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Tim KirkBy Tim Kirk
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Tim KirkBy Tim Kirk
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, November 9 2018 5:36 PM UTC +00:00.

About

A comic book supers role-playing game that starts by asking the big questions:

  • What motivation makes a person dress up in a costume, go out, and fight crime?
  • What kind of person risks their lives for others in a disaster?
  • How does a hero, truly, make a difference?


I  wanted a game that empowered those three questions and could answer them all in play.

Hearts & Souls 2E is a supers game that chooses to empower players with the ability to choose when their hero succeeds and sometimes when they fail, by utilizing a few additional tools such as:

Laroca
Laroca

Drive

     Just what is it that makes you a hero? Is it because you are a Guardian of humanity? Is it because of a deep sense of Guilt? Do you fight crime because you're filled with the Spirit of Adventure?

    Drive allows the heroic character to leverage just what matters to them in order to save the day. It instills them with the motive ability to utilize Banter or Monologues.

Banter

  Do you mock your foe? Whisper truths that terrify them? Point out the true price of their plans? Chatter back and forth between you and your allies building up one another? You banter to re-roll dice and get that success when your hero needs it to rescue innocents, to face down monsters, and more.



Monologues

  Do you tell yourself it is because of your Guilt that you must strive for justice? Do you strive to hold up a crumbling building by telling yourself no innocents should be harmed because YOU are their Guardian? Again you can use a pep-talk or a soliloquy and more to push your character to succeed.

Stress & Fallout

Sometimes no matter how hard you push, no matter how driven you are, or how quick of wit, things take a bitter turn. Stress builds as your hero struggles for more chances to succeed, but when a player or the Editor pulls the trigger on the stress and the hero suffers Fallout.

Fallout impacts the hero long term, it can include serious injury, the loss of a loved one's affections and more. Its main purpose is to help create dramatic events and plot hooks. Don't let a single unlucky roll on the player's dice ruin the day. Instead, a bad die roll that turns into Fallout becomes fodder for the Editor and player to create new paths to follow. Trouble for the hero from a fan who stalks them, a science experiment gone wrong, or the accidental birth of a new villain! Actions have consequences, even with the best intentions!

You may be asking yourself, "Sure, all these things are cool, but what about superpowers?"

Hearts & Souls 2E includes numerous powers for your hero to choose from, from Adaptation to Super-Skills and more.

Not only that but there will be multiple methods for generating your character!

  •  Create the hero you want for the game your GM is running, via discussion.
  •  Roll up one if you have no inspiration.
  • Purchase your capabilities and powers by spending a pool of ranks.
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The Flea


In addition to character generation options there are a number of other features such as details on city and world-building, a W.A.T.C.H threat report from Aliens to Tornadoes, and more! Plus we're not forgetting super-foes!

Hearts & Souls 2E needs to reach the next level, adding visual elements like color art, mature layouts, and skilled editing. As well as more writing; with clear explanations on how, why, and what to do with the game you'll have in your hands.

I am turning to you, the great lovers of comic books, and supers games to bring this robust new edition to life.

The core book's manuscript is 95% complete and almost ready to go! I've got to account for a few last minute improvements and changes due to editing, wild spurious ideas, and the like.

The book primarily needs funding for art, layout, and editing.

Without your funding, these elements will fail to shine! Only with your help can I make this the ideal product of our dreams!

With all that said, you still may want to know more!  Like "Who are you?"


Hi, I'm Tim Kirk, creator of the Hearts & Souls 2E Tabletop Role-playing game.

I have published two successful games already: Hearts & Souls 1E, and High Valor. These labors of love took a lot of hard work, time and energy, but I am very proud of them.

I started truly gaming in 1983, although I had some contact with role-playing games before that year, it was the year that truly started my love of gaming as I purchased my own boxed set! I started comics even earlier!

However, I'm not just a writer of games, but I play, run, and enjoy Tabletop RPG's across a huge spectrum of genres, rule types, and ways to play. I also strive to support other creators and their products as I can. I love gamers and gaming a great deal!

We share this hobby with each other, rather than divide it up because you like something another game does shouldn't pull us apart. Instead, let's stand together! Just because you're a grim vigilante, and I'm a happy-go-lucky do-gooder, doesn't mean we can't be pals!


  PRINTING

All Printing will be done through DriveThruRpg™ POD or Precis Intermedia for Disposable Heroes©.

Fulfillment Process
Fulfillment Process



What are Disposable Heroes™

Disposable Heroes are an alternative to expensive metal miniatures, they're available for both printing out at home or ordering on cardstock here!
However, we'll have our own for various Hearts & Souls 2E feature characters!

DIGITAL ART PRINT

The Digital Art Print is 300dpi art piece of either the Outlaws (villains) or the Lone Star Sentinels (heroes) which can you use as a background image on your computer.


Others helping me with this project:

 Art by: Scott Harshbarger, Amanda Webb, J. Sutton, Dan Houser, and Darrell Miller.

Layout: Scott Harshbarger

Primary book editing: Jenn Sadler, Norbert Franz.

Video by: Dr. Joe Weeks.

General support and clarity: Random Halloran Jones

Writing & Development: Tim Kirk


Financial Breakdown: (Rough Estimates)

 Art & Layout: 5600 USD

 Editing: 1400 USD

 Author: 500 USD

 Kickstarter: (up to 10% of the total, with payment fees)

I'm not asking for much for myself. Despite years of work, this is my love of supers written as a game for you. If you can blow the top off what I'm asking you are a real superhero, and of course here are what gets added but they're secret right now!

 8500 USD: LOCKED (Hint: What are heroes without adventure?)

10,000 USD: LOCKED (Hint: Places to Go, People to Meet!)
11000 USD
: LOCKED (Hint: Get your ten-gallon hat on!)12000 USD: LOCKED (Hint: DNA, You say?)

Risks and challenges

Risks & Challenges
Let's be honest. There aren't any supers in our world, and things can go wrong for even the best and brightest of humanity.

The book may be delayed due to the health and wellness of the editors, artists, and others lined up to help complete the book. Those things come first. I hate missing deadlines, but none of us are impervious to the perils of illness.

The book may fail to fund. Should this happen, it will take longer to see a new edition and its quality may suffer somewhat. However, no money will be collected by Silverlion Studios.

I'm asking for a lot of money, I am aware of this! Most of it will be going to those who are helping me polish this game to the finest shine.

Shipping Risks: An additional note here, shipping for the print products will be tabulated and collected by DrivethruRpg™ or Precis Intermedia Games, respectfully depending on the product level reward you choose and where you live.

Silverlion Studios, DrivethruRpg ™, nor Precis Intermedia Games have control over those costs, including specialized tariffs some countries require. I want to be upfront about that.

If a print reward would cost too much to ship to you, choose a digital one instead.

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