Battlefield Press presents its 2013 ENnie Award winning setting, now for the Savage Worlds game system.
Setting created by John Snead (with additional material by A.J. Luxton), Savage Worlds conversion by Ian Liddle.
It is 2030. The Gilman-Hawking drive has given us access to the stars. But we are not alone. They're out there: aliens, gods and monsters. They're also down here. The Miskatonic Antarctic Expedition found the elder ones' city in 1931. The mi-go crashed in Roswell in 1947. In 1958, as quietly as possible, not knowing what we were doing, we bent occult powers to our hands and took the step to Mars. The third time, the men who made that step could not step back. We fled back into our cave for a while. But rocketry, and the Soviets, brought us back out soon enough. Competition took us to the moon. Uneasy teamwork saved the astronauts who would have died there among cyclopean, immemorial ruins. In 1994, human scientists cracked alien technology and overcame the lightspeed barrier. They brought us the stars. They also brought us the madness that lies between them, the mind-twisting undarkness of hyperspace. The future is here. Machine-made telepathy, augmentations, and unprecedented levels of automation have changed the face of Earth. But the science of sorcery, and our primitive understandings of what lies outside, have changed more than our minuscule planet. They've begun to let humanity out. We walk amongst giants. Tread carefully. This is a complete setting of Lovecraftian science fiction that uses the Savage Worlds game engine. As with all Savage Worlds settings, the Savage Worlds Deluxe from PEG is required for play. The text of the Eldritch Skies is finished.
The funds we collect will be used to pay layout, authors, and printing. The book is in layout and is nearly completed. We will still need to add the backers information to the book, along with a final editing pass and then ready the book for print. Upon completion of this kickstarter, every backer will gain an alpha release of this book, as it is generally complete. We will need to take about 45 days to do final editing and the addition of backer names to the book. The book will be released as a hardcover in standard 8.5 x 11" format.
John Snead is a freelance role-playing writer who lives in Portland, Oregon. He has been gaming since 1980 and became a full time designer and writer of role-playing games in 1998. He came up with the initial idea and setting for and wrote a significant portion of Blue Rose and has written large amounts of Exalted, Trinity and Mage: The Awakening, as well as work on many other games. John's previous projects for Battlefield Press include Rocket Rangers for the d20 Pulp Fantasy and the original Eldritch Skies for the Unisystem game engine.
To qualify for an add-on you must have backed at the $15 level or higher.
+$5 These full-color, full-size screen inserts, include artwork and the most important charts and tables from Eldritch Skies. The sheets can be used as inserts in the Savage Worlds Customizable GM Screen (available at game stores or peginc.com), printed and attached to an existing landscape-style screen, or printed on rigid cardstock for a quick stand-alone screen.
+$10 with this add-on you get a one-sheet adventure pack with five adventures. This adventure pack will be in PDF only. Available October 2014.
+$10 Starting at $10 this add on gives you the PDF of the Distant Vistas Volume 1 expansion. Picking up where the Eldritch Skies Rulebook left off, Distant Vistas expands the universe with new options and new additions.Covering such topics as mining, to exploring strange new systems, between these covers are mysteries that reach to the very core of humankind’s voyages to the stars.
+$15 you will receive a copy of Distant Vistas in print, along with the PDF. This will be a hardcover book. (Backers from outside the US or UK will need to add an additional $10 for shipping.)
+$15 Ever wanted to go mad on an alien planet? For $15 you will get your own planet to be included in future volumes of Distant Vistas, starting with Volume 2. Each entry is about a 1000 words, you will work with the author of your planet. We already have complete Volume 1 of Distant Vistas. This was a carry over from the Unisystem version. Your entries will start in Volume 2 of Distant Vistas, and will be published as soon as we get enough content. Your cost is for the PDF of the volume your entry goes into. So if it ends up in Volume 2, you get volume 2, if it goes into volume 3 you get volume 3 and etc. But not only will you get your entry, but you get a copy of everyone's entry into that volume. They will be full of information for your ES games. Samples follow:
$4000 Once we get funded we will be offering in addition to your pdf, a free copy in mobi or epub format$7000 We will give each person that backed this book a pdf copy of the Order of St. Rachel sourcebook by Paul Leone.
"Hast thou entered into the depths of the sea, and walked in the lowest parts of the deep? Have the gates of death been opened to thee, and hast thou seen the darksome doors? Hast thou considered the breadth of the earth? tell me, if thou knowest all things? Where is the way where light dwelleth, and where is the place of darkness: That thou mayst bring every thing to its own bounds, and understand the paths of the house thereof." - Job 38:16-20
For untold centuries, ancient, eldritch beings have played mad games and carried out strange schemes on the peoples of the Earth. And for centuries, the Order of St. Rachel has stood against them.
The Order is the Catholic Church's secret army against Lovecraftian creatures. Armed with faith, courage and unsettling lore, the members of the Order fight a lonely crusade against entities that defy imagination.
As mankind takes to the stars, that war becomes ever more dangerous and ever more important. Join the Order as it seeks to protect humanity from the aliens, gods and monsters lurking in the shadows...
"And I was taken up like a cloud, and passed into the east where the sun rises. And there it was said to me, behold. And I did, and saw the watery pillars that bind the Third Beast of Perdition. And it is named Cathooloo."
Apocryphon Rahel. Published Paris, 1327 Placed on the Index Librorum Prohibitorum, 1559
If we reach the stretch goal a print version of this book will be available as a paid add-on. We will need to commission art for this book has it has never before been released.
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