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A book of roleplaying scenarios that span the globe and deliver a walloping punch of pulp-era adventure for Hollow Earth Expedition.
A book of roleplaying scenarios that span the globe and deliver a walloping punch of pulp-era adventure for Hollow Earth Expedition.
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A lost civilization in need of a miracle. A frozen city harboring a terrifying secret. An ancient legacy best left undisturbed. A crime lord determined to rule half the world.


Hollow Earth Expedition: Perils of the Surface World compiles four adventure scenarios that span the globe and deliver a walloping punch of pulp-era adventure. Your characters will battle Nazis in the tropical jungles of Brazil, unearth monsters in the frigid wastes of Antarctica, unravel mysteries in the catacombs beneath Venice, and contend with martial arts masters in the back alleys of Shanghai. Each of these scenarios can stand alone or may be added into existing campaigns, linked together with each other, or used to open the way to further adventures inside the Hollow Earth.


Perils of the Surface World also delivers new resources for Gamemaster, including optional rules for martial arts super-powers, Atlantean sorcery, supernatural terror, and more. Add these tools to your kit to adapt and expand your adventures and your characters in these or your own stories!
Strap on your holster, grab your fedora, and get ready for two-fisted pulp adventure!


Why We Need Your Help

People have been requesting official Hollow Earth Expedition adventures for a long time, so we heeded the call and started producing low-cost electronic versions. But experience has shown that more people prefer printed copies than electronic versions, so we want to collect all four Perils adventures into a printed book. And that’s where you come in. Print runs are not cheap, but with your help we can make this project happen. Eventually, we’d like to release a softcover copy to the general public, but all Kickstarter backers at the Adventurer level and above will receive a Limited Edition, hardcover version. Plus, there are a bunch of other great rewards too. So please take a look at them and consider pledging your support.


Stretch Goals


$8K: New Cover. To keep production costs down, we reworked a portion of the Secrets of the Surface World cover for Perils of the Surface World. If we reach our first stretch goal, we’ll commission a new and original cover for the book.
$12K: B&W Sample Characters. If we reach our second stretch goal, we will create four new B&W sample characters for Perils of the Surface World (one for each adventure) and include them in the book.
$15K: Color Sample Characters. If we reach our third stretch goal, we will publish the full color versions of the sample characters online for everyone to use.
$20K: LOCKED
$25K: LOCKED

For more about Hollow Earth Expedition, go to: http://www.exilegames.com/games/hex.html

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    Scout: Your name included in the credits and a PDF copy of Perils of the Surface World.

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    Investigator: Your name in the credits plus PDF copies of Perils of the Surface World and the Secrets of the Surface World sourcebook.

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    Explorer: Your name in the credits plus PDF copies of the Hollow Earth Expedition core rulebook and the Secrets of the Surface World sourcebook.

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    Adventurer: Your name in the credits, a PDF copy, and a Limited Edition, hardcover copy of Perils of the Surface World. International customers please add $20 for shipping.

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    Psychic Detective: Your name in the credits, a copy of the Limited Edition, hardcover copy of Perils of the Surface World, plus PDF copies of all the books: Perils of the Surface World, Hollow Earth Expedition core rulebook, Secrets of the Surface World, and Mysteries of the Hollow Earth.

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    Gamemaster: Your name in the credits, a PDF copy, a Limited Edition, hardcover copy of Perils of the Surface World, and a Gamemaster Screen. International customers please add $20 for shipping.

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    Mad Scientist: Your name in the credits, a PDF copy, a Limited Edition, hardcover copy of Perils of the Surface World, and a copy of the Secrets of the Surface World sourcebook. International customers please add $20 for shipping.

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    Benefactor: (Qualified retailers and libraries only. Please email jcombos@exilegames.com before pledging this reward.) A complete set of the full game line: A Hollow Earth Expedition core rulebook, Gamemaster Screen, Secrets of the Surface World and Mysteries of the Hollow Earth sourcebooks, plus a Limited Edition, hardcover copy of Perils of the Surface World. Additionally, we will include another copy of the Perils hardcover for each extra $20 pledged (up to five copies). International customers please add $20 for shipping.

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    Rugged Explorer: Your name in the credits, a PDF copy, a Limited Edition, hardcover copy of Perils of the Surface World, plus a Hollow Earth Expedition core rulebook and a copy of the Secrets of the Surface World sourcebook. International customers please add $20 for shipping.

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    Deluxe Gamemaster: Your name in the credits, a PDF copy, a Limited Edition, hardcover copy of Perils of the Surface World, plus a Gamemaster Screen, set of Secrets of the Surface World Style chips (50 pt.), and five sets of Ubiquity dice. International customers please add $20 for shipping.

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    Big Game Hunter: Your name in the credits, a PDF copy, a Limited Edition, hardcover copy of Perils of the Surface World, plus a Hollow Earth Expedition core rulebook, Secrets of the Surface World sourcebook, Gamemaster Screen, set of Style chips (50 ptst), and five sets of Ubiquity dice. International customers please add $20 for shipping.

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    Explorer's Club: A complete set of the full game line: A Hollow Earth Expedition core rulebook, Gamemaster Screen, Secrets of the Surface World and Mysteries of the Hollow Earth sourcebooks, plus a Limited Edition, hardcover copy of Perils of the Surface World, set of Secrets of the Surface World Style chips (50 pt.), and five sets of Ubiquity dice. International customers please add $20 for shipping.

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    Order of Prometheus: One of the previous awards (your choice), plus we will use your name as an example in a book and a 30 minute Skype chat with the creator to answer questions and talk about the game. International customers please add $20 for shipping.

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    Terra Arcanum: All the rewards listed for the Order of Promethus level, plus a seat in a private game with the creator at Gen Con Indy 2013. Note: You must attend the convention to redeem this award.

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