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About this project

Against the Axis is a WW2 era superhero RPG supplement written by gaming luminary Steve Perrin for the ICONS, SUPERS! and Savage Worlds. All three systems will be funded by the primary goal!

SO - Who is Steve Perrin? Steve Perrin is a game designer who has written game materials for Chaosium and TSR. He is probably most famous for creating the role-playing game RuneQuest along with the role-playing games Stormbringer, Worlds of Wonder, Elfquest, and Superworld while also at Chaosium. He has also worked for Interplay Productions, Maxis, Spectrum Holobyte, FASA, Hero Games, West End Games, and Iron Crown Enterprises. He has done extensive work for ICONS - including writing the history section for Stark City

Dr. Comics (aka Professor Jason Tondro) has this to say about Against the Axis: "From subterranean Vril to the Man with Green Gloves, from Panzer mecha to Nazi supermen fueled by Asgardian beer, this book has everything you never knew you always needed to run a Golden Age campaign." 

Chuck Rice of Mayfar Games says: "Steve Perrin delivers a wonderful trip into the Golden Age of Comics. Along the way, he provides some WWII history, some comics history, and a lot of great villains for your heroes to fight and heroes for them to interact with or play. If you want to take a trip to WWII for the ICONS system, you should buy Against the Axis!" 

Steve Kenson, ICONS creator says : “Industry veteran Steve Perrin delivers both classic Golden Age comic book style and a wealth of useful information for Game Masters interested in World War II-era adventures or an entire series. A must-have expansion for the Stark City setting!" 

Sean Patrick Fannon (Shaintar, Savage Rifts, Modern Gods) says: "One thing my friend, Steve Perrin, knows better than almost anyone else in gaming is World War II era of the Golden Age, especially as it applies to superhero gaming. He is deservedly a legend in gaming circles that quite literally go back to the beginning of gaming, both as a GM and as a writer/designer. This book is an incredible treat - not just for Stark City fans, but for anyone wishing to run rollicking, two-fisted heroic adventures across the world of the Golden Age. One-part total expertise with the subject, one-part masterful prose for the tone, and one-part genuine love of the era you won't find in another source = the perfect book for this genre."

The ICONS version of the manuscript is complete and will be ready for download to backers on the day of launch. The Savage Worlds and SUPERS! versions are already in the process of being converted. Perrin is penning the Savage Worlds translation while Hazard Studios head Walt Robillard is doing the SUPERS! conversion. 

Additionally, Pinnacle Entertainment Group has been kind enough to let us the equipment and vehicle stats from Weird War 2 in this new superhero setting. Many Thanks to them. 

Fainting Goat Games has struck a deal with long-time fan-favorite publishing house Heroic Comics that allows us to use several of their Golden Age characters in this setting. In addition, Heroic will be publishing a special Golden Age comic written by Steve Perrin that ties in with Against the Axis. You can order it here: http://www.heroicmultiverse.com/heroicpub/previews/preview.php?ic=lx09. Any money we raise past our last stretch goal will be contributed to help defray the publication costs of this comic. 

At 3,600 - Clint Black (Savage Worlds), pens the ultimate Wild Cards of the Against the Axis Campaign:

The Voice of D.O.O.M. The world is plunged in war, but not everyone has chosen sides. The Defense and Overt Operations Mercenaries work for themselves. Commanded by the mysterious and reclusive General Bedlam, these soldiers of fortune engage in a variety of missions across the globe, often crossing paths with heroes. Led by his four lieutenants, the super-powered DoomSayers, Bedlam’s Doom Troopers sometimes stand opposed to the champions but occasionally beside them. In a game of the highest stakes, D.O.O.M. is the wild card.

 At this level we can unlock HERO System Support for Against the Axis!

Well - the manuscript is available for download immediately after backing at any amount. If you check out our facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Againsttheaxis/), you can see extensive previews of the manuscript and of the accompanying art. We've also got 4 of the characters from the book available for free on RPGNOW

 Sonneadler - http://www.rpgnow.com/product/168912/Against-the-Axis-KS-Preview-Sonneadler

 Sinder Ella - http://www.rpgnow.com/product/169181/Against-the-Axis-KS-Preview-Sinder-Ella

Blauer Max - http://www.rpgnow.com/product/170205/Against-the-Axis-KS-Preview-Blauer-Max

Doctor Arcane - http://www.rpgnow.com/product/169697/Against-the-Axis-KS-Preview-Doctor-Arcane

Got your preferred tier all set up and want a little extra? Try these add on's to your pledge to make Against the Axis all the more epic! Simply increase your pledge to reflect your intended add-on and mark it down during the backer survey.

Game Master Screen [Icons] $2 ($4 Print - User pays shipping) : Screen inserts for Against the Axis. Front Facing has two panels of art. Second two front facing has quick reference for players (gun stats, vehicles, game mechanics). Inside has System Cheat sheets, Player sheet cards (to track who is who at the table), equipment list common to the time and army, quick "metahuman" panel for villains on the fly.

SUPERS! Screen $2 ($4 Print - User pays shipping): Containing panels from the original screen, this special edition for Against the Axis also has genre and period specific details that a Judge might need at the table.

Against the Axis Poster Map $5 (User pays shipping): Featuring artwork from the book, the map lists events as they unfold with key plot points as well as year delineations to tell when they happen.

SUPER POWERED 5$: Add the PDF of SUPERS! Revised Edition (Through the Kickstarter ONLY).

Enemies of Freedom 5$: An Against the Axis Expansion! This supplement details, 6 brand new villains of the axis, agents and troops of the war, and Rapid Deployment Missions.  The three mission appendix brings your heroes to the German Front, Stark City, and onto the Pacific!

Fast, Furious, Figures! $2 Per set 6$ Prints (Users pay shipping): Figure flats from the game.

  • Set 1: German Axis and Superpowers 
  • Set 2: Japanese Axis and Superpowers 
  • Set 3: Italian Axis and Superpowers 
  • Set 4: Heroes of the Front 
  • Set 5: Heroes of Stark City 
  • Set 6: Allied Vehicles 
  • Set 7: Axis Vehicles.

Risks and challenges

Every project has its hiccups but Hazard Studio and Fainting Goat Games have a good record to deliver their rewards.

We are currently working with the backers from our last project to get out the physical rewards to them and additional rewards are being worked on.

For Against the Axis, we are working with a big cast who have a lot of experience producing projects like this. We hope to keep problems to a minimum.

Potential pitfalls could include problems with production, art delays, and problems with Axis Superhumans defrosting to cause trouble. The key to any collaborative effort is communication and we will endeavor to keep backers informed.

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    Diesel Powered Construction: You get the pdf and certificate for a POD hardcopy from RPGNOW at cost (ie you will pay printing and shipping costs). In addition,we will host a Hangout on Air and will walk you through Character Creation to develop your own golden age hero. Once complete, we will submit the description to one of our artists and have a character drawn up in Stark City Style! Your character will be returned to you on an Official Stark City digital character sheet.

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    Stark City Express... You get the pdf and certificate for a POD hardcopy from RPGNOW at cost (ie you will pay printing and shipping costs). In addition, Walt will run a game set in Against the Axis for you and up to 5 friends on Roll20.

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