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A project to produce the Romulan War series of novels and a supplemental manual to the original Four Years War campaign.
A project to produce the Romulan War series of novels and a supplemental manual to the original Four Years War campaign.
A project to produce the Romulan War series of novels and a supplemental manual to the original Four Years War campaign.
223 backers pledged $18,968 to help bring this project to life.

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The Romulan War and Tech Manual Kickstarter

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The Four Years War: Technical Manual is an extension of the original Four Years War campaign that I ran back in 2014.

The Four Years War novels. Click on the image above to learn more.
The Four Years War novels. Click on the image above to learn more.

In brief, The Four Years War was a protracted conflict between the United Federation of Planets and the Klingon Empire, which took place roughly ten years prior to the events depicted in Star Trek: The Original Series. 

Taking all available data I could find, I wrote four complete novels, each one depicting a year of the war, with each composed of interwoven short stories of those serving on the front lines of the conflict. 

Interior layout of the tech manual. 150 estimated pages.
Interior layout of the tech manual. 150 estimated pages.

Throughout the course my writing, I compiled a massive amount of statistics, diagrams, illustrations, and much more. Some were created by me, while others were supplied to me. With the permission of those artists, and at the request of fans of the Four Years War, I decided to create a technical manual that would enhance the material I'd already committed to the novels.

Proposed cover art for the 8.5"x11" manual (left) and the 24"x19" color poster (right)
Proposed cover art for the 8.5"x11" manual (left) and the 24"x19" color poster (right)

As part of the new aim of the project, I'll also be using the funds to pay for the editing of three novels written for the Romulan Wars. Most of the background data will come from FASA material, just like the Four Years War, but I'll also be tying in a lot of fan material that's been produced over the last few decades. This wont follow any of the timelines established by Enterprise (ENT), nor any of the movies that have come out since 2001. This will be an original, all-new take on the three year conflict between the Romulans and the fledgling Federation.

The money raised by this campaign will not only ensure that the books are properly edited, it will also ensure that as many people as possible can receive physical copies of them. That means ordering in bulk. It will also guarantee that everyone who donates toward physical copies will receive at least one fully embroidered 4" patch commemorating this campaign.

Memory Alpha patch, given to all backers of $25 or more.
Memory Alpha patch, given to all backers of $25 or more.

And, with each stretch goal surpassed, another patch will be released, as well as a few surprise goodies I've created especially for the fans.

This will be a prelude project to the upcoming Romulan War series that I will be producing in 2016!

Previous Campaign Veterans -
If you pledged as a "Captain level" backer (Federation or Klingon) in the 2014 campaign, and you pledge $40 or more to this campaign, you will automatically receive the Starfleet Third Fleet Captain 4" patch depicted below:

3rd Fleet Captain - Final product will have metallic highlights.
3rd Fleet Captain - Final product will have metallic highlights.

If you pledged as an "Admiral or General level" backer (Federation or Klingon) or higher in the 2014 campaign, and you pledge $40 or more to this campaign, you will automatically receive the Starfleet Third Fleet Admiral 4" patch depicted below:

3rd Fleet Admiral - Final product will have metallic highlights.
3rd Fleet Admiral - Final product will have metallic highlights.

For those who were unable to pledge into the initial campaign in 2014, I've created two donation levels that will allow you to receive physical copies of the novels that were produced from it along with anything from this campaign... but those levels are limited to only a handful of spots.  

You can help by becoming a part of the adventure today.

$3,200 Goal

Surpassing this mark with not only ensure that your shipments are well protected internally, it will also guarantee everyone who's donated at the $15 level or higher a new 4" patch. It depicts three Achernar-class cruisers, and the names of the five star-systems they fought over with the Klingons:

 $5,000 Goal

Our next milestone! If we can make it here, all backers at the $15 level or higher will receive the 4" embroidered Klingon D-7 R&D patch and a full color, 24"x19" starship reference chart highlighting all the classes in the Four Years War novels.

Klingon D-7 R&D and Starship Reference Chart
Klingon D-7 R&D and Starship Reference Chart

 $10,000 Goal

This will ensure that the Romulan War series of novels can be properly edited. Once we reach this level, all backers of $15 or higher will also receive the first of the Romulan War patches shown below: 

$15,000 Goal

I can't believe it! We're on track to nearly triple the last campaign by the time this is all over. But, that's in the future. For now the... $15,000 stretch goal.

Reaching this goal will ADD the Romulan War Technical Manual to the per-existing Four Years War manual that's being produced. That's projected to add about 100 pages to your books, and in color!

Along with this, two new 4" patches and poster will be added to all levels of $25 or above. They are shown below (the new ,Romulan Patch, is not yet depicted):

First Combined Fleet and the 18"x24" Federation Starship Chart
First Combined Fleet and the 18"x24" Federation Starship Chart

At $15,000, there are also new sets of perks that will be given out to existing backers at specific levels. More information about those can obtained here:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1910450936/star-trek-the-four-years-war-technical-manual/posts/1270771

Risks and challenges

When it comes to fulfillment, every project has potential obstacles, and my work is no different. While I own my own publishing company, I do not print my own material. This is where, if ever, there are any delays. I'll be working closely with my distributor to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible.

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    Junior Officer (Named): Your name will appear as a crewman in the Romulan War series with a rank between Ensign and Lieutenant Commander. You will receive a full-color, paperback copy of the Four Years War technical manual and the three books of the Romulan War series in 6"x9" paperback. You will also receive any perk that has been unlocked during the campaign.

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    Retroactive Captain - You will receive full-color, paperback copies of the Four Years War technical manual and all four novels in series, and your name will appear in the acknowledgement section of the tech manual.

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    Commander (2-War Veteran)- You will receive a full-color, paperback copy of the Four Years War technical manual, paperback copies of both the Romulan War and the the Four Years War books (7 total), a Four Years War poster, and your name will appear in the acknowledgement section of the new books.

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    Captain - You will receive a full-color, hardcover copy of the Four Years War technical manual, a paperback copy of the technical manual, the Four Years War poster, the 3rd Fleet Captain patch, and your name will appear in the acknowledgement section of the tech manual.

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    Captain (Named): Your name will appear as a starship Captain in the Romulan War series. You will receive a full-color, paperback copy of the Four Years War technical manual, the Four Years War poster, a custom Captain's patch, and the three books of the Romulan War series in 6"x9" paperback. Your name will also appear in the acknowledgement section.

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    Captain - USS Enterprise (Named): Your name will appear as the Captain of the Enterprise in the Romulan War series. You will receive a full-color, paperback copy of the Four Years War technical manual, the Four Years War poster, a custom Enterprise Captain's patch, and the three books of the Romulan War series in 6"x9" paperback. Your name will also appear in the acknowledgement section.

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    Captain - USS Lexington (Named): Your name will appear as the Captain of the Lexington in the Romulan War series. You will receive a full-color, paperback copy of the Four Years War technical manual, the Four Years War poster, a custom Enterprise Captain's patch, and the three books of the Romulan War series in 6"x9" paperback. Your name will also appear in the acknowledgement section.

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    Captain - USS Bismarck (Named): Your name will appear as the Captain of the cruiser Bismarck in the Romulan War series. You will receive a full-color, paperback copy of the Four Years War technical manual, the Four Years War poster, a custom Enterprise Captain's patch, and the three books of the Romulan War series in 6"x9" paperback. Your name will also appear in the acknowledgement section.

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    Commodore - You will receive a full-color, hardcover copy of the Four Years War technical manual and hardback copies of the Romulan War novels. Your name will appear in the acknowledgement section.

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    Vice Admiral - You will receive a full-color, hardcover copy of the Four Years War technical manual, a paperback copy of the technical manual, the Four Years War poster, both the 3rd Fleet Captain and Admiral patches, and your name will appear in the acknowledgement section.

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    Starfleet Intelligence Operative - You will receive a full-color, hardcover copy of the Four Years War technical manual and hardback copies of the Romulan War novels. Your name will appear as a Starfleet Intelligence Officer in all three books, and you will receive a custom embroidered Starfleet Intelligence patch.

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    Retroactive Admiral - You will receive full-color, hardcover copies of both the Four Years War technical manual and all four novels in series, the Four Years War poster, a full color map of the war zone, and your name will appear in the acknowledgement section of the tech manual.

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    Fleet Captain: You will appear as a Fleet Captain in the Romulan War series! You will receive the complete set of the Four Years War novels in paperback, the Romulan War series of three novels in paperback, a paperback copy of the Four Years War technical manual, a custom Fleet Captain patch, all of the patches from the Four Years War (7 total) and Romulan War (7 so far) kickstarters, all of the stretch goals from the Four Years War campaign (map, selected blueprint and dedication plaque, 3rd Fleet Keychain, Starfleet Diploma, etc.), and all stretch goals from the Romulan War campaign. Your name will also appear in the acknowledgement section.

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    Admiral - You will receive full-color, hardcover copies of both the Four Years War technical manual and all four novels in series, the Four Years War poster, a paperback copy of the Technical Manual, both the 3rd Fleet Captain and Admiral patches, a full-color map of the war zone, and your name will appear in the acknowledgement section of the tech manual.

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    Admiral (Named): Your name will appear as an Admiral in the Romulan War series. You will receive a full-color, hardback copy of the Four Years War technical manual, the Four Years War poster, a custom Admiral and Captain patches, and the three books of the Romulan War series in 6"x9" hardback. Your name will also appear in the acknowledgement section.

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    Five-Star Admiral: You will receive the complete set of the Four Years War novels in hardback, the Romulan War series of three novels in hardback. a full-color, hardback copy of the Four Years War technical manual, custom Admiral and Captain patches, all of the patches from the Four Years War (7 total) and Romulan War (7 so far) kickstarters, all of the stretch goals from the Four Years War campaign (map, selected blueprint and dedication plaque, 3rd Fleet Keychain, Starfleet Diploma, etc.), and all stretch goals from the Romulan War campaign. Your name will also appear in the acknowledgement section.

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    Fleet Admiral: Your name will appear as an high-ranking Admiral in the Romulan War series. You will receive the complete set of the Four Years War novels in hardback, the Romulan War series of three novels in hardback. a full-color, hardback copy of the Four Years War technical manual, a custom Fleet Admiral patch, all of the patches from the Four Years War (7 total) and Romulan War (7 so far) kickstarters, all of the stretch goals from the Four Years War campaign (map, selected blueprint and dedication plaque, 3rd Fleet Keychain, Starfleet Diploma, etc.), and all stretch goals from the Romulan War campaign. Your name will also appear in the acknowledgement section.

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    President: Your name will appear as the President of the United Federation of Planets in all novels of the the Romulan War series. You will receive two complete sets of: the Four Years War novels in hardback, the Romulan War series of three novels in hardback. a full-color, hardback copy of the Four Years War technical manual, a custom Fleet Admiral patch, all of the patches from the Four Years War (7 total) and Romulan War (7 so far) kickstarters, all of the stretch goals from the Four Years War campaign (map, selected blueprint and dedication plaque, 3rd Fleet Kkey chain, Starfleet Diploma, etc.), and all stretch goals from the Romulan War campaign. Your name will also appear in the acknowledgement section.

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Funding period

- (60 days)