About this project
Everyman Gaming, in partnership with Rogue Genius Games, is proud to present the Dynastic Races Compendium! The Dynastic Races Compendium is designed to be the go-to resource for campaign flavor and PC mechanics for a small number of "dynastic" races, which consist of kitsune, nagaji, samsarans, and wayangs. In addition to covering traditional avenues like archetypes and feats, we want to focus in on the culture, biology, and psychology of these races in order to create a product like none that has ever existed for these races.
This book compiles and expands upon the content from Everyman Gaming's Kitsune Compendium and Samsaran Compendium products, and enough new and old material for these races has been developed that the kitsune and samsaran chapters in this book are fully written, and the kitsune chapter is fully illustrated. Because of the expense involved in giving these races the illustrative treatment they deserve, we've come to Kickstarter to ask fans old and new alike to help us in our quest to make the best race guide for these races that anyone's ever seen!
Want to know what Everyman Gaming's design chops are like? We've created a small "pay what you want" PDF product that includes two spreads of flavor for kitsune, nagaji, samsarans, and wayangs, as well as 20 alternate racial traits for each race.
It takes special care, consideration, and concern to make a race, "new" and "exciting." When most publishers tackle the addition or expansion of a player race, they typically paint in broad strokes and leave the rest for GMs to fill. But when its Thursday night and you have a game to run in an hour, how can anyone expect to create a fully realized race that isn't just, "foxy human," or "blue human," or "snake-faced human?"
The Dynastic Races Compendium solves this problem by using each race's mythological routes to create a fresh, fully fleshed-out take on the kitsune, nagaji, samsaran, and wayang both as Player Races and as characters in any Pathfinder RPG campaign. Each race's flavor and lore is painstakingly designed to work with the content for each that you've already grown grown accustomed to. The Dynastic Races Compendium doesn't "remagine" any of the dynastic races, it refines and enhances them by making what's already great about each of the races even better while adding in new ideas and details that work seamlessly with what you already have.
The Dynastic Races Compendium consists of two sections: The Dynastic Races section and the Character Options section. Each will be marked with a stunning 1-1/2 page illustration.
- Four eastern-themed races: kitsune, nagaji, samsaran, and wayang.
- Each race includes an introduction, facts and falsehoods believed about the race, the race's life cycle and biology, the race's cultural beliefs and practices, and ethnicities that exist within the race.
- This consists of roughly 18–20 pages of content for each race, for a total of roughly 80 pages.
- Roughly eight pages of new archetypes, some specifically for members of the dynastic races, others available to all characters.
- New feats themed around the dynastic races.
- 20 alternate racial traits for each dynastic race.
- This consists of roughly 18–20 pages.
This is by no means a comprehensive list of what we're hoping to accomplish with this product. With our fan's help, we're hoping to make the Dynastic Races Compendium one of the comprehensive, if not THE most comprehensive, race book that tabletop gaming has ever seen!
As with any Kickstarter, we're introducing a number of awesome unlockables to the Kickstarter as we progress. These Stretch Goals begin to unlock as the amount of money we raise moves above and beyond our initial funding goal. Additionally, we have a social media event on Facebook going on for our campaign, and special "Social Media goals" will be presented there; make sure to join our Facebook group so you can know what to do to help unlock cool perks for the backers, like Rogue Genius Games product rewards and neat swag like paper pawns and printable coloring pages!
More stretch goals to be revealed as we progress!
Risks and challenges
Although this is Everyman Gaming's first official Kickstarter, this isn't Alex's first experience with crowfunding or publishing. Everyman Gaming publishes roughly 12 products per year, and last year alone we added our first two print products to our line-up, with our third releasing later this month. Furthermore, our partners at Rogue Genius Games are incredibly experienced in both these fields as well; they've run two successful Kickstarters within the past few months and have produced dozens of books as well.
The primary risk for the Dynastic Races Compendium is our author (Alex Augunas) or artist (Jacob Blackmon) being struck by some major illness or injury. In such a scenario, we're prepared to reach out to friends and contacts throughout the industry, from Rogue Genius Games and belong, to complete this project in as timely of a manner as possible.
Currently, the Kitsune chapter for the Dynastic Races Compendium is complete, as is the text (but not the art) for the Samsaran chapter; these are based on earlier works and have been edited and upgraded with numerous new articles and content. We want to use the Dynastic Races Kickstart to speed up the process of making this product happen; it took a full year's worth of Everyman Gaming resources to fund the kitsune chapter, and we don't want our fans waiting that long for the completed product.
Another potential challenge could arise from backers who wish to have character illustrations included in the Dynastic Races Compendium if they aren't quick to communicate with Jacob or I. Backers who pledge at those levels must deliver text promptly, and it will be developed as quickly as possible. We will not hold up the project due to lack of submission, however.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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