You woke up… different. Someone changed you: on a slab, an operating table, an altar. By luck or by fate, you escaped. Hunted by your creators, they hold all the cards, and it seems they might recapture you. Except, what they don’t understand is they’ve stoked the fires of vengeance; what they did wasn’t right. What they don’t know is that now — you’re hunting them.
Deviant: The Renegades presents a game where the victims of experiments band together to bring down the monolithic organizations that twisted and warped them.
A brand new game is added to the Chronicles of Darkness...
The Chronicles of Darkness, which debuted in 2004 as the new World of Darkness, drew upon the roots of the original World of Darkness and introduced a new look into a shadowy, dangerous world. Players could step into the everyday shoes of mortals, or they could vie for power and control as a vampire, werewolf, changeling, Sin-Eater, and more.
Now, some 15 years later, the Chronicles of Darkness and its supporting lines are flourishing, with each game receiving second editions, starting with the 2013 release of the Chronicles of Darkness rulebook.
In Deviant: The Renegades, players take on the characters of the Remade, human beings who have been transformed into something else through the action of human actors. No millennia-old curse, moon-spirit’s favor, or Supernal Watchtower changed the Remade into what they are; their state is the result of chanted spells, long surgeries, experimental treatments, bizarre accidents, or alchemical poisons. Their creators — Progenitors — have human faces; they are people who saw what lurks in the shadows of the world and wanted power for themselves. Many Remade — Devoted — still serve the conspiracies that changed them. The player characters are Renegades, Remade who have escaped the clutches of their creators… for now.
This Deviant: The Renegades Kickstarter is designed to enable us to create a prestige hardcover edition designed to match the look and feel of our other Chronicles of Darkness core rulebooks such as Vampire: The Requiem, Werewolf: The Forsaken, or Changeling: The Lost.
We want to create an 8.5" x 11" hardcover with a beautifully designed, striking cover image printed on a metallic under layer, and featuring an emboss/deboss of the logo. We estimate the book to be more than 250+ pages, with a two-color interior and endpapers on high quality paper stock. Exceptional funding may allow us to add Stretch Goals that further develop the setting and add additional materials for play, including new Forms, expansions to the core systems, enhanced rules for Devoted and conspiracies, and additional settings and conspiracies! We also want to get at least one print run into traditional distribution and available for sale at game and hobby stores.
Deviant: The Renegades includes all the rules you need to play as one of the Remade: Origins and Clades that reflect the circumstances of your Divergence and the nature of your transformation, Variations and Scars that describe the powers you wield and the price you pay for them, and conspiracy rules that let the whole troupe flesh out the faceless organizations that serve as the game’s main antagonists.
- Chapter 1: Origins and Clades introduces the various ways Deviants become Remade and how the conspiracies classify and divide them.
- Chapter 2: Setting reveals the world in which Deviants live. Here we examine the Divergence’s effects, how the Broken meet their daily needs, and how they take the fight to the conspiracies.
- Chapter 3: Renegades provides rules and game systems to make Remade characters, their powers and the burdens they carry as a result of their Divergences.
- Chapter 4: Storytelling System presents all the core rules necessary to run a game of Deviant: The Renegades, including rules for explosions, radiation, and corrosive substances.
- Chapter 5: Antagonists covers the people and organizations who hunt the transformed, and who the Deviants hunt in return. This chapter provides systems for creating your own conspiracies, and how they react to the actions of the characters.
- Chapter 6: Settings and Sample Conspiracies tours the world, examining several locations in how the conspiracies and Broken struggle against each other, and one another.
- Chapter 7: Storytelling gives tips on running successful games of Deviant, and explores the game’s niche of transformation and revenge.
- The Appendices provide lists of the equipment, Conditions, and Tilts that are likely to come into play in Deviant.
Throughout this Kickstarter campaign, we will be posting complete previews of the Deviant: The Renegades manuscript as backer-only updates.
The primary goal of this Kickstarter campaign is to create the best version of the Deviant: The Renegades that is possible. Your support allows us to fund the best production, use the most appropriate components, and possibly even contract more art for the core book. We hope to not only deliver a beautiful book to all of our backers, but, as noted, also fund at least one print run to be sold through distribution and into the book and hobby stores that are so vital to our community.
Beyond that primary goal, we hope to gain additional funding to explore more of the world of Deviant: The Renegades, possibly expanding into rules companions and other Storyteller and player tools and accessories. The greater our funding for this project, the more resources we are able to use to explore these scenarios and challenges.
Beyond those campaign-specific goals, we hope to do what our games have always done: build a community invested in each other's stories and shared imagination. Every person who participates is joining with the goal of bringing this game into the world, and that common goal is a powerful binding element we can't help but want to share. When you back this project, you join us on this journey and become part of our cohort.
All participants who would like to make this project happen can pledge their support and add to the overall campaign total. If the campaign meets the funding target ($35,000), then we will have funded the project and it will become a reality. Your pledge will only be collected if we achieve our funding target.
In thanks for your support, we offer rewards based on your level of funding pledged. The Reward Tiers down the right side of the page outline the various rewards reflecting various levels of support pledged. Please note that rewards may automatically add additional charges to cover shipping expenses.
To help simplify matters, the Reward Chart lists the core reward combinations, as well as the multi-copy tiers and special limited and premium reward tiers. (see Reward Descriptions, below).
Core Reward Decision: Do you save some shelf space and go digital-only with the PDF version (Touchstone and Renegade Reward Tiers), or go all in with the hardcover (Devoted Reward Tier)? Please note that physical rewards may automatically add additional charges to cover shipping expenses.
Backers looking to receive multiple copies should also note the Manticore Companion and Cohort Reward Tiers, which offer 2 or 5 copies respectively as part of the rewards (and may save on shipping per unit!).
Finally, we love retailers, but modern publishing methods don’t always make it easy for them to get books into their stores. With this Deviant: The Renegades campaign, we have created a special Reward Tier just for you. Any retailer who pledges at the Retailer Reward Tier level (Node) will get 5 copies of the Deviant: The Renegades Core rulebook (as well as the PDF versions) at a retail-specific discount so that they can sell in-store.
In addition, a few Reward Tiers offer special limited or premium rewards in addition to the basics, including everything from a BOOK PLATE which will be signed by as many of the creative team as we can wrangle, an option to act as a ART MODEL, as well as a chance to NAME an NPC included in the Deviant setting or a possible future supplement. There's even an opportunity to act as a CONSULTING DEVELOPER, an observer from the shadows, with access to communication channels shared by the developers and writers. Check each of the Reward Tier descriptions for more details.
ACCESS TO MANUSCRIPT PREVIEW UPDATES – During the course of the campaign, we will be posting the ENTIRE manuscript for Deviant: The Renegades. These previews will be shared via Backer-Only updates. You must be a backer of this project to receive these updates.
PDF VERSION - The digital version of Deviant: The Renegades, fulfilled by our partners at DrivethruRPG.com. Kickstarter backers will receive an early version, before it goes on sale to the public. This initial "Backer Version" will be used to get feedback from the fans to make the final version the best that it can be. When it has been updated to the final version, it will be automatically added to your DrivethruRPG library and available for download at your convenience.
PRESTIGE HARDCOVER VERSION - The main goal of this campaign is to fund the creation, production, and print run of a beautiful hardcover edition of the game. Note that all Reward Tiers that include the Hardcover version also include the PDF version as a bonus.
OPTIONAL "AT COST" PoD VERSION – For Deviant: The Renegades, you will have the option of using DriveThruRPG’s Print-On-Demand service to purchase a physical, printed copy directly from their PoD partners at as close as we can get to the cost of printing and shipping (this cost is not included in your pledge, and you do not need to increase the cost of your pledge to use this option). When the PoD versions are available to order (which will be some time after the book has gone to print), you will receive links to purchase these versions of the book from DriveThruRPG.com and cards from DriveThruCards.com. You DO NOT need to take advantage of this PoD offer as it does not affect in any way your pledge rewards.
In addition to the rewards listed in each Reward Tier, backers can increase their overall pledge to add on the following additional rewards. Simply increase your total pledge amount by the value indicated – we will confirm which add on rewards you’ve chosen via BackerKit surveys after the campaign has run.
For +$10 EACH, add any of these CHRONICLES OF DARKNESS titles to your digital library:
- +$10 for Chronicles of Darkness Core Rulebook PDF
- +$10 for Vampire: the Requiem 2nd Edition PDF
- +$10 for Werewolf: the Forsaken 2nd Edition PDF
- +$10 for Mage: the Awakening 2nd Edition PDF
- +$10 for Beast: The Primordial PDF
- +$10 for Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras PDF
- +$10 for Demon: The Descent PDF
- +$10 for Promethen: The Created 2nd Edition PDF
All physical items that will require shipping (additional books) can only be added to reward tiers that already include a hardcover copy of Deviant: The Renegades (Reward Tiers of $50+). Your rewards will be sent in a single shipment when the book becomes available.
As we increase the overall funding and support for the project, we’re able to add additional resources to the project, expand the rewards listed, and add in new offers and opportunities. Each Stretch Goal will have a target that, once reached, will add a project to the reward list. We will continue to build on this list when we achieve these targets during the campaign. Whenever we achieve a stretch goal, the image will be updated to reflect the achievement
Achieved! - At $40,000 in funding – NEW ADD ON: Storyteller Screen. We’ll create a Deviant: The Renegades Storyteller Screen. Can be added on to any reward tier containing a hardcover book for only +$20.
Achieved! - At $45,000 in funding – NEW SUPPLEMENT: The Clades Companion PDF. As Cephalists embrace wildernesses of the imagination, so we will create a new supplement that moves beyond a purely human experience, introducing Forms designed for Storytellers and players who want to introduce Deviants who were not originally human beings (or at least not ones native to Earth). This includes sapient animals, androids, ephemeral entities trapped in human bodies, and exiles from alternate dimensions and timelines. All backers receiving the Deviant: The Renegades PDF as part of their pledge level will automatically have the Clades Companion PDF added to their rewards list.
Achieved! - At $50,000 in funding – CELEBRATION OF DARKNESS ADD-ON UPGRADE: We’ll add the Beast: The Primordial PDF to the list of title options, and reduce the price to $12 EACH for this Add On.
Achieved! - At $56,000 in funding – SUPPLEMENT EXPANSION: The Clades Companion PDF. As Chimerics are at home with every species of animal, the Clades Companion PDF will be expanded to include a wide assortment of sample animals and Manticores - perfect for Remade with the Manticore Companion Merit or the Animal Transformation Variation.
Achieved! - At $59,000 in funding – KICKSTARTER BACKER T-SHIRT – Hosted on the redbubble store for a limited time, a Deviant: The Renegades-themed shirt will be priced at a steep discount. All backers will be notified when the shirt becomes available.
Achieved! - At $62,000 in funding – SUPPLEMENT EXPANSION: The Clades Companion PDF. Coactives have connections to worlds not our own, and so The Clades Companion PDF will be expanded to include full ephemeral entities rules, including guidelines for creating new Numina and parallel worlds using Deviant’s toolbox approach, as well as guidance on how these beings interact with Variations such as Otherworldly Connection.
Achieved! - At $65,000 in funding – CELEBRATION OF DARKNESS ADD-ON UPGRADE: We’ll add Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras PDF to the list of title options, and reduce the price to $11 EACH for this Add On.
Achieved! - At $68,000 in funding – SUPPLEMENT EXPANSION: The Clades Companion PDF. Invasives maximize the effectiveness of every tool that passes into their hands, and so The Clades Companion PDF will be expanded to include more equipment, as well rules for high-tech prototypes and shoddy goods and services.
Achieved - At $70,000 in funding – DIGITAL WALLPAPER – An awesome digital wallpaper for your computer desktop featuring art from Deviant: The Renegades. All backers will have this automatically added to their rewards list.
Achieved - At $72,000 in funding – SUPPLEMENT EXPANSION: The Clades Companion PDF. No Clade embodies the strange and dehumanizing effects of Divergence quite the way the Mutant does, and so The Clades Companion PDF will be expanded with new Forms that transcend the singularity of the self and the flesh-and-blood body – a human consciousness uploaded to a mainframe, a talking mystical item, or an advanced A.I. with a drone for a chassis. Or, introduce Remade who are part of a line of clones or replicants who share memories, such that physical death is little more than an inconvenience; some even have whole wardrobes of new bodies, each one customized to match an urgent practical need (or just the Broken’s current mood).
Achieved! - At $74,000 in funding – CELEBRATION OF DARKNESS ADD-ON UPGRADE: We’ll add Demon: The Descent PDF to the list of title options, and reduce the price to $10 EACH for this Add On.
Achieved! - At $77,000 in funding – DEVIANT: THE RENEGADES NOVELLA - A short story written to better define the Deviant play experience and the world in which it takes place. All backers receiving the Deviant: The Renegades PDF will have this automatically added to their rewards list.
Achieved! - At $80,000 in funding – NEW SUPPLEMENT: The Devoted Companion PDF - We’ll create a new supplement that explores the Devoted in greater depth. This will include new Forms, as well as greatly expanded conspiracy and Devoted rules to give Storytellers and players the tools they need to portray the Renegades’ foils. All backers receiving the Deviant: The Renegades PDF as part of their pledge level will automatically have the Devoted Companion PDF added to their rewards list.
Achieved! - At $82,000 in funding – CELEBRATION OF DARKNESS ADD-ON UPGRADE: We’ll add Promethean: The Created 2nd Edition PDF to the list of +$10 Add On title options in the Celebration of Darkness Add On Reward list.
At $84,000 in funding – CELEBRATION OF DARKNESS ADD-ON UPGRADE: We’ll add Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition PDF to the list of +$10 Add On title options in the Celebration of Darkness Add On Reward list.
At $87,500 in funding – ART BUDGET INCREASE - Additional funds will be allocated to the art budget, adding more evocative art to the Deviant: The Renegades book.
This is Onyx Path Publishing's 38th Kickstarter, and the company has learned how to maintain focus during a campaign to maintain manageable projects and achievable goals. To read more about the knowledge that has been applied to this project, you can read the FAQ linked here: http://theonyxpath.com/about/faq/kickstarter/
Risks and challenges
Risk: This game isn't created at all even though the goal is reached.
Solution: We have successfully shipped many Kickstarter projects and more are headed to completion as you read this. All those projects have taught us how the various pieces of the process works, and we have increased our ability to judge the various stages of delivery better with each KS. The text for Deviant: The Renegades is finished and some initial interior artwork has been contracted, so the development process is well underway.
Risk: Shipping costs soak up pledges that were meant to enable the creation of the book.
Solution: Kickstarter shipping costs have continued to rise 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 increase 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 game 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 our recent campaigns have delivered rewards earlier than estimated.
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.com
ADDITIONAL TERMS & CONDITIONS
By backing this Kickstarter project, you have agreed to the following additional terms and conditions:
ARTWORK, DESIGN, MATERIAL & CONTENTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Onyx Path shares artwork, design, descriptions and manuscript contents with the understanding that changes may occur in the creation of the final product based on further development, available resources and materials, and the nature of the creative process.
REWARDS REQUIRING ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REQUIRE TIMELY RESPONSE. Some rewards, particularly limited Special Rewards such as art model descriptions, character names, and custom design work, require input from the reward backer. For these rewards, the backer must respond within 6 weeks of the information being requested (most likely by BackerKit pledge manager survey, occasionally by direct e-mail) in order to maintain the project development and manufacturing timeline. Onyx Path will make a strong effort to acquire this information, but should the backer not provide it in a timely fashion, all parties agree that Onyx Path can move forward on the project without the information or using an appropriate substitution and the respective backer will consider the reward obligation fulfilled in full for payment or donations pledged and collected on the part of Onyx Path. The simple fact is that we cannot delay the production of the product due to a unresponsive backer, that's just not fair to the others who have supported this project.
ADDRESS CONFIRMATION & DELIVERY OBLIGATIONS. If you confirm your pledge prior to final address confirmation and initiation of distribution notification via email, you agree that our responsibility to you is to ship your order as entered into our pledge manager system, that title and risk passes to you upon delivery to a common carrier for such shipment, and you are responsible for import duties or any other duties that may be payable to the relevant tax authorities, providing correct address information and ensuring this address is deliverable by normal methods. Failure to confirm mailing address prior to final request and distribution notification will be taken as agreement that all obligations have been met and no further action or effort is required on the part of Onyx Path. We will attempt to alert you via the methods provided by Kickstarter and/or BackerKit, primarily e-mail, prior to distribution of rewards to avoid any issue, but once we’ve made all reasonable efforts, we must move on with other business and will be unable to make exceptions.
DIGITAL REWARDS. You will be notified by BackerKit when digital rewards become available to you. Typically, these will be links to load PDF titles into your account library on DriveThruRPG.com. The links from BackerKit must be activated within 90 days to ensure the titles are added to your library, after which the links may expire and Onyx Path may not be able to provide replacements.
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