Onward and Upward
Our final sprint has begun! Except we’re superheroes, so we’re sprinting toward the sun, of course! I can’t wait to see how far into the stratosphere we rise!
Stretch Goal #27 UNLOCKED: Agents of A.E.G.I.S., a playset by Brendan Conway
Because we’ve reached $85,000, I will write up the playset for Agents of A.E.G.I.S.! Masks is a game that often puts PCs specifically outside of authority structures, telling the adults who are part of those structures that they’re wrong and stupid. The more I thought about a playset that inverted that set up, that made the young heroes into young, early participants in an authority structure and gave them some hope to rise up within that structure and maybe even change it for the better. I’m interested in taking Masks in this new direction, not least because I’ve wanted to do more with A.E.G.I.S. ever since I gave them their silly acronym name.
Everyone who pledges at least $10 will get a full-color PDF of Agents of A.E.G.I.S., included as part of the third book—Secrets of A.E.G.I.S.!
The Secrets of A.E.G.I.S.—Unveiled!
Also, because we’ve reached $85,000, we will now publish Secrets of A.E.G.I.S., our fourth book in the Masks line!
Let me just say that again, because it’s crazy and awesome—Secrets of A.E.G.I.S. is our fourth book in the Masks line!
Secrets of A.E.G.I.S. will contain The Newborn and The Brain, all of the A.E.G.I.S. reports, the Agents of A.E.G.I.S. playset, and the A.E.G.I.S. Most-Wanted List if we reach $90,000! It’ll be the same approximate length as the Halcyon City Herald Collection and Masks: Unborn!
You can add a softcover copy of Secrets of A.E.G.I.S. to your pledge for $20, and a hardcover copy for $35.
In our next issue…
We’ve still got the A.E.G.I.S. Most-Wanted List coming up at $90,000, providing detailed information on some of the worst villains in Halcyon City. And then, we’ve got the first issue of Halcyon City Stories coming up at $100,000! There’s a new awesome stretch goal to announce for in between, as well:
Stretch Goal #29: The Lotus Eaters, a playset by Whitney “Strix” Beltrán
If we can reach $95,000, then Strix Beltrán will write up another playset for Masks, to be included in Secrets of A.E.G.I.S.: The Lotus Eaters!
There’s a secret danger in Halcyon City. Those who are at risk from it can’t fight it, and those who could do something about it either don’t know, don’t care, or are helping it happen. This danger? The Lotus Eaters, strange beings who consume dreams and leave behind amnesiacs...and if their victims had superpowers before being fed upon, they lose them in the process.
The Lotus Eaters primarily feed on minorities and disadvantaged populations—people that the rest of the city finds it easy to ignore. And A.E.G.I.S., the agency that should be helping to fight back against this threat, is using the Lotus Eaters intentionally, siccing them upon populations they deem at risk for the rise of supervillains. They can point to several dangerous individuals subdued by the Lotus Eaters as evidence of the efficacy of their program…but that’s never going to be enough for the people left amnesiac by their efforts.
The Lotus Eaters is a playset all about shades of gray, difficult social issues, and a conflict that so many are all too willing to hide or bury. It will come with all the rules tweaks and mechanics you’ll need to play a game in this secret conflict!
Ultimate A.E.G.I.S. Access
We’ve added two new reward levels, to further help make it easier for you to make sure you’re getting exactly what you want!
First off, there’s the High-Level A.E.G.I.S. Access reward level:
$135 - HIGH-LEVEL A.E.G.I.S. ACCESS: You get all the PDFs of all the books and stretch goals; SOFTCOVER full-color 6” x 9” copies of the Masks corebook, the Halcyon City Herald Collection, Masks: Unbound, and Secrets of A.E.G.I.S.; the Hero Deck and the Deck of Villainy; and 6 pairs of customized Masks dice.
And then, there’s the Ultimate A.E.G.I.S. Access reward tier, for those of you who want all the hardcover books!
$200 - ULTIMATE A.E.G.I.S. ACCESS: You get all the PDFs of all the books and stretch goals; HARDCOVER full-color 6” x 9” copies of the Masks corebook, the Halcyon City Herald Collection, Masks: Unbound, and Secrets of A.E.G.I.S.; the Hero Deck and the Deck of Villainy; and 6 pairs of customized Masks dice.
And remember that at any reward tier, you can add-on books, dice, and cards!
Softcover Copy of The Halcyon City Herald Collection, Masks: Unbound, or Secrets of A.E.G.I.S.: $20
Hardcover Copy of The Halcyon City Herald Collection, Masks: Unbound, or Secrets of A.E.G.I.S.: $35
The Deck of Villainy or the Hero Deck: $15
One set of dice: $5
All six sets of dice: $25
Here’s a full rundown of everything we have in every additional book right now:
The Halcyon City Herald Collection:
- Brendan Conway's "Fall of the Titan Academy”
- Marissa Kelly's "Do We Need Them?"
- Mark Diaz Truman's "Power to the People"
- Tara Zuber’s "Change of Heart?"
- André La Roche’s "Those You May Not Know"
- Ariana Ramos and Seth Harris’s "Dupes and Reboots"
- Brendan Conway’s new playbook: The Innocent
- Michael Miller’s "Doctor Foresight and the Avaricean"
- Liz C.’s "Cat and Mouse"
- John Wick’s "Manic Pixie Dream Girl"
- June Shores’s new playbook: The Reformed
- Justin Rogers’s “Hiro’s Hot Takes”
- Brianna Sheldon’s “Healers of Halcyon City”
- Kyle Simons’s “Monarch Industries and the Chrysalis”
- Mark Diaz Truman’s new playbook: The Soldier
- Brendan Conway’s new playbook: The Star
- Jenn Martin’s new playbook: The Joined
- Fred Hicks’s new playbook: The Harbinger
- Rob Wieland’s Phoenix Academy playset
- Misha Bushyager’s Iron Red Soldiers playset
- Darren Watts’s The Apocalypse Sonata playset
- Mark Diaz Truman’s Spiderweb playset
Secrets of A.E.G.I.S.
- Cam Banks’s new playbook: The Brain
- Alberto Muti and Tim Franzke’s new playbook: The Newborn
- Shoshana Kessock’s A.E.G.I.S. report: Old Dogs and New Tricks
- Julia Ellingboe’s A.E.G.I.S. report: The Halcyon Plaza Disaster
- Eric Mersmann’s A.E.G.I.S. report: [Expletives Deleted]
- Travis Scott’s A.E.G.I.S. report: The Dragon
- Brendan Conway’s playset: Agents of A.E.G.I.S.
- If we reach $90,000: A.E.G.I.S. Most-Wanted List
- If we reach $95,000, Whitney “Strix” Beltrán’s playset: The Lotus Eaters
One more mission left! One more, and then all 54 villains are in the Deck of Villainy! We saw multiple awesome pictures of 10 different people representing the playbooks, thanks to Nicole Emsky on G+ and the Halcyon Heroes on Twitter! All we have left are the drawings of young heroes directly engaging threats—and we have 9 of those! Just one more! One more! You can do it! Make sure you tag us (@MagpieGames on Twitter, +MagpieGames on G+) and use the hashtag #masksrpg or #halcyonjailbreak so we can find it!
There’s no stopping us now!
Less than 36 hours left, and you’ve already done amazing things! This Kickstarter has already been so much more successful than we ever dreamed, and it’s all thanks to all of you. And now with your help, we can reach impossible, ridiculous heights! Let’s do it! Talk about Masks in these final hours, let people know your favorite parts and the reasons you backed, and let’s crash through those sky-high goals like a super-powered rocket!