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Tales From the Fallen Empire: Post-Apocalyptic Sword and Sorcery Setting for the Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG

Milford, CT Games
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Tales From the Fallen Empire: Stretch Goal #2 - 10,000-12,000 = Module!

Cthulhu Mythos writer Oscar Rios has signed on to write a module called "Threads of Uruk" for our next stretch goal.

Oscar's scenarios appear in, More Adventures in Arkham Country, New Tales of the Miskatonic Valley, Lux in Tenebras, and the soon to be released Atomic Age Cthulhu and Tales of the Sleepless City.  Oscar has written the following monographs from Chaosium: Ripples from Carcosa, Tales of Death and Darkness, The Ravenar Saga, Malum Umbra and Extrio Tablulo.  Oscar's scenarios have appeared in following monographs from Chaosium - Strange Songs, Halloween Horror, Halloween Horrors II, Christmas in Kingsport, Halloween Horrors Returns, Bride of Halloween Horror, Plan 9 from Halloween, The Gods Hate Me, Dead Leaves Fall and The River Terror and others.

If we reach the $10,000 mark we will release this module on PDF for all backers from Rogue to Sorcerer King.  If we reach the $12,000 mark the module will be available as a printed book for Barbarians and higher.  This is a great opportunity to add a heaping of Mythos flavor to your tales From the Fallen Emipre or DCC campaign.  

Tales From the Fallen Empire:  Stretch Goal #1 - 8,500 Reached!

Chapter 13 Press will be producing a limited edition Game Master Screen which can be used when running your Tales From the Fallen Empire campaign or used when running a Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG.  This will be a nice three paneled card stock screen with the beautiful art work of Eric Quigley on the outside and useful tables for the GM on the inside.   All pledges Pirate and above will receive a copy of this screen (digital and physical) and our Barbarian friends will receive the screen in digital format.

Thanks again for all those who made this happen!!!!!

Tales From the Fallen Empire:  Post-Apocalyptic Sword & Sorcery 

1OO years have passed since Mankind revolted and slew the Sorcerer Kings of old… Now, the survivors of seven kingdoms begin to start new lives and hopes on the ashes of old. However, even as life continues, an ancient and forgotten evil stirs awaiting its moment to strike against mankind.

 Join the struggle for survival in a war-torn land where new empires arise to impose their will upon the masses. Vicious warlords fight to control territories carved out of fallen kingdoms. Imposing magicians emerge claiming the legacy of the Sorcerer Kings. High Priests of long forgotten gods and goddesses amass wealth in the name of divine right while Warrior-priests, devoted to a banished god, patrol the lands bringing justice to people abandoned by their rulers.

Within these pages is a detailed post-apocalyptic fantasy setting taking you through an ancient realm that is fighting for its survival and its humanity. Seek your fortune or meet your fate in the burning deserts of the once lush and vibrant land of Vuul, or travel to the humid jungles of Najambi to face the tribes of the Man-Apes and their brutal sacrificial rituals.

Tales From the Fallen Empire is a post apocalyptic swords & sorcery setting created for use with the Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG by Goodman Games.  It introduces new classes, an alternate way to handle the 0 level character funnel, setting inspired spells, new optional rules for swords & sorcery play and more.  Tighten the straps on your sandals, grab your weapon, and head forth into a land of trouble and turmoil. Adventure  awaits those foolhardy to enter the wastelands or for those who fear not the unknown. Pledge today to begin the adventure in the fragments of the Fallen Empire. 

Setting Features

Within the campaign setting you will find:  6 new classes: Barbarian, Witch, Draki, Wanderer, Man-Ape, & Pirate.  Adding more choices for play in the setting and within the DCC RPG.

A revised Wizard Class (The Sorcerer) - A fiendish master of the arcane who draws energy from the living to perform powerful magics.

New Spells - Magic inspired by ancient Babylonian & Egyptian folklore and mythology

New Creatures - Monster befitting to classic swords and sorcery.  Battle savage dinosaurs,  ride into the unknown on a war trained moa, or match wits with the tribal man-apes of the southern jungles.

Survival, racial trait & scrounging rules - Optional rules for your Tales From the Fallen Empire or DCC campaign.  Designed with the system and setting in mind.

A detailed setting inspired by the works of Fritz Lieber, Robert E. Howard, Lynn Carter, H. P. Lovecraft, Roger Corman, and Michael Moorcock

Our Awesome Freelance Team and Contributors

Michael Curtis (Writer) - Michael's works include The Dungeon Alphabet (author), Stonehell Dungeon: Down Night-Haunted Halls (author), Realms of Crawling Chaos (co-author), Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG (additional writing), Emirikol Was Framed! (author), Open Game Table: The Anthology of Roleplaying Game Blogs, Vol. 1 (contributing author), Fight On! (regular contributor), Knockspell (contributing author)

Doug Kovacs (Artist) - Doug has  worked on a number of 3E D&D and 4E D&D books for WotC, numerous 3E modules, and all the 4E modules for Goodman Games andthe DCC RPG (covers,  maps, and numerous interiors). Additionally the cover for The Random monster book and interiors for the Dungeon Alphabet.

Michael Lavoie (Artist) - Michael has done art work for AEG (L5R), Fantasy Flight Games (Game of Thrones CCG), Vortex Games, Architect Games (Reclamation RPG), Conquest of Arthenia, Vortex Games, Avalon Games.

Eric Quigley (Artist) - Eric's current projects include Dwimmermount, Tales from the Fallen Empire, and the Inkwell Ideas stock art monster mini project.

Adam Rinehart (Writer) - While Adam's current credits are minimal his play test credits have proven his knowledge of game mechanics and styles.

The Chapter 13 Press Design Team

James Carpio (Author) - James has been co-author and developer on several RPG products such as Eden Studio's One of the Living, Exile Studio's Secrets of the Surface World, George Strayton's The Secret Fire, and R. Talsorian's CyberPunk 3 Gang Book.  James has also co-authored Pulp Era and Spookybeans by Chapter 13 Press.

Ben Morgan (Art Director) - Ben had done freelance artwork and custom character sheets for many prominent independently published RPGs, including Inspectres, octaNe, Elfs, Trollbabe, Donjon, Paladin, Bulldogs, Mouse Guard, Burning Wheel, and My Life With Master. He is currently finishing the print version of Spookybeans.

Mary Lindholm (Editor) - Mary has co-authored The Prima Guides EQII and Asharon's Call II as well as editing on Spookybeans.

Michael Smith (Writer) - Michael's RPG projects have included Pulp Era: Cinematic Tales From the Yesteryear and Bad Muthas: Tales From the Funk!  

The Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG

From the Goodman Games Website :

Return to the glory days of fantasy with the Dungeon Crawl Classics Role Playing Game. Adventure as 1974 intended you to, with modern rules grounded in the origins of sword & sorcery. Fast play, cryptic secrets, and a mysterious past await you: turn the page… DCC RPG, an OGL system that cross-breeds Appendix N with a streamlined version of 3E.

Is this just the beginning of the story?

The Tales From the Fallen Empire sword & sorcery setting is the beginning of a series of source books for the DCC RPG based in the torn world of Leviathan.  The core book is set in the land of Vuul, but covers all the major countries, races, people, and politics of the setting.  Future supplements will go further detail about the surrounding nations and will include new monsters, spells, and classes.



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    Barbarian: You have no need for formality, you take what you need and move on to the next adventure. A gaming tome would be too heavy in your pack and prefer lighter materials. Barbarians receive the benefits of the Rogue and a copy of the final book in PDF.

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    Pirate: Your life is that of adventure and plunder. You spend your days travelling the River of Blades looking for the right opportunity. Like the Barbarian you will receive a copy of the final PDF, a mention in our Rogues Gallery, and a copy of the printed book as well.

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    Noble: The Noble likes the finer pleasures that the world has to offer. What is the purpose of wealth if not to flaunt it. The Noble recieves all the benefits of the Rogue and the Barbarian, but a limited hardbound edition of the book. In addition the Noble will receive a a special Tales From The Fallen Empire keepsake (TBA).

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    High Lord: The High Lord sits in his spiraling tower looking over the masses of sub-humans who embark on war with the powerful 1st men. The High Lord gets all the benefits of the Noble, but in an international package.

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    Warlord: You are a master of your people and your land. Civilization is for the weak of heart. You rule your people with an iron fist and anyone who crosses you is made example of. The Warlord receives the same benefit as the Noble, but will be named (anagram of your name) as one of the Warlords in the setting. Your true name will be listed as a Warlord in the credits and on the website. International orders add $15.00 for Shipping

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    Sorcerer King: You are one of the most powerful entities to walk this pitiful world since the 1st men ruled. Your pacts with demons and devils have made you almost immortal and godlike. Your people fear you as do the others who hear your name spoken. The Sorcerer King gains the same benefits as the Noble, but will be named (anagram of your name) as the Sorcerer King of either the City State of Ya'Matar or Soccura. Plus an illustration of you in the book as your Sorcerer King character. International orders add $15.00 for Shipping

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