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Help us put out three new books for Stars of Empire the RPG for the Hive, Queen and Country Steampunk Universe in your hands!
Help us put out three new books for Stars of Empire the RPG for the Hive, Queen and Country Steampunk Universe in your hands!
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NEW FREE ADD ONS IF WE HIT 6,000.00 BEFORE MIDNIGHT ON THE 31ST OF JULY!

Stars of Empire Marches FORWARD!
Stars of Empire Marches FORWARD!

If we get to 6000.00 by Midnight on the 31st we will be providing our first stretch goal, the adventure source book . That means those who have backed to get all the new material will get FOUR books, and that will be at least 1,000 pages of text and maps, ideas and mechanics! But we don't think that would be enough for our awesome supporters. If we hit that goal by the end of July we will be doubling down. Sixty complete characters, Four sets of Vehicle deck plans and three additional adventures, specifically designed for RPG or Miniatures play. 

That means folks who supported for as little as 40 dollars will get a total of SEVEN books as PDFs, and everything they will need to start a campaign! Sixty characters for use as patrons, companions, enemies or ready made PCs in a pinch. Four vehicles to take those characters across the Earth, through the sky above it, across the oceans or through the darkness of space. What more can a referee need? 

Please help spread the word! Help yourselves by helping us!

Best Value Pledge! Pledge $40 or more and get the Full Electronic Library  

For a pledge of $40 or more you get The Full Electronic Library All six of the books (three existing and three from this project) as downloadable PDFs. You will get the three current books as soon as the Kickstarter finishes and then the other books as they are completed. We hope to have all three done by August of 2017. In addition you get any and all extra books we fund through this Kickstarter (which could be three or even more!) PLUS if we get to 100% by Midnight on the 4th of July we will add FIFTY complete characters as a FREE add on. But wait there is more! If we get to 100% by the 4th AND we get a supporter from Africa and one from South America we will ADD a group of TEN VILLAINS as well. So for 40.00 you get at least six and up to NINE (or even more) books, plus up to sixty full characters, all as PDF downloads. It will be at least 1,200 pages of material! Please take a look and help us spread the word! Thank you ESTIMATED DELIVERY: Aug 2017

Please help us fund the Second Edition of Stars of Empires, the Role Playing rules for the Hive, Queen and Country Victorian Science Fiction Universe. We plan three books, a 200-page Referee's Guide, a 150-page Player's Guide and a 250-page Ground Vehicle Sourcebook.

In 2016, a game publisher called Black Pigeon Press and I put out a Victorian Science Fiction Role Playing game titled Stars of Empire. We used their game engine and my Hive, Queen, and Country (HQC) setting. This fusion provided gamers with a tabletop experience where they could be challenged by the story and not by the rules. Unfortunately Black Pigeon Press closed its doors. Instead of letting the Hive, Queen and Country Universe just die I formed Aerolyth Enterprises LLC and began self publishing. With the help of a number of friends and a successful Kickstarter we've been able to produce a miniatures game and two source books. Now we would like to come full circle. With your help we will produce two core books, one for Referees and one for Players. 

British Infantry Fighting Machine ready to face The Hive
British Infantry Fighting Machine ready to face The Hive

To support both Role Playing and Minaitures gaming we will also be producing the Land Fighting machines book for the HQC Universe, over 100 designs, 3D graphics, histories, orders of battle, tables of organization and equipment and color schemes! The book should run about 300 pages and will be out by June 2017. We have playtested at conventions across the country including Origins, Gencon, DragonCon, Diecon, Borderwars and Colonial Barracks.

Role Playing or Miniatures Gaming; The Bugs make life challenging for players!
Role Playing or Miniatures Gaming; The Bugs make life challenging for players!

Role Players and Miniatures Gamers will find this an extraordinary place to adventure, detailed and playable. We look to provide products that keep gamers interested in what's happening on the gaming table, not trying to find information in the game tables

How will the Second Edition be different? 

Original Back Cover of Stars of Empire
Original Back Cover of Stars of Empire

The original edition was 8 by 10 inches and had 286 pages. The new edition will be two core books totaling 350 pages and be 8.5 by 11 inches The original was black and white one column per page while the new edition will be in full color with two columns (easing readability considerably). The new game engine is optimized for Victorian adventure and is highly streamlined to speed play and allow for more storytelling. A new and much simpler template for creatures and NPCs will be provided that allows a referee to easily manage them during game play. The extra page count will allow us to detail the cultures of this universe in greater depth. 

Animal Data Sheet
Animal Data Sheet

A large amount of new material will assist referees in developing their own versions of the worlds we designed. We are including additional artists that will help players and referees visualize the characters, cultures and creatures with which they can interact. What will your money help us with? Your funds will help us purchase artwork and editorial services. 

We are also looking to bring out the Ground Fighting Machines book in rapid succession. The designs for it are all nearly completed. It will contain pictures, designs, performance data, and background for over 85 ground vehicles. At least 20 of these will be available for purchase as 6mm or 15mm miniatures

How we are Different?

The Hive, Queen and Country Universe is a hard Science-Science Fiction setting. First published in 2010 the background has been researched and discussed for over a decade. The detailed Universe has been created by a community of Role Playing and Miniatures Gamers, historians, scientists, engineers, lawyers, rogues, vagabonds, and heroes, Hive, Queen and Country has unprecedented depth and scope, with the flexibility to allow you to set pretty much any sort of campaign your game master and players desire. We present a detailed and fully realized game universe: Steampunk with an emphasis on the Steam-not the punk! 

WHAT HAVE PEOPLE SAID ABOUT OUR PREVIOUS GAMES? 

The Miniatures Page Readers Poll 2011-Best Science Fiction Supplement 

Colonial Barracks 2014 Winner of Gunney Award for Most Cinematic Game 

2013 Winner of Gunney Award for Most Enjoyable Scenario 

Comments from Amazon First Edition of Stars of Empire:

I finally got to play in a game of this. It was great! The book gave the GM enough material to create a completely believable world and made it challenging to get through. The GM did the character generation and I felt that all were well balanced with skills and equipment. 

Great game all around. I can't wait to play it again! Excellent work. Characters are believable. 

Settings are fantastic, yet realistic. Scenarios are engaging and well thought out. All in all a great work. 

Flying Machines of the Worlds 1902: 

This is fun book packed with info, loads of fun just to sit and read. Would work for almost any system. 

First Edition of Stars of Empire: FOR WHOM THE GEAR TURNS

 . . . if you enjoy d-20 games and are looking for a Steampunk world to immerse yourself in, I would definitely check out this title. There are tons of creatures, settings and characters available to create interesting scenarios and keep you engaged. The tone is realistic and the story has gravitas, so be prepared to assemble a group of serious gamers to play with.

First Stretch Goal

Mars as seen by the Victorians, as it exists in HQC
Mars as seen by the Victorians, as it exists in HQC

At 6,000 we will unlock The Explorer's Guide to the Solar System. This will be a 150 page volume with at least ten adventures, set on Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars. Each adventure will highlight the unique features of the world or region in which it is set and will include detailed maps and other game aids.

Second Stretch Goal

RMS Royal Albert, the first Ewing and Stuart drive vessel
RMS Royal Albert, the first Ewing and Stuart drive vessel

This unlocks at 9000.00. In HQC Space Travel starts in 1870 with an Imperial Russian expedition to the Moon. Engineers, scientists, visionaries and politicians never look back from there. By 1880 Mars and Venus have been reached and stations orbit both worlds. In those five years more people from Earth have been in space than in the entire "Space Age" of Our Timeline. This book will devote at least 200 pages to the first fifty years of Victorian Space travel! Stations, to and from orbit craft, long haul cargo freighters and passenger liners will share the book with sections on the war-craft of the period, which become more and more important as a sinister arms race takes hold on Earth and Venus.

Third Stretch Goal

An early topographic map of the International City site, Western Equatoria Venus
An early topographic map of the International City site, Western Equatoria Venus

At 12,000.00 we will give you the keys to the International City! The International City on Venus is a key hub for exploration and exploitation on that world. What would a planned metropolis that is at the intersection of the City Beautiful movement and fortress designs of such brilliant engineers as Brailmont, Jervois and Sere de Riverieres look like on a world as alien and dangerous as Venus? This will be in the format of a period travel guide, such as Baedeker's. Maps and detailed descriptions of locations and events will be included. 

Risks and challenges

This is our second attempt to Kickstart this project and the fourth, fifth and sixth books we are publishing at Aerolyth Enterprises. In our first Kickstarter we promised a 256 page full color book detailing Venus. We delivered a 309 page work, and with the exception of the signed book plates we delivered on time!

In the year since we ran this project we have worked on a lot of material we need to complete before these projects are ready. We have play tested at numerous conventions including Gencon. The basic outlines of both books are complete but we still need to format all the information, do continuity checks and produce a pair of products that are attractive and filled with usable information.

We have a number of artists that will work on this project, so we have every hope that if one should be unable to complete their work we will be able to find alternates.

The vehicle project has two authors, Terry Sofian and Arun Rodrigues. We have collaborated on a book already and work well together. Our skill sets overlap so we should be able to ensure completion of that item.

Single point failures exist with Arun and Terry. Arun is the lead person for the graphics and Terry is lead for the text and background. We do not anticipate any tremendous issues with that, both the first two projects are well along.

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    A small swarm on bugs

    A unit of 16 Medium Crushers, Medium Troopers with four drones or 12 Flying Lancers (with no drones, unpainted and unassembled. You will also get all three of the existing books Stars of Empire, The Hive and the Flame and Flying Machines of the Worlds 1902 AND ALL books funded by this Kickstarter as downloadable .pdfs .

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    Hard copies AND downloadable PDF copies of the NEW Referee's and Players' books. This is ALL you need to play Stars of Empire.

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    Six glasses and six books!

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    A hard copy of the Referee's book and two of the Player's Books, plus all six books as downloadable PDFs.

    In addition you give us the concept we give you a Player Character Party of up to ten characters. We will provide you a completely detailed characters in electronic format all statted out and fulled equipped! This will include party equipment for the environment of your choice including stats for up to two vehicles or enough pack animals for the types of adventures you have in mind. We will also find pieces of out of copyright period artwork and put them on the character sheets to help you and others visualize them.

    If we get enough of characters to produce a character book you will get full credit for the character concept in the printed volume!

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    Let us design your machine!

    New art, 3D graphics –Original Victorian Science Fiction Armored Fighting Vehicle, ~8x10 unmatted images: A FULL SET OF FIVE IMAGES. BOTH SIDES, TOP, FRONT AND BACK. THESE WILL BE BLACK AND WHITE. Supporter picks a vehicle type and gives us some details. We design the vehicle and Arun Rodrigues produces an original piece of artwork. The artwork will be printed in the book and you will get a signed print! In addition the vehicle will be named for you. We will produce a 3D printed model as well, scale to be determined by the size of the vehicle you design. You also get a hard copy of the Vehicles book with signed bookplate. You will also get all three of the existing books Stars of Empire, The Hive and the Flame and Flying Machines of the Worlds 1902 AND ALL books funded by the Kickstarter as downloadable .pdfs. Everyone that funds over 100.00 will have their name displayed in every book funded by this kickstarter.

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    A lunar cave painting

    An original image painted by Shannon Sofian. The work appears in the second edition of Stars of Empire and shows a critical piece of evidence indicating humanity is not alone, but you will own the original! You will also get all three of the existing books The World Beneath the Clouds, The Hive and the Flame and Flying Machines of the Worlds 1902 AND ALL books funded by the Kickstarter as downloadable .pdfs. Everyone that funds over 100.00 will have their name displayed in every book funded by this kickstarter.

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    A view of Venus

    An original landscape of Venus painted by Lt Col (retd) Alan Hamilton MBE The work appears in the Venus book but you will own the original! You will also get all three of the existing books The World Beneath the Clouds, The Hive and the Flame and Flying Machines of the Worlds 1902 AND ALL books funded by the Kickstarter as downloadable .pdfs. Everyone that funds over 100.00 will have their name displayed in every book funded by this kickstarter.

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    A Model Mustang Class

    A very talented friend of mine named Doug, who does a lot of model and prop building, has consented to build a 1/100 scale (15mm) Mustang class torpedo flyer. This is one of the iconic ships of the HQC Universe. The reward package includes a one of a kind model of the Mustang and all six of the books as downloadable PDFs. This is available for 200.00 and only a single one is available!

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    6 books; The full library

    Perfect bound hard copies of all three existing books, The World Beneath the Clouds, The Hive and the Flame and Aerial Vehicles of 1902, AND the Two Core RPG Books and The Fighting Machines Book (A total of six volumes) each with an HQC Bookplate signed by authors and artists. You will also get all the existing books AND ALL books funded by the Kickstarter as downloadable .pdfs. Everyone that funds over 100.00 will have their name displayed in every book funded by this kickstarter.

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    Dinner with the designers

    Dinner with the designers! If we are at a Convention Near you (We intend on being at Origins, Diecon, DragonCon, Gencon and Colonial Barracks in 2015). You and a Guest get to have a meal with whichever of the designers are at the Con. We will spring for appetizers, entrées and desserts for you and a friend and we’ll answer questions and promise to be exceptionally amusing. You will also get all three of the existing books The Hive and the Flame and Flying Machines of the Worlds 1902, The World Beneath the Clouds AND ALL books funded by the Kickstarter as both hardcopy AND downloadable .pdfs. Everyone that funds over 100.00 will have their name displayed in every book funded by this kickstarter.

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    Play with the game designer!

    Limited to people that live within 90 minutes driving of St Louis (or if I am going to be in a general area at some point) A personally run game of either The Hive and The Flame or Stars of Empire scenario specifically written for the event. A total of eight copies of assorted books (your choice). Game scheduled to last approximately four hours and be for from 2 to 8 people. You will also get all three of the existing books Stars of Empire, The Hive and the Flame and Flying Machines of the Worlds 1902 AND ALL books funded by the Kickstarter as downloadable .pdfs. Everyone that funds over 100.00 will have their name displayed in every book funded by this kickstarter.

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