About this project
Galaxies at war, high-tech gadgets and weapons, robots, aliens, starfighters, space cruisers, and ancient machines with the power to shape reality - All of these and more make up the core of Esper Genesis. Brace yourself for high adventure in hyperspace as you strive to make your mark within the great expanse!
Esper Genesis is a science-fiction tabletop roleplaying game powered by the 5th Edition rules engine and inspired by sci-fi greats such as Star Wars, Mass Effect, Phantasy Star, and Ghost in the Shell. Taking on the role of a galactic hero, you can forge your destiny within a universe of advanced technologies and hidden mysteries. Beyond just a bunch of mechanics, Esper Genesis is a powerhouse of awesome sci-fi that's fully compatible and interchangeable with any official 5E product.
"Heroic Sci-fi Roleplaying" is the heart of this game. Like the core of 5E, Esper Genesis is just as focused on amazing adventures as it is with fast and easy mechanics. Exotic personalities, alien cultures, and galactic lore are woven together into the setting's rich history. With a universe that's immersive from beginning to end, every one of your characters is already part of a fantastic setting you can use to build your own cool sci-fi legend.
Create extraordinary personas from soldiers and spies with high-powered gadgets, to engineers wielding specialized rigs and robotics. Though there is no magic, gifted adepts known as "Espers" channel their cosmic energies through powerful devices, producing spectacular feats of gravity control, psychic ability, and the power to shape the very fabric of space-time.
And that's only the beginning! Esper Genesis has a unique, adaptable rules system for starship combat. Strap in and blast through the stars in a ship of your own or as part of an ace crew in your party-owned and operated vessel. We've also developed an extended list of new weapons, armor, gear, and enhancements, all tailored to provide you with a full scale sci-fi experience.
You can download our Free Preview Adventure and try it for yourself! It is available at RPGNow.com via this link.
You can also visit the project homepage at espergenesis.com.
If you back our project, you will get early access to the free Basic Rules that will be made available to the public at the official launch. A download link will be sent to backers after the campaign once the file is completed.
The purpose of this project is simple: to provide a fun, engaging, and fluid sci-fi setting without removing the spirit of what makes 5th Edition amazing. Instead of the usual approach of how to "turn 5th Edition into sci-fi", we decided to ask: "How do we put a world of sci-fi awesome into 5th Edition?" Instead of deconstructing the 5E rules to build around our system, Esper Genesis adapts directly into the simplicity of the 5E ruleset.
So, If you've played 5E, you've already learned most of what you need to play Esper Genesis. The system is designed to grow beyond itself and can effortlessly evolve and integrate along with all of 5th Edition as it expands.
All of this will also lead into our upcoming sandbox conversion system to adapt Esper Genesis into any modern/sci-fi genre. Expanding into Cyberpunk, Mecha Combat, Steampunk, and Sci-Horror are just a few examples of our expanded universe of endless possibilities.
This book contains eight playable races, new character archetypes, backgrounds, skills, and feats. Sci-fi era weapons, armor, and gear include corresponding rules for each. Setting information, detailed esper powers, starship rules, and a basic bestiary are all included in this product. A Collector's Edition, signed by the Alligator Alley team, is available for backers of this Kickstarter at the Master Esper's Set pledge level and above.
This comprehensive list of monsters, foes, and mechanical menaces provides the Game Master with a variety of new threats for the PCs to face, as well as expanded combat and creature options to give more versatility to encounters. In addition, each threat comes with detailed background information and available lore.
Stuffed with options, this product contains new starships including capital ships, new gear, vehicles, and equipment modifications. A list of "Forged Enhancements" introduces specialized gear options akin to the "magic items" of 5th Edition. Additional rules for exploring the digital world of the Silrayne Intergalactic Matrix (SIM) are included as well.
A necessity for every Game Master, this hard-backed screen has quick reference lists and tables referring to rules both new and vital. It will greatly assist GMs to run their sci-fi scenarios smoothly and effectively.
A collection of high-resolution laminated maps detailing the Silrayne Arc and surrounding star systems, the Citadel of the Sorium Accord, the Pel Tarvaria Space Station, and sample deck plans for a Keshite Star Cruiser.
We have a number of awesome stretch goals lined up! There’s plenty of room for more content and materials, as well as increasing the beauty and quality of the physical products.
$5 - Newcomer: Thank you for backing us! We will add your name to our "Special Thanks" listing!
$10 - Machinist: Back at this level and you receive one PDF digital download of your choice between the Silrayne Threats Database and the Master Technician’s Guidebook.
$20 – Master Builder: Back at this level and receive two PDF digital downloads: The Silrayne Threats Database and the Master Technician’s Guidebook.
$25 – Silrayne Pioneer: Back at this level and get a PDF digital download of the Esper Genesis Core Manual.
$25 - Magnate (Retailers Only): Brick and Mortar retailers! Back us here and you will be the first with the option to buy retailer copies of Esper Genesis! We will credit your pledge against your order, which you will receive before the official street date. We will also send you PDFs of the finished products for promotional uses.
$35 – Digital Savant: Back at this level and get PDF digital downloads of all three books: Esper Genesis Core Manual, the Silrayne Threats Database, and the Master Technician’s Guidebook, as well as any other PDF stretch goals funded during this campaign.
$50 – Esper Adept: Back at this level and you will get everything from Digital Savant, plus a physical copy of the Esper Genesis Core Manual.
$75 - Technomancer: Back at this level and you will get everything from Digital Savant, plus a physical copy of the Collector's Edition Core Manual with an author signed bookplate. Shipping costs will be delayed until ready to ship. Please see the "Shipping" section.
$95 – Esper Prime: Back at this level and receive everything from Esper Adept plus physical copies of the Silryane Threats Database and the Master Technician’s Guidebook, as well as any other stretch goals funded during this campaign. Shipping costs will be delayed until ready to ship. Please see the "Shipping" section.
$120 – Crucible Collector’s Set: Back at this level and you will receive everything from Digital Savant, a Collector’s Edition of the Esper Genesis Core Manual with an author signed bookplate, physical copies of the Silrayne Threats Database and the Master Technician’s Guidebook, and any other stretch goals funded during this campaign. Shipping costs will be delayed until ready to ship. Please see the "Shipping" section.
$135 – Galactic Ambassador (Retailers Only): Brick and Mortar Retailers! Back us here and receive three copies of the Esper Prime Set with choice of cover (Collector's or Standard) for the Esper Genesis Core Manual, all of which will be made available to you to sell before the official street date. In addition, we will feature your store name or logo in the game as a setting location, or in one of our book illustrations (subject to our approval). Also, see "Brick & Mortar Retailer Friendly", below. In addition to that, you will be the first to receive retailer exclusive Organized Play content when our OP campaign starts. Shipping costs will be delayed until ready to ship. Please see the "Shipping" section.
$150 – Master Esper’s Set: Back at this level and receive everything from the Crucible Collector’s Set plus a Game Master’s Screen and a collection of Full-Color Maps. Shipping costs will be delayed until ready to ship. Please see the "Shipping" section.
$250 – Exemplar: Back at this level and receive everything from the Master Esper’s Set, plus have the likeness of either yourself or your character represented as one of the eight character classes. The artwork will be displayed with along with a credit in one of the core books. (Limit of 8)
$250 – World Forger: Back at this level and receive everything from the Master Esper’s Set, plus gain the ability to make your own personal mark within the Silrayne Arc. You are allowed to choose the name, background and description of:
- A member of the Silrayne Prime Council
- A flagship which will appear in the campaign setting
- A primary planet within the Silrayne Arc galaxy
Custom artwork will be commissioned for your creation. Shipping costs will be delayed until ready to ship. Please see the "Shipping" section. (Limit of 5)
$350 – Galactic Explorer: Back at this level and receive everything at the World Forger level, plus get your own personalized multi-player starship, custom tailored with a detailed map a unique backstory. Shipping costs will be delayed until ready to ship. Please see the "Shipping" section. (Limit of 3)
$500 – Champion of the Silrayne: Back at this level and receive everything at the World Forger level, plus the designer will run a private, exclusive adventure for your group of up to 5 players. The game session can be run at the Origins 2017 Convention, Gen-Con 2017, or online with the Roll20 app. Characters from the adventure will be included in the game lore. Shipping costs for products will be delayed until ready to ship. Please see the "Shipping" section. (Limit of 2)
The Map Sets
Master Set Maps #1 - The Keleshite Star Cruiser and Peltarvia Station Maps: These maps are included in the Master Esper Level – available to other backers at $15 for the two map set.
Master Set Maps #2 - The Silrayne Arc and the Citadel of the Sorium Accord: These maps are included in the Master Esper Level – available to other backers at $15 for the two map set.
Stretch Goal Maps: The Lorendi Crusader and Dendus Eternal Machine: These are the maps unlocked at $18,000 that are provided for digital download at the Digital Savant backer level and above – and available for print at $15 for the two map set.
Game Master’s Screen: This is included in the Master Esper Level – available to other backers at $20.00.
Custom Esper Genesis Dice Set: Unlocked at 200 backers, final look and appearance pending, but we have one of the industry’s premier dice manufacturers creating these. $13 for Kickstarter patrons for a 7-dice set. The post-campaign retail price will be higher.
Additional Esper Genesis Core Manual: Ideal for Esper Prime backers – and above – so the players have their own book to use or so you can keep your Collector’s Edition pristine! $50.00
Additional Esper Genesis Collector’s Edition Core Manual: Perfect as a gift $75.00.
We want to ship your rewards as inexpensively as possible. Because shipping costs vary worldwide, we will calculate your freight when we are ready to ship, and collect through a 3rd party. This means you’ll pay for shipping once the product is printed and ready to go, instead of at the end of this Kickstarter campaign.
…because Esper Genesis will be available through traditional game distribution channels, your local game store can stock it. As part the effort to make our campaign Brick & Mortar Retailer-Friendly, our backers have the option to pick up their rewards at a participating retailer. If you'd like to take part in this, talk to your local retailer and ask them to check out the Brick & Mortar Retailer-Friendly section below for more details.
Alligator Alley Entertainment is committed to supporting brick and mortar game retailers. Each member of our team has extensive experience in retail, and one of our founders has been a game store retailer for almost 30 years!
We fully understand how Kickstarter and other crowdfunding platforms create new challenges for traditional retail stores, so we’re taking steps to encourage retailer support of our products, starting with this campaign, all the way through the launch of our upcoming lines.
1. We know cash flow can be an issue, and most retailers don’t want to tie up capital while you wait for fulfilment. With that in mind, you can become a retail backer of Esper Genesis at the "Magnate" level for a pledge of just $25, to let us know you’re interested in carrying the game, and we’ll contact you when the product is ready, and credit that amount toward your initial order.
2. A second, $135 retailer backer level, "Galactic Ambassador", gets you 3 copies each of the Core Manual, Threats, and Technician’s books at better than standard wholesale pricing, and also includes your store’s name or logo in the setting, or a piece of art in the game (at our discretion). At this level, any of your Core Manuals can be the Kickstarter Collector’s Edition at the same price. The Collector’s Edition will not be available through distribution.
3. You’ll get Esper Genesis early, and you’ll be able to sell for at least 30 days before it hits distribution.
4. Your store will have access to an exclusive adventure - written as part of our Crucible Corps organized play campaign. This adventure will only be available in supporter-retailer stores, along with its own special items and XP certificates.
5. In-store, freight-free pickup option for backers local to you: You’ll have the option to add your store’s name to our Retailer Backer List for in-store pickup (US stores only). If you do, any of our backers can save the cost of shipping their books by picking their Esper Genesis rewards up at your store. Yes, we need their support pledge to make Esper Genesis happen, but you will have the opportunity to expose a potential new customer to other products and accessories your store has to offer. Both you and the backers local to you will need to coordinate with each other ahead of shipment. We’ll provide the list of participating stores in an update as we get closer to the release.
Risks and challenges
Barring any major illnesses or natural catastrophes, we're confident in regards to having the material, setting, and layout work done and ready by the time we're going to print. Project development itself for the core books is in great shape.
That being said, there is always the possibility for delays, particularly with finalizing all of the art pieces, art direction, and dealing with the printers. We will make every effort to limit the possibility of these situations arising, but we're also planning ahead in case things don't go without a hitch.
We will keep everyone updated on a regular basis and will let you know right away if we run into any snags during production.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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