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Phase Shift RPG: Robots, Lasers, Wizards and Explosions!

Phase Shift is a scifi/fantasy tabletop RPG set in the far future, featuring magic, lasers, robots, and explosions!

Phase Shift RPG: Robots, Lasers, Wizards and Explosions!

Phase Shift is a scifi/fantasy tabletop RPG set in the far future, featuring magic, lasers, robots, and explosions!

$438
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24
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, May 18 2014 1:24 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated May 18, 2014

About

Find us at phaseshiftgame.com, or on Twitter @phaseshiftgame or @IGNAgency. Or our Facebook page!

Phase Shift is a tabletop RPG, set in the far future, in a universe where science and technology are hybridized. You're as likely to see a cyberthaumic warp core as a cannon that shoots healing explosives. Also, you can fight a cyber angel as a LASER MAGE. Look me in the eye and tell me that's not awesome.

We're raising funds in order to get a large print run for our first release! We are also getting money to start a tour of conventions in the general area around Washington, DC! Printing a manual the way we want it to be costs a lot, especially when we're dealing with full-color art and quality materials. This is a standalone RPG system, completely separate from all existing systems, and we're trying our best to keep it an independent project! You know you love indie stuff! This is as indie as it gets!

Phase Shift is gameplay unleashed! It takes a lot more involvement from players because they have to be much more creative and involved about their character choices. We streamline fighting so that you don't have to worry about what you can do. Basically, you can do whatever you want, as long as it's something your character COULD do. Ever wondered why in SOME games *cough*dragons*cough* you can't just try to grab someone and toss them off a cliff using Unarmed Combat? Well, if you haven't wondered that, you SHOULD! 

The setting is pretty awesome. Factions control the galaxy, and mercenaries are in extremely high demand, due to the chaotic things that happened after two universes, one magic-filled and one scientific, merged in a dramatic event called the Phase Shift (hence the name). Gods took physical form (and started laying claim to people's souls), psychics began appearing, and races from both universes were now cohabiting this one. There are thousands of different subspecies of humans, as well as Mekkos, sentient robots who are just looking for a place in the universe where they won't be discriminated against. Awww... just look at him.

Phase Shift is class-based, but there's a lot of overlap with what you can do. Our seven current classes (we plan to release a lot more once we have the first book well in hand) are: Soldier, Thief, Scientist, Spy, Mage, Psychic, and Rogue. A quick guide to each:

Soldier!
Soldier!

Soldier- Live forever with double HP and heavy armor. Smack things to death with preposterous bound weapons such as stuffed sharks or chair legs.

Thief!
Thief!

Thief- Dodge everything. Steal the enemy's weapons right from their hands. Redirect their attacks so they'll all miss. Who needs direct attacks?

Scientist!
Scientist!

Scientist- Build doom cannons and absurd creations. Min-max your stats and custom-build creations that give you an insane edge in combat. Get 50% more cash to build ridiculous weaponry. Bonus to wield anything you create!

Spy!
Spy!

Spy- Become a perfect copy of enemies and walk around in their likeness. Snipe, stab, or shoot enemies with sneak attacks. Stealth about and use cover to your advantage. Hack, sabotage, and infiltrate until there's nowhere safe for your enemies to hide.

Mage!
Mage!

Mage- Use one or more of the various schools of magic to craft spells on the fly using our imagination-based casting system. Create an army of chupacabras. Shoot lasers from your fingers. Create a stone wall where the reinforcements are coming from. Summon sentient programs from the INTERNET ITSELF.

Psychic!
Psychic!

Psychic- Use subtle (or not-so-subtle) Psychic Abilities to mess with the minds of your opponents. Telekinetically stop bullets, erase the memories of enemies, or make them into puppets of your will. It also uses our most excellent casting system. Control is power!

Rogue!
Rogue!

Rogue- You're too stylish to die. Convince everyone else to join you. Support the party with your Heroic Presence, use abilities like Intimidating Flourish or Suit Up! Call in favors with your Contacts and get help when you need it.

We have an imagination-based casting system, so no longer are you shackled to casting specific spells such as Turn Undead, Wild Shape, Fire Arrow, or whatever else. You tell the GM what you'd like to do, they tell you if your skill level allows for it, and how much MP or WP it costs, and then you roll to do... whatever it is you were doing!

Some real examples I've seen for casting: Granting sentience to a robotic enemy and giving it the soul of a poet, creating portals of darkness to the OUTSIDE of a skyscraper while 2000 feet up, creating a kung-fu astral projection of yourself, shredding people in a cloud of nanobots, or turning someone's blood to acid. I have never failed to see someone do something ridiculous when magic or psychic powers are involved.

This project was born online and most of its testing came from Skype sessions, so it lends itself extremely well to online play. We need to get the word out there, since you can't start a group if nobody knows about it, but we're going to do our best to put players together if we can!
If we're successfully Kickstarted, expect to see Phase Shift in local game stores and on shelves near you! (If not, yell at your local game store until they start carrying it). 

Thanks for supporting the cause, and I hope to see you playing in the future! (Get it? Future?) Don't forget to visit the website, phaseshiftgame.com!

Oh, and we are showing up at AWESOME CON in DC shortly! awesomecondc.com for details! We're in Artist's Alley, under Christopher Jamison.

The specifics: It's a d20 system, and it's very freeform in what you can do. If it should work, it does work. If it's awesome, there's a way to do it... somehow. If you're just going by what's in the book, you're doing it wrong! Use intimidate to force people to attack you! Try for trickshots by bouncing around corners at a higher ranked roll!
It's a completely original system, and it's dice-based, requires a gameboard and a DM, and plays very quick, since all rolls are trying to hit the same number. Roll the d20 (or more for higher ranks), add your skill bonus, and if you've hit 15 (or 30, 45, etc for higher ranks), you've done what you were trying to do! We've also got a bunch of different races and an awesome universe to do things in.

Risks and challenges

Phase Shift is extremely player-dependent for its success, so we're going to need to get the word out a lot more. With the funding, we're planning to start doing heavy advertisement at local game conventions and get groups started up. I'll be personally running demos wherever I can. I'm committed to this project, and I've taken it this far. I'll see it to the end.
We shouldn't run into any copyright issues, since we're registered, but if we do, we'll be relentless in fighting it.
Since we're a small team, it's much easier to make sure things get done on time and give them a personal touch. If something happens, I'll know exactly who to yell at.
I've put my heart, soul, and cash into this so far, and I'm committed to tackling any problems that come up. If something goes wrong, I'll personally fix it.
We've already playtested this fully, and we've been running regular games, so we aren't worried about balance, but if it does become unbalanced, we'll release updates.

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