This project began in early 2017 when I thought to myself in passing, “How cool would it be to design a campaign about an alien invasion in a medieval fantasy setting?” The answer, of course, is: “Very cool.” It wasn’t until several months later that I began putting serious thought into the idea.
A certain popular game master’s book lists some rules and statistics about alien weapons and technology but I knew immediately that the limited information given would not be enough to build a campaign.
I developed lists of weapons, vehicles, technologies, and of course, a rich selection of alien creatures. With these new items came the need for a new set of rules. Together, all of these new additions the core 5th edition rules make up the Blades & Blasters: Bestiary & Rulebook.
Nothing in this book will override the core 5e rules that we’ve all become so familiar with. My goal was not to reinvent the wheel or create a new RPG. I wanted to build something that could easily fit into existing games and campaign settings.
Each reward tier grants the backer one or more of the available Blades & Blasters products.
Available to all tiers is a downloadable desktop wallpaper featuring brand new art that will be commissioned using the funds from this campaign. The wallpaper will be available in 4K, 2K and HD.
But that’s just an appetizer. The real entrée is the Blades & Blasters: Bestiary & Rulebook. This book will include one hundred pages of new science fiction weapons and technology and the rules that accompany them and dozens of new alien monsters for your party to face off against.
The book is available in these formats:
PDFs will come in a full color copy identical to the contents of the physical books as well as a printer-friendly version with a reduction of colored elements and less artwork. The paperback version will be printed in standard color and the hardcover will be premium color.
Some backers may be after something a little less tangible: pride. You can fulfill your lust for fame and glory by getting your name in the back of the book as a Silver Backer or a Gold Backer.
Finally, if you’re an art lover, there’s an option have a piece of artwork commissioned for the book that will prominently feature a character based on a photo of you. You will be allowed input on the race, class and other features of the character.
The artwork will be included in the published book and delivered to you as a high quality digital file.
The backer tiers are grouped with the following items. All values listed below are in Canadian Dollars.
What happens if this campaign blasts past its original funding goal? Well, that’s where Stretch Goals come into play. At the dollar values listed below, new rewards will be unlocked. Unless otherwise stated, Stretch Goals will be released to backers from all reward tiers with the exception of the PEASANT tier. All valued listed below are in Canadian Dollars.
This book will be published exclusively through DriveThruRpg and all of the rewards will be fulfilled through their website.
Pledge! Every dollar will help turn this project into a reality. There’s no risk to you! Either the project is funded and you get what you paid for, or the campaign fails and you don’t need to pay a cent.
Once you have your copy of Blades & Blasters: Rulebook & Bestiary, you’ll be able to seamlessly integrate it into an existing 5th edition campaign, or you can create a brand new campaign specifically designed to deal with an alien invasion.
This book is not a standalone game. Blades & Blasters is published through the use of the Open Gaming License and is intended to be used in tandem with products for the fifth edition of the world's best roleplaying game.
The funds from this Kickstarter may determine if more Blades & Blasters books and adventures will come in the future.
All values listed are in Canadian dollars.
Total Funding Goal: $2500
As you can see, the primary goal of this campaign is to raise funds to hire artists. After all, what is an RPG without beautiful artwork to stimulate the imagination?
However, on a project like this, the bulk of the money goes toward running the campaign and fulfilling orders, leaving only 40% of the funds to spend on commissioning artwork.
The rules are written and the book is taking shape. The two biggest steps remaining in the making of this book are playtesting and art production.
We’re aiming for a release date in the first quarter of 2019. All rewards will be fulfilled when the book is complete and ready for release.
Seth Tomlinson has been a player and game master for most of his adult life. He's released several modules and rules supplements for 5th edition on DMs Guild.
Blades & Blasters: Rulebook & Bestiary is not associated with Wizards of the Coast LLC. Blades & Blasters is published through the use of the Open Gaming License and is intended to be used in tandem with products for the fifth edition of the world's best roleplaying game.
The music used in the campaign video is "Beyond The Clouds" by Matthew Pablo.
Book mockups created using Mediamodifier. Designs and layouts are subject to change as the development of this book progresses.
Risks and challenges
There is no real risk here. If the project gets funded, you will get exactly what you paid for. The rulebook itself is nearly finished and we will be publishing through a reputable source. As stated above, the main purpose of this campaign is to finance the commissioning of artwork to fill the book.
It's possible that the production of new artwork will take longer than expected, but we believe the goal of early 2019 is achievable.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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