Umerica is a gonzo super science & sorcery post-apocalyptic setting for the Dungeon Crawl Classics role playing game from Goodman Games set in a twisted version of North and Central America. It originated in the Crawling Under a Broken Moon fanzine but the previously Kickstarted Umerican Survival Guide is a fully revised and fleshed out version of the setting.
This Kickstarter funds AT LEAST two new books for the Umerica setting: The Umerican Road Atlas and Umerica Unnatural, with more possibilities as stretch goals are unlocked. Both books will be 128+ pages in PDF and Print On Demand.
What’s in The Umerican Road Atlas?
The Umerican Road Atlas takes you all over this irradiated land and shows you what’s what. Written by Reid San Filippo and Bob Brinkman, this book includes:
- Interesting Places to Die
- Infamous Gangs of the Wastes
- The Random Gang Generator
- New Vehicle Rules: construction and military vehicles
- New Classes: holy roller, hunter, and road hawg
- New Vehicular-based Mighty Deeds
What’s in Umerica Unnatural?
Umerica is a place full of weird supernatural mysteries, and Umerica Unnatural covers them all. Written by Reid San Filippo and Forrest Aguirre, this book includes:
- Revised and Expanded Psionic rules
- Grimoire of the Wastes: over a dozen new spells for wizards and clerics
- New Classes: wasteland psion, psi mutant, beastkin, shifter
- Cache of Astonishing Salvage: new equipment and artifacts of technology, magic, and just plain weirdness
The Goal (WHAT’S THE MONEY FOR, BUB?)
The plan is to produce at least two books with color covers and black and white interiors in both PDF and Print on Demand (POD) formats (available at DriveThruRPG, Amazon, and Lulu). Both books will be 128+ pages in length.
What is the money for? The writing is well underway but it still needs get a full proofreading, professional layout, and a lot more awesome art put into it. Some of this is already in the works but the funds from this Kickstarter will be essential to finishing this project.
How does a POD Kickstarter work, exactly? If you pledge at a POD level, you will get emailed a coupon code from DriveThruRPG to be able to purchase the book at only the actual printing cost plus the actual postage. This means NO MARK UP at all! You’ll still get the books cheaper than retail!
As the printing will be conducted in both the USA and UK, the shipping costs should be reasonable for many backers.
If you’re still in doubt as to the quality of the work or you’re not sure if the books are what you need for your game, the first update for this Kickstarter is a backers-only preview of both books… over 30+ pages each! Is it worth a $1 pledge to find out what your money will get you? Of course it is.
Here’s where things get really exciting. Hitting these stretch goals allows Umerica to grow even more with several adventure modules, a gazetteer, and possibly even another sourcebook full of crazy mutants and terrible monsters!
$13,000: Mall Maul/Under Plunder: A revised version of Mall Maul from issue 3 of Crawling Under a Broken Moon, with the new 2nd level follow-up adventure Under Plunder. Plus advice on how to run Mall Maul as a four-hour convention game and how to run it as a tournament! Written by Reid San Filippo and Jarrett Crader.
$16,000: Damn Tasty: Ever wonder how Go! Bars come up with such tasty flavors like Peppermint Pot Pie? Ever think that it’s odd that Go! Bars are still around and plentiful? Find out as you join the Go! Bar team as wage wights. Find out how they decide on their innovative flavor combinations. Learn about the secret ingredients. Find out if escaping on your bi-annual day off really is a way to taste freedom. A 0-level funnel adventure by Tim Bruns. Works great as a TPK recovery funnel to get back your previous characters…
$19,000: Burger Wars 2 - Extradition to Castle Baconloft: In the far-off gloomy realm of Transfatsylvania, Chops Von Trottervich needs only one more Piggy King Crown to ascend to fastfood godhood as Buddy O'Burger's rival. Buddy and his minions have other plans! Can the PCs locate this greasy cardboard artifact before the count's dreaded hampires do? And if they do, what will they do with it? A 3rd level adventure by Julian Bernick.
$22,000: Hubris of the Train Barons: Children have gone missing from the Citadel of Scrap. It’s hit the local Train Baron’s hard. Raids of feral urchins stealing kids and food, damaging the trains, and disrupting rail traffic. Find out who’s sending them, where they’re going, and if the price is right, maybe even stop it! A 2nd-4th level adventure by Tim Bruns.
And that is not all! We’ve got other fantabulous authors like Tim Bruns, Steve Bean, Valerie Emerson, and Julian Bernick lined up and ready to go if things go exceedingly well.
Risks and challenges
The risks are minimal. The previously Kickstarted Umerican Survival Guide (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/276689953/the-umerican-survival-guide) raised over $17,000, and delivered everything on time. Prior to that I published the Crawling Under a Broken Moon fanzine for three years so I am very familiar with publishing project direction and tight timeframes.
Since every part of this Kickstarter and all stretch goals are electronically deliverable or are purchasable via Print on Demand, there are no order processing or shipping issues that could bog down the delivery of this project.
Should some sort of unforeseen disaster strike the project, I promise to remain in contact as much as possible to keep you up to date on the issues and revised timelines.
Thank you for considering pledging for my project and I look forward to delivering at least two books of hot awesome into your hands, on time or sooner.
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-Reid San Filippo, President of Shield of Faith Studios, LLC
- (31 days)