About this project
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR INTERNATIONAL BACKERS: Shipping for international backers is now free! Please find the "International" version of the level you wish to pledge at, and choose that. Thank you so much!
GRAND MASTER LEVEL BACKERS: The reward for your $250 pledge now includes EIGHT D'ni-themed FATE Dice & the Limited Edition Unwritten Dice Vault from Wyrmwood!
What many of our most brilliant physicists have long suspected is, in fact, true: beyond our universe, there are limitless others in mind-boggling variety. But humanity had never realized that the secret to those worlds was beneath its feet. For ten millennia, the D’ni lived in great caverns, ignoring the savages on the surface. Using their linking books, they built an empire that spanned dimensions. Its glory was ended abruptly a few centuries ago, and their city has stood empty. Until now.
Unwritten: Adventures in the Ages of MYST and Beyond combines the lush worlds and history of the Myst franchise of video games with the story-focused RPG mechanics of the Fate Core RPG system.
Together, they create an RPG where players can explore all the worlds of D'ni, telling their own stories in an almost limitless background.
A Storytelling Toolbox
The D'ni universe is made of infinite worlds made to order. On top of the engaging history built by Cyan Worlds, players can tell their own story of exploring the Ages, discovering new worlds, meeting new challenges. Unwritten puts a comprehensive set of tools into players hands, allowing them to tell the stories they want.
Unwritten uses Fate Core as its base system, with some tweaks to emphasize its themes of adventure, exploration and accomplishment.
D’ni is a place for adventure
There’s room for all sorts of pulpy goodness that would fit just fine into an Indiana Jones movie or a steampunk novel. Unwritten gives you tools for having epic adventures.
D'ni is a place for discovery
There are always mysteries to solve. Some are puzzles, and others are more like crime scenes. And beyond that, there are mysteries about ancient civilizations and strange sciences to delve into. Unwritten provides ways to role-play the journey into the unknown.
D’ni is a place to accomplish things
“Find a way, make a home” as Yeesha said. You’ll be able to create amazing machines, take advantage of the strange things you find in the Ages, as well as work together with others to make changes to your world, both local and cosmic.
- Introductory fiction by Ryan Miller
- A basic introduction to the D'niverse & tour of D'ni
- Collaborative world & character building
- Rules for Writing Ages
- Frameworks for games emphasizing exploration & discovery
- Ideas for running variants of D'ni past, present & future
Unwritten's cover piece is by the talented Claire Hummel, of Historical Disney Princesses and Bioshock: Infinite fame. Claire's long-time passion for the Myst games made her a natural fit!
Unwritten will be a 6x9 inch book, with color cover and B&W interior. After the campaign ends, it will be available for purchase as a "Pay-What-You-Want" PDF, and as a softcover POD book, from DriveThroughRPG
Where The Money Goes
The money we raise for Unwritten will go primarily towards making Unwritten a quality print and PDF product. Funding will go towards professional editing, art & layout. A manuscript is complete, but we need your help to take it the last steps and make it an awesome product.
What Still Needs To Be Done
Art! We already have some great artists on board who love the Myst universe as much as we do. We just need to pay them for their ample talents.
Layout & Design! Much of the basic layout & concepts are ready to go; artwork needs to be added, details of design fined tuned.
More Testing! We are very close to beta play testing stage, when we will be able to put more of the rule set into the hands of GMs and players so we can gather your comments & pick your brains.
We have planned a wide array of rewards for the project. Below is a more detailed description of each reward, grouped by type.
No matter what level you pledge, you'll receive our thanks and recognition for your support on the Unwritten RPG website and in the book listed by your pledge level. Those who choose The Grower tier will be listed as Associate Producers!
Available tier levels: All
Beta access will get you access to beta section of the Unwritten RPG forums as soon as the project is funded. You'll be able to see early versions of the manuscript once it is ready for beta viewing and your comments will help shape the final product.
Available tiers: BOOK ($25) and higher
Design an Age
Five supporters will have a chance to work with us to design a new Age that will be included in Unwritten. Each Age will be a few pages worth of description, including any stats needed for GMs to use it in their game.
Available tiers: GUILD OF WRITERS ($150)
Unwritten - the book
Unwritten will be available as a high quality PDF, in the same dimensions as the print book.
Available tiers: PEN ($10) and higher
6x9 inch softcover edition, with a color cover, and B&W interior
Available tiers: GUILDSMAN ($50), GUILD OF ARTISTS ($75)
Exclusive Hardcover Version
Unwritten in a quality hardbound edition, also 6x9 with a color cover and B&W interior
This hardcover edition is an offer exclusive to the Kickstarter - we will not be making this option available later on.
Available tiers: GUILD MASTER ($100) and above
Cover Art Poster
The cover of Unwritten in an 11 x 17 inch poster
Available Tiers: GUILD OF ARTISTS & UP($75)
D'ni Name Mandala
A digital image file of your name as a D'ni mandala
Available Tiers: GUILD OF ARTISTS & UP($75)
D'ni-themed Fate Dice
This reward is a set of 4 Fate/Fudge dice with a D'ni theme.
Available tiers: GRAND MASTER ($250)
Richard A Watson, known as RAWA to the D'niverse fans, is Cyan's D'ni historian, and keeper of the D'ni language. He will translate (within guidelines) one sentence for each pledge.
Available tiers: GUILD OF LINGUISTS ($250)
These are special limited rewards, a number of hand-crafted pendants.
The Art - The core of the D'ni culture was their ability to write Ages, symbolized here by a leather-bound book, a pen nib, and an ink beetle.
Available tier: GUILD CAPTAIN 1 ($150)
Hall of Kings - The Hall of Kings appears in the games Uru: Ages Beyond Myst and Myst Online. This brass pendant features the tree design from the floor.
Available tier: GUILD CAPTAIN 2 ($150)
Silver D'ni Pendant - A special reward for our most generous supporters, this is a sterling silver pendant featuring your name in D'ni letters (or closest equivalent).
Available tiers: GREAT LORD OF D'NI ($500) and THE GROWER ($1000)
Custom Leather Bookcover
Our most generous supporters will get, in addition to their other rewards, a custom leather book cover to go with their exclusive hardback copy of Unwritten.
Available tier: THE GROWER ($1000)
All backers of BOOK level or higher will get any electronic documents we produce as stretch goals.
All electronic documents we produce as stretch goals will be given to backers who pledge BOOK level or higher. Details on other stretch goals will be listed below.
$6000 - UNLOCKED! - A short story
Set in the D'ni universe by Hugo-award winning science fiction author David D. Levine! PDF, Epub & Mobi (BOOK level and higher)
$8000 - UNLOCKED! - People & Ages of D'ni Sourcebook
Stats on notable people and places from D'ni's past and present. If we reach this goal, we will add FIVE MORE Guild of Writer pledges, and they'll be included in this book. PDF, Epub & Mobi (BOOK level and higher)
$10,000 - UNLOCKED! - Unwritten Pocket Notebook.
Made of 100% recycled materials, with a natural chipboard cover printed with the Unwritten logo. Additional notebooks will be available as an addon. (BOOK Level & Higher)
$15,000 - UNLOCKED!- Fate Tokens & Free International Shipping
A bag of 12 wooden, laser engraved fate tokens (GUILDSMAN level and higher), and international shipping will be FREE for all pledge level items! (BOOK Level & Higher)
$20,000 - UNLOCKED!- Dice Boxes for Grand Masters & FATE Dice for add-on
8 Dice & a Limited Edition Unwritten Dice Vault from Wyrmwood for the Grand Master pledge level, and D'ni FATE dice add on for GUILDSMAN & above
Unwritten Pocket Notebooks- Available to BOOK tier and above- up to 10 notebooks at $3 each. No additional shipping cost for US or International.
Softcover- Available to GUILDSMAN and above- Up to 4 additional copies of the softcover for $15 each.
Hardcover- Available to GUILD MASTER and above- Up to 2 additional copies of the hardcover for $25 each.
Poster- Available to GUILD OF ARTISTS and above- Up to 2 additional copies of the poster for $10 each.
D'ni FATE Dice- Available to GUILDSMAN and above- Up to 4 sets of dice for $20 each
To include an add on with your pledge, follow these steps:
~Increase your pledge in the Pledge Amount box by the total of the add-ons you want to add.
~Do not change the tier you are currently pledged at, unless you also want to change it while you are on this screen. You will then need to add the total of your add ons onto the amount of the new tier you chose.
~After the end of the campaign you will receive a survey that will ask you questions about which add ons you are choosing
~ You don't need to decide about add ons now! There will be a small window to include add ons after the campaign ends.
Do I need to add shipping/handling?
For everything other than the notebooks, shipping is dependant on the number of items you are ordering: 1-5 items $5 US, $10 International; 6-10 Items- $10 US, $20 International. Over 10 additional items, we will contact you.
Myst, Uru, D'ni and all related images, music and works © Cyan Worlds, Inc. and are used with permission. Reward images are initial designs, actual execution may vary slightly.
Risks and challenges
This is a labor of love for us - we are Myst and Uru fans through and through. No matter what happens, the Unwritten RPG will see the light of day.
That being said, we are working hard to make this a spectacular product. The manuscript itself has completed the first draft. We are focusing on the post-writing process - editing, artwork, layout, promotion. This is where the potential pitfalls may crop up.
Our philosophy is to err on the side of caution and take extra time in order to ensure that the products and rewards are of the quality we expect. We plan on frequent and open communication both through Kickstarter and our forums. We want to keep our supporters well-informed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Yes, they do.
As long time MYST fans, we feel very honored that they've trusted us with romping around in their universe, and although they are not directly involved in Unwritten, they are 'in the loop' as far as what we're up to.
No, it isn't.
Cyan has got something of their own up their sleeve, and we're waiting (im)patiently for their Kickstarter, too! *pacepace*
We chose a 'support Unwritten' model of reward levels, rather than a 'pre-order' model.
If the Kickstarter is successful, the PDF and softcover will be available retail, and you're welcome to wait until then.
While there will be a hoppin' BETA forum, we also have a general forum where you can hang out, chatter about Unwritten and ask questions. http://www.unwrittenrpg.com/forum/
Dice will be an available add on if we reach the $20K mark
It is our intention to ship all of your goodies to you at once- our timeline at this point is to begin shipping in April of 2014.
The exception to this is the posters, which need to be shipped flat- and the brass pendants, which will come directly from the creator. These items should come to your home soon after they are produced, and will let people know when they are released into the wild.
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