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Wiseguys, a Las Vegas Mafia setting and guide to organized crime for the Savage Worlds Roleplaying Game.
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The books are open and it's time to get made! You've come to the right place. This is the Kickstarter for Wiseguys: The Savage Guide to Organized Crime for the Savage Worlds Adventure Edition (SWADE)! We’re running this campaign in order to fund the production of the full Wiseguys reference book and accompanying Wiseguys Player’s Guide resource (as explained in more detail below).

  “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.” 

Sample layout of the interior and 3d mock up of the book cover with artwork by Anna Jarmolowska
Sample layout of the interior and 3d mock up of the book cover with artwork by Anna Jarmolowska

Wiseguys: The Savage Guide to Organized Crime is a crime setting inspired by the movie Casino by Martin Scorsese, and crime fiction movies by Quentin Tarantino of the 90s such as Reservoir Dogs. It includes character options, setting rules, and a robust bestiary that can be used to run campaigns featuring organized crime protagonists or antagonists.

Daring heists, high-speed chases, turf wars, networking shenanigans, hijackings, mob hits, and desert hole digging await you in Wiseguys as you retake the city that was once yours – all the while dealing with the tribulations of your personal and professional life!

You can learn more about Wiseguys by downloading the free JumpStart, here. It contains a primer, new character options, a Mob Tale and pregenerated characters. Eric Lamoureux was also interviewed by his peers on the Wild Die Podcast about Wiseguys. You can listen to the episode, here.

The book is 90% written. The funds collected here will be used to commission more artwork and pay for editing and additional writing. A sample of the illustrations from our stellar roster of artists that you'll find in the book are presented here on this page. If you like what you see, consider helping us fill the pages of your books with more of these fantastic illustrations!

If this project gets funded, Alliante Entertainment will offer full Wiseguys support on the fantastic Savaged.us, the excellent one-stop application for character, vehicle, power armor, starship, and walker creation as well as other handy tools for the Savage Worlds role playing game (RPG). 

Chase in the desert by Dim Martin
Chase in the desert by Dim Martin

All backers will receive the Wiseguys Player’s Guide, which contains select chapters (setting primer, Setting Rules, character creation rules, and gear) from the setting book and a site license so that the Don (Game Master) can share it with the rest of the group. At the Caporegime reward level and higher, you will also receive a voucher to print as many copies of the Player's Guide as you need (at cost) for your entire group!

Finally, we've decided to sweeten the pot with the Comp Package.

The Comp Package is our way of saying thank you by throwing in some free extras for you. This digital package will grow with each stretch goal we reach.

Right now it contains the Denizens of Wiseguys card deck. This standard poker size deck of cards will include all NPCs from the book (approximately 120)in both PDF (so that you can print it at home) and jpeg (so that you can use it with your virtual tabletop of choice). It will also be available as Print on Demand (at cost) to the Caporegime level and higher. 

Here's what has been unlocked so far:

  • Character sheet and GM Screen Inserts for Wiseguys: The Savage Guide to Organized Crime by Karl Keesler
  • Modern Floorplan Bundle #1 by Fabled Environments: Nightclub, An Average Modern Bowling Alley, Hotel, St. Michael's Pub – An Average Modern Dive Bar, and Streetscapes. 
  • Bundle of One Sheets by industry dons and donnas such as John Goff, Darrell Hardy, Karl Keesler, Pete Spahn, Robin English-Bircher, and Brian Reeves.
  • Modern Floorplan Bundle #2 by Fabled Environments: An Average Modern Shopping Mall, Apartment Complex. 
  • Modern Floorplan Bundle #3 by Fabled Environments: Diner, Neighborhood Drugstore, Two-Story Warehouse, An Average Modern Fast Food Restaurant, n Average Garage and Gas Station 

Furthermore, to show you just how versatile and useful Wiseguys: The Savage Guide to Organized Crime is, we've teamed up with other Savage Worlds publishers (Aces) to offer a bundle of one sheet crossovers! Savage Mojo is offering a multi-realm adventure, hopping between settings chasing the Syndicate down. Happy Monster Press is in with a crossover of Legion of Liberty: Superheroes of 1776. Zadmar Games chimes in with a Saga of the Goblin Horde crossover One Sheet titled "Baking Bad" along with 2-3 pages of conversion guidelines for running Saga of the Goblin Horde as a modern day crime setting! Next up we have a One Sheet scenario that takes place at a mining colony at the edge of the galaxy by Middle Kingdoms Adventure & Trading Company. The Rocky Mountain Savages offer a crossover with their upcoming setting called S.W.A.T. : Spells, Weapons & Tactics, which is like COPS meets Lord of the Rings.  “Wiseguys of Wonderland” is the title for Battlefield Press' Gaslight universe in which the caterpillar is a mafia boss.  

You'll also receive a Casino gambling area foorplan in digital format!

Toffguys (provisional title), a 90s London sourcebook featuring locations, personalities, adventure seeds and an adventure generator by Owen Lean, Harrison Hunt and Nikk Lambley. This is a digital product.

Wiseguys at Con on the Cob 2018
Wiseguys at Con on the Cob 2018
  • Loads of information on the American Mafia, aka La Cosa Nostra, including history, rites of passage, the hierarchy, and how to operate a racket.
  • Primers for the drug cartels, Chinese Triads, and the 1% motorcycle clubs
  • A Las Vegas gazetteer
  • New Setting Rules 
  • Fourteen new Hindrances 
  • Thirty-three new Edges
  • New gear, including weapons, vehicles, and cheating implements
  • Over 70 new Organizations and Contacts for your Connections Edge or antagonists.
  • Tips on how to run a Wiseguys campaign
  • An adventure generator
  • Over 200 adventure seeds and hooks
  • 3 introductory Mob Tales
  • Alternate campaign ideas
  • An extensive modern bestiary (Mugshot Gallery)
  • Much more

Wiseguys will be between 170-200 pages (after layout) in the 8.5" X 11" (US Letter Size) format and in full color. 

Safecracker by Chaim Garcia
Safecracker by Chaim Garcia

Here are examples of the full size character portraits you can expect to receive at the Underboss and Boss level.

Bell Bottom Brigade assassin and an Elvis Impersonator by Mike Tenebrae
Bell Bottom Brigade assassin and an Elvis Impersonator by Mike Tenebrae

We are using DriveThruRPG to fulfill this Kickstarter. 

Print on Demand vouchers allow you to purchase the book at cost plus shipping to your home. This means that if it costs me 4 dollars to make the book, that's what you pay, in addition to the shipping costs. I don't collect any revenue off of POD books. This is simply a way to help you save some money if you wish to have everything in print.

Once I put a product on sale in Print on Demand, I send you an email with your Voucher, which is essentially a coupon. It comes in the form of a URL linking to the product. You click on the link, and it automatically adjusts the price to my cost to print the book. Then, you simply check out like you would any other time you purchase a product. Shipping is then added to the total. At that point, you complete the transaction and you're done!

Here are the estimated printing and shipping costs for the products we offer as Print on Demand. We will send a survey when the Kickstarter campaign is over where you can choose your preference between Soft and Hard cover for Wiseguys: The Savage Guide to Organized Crime. The Player's Guide will be available in Softcover only.

Wiseguys: The Guide to Organized Crime Premium Color Softcover: $16-19

Wiseguys: The Guide to Organized Crime Premium Color Hardcover: $21-24

Wiseguys: Player's Guide Premium Color Softcover: $7

Denizens of Wiseguys Card Deck: $11 (with a plastic deckbox available at checkout for $1)

A heist gone wrong by Anna Jarmolowska
A heist gone wrong by Anna Jarmolowska

We have some amazing stretch goals lined up for this kickstarter. We have One Sheet bundles, floor plans, GM screen inserts, Fantasy Grounds integration, and more!

(UNLOCKED)$5500 Karl Keesler will make a character sheet and GM Screen Inserts for Wiseguys: The Savage Guide to Organized Crime.

(UNLOCKED)$6000 Modern Floorplan Bundle #1 by Fabled Environments:

  • Modern Floorplans: Nightclub
  • Modern Floorplans: An Average Modern Bowling Alley
  • Modern Floorplans: Hotel
  • Modern Floorplans: St. Michael's Pub – An Average Modern Dive Bar
  • Modern Floorplans: Streetscapes

(UNLOCKED)$6500 Bundle of One Sheets by industry dons and donnas such as John Goff, Darrell Hardy, Karl Keesler, Pete Spahn, Robin English-Bircher, and Brian Reeves.

(UNLOCKED)$7000 Modern Floorplan Bundle #2 by Fabled Environments: 

  • Modern Floorplans: An Average Modern Shopping Mall
  • Modern Floorplans: Apartment Complex

(UNLOCKED)$7500 Fantasy Grounds support. Please note that this doesn’t grant a free copy of Fantasy Grounds or the Wiseguys module, it just ensures that the Wiseguys module will be available at the Fantasy Grounds store for use with the program. Perry Chalmers will work closely with us to develop the modules.

(UNLOCKED)$8000 Modern Floorplan Bundle #3 by Fabled Environments:  

  • Modern Floorplans: Diner
  • Modern Floorplans: Neighborhood Drugstore
  • Modern Floorplans: Two-Story Warehouse
  • Modern Floorplans: An Average Modern Fast Food Restaurant
  • Oakview Fuel and Garage: An Average Garage and Gas Station

(UNLOCKED)$9000 primers for the Yakuza, Russian Bratva and the Sicilian mafia added to the book and written by Gilbert Gallo and John Riggs.

(UNLOCKED)$11,000 Toffguys (provisional title), a 90s London sourcebook featuring locations, personalities, adventure seeds and an adventure generator by Owen Lean, Harrison Hunt and Nikk Lambley. This is a digital product.

(UNLOCKED)$12,000 Toffguys (provisional title) will be in print on demand and every backer at the Caporegime level or higher will receive a voucher to get a copy at cost.

A hit on the Mafia Boss by Dim Martin
A hit on the Mafia Boss by Dim Martin

Eric Lamoureux: Project manager, designer and lead writer. Eric has been designing Savage Worlds products for over 6 years both as a freelancer writer and for Just Insert Imagination. You may know him for Fuhgeddaboudit!, or as one of the co-hosts of the Wild Die Podcast.

Morne Schaap: Layout, graphic design, cartography, and illustrations. Morne is the founder of Just Insert Imagination and successfully funded and fulfilled Winter Eternal on Indiegogo in 2015.

Scott W.: Consultation and additional writing.

Pete Spahn: Additional writing.  Pete Spahn has worked as a freelancer for over twenty years publishing fiction, role-playing adventures, sourcebooks, and gaming aids for a variety of games and systems. He is most famous for two things---publishing WWII: Operation WhiteBox and not being James M. Spahn.  

Anna Jarmolowska: Illustrations.  Anna is from Poland and works as a 2D graphic designer in gamedev and as a freelance illustrator. She's worked as an illustrator for card games, book and RPG games. Over last few ears she had the chance to work on projects like Road Redemption, Warzone Resurection, Beasts and Barbarians, Tiny Gladiators 2, Witch CreekRoad, and of course Wiseguys. She enjoys working on new and different projects, trying new art styles and learning new techniques. That's why she's always open for new orders. You can find out more about her work and designs here.

Karl Keesler: Graphic Design. Karl is the art director, graphic designer and writer for the ENnie award winning Dog House Rules in which he worked on Frontier Towns: Fort Griffin Savaged, Savaged Six Guns and Trailer Park Shark Attack! He has also worked with Pinnacle Entertainment supplying the trade dress for the Savage Worlds Adventure Edition set of rules. He has also crafted custom character sheets for Olympus Inc, Buccaneer: Through Hell and High Water and Mythic Gazetteer: Blackwood. Karl is also well-known in the RPG community for his high action convention scenarios with props, terrain, custom miniatures and unique character sheets.

Dim Martin: Illustrations. Born in Athens, Greece, Dim was raised surrounded by art and a loving family. He would fill hundreds of notebook pages with his first black & white drawings and stories inspired by World War II and combat comics. After winning a national comic competition and an art school scholarship, he started to work more seriously on illustrations. Art for Modiphius's Achtung!Cthulhu was a "breakthrough" moment for him. He's currently also collaborating with comic publisher Delcourt in France.

Gilbert Gallo: Additional writing. Like any superhero wannabe, Gilbert has a secret identity: during the day he helps people with his healing powers, while at night he creates fantastic universes where incredible characters live out amazing adventures! For some years now he has devoted himself to writing manuals, settings, and adventures for tabletop RPGs. Currently, he works as a freelance for a number of publishers.

He has created and contributed to more than 20 titles published in several languages, among them English, Polish, and Italian. A sample of his RPG work: Rockopolis (Minòs Games - 2018), Olympus Inc. (Fabled Environments, 2017), Darkmoor (Acchiappasogni 2015), Voodoo Pirates (GRAmel, 2015), and Mythos Savage Worlds edition (Mystical Throne Entertainment, 2013) 

Mike Tenebrae: Illustrations.  

Fabricio Fagundes: Illustrations. Winter Eternal (Brazilian Portugese Edition)

John Riggs: Editing and additional writing. All this mysterious stranger and adventurous daredevil will tell anyone is that he’s got a background in “professional high-risk problem-solving”. Also, he sometimes acts as a consultant and writes things. Good luck getting him to tell you more. Everyone calls him “Riggs” but most have no idea who he is. That’s just the way he likes it.

Perry Chalmers: Consultation and Smiteworks community developer.

Hustler in the casino by Mike Tenebrae
Hustler in the casino by Mike Tenebrae

Risks and challenges

Wiseguys is 90% written and has been playtested over the last 2 years. All that is left to write are the rewards (you can become a character in the book). We also kept the structure, rewards and stretch goals simple. This was all done in an effort to minimize potential delays and assure the delivery of this project.
That said, life tends to happen. We are pretty happy with the team we've put together to finalize the production of this project but know other qualified professionals that can replace a contributor in case something unfortunate might happen to them.
*Crossover Disclaimer: We have lots of Crossovers from our various partners heading your way and want to make it clear that each one is the responsibility of their various owners. We’ll distribute the documents as they’re given to us. Please note Just Insert Imagination cannot guarantee their quality, creation, or delivery.

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