Killshot Reloaded: An Assassin Tabletop RPG
In our line of work, you're either an assassin or you're a mark. Which do you want to be when your time comes?
UPDATE (June 12th) - Tracker Upgrades
To help give this project the kick in the butt we need to help us get to our goal faster, I've modified some of the pledges to allow backers to obtain Trackers at lower pledge levels. There's more details on the pledges to the right and in the Day 15 Video Update.
- For $30, you can select the Track Master pledge level to receive a PDF copy of Killshot Reloaded and your choice of Tracker (see above).
- For an additional $25 to an existing pledge, every backer can receive a Tracker of their choice. If you voted for one of the Stand Alone Themes, you will automatically receive a Tracker design of your preferred theme.
- Directors ($100) will now receive an Ultimate Tracker (see above) with their pledge and Brokers will receive 50 tokens and can work with me to design their own personalized Ultimate Tracker.
- BONUS UPDATE!! Anyone who backs this project for $50 or more will automatically receive a PDF version of the Ultimate Tracker for immediate on-screen or home printing referencing.
Rule #1: Never take the job lightly.
Rule #2: There's always another way.
Rule #3: Don't get caught.
For thousands of years assassins, in many forms and guises, have operated from the sidelines of society to bring down empires or end dynasties. Our tales have shaped history, yet no one knows our true potential or identities. Our work fills many a detective's caseload and while, their hunches may be bang on, we make sure there's never enough evidence capable of locking us up. These are the Three Rules every good assassin needs to ply their trade and stay alive and free long enough to get rich and maybe enjoy it for a few months until our past catches up with us.
One year ago, I turned to people like you to help me make the Killshot roleplaying game a reality. Not only did we meet our goal to produce a 96-page rulebook titled Killshot: An Assassin's Journal, but we were able to publish a second volume, Killshot: Direction, the 160-page hardcover compilation, Killshot: The Director's Cut, and launch a quarterly supplement line called Killshot Files. That was just the beginning. It's time to take this game to the next level.
Killshot Reloaded is an updated and expanded edition of the deadly tabletop game launched in 2012 and, if funded, will go public in early 2014. Rewritten from the ground up, assassins and Directors will have the opportunity to take their careers through one of five themes introduced in this game. From the mean streets of pulp crime (Killshot Noir) to the ancient traditions of the ninja (Way of the Killshot), there's more than one way to get the job done (Remember Rule #2?). Try them out one at a time or engage your players for an entire career. Want to ramp up the action? Killshot Reloaded will provide new and expandable guidelines for controlling the level of action and intensity in your games. As this campaign pushes forward, you can help unlock special previews demonstrating how you can ride the plains of the Wild West, travel the world as an international operative, apprentice under a ninja master, and even pursue these scumbags as a police detective.
If funded, Killshot Reloaded will be released as a 250+ page PDF and 6x9 full-color softcover in early 2014. As a backer, you'll have first dibs on the game to brag and hold over every friend, follower, and blog reader before we launch this game to the public. You could also help us continue to produce additional material through future issues of Killshot Files, increase the page count, or convert one of the themes into a stand-alone setting supplement. But first we need to reach our base goal and bring the next edition to the present.
Help yourself to a free PDF preview of Chapter 1: The Rules right now, no questions asked. Back this project today and you'll gain instant access to the complete PDF of the Backer's Guide to Killshot Reloaded. Have a read, see what you think, and feel free to remove your pledge if you choose. That's how confident I am that you'll want to be a part of this game.
If you're still reading, you're wondering about the five themes under construction for Killshot Reloaded, aren't you? You can start with the teasers provided below and learn more about these themes as the total grows closer and closer to its goal. For every $500 gained in this Kickstarter, I'll post a preview article discussing our plans and mechanics for the five themes.
The world of the meek and the powerful sit on opposite sides of the city, divided by wealth, race, and family. Influential people use their positions for personal gain and eliminate their enemies for the right price. Killshot Noir is a theme of grit and blood as the assassins work their way through the streets, alleys, and board rooms of The City. Choose a side, play them off each other for maximum profit (and maximum risk), or become an agent of the Red Queen's network.
NOTE: Killshot Noir is the default setting for Killshot Reloaded and as such, it will not be eligible as a stand-alone supplement. See the Bonus Objectives below for details.
Dictators, rogue generals, black marketers, smugglers, flesh peddlers, and more threaten the nation's security from all sides. For dangers this great, intelligence and decisive action are all that stand between peace and war. You are one of a handful of international operatives traversing the world in secrecy across the 20th Century, from the tense era known as the Cold War to modern day terrorist threats, disposing of your nation's enemies before they become front page news.
UNLOCK THESE PREVIEWS!!$500 (UNLOCKED!) Read the first preview of Operation: Killshot, "A World Spinning" and discover the stakes involved in the world of the international operative.
The frontier of the United States is dangerous country, my friend. For most, the law only exists as words on paper, save for a select few who take an oath to protect the innocent and enforce the law by word and by deed. And then there're the ones with less of a conscience and a willingness to enforce justice for cash. Then again, maybe you'll fall into old habits and become one of the wanted men posted in saloons across the state. Slip on your boots, jangle your spurs, and take to the Wild West as a gunslinger for hire on either side of the law.
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$1,000 (UNLOCKED!) Discover what it takes to survive in the lawless trails of the Wild West in "The Laws of the Land."
The streets of Hong Kong are a powder keg of violence and bloodshed waiting to explode. On the surface, there are the detectives bound by law to enforce and apprehend those responsible, even if they have to break the law to do it. Working underneath are the killers, cold-blooded assassins loyal to one boss. These two forces are ready to collide and the criminal underworld will never be the same when the smoke clears. Play as the detectives or the killers; it's always been your choice.
For thousands of years, the ninja have shaped the politics and economics of the Emperor's Japan and will continue to do what must be done to keep this country strong and independent. Many try to learn our ways; few succeed. Will you be one of our next students and suffer the abuses of apprenticeship on the path to become a master of stealth and death, the ninja?
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$1,500 (UNLOCKED!) The legendary ninja were more than efficient killers; they were masters of secrecy and misdirection in "Masters of Stealth."
Pulling off this project will require at least $3,000, but I'm a sucker for creating additional supplements and expansions. If we can raise more than our goal, you can unlock more than you bargained for... in a good way.
SUCCESS! Bonus Pay ($3001+): Once we pass the initial goal, 10% of all additional money raised will be awarded to the Production Team (myself, editor, and artists) as a bonus for all their hard work.
Karmic Retribution ($3500): Over the past few months, the Development Team has been testing out mechanics for incorporating qi (chi) into the Optional System. If we hit this stretch goal, the optional rules for qi as a form of magic/superhuman abilities applicable in any of the Killshot themes will be included in Killshot Reloaded. Perfect for use with the Way of the Killshot theme.
Fund the Files ($4200): Killshot Files is a quarterly supplement supporting the Killshot RPG and will continue to do so until it dies of starvation. With this first stretch goal, we can secure an annual budget for editing and basic art needs.
CRITICAL HIT! Stand Alone Theme ($6000): If you look at some of the pledge levels, you'll notice they indicate a vote for a particular theme. With this major stretch goal (200%), the theme with the most votes by the deadline will become a stand-alone, 48+ page supplement. All backers pledging at least $10 will receive a copy based on their reward level (PDF or softcover). Watch the pledge level with your vote rise on its way to the top. This supplement would be released by Summer 2014.
Want Ads ($7500): This next stretch goal will provide a complete job for every theme published in Killshot Reloaded; that's five jobs running around 8-10 pages a piece.
Savage Killshot ($10,000): For this much money, why not spread Killshot to the masses? If we can raise at least $10,000, all backers from $10 and up will receive a 48-page Savage Worlds supplement for Killshot, published in PDF and softcover print-on-demand in late 2014.
PERFECT HIT! The Big Book of Jobs ($15,000): You want more, eh? Seeing as every assassin needs work, this stretch goal will provide all backers from $10 and up with a 64-page collection of jobs for all five themes. This PDF and softcover print-on-demand product will be available in late 2014.
WANT TO LEARN HOW TO PLAY?
Simply check out this YouTube video showing you the 5 Things You Need To Know About The Optional System, plus watch a game of Killshot Reloaded in action.
Risks and challenges
As the publisher and lead designer for Broken Ruler Games and previously Emerald Press, I'm also a published freelance game designer with experience in this kind of work. After all, this is a new edition for the Killshot RPG, not a new game. However, there are always unexpected glitches and hiccups in publishing and game design to consider.
The goal of this project is to raise money for new artwork and editing. Either process could take longer than expected or sudden departures could occur. The remaining process will be handled by myself, including layout, and the burden of such work could take longer than expected for any number of reasons. While my full intention is to have both PDF and print releases for Killshot Reloaded ready by December of this year, difficulties and delays may arise and I will take great pains to maintain communication with all backers regarding any changes to this schedule.
The true challenge comes from stretch goals. At the time of writing, this project has accounted for enough stretch goals up to $15,000 and some of these will not be included with the initial release date, though some will be part of Reloaded's launch. Stretch goals always add the potential for delays as the finished product expands in size and this may happen if the project (fingers crossed) explodes with a Perfect Hit.
All manufacturing of content provided in this project, including print copies, Trackers, and tokens are being handled by different sources in the United States and unexpected delays may be possible and have been considered. Therefore, the due date provided for all pledge levels pertain to the PDF and print-on-demand releases for Killshot Reloaded. To save asking for the money now and to allow you to make a more economical pledge now, NONE OF THE PLEDGE LEVELS FOR SOFTCOVER COPIES INCLUDE SHIPPING. INSTEAD ALL SOFTCOVERS COPIES OF KILLSHOT RELOADED WILL BE PROVIDED AS A COUPON FOR A PRINT-ON-DEMAND COPY THROUGH DRIVETHRURPG. The coupon will sell you the POD copy for $0.00, but will not include shipping. Doing so allows me room to reduce this project goal by hundreds of dollars and pass those savings to the pledge levels. Other items, such as Trackers, require shipping costs as they are outsourced to companies other than DriveThruRPG. If you would like us to handle the printing of your softcover copy of Killshot Reloaded, please include an extra $10 with your pledge.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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