ENnie Award winning publisher, Battlefield Press presents its premiere Victorian setting for the Fifth Edition Fantasy game.
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.
Here in the world you can be a Detective, an Officer, a Rogue, an Acolyte or an Adapt. All the races, classes and abilities converted to the Fifth Edition game engine by the talented Alan Bahr.
The 5th Edition version of Gaslight Victorian Fantasy is less of a direct conversion and more of a re-imagining for the 5th Edition Fantasy game engine. Those things you have come to expect and love will still be present, but focused more for 5e.
"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)
$20 - Darwin's Guide Softcover. For this you receive a link to buy a Print-On-Demand 8.5 x 11 softcopy from DriveThruRPG,at the base printing cost, and shipped at your choice of shipping. Approximate release date July/August 2017
$25 - Darwin's Guide Hardcover. For this you receive a link to buy a Print-On-Demand 8.5 x 11 hardcover from DriveThruRPG,at the base printing cost, and shipped at your choice of shipping. Approximate release date July/August 2017
What is inside this book?
- New races for 5e based on material from Victorian literature (see below for details on the races).
- New classes and archetypes designed for the setting, such as Investigator and Officer.
- A detailed description of secret societies that inhabit Gaslight earth.
- Backgrounds developed for the setting and modified from existing backgrounds to fit.
- A timeline of events that show the history of Gaslight earth (1860 to 1901)
- Rules on Magic and Psionics as they apply to the Gaslight setting
- Rules on Victorian equipment
- Reliquary with some powerful artifacts that are highly sought after by heroes and villains alike.
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.
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.
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
In addition to playing these races, you have new backgrounds, new spells, and new classes. In addition to all of this you have write ups on the setting and the secret organizations that running the show which can be used as factions.
Stretch Goals -
$1500 Darwin's Guide to Creatures, Mythical and Mundane - Compiled from Darwin's notes on creatures seen by him (and some others) in the natural world. Misters Timothy Brannan and Jonathan M. Thompson bring you a work full of wonder. This work contains the 5e game statistics for all creatures found in this book and exist on the Earth of Gaslight Victorian Fantasy along with Darwin's things and descriptive text. All backers at the $15 level or above will receive a free PDF of this work if we reach this goal. Print copies will be made available as add-ons as well. Available June 2017
What will these funds be used for?
We are using these funds for many purposes, they will be used to pay authors, artist, and layout. These things will be paid out immediately on the receipt of funds from Kickstarter. Additionally, Kickstarter takes 10% of whatever total we amass in fees.
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 8x5 x 11 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:
Alan Bahr: Alan is the lead designer and founder of Gallant Knight Games. Alan is a game designer best known for Planet Mercenary: The Roleplaying Game, based on the space opera webcomic Schlock Mercenary. He's published the micro-RPG Tiny Frontiers, and the owner/operator of Gallant Knight Games. He's an avid fan of Noir films, Arthurian mythos, smooth jazz, clever roleplaying games, and his amazing wife.
You can reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or find him on his personal website at alanbahr.net
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 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
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