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Larger Than Life features 20 archetypes, 24 character sheets, and 124 biographies. Different books for Hero, Savage Worlds, and M&M.
Larger Than Life features 20 archetypes, 24 character sheets, and 124 biographies. Different books for Hero, Savage Worlds, and M&M.
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Heroes, villains, legends … the folklore of America features all of this and more. In this volume you will find pirates and soldiers, lumberjacks and steel drivers, mountain men and lawmen, cowboys, Indians, inventors, and eccentrics. All of whom are just waiting to be included in your roleplaying game campaign! And don’t let the time period fool you, just because these characters existed in the 18th and 19th Centuries, doesn't mean you can’t use them in your pulp, superhero, fantasy, or even science fiction campaigns! After all, these characters are Larger Than Life!

"So, Paul Bunyan, John Henry, Pecos Bill, Davy Crockett, and Annie Oakley walk into a bar..."

"Sure, that's impressive, but let me tell you about that time that I..."

Larger Than Life features 20 archetypes, ranging from Blackbeard the Pirate to the man who invented the 20th Century: Nikola Tesla. In addition, there are a total of 24 full character sheets, each with a detailed history and description of the character in question. But that’s not all! You also get over 124 biographies of other people related to each archetype, as well as six famous ocean-going ships, famous outlaw gangs, Paul Bunyan’s entire logging gang, and innumerable other historical tidbits. Each archetype also comes with at least one template, allowing you to build your own version of that archetype. So what are you waiting for? Dive in and start discovering those tidbits of American history you never new existed. But watch your step, because after all, these characters are… Larger Than Life!

This groundbreaking 240 page, black-and-white paperback book was previously printed in an extremely limited ashcan edition of two dozen copies at GenCon 2014 for the Hero System. Due to popular demand, Blackwyrm Publishing is dedicated to releasing three new editions: one for Savage Worlds (book dimensions 9.61 x 6.69), one for Mutants & Masterminds (9.69 x 7.44), and another new edition for Hero System (11 x 8.5). With new artwork, new layout, and new systems, your campaign can be larger than ever!

We encourage you to support this project at whatever level is comfortable for you. You can also pledge more than the tier requires if you're extra-excited and would like to help out more. All reward levels include our thanks in the credits of the book. And if money's tight, spreading news of the Kickstarter is also a way to help, and much appreciated. 

Our estimated delivery date is: July 15th, 2015.

Our staff will be as follows:

  • Author: Michael Surbrook
  • Cover: Savage Mojo
  • Layout: Ruben Smith-Zempel
  • System Conversions: Greg Elkins

 Here are some interior roughs for your enjoyment!

Larger Than Life Cover Sketch
Larger Than Life Cover Sketch
Final Cover Image
Final Cover Image

 Note: The images for both interior and cover aren't final. They may change once Ruben gets his hands on them!

Risks and challenges

The manuscript is finished, as are the various stats for the three different systems. We have the artwork we wish to use. And we have a rough version of the layout in hand. However, there remains the challenge of publishing three different versions of the book, each of which will need completely different layouts and which will be printed in different sizes to match the tastes of each fan base.

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