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Living is hard, now that society has fallen. We used to complain that our lives were boring. These days, every moment is a struggle. Every meal is earned. Every breath is precious. Dangers roam the landscape, both human and worse. Few survive, and numbers dwindle. Those who manage to live long are legend, hardened heroes or monstrous villains. You are among them.

Your canteen, your weapon, your food: these are the most precious treasures in the world. But once you reach our level you might start wanting more, the whispered wonders yet to be uncovered. Secrets of old ready to come back into the harsh light of this fallen world. 

Will you plumb those depths and scour the wastelands for what we’ve lost? Will you band together with fellow survivors, watching each other’s backs in the treacherous night? Will you lend a blistered hand to rebuilding society in this hell of a world? Or will you break what is left of it, and remake it anew? 

 

HELLSCAPES is the beaten and battered manual you need to run post-apocalyptic survival games. We’ve scavenged the noble bones of Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition, reworking its lightweight materials into twisted mechanics to serve our needs. We bastardize classes into those that suit the wastes, allowing for new and dangerous heroes to arise. We’ve repurposed the raw materials of Feats and Backgrounds to reflect the storylines of hardened scavengers. We recast Races into Origins, allowing you to customize tribes, mutations, and robotic enhancements to suit the hellish campaign settings you choose. 

Need a game where society collapses as the dead rise to consume the living? Want to see how you’d fare against the unblinking gaze of robotic overlords? Hope to lead the uprising of a human resistance against alien conquerors? We’ve got the system for you. 

HELLSCAPES includes all the post-apocalyptic baddies your DM needs to tear you limb from limb, leaving more food for those who remain. Just kidding, we’re sure you’ll make it tough guy. 

We’re building HELLSCAPES on the engine that drives our last Kickstarter, the highly successful HYPERLANES. There we showed that magical spells could be converted into a system of gambits, where skill and pluck can easily play out as powerful but limited abilities. Here we go further, inventing hundreds of new Gambits for deployment against barbaric raiders and hostile environments alike. 

Built lightweight and simple, gambits allow for creative uses beyond our own limited imaginings. This is where players flourish, bending raw Gambits to the needs of the moment in bursts of creativity. 

We’ve even made sure to include Gambits for use in daring vehicular chases. If you want hellish landscapes traversed by spike-mounted dune buggies and cargo trucks, we’ve got you covered. Since HYPERLANES was made to handle space flight, we’ve got this vehicles thing down pat. HELLSCAPES is all about action movie stunts and gasoline explosions.

New classes are planned to be:  

Marauder. Barbarian-based. Doing battle in the wastes with pure will and rage. Archetypes: Feral, Holdout, and Raider  

Nomad. Ranger-based. Those who go from place to place, living off the land, surveying the desolation, and weaving society back together. Archetypes: Haggler, Rider, and Survivalist  

Outcast. Rogue-based. Living by their own code and their own ways due to fate, chance, or their own need for the open road. Archetypes: Freak, Lone Wolf, and Packrat  

Scavenger. Sorcerer-based. Cobbling together new things and new ways from old. Fixing people and things with what’s at hand. Improvising as needed to get the job done. Archetypes: Fetishist, Rigger, and Sawbones

Throwback. Paladin-based. Dedicated to an ethos, bringing back old ways. Oaths relate to specific old ways and ethical codes: Oath of Knowledge, Oath of Office, and Oath of Persistence  

Warrior. Fighter-based. Skilled combatants, honed by the varied threats of these hellish lands. Archetypes: Bane, Gladiator, and Warlord

With post-apocalypse, you get a lot of bang for your buck. We’re including rules for straight up “the world has gone to hell in a hand basket” settings, along the lines of Mad Max or The Postman. We’re including systems for mutants as both playable characters and foes, with reverence to Fallout and settings with anthropomorphic animals. We want you to be able to struggle to survive in worlds taken over by aliens or robots, if that's your thing. 

The best part is you get to pick and choose which of these genres you want in your particular hellscape. Blend them together. Take them apart. You can even port over classes and other systems from our last book, HYPERLANES. Or just use those from Dungeons & Dragons. Want magic creeping into the corners of your fallen world? Go for it. Love to see aliens fight dragons? It’s easy.  

You can even use the gambits you’ll find here in your HYPERLANES game, making it easy to play edge of the galaxy fringers and traders.

Pledge levels listed do not include shipping and handling costs. You will need to add a shipping charge to your pledge depending on country, which Kickstarter will inform you of when you go to pledge.  

Our fulfillment will be handled by DriveThruRPG, which can ship your rewards pretty much anywhere. After the campaign we’ll be using BackerKit to allow for add-ons to be purchased, fleshing out your pledge with goodies unlocked by our stretch goals.  

[distinguishing rewards for each backer level highlighted with italics

Screen Watcher $20  

You’ve scrounged up a working computer and now it’s consumed your existence.  

  • PDF copy of the HELLSCAPES Corebook 
  • PDF copy of the HELLSCAPES Players Guide 
  • PDF character sheet 
  • PDF of the Gambit deck 
  • PDF copies of any adventures, decks, or additional books unlocked from campaign stretch goals  

Loyal Tribe Member $50  

You are ready to join up with a group of survivors to carve out an existence.  

  • PDF copy of the HELLSCAPES Corebook 
  • PDF copy of the HELLSCAPES Players Guide 
  • PDF character sheet 
  • PDF of the Gambit deck 
  • PDF copies of any adventures, decks, or additional books unlocked from campaign stretch goals 
  • Hardcover of the HELLSCAPES Corebook  

Tribal Elder $100

You're wise enough to gather everything you need to survive.

  • PDF copy of the HELLSCAPES Corebook 
  • PDF copy of the HELLSCAPES Players Guide 
  • PDF character sheet 
  • PDF of the Gambit deck 
  • PDF copies of any adventures, decks, or additional books unlocked from campaign stretch goals 
  • Hardcover of the HELLSCAPES Corebook 
  • Softcover of the HELLSCAPES Players Guide 
  • The Gambit Deck

Wasteland Scavenger $140  

You're a collector, scouring the tallest spires and deepest sinkholes for treasure. You want all the things. ALL THE THINGS!  

  • PDF copy of the HELLSCAPES Corebook 
  • PDF copy of the HELLSCAPES Players Guide 
  • PDF character sheet PDF of the Gambit deck 
  • PDF copies of any adventures, decks, or additional books unlocked from campaign stretch goals 
  • Hardcover of the HELLSCAPES Corebook 
  • Softcover of the HELLSCAPES Players Guide 
  • The Gambit Deck 
  • Softcovers of all books unlocked through stretch goals  

Warlord $300 (only 6 backers)  

(Shipping included, because you have no time for such petty details)

You’re a master of the afterworld, demanding tribute from all who dare dwell within your domain.  

  • PDF copy of the HELLSCAPES Corebook 
  • PDF copy of the HELLSCAPES Players Guide 
  • PDF character sheet PDF of the Gambit deck 
  • PDF copies of any adventures, decks, or additional books unlocked from campaign stretch goals 
  • 5 Hardcover copies of the HELLSCAPES Corebook 
  • Softcover of the HELLSCAPES Players Guide 
  • The Gambit Deck 
  • Softcovers of all books unlocked through stretch goals 
  • A portrait of you, adapted from an actual picture you send, made into a character for one of the HELLSCAPES books. Illustrated by the amazing Avery Liell-Kok. 

The HELLSCAPES Corebook. Everything you need to turn fantasy into a post apocalyptic future. This is a roughly 200-page hardcover book with full color illustrations. Available as an add-on to any backer level for $50 + shipping, via BackerKit.

The HELLSCAPES Players Guide. Just the Classes, Species, Backgrounds, and Feats. Available as an add-on to any backer level for $25 + shipping, via BackerKit. 

The Gambit Deck. The complete deck of HELLSCAPES Gambits, including the full text of each ability. Full color, printed on premium cardstock. Available as an add-on to any backer level for $30 + shipping, via BackerKit. 

Horrors Deck. A deck of zombies, aliens, robots, and raiders. A 50 card deck on high quality cardstock. Available as an add-on to any backer level for $8 + shipping, via BackerKit.

Bastions. Systems and advice for bringing civilization back, one walled fortress at a time. Explores carving hideouts and settlements from the remains of the last world, rules for leadership and internal politics, and systems for fighting off the hordes of invaders from the wilds.  A roughly 20 page softcover supplement. Available as an add-on to any backer level for $8 + shipping, via BackerKit.

A Bloody Cure. A family of survivors seems to hold the cure to the zombie plague: a strange quality of their blood that may turn the necrotic tide. An extended adventure and campaign setup for levels 1-5. A softcover supplement available as an add-on and included as a PDF at all backer levels. Roughly 20 pages. Available as an add-on to any backer level for $8 + shipping, via BackerKit.

More to come as we hit our stretch goals...

Early stretch goals are designed to emphasize items which will be useful for both HELLSCAPES and HYPERLANES.  

$7,000 - Horrors Deck [UNLOCKED!]. A deck of zombies, aliens, robots, and raiders. 

$10,000 - Bastions [UNLOCKED!]. Systems and advice for bringing civilization back, one walled fortress at a time. 

$15,000 - A Bloody Cure [UNLOCKED!]. A family of survivors seems to hold the cure to the zombie plague: a strange quality of their blood that may turn the necrotic tide. An extended adventure and campaign setup for levels 1-5.

$20,000 - Another Time’s Treasure. Expanded rules for scavenging, scrounging, and repairing forgotten items and materials.

$25,000 - Road War. Advanced systems for doing battle on the crumbling roadways and barren deserts of the afterworld. More vehicles, more terrain, more violence.

This is not our first rodeo. We were behind the successful Swans of Black and HYPERLANES campaigns last year. We learned a lot through that process and hope to keep upping our game in terms of delivering a high quality product on time. 

We’re a small company. We have our setbacks and our limitations, but we love what we do and we think it shows.

Avery Liell-Kok (Artistic Director). Avery is a professional illustrator with experience creating beautiful artwork for the roleplaying game industry. She’s incredibly excited to take the lead on a project of this size and scope and hopes this will be another successful project for Scrivened. 

Ryan Chaddock (Lead Writer and Developer). Ryan is a writer and game developer who has published over a dozen titles with his company Ryan Chaddock Games, several of which are Gold best sellers on DriveThruRPG. Ryan’s strengths include big picture themes, real world commentary, and fresh mechanics. He’s on Twitter at @chaddockr. You can check out Ryan’s previous work here: http://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/5939/Ryan-Chaddock-Games

Joseph DeSimone (Managing Editor). Joseph was born, raised, and currently lives in Manhattan, New York. In his short life he has spent much time introspectively, some creatively, and less productively. His collaborations with Ryan, Avery, and co. are an attempt to improve upon all three. He holds a degree in organizational psychology from CUNY Baruch, and is currently developing a games-based training methodology for executives. You can reach him via Twitter at @IHeartFargo.  

Katherine Gohring (Layout Artist). Katherine diligently and creatively works as our layout artist and spot editor, shaping our books with a careful eye towards readability and style on the page. A PhD student in informatics by day, Katherine is a brilliant and insightful part of the team.

Risks and challenges

Much of the book is written and testing is ongoing. Much of the art is made, but there's more to come. Art will be the determining factor for just how fast we get this thing out the door, and that depends to some degree on our funding level.

This is our third Kickstarter and those of us involved have dozens of books under our belts. We'll once again be using DriveThruRPG for fulfillment. It's unlikely that we'll have any big problems.

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    • HELLSCAPES Players Guide (PDF)
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    You're a collector, scouring the tallest spires and deepest sinkholes for treasure. You want all the things. ALL THE THINGS!

    (Estimated Delivery Date is for the corebook. Other rewards to follow.)

    Includes:
    • HELLSCAPES Corebook (PDF)
    • HELLSCAPES Players Guide (PDF)
    • HELLSCAPES Character Sheet (PDF)
    • HELLSCAPES Gambit Deck (PDF)
    • PDFs of any adventures, decks, or books unlocked by stretch goals
    • HELLSCAPES Corebook (Hardcover)
    • HELLSCAPES Players Guide (Softcover)
    • HELLSCAPES Gambit Deck (High quality cardstock)
    • Softcovers of all books unlocked through stretch goals
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    Warlord

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    You’re a master of the afterworld, demanding tribute from all who dare dwell within your domain.

    (Estimated Delivery Date is for the corebook. Other rewards to follow.)

    Includes:
    • HELLSCAPES Corebook (PDF)
    • HELLSCAPES Players Guide (PDF)
    • HELLSCAPES Character Sheet (PDF)
    • HELLSCAPES Gambit Deck (PDF)
    • PDFs of any adventures, decks, or books unlocked by stretch goals
    • HELLSCAPES Corebook (Hardcover)
    • HELLSCAPES Players Guide (Softcover)
    • HELLSCAPES Gambit Deck (High quality cardstock)
    • Softcovers of all books unlocked through stretch goals
    • An illustrated portrait of you, put into one of the books!
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