of November 2013. Once this goal is reached, you may purchase it by increasing your funding as follows:

  • Add $10 to your backing amount to purchase the Printed version, shipped within the United States.
  • Add $20 to your backing amount to purchase the Printed version, shipped outside of the United States.

With the ninth stretch goal, we will fund the PDF publication of Endgame (book #6 in the Twilight Continuum campaign). This book will continue the storyline and follow the characters through the second half of Legendary rank. It has an estimated delivery date of December 2013. Once this goal is reached, you may purchase it by increasing your funding as follows:

  • If you have backed at the Commander level or higher, you will receive the PDF for free.
  • If you have backed at the Ensign or Junior Lieutenant levels, you may add $5 to your backing amount to purchase the PDF.

With the tenth stretch goal, we will fund the printed publication of Endgame. It has an estimated delivery date of December 2013. Once this goal is reached, you may purchase it by increasing your funding as follows:

  • Add $10 to your backing amount to purchase the Printed version, shipped within the United States.
  • Add $20 to your backing amount to purchase the Printed version, shipped outside of the United States.
  • Please see the following regarding Consolidated Shipping.

Consolidated Shipping Option

The above stretch goals are priced accordingly as the books will each be shipped separately upon becoming available. When all six campaign books have been funded, you may instead choose a consolidated shipping option. This option means instead of receiving each book individually when they come available, the first five books will be held until the sixth and final book is available. Once Book 6: Endgame becomes available in print, all six campaign books will be shipped as a single package, to save on shipping. If this option is chosen, you will pay for books 1-5 as normal and receive Book 6: Endgame for free. This Consolidated Shipping Option will be available on the survey sent out after the Kickstarter campaign completes. This results in an estimated delivery date of all six campaign books in December 2013.

Further Stretch Goals - to be Unlocked

Once all six of the campaign books have been funded, additional stretch goals will be offered as free digital rewards to everyone at the Ensign level or higher (PDF or equivalent)!

All backers will be accredited within every book we fund!

Twilight Continuum, and the Perilous Journey campaign set, is being managed and developed by Mystical Throne Entertainment, the publishers of Savage Insider and many currently available Savage Worlds settings. Here's a look at the team we've assembled (at least so far):

Aaron T. Huss is the president of Mystical Throne Entertainment and Editor-in-Chief of Savage Insider. He has currently authored many Savage Worlds licensed publications such as Mercenary Breed, Ancient World, Faith & Demons: The Rising, and Judgment Day. He is taking the role of project manager covering aspects of scheduling, artwork, layout, editing, and final publication.

Curtis Lyon is part owner of Three Sages Games and a writer for Savage Insider Premium. He currently does freelance writing for Savage Mojo, Gun Metal Games, and Mystical Throne Entertainment. He has authored many Savage Worlds licensed publications withing multiple settings such as Dungeonlands, Caladon Falls, Interface Zero, and Noir Knights. He is taking the role of lead developer covering aspects of storyline continuity, campaign content (authoring books 1 and 4), and additional writing input.

Darren W. Pearce is a novelist and freelancer writer and has done work for Cubicle 7 Entertainment, Mongoose Publishing, and Savage Mojo. He is an active freelance writer for Savage Mojo's Suzerain and Dungeonlands settings. He has worked on many game books including Doctor Who: 11th Doctor Edition, Doctor Who: Aliens and Creatures, Lone Wolf: Sommerlund, and Lone Wolf: Magnamund Bestiary. He is taking the role of writer covering aspects of campaign content (authoring books 3 and 6) and additional writing input.

The Warden is president of Broken Ruler Games and a writer for Savage Insider Premium. He is the author and designer of the modern action game Killshot and its Optional System mechanics along with being the author and publisher of the Combat Advantage eZine he used to publish for Dungeons & Dragons under his Emerald Press imprint. He is taking the role of writer covering aspects of campaign content (authoring books 2 and 5) and additional writing input.

Andrew DeFelice is a freelance artist. He has done work for Mystical Throne Entertainment, Pantheon Press, and Frog God Games. He is taking the role of lead artist and working to create the image that will become the artwork for Twilight Continuum.

A.J. Preece is a freelance author and a regular Savage Worlds player and Game Master. He currently does work for Savage Insider Premium and is taking the role of author for the mini-sourcebooks and bestiaries.

Jeremy Stromberg is a freelancer author and editor for Savage Insider Premium and other Mystical Throne Entertainment projects. He is taking the role of author for the mini-sourcebooks and bestiaries.

Bryan Hitchcock is a novelist and freelance writer and has done work for Millennium Knights from Savage Mojo. He is taking on the role of novelist and is authoring the novella throughout the campaign set.

Sarah Lyon is part owner of Three Sages Games and an editor and writer for Savage Insider Premium. She currently does freelance writing (mechanics) and editing for Savage Mojo, Gun Metal Games, and Mystical Throne Entertainment. She is taking the role of lead editor covering aspects of mechanical continuity, game balance, and general editing duties.

Gill Pearce is an artist and cartographer and has done work for Quantum Sliders from Savage Mojo and the Glorantha Project (RuneQuest) for Moon Designs. She is taking on the role of lead cartographer covering aspects of interior artwork and cartography.

Simon Powell is an artist and cartographer producing battlemaps under his DramaScape imprint. He has done work for RedBrick/FASA Games in the past producing the covers for Fading Suns Revised and Blue Planet Revised. He is taking the role of covert artist to produce all the cover artwork for the campaign series.

The answers in the FAQ below pertain to how the questions relate to the Twilight Continuum project.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

One major hurdle we have to deal with is printing the books and fulfilling the shipment of those books. We aim to have this done within July but if production delays occur, this will have to be revisited and communicated out.

Another major hurdle is the speedy development of books 2 - 6 should they be funded. We aim to release a new book every month to finish the full release before the end of the year. This requires a different author for each book and the collaboration requirements of such. We do have a lead developer to drive the storyline and hopefully alleviate any concerns, but this is all dependent on writers and editors fulfilling their deadlines.

One thing to make everyone aware of is that shipping within the United States increased at the end of January. Shipping and handling within the United States costs $5 while shipping and handling outside of the United States costs $15. Each additional book adds $5 to shipping for both within an outside of the United States.

FAQ

  • Twilight Continuum is the name of the project from the vision of Curtis Lyon which includes the campaign series and all supporting products.

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  • Perilous Journey is a campaign series for a single storyline, divided across six books of 72-pages each. The campaign and each book is supported by the storyline content along with fiction, additional source material, and a bestiary collection.

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  • Savage Worlds is an award-winning tabletop role-playing game. Twilight Continuum is designed to be used as a standalone campaign using only the Savage Worlds core rulebook or it can be tweaked to fit within your favorite sci-fi setting.

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  • Space opera is a genre covering high-action sci-fi adventure with social and dramatic elements mixed in. Star Wars (TM) is an example of a space opera.

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  • Twilight Continuum takes place in a not-too-distant future version of the planet Earth, centered on the human race and it's struggle with the galaxy around them and those that inhabit it.

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  • A campaign is a series of connected adventures with a common overarching storyline. The Twilight Continuum campaign is divided across six books with each covering a different character rank and books five and six covering the first and second halves of the Legendary rank.

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  • Twilight Continuum is designed to be more than just a campaign. Included in the six books is supporting material for use within the campaign or on its own should one desire to use Twilight Continuum as a setting outside of the campaign. This support material can also be used to create additional campaigns to either further the storyline or serve as a prequel. Other than the supporting material within the campaign books, many stretch goals will provide additional material to further this experience.

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