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From the publishers of the Pathfinder RPG's French edition comes POLARIS, an exciting post-apocalyptic sci-fi RPG, now in English!
POLARIS RPG, an exciting post-apocalyptic sci-fi RPG, now in English!
POLARIS RPG, an exciting post-apocalyptic sci-fi RPG, now in English!
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 For centuries, wars and climatic catastrophes have ravaged the surface of the earth, making it uninhabitable by all but the mutated and monstrous. Humanity, searching for refuge, combs the worlds oceans and finds sanctuary...and more. Welcome to Polaris!

From the French publishers of the award-winning Pathfinder RPG comes the Polaris RPG. A brand new post-apocalyptic sci-fi RPG system and setting from Black Book Editions.

The Polaris RPG is set in a far future where the world above ground has become uninhabitable for the human species. Human beings have found refuge in the depths of the ocean, where they try to somehow survive in spite of the many difficulties they encounter in this hostile environment. The species’ degeneration (characterized by the increasing number of sterile individuals and various genetic mutations), the perpetual wars that have ravaged entire colonies, the monsters, and, above all, the difficulty of exploiting natural resources are the immediate problems faced by this civilization.

The Polar Alliance by Simon Labrousse
The Polar Alliance by Simon Labrousse

In this new world of silence and darkness, players can choose to become agents of one of the underwater factions, mercenaries working to keep afloat, or freelancers trying to establish their own communities. No matter which side they pick, they will discover that nothing is completely black or white, and that humankind will need to unite against a common adversity if it wants to survive. Meanwhile, they will have to fight against all odds and gear up as best they can, buying precious breathing mixes or fluids. They will need to tinker, patch up, and stitch together their submarines. Luck may smile upon them when they discover brand-new equipment or one of the stashes left behind by the ominous Empire of the Geneticians. Their fate will be much darker if they happen to stumble upon raiders or pirates. Adventurers will, however, get a chance to gain fame and even influence the world’s destiny through their actions and discoveries. Humankind is in need of heroes, and empires can sometimes be born from simple ideals. All these elements and many others make up the backdrop of this universe in which one great mystery prevails: the Polaris Flux.

Always ready by Simon Labrousse
Always ready by Simon Labrousse

The Polaris RPG gives Players and Game Masters the possibility to play in different ways: try to survive in the darkness of the seas, be part of the perpetual wars, and discover the mysteries that prevail in the oceans or take part in the political intrigues between ambitious nations.

The Polaris RPG uses its own, d20-based rules system. Most tests and actions are resolved by rolling under your target number but trying to get as close as possible to benefit from extra success margins. Polaris is a harsh and dark setting and this atmosphere is mirrored in the system through rather realistic and deadly rules that take into account the localization of wounds, naval combat, handling of gear and many more details. The many advanced and optional rules presented in the Core Rulebook: 2 give you the possibility to fully implement these aspects in your game, but for those of you who are starting out, you can just use the basic rules for quicker gameplay.

Through the Character Creation you will be able to build your character as you wish, may he be an old veteran marked by his experience, a youngster starting out with nothing but his wit, or the heir to a powerful family. Choose your starting age and gain advantages depending on your experience. Gain or spend creation points to obtain mutations that will enhance or decrease your natural abilities and choose your professions to become the character you want to see fighting for survival in the depths.

Discover the Quick Start Guides
Discover the Quick Start Guides

Everything started out in France in 1996 when Philippe Tessier created the Polaris RPG setting as a new science fiction RPG set underwater. This game launched back in 1997 with its first edition, followed just one year later by the second edition. The game system was rather elaborate at that time but the setting, illustrated by Joel Mouclier, appealed to a large fan base and gained a certain prestige. More sourcebooks were published with different authors (Benoit Attinost, Julien Blondel and Geoffrey Picard), novels followed up, and the game' become one of the bestselling games in France for its originality.

In 2007, Philippe Tessier struck a deal with French publisher Black Book Editions for the launch of the third edition of the setting, co-written with Francois Menneteau. Black Book Editions recruited Raphael Bombayl to rewrite and simplify the rules system and together this third edition become an even greater success in France, reuniting old fans and new gamers who discovered the "RPG of the Deep." The Core Rulebook was followed up by a bestiary and a big setting sourcebook. Since then, the line has been further developed with several additional sourcebooks and reprints.

Since 2014, our team has been working on the release of the Polaris RPG in an English version, and time has now come to make that a reality! We hope to be able to add many more pages to the game's history!

This Kickstarter gives us the opportunity to update and enhance the 3rd edition of the Polaris RPG. So what are the differences between the French 3rd edition and this 3.1?

- Welcome to the age of color: The success of Polaris in France and the opportunity to introduce this game to an English audience allows us to go for full-color print runs on all our the Polaris RPG products. The prior French edition was black & white only (except for the archetypes), and we are thrilled to be able to present you new color illustrations that are more in tone with the Polaris RPG and a more engaging reading experience.

Sample page
Sample page

- Two books: The Core Rules are divided into two books that come as one pack instead of one massive 500+ page book. The first one will get you through a setting overview, character creation, and the game system. The second one contains all the technology and equipment, basic creatures, and many advanced and optional rules for those who want to push the rules a bit further. Together these two books give you everything you need to play the Polaris RPG.

Polaris RPG - Core Rulebook 1 & 2
Polaris RPG - Core Rulebook 1 & 2

- Revised advanced rules: In the French version, advanced and optional rules were scattered throughout the book. We took all these advanced rules and integrated some of them as standard rules, compiling the rest of them in a separate chapter in the Core Rulebook 2 to simplify everything for players who are starting out.

- Minor rule updates: Together with authors Philippe Tessier, Raphael Bombayl and Francois Menneteau and the recommendations received through our large player community in France, our team at Black Book Editions clarified and applied updates to the existing rules.

 We want to bring you the best of Polaris, so here is what is coming up if we go past our funding goal! Let's try to unveil some of the Genetician mysteries to make this even more epic!

Note that this ambitious project is available in both English and French. All the rewards, stretch goals and add-ons available through this crowdfunding campaign will be available in both languages. Backers will be able to select the language they want through our pledge manager at the end of the campaign.

Check out the French description page (Découvrez la présentation du projet en français)

To help unlock these community achievements you can:

- Like our Facebook page (total page count): facebook.com/PolarisTheRPG

- Follow us on Twitter (total followers): @Polaris_RPG

- Write about this campaign on your website or blog and send us the link to your article: contact(at)polaris-rpg.com

Just add the amount to your pledge if you want to add additional copies of the books or some of the options offered through this campaign. Please refer below for shipping costs that need to be added to your pledge as well, depending on your location and weight of order.

IMPORTANT : Note that if you have pledged for the POLARIS DIGITAL (there are no shipping costs because it's PDF only) and want to add Add-ons, you will be charged for shipping costs in the pledge manager after the Kickstarter Campaign.

Which pledge to choose?

POLARIS DIGITAL: This pledge is perfect if you just want to get a look at the game or if shipping costs would be too expensive to get the physical copies delivered.

You will get access to the PDF versions of both Core Rulebooks. This pledge does not grant you any stretch goal rewards that are unlocked during the campaign.

POLARIS CORE: This pledge grants you one physical copy (+PDF) of both Core Rulebooks: 1 & 2.

These books contain everything you need to play POLARIS. This pledge grants you all free stretch goal rewards that are unlocked during the campaign.

POLARIS COMPLETE: This pack is for  backers who want to get it all. It contains one physical copy of both Core Rulebooks: 1 & 2, the GM Screen, five Character Files and all the Stretch Goal rewards that might be unlocked. It also contains the PDF versions of both Core Rulebooks: 1 & 2. The ideal choice for those of you who want it all.

This pledge grants you all free stretch goal rewards that are unlocked during the campaign.

POLARIS LEGACY: Become a part of Polaris!

This pledge grants you everything from the POLARIS COMPLETE bundle plus you get to choose the name of one of the 16 pre-generated Characters in the Core Rulebook: 1! We'll get in touch with you a few days after you choose this reward tier to determine which Character you will name and which name you would like to pick. You can propose your own name or something made up. We will need to work with you and the author on a name that fits the setting of course.

This pledge grants you all free stretch goal rewards that are unlocked during the campaign.

POLARIS DELUXE (English version): This pledge rewards you with one physical copy (+PDF) of both Core Rulebooks: 1 & 2 in their deluxe and limited editions. They are presented with a different cover featuring woodfree texture board, full-cover blind deboss on the lettering, metallic foil stamp on front, back and spine and two ribbon bookmarks. 

It also contains the GM Screen and five Character Files.

This pledge grants you all free stretch goal rewards that are unlocked during the campaign.

POLARIS DELUXE (French version): This pledge rewards you with one physical copy (+PDF) of both Core Rulebooks: 1 & 2 in their deluxe and limited editions. They are presented with a different cover featuring woodfree texture board, full-cover blind deboss on the lettering, metallic foil stamp on front, back and spine and two ribbon bookmarks.

It also contains the GM Screen and five Character Files.

This pledge grants you all free stretch goal rewards that are unlocked during the campaign.

Here is a mock up of the cover design for BOTH the English and French Deluxe edition:

POLARIS RETAIL: This reward tier is for retailers only. It contains 5 POLARIS COMPLETE tiers with all the unlocked Stretch Goal rewards. If you have any questions regarding this pledge level, please reach out to us, we would be very happy to help you out!

All European backers will be delivered from France, the rest of the world from the USA. Standard shipping (count up to eight days till delivery) rates:

USA:  9€ / approx $10

France: 8€ / approx $9

EU: 15€ / approx $17

Rest of the world: 45€ / $50

Note that if you have pledged for the POLARIS DIGITAL (there are no shipping costs because it's PDF only) and want to add Add-ons, you will be charged for shipping costs in the pledge manager after the Kickstarter Campaign.

Translation of our books is done and the layout is already in process, and we have our printing time scheduled with our printers. All we need now is your support to make this happen! Everything should enter production shortly after the Kickstarter ends and, if everything goes well, backers will be receiving their Polaris in August ! Let’s meet at GENCON 2016 :)

The Polaris RPG is brought to you by Black Book Editions. We are the French publishers of the award-winning Pathfinder RPG and many other great RPG's in their French version (Shadowrun, Numenéra, Savage Worlds, Deadlands, Eclipse Phase, etc.)* as well as several very well established French RPGs from our authors (Polaris, Chroniques Oubliées, Pavillon Noir, etc.) and the biggest and oldest RPG magazine in France, Casus Belli.

*Registered Trademarks

We are really excited about the opportunity to finally bring you the Polaris RPG in an English version! We've been working on this project for more than a year and are happy to finally see it become a reality!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Philippe Tessier is a French author who started out writing for the French Shadowrun community before creating the Polaris RPG and additional amazing novels in its universe. His passion for all things science-fiction have driven the world of Polaris to be more and more detailed, accompanied by the scientific expertise of Francois Menneteau and the specific rules developped by Raphael Bombayl.

ABOUT THE ART

For this edition we have several terrific artists who bring Polaris to life throughout the pages! The art team consists of "old" artists who have been part of the Polaris setting’s history, and new ones who bring a new light in this world of darkness.

You will soon be able to discover more about the works of our amazing artists but you can already get a glimpse in the video and below:

Cover Art by Simon Labrousse
Cover Art by Simon Labrousse
Diplomat by Stephanie Böhm
Diplomat by Stephanie Böhm
Moray Eel by Chris Knight
Moray Eel by Chris Knight
Mutation by Lorenzo Mastroianni
Mutation by Lorenzo Mastroianni
Alpha & Vira Our by Grégoire Veauléger
Alpha & Vira Our by Grégoire Veauléger

ABOUT THE TEAM

Timothy Brown - Author of RPGs like Traveller, Dragon KingsDark Sun, Swords of Lankhmar and parts of the upcoming Conan RPG, Timothy Brown has contributed to this project with his knowledge and insights as well as his copy editing skills to enhance this project even more. We are very honored to have him on our team!

Franck Florentin and the translation team - Under the supervision of Franck Florentin our translation team is composed of a group of native English speakers who gave their best to bring you Polaris in English! Thanks to them for their excellent work!

Laura Hoffmann - Acting as project manager and art director, she's the one to manage all the bits and pieces of the project. Got a question? She will most likely be able to get you an answer! Together with Franck Florentin and Thomas Robert she'll be available for any comments and questions during this Kickstarter campaign.

And of course, nothing of this would be possible without David Burckle, CEO at Black Book Editions and the second VI"D" - Damien Coltice!

At Black Book Editions we'd also like to thank a whole bunch of other people that have been incredibly supportive and helpful in the creation of this project. A special thanks goes out to: Jeff, Tiffany, Erik, Cosmo, Pierce, Lisa, Rob, ShaneLisa, and our absolutely amazing French fans!

What awaits you after the Kickstarter? The line already has many sourcebooks that complete the setting and rules, and we are hoping to bring those to you as well! Most of these sourcebooks will be released through regular distribution in hobby stores.

Preview of some of the upcoming releases (see examples of the French version below):

Creatures, Adventure Compendium, Hegemony, Red League, Coral Republic, Polar Alliance, Mediterranean Union, Amazonia

And there are even rumors of a POLARIS: Boardgame...!

If you are a retailer and have any questions on these upcoming releases, please get in contact with us. We are looking forward to speak with you!

*Pathfinder is a registered trademarks of Paizo Inc.©2002–2015 Paizo Inc.®.

Shadowrun is a registered trademark of The Topps Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Catalyst Game Labs and the Catalyst Game Labs logo are trademarks of InMediaRes Productions, LLC. © 2001-2013 The Topps Company, Inc.

Numenéra is a registered trademark of Monte Cook Games, LLC. All rights reserved. © 2016 Monte Cook Games, LLC.

Eclipse Phase is a registered trademark of Posthuman Studios, LLC. All rights reserved. © 2016 Posthuman Studios, LLC.

Deadlands and Savage Worlds are registered trademark of Pinnacle Entertainement Group. All rights reserved. © 2016 Pinnacle Entertainement Group.

Risks and challenges

Even though this is our first international Kickstarter, we do have a lot of prior experience with crowdfunding campaigns (our last preorders have all been delivered about six months after funding).
The books are currently in layout and will be ready to head off to the printer as soon as this campaign is successful. We already have all our printing, distribution and logistics partners - and believe us, we chose the best people available! If everything goes well, all the rewards should be delivered before GENCON 2016.

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    This pack contains a PHYSICAL COPY of both Polaris RPG Core Rulebooks, of the GM Screen and 5 PHYSICAL COPIES of the Character File.

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    Be part of POLARIS!

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    Ω Core Rulebook: 1 (PDF)
    Ω Core Rulebook: 2 (hardback)
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    POLARIS DELUXE >>> ENGLISH ONLY!
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    This pack contains a PHYSICAL COPY of both Polaris RPG Core Rulebooks in a LIMITED DELUXE EDITION.
    It also contains one PHYSICAL COPY (hardback) of the GM Screen and Five Character Files (paperback).

    You also get a PDF of both Polaris RPG Core Rulebooks.

    Ω Core Rulebook: 1 (Limited Deluxe Edition)
    Ω Core Rulebook: 1 (PDF)
    Ω Core Rulebook: 2 (Limited Deluxe Edition)
    Ω Core Rulebook: 2 (PDF)
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    This pack contains a PHYSICAL COPY of both Polaris RPG Core Rulebooks in FRENCH and in a LIMITED DELUXE EDITION.
    It also contains one PHYSICAL COPY (hardback) of the GM Screen and Five Character Files (paperback).

    You also get a PDF of both Polaris RPG Core Rulebooks.

    Ω Livre de règles : 1 (Limited Deluxe Edition)
    Ω Livre de règles : 1 (PDF)
    Ω Livre de règles : 2 (Limited Deluxe Edition)
    Ω Livre de règles : 2 (PDF)
    Ω Écran du MJ
    Ω 5x Dossier de Personnages
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