The Contagion Chronicle is an overarching compendium of chronicle hooks, riveting settings, and Storyteller aids to help present all the Chronicles of Darkness game lines with one consistent story. In the chronicle, the Contagion acts as a motivational force and inspires the formation of factions where vampires, werewolves, mages, mummies, etc. come together in new and unique ways.
Once joined together to deal with the Contagion, these factions will never see their world (or each other) the same way, and will be forever changed. Each time the Contagion emerges to threaten the fabric of our world, the only beings capable of manipulating, slowing, weaponizing, or halting it, are the unnatural denizens from across the Chronicles of Darkness. The Contagion permeates Infrastructure and warps the known antagonists and supporting blocks present in the lives of every inhuman being.
The Chronicles of Darkness, which debuted in 2004 as the new World of Darkness, drew upon the roots of the original World of Darkness and introduced a new look into a shadowy, dangerous world. Players could step into the everyday shoes of mortals, or they could vie for power and control as a vampire, werewolf, changeling, geistsin-eater - and more.
Now, some 15 years later, the Chronicles of Darkness and its supporting lines are flourishing, with each game receiving second editions, starting with the 2013 release of the Chronicles of Darkness rulebook.
All of that development will be for naught, however, if the Contagion spreads, taking the supernatural world with it, and writing a single bleak end to all tales told in the Chronicles of Darkness.
This Contagion Chronicle Kickstarter is designed to enable us to create a prestige hardcover edition designed to match the look and feel of our other Chronicles of Darkness core rulebooks such as Vampire: The Requiem, Werewolf: The Forsaken, or Changeling: The Lost.
We want to create an 8.5" x 11" hardcover with a beautifully designed, striking cover image printed on a metallic under layer, and featuring an emboss/deboss of the logo. We estimate the book to be more than 280+ pages, with a two-color interior and endpapers on high quality paper stock. Exceptional funding may allow us to add Stretch Goals that further develop the setting and add additional materials for play, including rules for multi-type supernatural interactions and new locations and manifestations of the contagion! We also want to get at least one print run into traditional distribution and available for sale at game and hobby stores.
The Contagion Chronicle will include all the rules you need to combine the various protagonists from the Chronicles of Darkness game line. It features Vampire: The Requiem, Werewolf: The Forsaken, Mage: The Awakening, and all the other lines from Promethean: The Created to Deviant: The Renegades!
The Contagion Chronicle contains new playable options in the form of the Sworn and False Factions, new powers in the form of vectors, new antagonists, Tilts, and Conditions, and a broad array of settings and chronicle hooks to keep you playing for year
- The Sworn and the False - Your playable factions in the Contagion Chronicle
- The Vectors - Powers available to the Sworn and False
- Plagues, Interstitial and Otherwise - A history of Contagion and how the different factions formed
- Storytelling - Thorough, accessible advice on running your crossover chronicles
- Five chapters of Contagious fiction
- Outbreak Sites - A rich campaign setting spanning all seven continents and providing 12 different playable settings from Odense to Edinburgh, San Francisco to New Zealand, and Kyoto to Antarctica
Throughout this Kickstarter campaign, we will be posting complete previews of the Contagion Chronicle manuscript as backer-only updates.
The primary goal of this Kickstarter campaign is to create the best version of the Contagion Chronicle that is possible. Your support allows us to fund the best production, use the most appropriate components, and possibly even contract more art for the core book. We hope to not only deliver a beautiful book to all of our backers, but, as noted, also fund at least one print run to be sold through distribution and into book and hobby stores that are so vital to our community.
Beyond that primary goal, we hope to gain additional funding to explore more of the world of the Contagion Chronicle, expanding into rules companions and other Storyteller and player tools and accessories. The greater our funding for this project, the more resources we are able to explore these scenarios and challenges.
Thirdly, we want to celebrate the legacy of the Chronicles of Darkness by offering an opportunity to cross-pollinate ideas from all the lines, encouraging a story built from all elements of our Chronicles games. We'll help backers by including a discounted selection of PDF titles from the Midnight Library — the rulebooks for each of the current lines contained in the Chronicles of Darkness.
Beyond all of those campaign-specific goals, we hope to do what our games have always done — open a path to a new world; a setting for our community to build new stories and entwine imaginations. Every person who participates in this campaign is joining with the goal of giving this game physical form — and like the Contagion itself, spreading the joy of the game. When you back this project, you join our alliance and we explore this story together.
All participants who would like to make this project happen can pledge their support and add to the overall campaign total. If the campaign meets the funding target ($50,000), then we will have funded the project and it will become a reality. Your pledge will only be collected if we achieve our funding target.
In thanks for your support, we offer rewards based on your level of funding pledged. The Reward Tiers down the right side of the page outline the various rewards reflecting various levels of support pledged. Please note that rewards may automatically add additional charges to cover shipping expenses.
To help simplify matters, the Reward Chart lists the core reward combinations, as well as the multi-copy tiers and special limited and premium reward tiers. (see Reward Descriptions, below).
Core Reward Decision: Do you save some shelf space and go digital-only with the PDF version (Infected and Host Reward Tiers), or go all in with the prestige hardcover (Carrier Reward Tier)? Please note that physical rewards may automatically add additional charges to cover shipping expenses.
Backers looking to receive multiple copies should also note the Epidemic and Pandemic Reward Tiers, which offer 2 or 5 copies respectively as part of the rewards (and may save on shipping per unit!)
Finally, we love retailers, but modern publishing methods don’t always make it easy for them to get books into their stores. With this Contagion Chronicle campaign, we have created a special Reward Tier just for you. Any retailer who pledges at the Retailer Reward Tier level (Bio Response Unit) will get 5 copies of the hardcover book (as well as the PDF versions) at a retail-specific discount so that they can sell in-store.
Several Reward Tiers offer special limited or premium rewards in addition to the basics, including everything from a BOOK PLATE which will be signed by as many of the creative team as we can wrangle, an option to act as a ART MODEL, as well as a chance to NAME an NPC included in the Contagion Chronicle book or a possible supplement. A limited number of may be created if we hit Stretch Goals and fund additional supplements. Finally, as a Consulting Developer, you will act as be copied on all e-mails and receive all drafts during the development of a future Chronicles of Darkness product produced by Onyx Path. Check each of the Reward Tier descriptions for more details.
ACCESS TO MANUSCRIPT PREVIEW UPDATES – During the course of the campaign, we will be posting the ENTIRE manuscript for the Contagion Chronicle. These previews will be shared via Backer-Only updates. You must be a backer of this project to receive these updates.
PDF VERSION - The digital version of the Contagion Chronicle, fulfilled by our partners at DrivethruRPG.com. Kickstarter backers will receive an early version, before it goes on sale to the public. This initial "Backer Version" will be used to get feedback from the fans to make the final version the best that it can be. When it has been updated to the final version, it will be automatically added to your DrivethruRPG library and available for download at your convenience.
PRESTIGE HARDCOVER VERSION - The main goal of this campaign is to fund the creation, production, and print run of a beautiful hardcover edition of the game. Note that all Reward Tiers that include the Hardcover version also include the PDF version as a bonus.
PLAYER'S COMPANION PDF - A supplement containing crunchy rules section(s) on supernatural interactions with examples and guidance (ie, "What happens when a Vampire does "X" to a Mage?" and similar issues). Built via Stretch Goal achievements, final length and scope will be determined by how many sections are added. Will be included in the rewards list of all backers receiving the Contagion Chronicle PDF.
GLOBAL OUTBREAKS PDF - A travelogue supplement PDF will be created for the Contagion Chronicle, adding new locations and new manifestations of the Contagion. The Global Outbreaks book will also contain more on the factions, vectors, and sub-splats. Built via Stretch Goal achievements, final length and scope will be determined by how many sections are added. Will be included in the rewards list of all backers receiving the Contagion Chronicle PDF.
OPTIONAL "AT COST" PoD VERSION – For the Contagion Chronicle, you will have the option of using DriveThruRPG’s Print-On-Demand service to purchase a physical, printed copy directly from their PoD partners at as close as we can get to the cost of printing and shipping (this cost is not included in your pledge, and you do not need to increase the cost of your pledge to use this option). When the PoD versions are available to order (which will be some time after the book has gone to print), you will receive links to purchase these versions of the book from DriveThruRPG.com and cards from DriveThruCards.com. You DO NOT need to take advantage of this PoD offer as it does not affect in any way your pledge rewards.
In addition to the rewards listed in each Reward Tier, backers can increase their overall pledge to add on the following additional rewards. Simply increase your total pledge amount by the value indicated – we will confirm which add on rewards you’ve chosen via BackerKit surveys after the campaign has run.
PDF Rewards will be fulfilled by DriveThruRPG. Previously-released titles are the ones currently available from DrivethruRPG.com and were created as best they could be depending on the state of the files. So quality may vary from title to title.
The Midnight Library contains relevant rulebook PDFs for the Chronicles of Darkness, which can be added on to your reward list. Specific title selection will be made in the BackerKit post-campaign pledge manager. The Midnight Library Collection includes:
- Chronicles of Darkness Core Rulebook PDF
- Vampire: the Requiem 2nd Edition PDF
- Werewolf: the Forsaken 2nd Edition PDF
- Mage: the Awakening 2nd Edition PDF
- Changeling: the Lost 2nd Edition PDF
- Promethean: the Created 2nd Edition PDF
- Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras PDF
- Demon: The Descent PDF
- Beast: the Primordial PDF
All physical items that will require shipping (additional books) can only be added to reward tiers that already include a hardcover copy of the the Contagion Chronicle (Reward Tiers of $50+). Your rewards will be sent in a single shipment when the book becomes available.
As we increase the overall funding and support for the project, we’re able to add additional resources to the project, expand the rewards listed, and add in new offers and opportunities. Each Stretch Goal will have a target that, once reached, will add a project to the reward list. We will continue to build on this list when we achieve these targets during the campaign. Whenever we achieve a stretch goal, the image will be updated to reflect the achievement.
ACHIEVED! - CONTAGION CHRONICLE: PLAYER'S COMPANION - "Death" - A Player’s Companion PDF supplement will be created for the Contagion Chronicle, containing a crunchy rules section on supernatural interactions with examples and guidance (ie, "What happens when a Vampire does "X" to a Mage?"). Will be added to the rewards list of all backers receiving the Contagion Chronicle PDF.
ACHIEVED! - CONTAGION CHRONICLE: GLOBAL OUTBREAKS - Alarming Outings - A travelogue supplement PDF will be created for the Contagion Chronicle, adding new locations and new manifestations of the Contagion. Will be added to the rewards list of all backers receiving the Contagion Chronicle PDF.
ACHIEVED! - CONTAGION CHRONICLE: GLOBAL OUTBREAKS - Deadly Jaunts - An additional section will be added to the travelogue supplement PDF created for the Contagion Chronicle, adding new locations and new manifestations of the Contagion.
ACHIEVED! - CONTAGION CHRONICLE: PLAYER’S COMPANION - "War" - A second section will be added to the Player’s Companion PDF supplement containing additional rules and guidance for specific supernatural interactions.
ACHIEVED! - KICKSTARTER BACKER T-SHIRT – Hosted on the redbubble store for a limited time, a Contagion Chronicle-themed shirt will be priced at a steep discount. All backers will be notified when the shirt becomes available.
ACHIEVED! - CONTAGION CHRONICLE: GLOBAL OUTBREAKS - Fatal Forays - An additional section will be added to the travelogue supplement PDF created for the Contagion Chronicle, adding new locations and new manifestations of the Contagion.
ACHIEVED! - CONTAGION SCOUT - A new reward tier will be created, allowing a limited number of backers to pick two new locations profiled in the Global Outbreaks PDF supplement.
ACHIEVED! - CONTAGION CHRONICLE: PLAYER’S COMPANION - "Famine" - A third section will be added to the Player’s Companion PDF supplement containing additional rules and guidance for specific supernatural interactions.
ACHIEVED! - CONTAGION CHRONICLE: GLOBAL OUTBREAKS - Perilous Tours - An additional section will be added to the travelogue supplement PDF created for the Contagion Chronicle, adding new locations and new manifestations of the Contagion.
ACHIEVED! - PLAGUE BEARER - A new reward tier will be created, allowing a limited number of backers to work with the developer to design two new forms of Contagion presented in the Global Outbreaks PDF supplement.
ACHIEVED! - CONTAGION CHRONICLE: GLOBAL OUTBREAKS - Hazardous Treks - An additional section will be added to the travelogue supplement PDF created for the Contagion Chronicle, adding new locations and new manifestations of the Contagion.
ACHIEVED! - DIGITAL WALLPAPER – An awesome digital wallpaper for your computer desktop featuring art from the Contagion Chronicle. All backers will have this automatically added to their rewards list.
ACHIEVED!! - CONTAGION CHRONICLE: PLAYER’S COMPANION - "Pestilence" - A fourth section will be added to the Player’s Companion PDF supplement containing additional rules and guidance for specific supernatural interactions.
At $77,000 in funding - CONTAGION CHRONICLE: GLOBAL OUTBREAKS - Treacherous Expeditions - A final section will be added to the travelogue supplement PDF created for the Contagion Chronicle, adding new locations and new manifestations of the Contagion.
At $80,000 in funding - ART BUDGET INCREASE - Additional funds will be allocated to the art budget, adding more evocative art to the Contagion Chronicle book.
This is Onyx Path Publishing's 35th Kickstarter, and the company has learned how to maintain focus during a campaign to maintain manageable projects and achievable goals. To read more about the knowledge that has been applied to this project, you can read the FAQ linked here: http://theonyxpath.com/about/faq/kickstarter/
Risks and challenges
Risk: This game isn't created at all even though the goal is reached.
Solution: We have successfully shipped many Kickstarter projects and more are headed to completion as you read this. All those projects have taught us how the various pieces of the process works, and we have increased our ability to judge the various stages of delivery better with each KS. The text for the Contagion Chronicle is finished and some initial interior artwork has been contracted, so the development process is well underway.
Risk: Shipping costs soak up pledges that were meant to enable the creation of the book.
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 increase 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 game 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 our recent campaigns have delivered rewards earlier than estimated.
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.com
ADDITIONAL TERMS & CONDITIONS
By backing this Kickstarter project, you have agreed to the following additional terms and conditions:
ARTWORK, DESIGN, MATERIAL & CONTENTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Onyx Path shares artwork, design, descriptions and manuscript contents with the understanding that changes may occur in the creation of the final product based on further development, available resources and materials, and the nature of the creative process.
REWARDS REQUIRING ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REQUIRE TIMELY RESPONSE. Some rewards, particularly limited Special Rewards such as art model descriptions, character names, and custom design work, require input from the reward backer. For these rewards, the backer must respond within 6 weeks of the information being requested (most likely by BackerKit pledge manager survey, occasionally by direct e-mail) in order to maintain the project development and manufacturing timeline. Onyx Path will make a strong effort to acquire this information, but should the backer not provide it in a timely fashion, all parties agree that Onyx Path can move forward on the project without the information or using an appropriate substitution and the respective backer will consider the reward obligation fulfilled in full for payment or donations pledged and collected on the part of Onyx Path. The simple fact is that we cannot delay the production of the product due to a unresponsive backer, that's just not fair to the others who have supported this project.
ADDRESS CONFIRMATION & DELIVERY OBLIGATIONS. If you confirm your pledge prior to final address confirmation and initiation of distribution notification via email, you agree that our responsibility to you is to ship your order as entered into our pledge manager system, that title and risk passes to you upon delivery to a common carrier for such shipment, and you are responsible for import duties or any other duties that may be payable to the relevant tax authorities, providing correct address information and ensuring this address is deliverable by normal methods. Failure to confirm mailing address prior to final request and distribution notification will be taken as agreement that all obligations have been met and no further action or effort is required on the part of Onyx Path. We will attempt to alert you via the methods provided by Kickstarter and/or BackerKit, primarily e-mail, prior to distribution of rewards to avoid any issue, but once we’ve made all reasonable efforts, we must move on with other business and will be unable to make exceptions.
DIGITAL REWARDS. You will be notified by BackerKit when digital rewards become available to you. Typically, these will be links to load PDF titles into your account library on DriveThruRPG.com. The links from BackerKit must be activated within 90 days to ensure the titles are added to your library, after which the links may expire and Onyx Path may not be able to provide replacements.
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