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Welcome to a new addition to the role-playing game genre. Although a role-playing game, the Genesis system is vastly different than its predecessors. First, apart from being a role-playing game, it is also a deck building game, where players create a character deck as they adventure. The character deck serves as their potential to overcome hazards and monsters to progress the storyline. Secondly, unlike traditional role-playing games, the Genesis system does not need dice resolution.

Simply consider the Genesis system as gaining a level. After all, you've been leveling for years - isn't it about time your RPG levels up.

Genesis is a role-playing system that allows you, the players, to delve into realms of endless adventure and experience grand exploits of the imagination.  One player, the Game Master, takes on the role of a storyteller or narrator, creating scenery and stories for the mind, weaving action with adventure.

The Genesis game uses a special set of cards, most possessing a number and one or more icons.  The number is called a power number (or PN) and the icons correspond with one of five abilities: Agility, Charm, Insight, Strength, and Willpower.

In a normal card game, players draw from a common deck of cards.  In the Genesis role-play system you have a character deck, unique to you, that only you draw from.  All players begin with a starting basic deck based on their character theme, commonly known as a class.  You customize your character deck as you adventure.  At the end of the your turn, discard your entire hand and draw a new one from your character deck.

The Genesis Roleplaying Game, you will find, is extremely flexible to adapt to your style of play.  If you want dice, use them.  You want to create new classes to fit your campaign, it is easier than you think - you can create a new class in just a few minutes.  Create NPCs in seconds.  Want to ignore power numbers altogether or use a little of everything?  You can.  We will share these ideas with you so you can tinker the rules to your liking.

Our goal is $15,000.  It is to fund further development, artwork, and more importantly - printing the cards and other game materials needed to make a quality gaming experience.  This is a new, innovative concept and we want to do it right.

The Starter Box: 100 Ability Cards (Agility, Charm, Insight, Strength, and Willpower); 36 Wound Cards; 72 Experience Cards; Equipment and Distance Cards for 4 players.

The Players: Quick Start Rules; 4 Starter Character Sheets; 4 Blank Character Sheets; Adrenaline, Stamina, and Mana Pips.

The Game Masters: Game Master Rules; Chagrin Shadows, an introductory adventure; Monster Cards.

If we surpass this goal, we will include stretch goals for additional support products, such as the Magic Expansion and other awesome stuff.

Being new to crowdfunding, we feel it serves as a powerful tool to get innovative ideas off the ground and into reality.  At Alea Publishing Group, we understand the difficulty of sustaining innovative ideas, we've been doing it for over 10 years.  That is why, we will participate in "Kicking it Forward."  After making the Genesis Roleplaying System a reality, we will support other innovative ideas by contributing 5% of our funding to other Kickstarter projects.

Want to know more about the game or our design goals?  We invite you to participate in the forum discussions over at EnWorld.  We've started a few threads discussing the aspects of the Genesis Roleplaying System and this list will grow in the following weeks.

Introduction 

Genesis Roleplaying System 101: Subtlety

Genesis Roleplaying System 101: Wounds

Genesis Roleplaying System 101: Experience

Genesis Roleplaying System 101: Magic

Genesis Roleplaying System 101: Magic, Part II

We would like to thank all who contribute to our project and hope the RPG revolution proves most successful.  We are passionate and excited about the Genesis Roleplaying System and hope to share this moment with each of you.

ATTENTION TO INTERNATIONAL CONTRIBUTORS (UPDATED): We do not want to leave any of our fellow international gamers behind.  However, we do ask that you add an additional $25.00 to the ADVENTURER and higher rewards to help process shipping and handling.

PDFS: All PDF rewards, save for future projects, are available now and will distribute those immediately following the close of this successfully funded project. 

PROTOTYPE VERSIONS: All prototype versions of the game all also available now and will distribute them immediately following the close of this successfully funded project.  Please allow at least 2 weeks for delivery (longer for international orders).

ABOUT THE JULY 2013 RELEASE: We chose this date as a precautionary standard.  We plan to release the set in the first quarter of next year with a full PDF version of the game by the end of this year.

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    SERF - Thank you for your donation to our groundbreaking project. Every contribution, no matter how small, counts.

    For our appreciation, and to acknowledge that mighty castles cannot be built without the backbone of serfs, you will receive a PDF copy of our popular MEDIEVAL LANDSCAPES: PEASANT HOUSE.

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    JOURNEYMAN - In addition to a contributor credit in our Journeyman Acknowledgments page of the Genesis rulebook and any future accompanying campaign guide, you shall receive a BASIC PRINT and PLAY version of the game (PDF format).

    Furthermore, you shall recieive a PDF copy of our popular GAME MASTER OPTIONS: MEDIEVAL LIFE AND LAWS.

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    PATHFINDER - In addition to the Journeyman package, as Pathfinder contributor, you shall receive an ADVANCED PRINT and PLAY version of the game (PDF format). The advanced version contains a proposed expansion of the basic set featuring a deck of Magic ability cards.

    Moreover, you shall receive PDF copies of our PLAYER OPTIONS series: ANCIENT WIZARD MAGIC and FLAWS AND MERITS.

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    ADVENTURER - In addition to the PATHFINDER package, you shall receive 1 copy of the GENESIS ROLEPLAYING SYSTEM with an EXCLUSIVE character theme, "The Adventurer." This character theme will not be in the regular print run, and the expansion may never see print, so pre-ording on Kickstarter MAY be the ONLY way to get this special character theme.

    Furthermore, as an adventurer, you must be prepared for anything. Therefore, you shall also receive PDF copies of our entire MEDIEVAL BESTIARY line of products. This includes: MONSTROUS GUIDE, ORC CULTURE, WITCH PUPPET, MORRIGAN, and ANTHROPOPHAGI.

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    CHAMPION - In addition to the ADVENTURER package, you shall also receive a PDF copy of our highly rated ADVENTURER'S GUIDE TO CTHONIA and the accompanying adventure, THREE DAYS UNTIL DAWN. Take your first steps into the Feudal Lords Campaign Setting.

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    GRANDMASTER - In addition to the CHAMPION package, you will receive the BASIC PLAYTEST VERSION of the GENESIS ROLEPLAYING SYSTEM. This is the prototype we used to develop and playtest the game. This set includes the basic ability cards (Agility, Charm, Insight, Strength, and Willpower), Wound cards, and Experience cards. Best of all, this basic playtest package is AVAILABLE NOW!

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    EXALTED - In addition to the GRANDMASTER package, you will receive a PDF copy of the ADVANCED HANDBOOK for the GENESIS ROLEPLAYING SYSTEM when it becomes available.

    Furthermore, you also get a GENESIS SYSTEM TOTE BAG to carry all your gaming gear.

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    LEGEND - In addition to the EXALTED rewards, you shall receive the EXTENDED PLAYTEST VERSION of the GENESIS ROLEPLAYING SYSTEM. This includes everything in the basic version, outlined above, and the following: armor cards, weapon cards, range cards (and card stands), as well as the proposed future MAGIC EXPANSION cards featuring the Magic ability cards.

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    PARAGON - In addition to the LEGEND rewards, you shall receive the ULTIMATE PLAYTEST VERSION of the GENESIS ROLEPLAYING SYSTEM. This prototype version of the game includes everything we used to develop the system: monster cards, tokens, event cards, etc.

    Furthermore, we will upgrade the tote bag to the GENESIS SYSTEM FIELD BAG to carry your game gear and include your choice of a GENESIS HAT or T-SHIRT.

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    MYTHIC HERO - In addition to the PARAGON package, this level of contribution offers many unique rewards.

    First, you will receive two copies of the GENESIS ROLEPLAYING SYSTEM.

    Next, you will help us develop either a noble house or a mythic hero in the future GENESIS CAMPAIGN SETTING. This exclusive reward includes name, history, game advantages, etc. (all within reason) and will allow you to claim a DEVELOPER credit.

    Furthermore, we will upgrade the field bag to the GENESIS SYSTEM MESSENGER BAG and include an ALEA PUBLISHING GROUP DEVELOPER POLO SHIRT with your name.

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    CREATOR - With your greatly appreciated contribution, you shall hold the power of creation within your hands. This is an unparalleled reward of epic proportion.

    In addition to the MYTHIC HERO package, you will receive three copies of the GENESIS ROLEPLAYING SYSTEM.

    Next, in lieu of developing a mythic hero or noble house, you shall aid us in creating a god or saint in the future GENESIS CAMPAIGN SETTING. This includes name, history, game advantages, powers, a possible artifact associated with your otherworldly being, etc. (all within reason) and will allow you to garner a CREATOR credit on the COVER!

    Furthermore, you will receive all future Alea Publishing Group products, in PDF and electronic form, for life!

    Lastly, we will include an exclusive GENESIS ROLEPLAYING SYSTEM CREATOR POLO SHIRT (in lieu of the Developer polo) with your name as well as a T-SHIRT with the holy symbol associated with your god or saint.

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