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Secret Agents of CROSS is a tabletop RPG where Catholic agents protect the flock from supernatural horrors, demons, and terrorists.
Secret Agents of CROSS is a tabletop RPG where Catholic agents protect the flock from supernatural horrors, demons, and terrorists.  If you missed the kickstarter pick your pledge level below and then go to the Follow Along! link to pledge.
Secret Agents of CROSS is a tabletop RPG where Catholic agents protect the flock from supernatural horrors, demons, and terrorists.  If you missed the kickstarter pick your pledge level below and then go to the Follow Along! link to pledge.
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CROSS is a clandestine spy agency also known as the Catholic Response Organization to Strategize and Strike. CROSS was created by rogue Cardinal James McDonnell to take the Pope's prayers and convert them into actions.  He and his command staff create missions to protect the flock from evil using cutting-edge technology coupled with saintly magic honed over 2000 years of history.

The CROSS organization was originally created as part of a Champions game years ago.   When I decided to create a setting around it, I wanted to capture my vision of an organization that only includes agents that are the best of the best.  They are the only people suited for the types of adversaries that they will face.  I wanted the players to feel like they were playing competent characters from the start.  When I discovered Savage Worlds, I felt that the exploding dice aspect of Savage Worlds along with the bennies system modeled that feeling. After a few sessions at Garycon, I knew this was the system for Secret Agents of CROSS.  

Please note, you will need a copy of Savage Worlds to play Secret Agents of CROSS. You can find out more about Savage Worlds here.

You will receive the Secret Agents of CROSS book, a Savage Worlds setting in full color with approximately 170 pages of never-before-seen content.  This book is your guide on how the world of CROSS operates, how to make player characters, and how to run CROSS missions that are steeped in secret spy stuff, religious history, modern terrorism, and the supernatural.

For Players and GMs:

  • A brief history of Biblical events that affect the modern world of CROSS.
  • A detailed history of the creation of CROSS and the entire command staff.
  • 10 Roles for players to choose from to promote CROSS's setting feel.  Optional rules to expand, create, or change Roles.
  • New Edges and Hindrances to help capture the setting feel of Catholic secret agents.
  • Over 40 unique weapons created by the engineers of CROSS.

For GMs:

  • Suggestions for how to handle the nature of supernatural things and how they are affected by normal and supernatural powers.
  • Suggestions for the use of CROSS in various genres including Fantasy, Horror, and Superhero settings.
  • Suggestions on how to provide the best gaming experience for each archetype.
  • Double-secret-GM's-eyes-only section of secrets not revealed in the other chapters.
  • Over 30 powerful relics and artifacts to place into missions.
  • Over 30 adversaries to interact with your agents.  Some good, some bad, some hard to tell.
  • 3 complete missions for your agents to begin defending the flock.
  • A detailed mission generator.
  • High-quality color pdf and printing fulfilled with DriveThruRPG in standard 8.5" x 11" size.

Most rewards will be fulfilled through DriveThruRPG. hose that pledge at levels that provide a print copy will receive a code to order that print copy via DriveThruRPG which will allow them to pay only base printing cost and shipping to receive their print copy.  At that time they can also specific paper types of either Standard Color Heavyweight or Premium Color.

Please note: Backers must pay DriveThruRPG for printing and shipping costs if they want to receive their print copy. 

Also note: New backer levels: Most Ancient Books, Pope's Privilege, and  Five Smooth Stones Against Goliath were recently added and the pledge+shipping will cover the entire cost of that level.  No need to pay Drive thru RPG as the books will come directly to you from me. 

The estimated print cost for each version is as follows: 

Softcover Color Standard: 

  • US Printing $7.84
  • UK Printing £5.98

Softcover Color Premium:

  • US Printing $20.87
  • UK Printing £14.54

Hardcover Color Heavyweight:  

  • US Printing $13.01 
  • UK Printing £9.28 

Hardcover Premium Color:  

  • US Printing $25.82 
  •  UK Printing £17.84

Shipping costs vary by location. DrivethruRPG ships internationally and estimated shipping costs can be found here.

  •  $5 - All over the world plumbers, architects, police officers, or almost anyone can act as a contact for CROSS agents when they are deployed on a mission in a new location.  Contacts help brief agents and maintain a safe house.  By funding this Add-On, we will work with you to get you added as a unique contact in the Secret Agents of CROSS book.  Examples:

Los Angeles California, U.S., LA Catholic Radio,  Mark Klawiter "spews his views" on all things from his religious viewpoint every weekday at 6 a.m. He has followed CROSS missions where he could find information and maintains a modest armory for their use. To date, no one has visited.  Mark has lots to say when he gets his first "guests".  

 Saint Louis Missouri, U.S., Saint Patrick Center C, Scott and Steve Stuelke run the Saint Patrick Center. The pair provides crisis counseling and temporary housing for the homeless. Scott also maintains a safe house for CROSS agents. However, he hasn't informed his brother.

  • FUNDED! $3500 - One Sheet Missions: Blood Ties and Vididiots (Delivery date 45 days after the release of the main book)
  • FUNDED! $4000 - Two new One Sheet Missions

 Whispers

What do you get when you mix Nazis, archeologists, meteoric iron, and Tibet? I don't know, but someone is willing to kill for it, and it falls on the Secret Agents of CROSS to figure out who and why before whoever can answer the question gets to it first.

The Blackest Friday Ever 

The Thanksgiving season brings two of American’s favorite things into direct conflict, eating one’s self into a stupor and shopping one’s self into a frenzy. This Thanksgiving, however, is going to be unlike any other when the two merge into something far more sinister.

Note: Delivery date 90 days after the release of the main book

$4500 - Two new One Sheet Missions

The Road Less Traveled

Americans love their cars, and like most things, some people take things too far. For some people, a car is just a means to get from one place to another, for others, their vehicle is an expression of who they are, an extension of themselves. Typically, that sort of connection isn't a problem, but when the owner of the car is a sociopath, that connection can turn a car into so much more than the sum of its parts.

Breeding Will Tell

There is an old expression that uses those very words, and even as the Third Reich crumbled around its creators, there was a core of hardened fanatics that steadfastly clung to the concept of a Master Race destined to greatness. As the avenging Allies closed in on Berlin in the final days of Hitler’s dying empire, those same fanatics successfully escaped the noose rapidly closing around them to continue their eugenics program to selectively breed the first generation of that Master Race in millennia. When CROSS receives a report of a break-in at a local laboratory dedicated to the Human Genome Project, they have no idea just how twisted the path of the double helix of DNA will take them.

Note: Delivery date 120 days after the release of the main book

We'll reveal a new Stretch Goal as we meet one.  Here are some highlights:

We have ten more One Sheet Missions completed and ready to offer.

We would like to produce a PDF compilation of the above missions and two more called Devil's Dozen in the Secret Agents of CROSS layout style with brand new cover art.

We would also like to create an elaborate full-color floor plan for the sprawling underground CROSS HQ, the Manger. This digital-only stretch goal will come in PDF form as both an 8.5 x 11" map and the map formatted as a multi-page cut and paste document scaled for support of 25 mm miniatures.  Plot seeds for possible missions in the facility will be included.  See examples of a similar product below:

Canon Law degree:

“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.

Risks and challenges

I feel the biggest risk of this project is that this is my first Kickstarter. To prepare for this, I released Evilution Unchained an adventure for Hero System/Champions and ICONS (http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/141274/Evilution-Unchained-Hero-System) as my first big project. This means that I have learned the process of game design, layout, artwork purchase, pdf creation, print on demand file process, and distribution of pdf and print via DriveThruRPG. With all this under my belt, I felt that I could concentrate on video production, scheduling milestones, and running a Kickstarter.

To further reduce risk on this project, I have worked hard to complete most of this project ahead of the Kickstarter.

What's complete:

All text for the book is complete
The text has been put into layout format
Cover art and trade dress have been completed
All gear and artifact art is complete
We have already produced a proof copy of the book, and it is looking good.

What's not complete:

Several pieces of art for Command Structure chapter
Most pieces of art for Adversaries chapter
Final editing
Proof printing from CreateSpace and drivethrurpg.com.

I suspect the most likely delays will potentially be on artwork delivery and approval of final book proof.

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