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About this project
"Gaslight is certainly more of a sandbox game. You are given the world, the rules and then let go. There is no over arching plot or theme like Rippers or Ghosts of Albion. It is, in feel, much closer to the old Ravenloft: Masque of the Red Death game. Which is pretty cool." - Timothy Brannan (author of the Ghosts of Albion Role Playing Game)
ENnie Award winning publisher, Battlefield Press presents its premiere Victorian setting in a new edition for the Savage Worlds game engine. Complete with a new cover by the talented Robert Hack.
Imagine a Victorian world, but not as history tells us it was, but as the literature implies that it was. Believe that the literature from the period were more than just stories, but instead first hand accounts of the events that happened in the world. Imagine a world populated by the lost boys of JM Barrie, the Beast Men of Dr. Moreau even tales of an immortal vampire named Dracula. Included in these are organizations bent of determining what is best for humanity, and they have launched a secret war against others so that only one will prevail.
What is inside this book?
- We have added three new races - the Bat Beastmen, Pixies and Ghosts.
- A detailed description of secret societies that inhabit Gaslight earth. Including a couple never before seen.
- A new section containing quick play archetypes
- A timeline of events that show the history of Gaslight earth (1860 to 1901)
- New Edges, Hindrances, and Powers in addition to those presented in earlier editions.
- Rules on Victorian equipment Reliquary with some powerful artifacts that are highly sought after by heroes and villains alike.
- A 7 x 10 book, approximately 220 pages.
We present the following races for Gaslight -
Beast Men: Beast men were rescued from their creator Dr. Moreau, from an island in the South Pacific. There are several different types of beast men, but the more active are Bat, Bear, Cat and Dog. Each of these are detailed in the character section of Gaslight.
Ghosts: Ghosts are the spirits of humans that have unfinished business, decided not to cross over, or been trapped on this side by magic.
Humans: We are all familiar with humans, they are the same as in every other game. There are not a lot of alternations for humanity.
Pixies: Agents of the Farie King Oberon, Pixies were sent to the prime plane from the Isle of Avalon to keep an eye on things for the Farie King, who currently has his hands full trying to stave off a possible civil war.
Ratlings: Ratlings are a race that have mostly lived underground. They are the sworn enemies of the Wildling. They love shiny objects and believe anything not tied down is fair game.
Wildings: Wildlings are mischievous fey who appear as children between the ages of 9 and 15. They are dedicated to adventure and the elimination of ratlings,
Werewolves: Werewolves are shapeshifters that possess the genetic ability to turn into a wolf / man hybrid. They have a limited immunity to silver, but are affected by the moon. Since they are genetic they can not transfer their affliction to anyone else by bite or scratch.
Vampires: Vampires are creatures that run around and are capable of living off the blood of other creatures. They resemble humans, but are stronger and heartier. They are also capable of surviving outside during the daylight hours
At Goal - Everyone will receive a free copy of the second edition version of Gaslight Victorian Fantasy.
$1500 - Dramatis Persona - At this level everyone gets write ups of three major figures from the Gaslight Victorian Fantasy setting. The write ups will include Dracula, Sherlock Holmes and Adam (aka Frankenstein's Monster). These will be written by Jonathan M. Thompson and Caias Ward (Strike Force 7, D.W.A.R.Vs).
$2000 - A Gaslight Victorian Fantasy One Sheet adventure written by Stephen J. Miller.PDF Only
$2500 - Two Gaslight Victorian Fantasy One Sheet adventures written by Jonathan M. Thompson. PDF Only
$2750 - Gaslight Victorian Fantasy GM Screen Inserts. PDF Only.
$3000 - Dramatis Persona II - At this level everyone gets write ups of an additional three major figures from the Gaslight Victorian Fantasy setting. The write ups will include three characters to be decided. These will be written by Jonathan M. Thompson and Caias Ward (Strike Force 7, D.W.A.R.Vs).
$3500 - Sherwood: The Legend of Robin Hood 2e. Written by Alan Bahr, Jonathan M. Thompson and Wil Upchurch. Welcome to Sherwood Forest. As a stretch goal you gain the PDF of the Savage Worlds edition of the new second edition version of the Sherwood game setting. Printed books will be available as an access to pod add on. Approximate Release Date August 2018.
$3250 - Dramatis Persona III - At this level everyone gets write ups of an additional three major figures from the Gaslight Victorian Fantasy setting. The write ups will include three characters to be decided. These will be written by Jonathan M. Thompson and Stephen Miller.
$3700 - Savage Sherwood One Sheet Adventure written by Alan Bahr and Jonathan M. Thompson. PDF Only
$4000 - Pulp Fantastic. Written by Christopher Halliday, Christoper Helton, Jon Niclols, and Jonathan M. Thompson. Welcome to the pulp era. Come do what Savage Worlds does best, fight evil and save the world. As a stretch goal you will gain the PDF of the Savage Worlds edition of the new setting book from Battlefield Press. Printed books will be available as an access to pod add on. Approximate Release Date November 2018.
$5000 - Challenger's Enchiridion to Lost Worlds. Timothy Brannan, Luke Green, Stephen Miller and Jonathan M. Thompson compile the lost manuscripts of George Challenger and Edward Malone to show you the world that was only hinted at in the core book for Gaslight Victorian Fantasy. Printed books will be available as an access to pod add on. Approximate Release Date May 2019.
$7000 - Avalon: Jewel of the Faerie Realm. Oberon is the King of Avalon, wielding the mighty sword Excalibur for centuries. Now he is faced with a civil war, the opposition is led by none other than his wife, the brave Titania. Can there be diplomacy and peace, or will there be an all out war. Come see what lies in Avalon. Printed books will be available as an access to pod add on. Approximate Release Date September 2019.
$9000 - Wonderland at War. Time moves at a different rate in Wonderland than it does on Earth. Come see what happened to the world after Alice left. Come align yourself with a wistful Cheshire Cat, or even a Caterpillar that has turned down the path of gangster and bar owner. Only you can help save Wonderland from the tyranny of the Red Queen. Come see a Wonderland as you may have never seen it before. Written by Stephen Miller and Jonathan M. Thompson. Printed books will be available as an access to pod add on. Approximate Release Date December 2019.
In addition to all of the Savage Worlds goodness listed above, this spot gives you the opportunity to add anything in our Savage Worlds catalog as an addition to your bundle. All printed books are softcover.
Eldritch Skies - 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. PDF +$10, POD Code +$12
Ben Dunn's Ninja High School - Come be part of the craziness that is Ninja High School. Created by the grandfather of American manga, Ben Dunn. This Savage Worlds setting is full of anime inspired goodness. Contains all the goodness you would want to run a Ninja High School adventure, Savage Worlds style. PDF +$10, POD Code +$12
Kaiser's Gate - Battlefield Press presents Kaisers Gate. This alternate history, genre-blending setting for the Savage Worlds game system presents a fantastic take on World War One - combining the gritty battlefields of the Great War with elements of magical fantasy and horror. * Sorcerers of the German Imperial Army - fueled by the magic of red dragons - bulldoze Allied defenses and push deep into France. * Heroic griffin riders of the French Air Service fight to free their nation from the daily terror of zeppelin bombing raids * British golems squads fight alongside tanks to turn the tide of battle against the Central Powers * In the darkest days of the war, in desperation, the Kaiser makes a Faustian bargain that unleashes an invasion of legions of creatures from Faerie onto the European continent. In this book, you will find new edges, hindrances, and combat maneuvers, new monsters and stats for tons of weapons and vehicles. The big feature, rules-wise, is the magic system, which not only removes power points, but provides a wide range of roleplaying themes for caster characters, with examples of dozens of magical schools and guidelines for creating your own. Beautifully written for the Savage Worlds game engine by the masters of story telling - Mike Lafferty and Bryan Hitchcock. PDF +$10, POD Code +$12
Double Spiral War - The Double Spiral War, Warren Norwood’s chronicle of interstellar combat is a powerful, graphically realistic epic on a vast cosmic scale. When mankind left behind their old home to seek out new lands beyond the dark spaces between galaxies, they hoped to leave behind them the conflict and chaos that has been their heritage since they first spoke tales of their histories. However, it wasn’t as easy as that. Even amongst alien species, mankind still found cause to war amongst itself. Several decades before, the Sondak Confederacy worried about the growing power of the United Central Systems, a group dominated by humans genetically modified to have a much longer life span. As a result, they launched a war that waged for years tearing at both societies until finally they forced the U.C.S. to accept humiliating terms in exchange for peace. The Sondak Confederacy is complacent and unaware that the U.C.S. is on the verge of finally seeking vengeance for the loss of the previous war. And in the churning wake of these two giants, all the races of the galaxy and the lives of many individuals shall be turned upside down. But the question is whose vengeance is being sought? Is it that of a nation’s or could it be that of a single person? PDF +$10, POD Code +$12
What does access to print on demand at cost mean?
When the book is done, you will receive a link to the print on demand copy at cost. Then you can pay DriveThruRPG the actual costs of printing + shipping to your location and they will print and ship to you directly a 7 x 10 hard or softcover book (depending on your pledge level), black & white interior version of the Gaslight setting book.
This means 100% of backer money goes toward creating this project, and we don't have to charge additional money upfront or increase the goal to cover the costs of printing and shipping. This project's #1 goal is to finish the book and get into your hands!
Author and Artist Bios:
Stephen Miller (Co-Author): Stephen Miller has been involved in the Roleplaying world since Christmas of 1979 and has never left. After being a player for many years he started being involved in the creation process when he created creatures for the GURPS 3rd Edition Bestiary. From there he dove head first into the industry, first as a playtester of GURPS Steampunk, then editor of Sherwood: the Legend of Robin Hood, and then as co-author of Gaslight Victorian Fantasy. He currently lives in Coon Rapids, Minnesota, with two housemates, three cats, and a house that is bigger on the inside than on the outside. Stephen is currently the author working on Northern Crown: The Carribe for the Northern Crown: New World Adventures setting for the Pathfinder RPG.
Jonathan M. Thompson (Co-Author & Publisher): A gamer since 1980 Jonathan has always been fascinated with the art of design. He designed Ninja High School the Anime and Manga RPG, Cityscape: City on the Nexus of the Omniverse (with B.L. Sisemore and Ian Liddle), Open Core gaming system (with Christopher Helton), Sherwood: The Legend of Robin Hood (with Wil Upchurch) and Pulp Fantastic (with Jon Nicols, Christopher Helton & Christopher Halliday). He is responsible for additionally publishing Eldritch Skies and Kaisers Gate.He has also worked freelance for such companies as Amarillo Design Bureau and Modiphus Entertainment. He currently is the head of the ENnie Award winning publishing company Battlefield Press. He lives in Shreveport, Louisiana with his games, books, a son and five cats.
Richard Iorio II (Layout & Graphic Design): Since 1996 Richard has been a freelance writer, game designer and graphic designer. He has written for Atlas Games, Guardians of Order, Hogshead Publishing, and Zeitgeist Games (just to name a few). In addition he designed two card games (Geek Wars: Battle for the Con and World Championship Dodge Ball) for Goodman Games. The owner of Rogue Games, he publishes both Colonial Gothic and Shadow, Sword and Spell. Two time Ennie winner, Richard's book design is found with numerous publishers.
Currently living in Chicago, with his wife, 3 cats and library of books, Richard is busy programming eBooks, designing print books, designing games, hiding from his cats, and following his dreams.
When not writing in the third-person Richard loves to cook, ride his bike, read, study and play games.
Risks and challenges
Like other projects of this type, 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