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Pathfinder meets Firefly in a world of airships, planeswalking and high adventure!
Pathfinder meets Firefly in a world of airships, planeswalking and high adventure!
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Thank you all so much for helping us make Skybourne a reality! Further updates on the project can be found at www.dropdeadstudios.com, where we'll be making announcements, holding forum discussions, and letting everyone know the state of the project as it moves forward.

Skybourne is a broken world of high adventure that borrows as much from Firefly as the Forgotten Realms. In Skybourne, teams of adventurers seek out the remains of long-dead civilizations while doing everything they can to keep their airship fixed and fueled. In Skybourne, displaced dragons, sentient plants and Aasimar kings all do battle to carve out their piece of a new world order, and any ship crew can traverse the planes in search of glory if they have the guts and the equipment to make the trip.

The World of Skybourne

Skybourne is an adventure setting that takes place at the close of one era and the beginning of another.

When the great forest grew, it destroyed everything that had come before it. Millennia of civilization was irrevocably lost as the entire surface world was consumed. Some fled underground or to the ocean, finding refuge in the kingdoms of the drow or the merfolk. Some fled to the mountain tops, the deserts and the frozen wastelands, finding refuge in terrain where not even the forest could grow. Some even fled across planar boundaries, huddling as refugees in strange and foreign worlds. And others took to the skies, transplanting towns, cities, and kingdoms to the clouds where not even the forest could reach.

Skybourne is a world where adventurers are the first and last line of defense of a host of emerging cultures, where the battles of Law and Chaos are just as important as the battles of Good and Evil in the fight to control the world's destiny, and where whole worlds' worth of lost wonders wait to be found.

In Skybourne, the old world has passed, and the new world belongs to whoever has the strength to take it.

The purpose of this kickstarter is to fund the first three books in the Skybourne line: Andrus: The City of Men, Woodfaring Adventures, and The Player’s Guide to Skybourne.

Andrus: The City of Men: Andrus is the last great city of the planet's surface. Founded in a crater not even the forest could claim, creatures the world over travel to Andrus to discuss their discoveries and seek their fortunes. Demon lords, dragon riders, merfolk traders, sentient plant creatures; anything and everything finds its way to Andrus eventually, and a thousand clans, cultures, and factions are constantly locked in battle for control over this last, great holdout of a bygone world.

Woodfaring Adventures: This book details the dangers of the forest and the treasures lurking within. From the relative safety of the treetops, to the dangers of the forest floor, to the inexpressible horror of the cryptwoods, this book details monsters, dungeons, and everything else a team of adventurers might encounter as they explore a dangerous new world.

The Player’s Guide to Skybourne: The Player’s Guide to Skybourne details airships and vehicles, new skill uses and player options, adventuring equipment, and everything else an adventurer needs to make their way through the world of Skybourne. With both completely new options and expanded and updated versions of some of our previous content, The Player's Guide to Skybourne details a host of player options for spicing up any campaign.

Each of these books can be used to begin exploring the Skybourne world, or may be easily adapted and applied to a host of other fantasy worlds, plotlines, and adventures.

Stretch Goals

Now that we have passed our initial funding goal, it's time for stretch goals!

 Add-Ons

The following add-ons are available for Skybourne, and more will become available as stretch goals are met. If you’d like any of the following, just increase your pledge by the indicated amount without increasing your pledge level.

Spheres of Power: $45 hardcover, $35 softcover (both include PDF), $15 PDF alone.

This book produced by our last kickstarter details a completely new magic system for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. Spheres of Power replaces the entire Vancian tradition with an easily-customizable system for magic that not only allows for customization of casters, but also of the very way magic works in a setting or campaign.

Wizard's Academy: $40 hardcover (Includes PDF), $15 PDF alone.

This combination adventure module/bestiary is designed for use with the Spheres of Power system, and details both old favorites and unique creatures converted for the Spheres of Power system.

Ships of Skybourne: $25 print (Includes PDF), $10 PDF alone.

This book greatly expands on the airship rules found in the Player's Guide to Skybourne, including expanded airship customization and combat rules, designing your own airship from the ground up, new flying races, and more options to make the most out of your airship adventures.

Extra print copy of Player's Guide to Skybourne: $25

  • Extra Player's Guide to Skybourne PDF: $10

Extra print copy of Andrus: The City of Men: $25

  • Extra Andrus: The City of Men PDF: $10

Extra print copy of Woodfaring Adventures: $25

  • Extra Woodfaring Adventures PDF: $10

Canvas Map of Andrus: $25

This 27x18 in. map of the city is done in a hand-drawn style and is printed on high-quality canvas, making it very durable and perfect for whatever your gaming needs.

Character Write-up: $40

With this add-on, you may create a character to be added to the Skybourne mythos, stat'ed out and included in one Skybourne volume (as appropriate for the character) and appearing in future volumes and stories about the Skybourne universe.

We've got a variety of ways to say thank you for helping us make this project a reality:

Follower: $1 pledge

  • Perfect for those who want to follow the project before deciding how much to pledge.

Fledgling: $10 pledge

  • Gain any one of the following PDFs: Andrus: The City of Men, Woodfaring Adventures, or The Player's Guide to Skybourne.

Delver: $25 pledge

  • Gain all three of the following PDFs: Andrus: The City of Men, Woodfaring Adventures, and The Player's Guide to Skybourne.

Adventurer: $35 pledge

  • Gain all four of the following PDFs: Andrus: The City of Men, Woodfaring Adventures, The Player's Guide to Skybourne, and Ships of Skybourne.
  • Backers of this level and above may pitch ideas, participate in surveys, and will actively help shape the future of the Skybourne line.

Hero: $75 pledge

  • Gain all three of the following PDFs and physical books: Andrus: The City of Men, Woodfaring Adventures, and The Player's Guide to Skybourne.
  • PDF of Ships of Skybourne.
  • Backers of this level and above may pitch ideas, participate in surveys, and will actively help shape the future of the Skybourne line.

Ultimate Collector: $100 pledge

  • Gain all four of the following PDFs and physical books: Andrus: The City of Men, Woodfaring AdventuresThe Player's Guide to Skybourne, and Ships of Skybourne. 
  • Backers of this level and above may pitch ideas, participate in surveys, and will actively help shape the future of the Skybourne line.
  • Gain a 27x18 map of Andrus printed on high-quality canvas.

Veteran Hero: $125 pledge

  • Gain all four of the following PDFs and physical books: Andrus: The City of Men, Woodfaring Adventures, The Player's Guide to Skybourne, and Ships of Skybourne.
  • Backers of this level and above may pitch ideas, participate in surveys, and will actively help shape the future of the Skybourne line.
  • Our artists will create one illustration of your choice for the Skybourne line, and we will send you a copy! (All ideas are subject to our approval.)

Retailer: $125 pledge

Available to US retailers only.

  • 3 copies of each of the following books: Andrus: The City of Men, Woodfaring Adventures, and The Player's Guide to Skybourne.
  • Each book will contain a code for a free PDF.

 Legend: $200 pledge

  • Gain all four of the following PDFs and physical books: Andrus: The City of Men, Woodfaring Adventures, The Player's Guide to Skybourne, and Ships of Skybourne.
  • Backers of this level and above may pitch ideas, participate in surveys, and will actively help shape the future of the Skybourne line.
  • Legend backers will get to take part in a special game held at Gen Con 2015, where their characters and adventures will be added to the Skybourne cannon for future products!
  • Gain a 27x18 map of Andrus printed on high-quality canvas.

Council: $400 pledge

  • Gain 1 copy of each of the following PDFs and physical books: Andrus: The City of Men, Woodfaring Adventures, The Player's Guide to Skybourne, and Ships of Skybourne.
  • Backers of this level and above may pitch ideas, participate in surveys, and will actively help shape the future of the Skybourne line.
  • We will include your company's logo and an ad of your choice in each book produced by this kickstarter!

Minor Deity: $5,000 pledge

  • Gain 5 copies of each of the following PDFs and physical books: Andrus: The City of Men, Woodfaring AdventuresThe Player's Guide to Skybourne, and Ships of Skybourne.
  • Backers of this level and above may pitch ideas, participate in surveys, and will actively help shape the future of the Skybourne line.
  • We will create one of anything of your choice for inclusion in the Skybourne universe! (All ideas are subject to our approval.)

Patron Deity: $10,000 pledge

  • Gain 10 copies of each of the following PDFs and physical books: Andrus: The City of Men, Woodfaring AdventuresThe Player's Guide to Skybourne, and Ships of Skybourne.
  • Backers of this level and above may pitch ideas, participate in surveys, and will actively help shape the future of the Skybourne line.
  • We will create one of anything of your choice for inclusion in the Skybourne universe! (All ideas are subject to our approval.)
  • 1 copy of everything Drop Dead Studios has ever or will ever produce!
  • We will name something in the book after you!
  • Listed in all future DDS products as the Patron Deity of Skybourne!

Shipping

Each book will be shipped out when it becomes available. All shipping in the United States is free, but because of the varied and expensive nature of international shipping, $25 is charged for international shipping. If a particular country is more expensive, we will work with each individual to find a cost-effective way to get them their rewards.

Risks and challenges

This is our third kickstarter, and through our past experience we've learned to deal with unexpected delays, sudden changes, and all sorts of obstacles. There is always a chance that artists will fall through, illness will strike, or an ill-timed electric storm will short out our equipment, but we promise that we will do our best to bring you a finished product we're proud of.

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