About this project
Update: As I write this, we are about half way to funding our first stretch goal, the Redemption Companion, we also have little more than a day left for the Kickstarter. Can we make it? It's a race between you guys and the clock! Back now! :)
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For five years, war has raged between the Terran Sphere Confederacy and the Shohan. Overturning 100 years of peace between the two races, the Shohan have captured half of humanity's worlds. As each world fell, only silence remained. Now, the Terran Sphere has won its first major battle, stopping the Shohan on the doorstep of its core worlds and the war’s momentum teeters on the edge...
Soldier. Captain. Admiral.
As a soldier in the Terran Sphere Navy, be it a marine infiltrating behind enemy lines, a captain of ship patrolling the front lines, or an admiral in command of the fleets charged with humanity's defense, your actions and their consequences will have an impact on the fates of all the human worlds.
Refugee. Guerilla. Diplomat.
However, the war's effects extend far beyond the battlefield. Refugees have fled the war altogether, trying to start a new life in the fringes, but it may be a case of out of the frying pan and into the fire. In alien halls of power diplomats struggle to contain a dozen crises as other powers sense blood in the water. Meanwhile, resistance groups on the occupied worlds continue to fight for their freedom, and may have discovered an important clue to the Shohan's motivations.
What is it?
Redemption is a tabletop Military Sci Fi roleplaying game. The game is intended to support group play through multiple levels of combat - from firefights to fleet actions - and to give groups a wide range of toolkits from designing their own gear to bringing about social change as they make their way through a galaxy overturned by war.
System Facts At A Glance:
- Tags: scaling, short descriptive phrases, which allow a character to achieve a temporary advantage or face additional obstacles.
- Combat scales allow a player to be anything from a grunt to an admiral with mass combat rules included in the core book.
- Open systems to create player gear, solar systems, star sectors, and alien races.
- Variable Dice Size Roll Under Mechanic vs. Target Numbers
- Strong Group Play Mechanics: Group Skills and Tags, Assisted Rolls and Tactics.
- We are in open beta. If you're interested and want to try out Redemption, feel free! All we ask is that you give us feedback so we can continue to improve the game.
For more information, including a chance to see the early years of the war unfold or to join our ongoing open beta, please join us on our website at www.silentspiritsgames.com.
Who are we?
Silent Spirits is new to the RPG industry, but we’ve been gaming for decades. We have a unique system for opening up Military Sci Fi to the player, along with a kickass setting in which to tell your stories.
Why are we on Kickstarter?
We've been working on this project for several years, creating the setting, as well as building and refining the system. We have a lot of the material done, but now it's time to take it to the next level. We're looking to fund art, editing and layout, so we can present as professional a product as possible, and potentially drive further developments in Redemption’s Fourth Population universe.
Tokens of Service: Our challenge coin commemorates the TSN's successful defense of Zanzibar, one of the core worlds of the Terran Sphere, against the Shohan. The battle represents the first strategic victory the TSN has been able to obtain and directly leads into setting as the characters make their way into the war effort. The patch is the standard crew service badge and carries the emblem of the Terran Sphere Navy. Additional coins or patches can be added on to any package for $15.
A Pilot's Own Luck: Hand Sewn, these reinforced dice bags are embossed with the Chinese character for luck and come with a complete set of dice needed to play Redemption (3 each of D6s, D8s, and D10s.) Extra dice bags and dice sets may be requested at $35 for our backers.
The Terran Sphere Needs You: Backers at the Captain and above will receive a custom poster, rallying support for the Terran Sphere in the shadow of the war. Dimensions will be 24x18" for the finished product. Extra posters can be requested for an additional fee of $65.
Staff Officer Satchel: These sturdy canvas bags have been custom screen printed with the TSN emblem. Measuring 15" x 11" x 6" these messenger bags can carry up to a 17" laptop in the central pocket with 2 front pockets and two side pockets for extra storage. Backers have a choice of two colors: Space Black or Distressed Navy.
The Admiralty's Board: Want a chance to a to personally influence the game? The admiralty tiers give you a chance to leave your mark on the universe of Redemption. Our artists and writers will work with you to help you design a character or starship to appear in the core book. Have broader ambitions? Back us at the Command Staff level, and we'll personally run a game for you and up to 4 of your friends. If we make our Companion stretch goal the Campaign you run will be turned into one of the two campaigns featured in the Companion and serve as a basis for future developments in Redemption.
Redemption Companion PDF: ($4500)
This companion piece brings more of the Fourth Population to life! We detail new alien races, new locations from across the Fourth Population and new threats. Additionally, the companion provides two campaign write ups to let you dive right into the action and "Rumors from the Front", plot seeds intended to serve as springboards for your own campaigns. The book will be available for free to all backers at the PDF level or higher. The Companion will ship after work on the Redemption Corebook is completed as we want to focus on the quality of each product.
Visual Guide to the Fourth Population: ($6000)
The Visual Guid contains expanded the art for the Redemption Companion. The expanded art includes features such as additional color concept art, deck plans for many of the common ship and station classes of the Fourth Population, and character portraits. The artwork will be included in the Redemption Companion and also made available as a collection for backers.
In the Dark Between Stars ($8000)
What is In the Dark Between Stars? Get up up to $8000, and you'll find out!
Risks and challenges
We feel we're in a good place on our project. We've written 95% of the setting information and the ruleset has been fully fleshed out, though we continue to refine our mechanics through the open beta. Our expenses are primarily in publishing and art costs. To that end our main risks involve slippage of dates for backer rewards, and here we've gone through the process up to prototyping many of the physical rewards. For those that haven't already been prototyped, we've researched multiple vendors in order to ensure timely completion.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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