These are the final days-
The signs are clear:
Even our pups know
That this is the age of the Apocalypse!
Werewolf the Apocalypse roared into hobby games in 1992, inspiring a generation of fans to stand up and howl their defiance at a corrupted world in a battle they knew they were doomed to lose. WtA presented the Garou: creatures at once both man and wolf, and filled with a Rage against the evils that would destroy and corrupt both the natural and spirit worlds. Capable of transforming into a variety of forms and blessed with Gifts that enabled superhuman and supernatural powers, the Garou fought many foes, always knowing that in the end they would fall. But what stories would be told and what songs sang of their exploits!
This epic tragic story, combined with the unwavering dedication of an unparalleled fan base, is the reason this book is being published. Werewolf: The Apocalypse – 20th Anniversary Edition brings the entire World of Darkness experience full circle and will serve as the perfect anniversary milestone to celebrate two decades of gaming the epic sagas of the Garou.
What’s in it?
• All thirteen original tribes, tribe variants and Lost Tribes, with their signature Gifts and Rites updated from the Werewolf: The Apocalypse Revised tabletop rules.
• Rules for character creation and advancement.
• Gifts from level one through six, including expanded lists.
• Updated setting to the modern nights.
• New full color original art by Ron Spencer, John Bridges, Steve Prescott, Dan Brereton, Richard Kane Ferguson, and other classic “Apocalypse” artists, as well as classic B&W pieces carefully chosen from the earlier editions.
The Humans have Corrupted the Earth
Destroyed the Trees
Slaughtered the Beasts
Choked the Air
Poisoned the Soil
Clogged the Waters
Unleashed the Eternal Fire
This Deluxe Werewolf the Apocalypse 20th Anniversary Edition Kickstarter is designed to enable us to create a deluxe hardcover edition that stands proudly on its own as an amazing volume, or with Vampire the Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition. This Deluxe W20 is planned as a black leatherette (with a different pattern than the Deluxe V20) hardcover with an inset disk on the spine featuring the W20 round symbol, with 520+ full color, silver-edged, interior pages, and a red silk ribbon bookmark. Most importantly, unlike the Deluxe V20 cover embossing, the Deluxe W20 features claw marks die-cut right through the front cover in the tradition of the first two WtA editions.
See the W20 Heavy Metal Edition Visual Target- the way we want it to look if at all possible (but not a prototype or dummy copy) below.
As with the successful KSs for the Deluxe V20 Companion and the Deluxe V20 Children of the Revolution, 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 Werewolf fans around the world. The chapters and some of the art for W20 were reviewed and commented on by players during the Open Development Process on the W20 Blogs, and critical changes were made based on your input. We had a blast talking with the community during the V20 KSs and fully hope that every backer of this KS will enjoy commenting both here and on the WW W20 Blogs: http://whitewolfblogs.com/
With these goals in mind, we're not only looking for support from our community for the Deluxe W20, we're offering backers a chance to determine whether we should make an even wilder cover treatment. We're looking to create an Ultra Deluxe W20 Heavy Metal Edition that has an inset slab of metal for the cover printed to match the original WtA cover and then punched through with the classic claw marks! We have never attempted anything like this before - actually using metal was something I'd discussed with the WW gang for WtA 2nd Edition, but we found it hard enough to punch the claw marks through the hardcover cover. Then, each of these Ultra Editions will be signed and numbered as they are truly collectable classics. But as the goal to the right points out, we must have 200 backers that pledge to that tier or we can't create them as the manufacturer won't go to press at fewer than 200. It's up to you, our Werewolf community, to determine if we should push to create the Ultra Deluxe W20 Heavy Metal Edition as well as the Deluxe.
We have a great community and want to hear from more of you, so please comment away!
We Learned From Our Other Kickstarters
Now, the Wyrm rises
To Eclipse the Moon
Devouring all within its grasp,
Hunting the hunters.
This is our third KS, and so there are some tweaks to our goals, reward tiers, and prizes. Because of the incredible response to the PDFs we offered with the Deluxe Children of the Revolution, we are offering several reward tiers that include collections of classic WtA 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 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.
Note on the amount of the reward tiers to obtain the Deluxe W20: this book is going to have a larger page count than V20, and that added cost to print has been added into the reward tier amount, as well as shipping costs for such a large book.
So How Does This Work?
There is no garden to which we can flee.
There is nowhere to hide.
The end is upon us.
-When will you rage?
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 $85K goal, you'll get the reward that goes with your level of contribution. PDFs versions will be made available first in the form of a coupon from our online sales partner, DriveThruRPG. The Deluxe W20 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 W20 Storyteller's Screen to any reward tier that offers a physical book, either the standard Deluxe W20 or the Heavy Metal Deluxe W20 version:
+ $10.00 for the W20 Storyteller's Screen, a sturdy three-panel screen featuring the Tribes assembled pieces combining Steve Prescott's Tribe illustrations from the Tribe Spreads in W20 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 add on the classic PDF collections to any pledge by manually adding the appropriate amount on the pledge page:
+ $20 for the Classic WtA Fiction PDFs (When Will You Rage, Drums Around The Fire, and The Silver Record).
+ $40 for the Classic Tribebook Sets (all four Litany of the Tribes Collections).
+ $45 for the Classic Werewolf PGs (all three editions' Players' Guides).
You can also add on individual copies of the Deluxe W20 to any pledge that already is shipping a physical book by manually adding the appropriate amount on the pledge page:
+ $110 for a Deluxe W20 (US)
+ $130 for a Deluxe W20 (non-US)
You can add on individual copies the Heavy Metal Edition of the Deluxe W20 to any pledge that is already shipping a physical book by adding this amount on the pledge page:
+ $335 for a Heavy Metal Deluxe W20 Edition
Also, since a good number of folks asked for this, you can upgrade your standard Deluxe W20 for a Heavy Metal Edition by adding this amount to your amount of your pledge page:
+ $225 for Upgrading a Deluxe W20 (US) to a Heavy Metal Edition
+ $245 for Upgrading a Deluxe W20 (non-US) to a Heavy Metal Edition
The difference in costs is to insure that shipping is covered for the Heavy Metal Edition as those costs weren't originally added into every reward tier containing the standard Deluxe.
Please send me a message letting me know if you have added funds for any of these Add-Ons or Upgraded your standard Deluxe W20 to a Heavy Metal Edition as I need to keep track of the number of extra books.
If we have contributions beyond our target number, we've planned several stretch goal rewards for contributors:
At $95,000 of contributions, we will create a Making of the Art of W20 PDF that details via sketches and the text of emails and phone conversations the chaotic process of creating the art for W20 and send that to every backer.Considering the sheer amount of beautiful new art in W20, this will be at least a 48 page book.
At $110,000 of contributions, Bill Bridges (developer emeritus and author of the beloved WtA novel The Silver Crown) will write a new novel that will be delivered in PDF and ebook formats to all our backers months before it is put on sale through normal channels.
At $130,000 of contributions a free copy of the Skinner PDF will be sent to everyone who pledged at the Lore Lover or above. This is a brand new adventure written by Ethan Skemp himself which was scheduled to be released after W20, but you'll get it as soon as we finish it. It's a return to that most vile of Werewolf antagonists, Sam Haight, and returns him and his legacy to the position of terror among the Garou that Sam slaughtered so many to achieve. It was demoed by The Wrecking Crew at the Atlanta by Night convention last weekend, and a very thrilling time was had by all. We're hoping to post The Wrecking Crew's notes on the sessions and comments on the text for Ethan to reply to on the WWBlogs very soon so we're not absolutely sure of page count, but 48-60 pages seems likely.
At $150,000 of contributions Mike Lee, noted White Wolf writer for decades, developer of the classic Demon the Fallen, and famous Black Library author (and if you haven't read any of Mike's BL works, do yourself a favor and check them out) will write a new W20 Werewolf the Apocalypse novel to be delivered in PDF and epub formats. Mike mentioned to me as we talked that this is the perfect project as his first writing submission to White Wolf many moons ago was fiction for WtA. The circle is complete, from pup to Master Storyteller.
At $170,000 of contributions, you unlock a reward tier and Add-on that features a W20 Storyteller's Screen- 3 panels of heavy stock with the amazing Steve Prescott Tribes Assembled art on one side and all the charts you need to run the game on the other. Use it at your table, or hang it on your wall (hopefully, art-side out, but that's your call).
At $185,000 of contributions, we will add one or two more bookmarks in addition to the existing one (depending on whether having three bookmarks would mess with the binding quality). For a book headed toward 600 pages, an extra bookmark or two really helps with referencing different sections.
At $200,000 of contributions, we will create a new Werewolf the Apocalypse Fiction Anthology PDF featuring stories by Ethan Skemp, Bill Bridges, and a slew of classic WtA authors as well as a brilliant new group of authors inspired by WtA such as Stew Wilson. In addition, passing $200,000 is such a milestone that it will also unlock a new reward tier or two enabling pledges which allow for a limited number of backers to have their character's names appear in the stories (and maybe even a reward tier allowing a backer's character to feature in a story- but we need to be sure we have authors comfortable working with other people's characters like that before fully committing to this kind of reward).
At $220,000 of contributions, every backer who pledged at Lore Lover or above will gain a W20 Onyx Path Dice Rolling App compatible with Apple products. This is very simple App that anyone can use at their gaming table to roll their W20 dice pools and is in the testing stage right now.
At $250,000 of contributions, every backer who has pledged for a physical copy of the Deluxe W20 or the Heavy Metal Edition will receive a copy of the Werewolf the Wild West Expansion Pack PDF developed by Ethan Skemp- the original developer of the setting. Werewolf's historical take on the time of cowboys, lawless desperadoes, railroads relentlessly pushing their way across the frontier, and bloody clashes between those who have and those who want, is revisited in a 40ish page product designed to be used with W20.
At $280,000 of contributions, everybody who pledged at Lore Lover or above will get a free copy of the original Werewolf the Wild West Sourcebook PDF, which will add all sorts of ideas to fleshing out the Expansion Pack.
At $300,000 of contributions, everyone who pledged at Lore Lover or above will receive both a free copy of the Werewolf Translation Guide PDF (for folks who want to swap back and forth between Werewolf the Apocalypse and Werewolf the Forsaken) and also the White Howlers Tribebook PDF! Never before have we dared feature this most tragic tribe that fell to the Wyrm in a Tribebook all their own. 64 pages and modeled on the original Tribebooks to give it a timeless feel usable in any Chronicle.
At $315,000 of contributions we will create an 8 page White Howlers comic to be included at the start of the White Howlers Tribebook PDF.
We have further surprise stretch goals in mind if we go past this...
Whatever the outcome, we're still using these Kickstarter projects to gauge the players' interest in future Werewolf 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 one Deluxe book funded by KS backers, and a second is at press. Both those books have taught us how the various pieces of the process works, and the creators of W20 have over a century of combined experience in the writing, art direction, developing and layout of Werewolf the Apocalypse books.
Risk: The writing or art isn't finished.
Solution: The writing is already finished and half of the book will have been laid out by the time this is posted. 99% of the art is in, and both outstanding artists are creators with whom I have worked since 1993 on WtA first edition. They had huge assignments but the art is coming in.
Risk: The Ultra Deluxe version doesn't get enough backers to make it possible to print.
Solution: This is a very real risk, as the expense to create such an unusual cover treatment and therefore the commensurate reward tier is high. We've tried to encourage folks to contribute for it by making the reward tier just filled with cool rewards, and we're going to update the entire backer community with samples from our printer to show how truly cool this will look. Should the Ultra Deluxe fail to gain 200 backers at that reward tier, we'll refund as much of your pledge via PayPal as you wish.
Risk: Shipping costs soak up pledges that were meant to enable the creation of the Deluxe W20 Edition.
Solution: I was forewarned as to the extremely high costs of shipping such a big book outside the US (and shipping ain't cheap inside the US for that matter), and was able to find ways to work with other shippers to bring down those costs - both to keep the consumer costs for shipping to lower than $50 a book, and to allow 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: 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 brand new website at www.theonyxpath.com
- (30 days)