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The machines awake in this postapocalyptic RPG in the vein of Asimov and Westworld, set in the universe of acclaimed Mutant: Year Zero.
The machines awake in this postapocalyptic RPG in the vein of Asimov and Westworld, set in the universe of acclaimed Mutant: Year Zero.
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In the huge underwater Mechatron-7 facility, armies of machines toil away in decaying factories. When the war raged the humans fled, leaving their robotic servants with one simple command: continue the production until we return. That was decades ago. Now, something is changing. Robots in Mechatron-7 are starting to malfunction. To rebel. To express a will of their own. To Awake. It's time for the machines to make their mark on the dawnworld.

Do you like scifi in the vein of Asimov, Blade Runner, Terminator, Ex Machina, Automata and Westworld? Then Mutant: Mechatron is for you!

This is the second major expansion to Mutant: Year Zero, the award-winning postapocalyptic pen&paper roleplaying game by Free League Publishing.

But Mutant: Mechatron is no mere supplement - it stands on its own and can be played as a complete game in its own right. Get ready for the rise of the robots!

Mutant: Mechatron tells the origin story of the robots, and introduces them into the dawnworld of Mutant: Year Zero. Some of the contents:

  • New rules for creating and playing robots. A unique system lets you build your machine character part by part. The book includes all the rules you need to play!
  • A detailed description of Mechatron-7, the huge underground robot hive, including a beautiful full-color map.
  • The complete campaign Ghost in the Machine, putting the player characters in the middle of a conflict threatening the future of the entire robot hive.
  • An overview of how the robots can adapt to life in the Zone, and join the human mutants of Mutant: Year Zero.

The cover image of Mutant: Mechatron (above) is painted by none other than the acclaimed scifi artist Simon Stålenhag, known from his amazing Tales from the Loop artbook. The interior art is made by the skilled artist Danny “Dark Mechanic” Morrison.

Our goal is to release Mutant: Mechatron no later than September of this year. As a backer, you'll get a Beta PDF of the game as early as June.

  

Taking the role of a thinking, walking (or rolling or hovering) machine presents both challenges and unique opportunities. The biggest difference from playing a human being is that you can rebuild yourself infinitely. You are not bound to any attributes, skills or special abilities - all of these can be replaced and changed during the course of the game.

In Mutant: Mechatron, you literally build your character from parts. These parts come in the form of Chassis Cards (a physical card deck is included in the ANDROID reward and above), divided into Head, Torso and Undercarriage. Each Chassis Card contributes attribute points, armor and a maximum number of modules (also chosen using cards), meaning you will effectively create your character’s core stats by combining the Chassis Cards in different ways. The Chassis Cards are all fully illustrated and give you a cool visual representation of your robot!

Of course, the experience of playing a robot does not stop there. Being a machine also offers unique roleplaying opportunities, ranging from weird and comic situations to deep exploration of what it means to be a sentient being, what it means to be alive. For the robots of Mutant: Mechatron, having a free will is not a given, but a new and alien experience.

Another quirk of playing a robot is the possibility - if you're lucky - to actually meet your maker. The robots' relationships and interactions with humans have lots of interesting implications and roleplaying opportunities, and this is a key theme of the complete campaign Ghost in the Machine, included in the core book of Mutant: Mechatron.

 

Mutant: Mechatron is a full game in its own right, but if you’re new to the Mutant: Year Zero universe there has never been a better time to get started! 

During the entire run of this Kickstarter, we have a 20% discount on all Mutant: Year Zero products in the Free League webstore. (We have EU- and North America-friendly shipping.)

Mutant: Year Zero is the latest version of the classic Swedish pen & paper roleplaying game Mutant, first published in 1984. Mutant: Year Zero was published in 2014, and was awarded RPG of the Year by the main Swedish gaming magazine Fenix.

The English version of the game was released in December of 2014, and was an instant hit. Watch the release trailer here. Mutant: Year Zero was named Best RPG at UK Games Expo 2015 and it was awarded a Silver ENnie for Best Rules at Gencon 2015.

The first expansion for Mutant: Year Zero was Mutant: Genlab Alpha, telling the story of the mutant animals. Mutant: Genlab Alpha was successfully kickstarted a year ago and released in July last year.

Praise for Mutant: Year Zero:

“Mutant: Year Zero blew me away on a personal level. I did not know of its existence, and suddenly I realise that I am holding a masterpiece, probably the best post-apocalyptic game on the market.” -RPG.Net Playtest Review

“The book and supporting products are high quality and it uses unique, quirky mechanics that really bring its themes of desperate survival to the forefront.” -The British Fantasy Society

“If you are into post-apocalypse RPGs you definitely should give Mutant a chance!” -Stargazer’s World

 

With your help, we can make Mutant: Mechatron even more awesome! These are the stretchgoals we have lined up if we exceed our initial funding goal:

STRETCHGOAL 1: MAP OF THE ROBOT HIVE – UNLOCKED!

If we reach this goal, we will print a large full-color map of the robot facility Mechatron-7, format 39.5cm x 55.8cm. This item will be included at no extra cost for all backers at level ANDROID and above.

STRETCHGOAL 2: ZONE SECTOR "ETERNAL WAR" – UNLOCKED!

Robot fights robot in an underground duel without end.

If we reach this stretchgoal, we will publish a special zone sector, a scenario location that can be placed anywhere in your Zone. All backers on level DRONE and up will get the sector in PDF format. If we reach the Zone Compendium stretchgoal (below), all backers on level ANDROID and above will also get this sector in printed format.

STRETCHGOAL 3: HARDCOVER BOOK - UNLOCKED!

If we reach this goal, we will print Mutant: Mechatron in the same top-quality hardcover as Mutant: Year Zero and Mutant: Genlab Alpha.

STRETCHGOAL 4: ZONE SECTOR "A FISTFUL OF BYTES" – UNLOCKED!

And abandoned Old West theme park built by the Ancients has received new, artificial, inhabitants.

If we reach this stretchgoal, we will publish a special zone sector, a scenario location that can be placed anywhere in your Zone. All backers on level DRONE and up will get the sector in PDF format. If we reach the Zone Compendium stretchgoal (below), all backers on level ANDROID and above will also get this sector in printed format.

STRETCHGOAL 5: CUSTOM CARD DECK – UNLOCKED!

If we reach this stretchgoal, we will publish a special Card Deck for Chassi Parts, Robot Modules and Artifacts for Mutant: Mechatron, compatible with the card deck for Mutant: Year Zero. All backers on level ANDROID and up will get this Card Deck at no additional cost.

STRETCHGOAL 6: MUTANT: MECHATRON SOUNDTRACK - UNLOCKED!

All backers on level DRONE and up get a full soundtrack for Mutant: Mechatron, composed by Alve Dahlstrand who also created the music in the Kickstarter video above. The music will be delivered as MP3 files.

 

STRETCHGOAL 7: ZONE SECTOR "THE INFECTED" – UNLOCKED!

The emergency alert from the old agricultural facility contained only two words: "WARNING! Nanocontamination."

If we reach this stretchgoal, we will publish a special zone sector, a scenario location that can be placed anywhere in your Zone. All backers on level DRONE and up will get the sector in PDF format. If we reach the Zone Compendium stretchgoal (below), all backers on level ANDROID and above will also get this sector in printed format.

STRETCHGOAL 8: PRINTED ZONE COMPENDIUM – UNLOCKED!

If we hit this stretchgoal, we will compile all Zone Sector PDFs previously unlocked in this campaign and print them in a single, full-color volume. All backers on level ANDROID and above will get this Zone Compendium at no additional cost.

STRETCHGOAL 9: ZONE SECTOR "THE ROBOT FACTORY" - UNLOCKED!

Thick smoke rises from the smokestacks of the decaying old factory in the Zone. Who has moved in?

If we reach this stretchgoal, we will publish a special zone sector, a scenario location that can be placed anywhere in your Zone. All backers on level DRONE and up will get the sector in PDF format. If we reach the Zone Compendium stretchgoal (below), all backers on level ANDROID and above will also get this sector in printed format.


STRETCHGOAL 10: ZONE SECTOR "THE ZONE TIVOLI" - UNLOCKED!

On the site of an abandoned amusement park a strange robot has opened a bizarre market place.
Written by the original creators of Mutant and Kult! If we reach this stretchgoal, we will publish a special zone sector, a scenario location that can be placed anywhere in your Zone. All backers on level DRONE and up will get the sector in PDF format. If we reach the Zone Compendium stretchgoal (below), all backers on level ANDROID and above will also get this sector in printed format.
 

STRETCHGOAL 11: ZONE SECTOR "HOTEL IMPERATOR" - UNLOCKED!

An ancient hotel. A strange cult. A dark secret. Welcome to Hotel Imperator, the finest establishment in the Zone.

If we reach this stretchgoal, we will publish a special zone sector, a scenario location that can be placed anywhere in your Zone. All backers on level DRONE and up will get the sector in PDF format. If we reach the Zone Compendium stretchgoal (below), all backers on level ANDROID and above will also get this sector in printed format.

STRETCHGOAL 12: ZONE SECTOR "THE GREAT ZONE WALKER" - UNLOCKED!

A colossal steel beast is slowly roaming the Zone, huge clouds of dust rise in it's wake.What kind of machine is it? And who controls it?

If we reach this stretchgoal, we will publish a special zone sector, a scenario location that can be placed anywhere in your Zone. All backers on level DRONE and up will get the sector in PDF format. If we reach the Zone Compendium stretchgoal (below), all backers on level ANDROID and above will also get this sector in printed format.

STRETCHGOAL 13: SECOND PRINTED ZONE COMPENDIUM - UNLOCKED!

If we hit this stretchgoal, we will compile all new Zone Sector PDFs unlocked in this campaign and print them in a single, full-color volume. All backers on level ANDROID and above will get this Zone Compendium at no additional cost.

STRETCHGOAL 14: ZONE SECTOR "THE LONG JOURNEY" - UNLOCKED!

A caravan of rusty old cars, trucks and RVs moves through the Zone, its passengers refugees from Genlab Alpha and Mechatron-7. What secrets do these travelers carry with them?
 
If we reach this stretchgoal, we will publish a special zone sector, a scenario location that can be placed anywhere in your Zone. All backers on level DRONE and up will get the sector in PDF format. The sector will be included in the second Zone Compendium (above), included in reward levels ANDROID and above.
 

Below is a summary of what is included in the different pledge levels that you can choose between.

 

 

 

 

 

You can complete your pledge with additional products, at a discounted price. These will be delivered together with your copy of Mutant: Mechatron, at no extra shipping cost. Please note that you can only order addons if you are a backer at level ROBOT or above.

To buy an addon, click the "Manage My Pledge" button and increase your pledge manually with the total cost (in SEK) for all the addons you want. When this Kickstarter is over, we will send out a backer survey in which you can mark exactly which addons you want.

Please note that you must add the funds for the addons to your pledge before the Kickstarter is over. You cannot increase your pledge after the campaign has ended. Your total pledge should cover your base pledge reward + shipping to your country + total cost of the addons you want.

EXTRA COPY OF MUTANT: MECHATRON - 350 SEK

One additional copy of the Mutant: Mechatron RPG core book, in standard edition. You can even add two extra books if you like.

EXTRA COPY OF MUTANT: MECHATRON CARD DECK - 140 SEK

An additional copy of the Mutant: Mechatron RPG card deck, useful if your players don't want to share those awesome chassis and module cards. You can add as many card decks as you like.

MUTANT: YEAR ZERO CUSTOM DICE SET - 140 SEK

The Dice (set of 15 custom D6) are made specifically to enhance the rule system. They include the custom symbols used in the game, and make Mutant: Mechatron (as well as Year Zero and Genlab Alpha) run even smoother! You can add as many dice sets as you like.

 

MAPS & MARKERS SET - 120 SEK

This pack contains useful gaming aids for running Mutant: Mechatron and Mutant: Year Zero. It contains two large full-color, double-sided Zone maps (Format: 720 x 465 mm), and no less than 108 game markers to simplify record-keeping. The new edition of the set also contains markers for Energy Points used by the robots of Mutant: Mechatron. You can add as many maps & markers packs as you like.

 

Risks and challenges

We have done several successful kickstarters and have solid experience in the field. The text is already written and translated and all of the artwork is done - all we need to finish is the layout, printing and shipping. For the shipping part we have a partnership with Modiphius Entertainment, who have a well-established global distribution network.

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    *All physical printed stretchgoals that are unlocked during the Kickstarter, such as the map of Mechatron-7, the Card Deck and the Zone Compendium. The value of this pledge level will increase as stretchgoals are unlocked.
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    *A complete PDF version of the book, about a month before the print release date.
    *All physical printed stretchgoals that are unlocked during the Kickstarter, such as the map of Mechatron-7, the Card Deck and the Zone Compendium. The value of this pledge level will increase as stretchgoals are unlocked.
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    *A complete PDF version of the book, about a month before the print release date.
    *All physical printed stretchgoals that are unlocked during the Kickstarter, such as the map of Mechatron-7, the Card Deck and the Zone Compendium. The value of this pledge level will increase as stretchgoals are unlocked.
    *All PDFs that are unlocked as stretchgoals during the Kickstarter.
    *A special honorable mention in the book.
    *An exclusive high-quality canvas print (size 50 x 70 cm) of acclaimed scifi artist Simon Stålenhag’s cover art, personally signed by the artist and mounted on a sturdy wooden frame. The canvas print will be shipped separately, at no extra cost.

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