About this project
Jules Verne. The Lost World of the Warlord. Doc Savage. The Challengers of the Unknown. The Fantastic Four! The Savage Land! As long as there have been stories about explorers and superbeings, there have been stories of strange underground lands and societies at Earth's Center. This campaign supplement for Champions by veteran game author Michael Satran fits easily into any campaign world - and in glorious full color! It addresses a variety of differing power levels, with many options for adjustment and expansion.
This is JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH.
This softcover campaign supplement for Champions Complete using Hero System 6th Edition rules runs approximately 280 pages, including art and maps. All backers at the $20.00 or more level will also receive a zip file containing not only the PDF of the book, but additional PDFs character sheets and information for Savage Worlds and Mutants & Masterminds as well.
WHY YOU NEED THIS BOOK
Sinister sorcerers, Reptile Men, underground supervillains, hidden temples, evil cultists, and awesome archmages! This one's got it all!
Meet the King of the Reptile Men, and find out why he wants to go to war with the surface world!
Face The Oligarch, guardian of the laws of magic, and learn his hidden agenda! To many on the surface world he is a sinister villain! To others, a bold leader!
Face cybernetic mole men, explore the underground, deal with earthquakes, lava, and hidden civilizations!
Additional information about underground environments and combat.
Tons of ideas for your superhero game even if you don't play Champions, Savage Worlds, or Mutants & Masterminds!
Maps of the Center of the Earth, including a typical city, key areas of the Reptile Empire and the Oligarch's Dark Spire!
Learn secret objectives of the Cult of the Ebon Flame!
See how other criminal organizations and governments deal with the Center of the Earth!
Rules for how much knowledge the characters should have in different types of campaigns!
Unique flora, fauna, and cultures!
Over 30 new characters to bedevil, confront, and aid your heroes!
Hundreds of plot seeds, ideas, and ways to mix things up to make your game unique!
A little Dirt! - $1 - I just want to help the project.
Underground Response Team Secret Files! - $20 - A PDF of Journey to the Center of the Earth. This is a really large PDF, weighing in at around 280 pages. Savage Worlds or Mutants & Masterminds conversions will be included as separate PDFs in the same ZIP file.
Rocks From Down Below! - $50 - Same as the Underground Response team files, only you get a full-color copy of the book!.
Favored by King Reptillon! - $125 - You receive the zip file and a full-color copy of Journey to the Center of the Earth, numbered 9-50. Michael Satran also signs your book, with his own hand! (We tried to get someone else's hand for him to sign with, but everyone kept running away from us!)
Member of the Council! - $250 - You receive the zip file and a full-color copy of Journey to the Center of the Earth numbered 3-8. You will also receive an additional Michael Satran product for your pledge. In addition, you are signed up for a special game at Gencon that Michael Satran will run. You may give your slot to someone else if you cannot attend. This pledge level does NOT include transportation, admission, or accommodations for the convention. (Indianapolis, Indiana, August 4-7)
The Secret Realm of Master Mole! - $500 - You receive the zip file and the number two copy of Journey to the Center of the Earth. You acquire a special game at Gencon that Michael Satran will run, and your fellow players will be Hero System designers and luminaries! You receive an additional Michael Satran product for your pledge. Your product will be shipped to you for free. You may give away your game pass if you cannot attend, but you must let us know who is attending. In addition, you will not be turned into a Mole Cyborg when Master Mole takes over the world! Congratulations!
Oligarch! - $1250 - Michael Satran comes to you to run a game for you and your friends! You receive the number one copy of the book, the zip file, and every Hero product Michael Satran has ever produced in physical and electronic form. Shipping is free! Game will be based on your availability and Michael Satran's busy schedule.
Add-On #1: Hero Designer Character Pack
If you are backing this project at any level, add $5.00 to your reward tier to receive access to the Journey to the Center of the Earth Character Pack for Hero Designer: the character creation software for the HERO System. Hero Designer is all you need to start creating, printing, and sharing characters for your games, and the Character Pack -- containing over 30 different character sheets for heroes, villains, and monsters -- will allow you customize the characters in the book to suit the needs of your individual campaign!
Add-On #2: Hero Lab Character Pack
If you are backing this project at any level, add $5.00 to your reward tier to receive access to the Journey to the Center of the Earth Character Pack for Hero Labs. This gives you the files heroes, villains, and monsters (over 30 different ones!) you can use in Hero Labs for Mutants and Masterminds and Savage Worlds!
Add-On #3: Extra Copies
If you are backing this project at the $50.00 "Favored by King Reptillon!" level or higher, add $40.00 to your reward tier to receive an extra copy of Journey to the Center of the Earth. (Foreign backers should contact us prior to raising pledge.)
If we unlock this level we will create Day of the Dinosaur Men, a new introductory adventure for Champions linked to the Center of the Earth. This product will be 48 pages, feature six new villains, their transportation, and their sinister scheme. Day of the Dinosaur Men will have black and white art and a cover featuring...you guessed it, Dinosaur Men! Savage Worlds and M&M conversions will be available for these as well. All backers at the Underground Response Team Secret Files level or higher will receive an electronic copy of the book.
If we unlock this level we will create Red Clay, a new adventure for Champions linked to the Center of the Earth. Who controls the mysterious Red Clay, what does it do, and how can it be stopped? No more than 48 pages, with new villains and more! Savage Worlds and M&M conversion also included. All backers at the Underground Response Team Secret Files level or higher will receive an electronic copy of the book.
If we unlock this level we will create The Imperial Throne, an already partially written Champions supplement featuring an evil organization of Asian villains with centuries of sinister plans! At least 24 character sheets! At least 128 pages! Links to the Center of the Earth! Savage Worlds and M&M conversions also included. All backers at the Underground Response Team Secret Files level or higher will receive an electronic copy of the book.
If we unlock this level we will create Inner Earth Adventures: a 240 page, black-and-white softcover book containing Day of the Dinosaur Man, Red Clay, and The Imperial Throne. All backers at the Favored by King Reptillon level or higher will receive a physical copy of the book. All backers at the Underground Response Team Secret Files level or higher will receive an electronic copy.
If we unlock this level we will print Inner Earth Adventures in Full Color. All backers at the Favored by King Reptillon level or higher will receive a physical copy of the book. All backers at the Underground Response Team Secret Files level or higher will receive an electronic copy.
Michael Satran is a veteran designer of Champions supplements, including Foxbat For President, King of the Mountain, and Unkindness. He's been gaming since 1979, and running his Champions / Hero System universe since 1987. He's a graduate of Rutgers University, with a master’s degree in English from the University of Rhode Island. Michael is the author of this project.
Jason S. Walters is an author, essayist, and publisher best known for running Indie Press Revolution (IPR), a distributor of micro-published roleplaying games. He is also one of a small group of investors that purchased Hero Games in 2001, and serves as its CEO. He is the developer of numerous roleplaying games, including Champions Complete, Fantasy Hero Complete, and At The Hands of An Angry God. Jason is the publisher of this project.
Matthew Keyes has supervised the layout of dozens of roleplaying game products, and is the author of the popular roleplaying game The Widening Gyre. He's also a noted internet wit and lover of bunny rabbits. Matthew will be handling the layout and art direction of this project.
Sarah Lyon is the owner of Three Sages Games and half of a husband and wife writing team focusing on the role-playing game industry. As a long-time gamer, she got her first formal publishing credits with Savage Mojo in the Savage Suzerain line. Since then, she's gone on to work as a Line Developer for Interace Zero 2.0, and as an editor and for both words and rules for Mystical Throne Entertainment, High Rock Press, and Rebel Minis. In addition to this work, she also is an executive assistant at Indie Press Revolution, helping to promote independent writers and publishers. Sarah will be handling the editing and Savage Worlds conversions for this project.
Ruben Smith-Zempel was made in Oregon. He showed his creativity at an early age, charging his 3rd grade classmates 25 cents for paper and cardboard army vehicles (for the G.I. Joe’s, of course). Thus was born an artist who would never shy away from creating things important to his hobbies. Ruben will be handling the Mutants and Masterminds conversions for this project.
Risks and challenges
As of now, the writing of Journey to the Center of the Earth is already complete! The art and layout are largely done and have been paid for. Only the author, an editor, and the printer have yet to be compensated. The main obstacle is creating material for other systems. Converting characters to Savage Worlds and Mutants and Masterminds will take additional time, as will the editing of the manuscript.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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