Treasure or Terror?
You caught the glint of metal underneath the dirt and the damp, so you started digging. With a little effort, and one eye on any challengers to your claim, you held your prize.
An artifact of the Ancient Makers!
But now your wariness increases to an almost audible pitch, as you begin the most dangerous of all tasks — you examine its mysterious surfaces, studs, and touchplates. Your fellow rovers, wise to the ways of the Before Time, all begin to back up to a respectable distance, lest they be caught in any mishaps at your hands and your sweating fingertips. Now comes the time for both luck and determination. Can you unlock and master the secrets of this device of ancient imperishable power?
What's Between the Covers
Clocking in at over 56 pages and crammed with content, Check This Artifact contains 30 brand-new artifacts of the Ancient Makers, plus a brand-new godlike AI, all for use in your mutant crawling or other post-apocalyptic role playing game. Penned by the creator of Mutant Crawl Classics RPG and published by Mudpuppy Games, these powerful technological treasures are more than mere artifacts, because each item in this book is a plot hook and a potential mini-adventure in the making.
Check This Artifact presents artifacts for your players to attempt to track down, tame, and temper — including weapons, armor, robots, AIs, and those extra-special items that are the sole purview of far-future fiction. Just check out the contents page.
A Brand New AI Diety
Meet The OVERLORD! The OVERLORD is unusual among the potent and powerful AIs of the Ancient Makers in that it was originally conceived by them to function much like an AI Deity. Designed as a project to link active-duty military personnel into a gigantic hive intelligence via shunted quantum networks, The OVERLORD could be given complete command control over any theater of operations, including all AI-enhanced equipment and personnel. The OVERLORD was fully operational and active during the mysterious events immediately proceeding and during the Great Catastrophe.
Is your character savvy enough to serve The OVERLORD? Notably, The OVERLORD is the first AI Deity that accepts priests of any genotype. Has your mutant, mutated animal, or intelligent plant had a hankering to cast some science-spells like the big boys and girls? Then get yourself a pair of The Eyes of the Overlord (included in the book) and cast Serve AI. Includes rules for mediating the class changeover for non-human types.
Art and Design
Check This Artifact is a softcover book and large digest-sized at 6” x 9”, so you can stick it straight in your game bag with all your other stuff. Each and every entry in the book is illustrated by a team of veteran artists including Cory Shonuff Gelnett, Dan Smith, James V. West, and Jim Wampler. Check out these sample art pieces from the book!
How to Pledge for Multiple Copies
Need to pledge for multiple copies of Check This Artifact? Just select the pledge level for the SOFTCOVER + PDF and fill out the dollar amount in multiples of $15 (i.e. $30 for two copies, $45 for three copies, etc).
Backing for the limited edition hardcover and a softcover? Select the hardcover pledge level for $40 and in the dollar amount repeat the process outlined above by adding multiples of $15 for each softcover copy you want to get.
Simplicity, thy name is Media Mail. Each book will ship in a sturdy cardboard envelope via Media Mail. Per Kickstarter recommendations, shipping and handling costs ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THE PLEDGE LEVELS. This is to protect everyone involved in case there is an unforeseen rate increase in postal costs between funding and final shipping. At the time of launch, shipping and handling is planned to be an economical $5 per book shipped. Backers pledging over $1 have the option of adding that $5 per book to an existing pledge level, but regardless all shipping charges will be billed after the kickstarter ends via Backerkit. Rest assured that we will do everything within our power to ship your books to you the cheapest and most economical way possible.
Any changes beyond our control to the expected shipping costs resulting from postal rate increases will be fully announced in updates if such a situation arises.
All shipping for this Kickstarter is to the USA ONLY, so please pledge accordingly. Current International shipping costs are so high that shipping outside the USA is not feasible for Mudpuppy Games at this time.
Stretch Goal Rewards
The further into the ruins we explore, the greater the rewards! At each of the following funding levels, in addition to a softcover copy of Check This Artifact, all backers above the $1 pledge level will receive these great items with which to enhance their post-apocalyptic gaming experience.
PLEASE NOTE: The final stretch goal reward unlocks an add-on item that incurs an additional charge for the printed version. All backers above the $1 pledge level will receive a digital version of this map at no extra charge. Backers who wish to receive the add-on print version of the poster campaign map should add the appropriate dollar amount to their pledge.
STRETCH GOAL OVERVIEW
$3,000 - Fat Dragon Games E-Z Future Combat Bunker papercraft terrain.
$4,000 - Artifact Check bookmark.
$6,000 - Fat Dragon Games E-Z Future Deluxe Edition papercraft terrain.
$8,000 - Mutant Murder Hobo MEMBERSHIP KIT (revised and expanded).
$10,000 - Fat Dragon Games Dragonlock 3D Starships Set 1 files.
$12,000 - 11” x17” post-apocalyptic setting map add-on taken directly from the author's home campaign world. ($15).
STRETCH GOAL DETAILS
$3,000 - Fat Dragon Games E-Z Future Combat Bunker papercraft terrain
Fat Dragon Games’ science fiction papercraft terrain isn’t just a great way to quickly produce post-apocalyptic bunkers and ruins at home on your ink jet printer — these are fully layered and editable files that are ideal for customizing your post-apocalyptic setting exactly to your ruinous tastes!
$4,000 - Check This Artifact bookmark
All backers receive a handsome Check This Artifact bookmark for marking the next terror-filled piece of ancient technology you plan to drop in front of your players. It even comes with a handy artifact check table right one the back!
$6,000 - Fat Dragon Games E-Z Future Deluxe Edition papercraft terrain
Fat Dragon Games’ E-Z Future Deluxe Edition includes everything from roving security bots to a fully detailed shuttlecraft and shuttle bay. Because sooner or later your players are going to try to go off-planet.
$8,000 - Mutant Murder Hobos membership kit
Join the legendary legion of the Mutant Murder Hobos (the author's very own home group) with this exclusive 2" button, laminated ID card, and framable 8.5" x 11" membership certificate — customized with your name right on it! Let the whole world that you’re here to kick ass and burn luck... and you’re all out of luck!
$10,000 - Fat Dragon Games DRAGONLOCK Ultimate: Starships Part 1
Now we’re talking. If you own a 3D printer (and if not, why not?) this Fat Dragon Games’ DRAGONLOCK Ultimate: Starships Part 1 set will allow you to print out an entire interlocking set of 3D tiles for your minis, and even populate it with computer stations, escape pods, and those ever-pesky security bots.
$12,000 - 11” x17” Omega-Terra setting map add-on ($15)
Here it is — a poster-sized map of Omega-Terra, the author's home campaign world! This full-color 11" x 17" map includes all the treacherous terrain features of the cratered continent plus markers noting the locations of many intriguing ruins, cults, and territories. A word to the wise — stay out of the glow desert until you’re at least 2nd level.
About Mudpuppy Games
Mudpuppy Games is the personal game publishing label of RPG designer, writer, and artist Jim Wampler. Founded in 2005, Mudpuppy Games published the 4th edition of Metamorphosis Alpha, GALACTA•3, and Marvin the Mage comic books. More information can be found at mudpuppygames.com.
About Jim Wampler
Jim Wampler has been playing roleplaying games since everything was just plain “D&D” and campaigns were refereed with a mismatched stack of books and pamphlets. Jim’s earliest published art and articles appeared in Tim Kask’s Adventure Gaming magazine and Judges Guild Pegasus magazine. In 2005, Jim founded Mudpuppy Games and published James M. Ward’s Metamorphosis Alpha 4th edition.
Jim Wampler is currently a partner at Frog God Games in charge of special projects and is authoring the forthcoming MegaHeroes RPG for Frog God Games. Jim also wrote Mutant Crawl Classics RPG and several DCC RPG and Metamorphosis Alpha adventures for Goodman Games. Jim Wampler is the creator of the Marvin the Mage gaming comic, and has contributed cover art and comics to the Knights of the Dinner Table magazine.
Jim lives in Cincinnati, Ohio where he stays up on cutting-edge AI research so that he can the first in line to have his consciousness uploaded to the singularity.
Risks and challenges
The final version of Check This Artifact has already been written, edited, and laid out. All stretch goal items are designed and ready for production. After the kickstarter funds, art orders will go out to our team of artists for inclusion in the book, and then everything goes off to the printers. Printing is being done locally by our regular printer, so the turn-around risks are minimal.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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