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Barbarians of the Ruined Earth

A fantasy post-apocalyptic RPG inspired by Thundarr the Barbarian. Written by Mike Evans and using David Black's The Black Hack!

Barbarians of the Ruined Earth

A fantasy post-apocalyptic RPG inspired by Thundarr the Barbarian. Written by Mike Evans and using David Black's The Black Hack!

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About

"Over two thousand years ago the world was torn asunder when an alien planet crashed into our moon, utterly shattering it. Destruction rained down from the sky, nearly annihilating all life on Earth. Humanity persevered, but the Earth was forever changed as alien matter and genetic material mixed with our own and a new, bizarre world rose from the ashes of the old; a world of depravity, Stupendous Science, and nefarious Sorcery!

Not content with a life of mundane toil, you have cast off the chains of oppression to travel the Ruined Earth with your courageous companions. Brave and bold, you pit your cunning, sword, and talents against the forces of darkness and tyranny!

This is Barbarians of the Ruined Earth!"

Barbarians of the Ruined Earth is a weird post-apocalyptic fantasy setting inspired by Thundarr the Barbarian. Throw in a healthy heap of Mad Max: Fury Road and a little Pirates of Dark Water and you’ve got yourself a Saturday Morning Cartoon Stew fueled by heavy metal!

The players take on the role of heroes (or maybe some feisty brigands or profiteers), wandering the Ruined Earth defeating evil Sorcerers, beating the crap out of mutated frog-men, bashing some raider skulls, or wandering through the stinking ruins of an Ancient Earth space shuttle hanger looking for bits of Stupendous Science!

Feel free to read the Preface of the book, found here.

Also- really cool Thundarr the Barbarian documentary on YouTube.

Barbarians of the Ruined Earth utilizes the awesome rules-lite The Black Hack system with several house-rules. You do not need to purchase The Black Hack rules to play this game (although I encourage supporting David Black as he is a delightful chap and created these fun rules).

Here’s a list of variant rules you’ll find in Barbarians of the Ruined Earth.

  •  Full-auto Fire Rules- for machine guns and laser weaponry.
  •  Armor- now absorbs a static amount of damage each attack rather than being treated as hit point buffer.
  •  Destiny Points- Burn a point to gain Advantage on a roll, reroll a failed save, etc.
  •  Different Ability Score Generation- Roll 2d6+5 instead of standard 3d6 to create more rounded characters.
  •  Mook and Horde Rules- Enemies with 1 hp that can band together to make the PC’s lives more difficult, but defeated easily, creating that heroic Saturday morning cartoon feel.
  •  Luck Rolls- Need to leave a decision to chance? Roll a 1d6 and it’s a 50/50 flip.
  •  Sample Traps- Rules and examples on creating fun traps, ways to detect an defeat them.
  •  Vehicle and Chase Rules- Roar through the Ruined Earth in a motorcycle fueled by sorcery, chasing down raiders before they get to the local village to destroy it (or whatever). Quick and easy rules to accomplish this!
  •  Spells- Sorcerers use a different spell casting system in Barbarians of the Ruined Earth than standard TBH rules.

Barbarians of the Ruined Earth has four human classes and four Race as Class options!

Classes

  •  Barbarian- Strong and brave! Physical combat focused. Beats up bad guys and tosses em aside.
  •  Death Priest- Speak to spirits that linger in this world. Cast miracles to help and heal your allies or harm and hinder your foes. Banish spirits and put them to rest.
  •  Scavenger- Roams the Ruined Earth looking for scrap and items worthwhile. Survives by smarts and stealth.
  •  Urchin- A bossy child that survives in the Ruined Earth, using their small stature and unassuming appearance to get what they want and beat people up.

Race-as-Class

  •  Beastman- Roll for bestial appearance. Impossibly strong- like picks-up-pillars-and-uses-them-like-clubs-level strong.
  •  Sorcerer- Strange looking humanoids with mind-boggling machinations spinning through their heads. Hears the call of power through magic, casts amazing spells.
  •  Robot- Play a robot that has broken free from its fleshy masters and has forged its own path. Add modifications to its body through cannibalizing other robots.
  •  Vek (Raptorfolk)- Super-intelligent anthropomorphic dinosaur-people with an obsession for Ancient Earth technology and Stupendous Science and a self-absurdness at their own superiority.

Each class and race as class has starting equipment and a table to generate a unique trinket and life event to flesh out the character and get right to playing!

In Barbarians of the Ruined Earth, you’ll also find:

  • Weapon and armor generator
  • Rules for animal companions
  • Weaponized Animals (thanks Pirates of Dark Water!)
  • Hirelings
  • Stupendous Science items to give to your players (or give them to evil Sorcerers and just have fun)
  • Mutation table
  • Cyberware table

You'll also find a Bunch of GM Tools (I’m a sucker for tables):

  • Adventure generator
  • NPC generator
  • Village and Village Troubles generator
  • Punishments of the Ruined Earth table
  • Concoctions of the Ruined Earth generator
  • Book generator
  • Weird Religions table
  • Weird mounts generator
  • Interesting Locations table
  • Random Encounters table
  • Weird Weather table
  • Bestiary with 46 baddies to pit against your players (or maybe just offer cuddles)
  • The Western Sands- a sample territory of the Ruined Earth with 13 locations, including the arcology, Nukatomi Plaza!

The book will be released on Drivethrurpg digitally and print-on-demand.  The measurements will be 6.625" x 10.25" graphic novel-sized softcover, coming in around 165 pages.

All words have been written by me- Mike Evans. The amazing and talented Matt Hildebrand is doing layout on Barbarians (scope samples of his work in the pictures below). Ian Richmond, who edited both Hubris: A World of Visceral Adventure and Death is the New Pink, has done the proofing for Barbarians.

The book is being illustrated by the following talented (and sexy) people:

  • David Lewis Johnson
  • Fred Dailey
  • James V West
  • Kelvin Green
  • Matt Adams
  • Matt Hildebrand

Writing, proofing, editing, and layout for the book are all complete.  While some of the art has been commissioned (and completed), this kickstarter will allow me to finish the remainder of the art (and there's quite a bunch) and, if our first stretch goal is hit, a fully illustrated bestiary!

Once the kickstarter is complete the remainder of the art will be commissioned by the many talented artists listed above and final tweaks to layout (if necessary) and we'll send it off to Drivethru and order proofs to make sure everything is looking awesome!

Here's a few sample spreads of Matt's layout:

FIRST STRETCH GOAL $7,000: Fully Illustrated Bestiary- Every monster entry will get an illustration!

SECOND STRETCH GOAL $9,500: The Slaves Mines of Vindicus the Terrible! A level zero adventure by Mike Evans for Barbarians of the Ruined Earth.  More info will be forthcoming about the adventure, its release date will be forthcoming should stretch goal be reached. Note that all backers of “A Death Priest’s Whisper” and above will receive the PDF if unlocked. 

THIRD STRETCH GOAL $10,500: Poster map (18" x 24") of the United States by Kelvin Green highlighting the territories of the eight power Sorcerer's who rule this broken and twisted land.  Kelvin will make the map in similar fashion as the Western Sands illustration (see below).

  • Tygham the Fearless – Ruler of the Swamps
  • The Ice Emperor – Ruler of the Frozen North
  • Vyconia the Rapturous – Ruler of the South
  • Technodabbler the Artificial
  • Mazmogar the Ignominious – Ruler of the Blighted Lands
  • Skullator the Deathless – Ruler of the East
  • Helenoythious the Powerful – Ruler of the West
  • Octagon the Calculating – Ruler of the Lands Below

The backside will have some charts and tables for the GM to use as the players adventure across the destroyed ruins of the United States.

Note: All backers will receive a high resolution jpeg/pdf of the map.  Details about physical copies will be forthcoming if this stretch goal is reached.  

The Western Sands

FOURTH STRETCH GOAL $13,000: Orcs!  A High-Octane Adventure!  A 3rd level module for Hubris: A World of Visceral Adventure!  More info will be forthcoming about the adventure, its release date will be forthcoming should stretch goal be reached. Note that all backers of “A Death Priest’s Whisper” and above will receive the PDF if unlocked.  

FIFTH STRETCH GOAL: $40,500- An Animated Intro- Rather than a bunch of exposition explaining the setting to new players, just show them the Saturday Morning-like cartoon intro!  This animated intro will be on Youtube for all to see!

DIY RPG Productions will be partnering with Hieronymus to deliver this awesome animated intro!

Here's more information about them: Hieronymus is a multi-disciplinary design studio located in Soho, NYC. We craft sound brand strategies, create compelling storylines, and put our clients’ stories into motion. And we have fun doing it.

Pleases note that I am not shipping the POD books.  The costs associated with shipping are determined by OBS.  

I have run two successful kickstarters. The first was Hubris: A World of Visceral Adventureand the second was Demon City. I have been an active RPG blogger for 10 years, have released several other books, and love this damned hobby. My goal is to create awesome and beautiful RPG books that peeps are excited about!

As always, thanks to my wife Angie who constantly makes my games better and better!

Risks and challenges

Risks and challenges

The writing and most of the layout for Barbarians of the Ruined Earth is complete. I have started commissioning much of the art as well, so the process should be timely and on-point. I do not anticipate any delays or issues with the main book (baring the unexpected life injuries, illness, and all that jazz).

The Slave Mines of Vindicus is nearly complete as a first draft and has been playtested a few times (although I’d like to do a few more). There are a few odds and ends I need to touch up and then the book will go to proofing/editing and then layout.

Orcs! A High-octane Adventure's layout has been completed by the sexy and amazing Jez Gordon, who has worked on numerous projects. All that is left for that adventure is the art.

My goal for both of these adventures is to try to have them ready to go by Jan 2020, but that may not occur due to the production process and may be released slightly behind the main book's fulfillment
The United States map by Kelvin Green will need to be created from scratch as well as all the stuff I want to do for it. Hopefully it won't take too long through!

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