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The action-packed followup to 2016's Souls of Darkness...It's Atomic! A parody children's book based on the Fallout universe.
The action-packed followup to 2016's Souls of Darkness...It's Atomic! A parody children's book based on the Fallout universe.
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Beautiful Cover by Nick Daniel
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 A POST NUCLEAR SUPERSTATION ADVENTURE

Hey, it's me, Gary Butterfield. You might know me from the Duckfeed podcast network, or from my previous book Souls of Darkness. I'm here to ask your help again.

Because of generous backers, Souls of Darkness was a success. It was my way to add a bit of surrealism to the world by making something I believe was truly unique: part Souls homage, party parody, and part artifact from an alternate universe. And even from the beginning, I thought: this would make an awesome series. Imagine a whole set of Power Worlds books on y'bookshelf. I'm ready to make that reality.

This time, rather than the world of Dark Souls, I'm exploring the post apocalyptic world of Fallout. Our young hero must travel the waste, dealing with raiders, Mutaniacs, Super Mutaniacs, and the mighty Coterie of Chrome. I really believe Fallout fans, Nintendo fans, Souls of Darkness fans, pretty much everyone will get a kick out of it. 

And, like last time, I'm not doing it alone. I'm joined again by the superb Nick Daniel on art. Just look at that cover. Not only that, but I have some really fun collaborations planned as Stretch Goals, and a super secret guest writing a foreword. 

If this gets funded, I will immediately begin a close read of Fallout 1, with frequent blog updates right here. Then it's time to get to work, making a Neat Thing that'll look good on y'bookshelf.

Because war....war changes all the time. 

**Note, there was a goof with shipping charges. If you're domestic, you should not be charged for shipping. If you are international, it is ten bucks. Check your messages!**


STRETCH GOALS

$6,750 - Paying tribute to Fallout's tabletop roots: Playbooks! A set of 5 Dungeon World Playbooks for Atomic! character classes. Dungeon World is a table top RPG with light, fast rules, and elegant fail-forward mechanics. At this level, I will make and lightly playtest a set of character classes specific to the world of Atomic! These will be available to everyone.

$7,000 - Watch Out For Fireballs! Episode. Remember that fake Bonfireside Chat? This would be like that, but for Atomic. Made available for all.

$7,250 -  Audio book! Narrated by the velvet voiced Kole Ross. Included with all pledges.

$7,500 - Gamefaqs! A written gamefaq for Atomic! (Perks Guide by Mutaniac420), a sampling of the message board for the Atomic! page, and a handful of reviews. These will likely be in pdf form, but I vow to try to trick Gamefaqs into actually posting them. Included with all pledges. 

$8,000 - A comic! Same as last time, a small, ashcan sized comic that would be included with Atomic Crunch cereal. Illustrated by Nick Daniel. Available only to reward tiers $50 and up.

$8,500 - Trading Cards! Much like the trading cards made for Souls of Darkness, another 5 cards, in packaging, for principle characters in Atomic! Included on orders $50 and up.

$9,500 - Here's where it gets cool. I'll team up with Noah Dorsey to create a partially animated commercial for Atomic Crunch! cereal. Available to all. 

$11,000 - You may or may not have found the Souls of Darkness LCD game in Frog Fractions 2. Well, at this level, I'll collaborate with Jim to make an Atomic! LCD game as well. This isn't a physical game, but an executable emulation of the Atomic! LCD game, if it had been made. This will be made available to all!

Risks and challenges

You know, this isn't my first rodeo. I learned *a lot* from Souls of Darkness. I've set more realistic timelines, more realistic tier and Stretch Goal levels, and simply have more experience with the process.

I have teamed up with MakeThatThing again, for timely and professional fulfillment, and plan to be just as transparent about the process that I was during Souls of Darkness.

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    The E-Book

    PDF and ebook version of Atomic!, access to the production blog, and my heartfelt thanks.

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    Something For Y'Bookshelf

    A physical copy of Atomic! and a digital copy for a friend! My thanks will be eternal.

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    Digital Spread

    A digital copy of the book, along with digital copies of the SuperStation manual, and anything else we make that we can send you through email. This would include the comic, the audio book, the playbooks, etc.

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    Everyone loves stickers. EVERYONE. Even you, Ryan.

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    Patch and Stickers!

    Not only do you get some super awesome stickers, you also get a real life cloth patch that identifies *you* as a member of The Coterie of Chrome.

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    Patch and Stickers! This one!

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    Two Somethings For Y'Bookshelf

    Two physical copies of Atomic! One for you, one for a friend. By request.

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    Complete Power Worlds Collection!

    Did you miss Souls of Darkness? Now you can get a copy of Souls of Darkness along with Atomic! and have the whole dang set so far!

    This is limited, however, as I don't have all that many copies of Souls of Darkness left!

    Free shipping in the US, $10 internationally. Classic, classic thanks.

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    Book, Stickers, Patch, and Manual!

    Just like last time, a fake manual from the Power Worlds universe, this time detailing the game that is Atomic!

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    Book, Stickers, Patch, + Manual! This!

    Just like last time, a fake manual from the Power Worlds universe, this time detailing the game that is Atomic!

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    Your name appears in Atomic!

    At this tier, your name will appear somewhere in the body of the book. Maybe it will be the name of a bar, or a flophouse, or a raider, or a brand of pre-apocalyptic snack cake. Show it to your friends! "Hey, that's me, I'm that snack cake."

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    Your name appears in Atomic! This one!

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    Hey, Let's Play a Game

    This tier is incredibly cool, and is limited:

    At this tier, you get to join me for a play by post or play by skype (to be determined later) game of Dungeon World that takes place in the world of Atomic! This is limited, so snap it up.

    If it's play by post, the game time will last one month, in which I vow to GM once/day. If it is played via Skype, it will be limited to three sessions.

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    Write a Protip!

    Worlds of Power books have protips at the end of each chapter and Power Worlds books are no different. At this tier, you get to write one! I'll work with you to make sure it fits into the fiction. Yes, these are the same "Game-Solverz Hints!" that played a part in the Frog Fractions 2 ARG you read about.

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    Hey, Let's Play a Game! Choose this one.

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    If it's play by post, the game time will last one month, in which I vow to GM once/day. If it is played via Skype, it will be limited to three sessions.

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    Name a Major Character!

    Our character wanders the wastes, moves from community to community, getting involved in the trials of post apocalyptic life. At this tier, you get to name a major character. Perhaps the helpful Mutaniac who betrayed his kin to grant access to The Compound? Maybe the Mother Hen of Egg 11? Who knows!

    To clarify, this could be the major antagonist or a major NPC. I'll contact you, in the order you pledge, to tell you which characters you get to name.

    Includes manual, patch, stickers, physical book, digital book, and horse thanks.

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    Name a gang!

    The world of Atomic! is dangerous! Roving gangs of raiders comb the waste for naive little shits like our main character. There are three major gangs featured in Atomic, and I'm going to let you guys name them. Skull Drinkers? Eye Punchers? Hell's Good Boys? It's up to you!

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    Name a gang! Choose this one!

    The world of Atomic! is dangerous! Roving gangs of raiders comb the waste for naive little shits like our main character. There are three major gangs featured in Atomic, and I'm going to let you guys name them. Skull Drinkers? Eye Punchers? Hell's Good Boys? It's up to you!

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    Name the Protagonist, plus game on!

    Remember Maya Hunter from Souls of Darkness? I wasn't smart enough to come up with a name that cool: A backer named her. At this tier, you can name the main character. He's a teenage boy. Other than that, go wild!

    At this tier, you also get a spot at the play by internet Dungeon World session.

    Includes manual, patch, stickers, physical book, digital book, and ultimate thanks.

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