About this project
Paint the streets with the blood of Princes and Archbishops!
With Anarch domains increasing their hold over new territories every night, the vampiric Kindred can no longer afford to consider the Movement an unruly mob of wayward childer. As the doomed tactics of the past have made way for a sleeker, wiser Anarch Movement, the nights are numbered for outmoded elder vampires and their weak blooded lackeys.
Anarchs Unbound takes the bomb-tossing, rabble-rousing vampire revolutionaries of the Anarch Movement and updates them as one of the most energetic and fast-growing sects, gaining ground as they use technologies and mortal agents to advance their agendas in the modern nights. With the Movement revitalized, the time is right to tell the stories of the Anarchs as they topple the old regimes and seize praxis with a promise of egalitarian rule and an end to the oppression of centuries best forgotten.
Anarchs Unbound includes:
- An updated look at Anarch culture, which has come into its own during the Internet Age.
- Anarch history and tactics, revealing how the Movement shatters the praxis of other sects and converts domains to Anarch ideology.
- New Disciplines and combination powers, which quickly propagate among the disparate domains of the Movement.
Example Page Spread
Chapter Opening Sample Page Spread
But don't take our word for it. Here's a link to 99% of the complete manuscript, before Editing and Layout, for everyone to check out:
And once you've read through the text, please feel free to comment here and let us know if there are more things you'd like to see in the book. We had great experiences adding sections to Hunters Hunted II and W20 Changing Breeds based on the comments given during those Kickstarters and hope to have the same fun here. Who knows? Maybe your ideas will be the basis of a new Stretch Goal that adds your section to the book.
And here is a step by step video of Justin doing his developer pass on the first layout proof of Anarchs Unbound:
This Deluxe Anarchs Unbound Kickstarter is designed to enable us to create a prestige hardcover edition that has the outside appearance of a journal belonging to one of the long-term members of the Anarch Movement. A full-color, 130+ page interior and all new stunning color artwork are all part of this Deluxe package.
As with our previous KSs for Deluxe versions of V20 Companion, V20 Children of the Revolution, Hunters Hunted II, and others, we are posting this in order to give our backers the chance to have a say in the kind of package we'll deliver and to further foster the community of vampire fans around the world. The text of Anarchs Unbound was rigorously commented on by our community and subsequently amended by Justin Achilli during the Open Development Process on the V20 Blogs, and, because of their backing during our V20 Children of the Revolution KS, some of our backers' likenesses will be appearing in the art for this book.
We had a blast talking with the community during our previous KSs and fully hope that every backer will enjoy commenting both here and on the Onyx Path Forums: http://forum.theonyxpath.com/ , the Onyx Path V20 Blogs: http://theonyxpath.com/category/projects/vtm20/, or our Onyx Path Facebook page.
We have a great community and want to hear from more of you, so please comment away!
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.
Deluxe Anarchs Unbound will take multiple months from the closing date to print and ship. 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 an Anarchs Unbound 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 :
- + $5 for the classic Anarch Cookbook PDF.
- + $10 for the classic Guide to the Anarchs PDF.
- + $10 for the V20 Children of the Revolution PDF.
- + $15 for the Anarchs Unbound PDF.
- + $20 for the V20 PDF.
- + $20 for all three classic LA By Night, Succubus Club, and Succubus: Dead Man's Party PDFs.
You can also add on individual copies of the Deluxe Anarchs Unbound to any pledge that already is shipping a physical book by manually adding the appropriate amount on the pledge page:
- + $45 for a Deluxe Anarchs Unbound (US)
- + $65 for a Deluxe Anarchs Unbound (non-US)
You can add on the Anarchs Unbound Storyteller's Screen to any reward tier that offers a physical book:
+ $15 for the Anarchs Unbound Storyteller's Screen, a sturdy three-panel screen featuring the beautiful collage of Anarchs Unbound 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.
If we have contributions beyond our target number, we've planned several added rewards for contributors.
But we are also keeping open the idea that backers will read through the text and have additional topics about the Anarchs they would like to see, so we'll be adding those in as Stretch Goals as a way for backers to actually help determine the contents of the book.
So we're starting with a classic Deluxe upgrade, specifically designed to go with the overall feel of Anarchs Unbound:
At $50,000 of contributions, we will add a bookmark- perhaps a charred length of rope, or a tattered bit of fabric, or a pitch black strip of material. We want this to be appropriate for an Anarch's book.
Also at $50,000 of contributions, once the Deluxe Anarchs Unbound KS is over, we're going to offer this KS Anarchs Unbound shirt on the store for sale at the deepest discount they'll let us do it for a limited time after which we'll change the design- and tell you folks about it first so you can order one if you want. We estimate that you'll be getting about a $10 discount.
At $55,000 of contributions, we'll add a new Anarch Free State to the book.
This is our ninth KS, and so since we continue to learn from the experience: here are some tweaks to our goals, reward tiers, and prizes.
Estimated Delivery Dates:
Most importantly, the "Estimated Delivery" dates have been extended late into the year much further than we hope to be delivering. Experience has taught that it is better to extend far past our expectations.
We've Included PoDs:
We are including the Print on Demand version of Anarchs Unbound in the form of a link to DriveThruRPG that enables you to purchase the PoD version (your choice of either Standard or Premium color) for as close to cost as we can give it to you. Because the PoD printer adjusts their pricing for PoDs as they need to, we can't provide a solid $$ amount of what you'll need to pay, but it will be less than a non-backer ordering one. This inclusion is because many backers want a physical version while their Deluxe versions are being traditionally printed.
We also have been forced by the multiple overt shipping charge increases that have occurred this last year to include that cost in the Reward Tier pledge amounts. We continue to have US and non-US reward tiers so that the specific shipping costs for physical rewards can be built into the pledges, as there was just too much confusion when we tried to leave it to folks to manually add shipping. We do not, however, try to add in or calculate each country's VAT. That amount, if any, will be an extra charge between you and your customs officials.
We are continuing to include two Retailer Reward Tiers, one US and one non-US, because we want to be able to support all the great Retailers out there who have supported WW for these past several decades. We have a special reward price just for Retailers (someone who owns a store that would sell Deluxe Anarchs Unbound) and anyone thinking of pledging to those Retailer Reward Tiers needs to contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm that you are operating or representing a store before pledging, please. Any pledges to those Retailer Reward Tiers which do not have confirmations of status will not be honored when sending out Rewards.
Risks and challenges
Risk: This book isn't created at all even though the goal is reached.
Solution: We have successfully shipped five Kickstarter Rewards and one more Deluxe book is at the printer as you read this. All those books 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. The creators of Anarchs Unbound have over a century of combined experience in the writing, art direction, developing and layout of beautiful tabletop RPG books. The book is in the second stage of proofing of the layout files, which means 99% of the art and text is completely finished.
Risk: Shipping costs soak up pledges that were meant to enable the creation of the Deluxe Anarchs Unbound.
Solution: Kickstarter shipping costs have skyrocketed this last year, but we are aware of that and were able to find ways to work with multiple 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 Demon: The Descent KS several months before the estimate, and are ahead of the game for the physical book as well. 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 twice a month (or more, as needed) via Kickstarter as well as in our regular, weekly, Monday Meeting Notes blog at www.theonyxpath.com
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