About this project
Westbound is the second book from the makers of the Pure Steam Campaign Setting. Take your game westward with unique races, new classes, archetypes, gear, and western monsters, all perfect for a rootin’ tootin’ steampunk wild west adventure. The base funding will produce a premium quality, 230-page PDF and print version chock full of Steampunk Wild West goodness.
Our previous Kickstarter campaign brought Pure Steam to life. Pure Steam is an alternate history campaign setting which takes place in the age of steam. It presented two new base classes, the Gearhead, a tech 'wizard' whose contraptions can bring the power of science to bear; and the Chaplain, whose force of charisma can bolster allies and stifle foes.
Pure Steam presented new steam-themed equipment, weapons, vehicles, and monsters. It has truly become the definitive steampunk supplement for pathfinder. But it’s time to head west.
In Westbound, you get everything you need to expand your game to the West.
New base classes like:
- The Marshal, a lawkeeper whose jurisdiction grows with his renown.
- The Savant, an intuitive contraption builder (think tech 'sorcerer')
Wild West archetypes such as:
- The Wrangler, who can outrope, outride, and outgun her foes
- The Gaucho, crazy enough to bring a knife to a gunfight
- The Gun Devotee, a gun-slinging monk who uses ki for deeds
There is expanded support for the Chaplain and Gearhead, like:
- New Chaplain organizations
- New Gearhead archetypes like the Arsenalist
- Clockwork schematics - expanding your contraption capabilities with options like delayed activation and self-propulsion.
A bevy of new monsters like the sand troll, the loch satyr, and the eternal soul, all with stunning art.
New vehicles to span the desert, like the skiff and the ornithopter.
We’ve got a new gameplay soundtrack, too, to evoke the feel of the Ulleran West!
What really sets Pure Steam and Westbound apart as a third-party offering is the quality. We’ve got a great team, including dynamite designers and writers, as well as artists--even down to our printer.
Just like it's predecessor, Westbound is fully compatible with Pathfinder RPG. The book has new races, classes, archetypes, equipment, monsters, factions, NPCs, and tons more!
Westbound will be at (and above) the same high quality mark we set with our first book, The Pure Steam Campaign Setting, which:
-has 4.5 stars across virtually every rating site available.
-is compared to Paizo-level quality in terms of content and production.
-is a SILVER best seller on DriveThruRPG!
-is THE definitive steampunk offering for Pathfinder RPG.
Why Back Westbound?
We have some great rewards for our backers, with benefits you won't get if you wait. For example, our PDF will launch at $20 retail, but backers can get a PDF for as low a pledge as $15, and that PDF will be delivered to backers well before it's commercially available. The same is true for the print copy, which you can snag for as low a pledge as $35 and ship to backers ahead of commercial release, and will retail for $40.
Of course, there are plenty of great rewards for folks who want to make an impression on the game. You can help design a faction in the game, or be made into a character or deity with artwork, stats, and story. Some reward levels can even get your character on the cover, AND have the potential of turning your character into a mini!
We know there are some of you who are new to Pure Steam. Welcome aboard! To get you up to speed, we're offering backers some of our Pure Steam products at reduced rates. Simply increase your pledge amount by the amounts below and you'll tell us the add-ons you want in the post-funding backer survey. Digital add-ons require a minimum $15 base pledge, and physical add-ons require a minimum $50 base pledge.
- FREE - one month subscription to AdventureAWeek.com
- $5 - Pure Steam original soundtrack
- $5 - The Alchemist's Run novel ebook
- $5 - Pure Steam Campaign Setting cover art desktop background
- $5 - Westbound cover art desktop background
- $10 - Pure Steam Campaign Setting PDF
- $20 - ALL digital add-ons!
- $5 - Gearhead character mini
- $5 - Ructioneer character mini
- $5 - Each stretch goal character mini
- $15 - Each stretch goal vehicle mini
- $20 - Pure Steam Campaign Setting print copy
- $20 - Pure Steam T-Shirt
- $25 - Revamped Pure Steam Campaign Setting stretch goal print copy
If we hit $19,500, we'll level up the artwork in the book to premium full color. The base cost includes just enough funding for our stylized, B&W/sepia artwork inside (color cover) which looks great for the setting, but full color would be amazing!
At $23,500, we'll turn all five iconic characters from the cover into miniatures, each of which will be a $5 add-on for anyone receiving physical rewards ($8 for everyone else). Backers at $100+ will receive a single mini in their shipment for free, and at 500+ will receive all minis. Anyone who backs at the MARSHAL level will be an iconic character (on the cover and a mini). All other backers will be able to add minis to their rewards shipment as an affordable add-on.
At $29,500, Vehicle Minis! We'll kick off production of miniatures of two of our iconic vehicles. These will be in beautiful detail, and full playable scale (1in = 5ft). $500+ backers will receive one vehicle in their shipment. All other backers will be able to add a vehicle to their rewards shipment as an affordable add-on.
At $37,500, we're going to revamp, colorize, and reprint the original Pure Steam Campaign Setting. It'll be updated with all corrections and errata. We'll add in tons more art, and convert all the art to full color. The spine will get the case bind treatment. The revamped PDF will go to all backers backing at $15 and up. All $500+ backers will receive a print copy in their shipment. All other backers will be able to add a print copy to their rewards shipment as an affordable add-on.
Risks and challenges
The risks of this project are very low, and we know how to mitigate them. The people doing the work (both our in-house team and vendor partners) need to get it done in a timely fashion so we can deliver the goods. We learned this lesson on our last project and are poised to deliver promptly.
The design and writing needs to be skilled and timely. On our last project, we didn't have the design finalized prior to our campaign. This time, all of the content was designed and edited prior to this campaign launch, and is currently being playtested.
We need our vendors (artist, printers, mini sculptors and molders) to produce quality work in a timely fashion. We've only selected vendors with a proven track record of quality and timeliness, producing work that has been published in the game industry. For Westbound, nearly all of our vendors are repeats from our previous project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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