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About this project

***NEWS!*** Awaken will be back in an upcoming reboot, for more information click here

We are proud to present Awaken, a tabletop roleplaying game set in a dark, war-ravaged fantasy world, heavily influenced by Slavic and Mediterranean folklore, where the forgotten mythologies have resurfaced as Vasalli, powerful humans gifted with abilities capable of changing the course of history.

Dark times have arrived for the denizens of the Alliance. Their trusted Colossi, guardians of the Great Cities, are slowly dying out. The monstrous Vargans, who once caused a war that nearly devastated the continent, still hide in the shadows of the underground. At the same time, strange nations from the North continue their incursions at a faster clip, all while the lords and leaders of the Alliance bicker over petty politics.

In such desperate times, the only possible torchbearers are the Vasalli, gifted people spoken of by the old mythologies. But can they bear the burden of being the protectors of humanity, or will they succumb to the darkness that delves in every heart?

Experience a story-driven game that emphasizes player interaction, immersive mood, and narration.

Play as Vasalli, powerful beings destined for greatness, and discover the secrets of your lineage—and your fate.

Enjoy the intuitive and light rules, which help you tell a story rather than burden you down. 

***DOWNLOAD the official Quick start guide and enjoy ready to play adventure and pre-made characters!***

Step into a land ravaged by war against a nightmarish adversary, governed by the loose Alliance of the Great Cities. The decimated remains of mankind struggle to rebuild their cities—led by the fabled Vasalli, leaders and paragons of society—while the noble lords indulge in intrigues and power plays.

But with the colossal guardians dying out, the re-emergence of the dreadful Vargans, and the incursions of the mysterious nations from the North, the citizens of the Alliance are slowly coming to understand that their struggles are just beginning.

No one knows exactly why—every once in a while—an ordinary human being goes through the Awakening. Usually in their teenage years, those fated to become Vasalli have fantastic experiences and undergo abnormal changes, which mark them as the few who could rise above the quagmire of ordinary life.

The experience of the Awakening varies from person to person. For some it begins slowly, building up until they gain the full control over their powers. For others it happens abruptly and violently, often driven by shock or a terrifying situation.

So too do the Vasalli vary, from self-absorbed power-hoarders to paragons of virtue. The great powers of the Vasalli open many to them. Driven by their impulsive nature, they go on extraordinary life-journeys that affect them profoundly, sometimes even more than ordinary folk.

Fast, Fluid, and Intuitive: We’ve designed Awaken to help new players become comfortable with the basics of roleplaying games, while allowing experienced RPG players a lot of freedom in how they approach tasks and problems. We only use common six-sided dice, making it easy for anyone to play Awaken.

Encourages Creativity: Creativity is an essential part of any RPG, so Awaken helps players approach the story in creative ways. By mixing and matching skills, players receive bonuses for creativity and imagination.

Picture Rule: Before rolling any dice pool, if a player actively describes the action in a vivid, creative, and picturesque way (hence the name), the Narrator can reward her with 1 to 3 bonus dice for her proactive participation. For particularly creative descriptions, the Narrator can even skip the roll and reward the player with an automatic success.

Unhampered Character Creation: Character creation is quick and simple, designed to give you the freedom to follow your vision and create characters without restrictions, choosing and mixing their skills, attributes, and Gifts—the special powers of the Vasalli.

Skill-based Developement: The character development is skill-based, depending on how you use their abilities; the players develop their skills by applying them and can see their alter egos growing through the game

Forge Your Own Destiny: In Awaken, the Narrator helps the players pave their own roads and tell their own stories. Though the world is filled with threats, both physical and political, you’ll explore the rich and diverse world in you own way, making connections and establishing a place for yourselves.

Awaken Character Sheet - click picture to download
Awaken Character Sheet - click picture to download

The sheet is for informational purposes only, and may not reflect final version.

Awaken has two core books: The Compendium, the setting book, and The Codex, the rulebook. At lower backer tiers you can choose to receive either book, and at higher backer tiers you can get both books in one package.

The Compendium (Setting)
A high-quality, full-color, 144-page hardcover book, the The Compendium has everything you need to understand the world of Awaken. In it you’ll find detailed descriptions of the setting, the Vasalli and their powers, the Great Cities, political forces, wonders of the world, and much more. The Compendium also describes some of the creatures and antagonists, and gives some advice to Narrators on breathing life into your campaigns.

The Codex (Rules)
Every Narrator needs tools to create a memorable campaign, and players need guidelines to create their characters and enjoy the very same campaign. The Codex is that tool! This full-color hardcover book includes the rules for creating characters, using the system, encounters and gifts.

Narrator's Screen
The ultimate reference tool for Narrators, this sturdy cardboard screen can help you during your gaming sessions to avoid the searching through the book for charts and rules. Folded size of the screen is 8 x 10 x 0.03 inches.

A high quality T-shirt, available as add-on, or as a reward in higher tiers

Pictures are for illustration purposes only and may not reflect actual product

Once you select a reward level, you can add more rewards by increasing your pledge. You'll be able to check your pledge and tell us which add-ons you want after the Kickstarter campaign is over.

$5 Bookmarks – Four Kickstarter-exclusive Awaken bookmarks

***$5 Exclusive Bookmarks*** -  Four bookmarks with sigils of the Great Cities, unlocked in first battle contest! 

$12 Printed Narrator's Screen – A must-have tool for every prepared Narrator

$20 T-Shirt – A high-quality T-Shirt for fans

$30 Core Book – A hardcover copy of The Compendium or The Codex

The Games Collective is an RPG design team founded by Marko Matijević Sekul and Zoltan Lečei. We're avid readers, lifelong game enthusiasts, and storytelling fanatics. By founding The Games Collective, we are making a lifelong dream become reality. We love tabletop RPGs and have been creating worlds since we began discovering our own. Our goal is to share our vision with every reader, player, and explorer out there

Kristina, Josip and Mihael are our main artists, essential collaborators who will help us bring our vision to life. Their beautiful art pieces will enrich the books and pull you into the rich world of Awaken.

Drazen animated the art paintings you can see in a trailer. Breathing life into the images with even more depth and atmosphere, and he enjoyed it!

Joshua Yearsley is an experienced editor of tabletop games. He is the line editor at Evil Hat Productions for their Fate Adventures & Worlds, which have earned multiple Platinum certifications on DriveThruRPG. He works often with small publishers, and most recently he edited Vow of Honor by Sigil Stone Publishing, which delivered two months ahead of schedule. You can find out more about him here.

Studio 2 Publishing is the sales, warehousing, and publishing partner of many game companies, including Pinnacle Entertainment, Exile Game Studio, Crafty Games, Engine Publishing, Hunters Books, Paradigm Concepts, TerrorBull Games, Reality Blurs, Third Eye Games, Alderac Entertainment, Dwarven Forge, Calliope Games, and Kuznia Gier. Not only do they have extensive production and distribution experience, but also have six incredibly successful Kickstarter campaigns under their belt. With all this and their passionate love for the RPG hobby, Studio 2 Publishing is the ideal partner to help us run our campaign and assist us with printing and distribution.

           

The costs of making it happen: The chart below shows how we'll divide the funds of this Kickstarter project.

The cost of shipping is often the greatest challenge faced by a Kickstarter campaign. Shipping costs are highly variable. Because of this, including shipping in backer tiers is difficult, and doing often inflates the final price of the product.

With this in mind, were using Kickstarter's automatic postage billing options for this campaign.

Risks and challenges

Writing and Editing: The rules are done, and we’ve been playing the game for a year. The game has been thoroughly playtested and demonstrated at conventions. We are confident in our ability to deliver a product that is both well designed and written. The book is laid out; and we just need to finish the art, and finalize some setting writing, and get everything edited.

Art and Layout: The artists are working overtime on the project. Because we're a small team, scheduling conflicts are always a risk, but it's minimal and we feel confident we can overcome any hiccups and delays.

Printing and Shipping: Until we have a final layout, we can only work with estimated times for printing and shipping. We’re working with professionals, though, so we have a good idea what to expect here. Also, please note that shipping to different parts of the world will take different amounts of time.

All in all, we may have to make minor changes in schedule or scope, especially with add-ons and stretch goals, but we anticipate being able to provide a high-quality product, delivered on time.

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