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The Umerican Survival Guide is a science & sorcery post apocalyptic setting for the DCC RPG set in a twisted version of North America.
The Umerican Survival Guide is a science & sorcery post apocalyptic setting for the DCC RPG set in a twisted version of North America.
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Umerica is a super science & sorcery post apocalyptic setting for the Dungeon Crawl Classics role playing game from Goodman Games set in a weird, twisted version of North and Central America. It originated in the Crawling Under a Broken Moon fanzine but the Umerican Survival Guide is a fully revised and fleshed out version of the setting.

It will be released with not just one, but a choice of two different covers: Delve and Chase!

The Delve cover

The Chase cover

 

It has a dozen new or revised character class options, nine of which are unique to Umerica:

  • Clerics of the Wasteland - Revised for the rigors of the twisted Urth and its strange deities. Includes new sacrifice rules.

  • The Cyborg - Half human, half machine, all awesome. Make something better of yourself as you level up.

  • Feral Urchin - An immortal lost child of the wasteland. Kid tested and apocalypse approved!

  • Fossiorian - Stocky bearded badger folk with bad attitudes. Can you dig it?

  • Grays - Alien agents of the Gray Directorate in search of enough data for a promotion. It is not just about probes anymore!

  • Mutant - The new twisted peoples of the irradiated landscape. Give the mutation roulette wheel a spin!

  • Petrol Head - Hardened road nomads of the wasteland highways. A little mad and always pushing their engine to the max.

  • Robot - A new chassis and component based class that is as versatile or focused as you want it to be. Get your Robo Mojo on!

  • Scavenger - Mining the ruins of the world is your job. Where others see piles of junk you see untapped treasure waiting to be plundered.  

  • Technologist - Science! Technology! Knowledge! Who needs magic when you can fix robots and make shotguns?

  • Wasteland Warrior - Revised to better suit surviving wasteland combat and the ever ablative nature of post apocalyptic armor. An axe to the head still does the trick every time (mostly).

  • Wizard of the Wasteland - Bond to a new set of post apocalyptic patrons ready to accept your service in return for new and weird powers! Who needs a blaster when you can cast Fireball!

Mutations!!!! The Umerican Survival Guide contains a robust and flavorful mutation system usable by all characters and creatures. Includes the following types of mutations: Bestial, Botanical, Aggregate, Altered Biology, Weaponization, & Freak Abilities. Mutant characters get bonuses to surviving the mutagenic process with less… complications.

A new piecemeal armor system more evocative to a post apocalyptic world. It incorporates damage resistance to keep your characters alive, ablatives to keep your damage resistance from weakening, and armor degradation to keep your character always on the lookout for some sweet new armor.

An vehicular creation and combat system for all of your petrolhead needs! Rules for bikes, cars, trucks, semis, trains, planes, boats, and mechs including base stat blocks and lots of traits to upgrade them with. Then there are new rules for car chases and mass vehicular melees. Top it off with a few entries for heavy vehicle mounted weapons as well.

A pantheon of Umerican Gods and Patrons for your characters to worship and fear! Visit one of the temples of the following deific beings:

  • $ (pronounced “cash”) - The fickle goddess of barter and wealth (neutral)

  • Buddy O’Burger - The Clown God of Feasting, Customer Service, and Cannibalism (lawful)

  • Classica - The goddess of Rhythm, Order, and Culture (lawful)

  • Elmos - The puppet host of eternal pain and suffering (chaotic)

  • Grokk - The master of the twisted Wilds and Wastes (neutral)

  • Kizz - The mighty intergalactic god of rock and roll (neutral)

  • The Lords of Light - The heavenly host of Justice, Honor, and Courage (lawful)

  • Nuka - The gentle lady of the Holy Glow and mother of all Mutants (neutral)

  • Petrolex - The amorphous deity of Fuel and Fire (neutral)

  • S’aganoid - The entity of Truth and Science (lawful)

  • Santa - The Giving God (lawful)

  • Silk - The golden lord of lies (chaotic)

  • Technos Discos - The terrible bringer of Beats (chaotic)

  • Theszolokomodra - The 1000 headed multi-dimensional space Hydra (neutral)

  • The Ultimospark - The manyfold entity of artificial perfection (neutral)

  • Whaaar! The god of violent combat and strength of arms (chaotic)

  • Yyaallaayy - The Nth dimensional lord of Madness and Randomness (chaotic) 

A comprehensive section on the Citadel of Scrap and its sprawling 8 districts, a good campaign starting point for exploring Umerica.

Several short Interesting Places to Die that can easily be dropped into an existing campaign. 

Dozens of random tables covering aspects of everyday wasteland life, finding salvage, and adventure creation plus much, much more!

My hope is to raise enough capital to produce a color cover, black and white interior book in both PDF and Print on Demand (POD) formats (available at both DriveThruRPG and eventually Lulu). 

This means that 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! 

Right now the book is meandering around 240 pages, which would be a Softcover POD printing price of $7.01 (UK Printing £5.26) and a Hardcover POD printing price of $12.18 (UK Printing £8.56). The retail price of the book will be Softcover $35 and Hardcover $45 so it is a savings with either cover.

As the printing will be conducted in both the USA and UK, the shipping costs should be reasonable for many backers. 

What is the money for? As the rough draft in the first update shows, the writing is almost complete 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.  

$7,000 = Funded! The Umerican Survival Guide will be available in both PDF and POD!

 

The Twisted Menagerie Manual  $9,000 UNLOCKED!!!

A PDF of Monsters to inflict upon your Umerican campaign, complete with full write ups, adventure hooks, and boss level versions of several monsters. The PDF is free to all backers.

A POD version will be made available after the Kickstarter for those not pledging at the PODpocalypse, Virtual Assault, Con Job, or Home Invasion levels.

The Children of the Sun Gazetteer by Sean Ellis  $11,000 UNLOCKED!!!

A PDF detailed treatise on in what was once the Valley of Mexico, where the Kingdom of the Sun forgoes the use of all technology and returns to the way of life led by the tribes that dwelt there thousands of years ago. The PDF is free to all backers

A POD version will be made available after the Kickstarter for those not pledging at the PODpocalypse, Virtual Assault, Con Job, or Home Invasion levels.

The Twisted Menagerie Manual (Upgrade #1) $12,000 UNLOCKED!!!

+ 16 Monsters to inflict upon your Umerican campaign.

Killer of Giants Adventure by Forrest Aguirre $14,000 UNLOCKED!!!

"In the days before Disaster, the Ancients hid stars inside great pillars buried deep beneath the ground, unleashing their unholy powers. Some still lie slumbering, entombed under the crust of Umerica. Great treasures are rumored to sleep with them. Do you dare try to wake The Killer of Giants? This mini-sandbox adventure takes explorers directly to the heart of the destructive devices that heralded the dawn of the age of mutants. Dangers contemporary and ancient abound, on the land, under the ground, and in the sky. Explorers will need to use every ounce of their wits and brawn to master what even the Ancients could not. Will these discoveries bring enlightenment or usher in an even more intense localized dark age? Only the explorers themselves can decide!"

A PDF mini-sandbox adventure set in Umerica to drop into your existing campaign. The PDF is free to all backers.

A POD version will be made available after the Kickstarter for those not pledging at the PODpocalypse, Virtual Assault, Con Job, or Home Invasion levels.

The Twisted Menagerie Manual (Upgrade #2) $15,000 UNLOCKED!!!

+ 16 Monsters to inflict upon your Umerican campaign.

The Deck of Twisted Terrors $16,000 UNLOCKED!!!

A Tarot sized deck of monsters from the Twisted Menagerie Manual with a grayscale image of the monster on one side and the write up on the other. The PDF is free to all backers.

A POD version will be made available after the Kickstarter for those not pledging at the PODpocalypse, Virtual Assault, Con Job, or Home Invasion levels.

The Twisted Menagerie Manual (Upgrade #3) $17,000

+ 16 Monsters to inflict upon your Umerican campaign.

Road Gangs of the Umerican Wastelands  $19,000

Monsters are not the only things in the wasteland that want to kill you. This PDF treatise of wasteland gangs will cover some of the most notorious raiders and pillagers of Umerica. PDF is free to all backers.

A POD version will be made available after the Kickstarter for those not pledging at the PODpocalypse, Virtual Assault, Con Job, or Home Invasion levels.

The Twisted Menagerie Manual (Upgrade #4) $20,000

+ 16 Monsters to inflict upon your Umerican campaign.

The Deck of Sweet Salvage $22,000

A Tarot sized deck of themed salvage item descriptions on one side of the card and a die drop table on the other. Designed so that multiple cards can be placed together for a large die drop table. The PDF is free to all backers.

A POD version will be made available after the Kickstarter for those not pledging at the PODpocalypse, Virtual Assault, Con Job, or Home Invasion levels.

The Twisted Menagerie Manual (Upgrade #5) $23,000

+ 16 Monsters to inflict upon your Umerican campaign.

The Deck of Twisted Terrors 2! $24,000

Now there are too many monsters for just one deck! A second Tarot sized deck of monsters from the Twisted Menagerie Manual stretch goals with a grayscale image of the monster on one side and the write up on the other. The PDF is free to all backers.

A POD version will be made available after the Kickstarter for those not pledging at the PODpocalypse, Virtual Assault, Con Job, or Home Invasion levels.

The Twisted Menagerie Manual (Upgrade #6) $25,000

+ 16 Monsters to inflict upon your Umerican campaign.

More to be revealed if we get this far...

 

 

Risks and challenges

While this is my first time running a Kickstarter, I’ve been backing them for years and have done quite a bit of research into running them. Also, I’ve been publishing the Crawling Under a Broken Moon fanzine for the last 3 years so I am very familiar with publishing project direction and tight timeframes.

As can be seen in the rough draft available in the first update, the book is nearly finished. It just needs a bit of polish before it is ready.

Since every part of the Umerican Survival Guide 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 a book of hot awesome into your hands, on time or sooner.

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-Reid San Filippo, President of Shield of Faith Studios, LLC

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    Sometimes setting up a new campaign in a new world setting can be a little daunting. Reid will give you a minimum of 90 minutes of his time dedicated to helping you setup your Umerican campaign or giving advice on how to incorporate Umerican goodies into your current campaign. In addition, Reid will work with you to create a unique creature or item to incorporate into your campaign.

    This discussion will be done via Google Hangouts, Skype, or a different platform that works for you. Dates and times subject to Reid’s availability.

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    Signed Original Delve Cover Painting

    Original oil on primed paper by Nate Marcel, 22" x 15" framed w/out glass. Delivery to the USA included.

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    Namer of Things: You will get to name a person, place, or thing that will appear in the discription of Umerica. All name suggestions are subject to approval and must be at least PG-13 in nature.

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    Signed Original Chase Cover Painting

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    The PDFs of the Delve and Chase cover

    Umerican Survival Guide, as well as print-on-demand at-cost codes for both from DriveThruRPG.com, for both soft and hard cover.

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    Reid will run three games for you and up to three of your friends for four hours each on Google Hangouts, Skype, Roll20, or a different platform that works for everyone. Dates and times subject to Reid’s availability.

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    Namer of Things: You will get to name a person, place, or thing that will appear in the discription of Umerica. All name suggestions are subject to approval and must be at least PG-13 in nature.

    Hardcover Print and PDF copies of both cover versions of the Umerican Survival Guide

    Print and PDF copies of all Stretch Goals supplements

    PDF copies of both cover versions of the Umerican Survival Guide x3!

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    The Con Job

    Reid will run a private game for you and up to five of your friends at one of the following conventions--Origins, Gen Con, or Game Hole Con during 2017. Must be planned at least a month in advance and subject to Reid’s availability.

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    Namer of Things: You will get to name 3 persons, places, or things that will appear in the discription of Umerica. All name suggestions are subject to approval and must be at least PG-13 in nature.

    Hardcover Print and PDF copies of both cover versions of the Umerican Survival Guide x6! 12 hardcovers in total!

    Print and PDF copies of all Stretch Goals supplements x6!

    Custom tee shirt x6, any sizes, you get to help design it!

    Plus a Mystery gift package! Who knows what could be inside...

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    Reid will travel anywhere in the continental US to run a game for you and up to five of your friends in person. You secure the venue and I’ll bring the awesome! Dates and times subject to Reid’s availability and must be planned at least a month in advance.

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    Namer of Things: You will get to name 3 persons, places, or things that will appear in the discription of Umerica. All name suggestions are subject to approval and must be at least PG-13 in nature.

    Hardcover Print and PDF copies of both cover versions of the Umerican Survival Guide x6! 12 hardcovers in total!

    Print and PDF copies of all Stretch Goals supplements x6!

    Custom tee shirt x6, any sizes, you get to help design it!

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