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Man-Made Mythology is a Comic Book RPG that allows players to create almost any kind of comic book themed character imaginable.
Man-Made Mythology is a Comic Book RPG that allows players to create almost any kind of comic book themed character imaginable.
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Stretch Goal #1 - $5000: ACHIEVED

Adventure Story Arc for characters levels 1-3 - In addition to the "Sub-Terror" module, which is a one shot, single "issue" story that is appropriate for characters that are levels 9-11, we will offer a solid starting point for players by giving them a complete adventure module that will both introduce characters to each other as well as introduce players to the world of Man-Made Mythology. Our plan has always been to introduce these modules (in the form of story arcs) that take players through various levels of play and through adventures in our world. With more resources available, these modules can begin being released immediately at launch along side our core rulebook.


Rogue's Gallery - The world of Man-Made Mythology is full of amazing things and people. With the rogues gallery, your heroes can keep up with all the threats and allies the world has to offer. This book will include everything from standard NPC profiles, to how to quickly generate minions of any level, as well as wild life and just about anything else a hero may encounter.
Reward Bump -- if we reach our first goal and are able to produce these additional resources, anyone who has pledged $50.00 or more (Savior level and above) will get a digital copy of each of these modules as part of their regular rewards.

Stretch Goal #2 - $8000: UNLOCKED 

Adventure Story Arc for characters levels 4-6 - In addition to the previous two adventure modules, we will be offering a follow up to the 1-3 adventure. This will let you take your heroes even further along and will be the next chapter in the ongoing narrative. All backers of savior and above will get a digital copy of this adventure arc.

Additionally, ALL backers will get the level 1-3 adventure as well.

Sourcebook #1 "The Bronze" - A complete sourcebook that gives an in depth look at the multinational task force known as "The Bronze". Founded by the allies following a classified incident involving a Nazi attack lead by the world's first known Mythic, The Bronze has fought for decades unseen protecting Earth from super human and non human threats. In this book you will learn their history, their roster and have access to an armory of new gear and equipment in your fight against evil.

New player race, "Atlanteans" - Atlantis did not disappear but has remained hidden for thousands of years from the eyes of surface dwellers. But with each passing century, as the humans become more and more destructive, and with the advent of the Mythic phenomenon, the Atlanteans can stand by no longer and watch the planet come to harm. Specially engineered agents have already been seeded among the surface dwellers. Some may even be Mythics themselves. The Atlantis source book will span an entire campaign, but with this stretch goal they will be included early as a playable race alongside the Synthetics, Reptoids and Valkyrie.

Stretch Goal #3 - $12000: LOCKED

These benefits will be revealed upon completion of Goal #2

New Reward Levels!


Protector:
In addition to all previous rewards, you can join the ranks of the Man-Made Mythology crusade with a Man-Made Mythology T-Shirt.

Dynamo: In addition to all previous rewards, your NPC character's likeness will be on an action card that will be a part of the normal action card set.

Infiltrator: In addition to all previous rewards, you will receive a digital lifetime "subscription" to all source books for the Man-Made Mythology game. This means a digital copy of any modules, NPC galleries and source books will be yours for as long as we are producing them.

Conqueror: In addition to all previous rewards, you will receive a physical lifetime "subscription" to all source books for the Man-Made Mythology game. This means a printed copy of any modules, NPC galleries and source books will be yours for as long as we are producing them.

Ally: In addition to all previous level rewards (Which at this point is a lot!) the developers will conduct scheduled gaming sessions with you on Skype in the months leading up to the launch. This will be a campaign from levels 1 to 20 and the events in the story lines of this campaign will have bearing on the Man-Made Mythology setting as a whole, as your PCs become an integral part of the narrative

Our Project

In the world of Man-Made Mythology, a new segment of the population is emerging... men and women who have abilities far beyond those of ordinary people. These Mythics, as they are known, have only recently been revealed to walk among us. As the world tries to adjust to this new paradigm, the Mythics themselves must also find their path in this brave new world. Adored by some and loathed by others, how each Mythic uses his or her fantastic abilities to find their place in the world will depend on each individual. How will you use your powers? Hero or menace... the choice is yours!

Can even our heroes defend the city from this hideous beast?
Can even our heroes defend the city from this hideous beast?

Man-Made Mythology is a comic book themed table top role playing game that utilizes the Open Gaming License rules system. We wanted a game that allowed players not only to be able to create any kind of comic book character they could imagine, but also to take that character from the very beginnings of their heroic saga and allow them to progress through a narrative that would one day lead them to the iconic status that makes them a world wide sensation within the setting. 

Indestructigirl, Valkyrie Mythic
Indestructigirl, Valkyrie Mythic

Creating characters in Man-Made Mythology is all about variety and player choice and building a character's powers is as simple as picking them from a list. With close to 50 distinct power sets in the game, players select the powers they want for their character concept. Powers often start subtly and then build over time to epic proportions. There's no 'points' system and no calculating levels. Powers are balanced by tiers that are appropriate for a character's level. As the character levels, so to do their powers. But they need not level an existing power and can instead choose a new power to build and grow. With this in mind, there are nearly limitless combinations of powers that players can choose from. to build nearly anything they can imagine.

But while the super powered class is a free form and robust template for building a super powered characters, it does not and cannot take the place of other concepts a player may wish to explore. What of a magic user? What about a power armor specialist or someone who is simply a well trained combat specialist? What about non-human options for character races?

Synthetics, Player Race
Synthetics, Player Race

Each class and playable race is distinct and relevant to all manner of themes and concepts one might encounter in comics of all types and genres. But make no mistake, these other classes are not simply imported classes from the OGL you've seen before. Each is unique and distinct and available for the first time in Man-Made Mythology.

After nearly two years of development and play testing, Man-Made Mythology is almost ready for prime time. It's a dynamic and action packed RPG that offers something for everyone, with rules in place that let your characters progress in any way you desire. Whether it be through a tried and true system of XP, or advancement through the narrative that the GM builds your campaign around, or even if you simply wish to assign a play level and have all your adventures at that scale, the name of the game is fun.

This is Critical Strike Publishing's debut project -- but don't think this is it. We already have the framework of our next two expansions, that will lead into an entire universe spanning setting that will focus not just on the "Flights and Tights" nature of comics, as our core rulebook does, but also every genre presented in comics such as Science Fiction, Horror and the Occult, Espionage and many more.

By joining us now you'll be taking a first step into a journey that has no end in sight. And by helping us you'll entitle yourselves to some pretty great rewards!

You can keep up with the development process via the popular social platforms of Google+, Twitter@CritStrikePub  and Facebook as well as our website and forums.

We will also be doing a series of public play tests at a few conventions, in particular FandomFest in Louisville, KY and GenCon.

Critical Strike Publishing would like to thank the following very talented people for their help and support in making this Kickstarter a reality:

Frank Todaro: http://www.franktodaro.tv/

Erik Meyer: https://www.facebook.com/SpecialEProductions

CB Sorge: http://www.cbsorge.com/

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    Agent: A free printed copy of the public playtest module "Sub-Terror" that was only available for live public play tests at conventions.

    "A gigantic worm creature has broken through the ground in one of the country's most populated cities! Your heroes are tasked to stop it before more of the population are injured. But something even more sinister lurks beneath the surface.."

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    Protector: You can join the ranks of the Man-Made Mythology crusade with a Man-Made Mythology T-Shirt. ****Note: International customers please include an extra $20 for shipping. We really hate to do this, but we have to cover our costs***** All previous tier rewards.

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    Avenger: Your character will be written into the game as an NPC.

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    Defender: Three additional physical copies of the game for your gaming group.

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    Worm Rider: As a very special bonus, Critical Strike is offering our one-of-a-kind, hand sculpted giant worm miniature as seen in our playtest images in the video. This miniature represents one of the encounters in our module "Sub-Terror" as well as the worm used at our early product demo gaming sessions at conventions. Not available anywhere else, this rare relic will be the talk of one lucky backer's gaming table for years to come. Aside from the worm, you will also get the following: One digital copy of Man-Made Mythology, One printed copy of Man-Made Mythology and one printed copy of "Sub-Terror" the module in which the giant worm is featured. Your one of a kind worm will also be signed by its sculptor, Joseph Combs. You may view pictures of the giant worm here: http://tinyurl.com/giantworm
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    Guardian: A poster print of the Man-Made Mythology cover art that is suitable for framing signed by the developers.

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    Infiltrator: You will receive a digital lifetime "subscription" to all source books for the Man-Made Mythology game. This means a digital copy of any modules, NPC galleries and source books will be yours for as long as we are producing them. ****Note: International customers please include an extra $20 for shipping. We really hate to do this, but we have to cover our costs***** All previous tier rewards. (Excludes Worm Rider)

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    Hero: A character of your design will be written into the game as a major hero or villain (your choice) as well as a poster sized art print of your character suitable for framing.****Note: International customers please include an extra $20 for shipping. We really hate to do this, but we have to cover our costs*****

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    Conqueror: You will receive a physical lifetime "subscription" to all source books for the Man-Made Mythology game. This means a printed copy of any modules, NPC galleries and source books will be yours for as long as we are producing them. ****Note: International customers please include an extra $20 for shipping. We really hate to do this, but we have to cover our costs***** All previous tier rewards. (Excludes Worm Rider)

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    Ally: In addition to all previous level rewards (Which at this point is a lot!) the developers will conduct scheduled gaming sessions with you on Skype in the months leading up to the launch. This will be a campaign from levels 1 to 20 and the events in the story lines of this campaign will have bearing on the Man-Made Mythology setting as a whole, as your PCs become an integral part of the narrative. All previous tier rewards. (Excludes Worm Rider)

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    Paragon: Your character will appear on the actual cover of Man-Made Mythology, replacing one of the existing setting characters!

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