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Song of Swords is a tabletop roleplaying game focused on taking combat to the next level. Perfect for historical and fantasy campaigns!
Song of Swords is a tabletop roleplaying game focused on taking combat to the next level. Perfect for historical and fantasy campaigns!
Song of Swords is a tabletop roleplaying game focused on taking combat to the next level. Perfect for historical and fantasy campaigns!
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THE GAME: MECHANICS AND LORE

To learn more about the lore and mechanics of Song of Swords, please visit our website! Here's a brief introduction on how combat works:

THIS PROJECT: WHERE DO YOU COME IN?

We have developed the rules and lore of Song of Swords in collaboration with dozens of like-minded gamers. Their input has shaped everything, from combat design and weapon balancing, to racial abilities and the character and tone of Vosca. This project has been a true community effort: we invite you to join us!

Your support of this project will go towards:

  • Refinement of rules and content in the Core Rulebook
  • Artwork that will breathe life and context into the game
  • Design and layout of the Core Rulebook and other project materials; and 
  • Most importantly, getting Song of Swords in print.

Song of Swords isn't your run-of-the-mill RPG. We want to deliver the best product we can, which means high-quality art, accurate depictions of weaponry and armor, and a beautiful printed product. 

We have long-term goals of turning Song of Swords into a much more expansive game in the coming years, but this is the first step—and we need you to make it happen!

 

THE TEAM 

We are a group of friends, all avid gamers, who share a passion for creating new tabletop experiences for our friends and fellow enthusiasts! 

  • Zach aka Claymore: Zach is the President and co-founder of Opaque Industries. He is a former employee of Chaosium (Call of Cthulhu) and has worked in the gaming industry for five years. Zach works alongside James to design the rules for Song of Swords.
  • James aka Jimmy Rome: James is Lead Game Designer and co-founder of Opaque Industries. He has been running iterative tests on Song of Swords with our robust community for years, and brings the creative vision of Vosca to life.
  • Taylor aka Bones: Taylor works in the mobile game industry, and serves as Art Director and Project Manager for Song of Swords. He works with our artists and layout team to deliver high-quality visuals for the game.

Backer rewards are outlined in detail below. Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions! 

 

Add these items on to your existing pledge level for the costs outlined below. There is no pledge level minimum for including add-ons! We will send out a survey after the Kickstarter to determine which add-ons you intended to get.

  • $15 Printed Core Rulebook (black & white, softcover, 6x9)
  • $39 Printed Core Rulebook (color, softcover, 8.5x11)
  • $59 Printed Core Rulebook (color, hardcover, 8.5x11)
  • $15 Printed NPC Army Deck 1 (60 cards)
  • $15 Printed NPC Army Deck 2 (60 cards)
  • $15 Printed Armor & Weapon Deck (60 cards)
  • $15 Printed Monster Deck (60 cards)
  • $10 Printed Gamemaster Screen Inserts (color, 8.5x11)
  • $6 Printed Map (color, 18x12)

International Shipping for Add-Ons

Shipping is included for US Backers, however for international Backers, each printed add-on will need an extra USD $10 added to the pledge.

How to Change Your Pledge Level

To change your pledge amount, visit the project page and click the blue “Manage" button that appears next to your pledge amount and then select "Change your pledge" on the following page. Click here for more information!

 

  

Shipping and Fulfillment

Song of Swords will be printed and fulfilled by our partners at DriveThruRPG! 

Backer tiers and add-on costs have factored in shipping to the United States, which means that you do not need to pledge extra if you are shipping domestically. 

We have tried to absorb international shipping as much as we can. Most Backer tiers have very low additional shipping costs to international destinations. As it's a little more difficult to know how many international Backers plan to purchase add-ons, we have requested a flat USD$10 rate for EACH individual printed add-on.

However, if you really want 10 copies of the hardcover Core Rulebook, please get in contact with us! During the campaign, we can open up pledge levels for popular bundles that may have significantly reduced shipping costs than if you purchased the items individually.

 

 

Risks and challenges

There are risks with every project, though we are confident that we will complete Song of Swords to the quality level we've set for ourselves by the expected delivery date.

The Beta rules (free to download at www.songofswords.net) are mostly complete, however we intend to refine how the rules are presented. It will take time and a healthy serving of playtesting to make sure we nail them just right. It's taken our team a while to get to this point, however in this time we've learned so much--about the realities of game development and delivery--and we now have the tools available to deliver the project. We have a schedule, but it is possible there could be delays.

This will be our first printed product, and we have done extensive research on the common pitfalls of printing and shipping. By partnering with DriveThruRPG, we are able to manage those risks more easily. Whether we have five backers, or five thousand, DriveThruRPG's POD platform simplifies this process. However, despite our careful planning, there will inevitably be lost or late packages, and we will be open about delays and how we can help put things right for our Backers.

No matter what we're getting this product out there, and in your hands.

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    Contributer

    You will receive a PDF of the completed Core Rulebook!

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    Squire

    You will have your name immortalized in the Core Rulebook and on the Song of Swords website as thanks for making this project possible!

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    Squire PLUS+

    The Digital Pack is a two-part reward:

    First, you will receive the Magic Compendium (PDF), the NPC Army Deck 1 (PDF), the Map of Vosca (PDF), the print-ready GM Screen inserts with quick rules and art from the game (PDF), the Character Sheet (form-fillable PDF), NPC Builder (MS Excel), and high-quality desktop backgrounds.

    Secondly, Digital Pack Backers will also receive all Stretch Goals digitally (where applicable).

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    Knight

    You will receive a printed softcover version of the Core Rulebook in full color! Plus the rewards from the Squire level.

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    • Core Rulebook (PDF)
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    Knight PLUS+

    You will receive the printed softcover version of the Core Rulebook in full color, as well as the entire Digital Pack, which includes tools to enhance the Song of Swords experience!

    Includes:
    • Your name in the Core Rulebook
    • Core Rulebook (PDF)
    • Core Rulebook (softcover, color)
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    Kingsguard

    You will receive a printed hardcover version of the Core Rulebook in full color!

    Includes:
    • Your name in the Core Rulebook
    • Core Rulebook (PDF)
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    Kingsguard PLUS+

    You will receive the printed hardcover version of the Core Rulebook in full color, as well as the entire Digital Pack, which includes tools to enhance the Song of Swords experience!

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    • Your name in the Core Rulebook
    • Core Rulebook (PDF)
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    Gamemaster PLUS+

    Gamemaster, this tier has everything your gaming table needs!

    You'll receive a full color, hardcover copy of the Core Rulebook, and two rules-only, black and white, softcover copies for your gaming group.

    This pack also includes Gamemaster Screen Inserts (for use with DriveThruRPG's GM Screen, or similar product), a printed 18"x12" map of Vosca, and the printed NPC Army Deck.

    Of course, you'll get ALL of the game's digital content, including any unlocked Stretch Goals.

    If we unlock the Stretch Goal of a second NPC Army Deck, you'll also receive that in print—for free!

    Includes:
    • Your name in the Core Rulebook
    • Core Rulebook (PDF)
    • Core Rulebook (softcover, B&W)
    • Core Rulebook (hardcover, color)
    • Gamemaster Screen Inserts (11"x8.5")
    • Map of Vosca (12"x18")
    • NPC Army Deck 1 (60 cards)
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    Visionary Noble

    You will have a piece of art commissioned, which will be featured in the Core Rulebook!

    Working with our team, you will develop an in-lore character or landscape. You'll receive a high resolution of the final piece digitally, so you can print it and use as part of your campaigns!

    Includes:
    • Your name in the Core Rulebook
    • Core Rulebook (PDF)
    • Core Rulebook (hardcover, color)
    • Art Commission
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    Visionary Noble PLUS+

    Artwork not enough? If you want to really become part of Song of Swords history, this tier is for you.

    Working with our team, you will develop a detailed background for your in-lore character or location, as well as matching artwork.

    Your creation will become part of the official Song of Swords lore! It will be used in the Core Rulebook, and will also be featured in future Adventure Modules, NPC Army Decks, and stories we release when appropriate.

    Includes:
    • Your name in the Core Rulebook
    • Core Rulebook (PDF)
    • Core Rulebook (hardcover, color)
    • Art Commission
    • Lore Development
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    Pledge $199 or more About $199

    Visionary Noble PLUS+

    Artwork not enough? If you want to really become part of Song of Swords history, this tier is for you.

    Working with our team, you will develop a detailed background for your in-lore character or location, as well as matching artwork.

    Your creation will become part of the official Song of Swords lore! It will be used in the Core Rulebook, and will also be featured in future Adventure Modules, NPC Army Decks, and stories we release when appropriate.

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    Iconic Visionary (Male Character)

    You will have a piece of character art commissioned, which will be featured as a pre-made iconic in the Adventure Module! This tier is specifically for MALE characters.

    Working with our team, you will develop their theme, name, official starting stats, equipment, and race.

    You'll also receive a high resolution of the final piece digitally, so you can print it and use as part of your campaigns!

    Includes:
    • Your name in the Core Rulebook
    • Core Rulebook (PDF)
    • Core Rulebook (hardcover, color)
    • Art Commission
    • Character Featured in Battle Scene
    • Create Iconic Character
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    Iconic Visionary (Female Character)

    You will have a piece of character art commissioned, which will be featured as a pre-made iconic in the Adventure Module! This tier is specifically for FEMALE characters.

    Working with our team, you will develop their theme, name, official starting stats, equipment, and race.

    You'll also receive a high resolution of the final piece digitally, so you can print it and use as part of your campaigns!

    Includes:
    • Your name in the Core Rulebook
    • Core Rulebook (PDF)
    • Core Rulebook (hardcover, color)
    • Art Commission
    • Character Featured in Battle Scene
    • Create Iconic Character
    • Digital Pack (PDFs)
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    Pledge $499 or more About $499

    Royalty - One of a kind experience!

    Want the ultimate Song of Swords experience? Have Lead Game Designer Jimmy Rome run a campaign for your group!

    Jimmy will work with you to develop a custom campaign for your playgroup, and will hold three sessions (up to four hours each) via Skype. Campaigns will be held before the end of July 2018.

    This pack includes ALL items we offer other Backer Levels, which means you have all the tools and goodies at hand for a great gaming experience!

    Includes:
    • Your name in the Core Rulebook
    • Core Rulebook (PDF)
    • Core Rulebook (softcover, B&W)
    • Core Rulebook (hardcover, color)
    • Gamemaster Screen Inserts (11"x8.5")
    • Map of Vosca (12"x18")
    • NPC Army Deck 1 (60 cards)
    • Art Commission
    • Lore Development
    • Gaming Sessions (Skype)
    • Digital Pack (PDFs)
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