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$6,146
pledged of $5,000pledged of $5,000 goal
108
backers
13days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, September 3 2018 7:17 PM UTC +00:00.

About

Simply put, Galloping Stars is a pony-inspired tabletop RPG set in an original sci-fi universe!

Designed by a team of creative minds that have been playing RPGs of all sorts for years, we feel confident we're able to build upon and innovate off that experience in order to bring you a fantastic tabletop experience.

Developed using our in-house MAGICAL system, we bring a unique set of attributes to the table:
- Magic
- Agility
- Grit
- Intelligence
- Courage
- Allure
- Luck

Twilightborne Race Page (Art by SpiritofthwWolf)
Twilightborne Race Page (Art by SpiritofthwWolf)

Its mechanics make use of a standard set of RPG dice (d4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 20) in an way that doesn't hold you back from doing what you want to do. Each race has its own array of these dice, ranging from d6 to d12, that only affect your capability to roll high, but they aren't a limit to what you can do.

Obviously, some races will be more adept at certain things than others, but (with the exception of flight), your race should not prohibit you from making the character you want! Dedication and determination can overcome adversity here. By spending experience, your character can build up his skills, attributes, and talents in order to overcome the racial dice he or she is given. In addition, our dice system features limited exploding dice, so even a character with a d6 in their Grit (strength) has a chance to, with enough determination, overpower an adversary rolling a higher base dice.

There are also no classes. Your characters can be whatever you want them to be! Be a pilot, or be a scientist. Be a pirate, or be a bounty hunter. Be a soldier, or be a smuggler. The galaxy's the limit in Galloping Stars!

And finally, our system features a Luck Point mechanic. In Galloping Stars your character starts each session with a number of Luck Points based off of their Luck Rank. These points can be spend to reroll and manipulate dice. They can be used to barter with the GM to manipulate story elements. And your Luck Rank itself can be used as a bargaining chip with death; offering a semi-permanent Luck Rank drop in order to "negate" an untimely demise.

This may seem like a lot of power, but trust me, the universe is an unfriendly place for little ponies. Your character will need Lady Luck on their side during their journey...

On top of a full character-based system, basic rules will also be included for vehicles and starships, with a much more in depth rule system for these things planned to follow in an expansion book, if the campaign is successful.

Starhound Race Page (Art by Dreamchan)
Starhound Race Page (Art by Dreamchan)

 The world of Galloping Stars is vast and filled with life. Equus, Galloping Stars' equivalent of Earth, is home to the three main species of ponies. However, they are not the only sentient species out there. Our core rulebook, as it currently stands, includes 9 unique playable races, all from different backgrounds and homeworlds. These are as follows:

Terrequines

The ground-bound ponies of Equus. They are strong and capable of enduring hardship compared to the other races.

Terrequine Male Art (Art by SpiritofthwWolf)
Terrequine Male Art (Art by SpiritofthwWolf)

Unicorns

The magic-wielders of Equus. Unicorn horns give them a natural foci for casting spells, and they tend to be the more powerful magic users.

Pegasi

The flyers of Equus. Being capable of flight means the sky's the limit for these ponies. They aren't the strongest flyers in the galaxy, but their natural ability to manipulate weather makes them very versatile.

Twilightborne

Hailing from a tidal-locked world of perpetual twilight, known only as Harmony, this race's lives are anything but harmonic. A dynastic civilization, every Twilightborne either belongs to the Imperial family, or to one of four Houses. Intrigue, stealth, deception, and diplomacy play an integral role in their culture.

Zebras

The Zebras of Sphinxonia have probably the hardest life of any of the races. Their backstory is one of enslavement, rebellion, and then surrendering to being a working caste. They are now the servants of the Sphinxes, despite having rebelled previously, and losing. Some do find their way free of the shackles they bear, though. They are dedicated workers, and have a natural attunement to any environment they find themselves in.

Sphinxes

The Sphinxes are the ruling class of Sphinxonia, and the Sphinxian Empire. They rule over the Zebras, their subjects, with an iron will. While their populace is much less numerous than that of their servants, they are greatly advanced in the ways of law and are great at keeping order. Having the magic of the "Gods" on their side helps, too.

Sphinx Female Art (Art by Hexfloog)
Sphinx Female Art (Art by Hexfloog)

 Starhounds

The bipedal race of canines, hailing from Aschere. Their race primarily forms the Starhound Syndicate, a great mega-corporation with a hefty percentage of the galaxy's gem deposits under its control. While, on the whole, not the brightest race in the galaxy, they've certainly developed some fantastic technology using those gems. Their Arcano Tech's simplicity is what has made their magic technology the most widespread. 

Cervidaens

The Cervidae hail from the lush alpine planet of Cervidas, where great forests and sprawling meadows cover much of the landscape. Their society is governed by a geniocracy (problem-solving, creative intelligence and compassion as criteria for governance). They utilize the materials of their natural surroundings to great effect in everything from their buildings to their weapons. Also capable of producing magic through the natural foci of their antlers, they are not as potent as the Unicorns, but they have more control.

Cervidaen Female Art (Art by Dreamchan)
Cervidaen Female Art (Art by Dreamchan)

Griffons

A race of strong flyers, the Griffons no longer hail from their original home planet (it was destroyed by an astral collision a long time ago). Now they call the nearby gas-giant planet of Salacia home. They have learned to harness the natural forces of their planet not only as they are, but in a miniaturized version, in order to produce their own gems, and thus competing with the Starhounds.

Lore and Additional Content

In addition to all of these races, there is an ever-evolving lore surrounding the universe. This will reflected, not only in the core rulebook, but in future expansion books if the Kickstarter is successful. The core rulebook will include an introduction to the lore of the universe, starting with the home planets of the included races. It will also include a handful of creatures in a starting bestiary. Future expansion books will look into other planets, technology, races, and stories that will, together, build the full universe of Galloping Stars.

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You will have our thanks by having your backer name listed in a special credits page of our website. You also will have access to all of the updates we put out in order to follow along with the progress of the project.  

*Note that those in the $100+ reward tiers will also be listed in a Backer Credits section of the core rulebook!  

Galloping Stars Core Rulebook PDF

You will receive a digital PDF copy of the core rulebook for Galloping Stars. This is the full rulebook in a digital form.  

The Fools' Labyrinth Adventure PDF (Kickstarter Exclusive)

This will be a special reward available only to our Kickstarter Backers in the Lieutenant Commander tier and above. You will receive an special pre-made adventure, in PDF format, to run with your friends. This adventure will take you through the dreaded Fools' Labyrinth – a maze of shifting wormholes that is rumored to contain the lost El Diamante Mundo, a planet made purely of diamond (or is it just a planet-sized diamond?).

Galloping Stars Core Rulebook Hardcover

You will receive a hardcover copy of the core rulebook for Galloping Stars. This is the full core rulebook in printed form.  

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Limited Edition Galloping Stars Logo Pin

This is a special limited edition lapel pin that will be made of the Galloping Stars logo (still in design finalizing stages). The final print run will be made at just 50 pins beyond the final total of relevant reward pledges, with no plans for a future production run. This means that this pin will be very limited in number.  

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Signed, Alt. Art Cover Version of Galloping Stars Core Rulebook

This is a special version of the core rulebook, featuring an alternative art cover by one of our artists or a special guest artist (who exactly is to be determined). This will replace the standard hardcover copy in your pledge rewards, but is limited to this Kickstarter campaign, with no plans to produce more or sell it elsewhere. Also, this version of the book will be signed by the creator of the system!  

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Design an NPC for the Core Rulebook

This is as well as a special opportunity to design an NPC character that will be included in the Core Rulebook!  

This will include working with one of our artists and the game designer in order to create a character that will come alive within the universe of Galloping Stars. With our help, you will ultimately guide the character's lore, design, and stats.  

The art will be a full color, simple-background piece of your character that will be included in the book as part of the character page (note it will NOT be a full-page piece in the book). You will also receive the full-resolution digital version of the final art piece.  

Design a VIP character for the Core Rulebook

This is a special opportunity to design a VIP character (instead of a regular NPC) that will not only be included in the Core Rulebook, but will have an important role in the Galloping Stars lore!  

This will include working with one of our artists and the game designer in order to create a character that will come alive within the universe of Galloping Stars. With our help, you will ultimately guide the character's lore, design, and stats.  

The art will be a full color, full-background piece of your character that will be included in the book as a full page! You will also receive the full-resolution digital version of the final art piece.  

Design a Kickstarter Exclusive Race

This is a special opportunity to design a new race in the Galloping Stars universe that will be included as a separate PDF available to Kickstarter backers only of the lieutenant tier and up as part of their reward, 6 months prior to it being released to the public!  

The race design will include working with one of our artists and the game designer in order to create a race that will come alive within the universe of Galloping Stars. With our help, you will ultimately guide the race's lore, design, and everything else that matters for it (stats, abilities, etc.).  

Art for the race will include at least 2 full color, no-background pieces for use in the race document. You will also receive the full resolution digital versions of the final art pieces.  

A game session GM'd by the creator of the system

I will GM a 1-2 day adventure for you and up to 3 of your friends over Skype or Discord that may have an impact on future expansions books! This session is limited by time and availability, but I will work with you to find a time that works. Also, a 1-2 day session means 1-2 sessions at around 5 hours maximum each session.

 While it's super soon to be looking at all of our stretch goals, here are the first couple to get you motivated!  

$5K - Arachnoid Race

A race of Arachnoids that have a pony-like torso and facial features, hailing from the same planet as the Cervidaeans.  

$7.5K - Goats of Goath  

A race of hearty goats from planet Goath, where just about everything wants to kill you. They are the only race currently designed to feature a d20 in any attribute (if you must know, its in Grit).  

$10K - Lepidoquines (Moth Ponies)

A race of moth-like ponies, hailing from the same planet as the Cervidaeans and Arachnoids. Not much is known about them.

 This list is subject to grow as more artists become involved. Wanna help out? Please contact us via our website!  

- SpiritofthwWolf  
- Dreamchan
- Hexfloog
- Marshmerry
- NCMares

Risks and challenges

Right now, our biggest risk comes from possible deadline extensions. We are currently hoping for a release at BronyCon 2019, but sometimes things happen. Rest assured, though, because if there are any delays at all, we'll be sure to let everybody know in an update post!

Our biggest challenge at this stage will be getting all the art finished and the actual final book put together. Our mechanics are undergoing constant playtesting, but are at a stage now where it's mostly tweaks being made to balance things. Some features (like the basic vehicle and starship mechanics) are more heavily in flux, but the core of the game is sound.

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    The race design will include working with one of our artists and the game designer in order to create a race that will come alive within the universe of Galloping Stars. With our help, you will ultimately guide the race's lore, design, and everything else that matters for it (stats, abilities, etc.).

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