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Update #10

Future Plans

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Before we announce our strategy for the future of the Genesis Roleplaying System, I would like to first thank all of our backers for this project and for sticking with us to the end.  We truly appreciate it.

New Name

After looking over the suggestions from our backers, we focused on creating a meaningful name befitting a roleplaying system.  It should represent something; convey a mood.  However, we did not to center the new name on the card system itself (though we did enjoy C.A.R.D - Cast Away Roleplaying Dice), but rather on what it means to adventure and discover.  I would like to thank all who contributed to the process.

With that said, the new name is the Aspyrias Adventuring System.  We based the name on an Old English word, aspyrian, which means to investigate, study, explore, and discover.  It also reminds us of the word, aspire, which most adventures strive to do - to seek glory and fame at a level beyond themselves.

Kickstarter Relaunch

We will relaunch the kickstarter project under the new name, however we want to first promote the system.  We found that developing the system while promoting it within the Kickstarter time frame was much too laborious and felt it too detrimental to the project. 

To do this, we are going to put out a PDF and POD version of the quickstart rules as soon as they are finished.  The PDF will have a Print-and-Play version of the cards and will be available through RPGNow.com and DriveThruRPG.com.  The POD version will contain only the cards needed to play as well as a Coupon Code for a free download of the PDF rules.  This will be available at  TheGameCrafter.com.  We plan to get these Aspyrias Quick Start Rules by the end of this year.

We are also developing new videos to help showcase game play and unique aspects of the system. 

Playtest Groups  

In addition to the Quick Start Rules, these will also serve as getting a playtest credit for the project, but only if you were a backer of this project and the future Aspyrias Kickstrater Project.  You also must give feedback by voluntarily posting on our Facebook page or Forums.

Our Next Kickstarter Project

We also found that Kickstarter projects, especially roleplaying systems, prove more successful when coupled with a theme or campaign setting.  Therefore, we will merge the system rules with our flagship Feudal Lords Campaign Setting.

We will launch a smaller Kickstarter project focused on a Feudal Lords Campaign Setting Guide reimagined with the Aspyrias Adventuring System.  The Kickstarter is to mainly fund new artwork and development, including cartography to expand the Feudal Lords world.  As a small company, the biggest upfront cost is good artwork that can inspire players and Game Masters alike.

If the project gets more than its initial funding, in addition to stretch goals, we will set aside the majority of those funds to help produce the Aspyrias system, which in turn, will allow our future Aspyrias Kickstarter project to have a smaller, more attainable goal.

Rewards for our Backers

Though it is not customary, we plan on giving small rewards to those that supported this project until the end as a way of saying "Thank You."  Your insight and feedback has helped us enormously and we like to take care of our fans when we can.  We make games because we are gamers and we are passionate about the products we produce.

The rewards will range from coupon codes for the Aspyrias Adventuring System Quick Start Rules when they become available to a free complimentary copy of the rules, among other things.  Also, all that backed this project will receive a special thanks in the upcoming Quick Start Rules. 

The rewards are dependent on the level you backed the project and we will not reveal at what level is associated with what reward, but we plan to give each level a small token of our appreciation.

IMPORTANT: To participate, you must send me your e-mail via a private message and make sure your SPAM filter is off.  This is the only way to receive these rewards.  The private message displays your backer info.  We will not use your e-mail for any other purpose (please note, this does not include e-mails you allowed sent via RPGNow or DriveThruRPG).  Also, please allow ample time to receive your reward (for instance, we cannot give a coupon code for a product that does not exist - so, do not expect a coupon code for the Quick Start Rules next week).

Facebook

To keep abreast of news concerning the Aspyrias Adventuring System, we ask you to join our Facebook page at:

http://www.facebook.com/APGGames  

Questions

As always, we welcome questions, concerns, and criticism on this announcement or any other by posting here.

Thanks and Happy Gaming,

Josh

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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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    ============================= 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. ============================= INTERNATIONAL GAMERS - We do not want to leave any of our fellow international gamers behind. However, we do ask that you add an additional $50.00 to help process shipping and handling.

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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! ============================= INTERNATIONAL GAMERS - We do not want to leave any of our fellow international gamers behind. However, we do ask that you add an additional $35.00 (Canada/Mexico) and $50.00 (all other countries) to help process shipping and handling.

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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. ============================= INTERNATIONAL GAMERS - 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 help process shipping and handling (This applies to all rewards of ADVENTURER and higher).

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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. ============================= INTERNATIONAL GAMERS - 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 help process shipping and handling (This applies to all rewards of ADVENTURER and higher).

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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. ============================= INTERNATIONAL GAMERS - We do not want to leave any of our fellow international gamers behind. However, we do ask that you add an additional $35.00 (Canada/Mexico) and $50.00 (all other countries) to help process shipping and handling.

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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. ============================= INTERNATIONAL GAMERS - We do not want to leave any of our fellow international gamers behind. However, we do ask that you add an additional $35.00 (Canada/Mexico) and $50.00 (all other countries) to help process shipping and handling.

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