Please Note: Once this Kickstarter is funded at 12 noon Eastern US time on May 2nd 2015, we can not accept pledges for Deluxe V20 Lore of the Clans. Please do not write us to pledge after that time. The PDF and physical book PoD versions will be available on DriveThruRPG.com along with the PDF and physical book PoD versions of Lore of the Bloodlines. Thanks!
"There’s no instruction manual for being dead."
"Regardless, don’t plan on having a coherent conversation with anyone over seven hundred years old. Don’t try to get something out of them, and definitely don’t try to play them."
"I am nothing but another illusion. I have not been real for years."
"We weren’t really freeing the childer of our enemies. We were just enslaving them to different masters."
But don't take our word for it. Here's a link to 99% of the complete manuscript, before Layout, for everyone to check out:
"The first of the Lasombra was Caine. Yes, that Caine. You think it arrogant we trace our lineage to the first of us? How can you doubt it?"
V20 Lore of the Clans is slated to come out in digital and print-on-demand versions, but this Kickstarter is for a luxurious, deluxe edition of the book featuring a wraparound embossed cover featuring the iconic V20 Clan illustrations by Tim Bradstreet, a silk bookmark, and full color interior estimated at 280+ pages.
But we won’t stop there. We'll be offering stretch goals that can expand the book beyond its original design, enhance it in different ways, or produce additional products that give new context to the material in V20 Lore of the Clans. There will be new opportunities with the Reward Tiers and Achievements for backers to make their mark on the book, this Kickstarter, and on Onyx Path itself, continuing a tradition of open development and coordination with our community that we value and appreciate.
So if you’ve always wanted a gorgeous book that has all of the lies and secrets of the Clans in one place, this is the Kickstarter for you.
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 $50K 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.com.
Deluxe V20 Lore of the Clans will take multiple months from the closing date to print and ship. PDF Rewards and Add-ons will not take as long as the Deluxe, but will come after the Surveys are returned at least two months after this KS closes. 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 V20 Lore of the Clans 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 :
- + $10 for the classic Brujah, Lasombra, and Tremere fiction trilogies PDFs.
- + $15 for the four classic Clan Novel Saga PDFs.
- + $20 for the classic Encyclopaedia Vampirica PDF.
- + $25 for the V20 Lore of the Clans PDF.
- + $30 for the thirteen classic Revised Edition Clan Book PDFs.
- + $40 for the thirteen classic Original Clan Book PDFs.
- + $50 for a Deluxe V20 Lore of the Clans (US)
- + $65 for a Deluxe V20 Lore of the Clans (Canada)
- + $75 for a Deluxe V20 Lore of the Clans (Rest of the World)
You can add on the V20 Lore of the Clans Storyteller's Screen to any reward tier that offers a physical book:
- + $15 for the V20 Lore of the Clans Storyteller's Screen, a sturdy three-panel screen featuring the beautiful collage of V20 Lore of the Clans 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 many added rewards for contributors. Our range of possible Stretch Goal awards includes additional material in Deluxe V20 Lore of the Clans itself, silver edged pages, a fiction anthology, and more.
With this Kickstarter we are adding a new way you can contribute to the project and have fun with Achievements. Below you'll find various kinds that require backers to perform certain acts, such as to take selfies and link to the pics, or to like our Onyx Path Facebook page.
Achievements do not impact the stretch goals nor do they effect the success or delivery of this Kickstarter; they are offered as a bonus way to have fun participating and are entirely optional.
The selfies will not be shared by us outside of the Deluxe V20 Lore of the Clans Kickstarter on any of our sites unless you give us permission. They are for this backer community.
We'll be counting the Achievements once a day, every day of this Kickstarter campaign. We will only be counting the links for selfies here on the Deluxe V20 Lore of the Clans KS general comments area (not on any Updates comments as those get too scattered to keep track of).
When a certain number of Achievements are met, you'll unlock one of the three extra rewards here at the top:
We will keep track of the four following Achievements at the appropriate sites:
For these following Achievements we will need you to post links to pics in the general comments section of this Kickstarter. These are cumulative totals so don't think you have to get all the pics yourself:
And now, Clan-specific Achievements! Please post links in the comments, and these are all cumulative as well, so represent for your favorite Clan (although don't feel limited by Clan affiliation: post 'em if you got 'em):
Achievements are designed as something extra to have fun with, so please do treat them that way. We want to see your selfies and your love of Vampire: the Masquerade! This is your time to darkly shine...
This is our fifteenth Kickstarter, and we have learned enough (sometimes painfully) to make some tweaks to our goals, reward tiers, and prizes. One of those things is that we tend to get the same questions asked during each Kickstarter, but have a limit on the amount of text we can put on this KS page, so we're hosting a FAQ here:
Risks and challenges
Risk: This book isn't created at all even though the goal is reached.
Solution: We have successfully shipped eight Kickstarter projects and one more Deluxe project 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 the Deluxe V20 Lore of the Clans 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 middle of creating the layout files, which means 90% of the art and text is completely finished.
Risk: This whole Achievement thing takes time away from the work on the actual book.
Solution: While the tabulation and follow-up of the Achievements might still turn into a hot mess, we have several additional folks who are not on the book creation team standing by to keep track of them.
Risk: Shipping costs soak up pledges that were meant to enable the creation of the Deluxe V20 Lore of the Clans.
Solution: Kickstarter shipping costs have continued to rise dramatically 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 at press 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 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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