Our modern world is fraught with danger, from the products of mad science and corporate greed to the perils of lost civilizations. Fortunately, as many of the Talented will tell you, danger is their middle name, and the Æon Society is here to help them put things to right. The only constant in the world is change, and that's where you come in.
At long last. the Trinity Continuum returns in this new edition with a new system and setting revised from the ground up. Talents: the subtle champions, daredevils of unparalleled skill and luck. Psions: those able to employ the powers of their own minds to affect those around them. Novas: the stalwart few with the power to alter the very fabric of reality.
These Inspired arise in times of need. Few of them will ever sit idly: they seem to be driven to act. Some will be crowned as heroes, others as power-mad aberrations. Which will you be?
The Trinity Continuum is a vast timeline of adventure, speckled with dramatic points across the past, present, and future, where heroes - or villains - arise. While each setting supplement will explore part of the Trinity Continuum timeline, these points in time aren't dots in a straight line - this isn't a long-form metaplot to be simply read aloud. Instead, they're points of quantum probabilities. Anything can happen, so it's up to you and your cast to make it happen!
The Trinity Continuum will grow as the timeline is explored, with possible setting supplements handling everything from ancient greek battalions to far-future psychic corporations, or two-fisted pulp daredevils to quantum-powered meta-humans of tomorrow.
The Trinity Continuum Core rules are the foundation for interacting with the Trinity Continuum setting. Using the Storypath System, the Trinity Continuum Core rules provide a contemporary baseline, allowing you to explore modern scenarios in various genres. Present day scenarios involving dedicated investigators, audacious con artists, underground do-gooders, and intrepid explorers can all work within the structure provided.
The Trinity Continuum Core book will be 7-inch by 10-inch hardcover book, approximately 200+ pages, with full-color interiors. Contents include:
- Chapter One: The World Today
- Chapter Two: Base Character Creation
- Chapter Three: Storypath System
- Chapter Four: Combat and Equipment
- Chapter Five: Storyguiding
- Chapter Six: Talents
- Chapter Seven: Talent Gifts
Trinity Continuum: Æon will be the first non-contemporary setting explored on the Trinity Continuum timeline. Set in the year 2123, Trinity Continuum: Æon depicts a future Earth, still in the process of recovery from a devastating war and starting to expand into space. Nations that avoided the brunt of the destruction have transformed into leading political forces, while other regions are either home to struggling survivors in the ruins of their former countries, or living under a fascist regime intent on restoring order at any cost. Bio-engineering technology mixes with psionic orders creating new power structures, while alien contact has been made with mixed results. The Trinity Continuum: Æon setting allows for a variety of play styles, from cyberpunk-like corporate espionage and intrigue to post-apocalyptic survival stories, to space exploration.
The Trinity Continuum: Æon setting book will be 7-inch by 10-inch hardcover book, approximately 300+ pages, with full-color interiors. Contents include:
- Chapter One: History Overview - The Crash & After
- Chapter Two: The Earth (& Luna)
- Chapter Three: Space
- Chapter Four: Character Creation
- Chapter Five: Organizations
- Chapter Six: Other New Rules
- Chapter Seven: Psi Power Rules
- Chapter Eight: Technology
- Chapter Nine: Storytelling Advice
- Chapter Ten: Antagonists & Supporting Characters
- Chapter Eleven: Setting Secrets
Note: the Trinity Continuum: Æon setting book requires the Trinity Continuum Core rule book to play.
Throughout the campaign, we will be posting previews of the Trinity Continuum Core rules and Trinity Continuum: Æon manuscripts as updates for all backers.
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 characters with psi powers, and everything in between.
The basics of the Storypath System should be familiar to anyone who played a previous edition of Trinity, as it is a 10-sided dicepool system, where in order to resolve an action you basically roll a number of dice equal to the character's Attribute + Skill 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.
Appropriately, there are three key goals for this Trinity Continuum project, loosely associated with the Past, Present, and Future.
The Present goal, and most important: we're running this kickstarter so we can make the best version of the Trinity Continuum Core rules and the Trinity Continuum: Æon setting that is possible. Getting your support early allows us to fund the best production methods, use the most appropriate components, and possibly even add more art to these books. It's all about the presentation, and about getting people playing!
Secondly, the Future - we're able to use funding to explore more of the Trinity Continuum Core world and Trinity Continuum: Æon setting, possibly expanding into rules companions, adventure scenarios, and even fiction anthologies. The greater our funding on the Kickstarter, the more resources we are able to devote to developing additional assets and material.
Third, a celebration of the Past - acknowledging the work that has come before and the long-time fans, we're able to celebrate the legacy of the original Trinity RPG by offering a great deal on a list of first edition Trinty titles in PDF. This digital bundle is featured as it's own Reward Tier, or can be added to any tier, and begins with 9 titles from the first edition library. As we expand our funding on the entire project, we will be able to add titles to this bundle making it a truly amazing offer.
Beyond all of 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 that we can't help but want to share. When you back this project, you join us on this journey and become part of our team.
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 ($50,000), 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 exchange 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.
Your chosen Reward Tier outlines the rewards that you will receive should this project fund. Reward Tiers are not cumulative - each Reward Tier is a distinct list of rewards based on a base pledge amount, though they can be modified with add-ons and other options (detailed below). It's important that you select the Reward Tier that best reflects your desired rewards and pledge amount.
Please note that rewards that include physical goods (such as the hardcover books or the Reference Screens) may automatically add additional charges to cover shipping expenses.
The first decision to be made: do you want digital only PDF copies of the book(s), or traditionally-printed hardcover copies? The next immediate decision is to remain in modern times, with just the Trinity Continuum Core book, or to also explore the future with the Trinity Continuum: Æon setting book.
All Reward Tiers named [ALPHA] and [BETA] are PDF only copies. [ALPHA] tiers contain just the Trinity Continuum Core book, while the [BETA] tiers also include the Trinity Continuum: Æon setting book.
All of the traditionally-printed hardcover rewards also include the PDF for the books selected. The [DELTA] tier includes just the Trinity Continuum Core book, while the [GAMMA] tiers also include the Trinity Continuum: Æon setting book.
Once those primary considerations are concluded, you can see that some tiers offer additional rewards. Manuscript previews, an "at cost" POD Option, automatic add-ons, as well as the three Stretch Goal inclusions are detailed below. Conversely, we've also included bare-bones "NO FRILLS" options that reward you with just the PDF copy of the final book(s), as a budget-friendly means of supporting the campaign while still growing the player network.
By selecting a specific Reward Tier, you are confirming to pledge the minimum amount (or more) in hopes of the project achieving it's funding target and receiving the rewards listed. You can also add additional rewards to your overall reward list via Add Ons - simply increase your total pledge amount by the amount listed for each Add On you wish to receive (see the Add On section below), and after the campaign concludes, you will be able to confirm which Add On rewards you'd like via a BackerKit Survey.
Your Total Pledge Amount will be the sum of your chosen Reward Tier plus any shipping fees plus any Add Ons that you've manually included. To reiterate, your Total Pledge Amount is not the same as your Reward Tier, as it may include shipping charges and Add On rewards. Your Reward Tier selected (plus any Add Ons chosen) is what determines your final reward allocation.
Access to Manuscript Previews: Throughout the campaign, we will be posting previews of the Trinity Continuum Core rules and Trinity Continuum: Æon manuscripts as updates for all backers. You must pledge to a Reward Tier that includes this option in order to receive these updates.
"At Cost "POD Option: Select reward tiers will include an option for "at cost" Print on Demand physical books you can choose to purchase from DriveThruRPG.com, usually some time after the PDF has been released. This allows us time to collect errata and revise the final ready-for-print file before sending it to publication. This option allows you to purchase a PoD version of the Trinity Continuum Core book and Trinity Continuum: Æon setting supplement without paying for the content already included in your reward - it will be as close to covering just the actual print cost as possible. You DO NOT need to take advantage of this PoD offer as it does not affect in any way your pledge rewards. Note that there will be a shipping charge issued by DriveThruRPG.com whenever a PoD product is ordered.
First Edition Trinity PDF Bundle: For only $15, you will receive every 1st Edition Trinity title included in the bundle. The bundle begins with 9 PDF offerings from the Trinity library, but may expand as we hit additional funding goals. To receive all the titles that end up included in this bundle, you can increase your total pledge level by $15 (see ADD ONs below), or select the FIRST EDITION FAN or any of the three "+ ALL STRETCH GOALS" Reward Tiers. Note: The PDFs included in this bundle are the current files available from Drivethrurpg.com, created from hi-res scans of the original books.
BONUS REWARDS: Certain reward tiers include [BONUS REWARDS] that will be grown via Stretch Goal achievements. These additional rewards currently include:
- "DAWN" - a novella set in the timeline of Trinity Continuum: Æon
- "MERIDIAN" - a novella set in the timeline of Trinity Conituum: Æon
- A Trinity Continuum D10 unlocked on the OnyxPath dice-rolling App (iOs/Android)
- A Trinity Continuum: Æon-themed D10 unlocked on the OnyxPath dice-rolling App.
- Two digital wallpapers
- A scenario supplement PDF called “IN MEDIA RES” for the Trinity Continuum Core contemporary setting, with the following scenarios:
- CAPER, INCORPORATED –When the system doesn’t work, these con artists put their thumbs on the scales of justice to even things out. Inspired by: Leverage, Ocean’s 11, Inception. Related Allegiance: Les Fantômes.
- CODENAME: AQUARIUS – Working for an independent intelligence agency, a team of special agents investigates, infiltrates, and eliminates global threats. Inspired by: James Bond, Mission: Impossible, Jason Bourne. Related Allegiance: 9.
- CLASSIFIED: HELP WANTED – Living in witness protection won’t stop these heroes from fighting corruption and injustice. Evading their US Marshal handlers and staying incognito, these secret do-gooders are a last resort for the desperate. Inspired by: A-Team, Charlie’s Angels, Burn Notice, The Equalizer. Related Allegiance: Archangel.
- ARTIFACTS, ETC. – Digging into the dirt and bringing light to dark places are all in a days work for these explorers, archaeologists and scientists. Inspired by: Indiana Jones, Johnny Quest, Tomb Raider. Related Allegiance: Global Cartography Initiative
Æon Æxpansion: A PDF supplement for the Trinity Continuum: Æon setting. The Æon Æxpansion will contain sections which will be added to this PDF supplement via Stretch Goals, as detailed below. The supplement currently contains sections on:
- VARGS (large battlesuits) and VARG rules
- Additional Aberrants and Aberrant Cults
- New Noetic Biotech
- New Cyberware and New Espionage-Related Hardtech
- Using psions in the modern day with the Trinity Continuum Core book
- New Weapons and Armor
- Nihonjin Superiors
- Essay on life and technology in 2123
- Psiads (characters with psi powers who are not artificially created, and tend to be less powerful but more flexible than traditional psions)
Beyond even these basic decisions are premium reward tiers, nicknamed "Omega Options" in this Reward Tier scheme. Premium rewards are limited in quantity, and include the ability to provide a character name (even your own!), serve as an art model for our illustrators, and even follow along with the development of a future product as a Consulting Developer.
If, working together, we're able to achieve our funding goal, we will set supplemental targets and offer additional rewards. These will be detailed as they arise in the "Stretch Goal" section below.
We love retailers, but modern publishing methods don’t always make it easy for them to get books into their stores. With this new edition of the Trinity Continuum Core rule book and Trinity Continuum: Æon setting , we want to try to get at least one print run into game stores, so everyone has a chance to experience it.
Any retailer who pledges at the $300 Retailer Reward tier level will get 5 copies of each hardcover book as well as 5 copies of each reference screen, at a retail-specific discount so that they can sell in-store.
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 level by the amount indicated – we will confirm which add on rewards you’ve chosen via BackerKit surveys after the campaign has run.
Add $15 to your pledge total to receive an additional copy of the PDF version of the TRINITY CONTINUUM CORE rules. You will confirm your add on items in the backerkit survey sent out after the campaign ends.
- Add $25 to your pledge total to receive an additional copy of the PDF version of the Trinity Continuum: Æon setting. You will confirm your add on items in the backerkit survey sent out after the campaign ends.
- Add $35 to your pledge total to receive an additional copy of the traditionally-printed hardcover version of the Trinity Continuum Core rules. Can be added to any [DELTA], [GAMMA], or [OMEGA] reward tier for backers within the US only. You will confirm your add on items in the backerkit survey sent out after the campaign ends.
Add $55 to your pledge total to receive an additional copy of the traditionally-printed hardcover version of the Trinity Continuum Core rules. Can be added to any [DELTA], [GAMMA], or [OMEGA] reward tier for non-US residents. You will confirm your add on items in the backerkit survey sent out after the campaign ends
Add $50 to your pledge total to receive an additional copy of the traditionally-printed hardcover version of the Trinity Continuum: Æon setting. Can be added to any [DELTA], [GAMMA], or [OMEGA] reward tier for backers within the US only. You will confirm your add on items in the backerkit survey sent out after the campaign ends.
Add $70 to your pledge total to receive an additional copy of the traditionally-printed hardcover version of the Trinity Continuum: Æon setting. Can be added to any [DELTA], [GAMMA], or [OMEGA] reward tier for non-US residents. You will confirm your add on items in the backerkit survey sent out after the campaign ends
Add $20 to your pledge total to receive a sturdy, three-panel screen featuring a collage of Trinity Continuum Core art on the outer side, and a selection of charts and other reference info on the inside to make running a Trinity Continuum Core game session a little bit easier. Can be added to any [DELTA], [GAMMA], or [OMEGA] reward tier. You will confirm your add on items in the backerkit survey sent out after the campaign ends.
Add $5 to your pledge total to receive a PDF copy of the reference charts used in the Trinity Continuum Core reference screen.You will confirm your add on items in the backerkit survey sent out after the campaign ends.
Add $20 to your pledge total to receive a sturdy, three-panel screen featuring a collage of Trinity Continuum: Æon art on the outer side, and a selection of charts and other reference info on the inside to make running a Trinity Continuum: Æon game session a little bit easier. Can be added to any [DELTA], [GAMMA], or [OMEGA] reward tier. You will confirm your add on items in the backerkit survey sent out after the campaign ends.
Add $5 to your pledge total to receive a PDF copy of the reference charts used in the Trinity Continuum: Æon reference screen.You will confirm your add on items in the backerkit survey sent out after the campaign ends.
Add $15 to your pledge total to get PDF copies (via drivethrurpg.com) of each title included in the Trinity (Aeon) 1st Edition bundle. Can be added to any reward tier. You will confirm your add on items in the backerkit survey sent out after the campaign ends. Note: The PDFs included in this bundle are the current scans of the original books available on DrivethruRPG.com.
The Trinity 1e digital bundle currently includes:
- Trinity Rulebook 1E PDF
- Trinity Player’s Guide 1E PDF
- Trinity Technology Manual 1E PDF
- Trinity RPG Quickstart 1E PDF
- Trinity Field Report: Extrasolar Colonies 1E PDF
- Trinity Field Report: Alien Races 1E PDF
- Trinity Field Report: Psi Laws 1E PDF
- Trinity Field Report: Media 1E PDF
- Trinity Field Report: Oceania 1E PDF
- Trinity: Hidden Agendas 1E PDF
- Luna Rising: Psi Order ISRA & Luna Sourcebook 1E PDF
- America Offline: Psi Order Orgotek & FSA Sourcebook 1E PDF
- Terra Verde: Psi Order Norça and Sudamérica Sourcebook 1E PDF
- Shattered Europe: Psi Order Æsculapian & Europe Sourcebook 1E PDF
- Stellar Frontier: Psi Order Upeo wa Macho & Extrasolar space Sourcebook 1E PDF
- Aurora Australis: Psi Order Legions & Austronesia Sourcebook 1E PDF
- Trinity: Darkness Revealed 1: Descent into Darkness 1E PDF
- Trinity: Darkness Revealed 2: Passage Through Shadow 1E PDF
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 unlock a new reward. 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.
In keeping with our trinity theme, there are three flavors of stretch goal, which will be added in rotation and built on what has come before.
At $185,000 in funding - Trinity: Darkness Revealed 3: Ascent Into Light 1E PDF will be added to the Trinity 1e digital bundle. [1E BUNDLE]
At $190,000 in funding - Alien Encounter 1: Invasion 1E PDF and Alien Encounter 2: Deception 1E PDF will be added to the Trinity 1e digital bundle. [1E BUNDLE]
Finally, if we manage to achieve 400% of our funding target, Onyx Path will work out a bonus for the creative teams to celebrate!
This is Onyx Path Publishing's 28th Kickstarter, and the company has learned enough (sometimes painfully) to make some tweaks to goals, reward tiers, and prizes. This knowledge has been applied to the FAQ linked here: http://theonyxpath.com/about/faq/kickstarter/
Risks and challenges
Risk: This book isn't created at all even though the goal is reached.
Solution: We have successfully shipped seventeen Kickstarter projects and several more are headed to completion as you read this. All those projects 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 text for both the Trinity Continuum Core and Trinity Continuum: Aeon is finished, and we are only looking at adding additional art to the book itself.
Risk: Shipping costs soak up pledges that were meant to enable the creation of both books.
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 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 our last ship-out, for Pugmire, started a month 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
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