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Anthologies, cards, collectables and more from the emerging writers of Australia.
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Welcome to Katecht, the last bastion in the universe . . .

It's true, Planet Bastard has been funded! But there is still time to back the project and help us refine and perfect the final product. Even now, we're hard at work to constantly improve the book and its related products, and for every additional dollar we fund, you're going to be getting better books, better artwork, better collectables, and ultimately a much better experience. Let's see if we can hit $4000! This will arm us with the funds to give this thing a huge polish and make it shine. We'll be frequently updating the Planet Bastard Facebook page with more news, as well as in the updates section here.

Approximately one thousand years ago, an event of catastrophic scale sent all remaining lifeforms flocking to a backwater planet of no significance. The world is blood and sand, a place of doom and plunder damaged from centuries of chaos. They call it Planet Bastard.

There's no question why.

Now, the rebel group known as the Iconoclast has struck a fatal blow to the reigning Confederacy. The world has been thrown into chaos. The Confederacy is vulnerable, but alive. And ripples are spreading through the nations. Not so unlike the world itself, we find ourselves following damaged and broken characters, each one with a part to play in the grand plan of Planet Bastard. A macabre plan, perfectly orchestrated.

Planet Bastard is a story that will be told through periodic anthologies and novels written by some of the best writers in Australia—and soon, the world. It is a seed planted in the land down-under, but with your help, we will be able to sow it into the product it begs to be.

The Planet Bastard anthologies are the beating heart of the project. Each story is a quick and digestible chunk of a larger narrative. Jump in at any point, as each story stands on its own while also serving as a smaller piece of a larger story. Volume 1 includes fourteen short stories by some of the best new writers in Australia, fully-illustrated by Tithi Luadthong.

The writers of Planet Bastard, Volume 1
The writers of Planet Bastard, Volume 1

Heroes of Planet Bastard

Planet Bastard is all about the characters, and you can read below to learn more about their roles in Volume One. Keep in mind, four of the fourteen stories will be kept secret until we get closer to launch.

GILGAN: An old man who finds himself in the deserts of Archaeus, on a secret mission that will set things into motion.

FEX: An enigmatic officer on board the Confederacy’s prized warship, Leviathan, who becomes entangled in a secret plot that could alter the course of the war.

HANNAH: The last of her kind, who sets out on a quest for vengeance that will force her to face her demons and venture straight into enemy territory.

LESTON: A supernatural investigator tasked with slaying a monster that’s terrorising the languishing city of Draghelm, and may find more than he bargained for.

EVA: A young woman destined to change the world, who must rise up to defend her daughter and those she loves from the oppressive hammer of the Confederacy.

VAGELDORF & LUDENBERG: Two of the greatest composers in the world, and their famous rivalry that became a story of legend.

MEIRA: A freelancer for high-paying clients, who travels to the dangerous country of Skarros to steal a delicate and important artefact.

OSWALD: A man on the run who returns home to take part in a high-stakes Azherok tournament—the prize being an eccentric robot.

ARGUS: A soldier of the Iconoclast who embarks upon a suicide mission to bring down the Confederacy once and for all.

CHOVESKI: A famous mutant killer who must work together with his prey when a simple job turns ugly, and he ends up in the hands of an old rival.

Artwork of Planet Bastard

Planet Bastard features incredible artwork by the talented artist, Tithi Luadthong. Here's the final cover art with titles:

Go inside the book with the first of fourteen upper-third chapter illustrations (full colour illustrations will be available on the official Planet Bastard website for your viewing pleasure):

Every dollar you contribute will go towards bringing this anthology to life, paying the artists, designers and writers, and covering the production costs.

Click here to read the first short story, the prologue to the saga, "All Roads Lead to Archaeus" by the director himself, Brandon Young.

Start your collection of official Planet Bastard miniatures with Gilgan, the first miniature in the world of Planet Bastard. Each miniature is a high-quality resin cast designed on a 1:24 scale. Gilgan is 77mm tall, will be painted and packaged in a fully-illustrated collectable box, and have a black base with a Planet Bastard authenticity sticker on the bottom. More updates on this soon!

New character design by David Thor Fjalarsson
New character design by David Thor Fjalarsson

We have extensive plans regarding all of our merchandise and collectables, and this is the perfect time to start collecting.

The greatest card game on Katecht will soon be coming to Earth with AZHEROK: OTHERWORLD EDITION. The game will not be ready for the Kickstarter, but backers will receive special early access cards, all signed by the creator himself, which reveal the secrets of the universe.

Check out a few illustrations below (more to come!):

Duchess Meridia and Protyean's Key (design subject to change)
Duchess Meridia and Protyean's Key (design subject to change)

Each card has a modern design, which includes a short nugget of secret lore that you won't be able to find anywhere else. Not only is each card beautifully illustrated and designed, but it will allow you to expand your knowledge of Planet Bastard's secret history piece by piece.

Stay tuned for more updates regarding Azherok!

Risks and challenges

We are starting this project as small as we possibly can, with short print runs and limited edition miniatures. This will ensure everything remains at a manageable level. However, as we are working with a large team based across the world, there is always the chance of running into design or manufacturing issues. We will be sure to keep you updated if issues do occur, although we will do everything in our power to ensure your products are delivered on time and in excellent condition.

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    Pledge AU$ 5 or more About $4

    Witness to the Revolution

    Turn up and show your support. You will receive a digital box of goodies, as well as regular updates regarding the progress of Planet Bastard and a notification when it launches.

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    • Digital Cover Art (3437 x 5500)
    • Random Story from Volume 1
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    Digital Only

    Receive a digital edition of Planet Bastard, DRM-free, so that you can read it across all of your favourite devices. Contains the anthology in EPUB, MOBI and PDF formats. On top of this, we will mail you one special (random) early access Azherok card signed by the creator. Hang it up, use it as a bookmark, or sell it on the black market! Finally, each backer from this tier forward will receive an exclusive SUBMISSION CODE, which is your golden ticket to being part of future volumes of Planet Bastard. You also receive everything in the previous tier instantly.

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    The Anthology

    Receive the fully-illustrated paperback of Planet Bastard, as well as a complimentary eBook that can be read across all of your favourite devices. You also receive everything in the previous tiers.

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    • Planet Bastard (Paperback)
    • Planet Bastard (Digital)
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    Anthology (Signed) + Collectable

    You get the anthology in both paperback and digital formats, SIGNED by all of the writers involved (a herculean task), as well as the very first Planet Bastard collectable: our 77mm resin cast of GILGAN. Since we appreciate you, you also receive a HANDFUL of special early access Azherok cards containing secrets of the universe.

    Includes:
    • Gilgan Miniature
    • Planet Bastard (Paperback)
    • Planet Bastard (Digital)
    • Digital Goodies
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    The Whole Package + Annotated Book

    WAIT! There's one more! Not only do you get everything, you also receive a SECOND special edition book of Planet Bastard complete with the most detailed and mind-blowing HANDWRITTEN annotations you've ever seen. This is the "director's commentary" and will go deep into the creative process. Perfect for writers, creators, or anybody else who's interested in the going-ons inside my mind. This is a limited edition product and will not be available following the Kickstarter.

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    • Absolutely Everything
    • Planet Bastard (Annotated Hardcover)
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    Pledge AU$ 100 or more About $72

    Historian of Planet Bastard

    Welcome to the supreme tiers! The Historian of Planet Bastard gets you everything (seriously everything, including that annotated book) as well as the opportunity to contribute to the history of Planet Bastard by creating a piece of myth or legend. Want to make a hero whose statue populates the great cities? A villain whose name is passed down in whispers? Wanna start a war? Build a famous dynasty? We will work together to ensure it fits the continuity but, chances are, you've got complete creative freedom. Also, as a special thanks, this tier qualifies you for FREE SHIPPING worldwide!

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    • Add a Piece of History
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    Guardian of Planet Bastard

    Maybe you're crazy or maybe you truly see the glowing potential of Planet Bastard. As a Guardian of Planet Bastard, everything goes through you first. The Guardian tier gets you everything (including the stuff that the Historian gets), but you're also getting VOLUME 2-5 a week before everyone else, you're getting EVERY MINIATURE that is released from now until volume five, and at the end of Phase 1 you will receive the beautiful hardcover OMNIBUS collecting the first five volumes. These will be released periodically over the next two years, with the omnibus releasing in SEPTEMBER 2019. We will have updates regarding exact release dates at the completion of the campaign. This tier also qualifies you for FREE SHIPPING worldwide!

    Includes:
    • Conclusively Everything
    • Planet Bastard Volume 2-5 (Paperback & Digital)
    • All Miniatures Until Volume 5
    • Planet Bastard Phase 1 Omnibus (Hardcover)
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