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About this project

Sound and Silence is the first setting guide to the HC SVNT DRACONES role playing game. This is a lore book, full of beautiful artwork, expansive stories, and detailed information about the HSD setting and the roles players can embody there. For Guides, players, and fans alike, this book is the quintisential reference for culture, setting info, and history that didn't make it into the rulebooks.

Sound and Silence is a single book broken down into two parts:

Sound is the name of the lore compendium intended for everyone’s use. It contains story ideas, descriptions of corp activity, layouts of cities, details on agent interaction so you can flavor your characters better, and a descriptions of unique grottos and universities for inclusion in your stories. Players and Guides can both go through this book without worry of spoiling anything in-game. Sound contains over 100 pages of content and is a great way to inspire people looking for character ideas for themselves of their NPCs.

Silence is the second half of the book, containing detailed accounts of many of the aspects left vague in the HSD core rulebook. Things like the origins of the Palemen, what’s going on with Earth, and who the Shadow Presidents are. It has large sections on the nature of Transcendent technology and what humanity actually found when they made use of Hydra. This book is primarily for Guides, to give them fun things to let the players discover through play. It’s about 100 pages long and includes stories and behind-the-scenes info that make for great hooks in large operations.

Aside from the multitude of new information this book adds to the HSD universe, it is also a beautiful showpiece. Fresh artists and returning stars paint the HSD universe in vivd color and detail, and the more narrative, expositional style of Sound and Silence allow for more full and two-page spreads, unique formating, and interesting design. This is a book you interact with, turning and examining to find all its little messages. It's one you'll go through over and over for the fun of finding all the little bits hidden in each section.

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Add Ons

Looking to explore the HSD franchise? Check out the books and other products!

Books:

http://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/7700/Weapons-Grade-Funk

Miniatures:

http://www.imagine3dminiatures.com/en/hc-svnt-dracones

 

Risks and challenges

With two other large hardcovers in HSD's collection already, Sound and Silence has few production risks. The long turnaround time on the backer goals is there mostly for safety: this book has a lot of artwork in it, and things come up from time to time that causes those pictures to be delayed. In the initial creation of this book, one artist outright stopped working, taking with them some $1500 without delivering on their contract. It's not a common occurrence, but life throws curves from time to time, so I've budgeted extra time to deal with them. Naturally, if the book is done sooner it will be released sooner, and I really suspect that will be the case.

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    The .pdf

    The .pdf copy of Sound and Silence. Each copy is intended for a single owner. All the content in the physical book will be here, but I'll be honest: Many of the 2 page spreads in this book are best viewed in physical form.

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    Frankly, there's nothing I can do to stop people from distributing .pdfs. This tier is here in the hopes that those of you with friends who want the book will pledge here, to give the franchise a little extra help for the resulting loss in sales.

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    The preview .pdf

    In addition to a distributable copy of the .pdf as described in the previous tier, this gives you access to a preview copy before the .pdf becomes finalized. It will include the vast majority (probably all, but for minor edits) of the text, and placeholder images, and you'll have it as soon as it becomes available.
    This also gives you access to an edits doc, which is a handy place I like to set up for new publications where people can donate their time to the considerable task of copy-editing. We do our best, but 100 eyes tend to catch what 2 will miss.

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    Name that station!

    Name a small space station on the HSD system map, featured in Sound and Silence! This map is a prominent 2-page spread and has 30 slots available for people to name their own space stations. As long as the name is setting-appropriate and I approve it (we can work that out via email) this will allow you to have a printed name on the map to point to. The station name will also be featured in parenthesis by your backer name in the book, so people will know you came up with it! You'll be able to set a preference for which location you want. Naturally, you'll also be getting a hardcover and .pdf at this level.
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    Name that BIG station

    The system map in Sound and Silence features 10 unnamed Bluesky stations. These hulking structures are nearly 5 miles long and form enormous internal environments. With this purchase, you can claim one of the printed ones as your own, and name it accordingly (with a setting appropriate name, that is. I'm afraid Station mcStationface just isn't going to cut it). You'll be able to set a preference for which location you want. You'll also be getting a hardcover and .pdf at this level. Peek at the in-progress map here: http://i.imgur.com/4OudjoT.png

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    Insert character here

    In addition to a hardcover copy and .pdf, this will get your character into the book as a picture! In the past, these character pics have been one-off poses that are dropped into the formatting, but Sound and Silence has a more deliberate design aesthetic than that, so you'll be picking from a variety of pre-determined poses. The upside to this is that the picture you're in will be more inherently dynamic, as the book is already molded around it.
    In order to allow new backers to have a chance to get featured, anyone who has had a character image in a previous HSD title will not be allowed to select this teir until the kickstarter is 15 days old. After that, previous participants are welcome to come back and snag any remaining slots.

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    Back cover image

    This option gets you two hardcovers and your character in color on the back cover. In order to allow new backers to have a chance to get featured, anyone who has had a character image in a previous HSD title will not be allowed to select this tier until the kickstarter is 15 days old. After that, previous participants are welcome to come back and snag any remaining slots.

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