About this project
Holy Crap: The Great Sects Change Operation is a hardcover, full-color, lavishly illustrated sourcebook for the Low Life tabletop roleplaying game by Andy Hopp (an official Savage Setting). Like all Low Life books, Holy Crap is written from the point of view of an actual denizen of Oith (in this case a crafty gadabout named Credulous Shmeckle). It explores over sixty religions, cults, sects, and creeds as well as dozens of new monsters, Edges, Hindrances, and other exciting jazz. All the rules and game info are in the appendices at the end so you don't even have to play the game to enjoy the book. No previous knowledge of Low Life is required, although you can download a FREE 113 page preview here.
Behold! It is I, Credulous Shmeckle, constant wanderer and perpetual prober of Oith's deepest enigmas and most ponderous perplexities. This volume (the second in a continuing series of indispensable guidebooks) compiles, categorizes, and describes many of the insights and observations gathered during my recent and continuing traipsings among and amid the various holy rollers of Mutha Oith. Here, betwixt the plentiful run-on sentences and pleonastic babblings, you'll find unraveled a multitude of the dankest secrets, arcane revelations, and devotional happenstances of many of Oith's greatest (and least) religions, faiths, cults, and mythologies.
How came I to sport such esoteric knowledge? What shiver of tongue or wiggle of fortune conveyed these guarded confidences into the secular noggin of one such as myself? The answer, of course, is gumption. Throughout the scheme of the past several years, utilizing a brilliant combination of disguise, contrivance, boondogglery, and hocus poking, I've managed to install myself into the congregation of no less than a score plus more of Oith's faiths. My observations, and they are numerous, are here presented for the education of the inquisitive and the edification of the intangibly bereft.
To put it more precisely, I've spent the last several spinnings of the glob immersing myself in the rites, rituals, and circumstances of those who roll holily. To the reader of simplistic perspective, such an undertaking may seem the very definition of ease. After all, who but the evangelical holy rollers of the world are looser with the gab than they? None, is of course the answer. But my interest lies not in the surface spoutings and ministerial babblings of such daddies, sinisters, and doom-dancers. No indeed, I seek the deeper deep. The truths behind The Truth and what lies behind the lies...
Such depths can only truly be plumbed by one within the order, a profound and fervid adherent of the creed. Gathering the aforementioned gumption, that's exactly what I became, living as a member of the devout, and absolutely dedicating myself to the pious venerations or sacred atrocities of the faith at hand. I was wholly holy, for a few months or so at a time, before moving on to the next One True Faith. Of course, such subterfuge was an easier task among some devotees than others. Try passing yourself off as a nigh-immortal werm among the Returners From Whence We Came or an agony-riddled tormentalist chanting the three hundred sacred anguishes with a pair of Suffering Socks and you'll get a taste of my flavor.
Anyway, I did it. It's done and I can't undo it. I might as well try to make a profit or two (or maybe a prophet or two) before whatever agents of someone who hates me (hating me is now a required tenet of several canonical tomes) finally succeed in hunting me down. I have no doubt the final days of Credulous Shmeckle will be spent upon some blazing altar of sacrifice or other, but for now, I leave you with these: the assembled truths, half-truths, lies, half-lies, and sagacities of my experience.
-Credulous Shmeckle, Holy Crap
Check this page regularly for updates and excerpts from the book!
Although Low Life is a tabletop roleplaying game (RPG), all of the books in the Low Life line are written as if they are actual books created by a denizen of Oith (in this case Credulous Shmeckle). All game references and material are in the appendices at the back. This means you can read and enjoy the books on their own merit without even caring that it's a game at all. Similarly, they can be used as props in-game and referenced by players. The rule is, if you have the book so does your character (unless the Boss decides otherwise).
The two previous Low Life books (Low Life: The Rise of the Lowly and The Whole Hole) are both multiple award nominees with many five star reviews and are enjoyed by gamers and non-gamers alike. The Low Life RPG uses the popular and fantastic Savage Worlds rules system (Low Life is an official Savage Setting) by Shane Hensley and Pinnacle Entertainment Group. Appendices for the Pathfinder, Fate Core, and d6xd6 games are underway as well.
Don't have Low Life: The Rise of the Lowly? No sweat! You can nab a copy through this kickstarter. It's available as an add-on or as part of the multiple prepackaged pledge levels in the sidebar.
To simplify things (or perhaps to complicate them) I have put together several reward packages. These combine additional Low Life products with Holy Crap and other exclusive items and often offer the backer a significant discount over the retail or add-on price.
If you don't see a pledge level that has everything you want, consider adjusting your pledge with the add-ons listed below.
The following jazz may be added to any pledge for the listed price. To do so, please add the requisite amount to your pledge then send me a message through kickstarter to let me know what items you are adding (click the "contact me" link up in the top right corner). Many of these products are included (often at a significant discount) in the pledge levels listed in the sidebar.
If you would like to add additional copies of Holy Crap to your pledge please add $35 for each book beyond the first one.
EXPEDITED SHIPPING: Many of these add-on products are already produced and can be shipped right after the kickstarter ends. To do so, please double the shipping cost for your pledge level and we'll send you all the finished goods right away and then send your Holy Crap book and other unproduced items in a second shipment once they are available (Holy Crap, promo cards, custom drawings, contanimant miniature, stretch goal items).
Of course that's not all the awesome jazz Holy Crap has to offer. Assuming we exceed our initial funding goal there's a lot more in store as well. Some such things are enhancements to the book itself. Others are additional awesomenesses for you to enjoy.
Stretch Goals? Of course there are stretch goals! I don't want to get too optimistic, but I know you're really going to dig this book. With that in mind, let's talk about a few impending stretch goals and add more as the situation warrants...
Obviously there's more in store once we nab these. I'd love to hear your ideas and suggestions in the comments. Heap of Peeps expansions? Heap of Creeps expansions? An adventure campaign included in the book? A Low Life cookbook? Marshfellows? Holy Crap themed playing cards? Hair care tips...
SPECIAL JAZZ FOR INTERNATIONAL BACKERS: All $40+ non-domestic (US) backers will receive four free art cards in addition to these regardless of when they back (because international shipping is expensive and I want you to have something special).
Risks and challenges
Although Holy Crap is currently about 50% complete (art and writing) there is still a significant amount of work to do, which is why I set the release date as August 2017. I hope and anticipate it will be completed well before that date, but things seldom go as smoothly as I plan them. Nevertheless, as backers of my previous projects are aware, I take pride in delivering quality over timeliness. If delays do occur it will only be because I am working to make the project the best it can be and adding value for the backers. I will be doing all of the work on this project myself, including the artwork, writing, and layout, so I will not have to depend on the schedules and work ethics of other freelancers (a situation that has frustrated me (and backers) in the past).
Although delays in printing could occur once the project is out of my hands, I will be working with a trusted printer who has always delivered fantastic service in the past, giving me no reason to suspect any problems will arise.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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