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HYPERLANES provides the tools you need to play action-packed science fiction games using the latest, lightest edition of D&D.
HYPERLANES provides the tools you need to play action-packed science fiction games using the latest, lightest edition of D&D.
HYPERLANES provides the tools you need to play action-packed science fiction games using the latest, lightest edition of D&D.
787 backers pledged $40,800 to help bring this project to life.

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HYPERLANES: Cinematic SciFi for DnD 5e

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Adventure at hyperspeed, smirking at the authorities along the way. Tramp around a hostile galaxy in a starship held together with spit and pluck. You’re a motley crew of misfits, gathered by chance, venting your frustrations through witty barbs and alien howls.  

Strap in, kid. We’re gunna burn across the sky ‘til the stars become lines.

HYPERLANES is the gaming technology that takes you there. We begin with all new Classes and Archetypes, reverse engineered from the basic building blocks of the D&D Player’s Handbook, but reprogrammed for scifi adventuring among the stars, integrating starship battle abilities from the ground up. We splice in all new Feats for cinematic action, systems for building alien species and robot chassis as Races, and iconic Backgrounds to add dimensionality to your spacer.  

We don’t stop there.  

We hook up a hard hitting chapter on armor clad soldiers, fringe-planet crime lords, and monstrous alien threats. We install a honed system for enabling memorable space battles, designed to send a chill up your spine as you blast hostile spacecraft out of the starry sky. We bury you in “magical items” recast as scientific marvels and scavenged technology from forgotten civilizations.  

HYPERLANES is a humming engine of science fiction action and it’s what you need to adapt your favorite star spanning adventure setting to your living room cockpit. We take inspiration from such classics as Star Wars, Firefly, Cowboy Bebop, and Guardians of the Galaxy. We’re pretty sure this is the action scifi supplement you’ve been looking for.  

We stand on the shoulders of red giants, deploying their systems for balance and versatile play to make this beautiful book. We take their incredible work with fantasy and launch it into hyperspace. Our goal is to develop all the bits and pieces you need for your campaign, in a fun way that evokes the flavor of gunslinging space adventure. We write, we test, we make this look good.

Creating a sci-fi oriented system from our favorite fantasy game comes with its challenges. Our goal is to make sure you can play just what you want to play. Classes and other systems are built with modularity and adaptability in mind. While we provide quite a few example species for instance, you'll have the alien creation tools you need to adapt nearly any scifi setting you fancy.

In HYPERLANES, Magical spells are done away with, though there's no reason you can't use those rules from your PHB if mysticism and magic work for your setting. Instead, we provide a system called Gambits, allowing characters to utilize their daring and expertise to solve problems. Gambits are designed to combine in interesting ways, and are made to work in both personal combat, as well as from behind the controls of a starship.

What the Book Is  

We love our book. It’s honed and largely ready for play. We’ve written most of it, tested it, and shot it into space (so to speak). We’ve got options for purely digital, as well as hardcopies all delivered via DriveThruRPG. 

We've designed these systems to work well with cards, and if you look at the add-ons you'll find a variety of Gambit decks. No more looking up lengthy spells. HYPERLANES is fast paced. It's well served by rules at the ready to be slapped down onto the gaming table.

We’re quite close to finishing it all, but if this KS takes off we’ll have the cash to really flesh the book out with illustrations. Either way we plan to fulfill quite quickly after the campaign ends. 

What the Book Isn’t 

This is not the definitive conversion for all your science fiction needs. This is not a way to play hard science fiction using D&D rules. This is butt-kicking action-packed battles among the stars. These rules emphasize fun, violence, and interesting situations over the known laws of physics. 

We do plan to Kickstart more scifi subgenres in the future if this one works out for the best. HYPERLANES is a starting place. A proof of concept that this direction is a valid one. 

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, who can ship your rewards to the following countries: US, Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Mexico, and the UK. If you need shipping to a different country please send us an email: scrivenedgames@gmail.com and we'll see if we can work something out.

Backer Levels 

Along for the Ride $1

You're in it for the glory. You can put add-ons onto this pledge level if you like to adventure outside the box.

  • Your name among all of the other backers, in the thank you section of the HYPERLANES Corebook.

Purely Digital Being $20  

Everything you need if you have no body and exist completely within an online environment, but still find time to tabletop game with your friends.

  • PDF copy of the HYPERLANES Corebook  
  • PDF copy of the HYPERLANES 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 Crew Member $50

You are ready to join up with a crew and shoot out the stars.

  • PDF copy of the HYPERLANES Corebook 
  • PDF copy of the HYPERLANES 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 HYPERLANES Corebook

Starship Captain $100

You're at the front lines of supporting indie press in tabletop RPGs. You rule.

  • PDF copy of the HYPERLANES Corebook  
  • PDF copy of the HYPERLANES 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 HYPERLANES Corebook 
  • Softcover of the HYPERLANES Players Guide
  • The Gambit Deck

Boneyard Scavenger $140

You're a collector, scouring the wreckage of starship battles for valuable salvage. You want all the things. ALL THE THINGS!

  • PDF copy of the HYPERLANES Corebook
  • PDF copy of the HYPERLANES 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 HYPERLANES Corebook 
  •  Softcover of the HYPERLANES Players Guide 
  • The Gambit Deck
  • Softcovers of all books unlocked through stretch goals

Hyperintelligent Alien $170 

You've got an entire crew willing to pick up HYPERLANES. Or maybe you're just smart enough to read five books at once.

  • PDF copy of the HYPERLANES Corebook  
  • PDF copy of the HYPERLANES 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 HYPERLANES Corebook
Classy Noble $300 (only 6 backers) 
(Shipping included, because you have no time for such petty details)

You’re a distinguished gentle-being deserving of a portrait in your honor.

  • PDF copy of the HYPERLANES Corebook 
  • PDF copy of the HYPERLANES 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 copies of the HYPERLANES Corebook 
  •  Softcover of the HYPERLANES 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 signature character for one of the HYPERLANES classes or archetypes. Illustrated by the amazing Avery Liell-Kok.

Rewards

The HYPERLANES corebook. Everything you need to turn fantasy into action-adventure sci-fi. This is a roughly 200-page hardcover book with full color illustrations.

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

The Gambit Deck. The complete deck of 240 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.

Class Decks.
Separate Gambit decks for each of the classes. Each class has access to different schools of Gambits, so each deck will be different in size and composition. Available as add-ons via BackerKit; pricing to come...

The Celadon Caravan.
An extended adventure for 1st-5th level characters, serving as an introduction to spacefaring action. Roughly 20 pages. Available in softcover as an add-on to any backer level for $8 + shipping, via BackerKit.

The Foes Deck.
A 50 card deck of villains, grunts, alien horrors and other threats to the player characters. Perfect for exploring backwater worlds or assaulting the empress' battle station. Available as an add-on to any backer level for $8 + shipping, via BackerKit.

The Battle at Cygnus.
An extended adventure for characters from 6th-10th level, getting right into the meat of galactic conflict. Roughly 20 pages. Available in softcover as an add-on to any backer level for $8 + shipping, via BackerKit.

The Vehicles Deck.
A deck of starships for use in dramatic starcrossed space battles. 50 cards. Available as an add-on to any backer level for $8 + shipping, via BackerKit.

The Tannhäuser Gate.
A dramatic extended adventure for characters from 11th-15th level, placing characters in the center of world shattering events that will rock the galaxy. Roughly 20 pages. Available in softcover as an add-on to any backer level for $8 + shipping, via BackerKit.

Unfolding Starscapes.
A supplement for blending fantasy and sci-fi in your campaigns. Roughly 20 pages, though we may decide to make it bigger. We love this stuff. Available in softcover as an add-on to any backer level for $8 + shipping, via BackerKit.

Stelliform. 
A star-crossed campaign setting designed specifically for the HYPERLANES ruleset, including all new Archetypes, Species, Gambits, and technologies, as well as fleshed out villains and alien creatures native to the setting. Roughly 80 pages. Available in softcover as an add-on to any backer level for $25 + shipping, via BackerKit.

The Stelliform Comic.
A short comic illustrated by our own Avery Liell-Kok, featuring the signature characters and dramatic metaplots of the Stelliform campaign setting. 

More rewards to come as we reach our stretch goals!

The following items become available as add-ons to your pledge once these funding stretch goals are reached.

$6,500 - Class Decks [UNLOCKED!]. We'll offer separate Gambit decks for each of the six character classes. Decks will vary in size, as different classes have access to thematically appropriate Gambit schools. 

$8,000 - The Celadon Caravan [UNLOCKED!]. An extended introductory adventure for HYPERLANES. Roughly 20 pages. At this funding level we will greatly increase the quality and quantity of artwork throughout the books.

$9,500 - The Foes Deck [UNLOCKED!]. A deck of alien threats, strange creatures, pirates, soldiers, and more. 50 cards.

$11,000 - The Battle at Cygnus [UNLOCKED!]. An extended adventure for HYPERLANES. Roughly 20 pages. 

$12,500 - The Vehicles Deck [UNLOCKED!]. A deck of starships for use as adversaries and allies in the great galactic battles of your campaigns. 50 cards.

$15,000 - The Tannhäuser Gate [UNLOCKED!]. An extended adventure for HYPERLANES. Roughly 20 pages.

$17,500 - Unfolding Starscapes [UNLOCKED!]. A guide to blending magic and mysticism with science and technology. Ancient orders calling upon unseen forces, fighting galaxy-spanning wars. Roughly 20 pages, but who knows we might go crazy with this one.

$20,000 - Stelliform [UNLOCKED!]. A unique campaign setting designed specifically for HYPERLANES. Includes an introductory adventure. Roughly 80 pages.

$22,500 - The Stelliform Comic [UNLOCKED!]. A comicbook designed for the Stelliform campaign setting and its signature characters. Illustrated by Avery Liell-Kok. 

$26,000 - More Artists [UNLOCKED!]. We'll greatly expand our stable of artists for the books and cards.

$30,000 - More Writers [UNLOCKED!].
We'll hire more freelance writers, adding snippets of fiction throughout our books.

$40,000 - Short Fiction [UNLOCKED!].
We'll expand the sections of fiction we just unlocked at the More Writers level into fun flash-fiction length pieces. We'll even create a softcover book that collects them all up and adds illustrations. 

This is not our first rodeo. We were behind the successful of Swans of Black campaign earlier this 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. 

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

Most 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 second 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 problems.

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