About this project
We have shared the world with monsters for millennia...
Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras 2 starts out presenting a chapter for each of six historical eras; each of which features two Chronicles of Darkness game lines which include Vampire: The Requiem, Mage: The Awakening, Hunter: The Vigil, Changeling: The Lost, and more! The rules in this book are compatible with second edition Chronicles of Darkness. Each terrifying time period and location is examined through the supernatural creatures that dwell there:
DARK ERA: The French Revolution (1789 to 1799).
Vampire: The Requiem and Demon: The Descent:
To the immortal Kindred hidden within the House of Bourbon, the old ways of monarchical rule and royal privilege seem as eternal as the endless stretch of their nights. As the first stirrings of the Carthian Movement take shape alongside disenfranchised mortals yearning for liberty, fallen angels seize this opportunity to tear down the Machine’s Infrastructure creating the penultimate struggle for survival. As the Revolution reaches its height and the Terror begins, the God-Machine’s wayward children wonder whether Hell on Earth might be within reach after all.
DARK ERA: The Great War - Western Front (1914 to 1918).
Geist: The Sin-Eaters and Werewolf: The Forsaken:
The Great War displayed humanity’s potential to commit to wholesale, ceaseless slaughter of their own species. In such an era, the Scar tears asunder, and the Beshilu rejoice in the mire of the Western Front. Meanwhile, soldiers who, by every right known to mortals should be dead, stand back up to rejoin the battle — or fight back against the Reapers stalking battlefields throughout Europe. Now, both werewolves and Sin-Eaters will struggle to coexist, do their duty, and avoid getting caught up in one of history’s deadliest wars.
DARK ERA: Light of the Sun - Europe (1600s).
Deviant: The Renegades and Mage: The Awakening:
Galileo. Kepler. Newton. On the heels of the Italian Renaissance, reason and belief clash at every turn. Scientific discoveries disproving heliocentrism are subverted and deemed heretical. Scientists, mages, and astronomers are arrested by the Inquisition, and their books are banned. In response, intellectuals on the brink of discovery turn to alchemy and the magical arts, and create deviants to defend their laboratories and universities. Not all in this age agree violence is the option, however, and worry the Church’s power is too strong to fight. What’s more, no one expected the deviants to have a mind and will of their own.
DARK ERA: Seven Wonders of the Ancient World (100 to 50 B.C.E). Changeling: The Lost and Promethean: The Created:
As the locations of the most significant manmade structures in the world are revealed, adventurers from Greece to beyond seek them out to bask in their glory. It is tragic, however, that some wonders must be kept secret. The Gentry do not respond well to their Hedge being disturbed, and the seven wonders are coated in thorns for the unwary. There is no telling what they will do when they encounter the Created, who have heard of these wondrous places immune to war, the ravages of time, and Disquiet. Though the Created seek to protect the wonders like a mother would a child, the Gentry have their own reasons for safeguarding them.
DARK ERA: Rise of the Last Imperials - China (1644 to 1911).
Mummy: The Curse and Hunter: The Vigil:
The last Imperial Dynasty, the Qing, was established following the takeover of Beijing. Masters of northern China, the powerful Great Qing successfully usurped weakened Ming rulers, but their rule was marked by their suspicious treatment of the Han Chinese. Despite this, the Qing emperors preserved centuries of Chinese arts and literature while searching for mummies rumored to be active in the area. Caught between the present and the distant past, mummies clash with Rival Arisen, sweeping Han Chinese hunters into their wake who must face many threats to uphold the Vigil.
One Thousand and One Nights - Islamic Golden Age (750 to 1258).
Beast: The Primordial and Vampire: The Requiem:
Aladdin. Scheherazade. Ali Baba. Sinbad. During the Islamic Golden Age, great strides in economic development and scientific knowledge occurred throughout the Islamic world and, at the same time, the tales of Scheherazade expose the wonders of magic to all. In this gilded era of human achievement, Kindred and the Begotten join forces to stay at the top of the food chain. Through their eyes, experience a thousand and one dreams...and nightmares. Who doesn’t like a good bedtime story?
Writing will begin on these chapters, as well as on any added Dark Era chapters once this Kickstarter is over. Having been through this process with the original Dark Eras Kickstarter, we believe this is the best way to create a strong set of Dark Eras for all of you.
Shepherding the writing will be developers Monica Valentinelli, Matthew Dawkins, and Meghan Fitzgerald.
If you are unfamilar with our Dark Eras books, here's a chapter text sample from the first Dark Eras book, featuring Requiem for Regina, Vampire and Changeling in Elizabethan London: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7FqViticwNuUkhPaFpQY2I5eFE
And a chapter text sample from the Dark Eras Companion featuring Princes of the Conquered Land, Mage and Mummy in the Mutapa Empire of Southern Africa: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7FqViticwNuVDRSVFIzWGNMWkE
This Prestige Edition Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras 2 Kickstarter is designed to enable us to create a prestige hardcover edition with a duotone, 180+ page interior encapsulating the six chapters mentioned above. A silk bookmark and stunning artwork are all part of this prestige package. Unique to this Prestige Edition, the cover will be printed on a metallic paper and with a spot gloss.
But that's just the start! Assuming our funding goal is met, we will then be throwing open the floor to you, our backers, to tell us what additional material you want to see in the book.
Once we hear from you, our backers, we will put your suggestions to a vote and the suggestion with the most support will be added to the Dark Eras appearing in the book once that Stretch Goal is achieved!
Each of the Dark Eras above will be in this book, along with up to six more Dark Eras as Stretch Goal rewards. And if we go past those six slots with more Stretch Goal Dark Eras, we'll start the Dark Eras 2 Companion!
Using each Stretch Goal as an opportunity to add material, we more than doubled the size of the original Dark Eras book during the course of its Kickstarter two years ago, and had so many suggestions that they spilled over into the Dark Eras Companion, an additional project that came out of the original Dark Eras Kickstarter.
It's pretty easy. Contribute any amount you want, bearing in mind the levels of contribution and their commensurate rewards over there on the right. If we hit our $40K goal, you'll get the reward that goes with your level of contribution. PDFs and Print on Demand versions will be made available first in the form of a coupon from our online sales partner, DriveThruRPG. Make sure you pledge now, this Kickstarter is the only time this traditionally printed Prestige Edition version will be available (although the PDF and physical book PoD versions will be available via DriveThruRPG.com when the book is finished).
The Prestige Edition Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras 2 book will take multiple months from the closing date to print and ship as we expect to have many new Dark Era chapters to create due to your support. PDF Rewards and Add-ons will not take as long as the Prestige Edition, but will come after we send out the Backer Surveys using BackerKit. We will contact contributors in the upper tiers with details on their rewards.
You can Add-on the PDFs listed below to any Reward Tier pledge that already includes a Dark Eras 2 PDF by clicking on your Reward Tier to the right, and then when you get to the pledge page that confirms your pledge amount, manually changing the amount of your pledge from the base Reward amount to that Reward amount plus the amount of each Add-on that you want as listed below:
A note on the above PDFs: These are the same PDFs and ePubs as are available at DriveThruRPG and Fiction.
You can also add on individual copies of the Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras 2 Prestige Edition physical book to any pledge that already is shipping a physical book by manually adding the appropriate amount on the pledge page:
You can add on the Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras 2 Storyteller's Screen, a sturdy three-panel screen featuring the beautiful collage of Dark Eras 2 art on the outer side, and on the inside there's a selection of charts and other info to make the Storyteller's job a little bit easier, to any reward tier that offers a physical book:
If we have contributions beyond our target number, we've planned many added rewards for contributors. Most of these involve new Dark Eras. Similar to the original Dark Eras Kickstarter, we will be asking our backers via Updates to vote on such questions as which Dark Eras get added, or expanded, or which game line they'd like to see in a given Dark Era.
HERE IS THE LINK TO THE POLL WHERE YOU CAN VOTE:
You can keep track of how the book is growing using this handy graphic which we'll change as the project develops:
At $45,000 of pledges, we are adding the Golden Age of Piracy Dark Era to the book featuring the Mage: The Awakening and Geist: The Sin-Eaters game lines!
At $50,000 of pledges, we are adding King Arthur's Britannia - 400-500 C.E., based on your votes!
At $55,000 of pledges, we are adding the Necropolis of Hawara, Egypt: 1604-1204 B.C.E., as the next Dark Era, based on your votes!
At $60,000 of pledges, we are adding the Golden Age of Science Fiction: 1938-1946 C.E. Dark Era to the book!
At $63,000 of pledges, we will add one of these three Dark Eras: Wild West: 1865-1895 C.E., Voynich Manuscript: 1400-1450 C.E., or Rise of the Maurya Empire: 321-329 B.C.E. depending on YOUR votes!
This is Onyx Path Publishing's twenty-fifth Kickstarter, and the company has learned enough (sometimes painfully) to make some tweaks to goals, reward tiers, and prizes. This knowledge has been applied to the FAQ below:
Risks and challenges
Risk: This book isn't created at all even though the goal is reached.
Solution: We have successfully shipped sixteen Kickstarter projects with one more shipping next month, and several more are headed to completion as you read this. All those projects have taught us how the various pieces of the process works, sometimes painfully, and we have increased our ability to judge the various stages of delivery better with each KS. We have three developers overseeing the writing, and multiple writers already lined up and ready to start on their chapters.
Risk: Shipping costs soak up pledges that were meant to enable the creation of the Dark Eras 2 Prestige Edition.
Solution: Kickstarter shipping costs have continued to rise this last year, but we are aware of that and were able to find ways to work with shippers to bring down those costs - unfortunately, only to some extent as we have also needed to up the shipping charges- both methods allowing us to be sure that shipping doesn't eat up the pledge money supposed to go to printing.
Risk: The books will take a long time to produce and anger the backers.
Solution: We've learned many, many lessons with our previous Kickstarters and we're becoming much better at estimating the various pitfalls that will delay a KS project. We were able to deliver the PDFs for our last several KS projects several months before the estimate, and are ahead of the game for the current physical book that is shipping as well.
Additionally, we have the example of the original Dark Eras KS to use in order to avoid some of the problems that slowed down that book's creation.
That being said, backers need to be aware that they are enabling a process, and not a pre-order opportunity, and things do sometimes run slower than we want or anticipate with that process. We've found that an open flow of communication between us and the backer community is vital so once the project funds we will deliver Updates on progress once a month (or more, as needed) via Kickstarter as well as in our regular, weekly, Monday Meeting Notes blog at www.theonyxpath.comLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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