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TWO PROJECTS FOR THE PRICE OF ONE!

WE ARE ADDING THE LAND FIGHTING MACHINES BOOK AS PART OF THIS PROJECT!

We will be producing the Land Fighting machines book for the HQC Universe, over 100 designs, 3D graphics, histories, orders of battle and tables of organization and equipment and color schemes! The book should run about 300 pages and will be out by June 2016.

Help us fund The Second Edition of Stars of Empires, the core Role Playing rules for the Hive, Queen and Country Victorian Science Fiction universe. Referees and Players will find this an extraordinary place to adventure, detailed and playable.

So why a Second Edition?

The first edition of Stars of Empire was published by Black Pigeon Press and used their Hacktastic game engine. Unfortunately Black Pigeon Press has closed its doors. Instead of letting the Hive, Queen and Country Universe just die I formed Aerolyth Enterprises LLC and began self publishing. I wanted to circle back and do a second edition of the core RPG rules.

How will the Second Edition be different?
The original edition was 8 by 10 inches and had 286 pages. The new edition will run to 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 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. 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. For stretch goals we will be looking at bringing out the Ground Fighting Machines book in rapid succession. The designs for it are all nearly completed. 

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 Hive and the Flame-Awards

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.

Happy gamers playing Hive and the Flame at Dragoncon 2014
Happy gamers playing Hive and the Flame at Dragoncon 2014
This is the Hive Terrain, three full 4 X 4 sections plus addition parts!
This is the Hive Terrain, three full 4 X 4 sections plus addition parts!

Our First Stretch Goal! Unlocks at 4,000.00

Although it might be a bit optimistic I'd like to announce our first stretch goal: The Players Manual. This will condense all the material from the core book needed by players to create characters and play the game into a single separate, less expensive volume. This will allow a Game Master to keep his or her secrets while allowing players to have their own source book.

Players looking through source material-we will make this a lot easier!
Players looking through source material-we will make this a lot easier!

Risks and challenges

This is our second Kickstarter Project and the fourth book 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! We have a lot of material we need to complete before these projects are ready. There is a lot of writing and play testing that is required. 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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    Check the couch for spare change! Every little bit helps! You are a great person and love to help out in any way you possibly can. You believe in expanding the Hive, Queen and Country universe even if you don't play miniature or role playing games. Thank you

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    Give up a latte and build a gaming universe! For the sacrifice of a single overpriced coffee drink you can help us produce a better game! For everyone that backs at this level we'll name a beverage or food item within the HQC Universe after you!

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    A downloadable PDF copy of the Stars of Empire Second Edition! We will release this a month before the general release of the books!

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    You give us the concept we give you the Character. We will provide you a completely detailed character in electronic format all statted out and fulled equipped! We will also find a piece of out of copyright period artwork and put that on the character sheet 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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    A downloadable PDF copy of the both the second edition of Stars of Empire AND the Land Fighting Machines book! We will release this a month before the general release of the books!

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    All three of the existing books, The Hive and the Flame, Flying Machines of the World 1902 and The World Beneath the Clouds as downloadable PDFs.

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    All four of the Hive, Queen and Country books, The Hive and the Flame, Flying Machines of the World 1902 and The World Beneath the Clouds AND the second edition of Stars of Empire as downloadable PDFs.

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    Perfect bound hard copy of any of the books with a Hive, Queen and Country bookplate signed by the author and cover artists. 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 as downloadable pdfs copy of Stars of Empire second edition as well.

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    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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    A perfect bound hard copy of the second edition of Stars of Empire with a bookplate signed by the author and cover artists. You will also get all four of the books Stars of Empire, The Hive and the Flame and Flying Machines of the Worlds 1902 as downloadable .pdfs.

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    A perfect bound hard copy of the Land Fighting Machines book with a bookplate signed by the author and cover artists. You will also get all four of the books Stars of Empire, The Hive and the Flame and Flying Machines of the Worlds 1902 as downloadable .pdfs.

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    BOTH of the New books in hard copy plus ALL FIVE of the books as downloadable PDFs!

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    The Full Party Deal
    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.

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    Pick a unit of either Orinthopters or Steam Powered Combat Walkers in either 15mm or 28mm. These will be delivered painted to your home, ready for tabletop combat or display. The 28mm models will be 3D printed and the 15mm versions will be either 3D printed or resin cast. If you choose 28mm you get 3 models, in 15mm you get six. 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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    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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    We will write an original adventure on the subject of the sponsor's choosing. The sponsors will be named as characters in the adventure. The sponsor may choose the location of the adventure and the basic plot elements. They will receive an electronic copy of the adventure. If the adventure is published the sponsor will receive an electronic copy of that product. The adventure will be approximately 16 pages long. You will also get all three of the existing books, The Hive and the Flame and Flying Machines of the Worlds 1902 and The World Beneath the Clouds 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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    New art, 3D graphics –Original Victorian Science Fiction Armored Fighting Vehicle, ~8x10 unmatted images. 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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    Four books and four PDFs. The three existing books and the new second edition of Stars of Empire

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    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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    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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    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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    The Hive is yours! A HUGE hand made set of Hive Terrain. Three 4 by 4 foot terrain pieces with a huge Hive modeled off of Termite nests. This terrain was fought over at Diecon Origins. For details see this webpage http://hivequeenandcountry.com/home/?p=1411. The three pieces are made from pink foam and are painted and flocked. The alien Hive structures are foam and are textured and painted. The terrain is also detailed with a number of large craters.

    This terrain will cover a four by ten foot table with a couple of feet left over! Good for any Hive, or for a number of alien setting.

    You will also get all four of the existing books Stars of Empire 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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