About this project
Crios is a fantasy campaign setting that mashes the fantasy genre with that of Earth's First World War. This will be a complete RPG based on the Renaissance Deluxe setting published by Cakebread & Walton. The Renaissance Deluxe system is a set of role-playing rules using the D100-based system first introduced in their Clockwork & Chivalry 2nd Edition.
Crios features slick, cinematic game mechanics based on the acclaimed Renaissance D100 system, and is compatible with other D100 system games.
Crios is a tabletop role-playing game of a world at war. Together with a group of friends, you take on the role of soldiers, spies, priests or wielders of arcane magic. You can be an Elf, Dwarf, Goblin, Halfling, Human or maybe come from a line where there is a dragon secretly in your bloodline.
When the King of the Dwarven nation of Tharos suddenly dies without an heir. This is when the neighboring Goblin nation of Qual sees its opportunity to control the land it has coveted for years, an action which the other countries surrounding Tharos cannot, by treaty, tolerate. As nation after nation declares war, a chain of treaties are invoked, ultimately bringing almost all of Crios into a war of unprecedented destructiveness.
The world is a traditional fantasy world, only after an event known as the "god wars" magic has become unstable. In the years since the God Wars, magic has steadily waned and become unstable, giving rise in its place an industrial revolution and technologies that now do what magic once did, and at a cheaper cost. To the point where only a few foolish (or brave) enough to try to channel the power still practice it. Magic is chaotic in nature at the very best, dangerous and life taking at the worst, so only a few still practice it. To make up for the deficit of magic in their lives, the races started developing technologies (mostly the dwarves). Now the world is involved in a massive world war, using all the technology at their disposal...and maybe even a wizard or two. The pilot of the above picture is an elf, as they make natural pilots and have done a lot with the creation of the airplane. This world has all you expect from a fantasy, plus zeppelins, airplanes and machine guns.
Crios is a Renaissance Deluxe role playing game developed by the ENnie Award winning publisher, Battlefield Press, Inc. and written by the team of Craig Parent and Jonathan M. Thompson. The art is done by notable award winning artists, Brent Chumley and Joel Biske and a host of others.
This campaign setting will include an exclusive short story Owen K.C. Stephens for the Crios campaign setting. It will only be available in the campaign book and not for release anywhere else.
The funds raised from this product will go to the following: The payment of those involved with the production of the book (artists, authors, layout, etc.) , to the printing of those books requested by the backers and the creation of any extras or add-ons sought after by the backers.
+$50 Signed Brent Chumley Cover Art Print Add $50 to your pledge of $30 or more, and we'll also mail you a signed, 11"x14" full-color print of the Crios Campaign Setting cover art by Brent Chumley. This print will ship separately, and shipping is included to any address in the US. Please add $15 for shipping outside the United States.
INITIAL GOAL - $3000 The Crios core rulebook will be available as a black and white softcover rulebook and approximately 350 pages in length,
$3500 - We will make all the books hardcover instead of softcover.
$4000 - We will give every backer of the $25 level or higher their choice of the book in either epub or mobi so you may use it with your ebook reader.
$4500 - We will add a 24 page kickstarter exclusive adventure written by Jason Tondro. The PDF of this adventure will be made available to backers at all levels.
$6000 - We will commission additional art for the interior.
$8000 - We will do an anthology of stories for Crios by the writing talents of Angus Abranson, Daryl F. Mallett, Jason Tondro, James P. Davis, Joe Rixman, Brandon Blackmoor, Lee F. Szczepanik Jr. and Jason Vey.
$9,000 BONUS GOAL! Creatures of Crios, a 96-page bestiary featuring more weird and wonderful monsters for your Crios games. Print versions will be available to purchase as Add On content. Available March 2015
$10,000 BONUS GOAL! The Crios core rulebook and supplements will include a version for the Pathfinder role playing system.
$11,000 BONUS GOAL! The Crios core rulebook and supplements will include retro-clone gaming stats.
$12,000 BONUS GOAL! Ossidiem: The Lands of the West. To the west lies the country of Ossidiem. They have heard of the raging war and have claimed neutrality and isolationism, claiming it is not their war. They have spent the last forty years recovering from their own brutal "giant war." Their clockwork armies stand at the ready, but will the pleas for aid fall on deaf ears? Print versions will be available to purchase as Add On content. Available September 2015
About the cover artist: Brent Chumley began working in the gaming industry on Sept. 11, 2001 (Yes THAT Sept. 11th)! He has produced many works of art since then for a plethora of companies and projects including: cover paintings, interior art, graphic design, cartography, layout and collectible card illustrations during this time. Brent has also worked for a great number of companies in this industry including: Wizards of the Coast ( Core D&D and Eberron material), AEG's Legend of the Five Rings and Warlord CCG's as well as 2 upcoming unannounced projects, Mongoose Publishing, Steve Jackson Games, Dave Arneson's Blackmoor through Zeitgeist Games, Battlefield Press and many, many others. When not producing art for games, Brent enjoys singing, playing guitar, going to fantasy/science-fiction conventions, and playing some of those games that he produces work! ;)
Risks and challenges
Like other kickstarters, this project is not without risks. Delays can happen, as we are only human. We will keep in contact with you concerning potential delays and such. The biggest possible delay will come from any stretch goals that we may include. The risk of delay happens anytime you put control in the hands of another person, who has their own issues they must deal with as well.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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