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 5D6 RPG Zine - Old school look and feel meets modern gameplay. The all in-one-solution to start your RPG journey.

Introducing 5D6 – an object-oriented RPG system. We are responding to Kickstarter's call for RPG Zines with an Old School Revival Zine collection powered by a modern RPG system unlike any other. 5D6 RPG Zine combines the old school look and feel of classic, dungeon exploring role-playing games with a modern gameplay and mechanics. 

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Why 5D6 System?

The 5D6 RPG System is an open, skill-based and modular experience not restricted by levels. It features a versatile, quick and efficient WYSIWYG combat system with no hidden math. 5D6 RPG System is easy to understand and learn. The system focuses on what is important and necessary to play, adding optional miniature- and tile-based gameplay as well as an optional card system that includes everything from weapons to actions and magic.  

Here are some encounters to test the 5D6 RPG System: 

 What is it about? 

The game starts in the city of Wherhill, the last walled city on the edge of the wilderness. Just outside its tall city walls, the wilderness and uncharted lands beckon.
The game starts in the city of Wherhill, the last walled city on the edge of the wilderness. Just outside its tall city walls, the wilderness and uncharted lands beckon.

Chapter 1. The Age of Man.
There is only little known about the time that came before the age of man. 

Only in the deepest dungeons and the forgotten reaches of the wilderness, far beyond the places where civilized people dare to set foot, one can find the ruins of the ancient ages. Apparently, the Age of Magic is coming to an end.

Villages have grown into towns, and the towns have turned into mighty cities. But little do their inhabitants know. If they ever dare to venture outside their cities and brave the dangers of the dungeons and ruins, they would have their eyes opened like we, adventurers,  have. They would see what we have discovered. The world is older than anyone has dared to think and ages that have come and gone before ours have left mysteries and treasures behind in the dust and ruins. There they lie, waiting to be discovered, to be found by those heroes willing to face the evil hiding in those forgotten places far from the city walls and fortified lands of the civilized kingdoms. 

In the cities to the South the towers grow ever taller and the sky has turned dark from the magic-fuelled fires, while Golems drive mineshafts ever deeper down. It has now been fifty years since Rex, the ambitious ruler of the Southern kingdom of Karomm, sent his mighty ships to the coastal city of Wherhill, the last walled city on the edge of the wilderness.

However, unlike the years before, the dangers and creatures of the lands beyond the Sleetcut Mountains no longer remain idle - they have started to cross over the border and are threatening to breach the walls of Wherhill, bringing destruction and death to the lowlands. For now, the Duke of Wherhill has just enough troops to hold off the attacking monsters...


 What's in each 5D6 RPG Zine? 

  •  The Starter Zine - 5D6 Rule Set and Tutorial Adventure contains all the basic system mechanics, including character generation, combat, as well as character progression and equipment. It also comes with an introductory adventure showing how all these rules work and providing an entertaining experience.  
  •  Adventure Zine I includes two adventures and one world section describing a part of the continent that functions as the backdrop for the adventure in more detail. This also contains adventure hooks and notes for Game Masters to use as starting points for their own stories.  
  •  Adventure Zine II includes one long and detailed adventure designed to be played over the course of several game sessions. It acts as an introduction to a series of adventures that are all connected, forming a cohesive campaign.  
  •  The World Book Zine contains the history and description, as well as maps of the game world detailed in such a way that Game Masters can directly put this to good use - and tailor their own adventures and campaigns to fit their player group and make them  an active part of the setting and the world.  
  •  The Source Zine takes some of the key locations of the world and goes into more detail - describing non-player characters further and providing local stories and background information to make the location come alive as a living and believable particular locale, to provide an interesting backdrop to play your own stories in (the world map is available as PDF, but you can also order it as an A2 or A1 printed version. - Add 9 € to your pledge for A2 and 14 € for A1 printed version).  
  •  The NPC Zine in particular lists important personalities and everyday encounters to pick from when designing or outlining adventures and stories within the world. It also includes a random encounter system for cities and general encounters with NPCs, including suggestions for adventures that might be the result of these encounters. It comes complete with all NPCs, the background stories and motivation, as well as all relevant game statistics needed to use them in an adventure. (There is a PDF available where all of these statistics and NPCs have been written down in a character sheet so you can directly use them in an adventure. ) 
  •  The Monster Zine is the monster compendium - a collection of all the creatures and things that the players can encounter. This booklet includes land-, air- and sea-based creatures, as well as demonic entities, expanded magic rules and random encounter tables which further reflect the environment. (As an option, this includes monster cards for every monster within this book. The designated monster combat card is available either in a digital and a physical version.) 
  •  Inside the Equipment Zine, you’ll find  lots of things that can be used, found, dropped, gathered, equipped and carried around by characters and creatures within the world. This includes everything imaginable - ranging from everyday items and weapons to tools and goods and much more. It also discusses the price of a castle and how long it will take to build one. As an option, this package also includes every item listed in the book card, that you can either download and print yourself. 

 5D6 RPG Zine kickstarts a tabletop RPG zine collection combining an old school look and feel, mysteries and treasures, with modern gameplay and mechanics, reinventing classic dungeon crawl rules. 

Old school look and feel meets modern, easy to understand and easy to learn gameplay. Focusing on what is important and necessary to play, with additional miniature- and tile-based gameplay and an optional card system for combat using all kinds of weapons, actions and magic.

And now… The game starts in the city of Wherhill, the last walled city on the edge of the wilderness. Just outside its tall city walls, the wilderness and uncharted lands beckon. Dungeons and entrances to the underworld - as well as ruins of civilizations vanished long ago - are waiting to be explored. The lands outside of Wherhill are wild and filled with monsters and only a few humanoid settlements hidden in secure locations. 


5D6 Kickstarter Game Preview 

Our tutorial demo adventure takes you into a fantastic world that will guide you on a path of discovery. It showcases the design and unveils the elegance at the core of the 5D6 RPG System by using three combat encounters and locations that can be used as standalone Scenes - or you can combine them to form an ongoing story.

Download the Kickstarter Game Preview

  •  Encounter I. Crossing the Stream. (download PDF) 01.03.2019
  •  Encounter II. Into the Mine. (download PDF) 27.02.2019
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Encounter I. - Crossing the River
Encounter I. - Crossing the River
Encounter II. - Into the Mine
Encounter II. - Into the Mine
  •  Encounter III. The Dungeon above the Crossway. (download PDF) eta. 07.03.2019

5D6 RPG System USPs

  • Open, modular and XP-based System without restrictions by level, class, etc.
  • Versatile, quick and efficient WYSIWYG combat system
  • Open extendable and scenario independent

5D6 RPG System features

  • Easy to understand and learn
  • Lean and straightforward
  • Focuses on the parts that are important and necessary for a smooth gaming experience, cuts down on clutter and downtime
  • Optional miniature- and tile-based gameplay (every backup get access to the 160 different download and print yourself dungeon tiles with three style variations)
  • Optional card system for combat that includes everything, from weapons to actions and magic

Print it yourself materials

All RPG Zine pledges include access to  associated downloadable files to print the following game supplement materials. Everybody gets access to the basic set for each of the following categories regardless of his pledge level:

  • 30+ dungeon tiles
  • 5+ nature outdoor landscape tiles
  • 20+ mine tiles
  • Equipment cards
  • Ability cards
  • Weapon action combatant armor cards
  • Map markers for items and monsters
  • Magic spell cards
  • Combat card with the condensed combat rules
  • Game master screen with all the main rules quick overview and statistics on it
  • Monster combat sheets
  • Character sheets

Team

Gregor – is the Game Designer / Master behind the project. He started to play and run pen and paper RPG games in the early 90s. He is working in the video games industry since 2000 for companies like Crytek, Acclaim, Ninja Theory and others in our days he is owning a small independent game development studio. The idea for the concept behind the 5D6 system came as an evolution of previous RPG prototype projects that evolved over the past 20 years in an attempt to arrive at an optimized solution that balances probability and scalability while minimizing the system complexity and therefore facilitate a fluent adventure progression.

Alex - his passion for gaming dates back to the glorious Amiga days. As founder and managing director of various game companies, Alex has been working as a professional in the games industry since 1999, establishing close partnerships with top developers, major publishers and internationally recognized institutes.

Michael - started playing role-playing and tabletop games in the early 90s, starting with fantasy RPGs as a player and game master and expanding into many different genres and formats over the years. As a translator and editor, Michael has more than ten years of work experience on a full-time and freelance basis. Over the years, he has been working in the video games industry, translating J-RPGs, and in marketing for an industry leader in consumer electronics and also translated multiple role-playing books and novels for the World of Darkness, Exalted, Dark Heresy, Rogue Trader, Deathwatch and Dungeons & Dragons RPG lines.

Martin - played his first roleplaying game in the early 80th. Holding on to this passion till this day many game systems and countless adventures came up to play. For several years now he  designs board games as hobby and has published via Kickstarter. 

Orchid - moved to the games industry from TV news in 2013, and has been a journalist, editor, content manager for a b2b event, and community and PR manager for indie games ever since. Among the projects she has worked with - HEADLINER, Nova Blitz, EmergeNYC and Fatal Velocity. Coming from a family of editors, Orchid believes she can see a typo from a mile away, and this also applies to cats.  

Shipping 

Shipping costs and in some countries or states customs need to be added in the Pledge Manager. Find enclosed an overview of optional additional costs:

  • European Union - taxes/customs FULLY INCLUDED
  • European Union - shipping approximately 4 € for smaller to maximum 9 € for larger pledges
  • USA - taxes/customs in some states NOT included / depending on the state approximately 10% need to be added for taxes/customs in the pledge manager after the successful campaign
  • USA - shipping approximately 6 € for smaller to max. 12 € for larger pledges
  • Rest of the world - taxes/customs in some states NOT included / depending on the country approximately 10% to 20% need to be added for taxes/customs in the pledge manager after the successful campaign
  • Rest of the world - shipping approximately 6 € for smaller to max. 16 € for larger pledges

Risks and challenges

The Zine format helps us to lower risks as we can print all RPG Zine issues using traditional printing processes and ship using standard delivery.

We have produced nearly all visual content. Right now we are working on the stories and the copy for our first eight RPG Zines.

We will print our RPG Zines with Flyeralarm - Europe’s Leading Online Print Brand serving B2B markets in fifteen European countries, with annual revenues in excess of EUR 330m and around 2000 employees.

We will ship the RPG Zines with DHL, who is part of the world's leading logistics company Deutsche Post DHL Group. Deutsche Post DHL Group operates in over 220 countries and territories worldwide, making it the most international company in the world.

There are the usual content production risks as development is an iterative process, but we do not see any additional risks due to the ease of production and fast-to-ship RPG Zine format.

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