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Last updated November 5, 2019

Dark V01D Science Fiction TTRPG (Canceled)

Dark V01D is a modern take on the tabletop RPG formula with the aesthetic and feel of 80s science fiction movies and cyberpunk media.

Dark V01D Science Fiction TTRPG (Canceled)

Dark V01D is a modern take on the tabletop RPG formula with the aesthetic and feel of 80s science fiction movies and cyberpunk media.

€610
pledged of €12,300pledged of €12,300 goal
11
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Nov 5 2019
Last updated November 5, 2019

About

Introduction

Dark V01D is a dark science fiction tabletop role playing game set in a world of epic scale and intergalactic adventures. It is a world embossed by war and conflicts, full of cultures, races and belief systems. And plagued by the influence of cosmic horrors that dwell outside the boundaries of our dimension, in a place called the Dark Void. The game invites you to take up the mantle of an Inquisitates. Creatures able to tap into the knowledge of these cosmic entities and harness their power. As an Inquisitates you are destined to become a God among mortals, but will you stop there and use your power for good? Or will you succumb to the everlasting call of the Dark Void, giving way for corruption to spread in your mind. Your actions will decide your destiny and the future of the universe.

The Dark V01D system is a modern take on the tabletop RPG format, taking inspiration from various great modern turn-based RPGs and strategy games. It is designed to be both newcomer friendly and to have a considerable depth. The rules are focused on a great balance between narrative freedom and engaging, tactical combat encounters with more to do than just auto-attacking. There are 36 different classes with over 430 abilities to try. This never ending pool of possibilities provides a combat experience that is based on meaningful decision making and team play.

If you’d like to see a more in depth preview of the features or if you’d like to get a sneak peak into the universe of Dark V01D, you can download a Preview Kit and/or a Short Story with the buttons below. You may also join the discord server if you want to be part of the Dark V01D community.

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Endless streets in booming cities - isolation at its finest.

The Gameplay

Staying true to everything that makes tabletop RPGs so enjoyable Dark V01D vastly reinvents the combat in various ways. From the moment you create your character your choices matter. Deciding your own fate is a crucial part of the design philosophy of Dark V01D!

As a player of Dark V01D you have the possibility to make your character your own, as you choose 2 of the 9 different ability trees, each with unique specializations and mechanics. But it doesn’t end with these 36 possible class combinations, because each ability tree provides 66 different abilities with which you can realize the vision of your character: You want a tank with healing abilities? -Done. Always dreamed of a rogue with magic skills? -No problem. Never thought of combinations? -Sure. 

All of this results in a highly engaging and rewarding combat experience, never before realized in a tabletop RPG. 

Now, you might be thinking that this would downgrade the overall role playing experience, but that is not the case. The Dark V01D system gets rid of annoyances and role play inhibitors by focusing on giving every player a lot of creative freedom. You can play exactly the character you want to play and don’t have to worry about choosing the right things, because no decision is wrong. You’ll be able to fully immerse yourself in the world and become part of it.

A space-kraken about to have a little snack

The Plan And Current Status

Dark V01D’s systems are fully designed and have experienced over half a year of play testing. Every gameplay aspect of the game is fully designed and in a playable state. The written rules are mostly done and the lore of the universe is designed and partially written. The illustrations are a work in progress.

That is the current status of the project. It has been in development for over 2 years and is now ready to exposed to the public. My plan after this campaign is to finish up the writing as soon as possible, so it can be edited and polished. At the same time, the work on additional illustrations will be completed and incorporated in the gamebook. This way I can ensure that the printing can begin in time. Once the printing is done, shipment and digital delivery can begin. Take a look at the time plan below:

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The game is a passion project through and through. It was created with gameplay in mind. There is no hidden agenda or motivation, just the wish to create an awesome game for players. A scifi universe with amazing artwork and engaging stories. And a community of active players who share their adventures with each other. I need your help to realize this. Working independently and fulltime on this project would allow me to get work done without having to worry about the influence of a publisher. 

Being independent from a publisher also allows me to experiment with completely new ways of delivering content to all players. First off, I’d like to mention what I like to call “Community-Based-Lore”. This keyword describes a community which shares their stories with each other and democratically decides on whether the story should be accepted as official canon of the universe or not. While I'll obviously develope the lore of the universe further, I'm also very interested in reading your stories! For this purpose I'd like to develop a wiki on my website. 

In addition to the “Community-Based-Lore” feature, I will be able to provide every player with a free monthly balancing update via the automated character sheet. I have many plans to expand the game after the release with additional ability trees, endgame content with dedicated legendary armor and weaponry, as well as many more, but I need your help to achieve it.

A giant sandworm on one of the many desert planets

The Budget

I will be as transparent as I can be with the budget and calculation of the goal. As previously mentioned, to really work on releasing the game I need to work fulltime on the project which results in about a third of the budget (€4650) being allocated for this purpose. This money is needed to cover my monthly expenses and nothing more. 

The second big portion of the budget is dedicated to illustrations. I’m gonna be honest with you all - I can’t draw, which is why all the artworks of the project are created by a friend of mine and some other freelance artists. They are just as excited to work on the game as I am. However, as you can imagine great artworks are not made overnight, let alone that they also deserve their payment. All of this results in €4625 being allocated for the illustrations.

The rest of the budget splits up into the cost of lawyers (about €700), the cost for developing the community wiki (about €500) and the printing costs (varying depending on the amount of INQUISITATES and PRIMUS PRIMORDIES backers). 

"Arrakodier" are a proud people, though shunned by humanities military supremacy. They're a playable race in DV

Stretch Goals

The focus of this campaign is to reach the funding goal but that doesn't mean there aren't any stretch goals. Stretch goals are unlocked for all backers. 

12.300 - Project successfully financed

The Project has been successfully financed and I can continue my work on it. 

20.000 - Stretch Goal 1: "Bestiarium"

I will create an additional book with 50 unique creature/villain designs, complete with illustrations and example encounters.

30.000 - Stretch Goal 2: "Drastically reduced shipping costs"

When this tier is reached all shipping costs will be reduced to $3!

40.000 - Stretch Goal 3: "Token Pack"

This stretch goal unlocks over 150 tokens with special artworks, which will be of the 36 different classes, the enemies in the Besiarium and prominent figures in the universe. 

50.000 - Stretch Goal 4: "Scenario"

I'll create a three part story scenario, complete with battlemaps, special tokens and instructionals. Each part of the campaign will be a seperate adventure with an independent story, but they'll be connected by an overarching story arc.

A "Homari Medic" at work. One of the nine different ability trees and 18 different races.

The Automated Character Sheet

The automated character sheet was developed in direct correlation to the game design of Dark V01D. It comes in the form of a polished online spreadsheet or an offline sheet and is an optional accessory for the game. The character sheet handles all the background calculation as well as the data import and elevates the tabletop RPG experience. No more staring at tables to find the right value for your current level. No more scrolling through endless pages to find the next unlock or ability text. The sheet automates all the hassle of creating and maintaining a TTRPG character.

In case you are wondering why I decided to use the spreadsheet format for the character sheet, I’d like to tell you about the many advantages of such a sheet: First off, creating a spreadsheet is way faster and cheaper than coding a program. For me this is the most important advantage, since the goal would have been double the current amount, even if I’m fairly competent at coding. Second off, the spreadsheet is very modular: Want to home brew something for the game? Well, no problem, just rewrite some parts of the character sheet to your liking. And last but not least, an online spreadsheet can be shared with as many people as you like. Give it your GM so they can take a look or paste special items into it. 

Once you start using the sheet, you’ll see how useful it really is. Similarly to the design of the game, it has also received its fair share of play testing and iteration. And I’m sure it will see some more improvements in the coming months. Additionally, if you aren’t convinced you can always fall back on the old school printed version.

The ruins of a long forgotten civilization

The Pledges

All the Pledges will get you the whole game. That's it. Full stop. However, you can decide to either get the game (and all unlocked stretch goals) in digital form or in printed form. Each pledge is explained below.

Dark V01D will be available in English and German.

Early Bird pledges are a limited quantity version of the pledge with the same name.

What's limited about the "Limited edition hardcover print of the gamebook"?

The limiting factor of the first printed version of the book will be the amount of backers in the INQUISITATES, PRIMUS PRIMORDIES and DARK VOID DWELLER tiers. This version will feature a unique design and will be kickstarter exclusive ad infinitum. 

Shipping costs

Shipping costs will be collected at the start of August 2020. The estimated cost of worldwide shipments is $30 ($15 inside of europe). The estimation is this high because shipment discounts can't be calculated without knowing how many packets are going out and how much each package weighs, resulting in the highest price as estimation. I know this is a lot and I'll try to reduce it by at least 50%, so that it matches the estimated shipping costs inside of europe. However, if I can't reduce that price by at least 50%, I'll give everyone the option to opt for print on demand services in their respective country. 

Advenus Inquisitates have just gained access to the knowledge of the Dark Void and with that begin their journey to become Gods among mortals.

This pledge gives you access to: 

  • The gamebook (estimated to contain around 400 colored pages - 200 for the rules and 200 for the lore) in digital form.
  • All digital tools.
  • All unlocked stretch goals in digital form.

Delivered via download in August 2020.


You have learned to wield the powers of the Dark Void and have ascended the ranks to become a full blown Inquisitates. What will you do with your new found strength?

This pledge gives you access to:

  •  Limited edition hardcover print of the the gamebook (estimated to contain around 400 colored pages - 200 for the rules and 200 for the lore).
  • All digital tools.
  • All unlocked stretch goals in digital form.

Worldwide delivery starting in August 2020.


When an Inquisitates reaches godhood, they become a Primordies. A being so powerful, even the cosmic horrors of the Dark Void start to take notice. As a Primordies, you decide the fate of the galaxy.

This pledge gives you access to:

  •  Limited edition hardcover print of the the gamebook (estimated to contain around 400 colored pages - 200 for the rules and 200 for the lore).
  • All digital tools
  • All unlocked stretch goals in printed form. (If there are no unlocked stretch goals, you'll receive the printed "Bestiarium" book when it comes out, which is some months after the release of Dark V01D.)
  •  High Quality Poster (There will be a poll In June 2020 where all backers can vote on artworks that will go on the Poster).  

Worldwide delivery starting in August 2020.


Your mind has become one with the Dark Void. As you leave your mortal shell behind, you ascend into the heavens never to be seen again by any mortal being. Behind the curtains is where you'll fight or join the cosmic horrors, dwelling in the Dark Void.

This pledge is for the most dedicated supporters who want to be part of the development process and be the first to experience the game. 

This pledge gives you access to:

  •  Early Access to the game (You will be the first to experience the game in its full glory, but you'll also be able to get involved with the development, as I'm going to share WIP stories or balancing concepts with you. Your feedback has the power to change the game). You'll also get to name an important lore character of your choice!
  •  Limited edition hardcover print of the the gamebook (estimated to contain around 400 colored pages - 200 for the rules and 200 for the lore).
  • All digital tools
  • All unlocked stretch goals in printed form. (If there are no unlocked stretch goals, you'll receive the printed "Bestiarium" book when it comes out, which is some months after the release of Dark V01D.)
  • 3 x High Quality Poster (you'll receive 3 artworks of your choice).

Digital download at the end of July 2020. 

Priority delivery in the middle of August 2020.

A small game "Doctriner", one of the 18 races of Dark V01D

About The Author And History of The Project

My name is Moritz Bülau, and I'm a Game Designer from Germany. I have graduated my studies in Game Design with a Bachelor of Arts two years ago and have been collecting experience ever since. This project has made me think a lot about the time when I was a little child and loved to play pretend.  It's safe to say that my passion for game design and storytelling started there, while I was inventing games for me and my friends to play. While I do like most genres, one has stuck with me since the beginning. RPGs have been the source of my fascination as long as I can remember. 

Dark V01D is the result of this fascination. Initially, I started working on it as a mod for a popular German tabletop RPG, called "Das Schwarze Auge" (or "The Dark Eye"), but as there were to many antiquated rules and mechanics in that system I devised a plan to create my own TTRPG from scratch. Work on this version began in 2016, when I managed to secure the game as the focus of my bachelor thesis. Accordingly, I spent a lot of time working on it in 2016/2017 until I successfully graduated my university. The time after that went into some more studies about game design until I started working as a game design intern at a mobile strategy game studio in Hamburg. During the time I was working there, I revamped the whole Dark V01D system multiple times and went through many iterations. At that time, I wished nothing more than to be able to work fulltime on Dark V01D in order to shape it into the version that it is today. Half a year of internship later and I decided to do exactly that. 

I've been working part-time at a local company and part-time on Dark V01D for almost a full year now. The game has made so much progress in that time and I'm very proud of it. However, I know there is much more potential in the game and as the passion project that it is, I want to share it with the world. Working full-time on the game would allow me to secure this, as well as many more high quality artworks to visualize the world. I know there isn't much I can show in terms of references and experience. Just my passion for great game design and the already quite advanced project. 

You'll not only decide the future of the game but also mine, as I'd like to build a great community around the game, which enjoys every part of the universe together. 

Remember that you can also greatly help me by sharing the project with your friends or on social media!

The honorful "Ronin" at the edge of a cliff.

Risks and challenges

Transparency is the most important thing for me when it comes to crowdfunding campaigns, which is why I'm going to be honest with the risks and challenges. This is my first crowdfunding project and my first independent project, so practically everything outside of creating the game is a challenge for me. I can't promise that everything will go according to plan, but what I can promise is that I will finish the game no matter what! The game has been in development for a very long time and it's in a playable state since last year. While I will continue to improve the balancing of the game, my main focus lies on finishing the writing (you can download the Preview Kit or Short Story to get an idea of my writing style).
The most challenging part of this project will be the shipping. For that reason I have spoken to competent people who have experience with international shipping and logisitics, some of which have agreed to help me with my endevour.

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    Your mind has become one with the Dark Void. As you leave your mortal shell behind you ascend into the heavens never to be seen again by any mortal being. Behind the curtains is where you'll fight or join the cosmic horrors, dwelling in the Dark Void.

    This pledge is for the most dedicated supporters who want to be part of the development process and be the first to experience the game.

    Includes:
    • Early Access to the game
    • All unlocked stretch goals (in printed form)
    • Limited edition hardcover print of the gamebook
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    • Digital GM tools
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