About this project
How we are Different! Created by a community of gamers, role players, historians, scientists, lawyers, rouges, vagabonds, and heroes, HQC has unprecedented depth and scope, with the flexibility to allow you to set pretty much any sort of campaign your games master and players desire. We present a detailed and fully realized world: Steampunk with an emphasis on the Steam-not the punk!
Help us fund The World Beneath the Clouds a source book for the Hive, Queen and Country Victorian Science Fiction universe. This project will produce a massive 256 page or longer full color reference on the planet Venus as envisioned in the Hive, Queen and Country setting. The reference is specifically written to support the role playing game Stars of Empire and The Hive and the Flame miniatures game-both of which are table top games. It can be used for any Victorian Science Fiction or Steampunk settings as well as many traditional science fiction ones. Referees and Players will find this an extraordinary place to adventure, detailed and playable.
WHAT HAVE PEOPLE SAID ABOUT OUR PREVIOUS GAMES?
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Flying Machines of the Worlds 1902
Venus in Hive, Queen and Country
Unlike that world in our reality the fictional planet supports complex life; the land has balloon trees and huge arthropods, the seas giant marine creatures, huge floating creatures fill its clouds.
The book will pull off the cloud cover and offer a detailed look at Venus. This volume will detail the Climate, Cultures and Creatures of Venus. This planet will be dealt with in depth. Venus in the Hive, Queen and Country Universe is a world of deserts, oceans and cloud forests. It has been partially terraformed by aliens in humanity's distant past. In addition to its native life there are many species transported from Earth and still more that have been genetically engineered. Finally the human slaves of these aliens were abandoned to a cruel fate centuries ago. Since that time the surviving humans have escaped extinction and formed cultures across the planet.
Into this tapestry of alien creatures and exotic cultures the Great Powers of Earth land and begin colonization, weaving their complex stories into the fabric of Venusian life.
The Hive, Queen and Country Game Universe started out as fairly simple idea and it has just grown and grown. Initially it began as a few friends discussing how to spice up British Colonial gaming by adding giant arthropods. It has evolved into an extremely active Yahoo! Group with over 30,000 messages discussing every aspect of Victorian gaming, history, technology and society. Three products have already been published; the core Role Playing Game Rules-Stars of Empire, The Hive and the Flame miniatures rules, which won the Best Science Fiction Supplement of 2011 from The Miniatures Page and most recently Flying Machines of the Worlds 1902.
Hive, Queen and Country is Hard Science Victorian Science Fiction. Care has been taken to make the Hive, Queen and Country one of the most detailed and internally consistent role playing universes ever published. We have been doing this by making everyone on the Yahoo! Group a contributor, if they desire. They vet all the ideas presented and produce many of the ideas that have seen print. Members of the list offer expertise in many many fields, from Victorian history to technology, astrophysics and period military information. The list is open to anyone, and is extremely active, knowledgeable and polite. It was designed to be a sandbox for anyone to play in and build sandcastles. http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/Hivequeen/ Please check out the list and see if it interests you. We are always looking for new points of view, and new sources of information.
We have some amazing artwork from some extremely talented artists. Paul Daly http://www.facebook.com/pages/Paul-Daly-Art/247975821890525 has done the wonderful cover shown at the top of the page.
Rachael Mayo http://www.elfwood.com/~rachaelm has done some stellar drawings as well.
Arun Rodrigues http://www.shapeways.com/shops/objects (he did the interior illustrations for Flying Machines of the Worlds 1902) Phyllis Crecelius (who produced the back cover of Stars of Empire) and Mateen Greenway http://mateengreenway.com/steampunk/HQC.htm have all contributed some amazing digital artwork.
So what will the money do?
It will pay for pre-production work and editing services. It is that simple. Our first three books were put together with as little money as possible. We still put out products we are very proud of, but we want to raise the bar. We try and get as much art as we can from public domain sources but we love to showcase the stunning work of our artist partners. We want our products to be visually appealing and well organized in addition to providing players with some of the most detailed and consistent Victorian Science Fiction role playing materials. We want our customers to have it all!
We strive to produce products that we would be pleased with if we bought them. We do everything we can to load them with useful information and keep the costs as low as possible.
Stretch Goal number one! Unlocked at 4,000.00
Our First Stretch Goal will be our second technical reference; Land Fighting Machines and Artillery of the Worlds 1902. This volume concentrates on the various steam powered fighting machines and artillery weapons of the HQC universe. When we do the graphics for this though YOU get an added bonus! Our 3D graphics will translate into 3D printed models from http://www.shapeways.com/shops/objects. So if this project flies it will provide not only two books but a large number of scale steam technology vehicles. Arun has produced wonderful airship and naval vessel models in everything from 1/6000 scale to 15mm. We will be doing the same thing with the ground machines.
The second a technical volume Land Fighting Machines and Artillery of the Worlds 1902, covers the armored fighting vehicles of the HQC universe. In addition the book will also cover artillery weapons from 1880-1902. This will include a large number of historical weapons from the period as well as steampunk and alien ordnance. Up to this point the historical artillery of the late Victorian period has been poorly covered in published materials. We hope to do this interesting subject justice as well as presenting the invented vehicles and weapons of our fictional game universe as well.
Second Stretch Goal-Hordes of Bug Miniatures-Unlocked at 5,000.00
Our second Stretch Goal is to find a caster for our line of bug miniatures and get them back in production! We have nine extremely nasty and dangerous bugs, designed and mastered by Scott Flower (the genius behind Gametech's Space 1889 ship line). They need a casting company to call home, so they can multiply and infest gaming tables across the land!
Our third and fourth Stretch Goals will see production of additional source books. The two we have planned are Armies of the Hive Wars and Armies of Venus. These will detail the various military units in service between 1890 and 1910. These will include orders of battle, uniforms, equipment and tactics of the numerous armed forces of the various powers and other lesser nations. Also included will be details of the Hives, both the original one in Devon and the many that appeared in South and Central America at the turn of the century.
Armies of the Hive War at 6,000.00
Armies of Venus at 7,000.00
If we continue to do well we will be putting out additional books (we are a traditional sort of gaming company!)
Stretch Goal Five-unlocked at 10,000.00
Spacecraft, Spaceports and Space Travel-1870-1915
Stretch Goal Six-Unlock at 15,000.00
Cities of Earth, Venus and Mars
Risks and challenges
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 projects 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. We have been able to produce a book a year so this year we hope to produce two in 2013, with the additional resources provided by the Kickstarter.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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