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Kickstarter Update: Final Two Days
The Kickstarter is in its final two days and we've added more add-on options from the Daring Entertainment library. Check out Update #11 for the details.
The Apocalypse Campaign Guide Kickstarter is a dual book project for use with Savage Worlds. Made possible due to our experience with the massively popular War of the Dead and Hellbrood product lines for the license, the books take the concept of the post-apocalypse and throw the doors wide open to running your own campaigns in a variety of genres.
Before we get started on what the Kickstarter books will contain, we want to make this clear upfront (and it’s also in the reward tiers). Backers will be paying for printing + shipping on physical books, which will be fulfilled via OneBookShelf.
The estimated print cost for each book is as follows (rounded-up to the nearest dollar):
Apocalypse Campaign Guide (softcover): $4.00
Apocalypse Campaign Guide (hardcover): $8.00
Apocalypse Unleashed (softcover): $4.00
Apocalypse Unleashed (hardcover): $8.00
Due to art production and graphic design time (and with the Christmas Holidays falling during production) we’re estimating about February for the two books to be in your hands. We’ll be sending the PDFs out as soon as they’re ready for prime time, and the print books will follow soon thereafter due to the delay in the printer approving the files and proofs having to be ordered (and potential adjustments made to the proof files).
Any Stretch Goals that are reached will be coming out throughout 2017 as they’re completed. Stretch Goals are additional support material so have a slightly wider release schedule.
Backers get all PDF and physical books before they are released into retail channels.
Apocalypse Campaign Guide
Page Count: Approximately 96 pages
Print Size: 7”x 10”
The primary book, the Apocalypse Campaign Guide, is a toolkit book that provides plenty of character building and storytelling tricks for running an apocalypse campaign. Inside this book you’ll find character archetypes and pre-built skill packages, allowing you to get started right away, and also great for a pick-up game.
GMs and players get detailed tips on running an apocalypse that takes place during the fall of society and all the way to a generation later. We even break down the different scopes an apocalypse can take, and provide details on the different ways things would be handled, ranging from the local level all the way to a global apocalypse.
For mechanics, the book provides new Edges, Hindrances, and Genre Rules. It also goes into detailed rules for scavenging, building and maintaining your own community, crafting items, and maintaining vehicles and fuel consumption.
Finally, we break down different apocalypse styles, from the zombie outbreak to the alien invasion to supernatural, and even into more realistic threats like EMP and nuclear strikes, and provide genre tips and tricks as well as NPC threat templates, so you can create friends and foes to throw at the players with ease.
Page Count: Approximately 96 pages
Print Size: 7”x 10”
Apocalypse Unleashed is the companion book, and takes several apocalypse types and provides what we call a “Setting Framework” for them. Each Setting Framework provides GMs with an overview of a unique setting for that type, and provides locations, NPCs, and story factors. You can run each framework right away, and expand on it as you go along. Each is designed to get your game started, but provides you with complete freedom to add your own material along the way.
Some of the types included are:
- Zombie Apocalypse
- Alien Invasion
- Dimensional Portal (similar to The Mist)
- Supernatural Invasion
- Rise of the Machines
- Fantasy Apocalypse
- Sci-Fi Apocalypse
Add-on: War of the Dead Hardcovers
Not available since the World of the Dead Kickstarter in 2012, these books collect the entire line of War of the Dead chapters into two hardcover volumes, broken down into two chapters (26 adventures) per volume.
The books will be retail available October 2016, and are available to Backers immediately once the Kickstarter ends and payment is received. Backers pay printing + shipping as normal.
Each volume is an approximate $12 printing cost, and is 8.5 x 11 in size. Volume One has approximately 240 pages, with Volume Two running approximately 280 pages.
To receive the War of the Dead Hardcover volumes, add +$18 per volume to your Backer Level total.
Add-On: Extra Print Copies
Want extra print copies of the Apocalypse Campaign Guide or Apocalypse Unleashed? Simply add +$5 per softcover or +$10 per hardcover (add-on amount does NOT include printing + shipping).
Please note that extra copies are offered at a steep discount and can't be used to game the system. To be eligible for extra copies of a particular book, you must already be a Backer of at least the tier level that offers that print book title and format as a reward.
For example: PDF only backers cannot add-on print editions via this offer, nor could softcover backers add-on a hardcover. But hardcover backers could add-on softcover or hardcover.
Stretch Goals: You Vote Which Books!
Want more apocalyptic books? Spread the word and help expand the survivor community!
All achieved Stretch Goals automatically go out to all Backers before hitting retail, in both the PDF edition and with the option to purchase the print edition at cost of only printing + shipping (in other words, at publisher cost).
We’re going to handle Stretch Goals a little differently this time. Instead of listing a specific dollar amount goal and what book that produces, we’re going to allow Backers to vote via the end of Kickstarter survey as to which book they would like to see produced. The book with the most votes becomes the one we produce. If additional Stretch Goal amounts are met, it then goes to the second most-voted book, then the third most-voted book, and so forth.
Which books are unlocked will be posted in the Kickstarter Updates after the Kickstarter ends and the surveys are tallied.
So here’s the deal. Every $3,000 we go over the funding goal; a new book will be produced. Books will range from 96 pages to 144 pages or more, depending on which book is being produced thanks to the votes.
Sky-Breakers: No one has come forward claiming to know how it happened. Massive, thick clouds expanded over the entire planet, plunging day into perpetual twilight, and the night into deepening darkness. Then the unthinkable happened. Strange rifts appeared within the sky, and through them came forth gigantic tentacles as though from hundreds of massive, yet unseen, beasts. They writhed across the sky, some of them long enough to scrape the very Earth and topple even the strongest structures.
The media immediately dubbed them: The Sky-Breakers.
But that was not all. Creatures out of the deepest recesses of our nightmares appeared. Things both humanoid and completely alien. Priests launched themselves from rooftops, and mothers abandoned their children. It was as though much of humanity lost its collective mind all at once. During the twilight days, the creatures are few in numbers. As night falls, however, even the most fortified home can become a killing box.
Sky-Breakers is a horror apocalypse Plot Point Campaign Setting where the things man was never meant to know have been unleashed upon the world. Players must not only contend with the ever slippery grip of their own sanity, but must fight for survival in a world that has been plunged into a mirror reflection of everything we once feared.
Apocalypse Unleashed 2: More setting frameworks for more apocalypse types. This one will mix styles together, such as an Alien Invasion/EMP, Supernatural/Zombie, Fantasy/Steampunk, and so forth. Pay attention to Kickstarter Updates if this one is chosen, as I’m going to allow Backers to post comments on the Update for 30 days and tell me what type of mixed genre apocalypse they’d like to see.
Terminus Dawn: A complete Plot Point Campaign Setting dealing with a future apocalypse where the machines and artificial intelligences have risen against mankind. Battle robot warriors and cyborgs who have had their minds and bodies overtaken by their machine parts. Artificially intelligent cars ply the roadways, hunting the humans who resist the New Order.
Fight for survival in a world where the very technology humanity became dependent on is now their greatest oppressor. But the battle for survival doesn’t take place only in the physical world. Enter Virtuality, the digital landscape that has become as real as anything physical. Take the fight directly to the Artificial Intelligence overlords in a world where their power rivals the gods of myth.
Gears of Ash: It’s the golden age of the Victorian Era. Clockwork technology has changed the lives of every man, from the street urchin to the nobility. Great steam engines fill the streets, while gear-driven machines of war protect the nation.
But when a highly advanced alien species invades with the single goal of wiping humanity from the planet, it will take ingenuity, magicks both divine and profane, and the human spirit to survive.
A Plot Point Campaign Setting where players take on the roles of clockwork artificers, sorcerers whose powers invoke a high cost, soldiers in a gear-driven army, and everyday citizens fighting for survival in the late 1800s against a threat from the stars.
Shields of Sanctuary: A grim city where anything can be bought or traded, Sanctuary is one of the toughest places in the kingdom of Chandara. In Chandara, magic is an everyday technology, from the great rune-powered engines of war, to the massive sorcerous platforms that provide mass transportation.
When an ancient force returns and lays waste to everything its massive armies touch, when the dead rise to combat the living and the very land is transformed into a decayed wasteland of foul magics, every citizen in the kingdom will have to raise arms.
Shields of Sanctuary is a Plot Point Fantasy Apocalypse Campaign Setting that introduces new player races, schools of magic, and plenty of intrigue and action.
Hellbrood: This one is a dual book Stretch Goal. The first book will be an updated version of the Hellbrood: Countdown to Invasion six-adventure book, making it compatible with the Super Powers Companion 2e from Pinnacle Entertainment. The second book will be the Hellbrood Plot Point Campaign Setting book, using both the Super Powers Companion 2e and Apocalypse Campaign Guide books.
It was a four-colored world, where super-heroes battled villains on the streets and in the skies, fighting the never-ending battle for justice. Maniacal masterminds hatched their plots to rule the world, their doomsday weapons destroyed by the men and women in colorful costumes.
Then the day came when a threat from the stars arrived. An alien race whose very biotechnology was based upon death, and their dreaded Hellspores transformed man and woman, hero and villain, into flesh-craving creatures who devoured everything in their path. Now, only a few remain, and those heroes will have to find an ancient being who can not only save the Earth, but destroy the alien oppressors once and for all.
Risks and challenges
Daring Entertainment has been a Savage Worlds Licensee since 2008, and a publisher since 2005. Best known in Savage Worlds for the War of the Dead campaign series and Hellbrood: Countdown to Invasion, we've a solid record of always delivering to the fans.
War of the Dead was a series of 52 adventures broken down into four separate chapters. Each chapter was made available via subscription, and new adventures released on a weekly basis. Throughout the two years of War of the Dead's publication, we hit each and every promised release date.
While delays in production can always happen, and likely will at some stage in this Kickstarter, back us with confidence. We've always delivered our products, and always keep our fans abreast of any developments.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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