Awaken: The Blood of Salvora Roleplaying Game
Find adventures, intrigue, and horror in this Slavic and Mediterranean inspired dark fantasy roleplaying game.
Welcome to the Kickstarter Page for a brand new Awaken book!
The Blood Of Salvora!
After the original Awaken: Core Rulebook we are very proud to show you the next step in the world of Awaken: The Blood Of Salvora. The purpose of this Kickstarter project is to print and release the book which will expand and deepen the game setting of Awaken.
The world of Awaken is full of constant strife and discord. It’s a world where the Great Cities fight for supremacy and leadership over the Alliance; a loose political association holding the territories of Salvora united. A world where ancient powers have resurfaced, in the form of Vasalli; humans that have undergone a physical change that has blessed and cursed them with mythical gifts, powers that were not meant for humans to have.
And with the world of Awaken still trying to recuperate from the fight with the Vargans, an ancient nemesis of all humankind; it is obvious that something in the world of Awaken is determined to test the survival instinct of all humankind.
But Awaken is not just a world filled with endless battles but a world that is filled with exploration and several places that are just waiting to be discovered by the player.
You don’t need the Blood of Salvora to enjoy Awaken, but having it will give you an expanded take on the world of Awaken as it describes settings and locations in much greater detail and further enriches your play in every way possible.
The Core Rulebook version that is available through this campaign will differ slightly from the original one. We have made some revisions in the wording, structure and even some of the rules that can be found within its pages.
This is not a new edition to the game, so if you have the original book, these new changes won’t render Awaken useless in any way.
If you are one of the original backers and already have the Awaken: Core Rulebook, but you find that you would like to choose from one of the bigger tiers through this Kickstarter campaign and would like to opt out of getting yet another copy of the Core Rulebook; be sure that you check out the Caveat Section that is found before the Add On Section .
If you haven’t tried Awaken before, here’s what the rumors are:
Awaken boasts an interesting setting and an engaging background. The manual lets itself be devoured up quickly, given the magnificent illustrations and explanations regarding the Orders and Great Cities full of details. Personally, I recommend it to novices and experts because the former will have no difficulty and the latter will immediately fall in love with the dark and intriguing world of Salvora. (Andrea Sirombo - Teamnerd.it)
Awaken is a great role-playing game, it has all the credentials to be appreciated both by D&D fans and by those looking for a valid alternative. The map of the game is huge and gives great freedom to the Narrator, in fact there are also parts not described in the North, unexplored lands that are waiting for a brave party to be discovered. Highly recommended, if you then have a really good storyteller, you can play for years without ever getting tired. (Ignazio Piras - ProjectNerd.it)
The setting of Awaken provides many ideas and levels of play possible. You can play campaigns on political matters or classic themes, based on the fight against the monsters of Salvora, up to deep topics such as corruption, human annihilation and the spirit of religiosity. No power is without effect in the world of Awaken and the players, to remain as human as possible, will have to find alternative solutions to the usual epic fights in order not to permanently lose themselves. (Veronica Maramonte - Justnerd.it)
Also, feel free to download and check out the Awaken Quickstart Edition and check out the game yourself!
The Awaken game system was designed from scratch and tailored for the game to bring out the strengths of the roleplaying without having the burden of the complicated mechanics that usually come with most roleplaying games.
- The game emphasizes player interaction, has an immersive mood to it and is filled with narration.
- Fast, fluid and intuitive rules - we’ve designed Awaken for new players and experienced RPG players
- We only use common six-sided dice, making it easy for anyone to play Awaken.
- Character creation is quick and simple. The player has full freedom in choosing and mixing their skills, attributes, and Gifts (special powers of the Vasalli)
- The character development is skill-based and depends completely on how the player uses their abilities.
- Picture Rule: For particularly creative descriptions, the player is rewarded with bonus dice or automatic success.
The Blood of Salvora will enable characters to find their place in the world by helping them to discover the details of the continent in which they reside.
It will allow them to participate in the power structure of the City that they have chosen to reside in and to even find their place in the highest echelons of the Order that they have chosen to pledge their allegiance to.
At the same time, the player will be able to traverse a world that is full of mysterious locations, unspoken secrets, and hidden roads.
All this information can be in the palm of the player's hand, so the adventures that await them can be countless in numbers.
- Extended Great City Lore - Players can expect to get a ton of new information regarding history, power structures, districts, locations of interest and domains of the Great Cities.
- Memorable Characters - Get to know the important figures of the Alliance, leaders of the Cities and rebels which elude them.
- Detailed History of Salvora. While everybody in Salvora knows their myths, a lot of the history has been lost through time or has simply been kept secret from public knowledge. Discover the past!
- More Antagonists & Monsters - Fan favorite plea! We've got you covered with expanded options for antagonists, as well as new big and bad creatures that will fill Salvora in order to make it not only deadly but more beautiful than it already is.
- What lies beyond Salvora? - If the player dares to venture outside of the Alliance borders, they will not go in blindly but they will know backgrounds on the nations that have troubled Salvora before. But the player must be wary, as these nations are on the rise again!
- Superior Gifts, Rituals & Expanded Rules - Who could say no to more power? We know we can't! And that is why we have included new Gifts and Rules which will allow players to explore and create their own Superior Gifts. Because everyone knows that a flying dagger isn't as good as a flying dagger on fire!
- Smaller Orders - "Join the Order," they said. "See the world," they said. Well with the exploration now available of new places and powers, players should feel free to explore new Orders. Of course, players will be frowned upon by members of the esteemed Great Orders of the Alliance, but no one can take the freedom of choice from the player.
- Control the Colossi -Who wouldn't want to be able to control a gigantic living weapon of mass destruction? We have developed the rules that will enable the player to use their Gifts to control Colossi.
- Expanded Items and Weaponry - Salvora is a vast continent that is filled with various types of people from all walks of life so it's only natural that players should have a selection of various items and weapons to use throughout their adventure.
In addition to a new book, we wanted to offer our backers something truly unique and memorable for this campaign. That's why we have teamed up with Winton Afric from Artefakt Miniatures to bring our backers a 25 cm (9.9") resin figure of Awaken's apex antagonists: Vargans! This glorious figure shows a Vargan victory over Colossus will look great displayed on a collector's shelf!
NEW!!! - You'd like the resin figure, while opting for digital version of other stuff? Check out the The Triumph of Vargans and Digital Books tier!
There are some more physical rewards, as well as digital, that we are offering to our backers as rewards for their support! Check them out below!
This Kickstarter is focused on making this project the best it can be and we want our backers involved with the process as much as possible. Although the structure, outline, and parts of the book have already been written, we are always looking for feedback from our players.
We love to hear back from players with any ideas that they may think we need to add or aspects that we need to expand upon throughout Salvora. Below is listed the stretch goals for this campaign so it is very clear what we are trying to achieve as an end goal for this Kickstarter.
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Add-ons are additional items that you add to your reward level by simply increasing your pledge by the appropriate amount for the item that you would like to receive.
After the campaign ends, we'll get in touch with you about the extra money that you pledged and what you would like it to be used for. Be aware that some of these add-ons will only be available through this campaign, so if you want any of the add-ons (if they aren't included in your pledge tier, originally) then be sure to add them to your pledge!
ORIGINAL BACKER CAVEAT: If you already have a Core Rulebook in your possession but you would like to receive any of The Fan Tier ($99) and above rewards without the book, read on!
When we collect all backer information after the campaign ends, please let us know that you'd like to pledge a level without receiving the Core Rulebook and you'll receive a $30 bonus instead! This can go towards the shipping price or any extra Add-ons instead!
Shipping is often the downfall of even the most thought-out campaigns. In light of this circumstance, we'll be able to offer free shipping only for US-based backers, but we'll be trying to cut the shipping rates for other countries as much as we can!
We will be charging for shipping through the pledge manager after the Kickstarter campaign ends based on its actual cost. We don’t know exactly how much shipping will cost—shipping rates change, we may gain some efficiencies that save us money, and it can vary dramatically by destination, shipping method, and how many rewards you’re getting.
Shipping prices are estimated as follows:
- US: Free
- Canada: $8 - $15
- EU: $8 - $15
- Rest of the World: $12 - $20
We want to charge as little as possible, so thanks to fulfillment centers, backers in the EU won't pay any customs or VAT on their shipments.
The team behind the game
Once again, The Games Collective stands behind the Awaken game, but this time we have reinforcement in the form of additional writers.
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.
Michael D. Coker has contributed to the Conan Age Undreamed of core manual, Conan: Scout, Conan: Ancient Ruins and Cursed Cities, and Age of Conan Tie-In. He is actively working on a Savage Worlds Sourcebook by Mystic Throne entertainment.
T.H. Gulliver has published Pathfinder Roleplaying Game compatible material with Rite Publishing including 30 Haunts for Houses, 30 Haunts for Ships and Shore, In the Company of Gargoyles, and In the Company of Genies.
Simone Maccapani IT technician and writer. In 2017 he started working for Isola Illyon as a journalist and streamer.
Riccardo Gallori Old boy from Italy, Riccardo started to work for Isola Illyon at the beginning of 2017 as a journalist. Player and Master since he was 9.
Daniele Gabrielli, Author, gamer, fencer. He translated the first Awaken handbook in Italian and now is back to give Riccardo and Simone's chapters to the English-speaking world.
Isola Illyon Edizioni is the Italian publishing house which localized Awaken for the Italian market in 2017. The team of Isola Illyon Edizioni loves Awaken and played it on Facebook live and during Italian geek events with a lot of Italian role-players. For the project of 'Awaken - The Blood of Salvora' the team of Isola Illyon Edizioni co-writes the chapters of the book and collaborates with The Games Collective through proposals and brainstorming.
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.
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.
Risks and challenges
The book is currently in the writing phase and we have experienced writers and editor on standby. Our past project has taught us a lot, and we're ready to press forward as soon as the campaign ends.
However, as with all creative projects, delays may occur due to artwork issues, incorporating ideas and suggestions, as well as the stretch goals production.
Art presented on the posters is a current version and for the showcase - one poster will definitely have a cover art, while others may vary.
We'll keep you updated with every step of the way!
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