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It's a superteam. It's a Rat Pack homage. It's written by Christopher McGlothlin (TIME OF CRISIS, TIME OF VENGEANCE, GOLDEN AGE, NOIR).
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Australian billionaire, genius, the world's greatest archer, and costumed introvert.
Australian billionaire, genius, the world's greatest archer, and costumed introvert.

 One of the masters of the superhero RPG genre, Christopher McGlothlin (Time of Crisis, Time of Vengeance, Golden Age, Noir, Freedom City Rogue's Gallery, Earth Prime Atlas), has a new book. It's called World Defenders: The Summit. It’s a fun supplement about a team of superheroes. (Or supervillains, if you prefer.) It’s also been beautifully illustrated in full color by Storn Cook, whose work has appeared in hundreds of RPG products over the years.  

In fact, World Defenders: The Summit actually marks the beginning of a new era in Chris' career. The release of this book will be the first product from Chris's new imprint GHOST SHOW PRESS. Yes, Chris has decided to hang out his own shingle and produce his own projects. There's more on that below in the Creative Team section.

The cover...yay!
The cover...yay!

World Defenders: The Summit includes everything you need to know to use the Summit, a United Nations-backed superteam, in your own game: the team’s historical background, their personal and UN resources (HQ, vehicles, and more), their adversaries, adventure hooks for the team, and advice on how to use the Summit as a gang of bad guys instead of good guys. Of course, you also get detailed writeups, and full color art, for the six core members:  

  • The Constable, who wields his Physique Incroyable on behalf of the downtrodden everywhere while also enjoying a single-malt Scotch.
  • Tidal Wave, a Brazilian YouTube superstar and master of water. Oh, and he’s dating a supermodel. 
  • Swiftsure, a Welshman and SAS veteran whose exposure to time-travel experiments has given him superspeed. 
  • Destiny, a hero and warrior whose fighting skills have been honed over many lifetimes, as both a man and a woman. 
  • Conjurer, an Ethiopian by descent, an Israeli Jew by birth, he wields divine power to protect and heal his comrades. 
  • Blue Bolt, the third Australian woman to bear the name, this Blue Bolt brings investigative and technical skills to the team. 

The core product uses Mutants & Masterminds 3e. But this Kickstarter also funds the Conversion Pack for ICONS, SUPERS!, Savage Worlds and HERO System. A Conversion Pack is a separate product which will include that game system stats for the entire team. If you fund us at any level, you get PDFs of both products! 

Stretch goals will unlock Conversion Packs for Mighty Protectors and Fate Core. Each will get its own Conversion Pack with stats for the entire team.

The Eternal Warrior has returned, and this time, hate is her enemy.
The Eternal Warrior has returned, and this time, hate is her enemy.
 
Victim of violence, advocate for peace, wielder of the Rod of Aaron.
Victim of violence, advocate for peace, wielder of the Rod of Aaron.

 Creative Team

Fainting Goat Games is the publishing company owned and operated by Mike Lafferty. FGG will be publishing World Defenders: The Summit.

Ghost Show Press is the outré vision of longtime writer/game-designer Prof. Christopher McGlothlin, M.Ed. In the tradition of the original ghost shows that thrilled drive-in movie theater patrons all across mid-century rural America, GSP brings the pure imagination of carnival wonderment to tabletop role-playing games and other media.  

GSP will be working with top creators, premier publishers, and new talent on diverse projects to bring their wildest notions to print. Our formula is simple: treat the talent well, do right by our audience, and together have as much fun as possible.  

So buy the ticket, take the ride. We've got a triple horror-movie fright fest, a magician sawing people in half on stage, digging up a man buried alive a week ago, spirit materialization of celebrities like Elvis and the Beatles, and actual monsters abducting unsuspecting customers from the audience.  

And more.

Prof. Christopher McGlothlin, M.Ed. A freelance writer and designer for the last twenty years, Prof. McG is a lifelong Virginian whose prior works have been published by PEG, WEG, Guildhall Press, Gold Rush Games, Spectrum Games, Comic Images, and Fainting Goat Games. He holds bachelor of science degrees in political science and journalism, as well as a master’s in education, from Radford University. For the past 23 years, he has taught social sciences on the secondary and collegiate levels. His hobbies include outré cinema, the Miami Dolphins, MST3K, and the JSA. All good things in his life are made possible by God and his Awesome Wife Tanith.

Storn Cook has been one of the most talented and prolific artists in the world of games for more than twenty years, with work appearing in hundreds of titles.

Walt Robillard, the brains behind Hazard Studios, will create stats for the Summit using the SUPERS system. This will be released as a separate PDF, but all backers will get it for free.

Jason Walters, who knows Hero so well he bought the System, will do stat blocks for the entire team. This will be a separate PDF, but all backers will get it for free.

Jason Tondro, author of the Super Villain Handbook and the Savage Worlds Conversion Pack for that book, will work his magic on the Summit to create Savage stat blocks for the team. This will be a separate PDF, but all backers will get it for free.

The Constable drinks a toast to you, pallie, for backing this Kickstarter.
The Constable drinks a toast to you, pallie, for backing this Kickstarter.

 FULFILLMENT

We will be using OneBookShelf (DrivethruRPG and RPGNOW) for POD and pdf fulfillment.

Fulfillment by OBS
Fulfillment by OBS

 A NOTE ON SAVAGE WORLDS

Savage, baby
Savage, baby

Three Items regarding Savage Worlds

1) This game references the Savage Worlds game system, available from Pinnacle Entertainment Group at www.peginc.com. Savage Worlds and all associated logos and trademarks are copyrights of Pinnacle Entertainment Group. Used with permission. Pinnacle makes no representation or warranty as to the quality, viability, or suitability for purpose of this product.

2) We need to point out that the SW conversion will be a separate release - as will all of our system conversions. 

3) The official publisher of this product is Fainting Goat Games

Risks and challenges

1) The manuscript is done
2) The art is done
3) This Kickstarter is just to cover art, layout and system conversion costs

There really isn't much risk at this point. The labor has been completed, except for layout. We have developers standing by to convert the M&M versions of the Summit into ICONS, SUPERS, Hero, and Savage Worlds, as those stretch goals are reached.

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    First Responder: PDF

    Did you buy World Defenders: The Summit already? Fainting Goat released an early Mutants & Masterminds version of this product without art or conversion to any additional systems. If you already bought that and would like to get in on this new Kickstarter, this is the pledge tier for you!

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    Blue Helmet: PDF Level

    First, you get the deluxe, beautified PDF edition of World Defenders: The Summit, with stats for Mutants & Masterminds. You’ll also get the Conversion Pack for ICONS, SUPERS! Savage Worlds and HERO System, A Conversion Pack is a separate PDF which includes the stats for all six members of the Summit. But that’s not all! If we hit the various stretch goals, you will get the PDF Conversion Packs for those systems too.

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    Like the First Responder: PDF level, this is for backers who have already purchased World Defenders: The Summit when FGG published a no-frills version last year. If you did that, and you want the new and improved Print on Demand book version of World Defenders: The Summit, this is the pledge level for you.

    You get the PDF of World Defenders: the Summit for Mutants & Masterminds, the Conversion Pack PDFs for ICONS, SUPERS!, Savage Worlds and HERO System, and PDFs of any stretch goals we hit. And you will be able to buy the Print on Demand version of World Defenders: the Summit at cost. That means you'll pay RPGNow for the printing and shipping, but you'll get the full color book for the same cost we would pay to print it.

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    World Defender: POD Level

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