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A plot point campaign and setting for the award winning Savage Worlds RPG based in a modernized version of L. Frank Baum's Land of Oz.
A plot point campaign and setting for the award winning Savage Worlds RPG based in a modernized version of L. Frank Baum's Land of Oz.
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Pirate Press, in conjunction with Pinnacle Entertainment Group and Savage Mojo presents this adventure setting in a re-imagined and modernized version of L. Frank Baum's classic World of Oz. The events of Baum’s original stories are a century in the past. The original Wizard and Dorothy are long dead although many of their friends and companions are still around.  Players can take the role of a freedom fighter, mercenary, Oz soldier, or countless others to aid or hinder the liberation of the Oz throne.

Battle for OZ is a complete game setting custom built for the award-winning Savage Worlds rule-set published by Pinnacle Entertainment Group.  You will need the Savage Worlds Deluxe or Explorer's core books to play the game.  If you are not familiar with the Savage Worlds RPG, try out the FREE test drive rules here- TEST DRIVE RULES - on Pinnacle Entertainment Group's website.  

The Battle for OZ core book contains a complete description of all five major Countries of Oz and numerous cities, towns, and important places of note.  It gives the players a rich history to build off of in one of the oldest and most recognizable fantasy settings in American literature with a new modern edge.

Pumpkinhead undead rising from the grave
Pumpkinhead undead rising from the grave

Battle for OZ has two new optional additions to the Savage Worlds rule-set, frequent and competitive leveling, and a card based random character generation system.  Both of these new rule-sets can be applied to any Savage Worlds setting and are designed to do what Savage Worlds games do best, keep the action fast and furious.  We have posted three cards below to give you a peek at the random character generation card system.  With it, we create fleshed out new player and non-player characters in a matter of minutes!

Battle for OZ also has tons of NPC stats for the major and minor players in Oz, as well as mini-adventures and encounter tables based on what part of Oz the players are traveling through.  It has familiar and unfamiliar weapons, gear, and armor, and custom edges and hindrances.  Our book has three new custom magic disciplines that include, Technomancy, Scar magic, and Fae magic.  Lastly, Battle for OZ has a complete plot point campaign that will take players from novice to legendary. They will have to choose between helping to free Oz from tyranny or helping to enslave the rest of the world beyond it.

Battle for OZ is currently slated to be a full size soft cover book and our current goal will help us pay to have the book polished by Savage Mojo and sent to print. The book is very close to completion, but we will be adding additional content and art on top of what we already plan as the fundraising continues.  With your help, we can reach the stretch goals that will allow us to upgrade to a hardback cover and add new content. We also have grand plans to provide you with some great Oz extras like custom bennies and playing cards.

Oz is no longer a free land. For the last couple years it has been subjugated by a new mysterious Wizard. Glinda the Good and many of her allies have been captured or killed, and a third of Oz is a military state.  The new Wizard is using a forgotten magical discipline called Technomancy, and its energies are literally shaking the foundation of Oz itself.  From the Emerald City, this new Wizard has unleashed an army of soulless Tin-Men soldiers and undead Pumpkinheads to enforce his will. Anyone who dares to speak out or organize against him is met with a silent end at the hands of Scarecrow assassins that live in the night.  The only real resistance comes from the north in the nomadic country of Gilikin.  It is there that Amber Gale, daughter of Dorothy, rallies the Beast-men and scattered few against this new evil. Most have lost hope and turned a blind eye, while others such as pirates, privateers, and mercenaries have chosen to profit off of the constant conflict.  Then, an ancient race reemerges, donned with strange magical markings on their skin. Only time will tell if they are friend or foe.

Our modern day Oz is a darker, less friendly place than when Dorothy Gale first crossed over from Kansas over a century ago. Wars with the Gnome King were followed by some years of peace under Princess Ozma but then the new evil Wizard appeared and with breathtaking speed his armies subjugated most of the land. He now sits on Ozma's throne in the Emerald City.

The Land of Oz has always been inhabited by many strange and wonderful creatures. However lately, many have taken on an even darker and more dangerous aspect -- no doubt due to the corrupting influence of the new evil Wizard enthroned in the Emerald City.

Lions, and Tigers and Bears are the least of a traveler's worries these days as sinister goblins prowl the land and corrupted flying monkeys patrol the air...

Corrupted Flying Monkey and Normal Flying Monkey
Corrupted Flying Monkey and Normal Flying Monkey

It is even dangerous for those who never leave home as hordes of Tin-Men soldiers, Straw-Men assassins, and undead pumpkin heads roam the land enforcing the Wizard's will...

Pumpkin Heads, Scarecrows, and Tin-Men
Pumpkin Heads, Scarecrows, and Tin-Men

New evil Witches and Wizards, all subservient to the new ruler, now govern each the countries save for the rebellious and fiercely independent Gillikins...

Ea'Soul, the Wicked Witch of the waters of Oz.
Ea'Soul, the Wicked Witch of the waters of Oz.

From their secret base in the mountains of Gillikin, Amber Gale, the half magical daughter of the Dorothy and a local prince, along with several of Dorothy's old friends lead the resistance.

Amber Gale, Patch (aka Toto), and Blacktail (aka the Lion King) make their stand
Amber Gale, Patch (aka Toto), and Blacktail (aka the Lion King) make their stand

Amber Gale's most powerful allies are the beastmen of Oz. Once divided by petty bickering, the tribes have united against a common foe.

Production art of three playable beast men races.
Production art of three playable beast men races.

Even as things seem to be at their darkest there are a few who still quest for the light of freedom. But they are desperately in need of help before this light goes out forever.

Amber and Patch on the magical Yellow Brick Road
Amber and Patch on the magical Yellow Brick Road

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Brandy the Art Teacher.....meet, Brandy the Evain Captain, Company 4
Brandy the Art Teacher.....meet, Brandy the Evain Captain, Company 4

          Oz Conqueror...Are YOU the one behind the cloak?....

The Wizard of Oz, Ozymandias the Great, on the Emerald Throne.
The Wizard of Oz, Ozymandias the Great, on the Emerald Throne.

Pirate Press LLC is Dan Smith and David Hardee. They choose Oz as their first project to publish because they felt it was the perfect mix of fantasy and horror.  They also recognized the current trend in popular culture of revitalizing classic American fiction in films, television, and books. 

Pirate Press selected Savage Mojo to layout Battle for Oz because of their vast experience and true professionalism.   They also have a close relationship with Savage Worlds through Aaron Acevedo, the Art Director for Pinnacle Entertainment Group.

Dan Smith is a Deputy Sheriff and freelance commercial artist.  He is married with two teenage children.  Dan created an illustration in 2008 of a modern Oz cast that featured a tattooed Dorothy, and a Toto with an eye patch.  This illustration served as the inspiration for Battle for Oz and its creative direction.  He is the Art Director, and primary artist for the Battle for Oz.

David Hardee is a computer software manager and lifelong gamer.  He is also married with one child.  David has GM'd hundreds of Savage Worlds games over the years and has taken dozens of campaigns to Legendary level.  Over a year ago David came up with a card based random character generation rule set which has been a favorite with the local game groups and has been game tested numerous campaigns with settings ranging from Conan to Star Wars. He is the primary writer and game mechanics consultant for Battle for Oz.

Now that we've met our initial funding, we have some great stretch goals planned that would result in a some awesome extras for our backers....

Golden Age Stretch Goal Chips...
Golden Age Stretch Goal Chips...
Our backers rock!
Our backers rock!

Add-ons

If you’d like any of the Add-ons listed below just add up the items you want and add that amount to your pledge but keep the same reward tier. Once the Kickstarter campaign finishes we will be sending out a Survey to all backers to inquire what Add-ons they would like with their pledge. Remember that if you are an international backer (receiving anything other than just PDF's) please make sure to add $20 for shipping with your pledge (this is a one-time charge per order). All prints will be signed by the artist. The Custom Character art will be done to your specifications and with any pictures you send in as reference. This art will not be included in the main book or on the Action Card deck (we don't have space for it all) but you will receive the signed originals and it will be included in the Sketchbook.

  • Sketchbook PDF -- $10 
  • Fall of Oz Campaign PDF -- $10 
  • Will Scorpio Bonus Campaign PDF -- $10 
  • GM Inserts PDF -- $5 
  • Extra books (hardcover) -- $20 
  • Custom Bennys (set of 10) -- $10 
  • Custom Action Deck -- $10 Custom Print of any art from the Sketchbook, signed by the artist -- $10 
  • Custom Black and White Character art (not in the book), signed by the artist -- $30 
  • Custom Full Color Character art (not in the book), signed by the artist -- $50
  • Custom Battle for Oz T-Shirt -- $25
  • Print copy of the Battle for Oz Sketchbook -- $15
  • Creature Add-on, design a creature as in the Zoologist pledge and receive the original art -- $25

Risks and challenges

Pirate Press has been working on Battle for Oz since July of 2012. It has been game tested for five months with great success. Savage Mojo will be adding their expertise to our book layout giving Battle for Oz that extra punch. The book is nearly finished and though nothing is ever 100%, baring a tornado carrying us away...we feel your funding will help us deliver a quality book by October.

We will stay in touch with all of our backers through Kickstarter, the Battle for Oz Facebook page, our*soon to be completed* website, and Deviantart.com! We will update everyone weekly and post new art and sneak peeks of new content regularly during the fundraising. We hope that some of you will grab up those Kickstarter levels that make you a literal part of Oz. Stay tuned, there's lots more to come!

Dan Smith, Art Director/Artist for Pirate Press

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    VISITOR OF OZ - Listed in the book as a Kickstarter supporter and Visitor of OZ, as well as the eternal thanks from Pirate Press for your humbling support.

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    CITIZEN OF OZ - Listed in the book as a Kickstarter supporter and Citizen of OZ. Receive a full PDF copy of the book before the printed book even hits the shelves.

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    OZ FREEDOM FIGHTER - Listed in the book as a Kickstarter supporter and Freedom Fighter of OZ. Receive all of the benefits up to the Citizen level plus- Receive the Battle for OZ, the print edition before any retailer. *note- All backers at the Freedom Fighter level and beyond who get a print edition of Battle for OZ, will have their book signed and numbered by Battle for OZ writer David Hardee and co-writer/artist Dan Smith as a kick starter exclusive.

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    OZ SOLDIER - Listed in the book as a Kickstarter supporter and Soldier in the Army of OZ. Receive all of the benefits up to the freedom fighter's level plus- Receive an exclusive bonus PDF, the game tester campaign, The Fall of OZ.

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    OZ CORPORAL - Listed in the book as a Kickstarter supporter and Corporal in the Army of Oz. Receive all of the benefits up to the Soldier level plus- Be one of the first to receive the Battle for Oz sketchbook in PDF.

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    OZ AMBASSADOR - Listed in the book as a Kickstarter supporter and OZ Ambassador. This level is just for the PDF junkies and our valued friends over the pond who want the goods but don't want to pay that pain in the Oz international shipping. At this level you get PDF's ONLY, but....YOU GET ALL THE PDF's we currently offer; the book, the sketchbook, the Fall of Oz adventure, the GM screen inserts, AND...a new stand alone Oz adventure written by guest writer, Will Scorpio!!

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    OZ SERGEANT - Listed in the book as a Kickstarter supporter and Sergeant in the Army of OZ. Receive all of the benefits up to the Coporal level plus- Receive the Battle for Oz custom GM screen insert's in PDF. The GM screen has tables specific to Oz travel, maps, and custom art by Battle for Oz artist, Dan Smith.

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    OZ LIEUTENANT - Listed in the book as a Kickstarter supporter and Lieutenant in the Army of OZ. Receive all of the benefits up to the Coporal level plus- Choose any one image from the Battle for Oz Sketchbook and receive a collectors print of that image signed by the artist!

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    OZ ZOOLOGIST- Listed in the book as a Kickstarter supporter and Oz Zoologist. You will receive all of the benefits up to the Lieutenant level plus- You get to add a creature, animal, beast, or monster to the world of OZ. You choose the creatures name, appearance, and characteristics. Oz artist, Dan Smith, will draw your creature and it will appear in the Battle for Oz and the Oz sketchbook. You will receive credit for your contribution and the original art signed by the artist!

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    OZ CAPTAIN - Listed in the book as a Kickstarter supporter and Captain in the Army of OZ. Receive all of the benefits up to the Lieutenant level plus- You get to create an NPC that will appear in the world of OZ! Savage OZ artist, Dan Smith, will draw and feature your NPC in the book. You not only get to decide the NPC's name, race, and background,...you also get to decide the NPC's appearance. Dan can even draw your NPC to look like you, a friend, or a family member. You just have to send Pirate Press a photo of you or a willing third party. You will receive credit in the book for you creative contribution and the original art signed by the artist!

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    THE HONORED DEAD OF OZ- Listed in the book as a Kickstarter supporter and as the Honored Dead of Oz. Receive all of the benefits up to the Lieutenant level plus- You get to create an NPC that will appear in the bonus campaign, the Fall of Oz! Savage OZ artist, Dan Smith, will draw and feature your NPC in that campaign, where you will die a hero's death. You not only get to decide the NPC's name, race, and background,...you also get to decide the NPC's appearance. Dan can even draw your NPC to look like you, a friend, or a family member. You just have to send Pirate Press a photo of you or a willing third party. You will be listed in the Fall of Oz campaign for you creative contribution and the original art signed by the artist! Additionally, you will be mentioned in the Battle for Oz main plot point campaign among the heroes who died during the fall of Oz,

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    OZ SURVEYOR - Listed in the book as a Kickstarter supporter and OZ Surveyor. Receive all of the benefits up to the Captain level plus- You get to create and name a small city or town in one of the four Counties of OZ! Your location will appear on the official OZ map, be mentioned in the Gazeteer, and be connected to an encounter in the book. You have the option at this level to use your Captain's level award to make your NPC a resident of your location, or even the locations leader! Your location is guaranteed to be featured in one of the encounters in the book.

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    OZ TORMENTOR/ OZ CORP COMMANDER- Listed in the book as a Kickstarter supporter and Tormentor of OZ. Receive all of the benefits up to the Lieutenant level plus- You get to name and craft the appearance of Ozymandias's Lord Commander, ruler of the East and General of the Oz Corps. This character is a main character and will be featured in an encounter. You will receive the original art of the character signed by the artist.

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    OZ TORMENTOR/ EA'SOUL THE WATER WITCH- Listed in the book as a Kickstarter supporter and Tormentor of OZ. Receive all of the benefits up to the Lieutenant level plus- You get to craft the appearance of Ea'Soul, The Wicked Witch of the Waters of Oz. This character is a main character and will be featured in an encounter. You will receive the original art of the character signed by the artist. Special note, this character is female and a race of Mer-men, so this level allows you to craft the characters female facial features only.

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    OZ TORMENTOR/ SCURGEWIN, THE WICKED WIZARD OF THE EAST- Listed in the book as a Kickstarter supporter and Tormentor of OZ. Receive all of the benefits up to the Lieutenant level plus- You get to craft the appearance of Scurgewin, The Wicked Wizard of the West. This character is a main character and will be featured in an encounter. You will receive the original art of the character signed by the artist. Special note, this character is a male Kinfolk so this level allows you to craft the characters male facial features only.

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    OZ CHAMPION/ GLINDA THE GOOD- Listed in the book as a Kickstarter supporter and Champion of OZ. Receive all of the benefits up to the Lieutenant level plus- You get to craft the appearance of Glinda, The good Witch of the South. This character is a main character and will be featured in an encounter. You will receive the original art of the character signed by the artist. Special note, this character is a female Evaine so this level allows you to craft the characters female facial features only.

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    OZ CHAMPION/ JACOB THE TINKERER- Listed in the book as a Kickstarter supporter and Champion of OZ. Receive all of the benefits up to the Lieutenant level plus- You get to craft the appearance of Jacob the Tinkerer. This character is a main character and will be featured in an encounter. You will receive the original art of the character signed by the artist. Special note, this character is a male Kinfolk so this level allows you to craft the characters male facial features only.

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    OZ CHAMPION/ XO OF THE USS MAKO - Listed in the book as a Kickstarter supporter and Champion of OZ. Receive all of the benefits up to the Lieutenant level plus- You get to name and craft the appearance of the XO of the USS Mako.( This character is male, all other background info is open) This character is a main character and will be featured in an encounter. You will receive the original art of the character signed by the artist.

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    OZ CHAMPION/ Princess Ozma- Listed in the book as a Kickstarter supporter and Champion of OZ. Receive all of the benefits up to the Lieutenant level plus- You get to craft the appearance of Princess Ozma, the former ruler of the Emerald City. This character is a main character and will be featured in an encounter. You will receive the original art of the character signed by the artist. Special note, this character is a female Kinfolk so this level allows you to craft the characters female facial features only.

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    OZ TORMENTOR/ THE WICKED WITCH/WIZARD OF THE SOUTH- Listed in the book as a Kickstarter supporter and Tormentor of OZ. Receive all of the benefits up to the Lieutenant level plus- You get to craft the appearance of the Wicked Witch?Wizard of the South. This character is a main character and will be featured in an encounter. This character has not been defined and is open to the backers creativity such as race, gender, name, and appearance. You will receive the original art of the character signed by the artist.

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    OZ ROYALTY- Listed in the book as a Kickstarter supporter and OZ Royalty. Receive all of the benefits up to the Captain level plus- Battle for Oz artist, Dan Smith, will create an alternate cover starring YOUR NPC! Dan will then draw a custom Battle for Oz book cover featuring your NPC. Your alternate book cover will be featured inside the print edition of the book, the Battle for Oz sketchbook, and it will replace the actual book cover on your PDF version of the book. You will receive the original signed art and credit in the book for your creative contribution.

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    OZ CONQUEROR - Listed in the book as a Kickstarter supporter and Conqueror of OZ. Receive all of the benefits up to the Captain level plus- YOUR NPC GETS TO BECOME THE FACE OF EVIL!! The main protagonist in Battle for OZ is Ozymandias the II, conqueror of OZ (Ozymandia if it's a girl). He/she has imprisoned Glinda the Good, the Tin Man, and Princess Ozma and subjugated a third of OZ. Battle for OZ artist, Dan Smith, will make Ozymandias the II look like you or a willing third party. You still get to create an additional NPC, (Captains level reward) in addition to be able to craft Ozymandias appearance. Also, if we meet our stretch goals a full page image of Ozymandias will be one of the full color insert pages at the center of the book. (Exclusive !! First come, first serve. Only one available)

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