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Two pen-and-paper pulp action role-playing game campaign books: "Rotwang City: City of Shadows" and "Amazing Pulp Adventures."
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Ruthless mobsters, relentless arcane horrors, and mysterious dangers from the darkest corners of the world threaten the helpless and hapless citizens of the city. Be the heroes who rise to face these challenges in Worlds of Pulp RPG by Scaldcrow Games!

Original artwork by Dana Black
Original artwork by Dana Black

The Worlds of Pulp brings you two RPG books. Each book contains the complete rules to Bare Bones Beyond pulp era role-play. This is a lightening quick and easy to understand game mechanic.

The first book is Rotwang City: City of Shadows, detailing characters in a 1930s style U.S. city, called Rotwang. It is a two-fisted pulse pounding den of excitement and danger where the superstitions and innocence of the 19th century have given way to new experimental sciences, political corruption, rampant industry, and an ever-changing and expanding criminal element.

The second book is Davey Beauchamp’s Amazing Pulp Adventures, set at the dawn of the Golden Age of Comics with a backdrop of World War II in the explosive onset of an age of reason. This book details Sapphire City—The City of tomorrow, To-Day! It isa city where miraculous science and imagination work to lift civilization out of the shadow of war and onward to an era once thought unachievable. Not everyone shares this dream and the heroes will have to fight hard against fear, war, and criminal sciences to prevent the most powerful villains from destroying man’s great endeavor!

These books contain:

—the complete rules for pulp style gaming in Bare Bones Beyond; a simple, fast-paced and descriptive RPG system, where all you need is 2d6 and your imagination!

—the archetypes of the heroes and adventurers used to create new, original pulp characters. Archetypes include: Bare Knuckled Battler, Futurist, Eagle-eyed Reporter, Gadgeteer, Shadow of Justice, Human Exemplar, Jungle Lord, Masked Adventurer, Mystic Aristocrat, Nosey Socialite, Supernatural, Top Echelon, Tough Detective, Treasure Hunter, and more.

—the complete history of the city, its political organization, citizen outlook, and unique flavor.

—a full description of original pulp heroes for each city. Characters include heroes like: Ace Midnight, Cassandra (Knight Warrior of Avalon), Crimson Moth, Dexter Charles (The Warden), Doctor Phantom, Kid Adventure, Lady Zaska, Mighty Mace and Aegis Lad, Mister Adventure, Platinum Fox, Shadow Smasher, Solomon Stone, Scorpion, Vogue, Welsh Dragon, and more.

—a full description of original pulp villains for each city, ruthless pulp malefactors like: AtomiK Fist, Alfrancais Brainvine the Magnate, der Schwarze Geist, Dark Mask, Death Mark, Dr. Zhou, Eerie Patrician, Gentleman Thieves, Iron Mask, Purple Lotus, Mahjongg, Masked Gunfighter, Master of Zombies, Michael Aztek, Mister Crow, Pale Skull, Shadow X, Occultus (The Red Hood), Slum Lord, Super Nazi, and more.

—a description of the principle characters that make up government and law enforcement in the cities, as well as some of the smaller heroes, villains, and key citizens.

—a description of the city itself, detailed as a character in the Bare Bones Beyond system, allowing the game master to determine city-wide reactions at a glance.

—150 story hooks, specific to each city and its characters.

—a brief history and description of the pulp age it represents.

—special rules for the creation of signature moves unique to the heroes.

—special rules for villainous plot tropes. Each villain brings certain elements to plots in which they appear. For instance: Dr. Zhou automatically involves complex plots and deathtraps when he is involved in a game. Mister Crow guarantees there will be exotic animal sightings, mysterious animal attacks, and strange mutations. Brainvine the Magnate will involve an industrial labor force, WWI relics, and WWI references. Each villain also brings specific bonuses and penalties which will affect the feel of the game.

—a special introductory adventure. Rotwang City includes: Vault of Lies and Sapphire City includes: Museum of Death.

—new original fiction Davey Beachamp and T. Glenn Bane.

Character concept drawings by Dana Black
Character concept drawings by Dana Black

Where Your Money Goes
Our goal is to write, create, and print Worlds of Pulp’s first two books, Rotwang City: City of Shadows and Davey Beauchamp’s Amazing Pulp Adventures. With your support we can do it. This is where your money will go.

—Paying the writers, publishers, and contributors connected with this project.

—Paying editors, illustrators, and graphic designers.

—Paying for the printing and shipping of this book.

We need you to make this happen.

More to Come
Once we have fully funded this first project, we will continue to produce pulp characters, adventures, and stories in our ongoing newsletter. The World of Pulp begins with this kickstarter, but that is only the beginning; if you’re like us, you can’t get enough pulp!

Want More?
Every $50 you pledge over the $50 level (Early birds included) will reward you an additional copy of the paperback books. Give them out to your friends as gifts or keep them safe in your own pulp vault. This does not include the all-inclusive hardback. Sorry, this offer cannot be applied to international orders.

Stretch Goals!
Thank you for your support so far, but we are not done giving…

Every $150 over our $2,500—adds a new fully detailed and illustrated pulp adventure which will be included in the weekly newsletters (automatically yours at the $5 backer level). Each newsletter adventure will include new and classic pulp characters, locations and plot hooks. Also included will be a PDF with paper miniatures for all new characters. The first classic character will be Fu Manchu.

$3,000—this adds five new Amazing Pulp Adventures characters to its book as well as five new, fully detailed characters to Rotwang: City of Shadows. These characters will also have accompanying PDFs of their paper miniatures for use in your table-top pulp era campaign.

$4,000—this level adds a cross-over module spanning Sapphire City and Rotwang. This giant module will be in a PDF format. It will include more classic characters from the pulp era to add into your game along with the accompanying PDF paper miniatures.

If we should reach this goal we will gladly add additional content

International Shipping For orders outside the United States of America, we will ship internationally anywhere in the world for a flat fee of $50.

Concept drawings of Mister Adventure by Dana Black
Concept drawings of Mister Adventure by Dana Black

Thank You for your time.

Risks and challenges

Since 2007, Scaldcrow Games has produced ten books, for fantasy, hero, horror, and science fiction; as well as numerous art books. We have a group of in-house illustrators, designers, and writers. We do not foresee challenges with the production of these books. Any likely difficulties are naturally unexpected. Sadly, sickness and natural disasters cannot be predicted. We hope to be spared such trials. In the event something unforeseen were to happen, we have professional contacts in the industry we can depend on. In addition to the RPG industry we also have contacts in the publishing world, through current and past projects. We are confident our difficulties would not become yours.

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    Everyone at this level receives a subscription to the Scaldcrow Games PDF newsletter as well as a "Thank You" in each of the books. Keep on top of announcements from Scaldcrow Games as well as receiving free supplemental material for your game.

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    In addition to the previous level, backers will receive a PDF of a Decoder Wheel revealing secret messages, clues, and inside information in Scaldcrow products and the Newsletter.

    ALSO at this level, you will receive a PDF containing two sheets of paper miniatures suitable for your pulp table-top adventures; one of Amazing Pulp Adventures Golden Age and one of Rotwang City 1930s gritty street personas. These sheets include generic people of each city: cops, city workers, mom with baby carriage, and more.

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    In addition to the previous levels, backers will receive two PDF sheets of paper miniatures suitable for your pulp era table-top adventures; one will be of the named characters from Amazing Pulp Adventures and one will be of the named characters of Rotwang City. Just to name a few: Mister Adventure, Shadow Smasher, Crimson Moth, the Mysterious Warden, Baroness Zoska, and the Scorpion.

    AND an exciting wallpaper featuring worlds of pulp for your computer screen...

    AND finally a third PDF sheet of paper miniatures suitable for your pulp era table-top adventures containing a police wagon, taxi cab, phone booth, mailbox, news stand, and more!

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    In addition to receiving everything from the previous levels, backers at this level will receive:

    A PDF of the complete pulp campaign book "Davey Beauchamp's Amazing Pulp Adventures." which contains Sapphire City, the city of to-morrow, Today!, the starter adventure "Museum of Death," 150 exciting plot-hooks, and the write-ups of more than 20 characters.

    A PDF of the complete 1930s campaign book "Rotwang City: City of Shadows" which contains the gritty, knuckle-scarred city of Rotwang, the starter adventure "Vault of Lies," 150 exciting plot-hooks,and the write-ups of more than 20 characters.

    AND a very special "Thank You" on the "Amazing Pulp Adventures staring Mister Adventure" pod cast.

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Backers here will receive everything the $50 level has to offer but will only pay $45! Don't wait, limit to FIVE backers only!

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    In addition to receiving everything from the previous levels, backers at this level will also receive:

    The paperback book "Davey Beauchamp's Amazing Pulp Adventures"

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    The paperback book "Rotwang City: City of Shadows"

    In addition backers will also receive:
    -- an Amazing Pulp Adventures collectors pin
    -- a Rotwang City collectors pin
    -- 2d6 Pulp Adventures dice set
    -- Your name will appear on an encounter chart in book
    -- and a PDF of the late Victorian era/early pulp era adventure setting “Tower of Dr Alienstein”

    -- Finally, you will receive a print and play PDF version of the Paradigm: Amazing Pulp Adventures Card Game from Foxhammer Press. This is a story telling game where you take on the roles of APA heroes and villains as they battle their arch enemies to complete or defeat their plots and master plans.

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    In addition to receiving everything from the previous levels backers at this level will also receive:

    -- One of the book authors, T. Glenn Bane or Davey Beauchamp, will do an original drawing in one of your books

    --The paperback of "Tower of Dr. Alienstein," a Victorian/Pulp campaign setting

    -- A PDF of the original short story by author Davey Beauchamp, "The Mosbster," available only through this Kickstarter

    -- A PDF of the module of "The Mobster, " adapted by game designer T. Glenn Bane

    -- A one-line dedication printed in the books, for example "To my brother Ed, I know you'll love this book. Tim." A great gift for you gamer or anyone!

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    In addition to receiving the rewards for the previous levels, backers at this level will receive in place of the two paperbacks, "The All Inclusive Pulp Specular!" This single, exclusive hardback edition will contain "Amazing Pulp Adventures," "Rotwang City," and the updated and expanded rules for the Bare Bones system, Bare Bones Beyond.
    In addition to this backers will also receive a PDF of 50 Public Domain Pulp Era characters fully detailed and ready for use in your campaign. These characters will each include a paper miniature.

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    This level is identical to the $100 level but includes the paperback books, "Amazing Pulp Adventures" and "Rotwang City" in addition to the collectors hardback "The All inclusive Pulp Specular!"

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    DEALERS LEVEL: THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE THE REWARDS FROM PREVIOUS LEVELS NOR IS IT INCLUDED IN OTHER LEVELS, THIS IS FOR DEALERS ONLY -- Six paperback copies of "Rotwang City: City of Shadows," -- Six paperback copies of "Amazing Pulp Adventures" -- Six paperback copies of "Tower of Dr. Aleinstei;" -- Two "The All Inclusive Pulp Spectacular" hardback books -- Store Signage and a Window Poster. $450 value for $225 + shipping. NOTE: After this Kickstarter has ended Dealers will not be able to re-order the hardback edition of "The All Inclusive Pulp Spectacular." Be the store that has it.

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    Backers will receive everything from all previous levels in addition to a piece of new, limited edition, original art, signed and numbered by a yet to be named artist. Art will be an image of a popular pulp era character fighting side-by-side with one of the characters from Scaldcrow Games Worlds of Pulp. In addition, backers will also have the opportunity to design a building, club, group, or society to be added to the books. As a final incentive the backer will have his or her image immortalized as a statue which will appear in the background in one of the illustrations in the book.

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    These lucky FIVE backers, in addition to receiving everything named above, will have the opportunity to create a hero or villain to be fully detailed and added into the campaign setting world of their choosing; "Amazing Pulp Adventures" or "Rotwang City." You create the character concept and we'll write it up for you complete with original professional artwork! We will send the original artwork to you as an added bonus!

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