About this project
Welcome to Rockalypse, the post-apocalyptic game of musical conflict!
Rockalypse is a new game for Fate Core written by Eric Simon. It's Scott Pilgrim meets Mad Max, Tank Girl meets Jem, Beat Street meets Buckaroo Banzai, plus FLCL, Brutal Legend, Six-String Samurai, and more. If you've always wanted to save the world with the ultimate battle of the bands, then Rockalypse is for you!
Are you ready to lay down a funky groove? Can you play versatile backup everything? Do you have a sample library the gods would envy? Is your power in your voice? Then Rockalypse is for you!
Choose from a menu of apocalypses, or mash them up to create new combinations!
- The Wasteland - The classic post-apocalyptic ruined desert
- Aliens From Dimension X - Alien infestation or takeover
- Streets of CyberCity - Fighting the megacorps for survival
- Pandemonium - Hell on Earth, literally
- Rock and Roll High School - The worst apocalypse of all
But whether you're facing aliens, demons, mutants, or megacorps, you'll need to haul out that face-melting guitar solo, literally. Instead of Fighting or Shooting, you'll take down your enemies with Melody, Harmony, Rhythm, and Rhyme. Any music, any instrument, any style you want. But hurry - the world is depending on you!
If you want to know more about the game, download the Quick-Start rules right now on DriveThruRPG!
We're Kickstarting this game because we want to reach as many people as we can reach and make this the best book we can make. We're so happy to be working with the artists we have, and we want to pay them well for the art that will be in this book.
The base funding goal does just that - it pays for the art. And most of the stretch goals we have in mind are designed to make the book better. The book is written. It just needs to be produced, and for that we need your help!
Our first two reward levels are straightforward:
- Groupie ($10) - Get the PDF and any digital rewards we unlock. (We do have a few of those in mind.)
- Roadie ($20) - Get the PDF and the physical book and any physical and digital rewards we unlock.
From there it gets a little bit more interesting, because we're trying something new. All of these rewards involve the Rockalypse 2017 Tour Shirt and Poster, pledge rewards that will help you show your love of musical roleplaying! Designs for both are still in the works, and we hope to have backers vote on the final versions.
But the really exciting thing is that we are offering YOU the chance to put your group, event, or store on the tour itself for everyone to see! Pledge at the higher levels and you'll be able to help write a stop on the Rockalypse tour or name an opening band!
- Concertgoer ($50) - Get the same stuff as the Roadie level, plus the Rockalypse tour shirt and poster.
- Tour Sponsor ($150) - Get all the things, and you also get to put your band name, event, or location on the shirt and poster!
- Private Concert ($500) - I will personally bring Rockalypse to you! Get everything in the tour sponsorship, plus I will spend 2-3 days at your convention, store, or even home just running games.
Here are the stretch goals we've announced so far. More to come as these get unlocked!
Stretch Goal 1 (UNLOCKED!) - New Setting: RagnaRock
If we make just $500 over our target, I will add this entirely new setting to the apocalypses included in the book. RagnaRock is an apocalypse of gods at war, with mortals acting as pawns in that great battle. Will you Sail the poisoned sea? Or will you Ride with the valkyries?
Stretch Goal 2 (UNLOCKED!) - Picks and Stickers
Everyone getting physical product will receive one custom guitar pick and a sheet of Rockalypse-themed band stickers to slap on your amp or drum case. And if you're just getting digital products, don't worry! We'll give everyone the PDF file of that sticker sheet so you can print them out yourself and decorate whatever you want!
Stretch Goal 3 (UNLOCKED!) - Fate Accelerated Supplement
This will be a PDF-only separate release that focuses the rules of Rockalypse down even further using the FAE approach system. It will also include an entirely new set of stunts specifically for FAE. Free to all backers, cheap to everyone else on DriveThruRPG!
Stretch Goal 4 (UNLOCKED!) - Art Upgrades
We will pay both our artists more to do more work! Chris Fennell's pieces will go full-color, and Lauren Brown will do even more characters (and other stuff too)! We love paying artists! Help us do that!
Stretch Goal 5 (UNLOCKED!) - Print Upgrades
Our book is already going to be full-color and glossy, but at this level we switch from softcover to hardcover AND include the Fate Accelerated supplement in the print book itself! (The supplement will still be available separately as a PDF.)
Eric Simon runs Four-in-Hand Games. Among other things, he is the line developer for Steamscapes, a historical steampunk setting for Savage Worlds.
Lauren Brown is a freelance illustrator with a broad range of credits that includes TV projects like Archer as well as gaming industry projects like ValorCon.
Chris Fennell is an illustrator and animator who has worked on shows such as The Awesomes and Legends of Chamberlain Heights.
Risks and challenges
The book is written, and we already have established print and PDF distribution practices. There is absolutely no danger of not getting your book to you. Our new challenges for this campaign are mostly related to our experiment with the promotional t-shirt and poster, but we are excited to try that out. We really think it will work!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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