Ragnarok is here! The Dwarven Destroyers bear down on your holdfast. A cult dedicated to Loki foments deadly mischief within your walls. The local seer envisions young warriors throwing off clan ties, merging with the spirits of giants to save their holdfast. Fight, bleed, sacrifice, and save your people for as long as you can. Welcome to Iron Edda Accelerated!
Backers get access to the Early Release version of the rules (edited but not laid out) as soon as they back this campaign.
Iron Edda Accelerated is a roleplaying game about the heroes of a Viking holdfast during Ragnarok. They battle threats from outside and within for honor, glory, and clan. The game draws strongly from Norse mythology — although its focus on holdfasts allows for telling a variety of stories:
Epic Norse Action. Pick up your axe and shield to fight the metallic hordes of the Dwarves as they come to raze the world. Look through the roots of the World Tree to the Lands of the Gods and find the most opportune place to strike. Bring together your people and lead them against threats both outside and within your holdfast. Be the blazing heart of a dead giant fighting the metal monstrosities. Stand against the Dwarves who come from below to reclaim what was once theirs...or so Loki tells them.
Heroes of the Holdfast. You’re the heroes of this age, dealing with the chaos and glory of Ragnarok: a time for legends to be born. Fight hordes of Dwarven spiders, convince fractured factions to fight together, travel the planes to bring aid in the form of magical artifacts to save clan and loved ones. Ragnarok seeks to end everything, but you have the power to keep it from destroying your holdfast for a little while longer.
- Internal Holdfast Politics. While external threats are daunting, insidious ones from within are equally deadly. People look for opportunities to gain power, even as Armageddon approaches. Convince your Jarl to make peace with the other holdfasts instead of war. Rally your warriors and keep their spirits high in the face of terror. Root out dissidents seeking to unbalance the power structure of your holdfast. Stabilize your own homes if your Jarl loses control. Keep your community strong or the Dwarves easily overrun your holdfast.
The Dwarves of Svartalfheim invade the surface with metal machines, monstrous and terrible. The gods fight against the end of existence. Holdfasts burn. The seers foretell the coming of the Bonebonded: young folk who’ve thrown clan aside to merge with the spirits of deceased giants, providing the power to retaliate against the Dwarves in the form of skeletal giants. The Runescribed use their terrible powers to keep everyone alive a little longer. Other holdfasts seek any advantage in these desperate times. The world hurtles toward a chaotic ending, while a smiling Loki sits in the shadows watching Yggdrasil burn. What will your story be during the end times?
Iron Edda Accelerated invites a wide variety of stories against the backdrop of Ragnarok. The Holdfast Creation system lets you take the elements presented, ask questions about the holdfast, and uncover the rest through play. While answering those questions you also draw a map of your holdfast, providing a visual representation of your experiences. The map functions as a play aid and reminder of your holdfast’s environs, the problems arrayed against you, and the places you’ve decided are important.
Iron Edda Accelerated explores the problems of an oncoming apocalypse against a backdrop of mythic storytelling and Norse culture where clan is thicker than blood. The heroes of the holdfast feel pressure from everywhere as they solve the problems assaulting the holdfast.
To make that happen, Iron Edda Accelerated uses a variation of the Fate Accelerated™ system, by Evil Hat Productions. Fate Accelerated makes the characters instantly competent and dramatic through approaches and aspects. In addition, story stress tracks help the GM weigh and present various problems assaulting the holdfast.
Other mechanisms help promote the kind of play Iron Edda promises:
Scale - Giant metal monstrosities, heroes larger than life, magical runes usable against enemies, and weapons of legend. Rules are provided to determine the weight of these elements in play.
Destinies - A number of mythic Norse-inspired destinies, including the Bonebonded, Runescribed, Seer, and even the Farmer, help players make characters fit into the setting.
- Holdfast Creation - This system creates your holdfast through a series of questions and a hand-drawn map. When completed, the players have a series of problems that assail the holdfast and the characters’ paths are clear — and legendary stories unfold quickly.
If you want to learn more about Iron Edda Accelerated, here are some of the places where you can hear and see the game being played or talked about:
The Modifier Podcast: 48 The Many Forms of Iron Edda With Tracy Barnett
The Lounge: Episode 11 - Tracy Barnett
Iron Edda: Flames of Petruvia
RPPR Actual Play: Iron Edda Accelerated At Origins 2018
Sticky Bunton - Tea Time With "The Other Tracy"
Terribleminds: Oh Shit, I Jumped The Gun (Again)
Iron Edda - Live (5/13/18)
Iron Edda - Live (5/16/18)
The Iron Edda Accelerated book is planned to be 6" x 9”, 140 - 160 pages, with greyscale interior art. The text is already done, and we have art assets. The Kickstarter pays the team for their hard work, purchases additional new art assets for the book, and puts money into creating additional content for Iron Edda Accelerated.
Shipping isn’t easy and is often the death of many first-time Kickstarter campaigns. To guarantee that we can deliver what we promise, we will fulfill this Kickstarter through DriveThruRPG. For PDFs you will receive a coupon allowing you to download the PDF for free. In addition, the PDF will be in your DriveThru library, allowing you to access it and download any updates.
For those getting printed books, you will receive a coupon to discount the retail book cost. You can then order the book at the printer cost and pay for shipping from the normal shipping options available.
YOUR PLEDGE DOES NOT INCLUDE THE COST OF PRINTING AND SHIPPING OF THE BOOK.
By our estimates softcover book printing will cost about $6.00 USD. For shipping in the US, we estimate that to be about $5.00 for standard shipping.
For International Shipping see the DriveThruRPG estimated costs here.
Using DriveThruRPG helps us to minimize the risk where many Kickstarter projects falter: printing and shipping. We also get to draw upon the established system and expertise of DriveThruRPG. It also means we can use ALL of the funds raised by this Kickstarter to make Iron Edda Accelerated and future IEA products with the highest quality and professionalism possible.
Farmer - Your name in the book as a backer, and a digital wallpaper image.
Warrior - Your name in the book as a backer, a digital wallpaper image, and a copy of the final PDF.
Bonebonded - Your name in the book as a backer, a digital wallpaper image, a copy of the final PDF, and a discount coupon for a print copy of the book.
Merchant - 5 print copies of the book (we will print and ship to you).
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Risks and challenges
At Encoded Designs we believe in being professional, which means delivering quality products on time. We have been publishing our products since 2014, and while we have been part of other Kickstarters through other companies, this is our first Kickstarter as Encoded Designs. We have minimized our risks for this project in a number of ways.
Project Management. Phil Vecchione is a professional project manager with 10 years of experience. He has been leading this project since it started and will be leading it until everything fulfills. Phil will be providing weekly update reports to backers.
Simplicity. With this being our first Kickstarter, we opted not to put in all sorts of add-ons or overly-aggressive stretch goals. The majority of our stretch goals fold back into making the book better, and they are all things that we are confident we can deliver.
Printing and Shipping. As a small company, our main priority was to make sure that we could deliver books to our backers. In order to minimize risk, we decided to utilize DriveThruRPG for this project.
Calculations. To make sure our estimates were sound, we built a financial model and tested a number of scenarios. When we were confident, we had our work reviewed by other successful game designers to make sure that the way we laid out this Kickstarter was financially sound.
Product. We did not start this Kickstarter until we had the manuscript in hand. You are not backing this and waiting for us to finish designing the game. The game has been designed, and Tracy has been running it online and at conventions. As we speak the manuscript is being edited and as the Kickstarter ends, it will be heading into layout.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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