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$2,621
pledged of $2,000pledged of $2,000 goal
81
backers
11days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, July 27 2019 4:00 PM UTC +00:00.

About

Guardians of Umbra is a Teslapunk setting for the Savage Worlds Adventure Edition roleplaying system. Play as powerful mythological creatures and take on the sinister Tesla Corps, Nazis, and other Earthly forces threatening Umbra. To preview some of the new edges, hindrances, races, and a new arcane background, check out our free Guardians of Umbra Jumpstart.


 “This game references the Savage Worlds game system, available from Pinnacle Entertainment Group at www.peginc.com. Savage Worlds and all associated logos and trademarks are copyrights of Pinnacle Entertainment Group. Used with permission. Pinnacle makes no representation or warranty as to the quality, viability, or suitability for purpose of this product.”   

In the midst of World War II, the course of history is changed forever as Nathaniel Cain introduces the power of the Tesla Corps to the rest of the world. Secretly selling weapons and soldiers to both sides of the war, Nathan has ensured that no matter who eventually wins this bloody conflict, the Tesla Corps will come out on top.

The aos si', creatures once thought to only exist in legends, are now appearing along ley lines around the world,  These aos si', are seeking to right the wrongs committed against them, and they've set their sights on the Tesla Corps.

Humans have despoiled their lands. They have kidnapped the goddess Purity. They will not stop until all aos si' are dead or slaves. The only hope for the aos si' is to eliminate the human threat, or find a way to live among them once again.

Guardians of Umbra and the Guardians of Umbra Game Master's Guide will allow players to traverse the globe during World War II and experience the changes brought about by the alternate technological path of humanity and the return of the aos si' to Earth. Learn about the golem resistance in France and Germany; the triumph of the Irish Empire over Britain; the valkyrie defeating the Germans during the London Blitz, and other such events as history has diverted from its course.

Between fights with mecha-Nazis, Tesla-arc-empowered mad men, and other monstrosities, aos si' can return to Umbra. There, they can decide the fate of a people who are on the verge of starting a war that could end in the extinction of one or both races. Exotic terrain and mystical locations await them, such as the vision pools leading to Earth and other realms. They can visit the Endless Forest of the Runekin and the flying citadels of the Valkyrie. 

Guardians of Umbra contains everything players will need to create iconic heroes and take on the terrifying enemies that await them, including:

  • New Races
  • New Edges, including new Paragon Edges
  • New Hindrances 
  • New Arcane Backgrounds
  • New Spells
  • New weapons, armor, and adventuring gear
  • A guide on how to create magic items that grow with your character
  • Extensive information about the world of Umbra and the current state of Earth
  • Much More

Anyone getting the Guardians of Umbra: Game Masters Guide will find everything they need to craft epic stories and create exciting encounters, such as:

  • Key locations, such as sanctuary cities, Tesla Corps bases, and more
  • New cursed items and artifacts
  • Encounter, hazard, and trap generators
  • Iconic figures such as Rosie the Riveter 
  • A bestiary full of ready to use antagonists and monsters 
  • New mutations and weird science augments for creatures
  • A ready to run adventure for new and experienced players alike
  • Details about enemy factions, such as the Church of the Mortal Coil
  • Much More

Guardians of Umbra is a setting with new races, technology, and enemies. We know many players use theater of the mind, however there are tons of players who really want to see the world they are playing in come to life. In order to do this, we are creating paper miniatures for this kickstarter.

There are currently 8 sheets containing paper miniatures. We're using much of our funds from Kickstarter to purchase more art, and we'll add as many new pieces as we can to the paper miniature collection.

Anyone who is receiving a physical product will also receive the PDFs for these paper minis for free

 After we have finished the delivery of the kickstarter, we will break up the sheets in to group types and put them up on Drivethrurpg for anyone to get.

One of the most exciting things about Guardians of Umbra is the unique races that players are able to play. This includes the noble valkyrie, dominating the skies with their winged combat style; doppelgangers, master infiltrators that can take any form; and avatars of nature, hybrids with the intelligence of humans and bodies formed by plants, or wild animals.

Valkyrie, Rogue Demons, Runekin, and Avatars of Nature are just some of the new races available.
Valkyrie, Rogue Demons, Runekin, and Avatars of Nature are just some of the new races available.

Each race will also have access to several race-specific edges, called Paragon Edges. These can come in the form of additional evolutions, or enhancements to their natural abilities. These edges and the abilities they grant are for those who want to play a character that is the paragon of their species.

Inside the Guardians of Umbra Game Master's Guide, you will find countless hazards, allies, dangerous locations, and heartless enemies. Every race in guardians of umbra has a special type of enemy that they can encounter that has either evolved or been trained to defeat them. There are additional rules for adding specific types of weapons, enhancements, and other abilities to tailor each encounter to the story you want to tell. 

Even the most cunning hero is but prey to another great hunter!
Even the most cunning hero is but prey to another great hunter!

We are using DriveThruRPG to fulfill this Kickstarter. 

Print on Demand vouchers allow you to purchase the book at-cost plus shipping to your home. This means if the book costs $6 to make, that's what you pay, in addition to the shipping costs. We don't collect any revenue off of POD books. This is simply a way to help you save some money if you wish to have everything in print.

Once the product is for sale in Print on Demand, backers will be sent an email containing their Voucher, which is essentially a coupon. It comes in the form of a URL linking to the product. You click on the link, and it automatically adjusts the price to our cost to print the book. Then, you simply check out like you would any other time you purchase a product. Shipping is then added to the total. At that point, you complete the transaction and you're done!

Here are the estimated printing and shipping costs for the products we offer as Print on Demand. We will send a survey when the Kickstarter campaign is over where you can choose your preference between Soft and Hard cover for Guardians of Umbra. 

Risks and challenges

We are currently working to put the finishing touches on the two setting books and 90% of our art assets are completed. We are continuing to playtest all of the new innovations and abilities in order to make sure they are balanced and in line with everything in SWADE.

We have decided to use DrivethruRPG for production and delivery to keep the costs as low as possible to all of our backers. This means we will not have any delays due to finding printers, shipping companies, warehouses, etc.

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