About this project
All books of the game are compatible with the Savage Worlds rules system and the Fudge RPG!
The Ratlair is an obscure, labyrinthine place. Abandoned by the enigmatic Builders for reasons unknown, it holds countless secrets and mortal dangers – if you’re a rat. Between devilish traps and wild creatures roaming the old department store (that’s what it is), your life might very well end prematurely, and violently, if it wasn’t for your pack.
Nine hordes – extensive rat families – populate the Ratlair, each with their own specialties, values and quirks. And of course, each horde knows songs about heroes and martyrs, who earned their unforgettable (and usually somewhat excessive) names through their deeds alone. The hordes might disagree and fight about almost everything, but they know that in the end, they are social creatures, and they can only survive together.
You can learn more about the hordes on our blog.
Packs! is a small, fast-paced role-playing game of rodent adventure, horror and obscurity, offering a completely new perspective on a world well-known. Packs! originates in Germany and has fascinated a devout fan base for years. Now, it will enter the English-speaking world ... if you want it to!
Choose a horde and earn your name!
As soon as we achieve our funding goal the core book will contain all necessary mechanisms for two different systems: The original rules and the Savage Worlds rules.
Update: Steffan O'Sullivan, the author of the Fudge RPG, will write an appendix with a Fudge conversion of Packs! as a part of the core book. So you can decide to play the game with the original rules, Savage Worlds or Fudge.
You can learn more about the Fudge RPG here.
It's a little unclear in the video so please note: In any case the core book will include the original rules and the SW conversion!
The original Packs! was pretty rules-light and easy to learn; it focussed on atmosphere and character. Savage Worlds presents a fast-paced gameplay as well, but just a little bit crunchier than the original rules.
You can learn more about the original rules and Savage Worlds on our blog.
Digital copy of Packs! (PDF): After backing the project at Fledgling level ($10) or higher, we will send you a message with a work in progress version of the core book; this can take up to 24 hours. The PDF file already contains 60% of the planned contents including some illustrations and a preliminary layout, missing only the Savage Worlds rules (which we are working on right now), some adventures and additional contents. If we reach our first goal, you will get the final PDF as soon as it’s done!
Digital expansions (PDF): If you back at First Blood level ($20) or higher, you will get access to a digital expansion package that starts out with ready-to-print inlays for the customizable GM screen of Savage Worlds, containing rule overviews and art, as soon as we reach the first stretch goal ($4000). Throughout the campaign we will add more digital expansions at no extra cost for backers of this level. A more successful campaign means a bigger package for you! Take a look at our stretch goals to get a first glimpse.
You will get your final digital files both, through the Prometheus website and DriveThroughRPG.com!
Printed copy of Packs! (Softcover and Hardcover): Our goal is to print the translated core book of Packs! as an extended edition in English. The book will be released in a 5.5" x 8.5" format, with roughly 130 pages in full color. You can choose between a softcover copy and a sturdy hardcover copy with a book ribbon.
Kickstarter exclusive Art Edition: This edition will be available in this Kickstarter campaign only, not in stores or at conventions. It includes a hardcover copy of the book, with a new cover illustration by Melanie Philippi, and five high-quality paper art prints depicting gorgeous (and scary) scenes encountered in the game. Please note: The actual contents of the book are identical to the retail version.
Kickstarter exclusive Leather-bound Edition: This edition, bound in real leather, will be available in this Kickstarter campaign only, not in stores or at conventions. It will be dedicated to you personally and numbered, with a heat brand of the Packs! logo and the shadows of a rat swarm. The books aren’t finished yet, of course, but we can show you a sample picture of the German Savage Worlds Leather-bound Edition. Every Leather-bound Edition also comes with the art prints of the Art Edition. Please note: The actual contents of the book are identical to the retail version.
We have two Add Ons for everyone who pledges at the Ratlair Defender Reward level or higher. Throughout the campaign we will reveal more Add Ons, so make sure you follow the project.
After the campaign has finished, we will send out a backer survey in which you can tell us what we should get you for your money.
Additional Books: Some of you have asked if it is possible to get more than one book. Our answer is yes! If you want to saddle up (to a maximum of 5 additional copies), please raise your pledge by the following amount. There are no additional shipping costs, of course.
- additional softcover copy – $15
- additional hardcover copy – $25
- additional Art Edition – $45
- additional Leather-bound Edition (English or German) – $85
Game Master's Screen: Another Add-on available in this campaign is the Packs! GM's screen, a tri-fold, landscape screen featuring awesome full-color artwork on one side and all the important charts and tables for the Savage Worlds game on the other. The GM Screen also includes the printed 32-page adventure Days of Screeching Thunder. Just raise your physical pledge by the following amount. There are no additional shipping costs, of course.
- Packs! GM-Screen (Savage Worlds) - $20
The Packs! Companion: You asked if there is a chance to get the Packs! Companion as hard copy?! For sure there is! And it is not just a book, it's a full-colored hardcover! Just add $20 to your physical pledge. We will send you a survey after the campaign ends, so you can tell us that you want the book.
Please note: The Packs! Companion will be shipped separetly by the end of the year (November or early in December). If you would like to have a splitted shipping we have to estimate additional shipping cost. But you will just pay the real shipping cost. We don't charge any handling fees etc.
We expect to finish and publish the PDF of the core book in May 2015. The printed books will follow in September 2015. There is a good chance that both will be released earlier, but we want to play it safe, including a window for some delays. The other products will follow in 2015 and 2016. All products will be available to backers first and only be available in stores after they have reached the backers, of course.
As we are located in Europe and cooperate with Studio 2 Publishing in the US on this Kickstarter, we are able to ship physical pledges free of charge within the US, the EU and Switzerland.
So, this are the shipping cost:
- USA: free shipping
- EU + Switzerland: free shipping
- Rest of Europe: add $20 to your pledge
- Canada: add $25 to your pledge
- Rest of the world: add $40 to your pledge
We have a long list of stretch goals in our heads, including digital add-ons, useful tools, merchandise and some cool surprises. As the campaign progresses, we will reveal more of these goals. Make sure to take a look from time to time!
Please note that many stretch goals are digital products that you will get at no additional cost as a backer of the First Blood level ($20) or higher! We will keep you updated on the contents of this expansion package.
$3,000: The English edition of Packs! is funded, including a new rule set to explore the Ratlair with Savage Worlds. - FUNDED!
$3,500: The Dark Secret of the Pied Builders – digital 32-page and full colored super hero adventure. (Expansion Package!) - UNLOCKED!
$4,000: Packs! will get some ready-to-print inlays for the customizable GM Screen, including new artwork. (Expansion Package!) - UNLOCKED
$5,000: 10 Super Hero Rats Archetypes - digital, full color -full page, ready to play (Expansion Package) - UNLOCKED
$6,000: We will translate the adventure collection Biting Tales as PDF – Yes, this is a whole new book with about 100 pages! (Expansion Package!) - UNLOCKED
$7,000: Figure-Flats-I Heroes of the Lair - Two full color, full pages of 28mm scaled ready to print miniatures as PDF. (Expansion Package!) - UNLOCKED
$8,000: Figure-Flats-II Villains of the Lair - Two full color, full pages of 28mm scaled ready to print miniatures as PDF, including all the monsters of the Lair (Expansion Package!) - UNLOCKED
$9.000: A sixth 32-page adventure to expand the Biting Tales collection. (Expansion Package!) - UNLOCKED
$10.000: We will publish the Packs!! - Companion as a full color, 96-page PDF including the expansion “Packs! in Space”! (Expansion Package!) - LOCKED
$12.000: We will publish Biting Tales as a b/w softcover edition and every Backer with level Ratlair Defender or higher will get it for free! - LOCKED
- … more to come later!
Visuals are a very important aspect of the game. A lot of impressive illustrations bring the world of Packs! to life and give you a feeling of your existence as a tiny rat. Over the course of the next weeks we will show you a bunch of samples. So let's have a look ...
If you want to support us, please spread the word about our Kickstarter. You can also use the following avatars and banners, and you will find even more of those on our home page.
If you would like to know more about the company Prometheus Games and the people behind it, why not pay a visit to our English website? We'd be happy to introduce ourselves!
Questions, feedback and suggestions are welcome – please don’t hesitate! The easiest way to do so is to use the comment section. We will do our best to answer as fast as possible. You can also reach us via Facebook, G+ or Twitter, or pay a visit to our English message board.
Risks and challenges
We have been publishing roleplaying games for seven years now. There can always be obstacles or delays when developing a game and getting it into print: Authors or illustrators can get sick, prices for printing or delivery can change. Sometimes the printer doesn’t deliver a book as agreed upon, or it needs to be printed one more time as the quality is disappointing. And to be totally honest with you, everything and anything on that list has happened to us in one way or another over the course of the last seven years.
We already did three successful crowdfunding campaings in Germany and had our fair share of experiences with delays and mistakes. And we learned from all of those.
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