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To bring this space operatic role-playing game to life in print and PDF, we need beautiful artwork and basic layout services.

Conquest of the Universe is a science fantasy role-playing game inspired by classic space opera, planetary romance, and myth-telling, as told through comic strips, serial films, novels, and blockbuster cinema.  I approach this project as a re-envisioning of the inspirational sources, rather than a nostalgic visitation. My vision is something visually and stylistically original.

This project is an open gaming project, using the Open Gaming License. One of the challenges of space opera is the diversity of character concepts, from space pirates to robots to psychic warriors. The basic design challenge is to adapt d20-based mechanics to the specific demands of space operatic role-playing.

For others to see the potential of the game I see in my mind, I need a way to express the game visually. The funds from this Kickstarter will allow me to set budget for the necessary artwork up front. That means we can focus on making this thing as awesome as possible instead of trying to guess on a budget. In order to be a complete game, CoTU needs to be able to tell a story visually, just as the media that inspired it does.

Excess fundage will go first into additional editing and layout. After those needs are met, any excess support can be considered equivalent to a pre-order of the PDF or book, provided you pledged for a reward that high, which I hope you will. 

The fate of the universe is in your hands.

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    SUPPORTING ONLY: At this level, you are only supporting the project and not receiving a copy of the work. You will earn a special thanks as a project supporter on the credits page of the finished product. We appreciate your generosity! You will still receive supporter-only updates, including open playtest documents.

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    PDF: You will receive a special thanks as a project supporter on the credits page, access to supporter-only updates, and an electronic PDF copy of the final game.

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    (USA shipping address) PRINT: You will receive a special thanks as a project supporter on the credits page, access to supporter-only updates, a PDF copy of the final game, and a printed copy of the game. Every additional $40 scores you an additional printed copy.

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    (Outside the USA) PRINT: You will receive a special thanks as a project supporter on the credits page, access to supporter-only updates, a PDF copy of the final game, and a printed copy of the game shipped to whatever corner of the galaxy in which you reside. Every additional $55 scores you an additional printed copy.

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    (USA shipping address) HERO OF THE UNIVERSE REWARD: You will receive a special thanks as a project supporter on the credits page, access to supporter-only updates, and a PDF copy of the final game. You will also receive an autographed copy of the game and a T-shirt.

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    (Outside the USA) HERO OF THE UNIVERSE REWARD: You will receive a special thanks as a project supporter on the credits page, access to supporter-only updates, and a PDF copy of the final game. You will also receive an autographed copy of the game and a T-shirt.

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    (USA shipping address) ART DIRECTOR FOR A DAY: You will receive a special thanks as a project supporter on the credits page, access to supporter-only updates, and a PDF copy of the final game. You also get to suggest themes and details for a quarter-page illustraton used in the book, and to evaluate the artwork. You could even base a portrait on yourself. You also get a printed copy of the game and a T-shirt.

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    (Outside the USA) ART DIRECTOR FOR A DAY: You will receive a special thanks as a project supporter on the credits page, access to supporter-only updates, and a PDF copy of the final game. You also get to suggest themes and details for a quarter-page illustraton used in the book, and to evaluate the artwork. You could even base a portrait on yourself. You also get a printed copy of the game and a T-shirt.

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    (USA shipping address) ART DIRECTOR FOR A DAY DELUXE: As Art Director for a Day, but you get to propose and review a half-page illustration instead of quarter-page. How awesome is that?

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    (Outside the USA) ART DIRECTOR FOR A DAY DELUXE: As Art Director for a Day, but you get to propose and review a half-page illustration instead of quarter-page.

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