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Characters live at the core of Fate! Fate Core is the latest edition of Evil Hat Productions' popular Fate roleplaying game system.
Characters live at the core of Fate! Fate Core is the latest edition of Evil Hat Productions' popular Fate roleplaying game system.
Characters live at the core of Fate! Fate Core is the latest edition of Evil Hat Productions' popular Fate roleplaying game system.
10,103 backers pledged $433,365 to help bring this project to life.

A Shadow Falls!

Folks, it's time to reveal our next stretch goal, and it's a big one.

The Story of Shadow of the Century

The year is 1984. Doctor Methuselah has died in a mine explosion that also took the life of Centurion Mack Silver. But the doctor's son lives on, publicly living the clean and teflon-coated life of a career politician -- and now he's running for President, on a pro-technology ticket that promises to change America, and the world, forever. Already, startling advances have been made thanks to his political and social initiatives, and we stand poised at the edge of a new golden age...

But all, of course, is not as it seems. The Century Club, home to the heroes of old, has long been officially disbanded, denounced as a dangerous communist organization during the 1950s. The Centurions that survive remain on the run, doing what they can to help people day to day, and to show them the truth -- that the guiding hand behind this new age of technology could mean the end for us.

Someone has been playing with the time-stream, looping back and over the current century again and again until it degrades like a VCR tape that's had one too many shows recorded on it, leaving gaps and static at every turn. Through those gaps come the leaks -- refugees and monsters from timelines that no longer exist... and the more that come, the more it all threatens to come apart at the seams.

The Centurions can't stop it alone. They'll have to gather together the rag-tag, plucky heroes of the decade, those living outside the law and on the run. The ones they've been mentoring. The backroads trucker and his effusive ape sidekick. The teenybopper covert-operations troubleshooter team. The crack commando unit fleeing an unjust court martial. The ex-cop with the talking motorcycle. Not to mention the free spirit who ran into all that ruckus in Little China some months back...

This is Shadow of the Century.

The Plan for Shadow of the Century

We want to produce Shadow of the Century as a "fat" (high word count, high production value) setting book featuring an updated, new-wave 1980's pulp action-adventure build for Fate Core, perfect for running anything from games inspired by Big Trouble in Little China, to Charlie's Angels, to Die Hard -- or some great big nutty blend of all of that stuff. The system build for Shadow will support this kind of crazy action front and center, with larger than life characters walking the walk with a retro swagger.

If we reach the stretch goal target for this, we'll have our starting development budget for the project, covering things like the writing and editing, plus a full-color sized budget for the art. Work would begin in 2013, and might not conclude until 2014, so there would be a wait for this, but it's one we think you'll agree is worth it.

That does mean that we can't know for sure what our page count, price point, and all the rest of all that stuff will be. So while we won't be able to offer this book to be bought through upgrades on your pledges, if y'all fund our development budget, we will be giving every backer who has pledged at least $10 a copy of the final PDF of Shadow of the Century. It'll be our biggest, boldest expansion offering yet -- and it'll be yours (along with all those other smaller expansions you've already unlocked) for an incredibly low digital price.

In Shadow of the Century, the Centurions are on the ropes, and may be going down for the count -- but with your support, they'll be ready to rise to that challenge. Ready? Set? Go!

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    1. Missing avatar

      Ryan States on December 18, 2012

      (long slow clap)

      I can't wait.

      Literally, I can't wait. I'm already building my character. :)

    2. T. Everett on December 13, 2012

      This is amazing news - frankly, I had given up hope that this was ever going to see the light of day. Thanks so much for proving me wrong!

      In related news, I think I've found the perfect test for the character creation section of the rules . . .

    3. Yohann Delalande on December 12, 2012

      Thanks for so much transparency Fred!

    4. Fred Hicks / Evil Hat Productions 9-time creator
      Superbacker
      on December 11, 2012

      At this point I think we're at least slightly into the black, if not substantially. VERY ROUGHLY estimating, given $130,000, I'd guess:

      $13k goes to payment processing and kickstarter combined
      $25-40k goes to shipping (this is a big guess, hence the wide range)
      $25k or more goes to printing, depending on ultimate formats, and including the printing of surplus product beyond what will be shipped to backers
      $10+k probably goes to art in one form or another
      $20k, maybe more, goes to writing and editing
      $5-10k goes into layout depending on scenarios

      That puts us somewhere in the very low $100k range, give or take, which would still leave us $20-30k in the black. Some of that stuff scales, some of it doesn't. A lot of that "in the black" right now would go into funding other projects beyond the Kickstarter -- as intended, that's why we're doing stretch goals now that are more about "we promise to make Thing X, and you'll at least get the digital", where the physical thing that ultimately results will get sold separately from the kickstarter. Helps build up the black, fund those things, and leave a little profit for growth. You know: business!

      At any rate, we got this. I appreciate the good-intentioned concern. :)

    5. WuseMajor on December 11, 2012

      Yeah. You guys aren't gonna go broke or anything from this, right? I mean, if enough of that cash up there is devoted to printed books, I could see that potentially running into cost overruns.

      You're all good, right?

    6. Joe on December 11, 2012

      Man -- after this, I'm *never* going to feel like I'm getting my money's worth in a Kickstarter again. Are you keeping a running pagecount of this project? Standardizing on the 6" x 9" format, if you printed everything, it's gotta be nearing (or over) 1000 pages by this point.

    7. Fred Hicks / Evil Hat Productions 9-time creator
      Superbacker
      on December 11, 2012

      You'll have to settle for something about a nuclear-powered robot instead, Jayson. My bad.

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      Jayson Stevens on December 11, 2012

      Wade: Evil Hat is unstintingly generous when it comes to bits and bytes. Take a look at the KS for Dinocalypse Trilogy... that was SEVEN full length novels in ebook format, for ten bucks, on top of things like wallpapers and the like.

      Mind you, this has gone WAAAAY beyond that already. But Fred is a man of his word, and "all expansions" means ALL, including this.

      Dear Fred: Please move Shadow to the TOP of your queue. I want this by summer!

    9. Calvin Jim on December 11, 2012

      Can't argue with the reaction. It's gonna be awesome.

      I was a Feng Shui playtester. Spent many an hour playing Shadowfist and hoped someone would revitalize the game. Now here it comes, Fate-ified. ;-) I'm already backing at a high level, so, can't wait.

    10. Fred Hicks / Evil Hat Productions 9-time creator
      Superbacker
      on December 11, 2012

      You've got it right, Wade. $10 gets you a TON of PDFs, including Shadow if funded, and probably represents at least a 75% discount on what they'd all be to buy individually after the KSer (tho we'll probably have a bundle to make getting all of the settings for cheaper, but not THAT cheaper).

    11. Wade Hone on December 11, 2012

      I see some comments regarding upping a pledge, I guess I just wanted to clarify... as long as you have pledged $10, then your elligible for this upgrade of Shadow of the century PDF. right?

      Which means that I'll be pushing to expose more people to this one to get them to pledge, but wouldn't necessarily need to 'up grade' my pledge beyond the $10 level. (correct me if I am wrong.)

      that said, this kickstarter has SO MUCH FREAKING VALUE in it for a mere 10$, I feel almost morally obligated to kick in more cash heh. Thanks for showing the world how a Kickstarter upgrade program should be run! Thanks!

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      Jayson Stevens on December 11, 2012

      When some purple-haired, RPG-publishing maniac grabs your nostalgia, taps the back of your favorite head up against the barroom wall, and he looks you crooked in the eye and he asks you if ya upped your pledge, you just stare that big sucker right back in the eye, and you remember what ol' Jack Burton always says at a time like that: "Have ya upper yer pledge, Jack?"

      "Yessir, the check is in the mail."

    13. ET3D on December 11, 2012

      Sounds great. And I agree with Hendel Masad.

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      Jayson Stevens on December 11, 2012

      You're really shaking the pillars of heaven, aren't you, Fred?

    15. James Cartwright on December 11, 2012

      So with this could I now make games along the lines of films like Timestalkers, Eliminaters and J.O.E. And the Colonel?

    16. David Steiger on December 11, 2012

      I <3 The Fate-ies.

    17. Hendel Masad on December 11, 2012

      Let me 2nd, 3rd, 4th etc the motion to update SOTC itself.

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      King in Winter on December 11, 2012

      Oh right, I forgot to mention earlier, I suppose the choice of year 1984 is not entirely coincidental? You know, THE 1984?

    19. Doug Keester on December 11, 2012

      Shadow sounds very cool. Those shows from the 1970's and 1980's were so much fun to watch.

      I also want to second John M. Campbell's motion for updating SOTC to FateCore.

    20. Fred Hicks / Evil Hat Productions 9-time creator
      Superbacker
      on December 11, 2012

      John -- We'll see. :)

    21. John M Campbell
      Superbacker
      on December 11, 2012

      How about an update of Spirit to the new fatecore rules? Is that something we could see in the future?

    22. Yohann Delalande on December 11, 2012

      My goodness, I've been excited for hours remembering those weird old TV series I used to watch when I was a kid, like Manimal or Misfits of Science and I'm quite looking forward to bring those memories to play.
      Besides, to echo what's been already said below, being new to Evil Hat (at the exception of 'Do') and Fate, I too wouldn't mind seeing/purchasing an updated version of Spirit of the Century if you ever considered publishing one.

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      Bill Burdick on December 11, 2012

      Wow, a followup to SotC?!?!? My eyes are moist and you guys rock!

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      Jason"Link Hogthrob" Kramer on December 11, 2012

      And here I was all excited for the name drop :-P.

    25. Dave Blewer on December 11, 2012

      Me no bright! Thanks Martin, er sorry, I mean Fred ;)

    26. Fred Hicks / Evil Hat Productions 9-time creator
      Superbacker
      on December 11, 2012

      Er, sorry, that was for Dave. :->

    27. Fred Hicks / Evil Hat Productions 9-time creator
      Superbacker
      on December 11, 2012

      It's $155k, Jason -- shown on the graphic on the front page of the project!

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      Bradford Yurkiw on December 11, 2012

      Actually now that I think of it, my first Shadow character will be a mad science PhD with an unlicensed nuclear accelerator on his back....

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      Jason"Link Hogthrob" Kramer on December 11, 2012

      I was going to move my pledge up to the 80 buck level before this... now instead of delaying, I've moved up to that level. Thanks Fred!!

    30. Dave Blewer on December 11, 2012

      Am I missing, or not understanding something?

      Do we know what the goal for this is in a fiscal sense, coz I want to play this yesterday!!!

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      Bradford Yurkiw on December 11, 2012

      Don't forget another important 80's thing: Warring Alien Robots in Disguise...
      Now I wish that Jack Burton's truck was voiced by Peter Cullen. Hehehehe....

    32. Riley Crowder
      Superbacker
      on December 11, 2012

      Holy Hell! Have my money...all of it. :)

    33. Mike Olson on December 11, 2012

      Looking forward to this! I used SotC to run a Buckaroo Banzai one-shot four or five years ago.

    34. Schaeffer Tolliver
      Superbacker
      on December 11, 2012

      So.. A Crossworlds/Sliders game where we go into the Lost World of Dinopocalypse Triumphant and help the Plumber Brothers angaist the Psychosaur Kings and rescue the princess isn't out of the question?

    35. Reverend Dak on December 11, 2012

      WOW, just wow. I've been dreaming about a setting JUST LIKE THIS. Two of my FAVORITE movies of ALL time are Big Trouble in Little China and The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension!!! Perfectly, exactly the same concepts... Hell, I picked up SotC so I can I could play New Wave Pulp 80's rpg, but I don't have the talent, creativity or writing skills to write my own... If I had time I was going to attempt to write the setting myself, and call it just that: New Wave: 80's Pulp Adventure. Now I don't have to! You guys are awesome! I'll be bumping up my pledge after XMAS...

    36. Mick Bradley on December 11, 2012

      This is the most incredibly cool idea ever, and I NEVER imagined anything even remotely like this was coming. Goodonya, EHP!

    37. Sophie Lagace
      Superbacker
      on December 11, 2012

      This is probably self-evident, but it sounds like it's going to be primarily drawn from American culture? I obviously had a number of different late 70s-early 80s pulp action heroes, like Yoko Tsuno and Dr. Justice from European comics.

    38. Jonathan Sullivan on December 11, 2012

      You had me at "A-Team."

    39. James Cartwright on December 11, 2012

      This sounds like it will be EPIC, would love to use it to make some super-soldier games.

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      blackcoat on December 11, 2012

      Best. Expansion. Ever.

    41. Jayna Pavlin
      Superbacker
      on December 11, 2012

      I would totally run shadow of the century; awesome!

    42. Fred Hicks / Evil Hat Productions 9-time creator
      Superbacker
      on December 11, 2012

      One of the closed-off timelines is, in fact, Dinocalypse Triumphant, in all likelihood. :)

    43. Ilan Muskat on December 11, 2012

      Level of excitement: At The Max.

      Like Prime Time Adventures and Cartoon Action Hour spliced with League of Extraordinary Gentlemen 1985, and I couldn't be more psyched if my computer just told me I'd been recruited by the Star League to defend the Frontier against Xur and the Kodan Armada.

      I want to use this supplement to play Heat Vision and Jack, Goonies, Flight of the Navigator, American Ninja and They Live. This is maybe the awesomest. "Radical", if you will.

    44. Declan Feeney on December 11, 2012

      The 80's film and TV inspiration:

      The backroads trucker and his effusive ape sidekick.
      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077523/

      The crack commando unit fleeing an unjust court martial.
      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084967/

      The ex-cop with the talking motorcycle.
      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088618/ (? - But it didnt talk)
      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083437/ (? - but it wasnt a bike)
      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0127398/ (? - but he wanst a cop)

      Not to mention the free spirit who ran into all that ruckus in Little China some months back.
      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0090728/

      The teenybopper covert-operations troubleshooter team.
      (?)

    45. Noah Marshall on December 11, 2012

      My first character is likely to be heavily influenced by Short Circuit. Also I see no mention of dinosaurs slipping in from other time-streams... and I WANT dinosaurs! Also space robots, please.

    46. WuseMajor on December 11, 2012

      Don't forget MacGyver and you have my money.

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      Mike de Jong on December 11, 2012

      Also, in case people haven't seen it yet... This is also what immediately sprung to my mind:
      http://culturepopped.blogspot.ca/2010/04/league-of-extraordinary-gentlemen-1988.html

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      Mike de Jong on December 11, 2012

      Oh yes. yesssss. This'll be amazing. Shut up and take my money.

      (I'm totally going to have minigames where people have to delve into computers to shore up digital security in Tron or Reboot minigames.)

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      Ryan P. on December 11, 2012

      Well, you definitely know your fans. This sounds insanely cool.

      Bravo, good Sir. Bravo.

    50. Streamjumper on December 11, 2012

      80s pulp action tomfoolery? AT MY GAMING TABLE?!?

      Fred, you madman, you've just made my day a thousand percent more awesome.