About this project
Please Note: Once this Kickstarter is funded at 12noon Eastern US time on November 21 2015, we can not accept pledges for the W20 Shattered Dreams Deluxe Edition. 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 PoD versions of the Stretch Goal projects in the months to come. Thanks!
The Wars of Rage
In the mists of prehistory, the werewolves worked alongside the other Changing Breeds to safeguard Gaia against the many threats to Her existence. The werewolves’ pride and their great Rage drove them to murder their cousins, leaving Gaia’s children forever broken.
Nobody knows quite what happened to spark the Wars of Rage, or what life was like when the Changing Breeds worked together.
The Past Laid Bare
W20 Shattered Dreams presents an in-depth look at the pre-history of the Werewolves and the Changing Breeds, both the threats that drove them to war and the War of Rage itself. The book showcases many time periods and many ways in which the War could start, so that players and Storytellers can make prehistory their own.
It also presents the circumstances surrounding the Second War of Rage, giving players the chance to take part, either as Garou Conquistadores or the Fera desperately trying to fight off an invasion.
Finally, the included chronicle structure allows modern characters to visit these crucial moments of history in an effort to stop the Wyrm’s most powerful minions.
Shattered Dreams contains:
- The first-ever look at the World of Darkness before the War of Rage
- The ways the Wars of Rage could start, and how enterprising characters could change what happened.
- A chronicle framework that brings modern characters into the past, replete with new Abilities and new Storytelling tools that make the players the center of much larger stories.
But don't take our word for it, here's a link to the pre-editing manuscript which is still missing one chapter that developer Stew Wilson is still tweaking:
And this is the compiled first draft of Chapter 5, highlighting the War of Tears that cost the Bunyip their lives and the War of Dragons, possibly the first great clash in Changing Breed history.
As this is a first draft that Stew has commented on and sent back to the writers for their final drafts, the text will be revised before it goes into the book for both content and writing style. It’s at a different point in the creative process than the rest of the text but we want to make sure you got a look at the new material before the Kickstarter ended.
Once you've read through the text, please feel free to comment here on your thoughts. Maybe you'll inspire a new Stretch Goal for the project!
W20 Shattered Dreams 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, a silk bookmark, and full color interior estimated at 160+ 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 W20 Shattered Dreams. There will be new opportunities with the Reward Tiers 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.
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.com.
Deluxe W20 Shattered Dreams 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 W20 Shattered Dreams 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 Croatan Song and Garou Saga PDFs.
- + $15 for the three classic Rage Across the World compilation PDFs containing Caerns and Rage Across Russia, Rage Across Australia and Dark Alliance: Vancouver, and Rage across New York and Rage Across the Amazon.
- + $20 for another W20 Shattered Dreams PDF.
- + $40 for the W20 Core Rulebook and W20 Changing Breeds PDFs.
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 add on the W20 Shattered Dreams Storyteller's Screen to any reward tier that offers a physical book:
- + $15 for the W20 Shattered Dreams Storyteller's Screen, a sturdy three-panel screen featuring the beautiful collage of W20 Shattered Dreams 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 can also add on individual physical copies of the Deluxe W20 Shattered Dreams book to any pledge that is already shipping a physical book by manually adding the appropriate amount on the pledge page:
- + $45 for a Deluxe W20 Shattered Dreams (US)
- + $60 for a Deluxe W20 Shattered Dreams (Canada)
- + $75 for a Deluxe W20 Shattered Dreams (Rest of the World)
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 W20 Shattered Dreams itself, a fiction anthology, and more.
At $50,000 of contributions, we will create a set of W20 Auspice Gift Cards Deck. Any contributor whose Reward Tier includes a W20 Shattered Dreams PDF will receive a PDF of these cards.
At $55,000 of contributions, we will create an exclusive W20 Shattered Dreams Kickstarter t-shirt for backers which we will make available at a discount on our RedBubble store for a limited time.
At $60,000 of contributions, we will add an alternate campaign framework that allows players and Storytellers to explore the historic events presented in Shattered Dreams from a new perspective. The Wyrm has driven the Changing Breeds to depression and Harano by corrupting the history that is written large in the Umbra. Now, the characters must experience those events firsthand in order to set right the world’s collective memory.
At $65,000 of contributions, we will create a set of W20 Breed Gift Cards Deck. Any contributor whose Reward Tier includes a W20 Shattered Dreams PDF will receive a PDF of these cards.
At $70,000 of contributions, we will finish the W20 Gift Cards Decks with the rest of the Gifts. Any contributor whose Reward Tier includes a W20 Shattered Dreams PDF will receive a PDF of these cards.
With this Kickstarter we are adding another 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 W20 Shattered Dreams Kickstarter (any you post as part of these Achievements are considered usable for promotional purposes by Onyx Path). 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 W20 Shattered Dreams 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 here, at our Onyx Path Facebook page, and our Onyx Path Twitter account:
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 here we have the Werewolf and Changing Breeds specific Achievements. Please post links in the comments, and these are all cumulative as well, so represent for your favorite shapeshifter (although don't feel limited by a "sides" 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 Werewolf and Changing Breeds! This is your time to roar...
This is our seventeenth 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 nine Kickstarter projects and several more are headed to completion 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 book is almost completely written, and the remaining bits will be finished before this KS is over. The art has been bought, and once the book is done in editing, layout can begin.
Risk: Shipping costs soak up pledges that were meant to enable the creation of the W20 Shattered Dreams Deluxe Edition.
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. For the first time, because of Kickstarter adding the option to their tools, we are able to be more specific as to shipping costs based on your country. These costs will be added to your pledge automatically by KS if you are outside the US. As always, local or VAT style taxes will need to be paid by the backer when appropriate and are not included in these costs.
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 regular Updates on progress 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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