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Jim BrandoBy Jim Brando
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Jim BrandoBy Jim Brando
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$476
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The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, August 1 2013 6:40 PM UTC +00:00

About

What is Masters of Creation?

Masters of Creation is a tabletop pen and paper role-playing game that seeks to bring together classical fantasy role-playing and modern game design in support of a more customized narrative experience. 

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the Kickstarter campaign page for the Masters of Creation role-playing game. My name is Jim, and I am the writer and game designer of the Masters of Creation role-playing game, which I have been working on for a little over two years now. My goals were to create a game that brought back the nostalgia of the eighties and nineties fantasy role-playing experience while applying more modern game design elements, such as modular rule-sets, narrative focus and character customization. 

I've gathered together a team consisting of myself, an artist (Desiree Morris, DCAD, Illustration) and a programmer (Jolene Williams, Wilkes University, Computer Science). Together, we have been working towards producing a modern pen and paper fantasy role-playing game that uses online tools, simple rules and clear illustration to provide its players with a quick to play and easy to learn role-playing experience.

People's Unity, Arkterra by Desiree Morris
People's Unity, Arkterra by Desiree Morris

Is Masters of Creation a source-book for another game system?

No. Masters of Creation is an entirely new game system with its own custom setting, system and mechanics.

This is an entirely new game - new system, new mechanics, new races, new everything. The game is set in a fantasy world of original design, with elements inspired by Greek and Indian mythology as well as traditional western fantasy. The game-play mechanics are derived from an exploration of mechanics found in video/computer role-playing games, board games, customizable card games and, of course, past pen and paper role-playing games. 

Why an original system? There were a number of things I wanted player characters in my game to be able to do: I wanted them to interrupt combat in a reactive manner, rather than acting passively as turns are taken; I wanted them to have abilities that they could rely on and risks they could take that would remain meaningful as they advanced in power; and I wanted the game to be simple enough to play that you didn't need to reference a series of complex charts and procedural rules while playing. The laundry list of things I wanted to accomplish suggested to me that I ought to make my own system. So I did. 

What will this project fund?

This project will be used to fund the completion of the online game-play tools that I am having our programmer develop for the game.

The Masters of Creation core rulebook will be released regardless of whether or not this Kickstarter campaign is successful. I'm not doing this to get the game published. Rather, the purpose of this campaign is to make funds available so that our programmer can get to work developing tools to enhance the speed and quality of your play. I'm hoping to have both an online user-updated encounter database and a random encounter generator that does the work of developing NPCs for you. If we reach our funding goal, I can get enough money into our programmer's hands to make this a reality. 

Of course, I'm not adverse to improving the core rulebook if I exceed my funding goal. That is why I am providing the following stretch goals:

GOALS

$1,000 - FUNDED. Electronic tools are provided to improve game-play. The more money we raise, the more time our programmer can spend working on the tools we need to make your game-play experience faster and more enjoyable. 

$3,500 - Improved design. Right now the core rule-book is being designed with a simple art/text layout and simple border. If we get $3,500, the books will receive a design overhaul as I call in a design team to maximize your book browsing experience.

$7,000 - Full color .pdf documents. Currently the core rulebook looks like it will be 375-400 pages (before taking the index into account), which will be illustrated in black and white. If we get $7,000, I will have the artwork for the .pdf documents colorized.

Merumar by Desiree Morris
Merumar by Desiree Morris

$10,000 - More Art. If I get to this point, I will commission more artists to work on illustrating the core rulebook, improving the value of your book rewards.

Burrow Elves by Desiree Morris
Burrow Elves by Desiree Morris

$20,000 - Even More Art. I will commission even more artwork, improving the value of your book rewards even more.

So, I heard there would be a Beta-Test ...

You heard right! Beta-testing commences NOW and will last until the date of the game's publication in the fall of this year. How do you get in the beta-test? Beta testing is now open to the public! Learn all about how to access the beta test materials right here:

Opening Beta

We plan to beta test until the date of release, in order to provide our players with the best possible game-play experience. 

What if I want to support you but I don't want to do so through Kickstarter?

Don't worry! If you would rather help fund this project without going through the Kickstarter process, there is a way! I have provided a donation button on the game website that will allow you to transfer funds through PayPal! While you won't be eligible for all of the rewards listed for this Kickstarter campaign, we will still send you a .pdf document copy of the rulebook once the book enters publication (provided you have donated $10 or more, of course!)

The PayPal donation button can be found here: http://mastersofcreationrpg.com/want-to-help/

And that's it! Thank you so much for making this project a success! Good gaming!

Ashuran by Desiree Morris
Ashuran by Desiree Morris

Risks and challenges

The Masters of Creation core rulebook will be published, regardless of whether or not this Kickstarter campaign is successful. The only question is: how good will the game be when it is published? If I meet my minimum goal, there is no anticipated delay in your rewards. At worst, I might have a collaborator become ill or otherwise be precluded from completing work on time. In this situation, I would either negotiate with the collaborator to redistribute work or extend the publication deadline to ensure quality. In any event, so long as you have contributed, you would still have a copy of the beta test text to enjoy prior to the date your rewards are ready to ship. I would also likely produce some gaming scenarios to tide supporters over while waiting for production to finish.

In addition, if we meet our higher stretch goals, we will have some new talent coming on board to help produce and promote the game. This may delay the date of publication - but only because the rewards' production quality will be significantly improved!

Of course, this is my first published game, so there may be risks and challenges that, even after I have done my due diligence, I could not foresee. Rest assured that I am not one to leave a completed project lying on the shelf. I want this game published as much as anyone - probably more than anyone. I will do everything within my power to bring this project to fruition.

- Jim

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    Esteemed Lord or Lady - You will be attributed as a contributor on the Masters of Creation website once the project has been fully funded. There will be a special page designed to share your honor with the entire internet!

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    Most Esteemed Lord or Lady - You will be attributed as a contributor in the Masters of Creation core rulebook, on a page just behind the title page and three pages in from the cover of the book. You will also be featured prominently on the Masters of Creation website above the names of the Esteemed Lords and Ladies.

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    Seeker of the Book - For $10, you will receive attribution as a Most Esteemed Lord/Lady and you will be provided with a complimentary .pdf copy of the full core rulebook once it enters publication. Stretch Goal: Under $7,000, B&W art. Over $7,000, full color.

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    Maker of the Book: - All the benefits of Seeker of the Book, and your version of the .pdf copy of the full core rule-book will come with a .pdf document of a game scenario designed by the author. Exclusive to this Kickstarter campaign.

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    Keeper of Secrets - All the benefits of Maker of the Book, and you will also receive one of three .pdf documents outlining some of the secret lore of the Aldemak world setting when the core rulebook is published. Exclusive to this Kickstarter campaign.

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    Keeper of the Book - All the benefits of Keeper of Secrets, except that you receive all three .pdf documents outlining the secret lore of the Aldemak world setting when the book enters publication. Exclusive to this Kickstarter campaign.

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    Master of the Book - All the benefits of Keeper of the Book, plus you will receive a complimentary physical copy of the core rulebook once it enters publication. S&H covered for supporters in the United States. Stretch Goal: Under $20,000: Perfect Bound Softcover. Over $20,000: Casewrap Hardcover.

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    Magister - All the benefits of Master of the Book, plus your physical copy of the core rulebook will be signed and shipped to you by the author. S&H is covered for supporters in the United States.

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    Archmage - All the benefits of Grand Magister, plus you will receive an original piece of art by someone on our design team (likely our lead artist, Desiree Morris), which we will commission just for you. S&H is covered for U.S. supporters.

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    Genius Loci - All the benefits of Archmage, plus the author will write a short story about any character of your choice that you create using the Masters of Creation core rulebook beta test materials and insert the story in the core rulebook. Legal Stuff: Characters must have names appropriate for readers of all ages and may not be vulgar or hateful in any way. The creation of the characters will be attributed to the characters' creator. By applying for this reward, you consent to the use of such character in the Masters of Creation core rulebook, with no further compensation other than attribution and the other benefits of this reward tier.

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    First Principle - Wow. At this level of funding, it is difficult to imagine a sufficient reward. Your copy of the core rulebook will be a Kickstarter exclusive casewrap hardcover book with the additional lore information added to it, signed by the entire design team and produced with an alternate cover. S&H is covered. Otherwise, same as Genius Loci.

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