About this project
Uncharted Worlds is a pen-and-paper roleplaying game, a space-opera of discovery and adventure. It explores a universe full of deadly beauty, hostile frontiers, rapacious organisations, and crippling debt. It’s a story-building game, where dramatic encounters drive the narrative ever onward, building a solid, memorable universe that’s unique to each group.
Pilot your ship across the reaches of space. Be the first human to make landfall on alien shores, and bring back hard-won exotic cargo. Deal with galactic corporations, go toe-to-toe with corrupt empires and rebel scum, face down ruthless pirates (or perhaps engage in a bit of interstellar piracy yourselves)… strap yourself in, disengage your mooring clamps and prepare for one hell of a Wild Jump.
The game is powered by D. Vincent Baker's Apocalypse Engine, a streamlined, easy to learn system that has powered classics like Apocalypse World, Dungeon World, Monsterhearts and others.
Preview Material: Preview chapters will be posted here regularly. Take a look, take 'em for a spin, and by all means share your feedback! The game has been greatly shaped by community playtests and feedback.
For more information and community discussion, head on over to the growing Uncharted Worlds Google+ community.
Introductory videos: How To Play and Character Creation
The money raised by this Kickstarter is going towards hiring artists to do the cover art, chapter art and interior art. Additionally, a portion of the funds will go towards a copy editor, plus a variety of graphic design, layout and publishing tools.
The books will be 6x9, roughly 200 pages. Hardcover will be casewrap. They will have gloss laminate full color covers and be black and white inside, with multiple black and white full-art pages and images scattered throughout (a number of these can be previewed in the Updates).
All backers will get the following exclusive Kickstarter materials:
Galactic Primer: A supplemental pdf containing pre-generated characters, factions, planets and hazards. Useful for inspiration, quick-starts or to fill in spur-of-the-moment details.
Desktop Wallpapers: A collection of desktop and phone screen-sized images of the cover art and chapter art, sans text.
Thanks: The names of all backers will be commemorated in the Thanks section of the rulebook.
The Neutron Star, Pulsar and Quasar pledge levels each give the opportunity to add something to the Galactic Primer. You'll submit an outline or a fully created character, planet or faction which will be integrated into the supplement and go out to all Kickstarter backers as a pre-generated material*. The material will be fully credited to you, and you'll receive a special thanks in the core book.
(*Within reason: The author will not accept any material that violates copyright law, offensive or discriminatory material, or material that is unsuitable to the tone and setting of Uncharted Worlds. Should this happen, I will work with you to create something mutually acceptable.)
The Singularity pledge level grants an online session of Uncharted World run by me, for you and up to three friends. We will be in touch to coordinate the precise timing. You and your characters will also be given special thanks in the core book.
STRETCH GOAL REACHED! Carta Galaxia ($7,500): Upgrade the Galactic Primer into a full digital expansion, with artwork. Many additional worlds, factions and hazards. Random generation tables for factions, anomalies and planetary terrain. Jump Points (quick-start missions, situations and opportunities).
STRETCH GOAL REACHED! Far Beyond Humanity ($10,000): A modular, digital expansion for character creation. New, inhuman Origins; robots, mutants, multiple kinds of alien. New, bizarre and supernatural Career Paths to combine with the base careers; psionics, mutations, mysticism, cybernetics, etc. New upgrades for weapons, loadouts and vehicles; living, phasing, intelligent, shapeshifting and more.
Character Generator App ($12,500): Build your character by choosing careers, origins, skills and assets with an easy to use interface. Either print it out, or use it directly on your phone/tablet to keep your character up to date. Will include the origins, careers and equipment from Far Beyond Humanity.
Risks and challenges
First Time Kickstarter: An ambitious project for a first-time Kickstarter? What could possibly go wrong? A lot of things, really. Fortunately, there are a number of experienced friends and community members in the wings to provide support.
Text is Largely Complete: The rules themselves are done. However, updates/changes from the playtests need to be integrated, and and the rules need to be transcribed into a more user-friendly format, from design document to finished ruleset.
I Have Created Life: Fair warning, my first child is due in late April, early May. The super-mega-dontscrewthisup important role of fatherhood will necessarily keep me away from the computer. I will try my best to keep up with the community and provide regular updates. If I get less coherent after May, this is why.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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