- …a table-top role-playing game featuring an evolution ofthe award winning FATE game system utilized in Strands of Fate; streamlined and tailored specifically for the Nova Praxis setting.
- …self-contained. You do not need to own, or be familiar with, any other FATE game to play Nova Praxis.
- …a relatively "hard sci-fi" setting that takes place in the aftermath of a short lived technological singularity.
- …an exploration of the tropes of transhuman sci-fi. Mind uploading, resleeving, AI characters, and body augmentation.
- …an exploration of the societal impact of a reputation based post-scarcity economy.
- …a game in which players play characters who know how to slip between the cracks of civilization and perform the jobs their patrons would rather keep off the books.
- ... a setting full of conflict. The Houses wage a secret Shadow War against each other, purist and transhuman ideologies erupt in violence, and apostates lash out against the oppression of the Coalition government.
- ...home to gauss rifles, powered armor, star ships, security drones, bipedal war frames, swarms of nanomachines, kill-sats, and the horrors of accelerated evolution gone wrong.
Nova Praxis is the third book to be released by Void Star Games. But in many ways, it is the oldest.
Void Star's first release, Strands of Fate, was developed to provide the rule set for the setting. Strands took the award winning FATE game system found in Spirit of the Century, Starblazer Adventures and the Dresden Files RPG and rebuilt it as a universal FATE toolkit. The result went on to become a Gold Best Seller on DrivethruRPG, and the next year was followed up with Strands of Power, Strands' first expansion.
Now we've come full circle, and Nova Praxis is finally starting to take shape. It uses an evolution of the FATE system as presented in Strands of Fate, purpose built to reflect the needs of the setting. You can read more about how Nova Praxis differs from Strands of Fate and "traditional" FATE here and here.
"With the upcoming release of Nova Praxis, Mike McConnell's new transhumanist SF game, we now have a complete RPG powered by Strands of Fate. And no fears, you don't need to buy Strands to play this: Nova Praxis is a complete RPG with a rich setting and a streamlined version of the Strands system... Even better, it's a game I want to play." - John Till, FATE SF (Read the rest of this preview here, Part 2 here, Part 3 here.)
"I don’t want to spoil too much of the story behind the game setting; suffice to say it is extremely evocative, with plenty of scope for role-playing opportunities." - Greywulf, Stuffershack (Read the rest of this preview here.)
"For a mere beta version of the game it already looks gorgeous. If you expect your modern sci-fi game book to look sleek and stylish you won’t be disappointed by Nova Praxis at all."...."Overall I noticed a lot of very cool tweaks to the FATE system. Even if you are not necessarily interested in the setting, you might want to pick up Nova Praxis for its rules alone." - Michael Wolf, Stargazer's World (Read the rest of this preview here.)
"Nova Praxis is a well-integrated bundle of setting and rules, one section plays off of another creating a game where setting informs the rules and rules inform the setting. Much of this has to do with the strength of the Fate system, in any incarnation of the rules. This is a sexy and good-looking game that will make you want to run it, or play in its world." - Christopher Helton, Dorkland (Read the rest of this preview here, and the follow-up here.)
Things have changed. We have changed.
Earth is lost to us, but even in the aftermath of this terrible tragedy, we grow, evolve and even prosper. We have witnessed the death of our mother and the birth of a new era.
In what might have been the end, the synthesis of biology and technology proved our salvation. Augmentation, ranging from basic genetic manipulation to Apotheosis, set us on the path of prosperity. But it also emphasized the importance of identity, individual humanity, and the purity of the species.
The loss of Earth and the resulting Exodus gave us a oportunity to start over with a clean slate. And we seized it.
Though the need for organization, stability and a reliable government was clear, the old ways were seen by most as archaic, clumsy and too prone to corruption.
It was time for a new way… a Nova Praxis.
Today, social networks allow the will of the people to be measured instantly, accurately and without the need for representation. The Coalition, guided by the collective voice of its people, has established new homes on worlds lit by new suns. Molecular assembly technology has made it possible for society to provide a quality of life never before imagined, at essentially no cost, to everyone. And we are virtually immortal.
But can this would-be Utopia last?
Corruption in the Coalition government fosters decay from within. The Houses, our benefactors and patrons, run shadowy networks of intrigue, espionage and assassination. Apostates, non-citizens, condemn those who would trade their privacy for the Coalition’s false security. Remnants of Earth’s old governments wage an unrelenting guerilla war on Coalition forces. Ideological extremists commit acts of terror using the latest horror to spring from a factory or test tube…
And the value of a human soul is weighed and measured in lines of code.
Nova Praxis is a post-singularity sci-fi setting that explores transhumanism and post-scarcity societies against a backdrop of action, adventure, conspiracy and intrigue.
Learn more about Nova Praxis!
Nova Praxis has been in development for about three years now. It has taken a tremendous amount of research and problem solving to create the setting itself, and now the rules are nearly finalized.
We are currently running a playtest using a playtest docs that are about 90% complete.
Here's is a screen shot of page 1 of the table of contents from the most recent version of the playtest PDF:
The table of contents and all reference page numbers are fully linked. And the PDF is fully bookmarked.
In addition, the frame that surrounds the table of contents in the image above is present on every page. Notice the "buttons" on the sides? The ones on the left are links to the start of the listed chapter. The ones on the right take you forward or back a page, or jump straight to the character sheet. The "orb" at the top takes you to our messageboards, and the "back" button in the lower right will take you to the previous page.
So if you click a link or one of the navigation buttons, you can hit the "back" button to return to the page you were on before hitting the link. The character sheet is also a fillable form, so you can be reading about an Advantage, hit the character sheet button, add the Advantage to your character, then hit "back" to return and continue reading.
The PDF itself is being formatted for optimal viewing on a tablet or laptop. In fact, this particular screen shot comes from an iPad 3 using the Goodreader app. But of course, it will look just as good on an Android tablet, laptop or widescreen monitor.
The print version of the book will be full color hardcovers.
What do the Kickstarter funds pay for?
Artists, writers, and printers are expensive, and that's what the Kickstarter funds will be used to pay for. At $10,000, we will break even with a small buffer for unforeseen expenses.
Additional funds will go toward developing future products and exploring additional stretch goals.
If Nova Praxis is funded beyond the initial $10K we need to break even, we will give contributors additional free products based on how far we go.
#1 ($15,000) - If we get to $15K, all PDFs or printed copies of the book will also come with a PDF of our first supplement, the GM's Companion, when it goes on sale. The GM's Companion features additional NPC write-ups, an introductory scenario, and suggested plot arcs for missions and campaigns.
#2 ($20,000) - All printed copies of the book will also come with a full color poster map showing the Sol System and its relation to the other inhabited star systems.
#3 ($30,000) - Everyone who gets the PDF or printed copy of the core book gets a free copy of the PDF for our second published scenario, The Vantage Strain, when it goes on sale.
#4 ($40,000) - Everyone who gets the PDF or printed copy of the core book gets a free copy of the PDF for our 2nd supplement, The Shadow War, when it goes on sale. This supplement will expand upon the Shadow War waged between the Houses, and how your PCs might get involved.
#5 ($50,000) - Everyone who gets the PDF or printed copy of the core book gets a free copy of the PDF for our 3rd supplement, The Galactic Gazetteer Vol 1: The Solar System, when it goes on sale. This supplement expands upon the our Solar System, from desolate Earth to the pirates of the asteroid belt.
#6 ($60,000) - Everyone who gets the PDF or printed copy of the core book gets a free copy of the PDF for our 4th supplement, The Galactic Gazetteer Vol 2: Exoplanets, when it goes on sale. This supplement expands upon the planets found outside of our Solar System, exploring them in detail.
#7 ($70,000) - Everyone who gets the PDF or printed copy of the core book gets a free copy of the PDF for our 5th supplement, The Houses, when it goes on sale. This supplement expands upon the Houses, their prominent members, their internal structures, their goals, and how they work to achieve them.
#8 ($80,000) - Everyone who gets the PDF will also receive the digital version of the book as an iOS and Android app when its development is completed. This app will contain an audio commentary on the design and contents of Nova Praxis, as well as an integrated dice roller and character creator.
Risks and challenges
The same challenges that any new RPG faces; lack of direction in development, lack of experience from the developers, lack of understanding about what it takes to make a good RPG...
Void Star Games has designed, developed and self-published two successful RPG products. Strands of Fate has become a Gold Best Seller on DrivethruRPG and carries an average review score of 4.5 out of 5. Strands of Power, an expansion to Strands of Fate, has had impressive sales and reviews as well.
Nova Praxis has already been in development for a few years, and is very nearly complete. Like Strands of Fate and Strands of Power, it is based off the very popular FATE game system. This means that the core mechanics of the system are well tested and have had time to mature considerably since their initial release in Spirit of the Century.
Quotes for printing have already been gathered and a realistic budget for art and writing has been determined.
We will be shooting for a February release of the PDF. We also hope to release the print copy in February as well, but be aware that scheduling at the printer could potentially delay printing for a short time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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