About this project
Smoke and Glass is a steampunk urban fantasy setting for Fate Core written by Abigail Corfman and presented by Phoenix Outlaw Productions. This unique setting welcomes players to the city of Kroy, where the technology of a steampunk-Dickensian inspired world meets storybook fantasy and magic. Players take on the roles of Kroy's diverse citizenry as they fight to claim their place on the mean streets of this dangerous city.
The game features a new class system, custom stunts, and unique magic rules created to enhance and expand on the already powerful Fate Core system. Smoke and Glass is Phoenix Outlaw's debut release to the game world that welcomes players to discover a new world brimming with mythology, power and social intrigue.
The city of Kroy is so dangerous, even the sky wears a mask. Cloaked in smog and powered by mysterious blacksalt, the metropolis is built on the bones of an ancient kingdom. Once, a line of enchanted royals ruled. Now, the throne is a stepping stone for tycoons, kingpins, and criminals while the Cult of the Dark Mother guides history forward at knifepoint. Industry has the city in its iron grip, with new innovations fueled by the old magic of a bygone era. The new urban empire of Kroy rises on the back of mass production, a paradise for the haves that strangles the have-nots. On every street, at every corner, civilization sheds new blood as lawmen and thugs clash in an unending brawl for control of the city's wonders.
Yet even as this new age dawns, the secrets of the ancient world cannot be ignored, and neither can the mysteries that lie just outside the city gates.
Smoke and Glass is a new setting powered by the Fate Core system from Evil Hat Productions. S&G's interpretation of Fate Core is sleek and intuitive, emphasizing an open and permissive dialogue among the players. The game complements and extends Fate Core's familiar mechanics, giving players the tools to plot and foil intricate stories of subtlety and intrigue. At the same time, the game's new character classes give every player an easy entry point into whatever kind of story they most enjoy.
Smoke and Glass is a rich setting, with details on everything from city politics to curse words. For the player who delights in exploring a fantasy setting, there's something to discover around every corner. For the player who enjoys intrigue, the city is packed with a gallery of interesting and nefarious possible friends and enemies. Character classes provide a set of Aspects and Stunts designed to get a player into immediate narrative contact with the story elements she finds most compelling.
New arrivals in Kroy might be...
Urchins, pint-sized masterminds racing through Kroy's hidden paths;
Wrights, inspired artisans building the city's next wonders;
Blockwatchers, masked vigilantes seizing the city's crime by its throat;
Free Magicians, hidden talents escaping oppression and captivity;
Priestesses, lethal zealots serving an uncompromising Dark Mother
...Or any other of the 14 classes in the core book.
The unspeakable gift that once ruled all Meridia.
The precious resource that keeps Kroy safe from its many enemies.
The secret power that threatens the complex criminal underground.
Smoke and Glass mechanizes magic at the table exactly as it is in Kroy: dangerous, mysterious, and in overwhelming demand. Magic is the steampunk city's inheritance from its mythic past. Though only a few of Kroy's citizens command its power, magic is a powerful undercurrent shaping the city's future. In this brand new magic system designed especially for Smoke and Glass, players are encouraged by the mechanics to make bold choices with their power while keeping in mind the cost. Because a basic rule governs all magical effects in Kroy:
The Blood to the Will to the Word to the World.
Those characters with the power will unlock a world ready for hot button intrigue fueled by ancient magic and its lost mysteries. Add to that the marvels of industrial technology mixed with magical creations, and you'll find Kroy a blend of the best that fantasy, steampunk and the heist genre has to offer.
What You'll Receive: The Book
The book is the creation of Abigail Corfman, who both created the world of Kroy and designed the new mechanics for Fate Core. Edited by John Adamus and with layout by Tiara Lynn Agresta, the book will feature beautiful art by Jonathan Wyke, Nicole Cardiff and more!
As for the specs of the book itself, both the softcover and hardcover versions of Smoke and Glass will be 6 x 9. The book will be approximately 200 pages long and done in black and white, with a full color cover for both versions.
URCHIN - Our Thanks! - $1
When you join us as a backer at this or any higher level, you’ll receive our thanks for helping to make Smoke & Glass a reality. Your support earns you credit on our website as well as in the book for your support. You’ll get updates on our progress every step of the way.
Smuggler - Retailers Level - $3
As a Smuggler, retailers can join in on getting updates and further information about the Smoke and Glass Kickstarter. Find out more about the project and we'll add thanks to either you or your retail location both on our website and in the book. (This level does not include digital stretch goals).
Cutpurse - Digital Rewards - $5
At this level, you’ll receive our thanks, both on our website and in the Smoke & Glass book. You’ll also receive a digital wallpaper featuring one of the setting’s iconic characters. With regular updates, you’ll have the inside look at our process as we finalize this debut setting. (This level does not include digital stretch goals).
Citizen - PDF + Custom Character Sheet - $10
As a Citizen, you will receive the Smoke & Glass book as a PDF. You’ll also get a custom character sheet, exclusive to Kickstarter backers, to help you create your stories in Kroy. Your rewards are complete with a digital wallpaper and credit online as well as in the book. (This level does not include digital stretch goals).
Hooded Robin - Book + PDF - $25
As a Hooded Robin, you will receive a softcover copy of Smoke & Glass as well as a PDF and all digital stretch goals. You’ll also get all the rewards from the CITIZEN level: the wallpaper, custom character sheet, and acknowledgement in the book and on the Phoenix Outlaw website.
Magnate - Book + Art Print - $45
As a Magnate, you'll receive a copy of the Smoke and Glass book, plus one of three of the 8.5 x 11 pieces of art by Jonathan Wyke that you'll see inside the book. You'll also receive everything from the CITIZEN level: a PDF copy of the book, a digital character sheet, thanks in the book and online, the online wallpaper and all digital stretch goals.
Free Magician - Book + All Three Art Prints - $75
As a Free Magician, you'll receive a copy of the Smoke and Glass book, plus all three of the 8.5 x 11 pieces of art by Jonathan Wyke. You receive everything from the CITIZEN level: a PDF copy of the book, a digital character sheet, thanks in the book and online, and the wallpaper.
Blockwatcher - Ink Your Name Into Kroy History + Book - $100
As a Blockwatcher, you'll receive a hardcover copy of the Smoke and Glass book signed by Abigail Corfman. Plus, your name will be a part of the Smoke and Glass world, added in as the name of a character quoted in the text. You'll also receive everything from the Citizen level: a PDF copy of the book, a digital character sheet, thanks in the book and online, the wallpaper, plus all digital stretch goals.
Councilor - Become A Character in S&G Art + Book - $250
As an Ancient Royal, you or a character of your choice will become an iconic character in the setting of Smoke & Glass. You will receive an original piece of art by artist Jonathan Wyke depicting your character which will then be included in the book. You'll also receive a hardcover copy of the book signed by author Abigail Corfman, plus all the rewards from the Citizen level: a PDF copy of the book, character sheet, thanks in the book and online and the wallpaper.
Dark Mother - Build A Setting + Book - $500
At the Dark Mother level, you get to kick off a Phoenix Outlaw game jam. Smoke & Glass author Abigail Corfman will team up with Outlaw designers Shoshana Kessock and Josh Harrison to build a setting for the game based on your ideas to be released to the public. You’ll also receive a signed hardcover copy of Smoke & Glass, all three pieces of art by Jonathan Wyke, and everything from the CITIZEN level, along with our gratitude. Become the Dark Mother of your very own game setting!
Outlaw - We Come To You - $1000
The key to the city. As our one and only Outlaw for this Kickstarter, you get an exclusive perk: a member of the team will visit you to run a Smoke & Glass scenario live and in person. You’ll have a one-of-a-kind adventure with your friends and the people behind this debut setting. You’ll also receive 2 signed, hardcover copies of Smoke & Glass as well as ALL of the available art posters as well as 4 PDF codes and everything else from the CITIZEN level. When you become our Outlaw, you’ll receive all the thanks we have left in our subterranean gratitude vault. Your act of creative heroism will be forever remember within our company. Here’s to you, brave Outlaw: Kroy is yours. The only catch: We have to meet you somewhere on the East Coast of the United States where we can game in style -- a residence, gaming store, or convention of your choosing.
We have some fantastic stretch goals in mind and will reveal more as the previous ones become unlocked. Please note that only those at the $25 reward level and above get the digital rewards included in their pledge. Also note that stretch goals may take longer than release date for the main product to arrive.
$5,000 - Songs from the Skypaths EP by Nicolas Hornyak - LOCKED
Nicolas Hornyak, game designer and musician for our Kickstarter video, will design an EP full of music just for our backers. Set the mood at your table and bring the players into the city of Kroy with five brand new songs on Songs from the Skypaths.
$6,500 - Additional Setting Material by Abigail Corfman - The Ture - LOCKED
They are the rumors that haunt Blockwatchers on their beat and the dark dreams that keep Urchins and wealthy children afraid in their beds at night. They are the enemies that made Kroy build its walls strong and high. They are the Ture, the mysterious enemies of the citizens of Kroy. At $6,500, Smoke and Glass author Abigail Corfman will write a digital expansion that focus entirely on the Ture.
$8,000 - Additional Setting Material by Josh Harrison - Gnomes - LOCKED
Kroy may be in the middle of the grasslands but off to the west is a coastline rife with beautiful beaches, rocky waterways, and gnomes. Gnomes as far as the eye can see. At $8,000 follow Josh Harrison as he expands the world of Meridia further and introduces the children of the coasts and the world of gnomes.
FURTHER STRETCH GOALS LOCKED - TUNE IN AS THEY ARE ANNOUNCED!
Risks and challenges
The first challenge would be that this book is Phoenix Outlaw's first product brought to Kickstarter and our first product as a gaming company. Though we have individually worked elsewhere within the gaming world, we are coming together for the first time to create this product. That said, we have spent over a year preparing for this project, learning from various other Kickstarter campaigns and resources in preparation for this project.
The most important challenge of the project would be production of the actual book itself, namely the material of Smoke and Glass. The best part about that problem is: the book is already written! The book text has been completed and the editing has been finished, and some of the art has already been delivered. What this Kickstarter would allow for is the rest of the art, as well as layout and the production of the books themselves. This ought to allow for a faster turnaround time for the project to get into the hands of backers.
Finally, should setbacks arise after the Kickstarter funds, we have a dedicated team here that will work to update and keep backers informed of the progress. We believe the most important part of producing a Kickstarter is communication with the community regarding the book's creation, and we are committed to making those channels of communication available.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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