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Eldritch Skies is a Cinematic Unisystem RPG in the genre science fiction horror adventure written by John Snead and published by BPI

It is 2030. The Gilman-Hawking drive has given us access to the stars. But we are not alone.

They're out there: aliens, gods and monsters. They're also down here. The Miskatonic Antarctic Expedition found the elder ones' city in 1931. The mi-go crashed in Roswell in 1947.

In 1958, as quietly as possible, not knowing what we were doing, we bent occult powers to our hands and took the step to Mars. The third time, the men who made that step could not step back. We fled back into our cave for a while.

But rocketry, and the Soviets, brought us back out soon enough. Competition took us to the moon. Uneasy teamwork saved the astronauts who would have died there among cyclopean, immemorial ruins.

In 1994, human scientists cracked alien technology and overcame the lightspeed barrier. They brought us the stars. They also brought us the madness that lies between them, the mind-twisting undarkness of hyperspace.

The future is here. Machine-made telepathy, augmentations, and unprecedented levels of automation have changed the face of Earth. But the science of sorcery, and our primitive understandings of what lies outside, have changed more than our minuscule planet. They've begun to let humanity out.

We walk amongst giants. Tread carefully.

This book is a complete role-playing game of Lovecraftian science fiction that uses the Cinematic Unisystem. It contains all rules needed to play, and requires no additional material beyond your imagination and a few dice.

The text of the Eldritch Skies is finished. This project covers the costs of illustrating, editing and laying out the book. When this project succeeds we will lay out the book, print it, and mail it to backers. After all contributors have received their copies, the remainder of the printing will be made available to other gamers.

FOR THE PDF ONLY: If you make the minimum bid of $15, you get a copy of the PDF without a physical copy of the book. You also get your name listed as a contributor, with our thanks for making the project a reality, in a special dedication in this and all future editions of the Eldritch Skies.

FOR A PHYSICAL COPY—BACKERS IN THE U.S.: For an initial backing amount of $40, you get the PDF and one physical copy of the book. For each additional $40, you get another physical copy shipped to the same address. You also get your name listed as a contributor, with our thanks for making the project a reality, in a special dedication in this and all future editions of the Eldritch Skies. Backers in this category get an exclusive piece for Eldritch Skies written by the author, John Snead.

FOR A PHYSICAL COPY—BACKERS OUTSIDE THE U.S.: For an initial backing amount of $60, you get the PDF and one physical copy of the book. For each additional $40, you get another physical copy shipped to the same address. You also get your name listed as a contributor, with our thanks for making the project a reality, in a special dedication in this and all future editions of the Eldritch Skies. Backers in this category get an exclusive piece for Eldritch Skies written by the author, John Snead.

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    FOR THE PDF ONLY: If you make the minimum bid of $15, you get a copy of the PDF without a physical copy of the book. You also get your name listed as a contributor, with our thanks for making the project a reality, in a special dedication in this and all future editions of the Eldritch Skies.

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    FOR A PHYSICAL COPY AND FICTIONAL IMMORTALITY - BACKERS IN THE U.S.: Ever wanted to go mad on an alien planet? For $69, in addition to all the above benefits, Eldritch Skies fiction contributor A.J. Luxton will write an exclusive Mythos short-short story, optionally featuring your name. These stories will be sent to the backer and furthermore released with the book or in a special PDF.

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