In 2028, we foresaw our fate in the plumes of a distant comet entering our solar system. Humanity united to save itself from extinction as a planet killer comet veered to strike the Earth. Our efforts to stop Armageddon partially succeeded and the sky bled red for a decade as the comet’s debris shrouded our planet.
The fleeting unity that saved us vanished and we reverted to our corrupted nature. The darkened skies birthed a mini-ice age heralding worldwide chaos and suffering unlike any in history. The horrors of the human condition were exponentially magnified as famine, drought, epidemics, biting poverty, radicalization, and war spread across the globe. We stood at the edge of our extinction as surely as when the comet threatened our world, yet we were resilient, and where darkness reigned, light followed.
Today, in 2045, the sky is healed; its natural cerulean hue restored. Memories of the unity that saved us from extinction a generation ago inspired the birth of a new world order as a new species of humanity rises from the precipice of oblivion.
Extinction Event is a table-top roleplaying campaign guide for Champions Complete that introduces the alternate Earth of 2045 — a world in the grip of shadowy conspiracies. Over millennia a strange and secret alien invasion has been shaping the destiny of humankind. From the demise of the Neanderthals to the rise and fall of great cities and cultures, the invaders have sown chaos and confusion.
Now, in 2045, their dark plans near fruition. Fractured, distracted, and deceived human societies are almost ripe for conquest. In these twilight years before the coming storm, a new breed of humans with psychic powers walks the earth. They are the soldiers of PALADIN, the acolytes of the Illuminati, and hunted outcasts of society. It’s the stories of their lives that power the adventure that is Extinction Event!
The Extinction Event campaign guide provides everything players and game masters (GMs) need to play exciting science fiction conspiracy adventures fraught with military, espionage, and underworld threats. You can become heroes with the special skills, specialized gear, and psychic powers needed to take on the New World Order!
Extinction Event makes that easy to experience with Champions Complete compatibility, guidelines that speed-up play, resources for reducing GM prep-time, and art/story elements that can be used with any roleplaying rules.
Always wanted to try Champions/HERO System, but the huge books were an obstacle? Champions Complete is the slim version of HERO System 6th Edition that preserves all of its legendary power and flexibility.
- Easier to carry around
- Great reference guide during play
- Great value for the complete rules
Faster Game Play
Is finding the time to play an obstacle? Extinction Event is the answer.
- Character templates for PALADIN soldiers, Acolytes of the Bavarian Illuminati, and Outcasts — each with unique skill and psychic power packages
- Resource point guidelines for quicker ‘gearing up’ montages
- Weapon tables for easy reference
- Easy-to-use weapon modification rules
Game Master Friendly
Reduced prep-time and ready-to-use resources at your fingertips.
- Adversaries and allies section
- Overview of conspiracies
- Tons of adventure seeds
- 100+ psychic powers under disciplines for quicker use
Have a favorite RPG system? Extinction Event is easy to use with other roleplaying game rules.
- Powered by Champions Complete: It’s flexibility and internal rules consistency are good aids for clarifying character abilities and other game elements in order to use other RPG systems.
- Alternate Earth 2045 presented through the eyes of Extinction Event characters
- Timeline of Historical Events
- Major players in the New World Order — mega-corporations, major countries, vassal territories, warlord territories, and secret societies
Extinction Event is written in the “old school” RPG tradition of intentionally leaving gaps and omissions in the game world narrative for GMs and their players to flesh out during play while also providing enough details throughout to ignite the imagination. This also means less to learn before playing and more flexibility for the group to craft their stories through the game.
We need help to fund more color art, layout work, and editing/proof reading for Extinction Event. The additional artwork will greatly enhance the look and tone of the book. Layout will focus on ease of reading and referencing. Editing and proofreading passes will help us avoid annoying typos, rule presentation problems, as well as, enhance the manuscript prose.
Everyone backing Extinction Event will get the PDF and/or print book at a lower cost than retail. The savings verses retail for either PDF or print is around $3 to $4 and may include backer exclusives like the Extinction Event Manuscript PDF, HERO Designer software files, and name in the book as a backer.
NOTE: Physical rewards will be fulfilled through DriveThruRPG.com via print-on-demand (POD). Backers that pledge for rewards that include physical copies of the book will use a code at DriveThruRPG.com where they pay the at-cost printing and shipping for the book. Softcover, standard color copies cost around $6 and hardcovers around $11. Shipping in the United States is around $5. You can review the latest estimated shipping costs to all available countries at DriveThruRPG.com.
Pledge Level Descriptions
$1 SUPPORTER: At the $1 or more level, you get to follow and interact with the campaign through backer exclusive updates, and your name is added to the Friends of Extinction Event section of the book. You also get a copy of the no-art, pre-layout Extinction Event Manuscript PDF — a backer exclusive!
$10 PDF Only: As Supporter, but you are listed as full backer of the Extinction Event Campaign Guide PLUS you get the commercial release version of the Extinction Event PDF!
$20 PDF + HD Character Gen Files: As PDF Only level PLUS the HERO Designer files containing new Character Templates for PALADINs, Outcasts and Acolytes AND 100 new Psychic Powers tailored to the Extinction Event campaign!
$25 POD + HD Character Gen Files: As Supporter, but you are listed as full backer of the Extinction Event Campaign Guide PLUS an at-cost code to purchase a print-on-demand softcover/hardcover, standard color copy of the Extinction Event Campaign Guide from DriveThruRPG/RPGNow AND the HERO Designer files containing new Character Templates for PALADINs, Outcasts and Acolytes AND 100 new Psychic Powers.
$30 ALL DIGITAL: As Supporter AND PDF + HD Character Gen Files levels PLUS ALL HERO Designer files including a trove of Weapons, Weapon Mods, Armor, and Vehicles plus NEW campaign specific Allies & Adversaries!
$40 PALADIN (POD+ALL DIGITAL): As Supporter and All Digital PLUS an at-cost code to purchase a print-on-demand softcover/hardcover, standard color copy of the Extinction Event Campaign Guide from DriveThruRPG/RPGNow
$45 Illuminati: As PALADIN PLUS a copy of the no-art, pre-layout Extinction Event adventure PDF titled Unwanted Attention manuscript - another backer exclusive.
$55 Outcast: As Illuminati PLUS an at-cost code to purchase a hardcover premium color copy of the Extinction Event Campaign Guide from DriveThruRPG/RPGNow. This reward is a backer exclusive only available through this Kickstarter campaign.
$80 Extinction Event: As Outcast PLUS, you'll get the publisher files (InDesign, Photoshop, etc files) for Extinction Event with permission to edit and print them for your personal, non-commercial use only. You'll be able to modify the guidelines and add new content to create you own exclusive edition!
$1000 Conspirator: You are the power behind the conspiracies! Get everything in the Extinction Event level PLUS your name in an exclusive backer page of the book with our eternal thanks and a hardcover premium color copy of Extinction Event with a unique, variant cover created with your collaboration!
We provide a code for a PDF of paper miniatures for a PALADINs, Outcasts, and Acolytes plus over 30 Allies and Adversaries. All to 32mm scale!
We release five (5) pieces of Extinction Event art into the public domain to help others bring their creative ideas to life.
VTT Package! All maps included in the Extinction Event Campaign Guide, complete characters and tokens for use with an Extinction Event character sheet for Roll20.net.
We create .mobi and .epub versions of the book for tablets and e-readers.
We commission additional new art to enhance the look and tone of the book.
We create the PALADIN introductory adventure, "Unwanted Attention" with a no-cost PDF and an at-cost POD code for all backers.
Michael Surbrook is an accomplished RPG writer, his published works include Kazei 5 (an anime-cyberpunk setting for HERO System 6th Edition), Fantasy HERO Complete, and HERO System Martial Arts. His work has also appeared in the RPG games Dark Heresy and Rogue Trader, as well as, the second edition of Aaron Allston’s Strike Force campaign setting. His book, Larger Than Life – Folklore Legends of America, won the 2015 BAMFSIES award for Best “History Is Fun!” product.
Aaron Aurelio Acevedo is a full-time artist, art director, and game designer living in New York. He is most widely known for his work in the tabletop games industry. He's currently art director for Pinnacle Entertainment Group and he owns and operates an art production studio, Sigil Entertainment Group. Among his many credits are: George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice & Fire, Babylon 5, Call of Cthulhu, Deadlands, Unknown Armies, Torg Eternity, and World of Darkness.
Carlos Castaneda has been playing and game-mastering table-top RPGs since the early 80s. He is co-creator and publisher of Extinction Event.
Lazaro Izaguirre is a lifelong RPG gamer with an overheated imagination. He is co-creator and co-author of Extinction Event.
Risks and challenges
This is Mad Ferret LLC’s first Kickstarter campaign and roleplaying game product so we’ve taken the following steps to minimize risks:
1. The Extinction Event manuscript draft is complete and we are sharing it with our backers to boost their confidence in the completion of the campaign.
2. A good portion of the art is also complete — enough that we can complete the project — albeit with minimal commissioned art and supplementary free art.
3. Working with professionals in the RPG field — Michael Surbrook (game design and writing) and Aaron Aurelio Acevedo (art direction).
4. Using DriveThruRPG.com for the fulfillment of physical rewards — that reduces the logistics and provides for professional work.
5. There are two of us at Mad Ferret LLC so if something unfortunately eliminates one from the equation; the other can work hard and complete the project.
Carlos and I are grateful to you for taking the time to consider backing Extinction Event. Thank you and happy gaming!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (30 days)