$2,781
pledged of 2.200 $pledged of 2.200 $ goal
30
backers
5days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, August 26 2018 11:00 PM UTC +00:00.

AJ SchmidtBy AJ Schmidt
First created
AJ SchmidtBy AJ Schmidt
First created
$2,781
pledged of 2.200 $pledged of 2.200 $ goal
30
backers
5days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, August 26 2018 11:00 PM UTC +00:00.

About

Before we begin: 

Examples of Universal Horizons' Adventures in Play:

Treasures of Atlantida - Gen Con 2018
Treasures of Atlantida - Gen Con 2018

At conventions, we always accept generic tickets for events, but you can purchase UH events to ensure a space. All of our events begin with UH.

Vulcan's Forge - Araqunidia
Vulcan's Forge - Araqunidia

Our Story ... from the chair.

 project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

With nearly 80 years of role-playing, AJ Schmidt and John Teske Jr designed a system where Heroes travel to ANY genre or adventure, preserving integrity of the genre and that of the character. Nearly a decade ago, we began this endeavor when the company that supported the largest tabletop rpg in the world shut it down to ensure the success of their fourth edition. For a short time, we replaced our thirst for role-playing with many great genres, supported by awesome companies, writers, and artists; with one BIG drawback. Our inability to keep the rules straight from the multiple systems kept us from truly enjoying the stories from various game systems. We could not find the replacement for the in-depth role-playing we desired. Thus, we started from scratch. We eliminated traditional levels for scaled skill advancement. Heroes gain story awards and role-playing points. With no levels, Heroes advance in the direction of the adventure or however they visualize their development at the end of every play session. Heroes then continue to play more adventures and develop indefinitely. 

"UH focuses more on the story than the rules. The rules are simple enough to understand quickly and detailed enough to really develop a character." - Jeff Russell

Our system plays like 'old school' fantasy!

Players learn the UH system quickly, within ten minutes. The combat, expertise, and spell system create an atmosphere for advanced players to be challenged. Moreover, the Hero transfers to other genres seamlessly. Thus multiple world campaigns, traveling to other genres, and time-shifting adventures called paradoxals happen with ease. We need funding to expand two of our genres for public play: Bloodtooth and Araqunidia. 

"UH really plays well into the strengths of a pen and pencil system." - Pierce Brooks

Our Expanding Worlds ...

Our Motivations:

Our Kickstarter serves two purposes. First, we need funding to expand two of our current genres as pre-mentioned. Secondly, we offer new players the resources to play the full system. It would not make sense to offer the modules without the previous lead-in materials and resources. To this end, we explain the full system as though it is the first time you have heard of it. Enjoy and Be the Hero!

Core Rulebooks

UH Players Handbook
UH Players Handbook

"I love the roleplaying! The character creation puts you in a position to roleplay like no other game I've played." - Cameron Russell 

Bloodtooth Vocations
Bloodtooth Vocations

Bloodtooth genre

The Bloodtooth core world represents a 1980s conspiracy campaign where magic and technology aid Heroes as they battle clandestine evil cults, monsters, and aliens. Governments will not confirm or deny such creatures exist. Similar to our own world, the history of Bloodtooth twists reality to create exciting and challenging adventure. Below please find the Bloodtooth modules we are promoting for this Kickstarter. Note that Russian Beauties is available as a stretch goal.

Save the Soul, a Bloodtooth module
Save the Soul, a Bloodtooth module
Quest for the Spirit Sever Dao, a Bloodtooth module
Quest for the Spirit Sever Dao, a Bloodtooth module
Russian Beauties, a Bloodtooth module
Russian Beauties, a Bloodtooth module
It's a Trip, a Bloodtooth Module
It's a Trip, a Bloodtooth Module

Araqunidia genre

The people of Terra Prime, now called Araqunidia, lived a technologically advanced life before the invasion of alien Arachnids nearly two decades ago. After fierce fighting, the invaders wiped out the major Terran (human) civilizations. In a last ditch effort to thwart the aliens, the Terrans implemented a scorched earth policy. With partial success, most of the invading Araqunid fled, leaving terra-forming "bugs" to hold the world. Using advanced technology and limited magic, can the Heroes rescue this world in peril?

Bug Hunt, an Araqunidia Module
Bug Hunt, an Araqunidia Module
Heradise Gained, an Araqunidia Module
Heradise Gained, an Araqunidia Module

Meet us at CouleeCon ...

"The game is incredibly fun! It doesn't take long to get the hang of the game mechanics. Definitely try it if you haven't had the chance!" - Deb Zicht

We support CouleeCon at La Crosse, WI. Check out our website and facebook page!  

STRETCH GOALS:

$10,000 - We publish Russian Beauties as a $20 add-on

$15,000 - We refurbish and update Bloodtooth Vocations for Free! This updated version includes new spells for Alchemy, Exorcism, Herbalism, Shamanism, and Wicca. 

$20,000 - A free XL T-Shirt promoting the Save the Soul Series with every pledge over $50.

Players Wanted.
Players Wanted.

Any Universe, all Horizons!

Risks and challenges

This is my first Kickstarter, but we have published before.

All of our books are published in the USA. At the time we set up the KS, the last books are in editing. We will make the November deadline in time for Holiday Break with plenty of time to spare. Everything is printed locally in Wisconsin with dependable print companies we have used previously. We do not anticipate any difficulties in production and might even beat the November deadline.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Make a pledge without a reward

    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    You rock, I support indie games!

    Thank you for contributing to our system. :) For your donation, you get the good feelings that come with donating to a great cause: well-written stories and fantastic game-play.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $20 or more About $20

    I support Universal Horizons!

    I am not ready to jump into the whole system, yet I love your story and support you and your products! My name will be printed in a recognition section of Heradise Gained! Thanks for your sharing your dream!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $30 or more About $30

    UH Players Handbook and gift!

    The Players Handbook is the essential rule book that explains how the system works. This volume also include Wizard and Theology Spells up to fifth level. Every UHPH also includes Bloodtooth Vocations free. BV include 60 professions with illustrations to simplify character creation to just minutes and more spells for Exorcists, Herbalists, and Shaman!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only certain countries
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $40 or more About $40

    Let's kill bugs on Araqunidia!

    This pledge includes two adventure books (over 100 pages each). I get the Maiden Voyage: Bug Hunt and Araqunidian Adventures: Heradised Gained. Each book is full color including maps, illustrations, creatures, plot lines, background, and more filling over 100 pages of pure adventure!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $40 or more About $40

    Discover the Conspiracies of Bloodtooth!

    This pledge includes two adventure books (over 100 pages each). I get Save the Soul and Quest for the Spirit Sever Dao. Each book includes beautifully drawn illustrations and maps as only a true storyteller can produces. Authored and illustrated by Becky VanAcker, her pectoral renditions perfectly represent the vision of her adventures!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    5 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $40 or more About $40

    Just the newest publications

    I only want to sample the newest printed material of Quest for the Spirit Sever Dao and Heradise Gained.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    4 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    Personalize my UH Players Handbook

    While John Teske is no longer officially affiliated with the company, he promised to return to endorse the Players Handbook he co-designed. No less than four of the original group will sign and perhaps leave a special message, including both designers, the illustrator and an editor or two. Also included is a free Bloodtooth Vocations, sealed in plastic and hole punched for a binder. Thanks for building the system!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited (23 left of 25) 2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $70 or more About $70

    The UHPH, BV, and one $40 option

    I want the four books of UHPH, BV, and two books from the $40 options! At the end of the kickstart, simply select which $40 version desired from the three selections above.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    Immortalize my Hero in Bloodtooth

    I want my character to be permanently include in a Quest for the Spirit Sever Dao! While the name and general description will be the same, some artistic license may be taken as Hero will be part of the Circus, assisting medics, or greeting at a monastery. I will send a message on the website to include special information so Becky includes me in final edits! I might even continue in other publications.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited (2 left of 5) 3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    Immortalize my Hero in Araqunidia

    I want my character to be permanently included in Heradise Gained! While the name and general description will be the same, some artistic license may be taken as Heroes will be visiting the pristine paradise called Heradise. I will send a message on the website to include special information so AJ includes me in final edits! I certainly will continue in any other publications with Heradise, unless something terrible happens. What could go wrong?

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited (4 left of 5) 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  12. Select this reward

    Pledge $125 or more About $125

    I am on board, and I want it all!

    UH Players Handbook, Bloodtooth Vocations, It's a Trip, Bug Hunt, Heradise Gained, Save the Soul, Quest for the Spirit Server Dao. The first twenty-five sets are signed by the authors (except Bloodtooth Vocations).

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    4 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  13. Select this reward

    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    Rewind, Replay any Gauntlet

    Every year, for convention play only, we run a table of Universal Horizons with special Terrain, expanded missions, and great loot. This is the opportunity of a lifetime for me and my friends to play scenarios that have been retired or restricted with the Author!
    Six people get to replay Hunter's Point (Aq), Vulcan's Forge (Aq), or Treasures of Atlantida (Bt). Guaranteed a one-hundred point advancement for each Hero at the onset of the adventure in addition to any in game rewards and advancement from play.
    This special event must happen at Wednesday at GenCon or at anytime during CouleeCon. The original author of the scenario will run the table. Some extended time is also rewarded. Heroes may exceed run limits for this special event. The players are responsible for their own travel, convention costs, and housing.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited (3 left of 4) 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.