This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, January 24 2019 6:00 PM UTC +00:00.
THEY CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA! is a new tabletop roleplaying game encompassing the wonder, horror, thrills, and hilarity of 1950s science fiction. This game evokes all that is great in the B-movies of decades ago, and provides a dynamic, fun experience at the table.
THEY CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA! is a tabletop roleplaying game in which the players, as humans, live in a world under increasing attack. The attackers? Aliens from beneath the sea, obviously!
Adventures can range from the one-shot defense of small coastal town, to the lengthier liberation of a cruise ship invested with gill-kin, all the way to a campaign in which characters seize an alien submarine and ride it all the way down to the sea bed to take the fight to the invaders.
In this game, the protagonists are strong-jawed war veterans, cunning and resourceful explorers, utterly insane scientists, and blue-collar heroes, just looking to defend their patches of land. Each appears as in the B-movie classics of the era, providing a wealth of inspiration for the kinds of characters you'll play in this game.
Your weapons against the alien incursion come not only in the form of fists and bullets but Quips and Cinematics. Drawn from decks of cards or rolled from tables in the book, Quips are your award-winning one-liners that allow your blow to pack a harder punch, make your rebuke more scathing, or just act as a pithy thing to say before dying. Are they sometimes incongruous to the scene or inappropriate in any context? Of course! But use that moment where you state "this alien tastes like momma's apple pie" to your advantage with this new game mechanic and get your whole table laughing, too!
Cinematics, meanwhile, encourage you to put the "meta" in "metagame," as you accumulate points to spend on inserting deleted scenes in your game, cut to black when the action gets too hot, apply bad dubbing to an alien's dialogue, or summon a stuntman to replace the scrawny scientist character when he has to run the length of an exploding submarine, crab-person baby in arms. Cinematics are a new feature the players can use to make their game of THEY CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA! even more frenetic and fun.
The world with which you're presented in THEY CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA! is familiar, yet weirder. Chuck Berry and Elvis Presley blare from the jukebox in the diner corner, our heroes gather at the counter for their dollar shakes, greasers drive up to the outdoor theater with their hair slicked back, and the ladies do the Twist, all while suspicious military personnel and scientists work on new weapons and experiments within walking distance of town.
The Red Scare is in full effect. The words "atomic" and "bomb" are on everyone's lips. This could be the 1950s we all know, except everything is cranked up: the paranoia, the pop culture, the fear of global destruction. Everyone is a little more protective over their homeland, fearful of the neighbors, and when word spreads of the Soviets consorting with aquatic monsters, it doesn't take long for the rumors to gain traction.
This THEY CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA! Kickstarter campaign is designed to enable us to create a full-color traditionally-printed hardcover rulebook, a print-and-play PDF of Quip and Cinematic cards, and a Director screen to aid play. Exceptional funding may allow us to add Stretch Goals that further develop the setting and add additional materials for play, including more scenarios and additional threats! We also want to get at least one print run into traditional distribution and available for sale at game and hobby stores.
We want to create an 8.5" x 11" hardcover rulebook with a dynamic cover and full-color interior art. We estimate the book will be more than 200+ pages and will be traditionally printed on high quality paper stock. In addition, we want to create a print-and-play PDF with more than 120 Quip and Cinematic cards to use in-game, and a sturdy three-panel THEY CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA! screen featuring a illustrations from the rulebook on the outer side, and a selection of charts and other info on the inside to make the Director's job a little bit easier.
THEY CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA! will be powered by Onyx Path's Storypath system, and includes all the rules you need to play as a two-fisted hero dealing with alien threats, including rules for creating characters with a mix of Origins to customize your Archetype. It also has ready-to-play scenarios, along with information on events of the 1950s that you can incorporate into your game with a new fishy taste. And, finally, dozens of antagonists, including a chaotic assembly of conflicting bad guys that create a broad culture for players and Directors to explore, manipulate, and form into a living, gurgling world of aquatic menace.
The Storypath system is Onyx Path's rules set designed specifically to allow the sort of rules scaling necessary to seamlessly enable players to play ordinary people as well as mad scientists and seasoned explorers.
The basics of the Storypath system should be familiar to anyone who has played many other Onyx Path games of action-adventure or heroic exploits, as it is a 10-sided dice pool system, where in order to resolve an action you basically roll a number of dice equal to the character's Skill + Attribute and must roll an 8 or better a certain number of times in order to succeed in the action.
That is the very basic resolution system, but we expand on that to further enhance how your gaming group can build their stories. Failing to hit your number of successes, or having more successes than your required amount, are built-in options in the rules. Here is a handy graphic that illustrates what we mean:
To further explain the basics of the Storypath system, here is a small PDF download that goes into more detail: SYSTEM PREVIEW PDF.
Here's a video of THEY CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA! in action...
The primary goal of this Kickstarter campaign is to create the best version of THEY CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA! 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 beautifulbook to all of our backers, but also fund at least one print run to be sold through distribution and into 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 THEY CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA!, possibly creating additional content in the form of scenarios, threats, and ready-made characters. The greater our funding for this project, the more resources we are able to explore this thrilling world.
Beyond those campaign-specific goals, we hope to do what our games have always done — open a path to a new world; a setting for our community to build new stories and entwine imaginations. Every person who participates in this campaign is joining with the goal of bringing this game into the world — and like our protagonists, this mission binds us with common purpose. When you back this project, you join our amazing cast of characters as we create our adventure together.
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 ($20,000), 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 and then combinations with each of the additional rewards offered as part of this campaign (see Reward Descriptions, below).
Key Decision: do you save some shelf space and go digital-only with the PDF version, or go all in with the hardcover rulebook? Please note that physical rewards may automatically add additional charges to cover shipping expenses.
Backers looking to receive multiple copies should also note the BODY DOUBLE, STUNT DOUBLE and ACTING CLASS Reward Tiers, which offer 2 rulebooks, 2 rulebooks and a Director's Screen, or 5 rulebooks and a Director's Screen 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 THEY CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA! campaign, we have created a special Reward Tier just for you. Any retailer who pledges at the Retailer Reward Tier level ("CRAFT SERVICES") will get 5 copies of the hardcover rulebook (as well as the PDF versions) and 5 copies of the Director's Screen at a retail-specific discount so that they can sell in-store.
Several Reward Tiers offer special limited or premium rewards in addition to the basics, including everything from a BOOK PLATE Stickers 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 THEY CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA! rulebook or a possible supplement. A limited number of premium slots to play in an online RPG session with the Onyx Path's Matthew Dawkins. Finally, as an Executive Producer, you will act as a "consulting developer" on a future Storypath product produced by Onyx Path. 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 THEY CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA! These previews will be shared via Backer-Only updates once per week. You must be a backer of this project to receive these updates.
DIRECTOR'S SCREEN - a sturdy three-panel THEY CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA! screen featuring evocative art on the outer side, and a selection of charts and other info on the inside to make the Director's job a little bit easier.
EARLY ACCESS PREVIEW PLAYTEST DOCUMENT - When we launch the campaign, we'll be providing a stripped-down version of the game with just the basics, allowing you to take the system and setting out for a spin! Only Backers will be able to download this Early Access preview playtest document.
OPTIONAL "AT COST" PoD VERSION – All PDF products will be fulfilled through our partners at DriveThruRPG.com, the largest RPG download store. For THEY CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA!, 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.
QUIP & CINEMATIC CARDS PRINT & PLAY PDF- More than 120 cards featuring perfect phrases and one-liners to drop in during key moments of play, as well as Cinematic metagame abilities.
RULEBOOK - a 200+-page, full-color hardcover rulebook containing all the information needed to play THEY CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA!
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.
All PDF rewards will be fulfilled by our partners at DrivethruRPG.com. PDF reward Add Ons can be added to any Reward Tier.
All physical items that will require shipping (additional rulebooks, screens) can only be added to reward tiers that already include a hardcover copy of the THEY CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA! rulebook (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! - NEW DIRECTOR'S SCREEN ARTWORK - We'll commission new widescreen full-span Larry Blamire artwork for the Director's Screen!
Achieved! - ADDITIONAL AQUATIC ALIEN ADVERSARIES! - A handful of new threats and antagonists will be created and released as a Threat File! PDF, added on to the rewards list for all backers receiving the They Came from Beneath the Sea! rulebook PDF.
Achieved! - A NEW SCENARIO - More adventure to be had with a new scenario PDF, added on to the rewards list for all backers receiving the They Came from Beneath the Sea! rulebook PDF.
Achieved! - EXTRA AMPHIBIOUS ANTAGONISTS - A fistful of new threats and antagonists will be created and released as a Threat File! PDF, added on to the rewards list for all backers receiving the They Came from Beneath the Sea! rulebook PDF.
Achieved! - CHARACTER PACK - Ready-to-go PDF characters designed for print-and-play action! Added to the rewards list for all backers receiving the They Came from Beneath the Sea! rulebook PDF.
Achieved! - BACKER T-SHIRT - hosted on the Redbubble store for a limited time, a They Came from Beneath the Sea!-themed shirt at a steep discount. All backers will be notified when the shirt becomes available.
Achieved! - A NEW SCENARIO - More adventure to be had with a new scenario PDF, added on to the rewards list for all backers receiving the They Came from Beneath the Sea! rulebook PDF.
Achieved! - EXPANDED FLOATING FOES! - - A pailful of new threats and antagonists will be created and released as a Threat File! PDF, added on to the rewards list for all backers receiving the They Came from Beneath the Sea! rulebook PDF.
At $36,000 in funding! - DIGITAL WALLPAPER - Dress up your monitor with some amazing art from They Came from Beneath the Sea!, added to the rewards list for all backers.
At $37,500 in funding! - NEW MARINE MONSTERS! - A netful of new threats and nemisises will be created and released as a Threat File! PDF, added on to the rewards list for all backers receiving the They Came from Beneath the Sea! rulebook PDF.
At $38,500 in funding! - NEW ADD ON DECK - We'll be able to create a new Add On option. For +$15, you will be able to add a printed Quip & Cinematic card deck to your hardcover book purchase.
This is Onyx Path Publishing's 33rd 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 They Came From Beneath The Sea! is finished, 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 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 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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