Most mortals turn away from the darkness that preys upon them, going about their lives in despair of the Damned and the evils they visit upon the world. But a precious few wage a personal war to shine light on those shadows and diminish them, like solitary candles shining in the night. The path of the hunter is lonely and fraught with danger, at once beset by the monsters they hunt and looked upon with suspicion by their fellow mortals they thanklessly seek to protect.
The Hunters Hunted II revisits one of the seminal titles of Vampire: The Masquerade, in which the players take on the roles of those who seek to bring an end to the depredations of the undead. Included are details on those who choose to take up the good fight, expanding the options available to players and offering a host of new storytelling opportunities. No lone hunter or vigilant troupe should face the night without learning the ways of the hunter contained within this book.
The Hunters Hunted II includes:
• Systems by which to play a vampire hunter — one who hunts the Kindred in the World of Darkness.
• Practical advice and teamwork-tactics game systems to bring to bear against the Damned.
• Updated systems for supernatural Numina powers that can grant hunters an edge against the undead.
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:
As with our successful KSs for Deluxe versions of V20 Companion, V20 Children of the Revolution, Werewolf the Apocalypse Twentieth Anniversary Edition, and Mummy: The Curse, 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 The Hunters Hunted II 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 Companion 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 WW V20 Blogs: http://whitewolfblogs.com or our Onyx Path Facebook page.
We have a great community and want to hear from more of you, so please comment away!
You'll note that there are Reward Tiers that feature the much anticipated V20 Storyteller Screen- we know a lot of you folks have been wanting it, so we're not being coy: here it is.
Because of the incredible response to the PDFs we offered with our last several KSs, we are offering several reward tiers that include collections of classic World of Darkness books in PDF form. (These are offered as they exist on DriveThruRPG and may be scans of the original printed books, or may have been rebuilt as original electronic files depending on their age). These rewards may also be added to any of the other reward tiers by manually increasing your pledge as noted below.
We have included 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 The Hunters Hunted II) 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.
We have returned to creating 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 countries VAT. That amount, if any, will be an extra charge between you and your customs officials.
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 $33K 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. The Hunters Hunted II will take several 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 classic PDF collections to any pledge 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 The Hunters Hunted PDF.
- + $10 for the classic The Hunters Hunted and Inquisition PDFs together.
- + $15 for the Vampire: The Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition PDF.
- + $20 for the classic Inquisition, Arcanum, Project Twilight, and Demon Hunter X PDFs together.
- +20 for The Hunters Hunted II PDF.
You can also add on individual copies of the Deluxe The Hunters Hunted II to any pledge that already is shipping a physical book by manually adding the appropriate amount on the pledge page:
- + $40 for a Deluxe The Hunters Hunted II Core Rulebook (US)
- + $50 for a Deluxe The Hunters Hunted II Core Rulebook (non-US)
You can add on the V20 Storyteller's Screen to any reward tier that offers a physical book:
+ $15 for the V20 Storyteller's Screen, a sturdy three-panel screen featuring a beautiful collage of V20 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.
You must type in the correct amount calculated by adding the base Reward amount and the Add-ons you want. It does not happen automatically.
If we have contributions beyond our target number, we've planned several added rewards for contributors:
At $40,000 of contributions, we will create an additional 5,000 word PDF expanded look at the Inquisition which brings it into V20 compatibility. Large organizations aren't the focus of The Hunters Hunted II, although they are touched upon, and we have a few more things to say about the Inquisition.
At $45,000 of contributions, we will turn the V20 Inquisition PDF into an Appendix in The Hunter's Hunted II itself. We will be able to do this in the first couple of weeks after this Kickstarter is over.
At $48,000 of contributions, we will create an additional 5,000 word PDF expanded look at Project Twilight which brings it into V20 compatibility. Large organizations aren't the focus of The Hunters Hunted II, although they are touched upon, and we have a few more things to say about Project Twilight, for they hunt both Kindred and The Garou.
At $50,000 of contributions, we will turn the V20 Project Twilight PDF into an Appendix in The Hunter's Hunted II itself. We will be able to do this in the first couple of weeks after this Kickstarter is over.
At $53,000 of contributions, we will create an additional 5,000 word PDF expanded look at the Arcanum which brings it into V20 compatibility. Large organizations aren't the focus of The Hunters Hunted II, although they are touched upon, and we have a few more things to say about the Arcanum, who stalk and catalog the supernatural in all the World of Darkness.
At $56,000 of contributions, we will turn the V20 Arcanum PDF into an Appendix in The Hunter's Hunted II itself. We will be able to do this in the first couple of weeks after this Kickstarter is over.
At $60,000 of contributions, we will create an additional 5,000 word PDF expanded look at the equipment, gear, relics, spy-tech, and volumes of lore used by the hunters and The Inquisition, Project Twilight, and The Arcanum which brings those items into V20 compatibility. Additionally, we'll describe the lesser known and obscure hunter groups such as the Judges.
At $63,000 of contributions, we will turn the hunters gear PDF into an Appendix in The Hunter's Hunted II itself. We will be able to do this in the first couple of weeks after this Kickstarter is over.
At $66,000 of contributions we will expand on the concepts first mentioned in V20 and add 5K of words describing Criminal Organizations and how they strike back against the vampiric predators and master manipulators who vie for control of the night. But we're not going to waste time here with a day to go, so if the Stretch Goal is met, we're going to put the section right into the book!
After that, for every $500 that is pledged over $66K, we'll work with a writer to create a hunter short story with the full range of topics covered by The Hunters Hunted II to draw from. A lone hunter prowls the night, an Arcanum scholar faces something she'd only read about, a fanatic member of The Inquisition has only his faith against these hellions of the night, but is it enough? We'll see at the end of this Kickstarter how many stories we wind up getting, but however many, they'll be combined into a PDF/EPub doc and made available to our backers before the rest of the world.
Whatever the outcome, we're still using these Kickstarter projects to gauge the players' interest in future Vampire and World of Darkness titles. Using Kickstarter, we're able to produce books more quickly and deliver them directly to the players, skipping the distribution system entirely. Simply put, if this experiment continues to work, we'll make it a business model, and bring you more supplementary World of Darkness material faster, and incorporate your feedback at every step of the way.
Risks and challenges
Risk: This book isn't created at all even though the goal is reached.
Solution: We have successfully shipped two Deluxe books funded by KS backers, and two more are headed towards press. Both those books have taught us how the various pieces of the process works, and the creators of The Hunters Hunted II have over a century of combined experience in the writing, art direction, developing and layout of World of Darkness books.
Risk: The writing or art isn't finished.
Solution: The writing is already finished and most of the book will have been laid out by the time this is posted. The art is in, and approved by the CCP Approval board.
Risk: The books will take a long time to produce and anger the backers.
Solution: While we can't moderate the thoughts and emotions of every backer, we have learned just how important keeping an open flow of communication between us and the backer community truly is and we're committed to continuing to build that communication via Kickstarter as well as our website at www.theonyxpath.com
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