About this project
Please Note: Once this Kickstarter is funded, we can not accept pledges for the Deluxe W20 Book of the Wyrm. The PDF and physical book PoD versions will be available on DriveThruRPG.com. Thanks!
The World of Darkness is in a downward spiral.
Ecological change is killing off entire species. Wars and atrocities kill of thousands of people every day. Celebrities use their media presence to abuse and violate people who don't feel safe to come forward for decades afterwards. Corporations pay their employees so little that people with jobs need government assistance just to have enough money to stay alive. In the World of Darkness, all of this feeds the Wyrm.
The spiritual embodiment of corruption isn't behind these evils, but you better believe it feeds off them. And unlike the real world, the Wyrm can and is making things worse. People who don't have the time or the money rely on fast food, and O'Tolley's underpaid workers serve it up with a side of corruption. Otherwise-innocuous activities like knocking back a six-pack of Blue Stripe, wearing Magadon's UltraSheen cosmetics, or driving the new Falcon Pathfinder; all of the products involved come from companies that knowingly serve the Wyrm, each one linked to the shadowy Pentex corporation.
Nor are Gaia's children immune to the Wyrm's depredations. The Black Spiral Dancers are an entire tribe of corrupted Garou, but they're not the only ones. Buzzards, Skull Pigs, and Balefire Sharks all originated among the ranks of the Changing Breeds, while some specialized Banes can possess shapeshifters. Within the past few years, a Pentex research group has even managed to create mockery breeds: half-formed shapeshifters born of the Wyrm's power.
And now the Wyrm rises to eclipse the Moon, devouring all within its grasp. When will you Rage?
W20 Book of the Wyrm is a companion volume to Werewolf20 and W20 Changing Breeds that details the nature and forces of the Wyrm, enemy of all creation. It provides information on everything from Wyrm-worshipping cults to the twisted realm of Malfeas.
W20 Book of the Wyrm includes:
- Minions of the Wyrm from every corner of the world, from Skull Pigs to the Chulorvia.
- New monsters, including fallen Changing Breeds and Mockery Breeds from Pentex' R&D facilities.
- A range of twisted weapons and tools, along with tainted consumer goods available on every high street.
- Details of Malfeas, the heart of the Wyrm in the Umbra, from the Black Spiral Labyrinth to the Maeljin Dutchies.
- The twisted creed of the Black Spiral Dancers laid bare.
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:
This Deluxe W20 Book of the Wyrm Kickstarter is designed to enable us to create a deluxe hardcover edition that is designed to look like a high-end annual report for Pentex that uses a heavy stock cover material and treatment that also suggests the corruption of the Wyrm. Full-color, and at least 160 pages inside that feature new color stunning artwork are also part of this Deluxe package.
As with our other successful KSs for Deluxe versions of such projects as Werewolf the Apocalypse Twentieth Anniversary Edition, W20 Changing Breeds, Demon: The Descent, Exalted 3rd Edition, and Mage20th, we are using the Kickstarter platform 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 werewolf fans around the world.
The text of W20 Changing Breeds was rigorously commented on by our community and subsequently amended by Stew Wilson during the Open Development Process on the W20 Blogs, and during its Kickstarter. 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 W20 Forums or our Onyx Path Facebook page.
We have a great community and want to hear from more of you, so please comment away!
Your chance to join (or infiltrate) the Pentex Board of Directors!
In 1993, White Wolf Game Studio ran an interactive live action Pentex Board Meeting event at Gen-Con. During the session and as per the event storyline, a rampaging pack of werewolves broke in and several board members were slain or incapacitated, necessitating an election of several new members to the board. Nominees stood up and the crowd was allowed to vote using stock certificates that had been distributed at the WW booth to customers. After almost all the nominees and stock certificates had been gathered, a dark, goateed, and heavy-set figure in a rich black suit with a large black leather briefcase in hand stepped out of the audience and strode confidently forward to the dais. “I nominate myself!” he roared, upending the briefcase as an avalanche of certificates poured out onto the table, “I am, of course, Enzo Giovanni. And the newest member of your board!”
With this Kickstarter, it is time to convene a new Pentex Board Meeting and to actively seek several new members. Pentex has learned from the past, though, and this Board Meeting will be done online, so that all the board members gathered together won’t be such a tempting target.
You, as a backer, will be able to participate, if you choose to, in this Pentex Board Meeting and can even select Reward Tiers that allow you to nominate yourself or a character for the Pentex Board. Elections for the nominees with be handled by your responses on your returned Surveys, with Reward Tiers that contain a W20 Book of the Wyrm PDF allowing one or more votes. In addition, we are including a Proxy Vote Reward Tier for folks who just want to vote without any other Reward. There are three Board seats open (at least that's the number currently). Nominees are encouraged to attempt to sway the voters (backers) in the Comments section of this Kickstarter, as well as at www.theonyxpath.com.
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. The Deluxe W20 Book of the Wyrm will take many 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 a W20 Book of the Wyrm 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 Chronicle of the Black Labyrinth PDF.
+ $10 for the classic Freak Legion, Monkeywrench! Pentex, and Subsidiaries: Guide to Pentex PDFs.
+ $15 for the classic Book of the Wyrm, Book of the Wyrm 2nd, and Possessed PG PDFs.
+ $20 for the W20 Book of the Wyrm PDF.
Important: the above classic PDFs were created using the best methods possible depending on available files stretching 20 years back. Therefore, the image quality of PDFs of the older books in particular may not be as good as PDFs for newer books.
You can also add on individual copies of the Deluxe W20 Book of the Wyrm to any pledge that already is shipping a physical book by manually adding the appropriate amount on the pledge page:
+ $45 for a Deluxe W20 Book of the Wyrm (US)
+ $70 for a Deluxe W20 Book of the Wyrm (non-US)
You can add on the W20 Book of the Wyrm Storyteller's Screen to any reward tier that offers a physical book:
+ $15 for the W20 Book of the Wyrm Storyteller's Screen, a sturdy three-panel screen featuring a beautiful collage of W20 BotW 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:
At $50,000 of contributions, every backer who pledged for a reward containing a W20 Book of the Wyrm PDF will receive a copy of the Pentex Employee Indoctrination Handbook PDF. This illustrated booklet starts at 5,000+ words with this Stretch Goal, and will grow as additional Stretch Goals are passed.
At $55,000 of contributions, once the Deluxe W20 Book of the Wyrm KS is over, we're going to offer a KS Wyrm shirt on our new RedBubble 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 we'll tell you folks about it first so you can order one if you want. We estimate that you'll be getting between a $5-10 discount.
At $62,500 of contributions, we will bow to the will of our backer overlords, as all Wyrm creatures should, and add either 5K of text detailing Fomori First Teams OR we'll add 5K of further text describing more Fallen Changing Breeds- you tell us which gets added to W20 Book of the Wyrm itself at this stretch goal!
At $70,000 of contributions, we will add a section to the Pentex Employee Indoctrination Handbook PDF outlining the goals and operating procedures of Magadon Pharmaceuticals, their successes over the past eighteen months, the challenges that lie ahead, and highlighting some of their best-selling product lines.
At $73,000 of contributions, we will bow to the will of our backer overlords, as all Wyrm creatures should, and add either 5K of text detailing Fomori First Teams OR we'll add 5K of further text describing more of the Black Spiral Dancers- you tell us which gets added to W20 Book of the Wyrm itself at this stretch goal!
At $75,000 of contributions, once the Deluxe W20 Book of the Wyrm KS is over, we're going to offer a Pentex Corporate t-shirt on our new RedBubble store for sale at the deepest discount they'll let us do it for a limited time- and we'll tell you folks about it first so you can order one if you want. We estimate that you'll be getting between a $5-10 discount.
At $77,000 of contributions, we will add a section to the Pentex Employee Indoctrination Handbook PDF detailing the RED Network: "Twenty-four hour news entertainment giving you the facts you need to understand a world that’s left you behind!"
At $79,000 of contributions, the wait is over and we will add 5K of text detailing Fomori First Teams to W20 Book of the Wyrm itself at this stretch goal!
At $82,000 of contributions, we will add the Pentex Guide to Werewolves to the Employee Indoctrination Handbook. A field-guide issued to new First Team members, it boils down the key lessons of the video series https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DW1miaX3Bws&list=PLqARvpQDkw7BjG41oDd8Ks6nquXkMV9Pg as a pocket reference for when Garou attack.
At $85,000 of contributions, we will once again bow to the will of our backer overlords, as all Wyrm creatures should, and add either a section on new breeds of Fomori: Shadowfiends and the Sons of Typhon, plus details on family lines of Fomori OR we'll add two new Mockeries: the Kerasi, as mentioned, and the Samsa, insanity-causing mockery-cockroaches; plus a set of Gifts for the Yeren- you tell us which gets added to W20 Book of the Wyrm itself at this stretch goal!
At $88,000 of contributions, we'll include a selection of depraved cults, their practices, and their ties to the Wyrm's other minions to W20 Book of the Wyrm itself! Not everyone who spreads the taint of the Wyrm collects a paycheck.
At $91,000, we'll add orientation materials for Sunburst Enterprises, the global leader in lifestyle electronics, to the Pentex Employee Indoctrination Handbook.
At $94,000, because we haven't forgotten about these guys, we’ll add a section on new breeds of Fomori, featuring re-imagined versions of the Shadowfiends and the Sons of Typhon that originally appeared in Freak Legion, plus details on family lines of Fomori, to W20 Book of the Wyrm itself!
At $99,000, we’ll include new employee information on one of the big ones, Endron, the oil company that lies close to the heart of Pentex, and that’s coming up with new ways to use its wealth to the parent company’s good, to the Pentex Employee Indoctrination Handbook.
At $102,000 we’ll expand the range of Pentex products featured in W20 Book of the Wyrm, including Tellus’ video games, Sunburst’s consumer electronics, and O’Tolleys range of fast foods and kids’ meal toys. In addition, and in celebration of passing the $100K mark, the creative team will get a 10% pay bonus!
At $105,000, we’ll show prospective new hires what it’s like to work crunch-time for Tellus as they build the next installment in the hit-series that video-gamers love to play, in the Pentex Employee Indoctrination Handbook.
At $108,000, we’ll create write-ups for three of the less-well-known subsidiaries - Herricks, Consolidex (Investment Banking/Payday Loans), and North Wing, in the Pentex Employee Indoctrination Handbook.
This is our eleventh KS (which is amazing), and we have learned enough (sometimes painfully) to make some tweaks to our goals, reward tiers, and prizes. We aren't trying to perfectly match the black leatherette Deluxe look of W20 with this book (while still a W20 book it really needs to feel like it's more about the twisted servants of the Wyrm), so we don't need to have as high a Funding Goal as some of our previous KSs.
Estimated Delivery Dates:
Most importantly, the "Estimated Delivery" dates have been extended much further out 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 W20 Book of the Wyrm 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 will be using different shipping fulfillment services than with our previous Kickstarter ship-outs. The current company we will be going with has multiple well-rated Kickstarter ship-outs under their belt, other positive reviews online, and most importantly for many of our backers: they provide emailed tracking numbers. If they come through as promised, they will also do an automatic address confirmation right before they ship to further reduce the chance of bad deliveries.
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 and now Onyx Path over the years. We have a special reward price just for Retailers (someone who owns a store that would sell Deluxe W20 Book of the Wyrm) 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 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.
Risks and challenges
Risk: This book isn't created at all even though the goal is reached.
Solution: We have fulfilled five Kickstarters worth of Rewards, one more Deluxe book is shipping and another is being printed, 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 W20 Book of the Wyrm have over a century of combined experience in the writing, art direction, developing and layout of beautiful tabletop RPG books. The text for the book is written, and already laid out except for what other text we might add due to Stretch Goals.
Risk: Stretch Goals are created but delay or otherwise harm the creation of the Deluxe W20 Book of the Wyrm.
Solution: We are very careful as to what Stretch Goals we include in our KSs, having learned how time-consuming they can be to fulfill.
Risk: Shipping costs soak up pledges that were meant to enable the creation of the Deluxe W20 Book of the Wyrm.
Solution: 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 raise the shipping charges- both methods allowing us to be sure that shipping doesn't eat up the pledge money supposed to go to the actual creation of these Deluxe editions.
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 both Demon: The Descent and Anarchs Unbound several months before the estimate, and are ahead of the game for the physical books as well. In addition, we have switched shippers to companies who are only concerned with fast and accurate delivery.
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