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A tabletop, pen & paper RPG, Nefertiti Overdrive is mash-up of legendary Ancient Egypt and high octane, cinematic action.
A tabletop, pen & paper RPG, Nefertiti Overdrive is mash-up of legendary Ancient Egypt and high octane, cinematic action.
302 backers pledged CA$ 4,892 to help bring this project to life.

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The Nefertiti Overdrive Quickstart rules are available on Drive Thru RPG and also here, through Dropbox. The Drive Thru files will be updated should any changes be made to the rules, while the Dropbox will be closed at the end of the Kickstarter campaign.

All backers have access to a system preview document that expands on the rules presented in the Nefertiti Overdrive Quickstart. You can find the link to the preview in the first update.

Music in the video "From War to Dust" by Ryve Gretur.

Defying physics and common sense, you are legendary heroes protecting the royal house of 25th Dynasty Egypt from both internal enemies and the marauding Assyrian army. Do you want to leap from crocodile head to crocodile head before planting your sandaled foot directly in the face of an Assyrian giant bearing an axe bigger than you? Do you want to rebound off the side of a pyramid and fly into the centre of a mob of badguys, whom you then lay low with your lightning-fast fists?

Then you are our kind of people. Nefertiti Overdrive is a role-playing game of crazy wire-fu action set in Ancient Egypt. This is a game about kicking badguys in the face, or using a fallen foe as a step to get your character high enough to drive her knee into another bad-guy's face.
Temple Fight by Kieron O'Gorman
Temple Fight by Kieron O'Gorman

Who are these legendary heroes?

The Princess is a child of the royal blood, counsellor to Pharaoh and a natural-born leader.

The Etruscan is the loyal bodyguard and surrogate father of the Princess.

The Spartan is the perfect warrior, exiled from his home and certain he will die in a foreign land.

The Amazon is barbarian royalty, born to horse and bow, and better than any man she knows – except, perhaps, the Spartan.

The Misfit is a wandering philosopher with deadly fists and a clown’s levity hiding a past tragedy.

The Serpent is an assassin, from the streets of Waset, linked by oath to a goddess of death.

The characters of Nefertiti Overdrive cannot be threatened by mere Assyrian soldiers. They are the heroes of this story, and heroes can do the extraordinary. From the Spartan bursting through a wall of mud bricks to attack an unsuspecting squad of Lower Egyptian collaborators, to the Amazon putting an arrow into the eye of the Assyrian commander the others can only barely identify in the distance, to the Etruscan leaping from rooftop to tower in pursuit of an Assyrian spy, the heroes get to do amazing feats that defy gravity, physics, and/or the Geneva Conventions.

Thebes by Jeff Brown
Thebes by Jeff Brown

Nefertiti Overdrive will include a simple system intended to speed through play while encouraging lots of crazy antics. Like the systems from Centurion: Legionaries of Rome and Sword Noir: A Roleplaying Game of Hard-Boiled Sword & Sorcery, Nefertiti Overdrive will allow for character customization in a rules-light context that focuses on player characters succeeding within their niche.

The book should be between 100 and 130 pages in length, and will be presented as a 6X9 softcover.

Along with these rules, Nefertiti Overdrive will provide six pre-generated characters with an alternate version of each and an adventure designed to introduce players to both the system and the setting.

Further ideas and hooks for continuing campaigns in Ancient Egypt are provided to help the GM craft a story beyond the introductory adventures. This section includes general advice on crafting campaigns and adventures.

Finally, the book will include a sub-system to allow for a group of players and a GM to cooperatively create an adventure or campaign using ingredients and ideas. This process can be done as a game or as a framework for a brainstorming session, and allows not just for the creation of adventures and campaigns, but also for the kinds of characters one would play in these.

Avenue of the Rams Battle by Kieron O'Gorman
Avenue of the Rams Battle by Kieron O'Gorman

If you are interested in the other games I've written, this is your chance to get them cheap. Backers supporting at the Acolyte of the Scarab or above can order these games at the prices listed below. Add the total amount for the games in which you are interested to your pledge, and then message me through Kickstarter or at fraser@swordsedge.ca indicating which games you would like. Print prices include the PDF.

After the project is funded, I will be sending download codes for the PDFs through Drive Thru RPG as well as PDF copies directly by email. The Drive Thru RPG copies will ensure that should any of the games be updated, you will have access to that update.

Print copies are available in Canada and the continental USA. If you are outside of these regions, I am still happy to send print copies, but I'm afraid you will need to cover the shipping, and it can be expensive. 

Sword Noir: A Role-playing Game of Hardboiled Sword & Sorcery. $3.00 PDF, $15.00 Print & PDF. As the name implies, Sword Noir is inspired by the novels and stories of Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Robert E Howard, and Fritz Leiber. It's Conan seeking for the Maltese Falcon, it's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser in the Big Sleep, set in Lankhmar, it's hardboiled crime fiction in the worlds of sword & sorcery.   

Kiss My Axe: Thirteen Warriors and an Angel of Death. $3.00 PDF. $12.00 Print & PDF. Kiss My Axe is the grandfather of Nefertiti Overdrive. This was the first game in which high octane, cinematic action was hardcoded into the system. Kiss My Axe is a role-playing game of Viking adventure, focused more on the heroics of the sagas than the violence inflicted upon innocents. 

Centurion: Legionaries of Rome. $5.00 PDF. $19.00 Print & PDF. This was my first Kickstarter. In Centurion, players play scouts, spies, or special troops marching under the eagle of Rome. The book supports games in the Late Republic (from the Second Punic War to the rise of Gaius Marius), the Civil Wars (from Marius to Augustus), the Principate (from Augustus to the Crisis of the Third Century) and the Third Century (when order collapsed, warlords rose, and the Empire divided), providing ideas for characters and adventures. 

Chariot Chase by Kieron O'Gorman
Chariot Chase by Kieron O'Gorman

ACHIEVED! Should our Kickstarter reach $4,500, the book will include maps for the adventure. At present, the budget for the book doesn’t cover these, but will have links to useful maps available on the internet – as was done in the Quickstart. At $4,500, we can afford both a map of Waset/Thebes, where the adventure takes place, and smaller maps for the various scenes encountered in the adventure.

Should our Kickstarter reach $6,000, Jason Pitre, the designer of Spark and Posthuman Pathways, will adapt Nefertiti Overdrive for Fate Accelerated. This will be provided as an appendix in the book, giving you an avenue for high-octane action in Ancient Egypt, using the Fate system.

Should our Kickstarter reach $7,500, all backers at the Acolyte of the Scarab level and above will receive Daredevils of the Water Wastes as a PDF. This is an alternate setting for Nefertiti Overdrive, with slightly different character Attributes but the same focus on detailed narratives and intense action. It will be a minimum of 2,000 words and will include art.

Here is the setting pitch for Daredevils of the Water Wastes: the late 19th Century sees cataclysms and inundations. Europe becomes an archipelago of isolated islands.Plague tears through the survivors, bringing with it the terrifying undead. The mindless Ghouls and the cunning Wraiths vie for dominance, devastating humanity. But in Sunken London one might find a man who knows of a cure. He can be found among the warriors of the Prize Ring, the greatest sport in Europe and perhaps the world.

Amazon by Kieron O'Gorman
Amazon by Kieron O'Gorman

All amounts are in Canadian Dollars.

$ 7 ACOLYTE OF THE SCARAB: You will have access to the playtest rules  as soon as you pledge and you will receive a PDF copy of Nefertiti Overdrive once the project funds. All backers at this level may purchase print-on-demand copies through Drive Thru RPG when those become available at a cost of $13 plus shipping. 

This print-on-demand option is intended for international backers as providing international shipping at a rate that is acceptable is not an option at present. Print-on-demand will almost certainly be cheaper for most international backers as multiple facilities in multiple geographic regions exist, and shipping will be from the closest facility. This is a suboptimal option, but at present, it is the only practical one for this project.

$ 20 STING OF THE SCORPION: You receive everything from the ACOLYTE OF THE SCARAB tier, but also receive the print version of Nefertiti Overdrive. This is only available to backers in Canada and the continental USA, and the pledge level includes postage for Canada or the continental USA. 

$ 35 SCREAMING FIST of the FALCON: You will receive everything from the Sting of the Scorpion tier, however you will receive a print copy of Nefertiti Overdrive signed by the author with a personalized message. This tier is limited to the US and Canada, and the pledge level includes postage for Canada or the continental USA. For international backers, please contact the creator to discuss worldwide shipping. 

$60 FLASHING FANGS OF THE ASP: This tier is specifically for retailers. You receive five copies of the print version of Nefertiti Overdrive. This tier is limited to the US and Canada, and the pledge level includes postage for Canada or the continental USA. For international backers, please contact the creator to discuss worldwide shipping.

$70 PIERCING HOWL OF THE JACKAL: You will receive everything from the Screaming Fist of the Falcon tier, and you will be included in a game session of Nefertiti Overdrive run by the author over Google Hangouts. This tier is limited to the US and Canada, and the pledge level includes postage for Canada or the continental USA. For international backers, please contact the creator to discuss worldwide shipping.

$ 125 STUNNING ROAR of the LION: You will receive everything from the Screaming Fist of the Falcon tier, and you will be included in a scenario creation session using Nefertiti Overdrive's campaign creation rules and two game sessions based in the campaign created. This tier is limited to the US and Canada, and the pledge level includes postage for Canada or the continental USA. For international backers, please contact the creator to discuss worldwide shipping. The sessions will occur over Google Hangouts and each will last a minimum of four hours for a minimum of 12 hours total. Limit of 12. 

$ 250 SOARING TALON of the PHOENIX: You will receive everything from the Screaming Fist of the Falcon tier, and you will act as a model for one of the alternate character portraits. The alternate Princess, Amazon, and Serpent are male while the alternate Etruscan, Spartan, and Monk are female. This tier is limited to the US and Canada, and the pledge level includes postage for Canada or the continental USA. For international backers, please contact the creator to discuss worldwide shipping. Limit of 6. 

$ 300 GOD'S HAND of AMUN: You will receive everything from the Screaming Fist of the Falcon tier, and you will also receive your own icon of Amun-Ra. This is a reproduction of crushed stone and resin, and handpainted. It is approximately 28 cm/11 inches in height. If the Amun-Ra icon is unavailable, an icon of Hathor or Isis may be provided as a replacement. This tier is limited to the US and Canada, and the pledge level includes postage for Canada or the continental USA. For international backers, please contact the creator to discuss worldwide shipping. Limit of 10.

Icon of Amun-Ra
Icon of Amun-Ra

These are some places to find information on Nefertiti Overdrive

I had a nice chat with Jess Purdy over at Gamer XP.

I answered Five or So Questions from Brianna Sheldon.

Roachware put up a review of the Quickstart and the Kickstarter (note: it is in German).

You can hear me talk about Nefertiti Overdrive - among other topics - on the Tell Me Another podcast. This interview was about an earlier incarnation of Nefertiti Overdrive, but the essentials remain the same.

You can read a little more about Nefertiti Overdrive in my interview at Dorkland! This interview was about an earlier incarnation of Nefertiti Overdrive, but the essentials remain the same.

You can see (well, mostly hear) a game of Nefertiti Overdrive here. You can download the audio of the fight example here and the audio of the non-combat challenge here. These clips used an earlier incarnation of Nefertiti Overdrive, but the essentials remain the same.

Risks and challenges

The greatest risk of any Kickstarter – as any backer of Kickstarter is bound to learn – is delay. Delays can easily happen, especially when one is reliant upon others to provide parts of or support for one's project. I cannot foresee any problems delivering on the timescale provided, which is based on my experiences with my successful Centurion: Legionaries of Rome Kickstarter. If I can get rewards to you sooner, I will, but I am confident that the target date is practical, and delays will be minimal. I will be communicating with you as milestones are met or missed so you will have visibility on the onward movement of the project.

Certain key parts of the project – art, editing, maps if they are funded – are being undertaken by third parties, so there is always the possibility of failure at some point. Failure of any of these will result in delays, possibly substantial delays. I promise to be open about problems I encounter, letting you know if we have a problem, how it is being addressed, and updating the due date.

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    STUNNING ROAR of the LION: You will receive everything from the Screaming Fist of the Falcon tier, and you will be included in a scenario creation session using Nefertiti Overdrive's campaign creation rules and two game sessions based in the campaign created. This tier is limited to the US and Canada,

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