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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.
10,103 backers pledged $433,365 to help bring this project to life.

One More Thing... How about Dresden Files Accelerated!

Posted by Fred Hicks / Evil Hat Productions (Creator)

This kickstarter campaign is on fire, and it's not our fault!

We won't lie to you. This came together really fast. After listening to your comments and suggestions through the entirety of this kickstarter, we wanted our big finish to be something that really responds to that stuff.

That's when we hit on the idea of Dresden Files Accelerated. We started moving as fast as we could, but licenses are licenses and they can take a while to wrangle. If we didn't already have a strong relationship with Jim Butcher and his agent, Jennifer Jackson, this might not have happened at all.

So when that email came in from Jen, we just about flipped our lids.

"Jim thinks this is a great idea. Let's do this."

Why Dresden Files Accelerated?

When we released the Dresden Files RPG two and a half years ago, we were thrilled with it. It took five years of work to get there and it's something we're really proud of. Quickly, we found that other people loved it too. We've won a bunch of awards, and have received play reports from all over the globe. We used our experience from Spirit of the Century and built a game around Jim's world that we've been nothing but happy with.

It's a big game. Some of you probably remember our original intent of a single volume that eventually evolved into two.

In our recent frantic emails back and forth with Jim's agent, Jen, one thing resonated over and over -- the excitement of something slightly more approachable (and portable!) that could hook readers of the fiction into playing the game. Something a little smaller and more accessible.

So here's how we're going to do it.

In 2014, we want to launch a new Dresden Files roleplaying project, with the goal of having it done by the end of the year. If we fund this goal -- see below -- that desire will become a fact.

Dresden Files Accelerated will bring the slimmer form factor and lighter weight implementation of Fate Accelerated Edition together with the world of the Dresden Files. At this point, we figure we're looking at a 160-240 page 6"x9" full color softcover. As a comparison, this would be, at most, a quarter of the amount of material that's in the Dresden Files RPG. We'll go briefer and broader on the setting, and take a fresh look at new ways to implement the ideas of the setting in a Fate Accelerated way: more story, fewer rules.

The original Dresden Files RPG is a great game and we know people will continue to get a lot of pleasure out of it. It works as well today as it did when it was released, and we'll continue to support it with the upcoming Paranet Papers supplement and existing free adventures. We're excited to hear that people want to adapt it to Fate Core, and we really welcome those efforts from the community. Frankly, we're sure y'all will make that happen much faster than we would!

Current owners of the Dresden Files RPG should not worry. The game will not become irrelevant. While it won't be required in order to play Dresden Files Accelerated, we will be looking at ways that you can use copies of the DFRPG books to enhance your DFAE experience!

With a targeted release in late 2014, a Fate Accelerated approach to the Dresden Files will bring a new and exciting flavor to playing in the world of Jim Butcher's series. It'll be an excellent follow-up four years after the release of the original RPG, opening new styles of play for old hands, and offering new ways for new players to come into the fold. We're excited to get started on it!

The Target

The way we see it, this is our Sue the Zombie Dinosaur of stretch goals. It's got it all: speed, power, and the ability to stomp your supernatural foes into paste. Once we reach for this, that's it -- the story's done.

Accordingly, this is our final and biggest goal yet, with a target of $400,000. It's your chance to put something on next year's docket for Evil Hat. If funded, we will begin our efforts on Dresden Files Accelerated in 2014, with the goal of having it done (as in published) by the end of that year. And everyone at $10 and up will get it in PDF, absolutely free.

That said, we are asking everyone to upgrade in a "pay what you like (including free)" style to support the addition of this PDF to the reward package. We're targeting a $10 price for the PDF when it's published late in 2014. We'll be producing the physical book around that same time, too.

This is a $75,000 journey -- why's the target so high? There are a few reasons why we're setting it there. This bump is expensive for us in a lot of ways. More fees to Amazon and Kickstarter, costs of delivery, taxes, all that jazz. Adding stretch goals adds expenses, some of which scale up as we grow in backers. (It's a good thing our spreadsheets are mighty and far-sighted -- we're tracking all those things and staying ahead of them at each increment.)

But most importantly, we are going to owe Jim a big pile of money at the end of the kickstarter if we hit this goal. Somewhere around $20,000 of that $75,000 increment is our royalties, give or take (depending on how many of you there are by the end).

And believe us. We want to give Jim Butcher a big pile of money, after he's already given us so much. It's worth every cent. And so are you.

We want to give this new project the same kind of quality and attention that we gave the award-winning original game. By aiming high to hit $400,000, we're making sure Dresden Files Accelerated will launch with the budget it needs even after everything gets its cut. Our spreadsheets do not lie! (Even if they do get a little squirrelly every time Harry comes sniffing around with his computer-frying mojo.)

Some Help Hitting the Target

We've crossed the $300k barrier, so we've added some new pledge levels for folks who want a printed copy of Sally Slick and the Steel Syndicate! Look for the CARRIE'S FRIENDS and QUINTET pledge levels, and check out the updated Backer Pledge Calculation Spreadsheet if you want to add a copy or two to your pledge a la carte. We expect the novel to ship close to the end of the year.

As we near the $325k goal, we'll add STRANGE SOLO and SEXTET pledge levels for those interested in including a physical copy of Strange Tales of the Century in their plans. And we'll make sure to update the spreadsheet, too. Right now, given the massive size of Strange Tales of the Century, we think that this potentially-two-inch-thick softcover will run about $40, and ship around the middle of the year.

Let's Accelerate One More Time!

We hope you'll help push us higher than we ever dreamed, where we can reach together for a little extra magic in 2014. We're in our final week of the campaign, and together with you we've blown the doors off every target, every expectation anybody might have had for this wild and wonderful kickstarter. We know we can do it again with this goal -- after all, we hit $60,000 in the first twenty-five hours of this project, and we can do it again! 

Folks -- let's do this!

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    1. Fred Hicks / Evil Hat Productions 14-time creator

      That is the correct way to do it.

    2. Arthur McMahon on

      I *think* I did this correctly. I had selected the $85 Quartet, and then added $5 to it so that I would have 2 shipments of the printed books. That would be the way to do that? Or am I completely wrong there?

    3. Fred Hicks / Evil Hat Productions 14-time creator

      No physical DFAE books through this kickstarter, as explained here, Update #27, and other locations. :)

    4. Cronenberg-Joe on

      Looks like this is going to happen. If I want to kick in for the physical book, how much should I add to my current pledge? I've pledged for the Strange Quintet, should I add $10 more?

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    6. Fred Hicks / Evil Hat Productions 14-time creator

      If we don't hit $400k, the idea will not die. :)

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      Jeff Levesque on

      So Fred, assuming that for some crazy reason we don't hit 400, would there be any way to get the DFAR up and running anyway, maybe another KS?

    8. Haphazard Projects on

      One of my game groups has decided to toast this Kickstarter by running a FATE version of "Don't Rest Your Head". I also think it is nucking futs that there has been an upswing of some 20K$ since the Dresden update was posted. This has been a hell of a KS to watch explode several times along the way!

    9. Aaron of Lones on

      Thanks for this stretch goal, Fred (and all of Evil Hatia!) I've had friends that wanted to play Dresden but were put off by the buy in cost and just plain intimidated by the amount of text. I am all manner of pleased to see the KS total jump by 15 grand since I looked at it yesterday. At this rate I'll finally get those cheap, spineless friends of mine playing in the Dresdenverse! Thanks bunches!

    10. James Louis Friery on

      You sir just earned 70 bucks. I have never received a faster answer from the interwebz. Also I have never seen a more generous offer that didn't obviously have strings attached. Bumped to the trio. I'll get some stuff over to half price books to make space

    11. Fred Hicks / Evil Hat Productions 14-time creator

      Yes, James. The level is all of the levels at $10 and above.

    12. James Louis Friery on

      Is there a level where you get all the books in PDF AFTER they have had all their editing and art. I like carrying my entire library on my pad and as much as I love the smell of new books am out of book shelves

    13. Fred Hicks / Evil Hat Productions 14-time creator

      Shervyn - I didn't catch that in the update to the spreadsheet. Limit's 5. Fixed now.

    14. Shervyn von Hoerl

      Fred, So I am a little stuck on what to do with Shipping. Fate Accelerated and Fate Core will both come out in early 2013, Fate Worlds and Fate System Toolkit in mid 2013 and the Sally Slick and Strange Tales of the Century in late 2013. We get 1 shipping at our pledge level, so I think I should add 5 extra shipping for each additional book, but the spreadsheet gives a big warning that 3 is the maximum.

    15. Fred Hicks / Evil Hat Productions 14-time creator

      All the details are found on the front page. I know it's a lot of reading, but none of those words are wasted.

    16. Fred Hicks / Evil Hat Productions 14-time creator

      Radically different, Nicholas. Fate Core is setting-free, hardcover, 320 pages (ish), due out in a few months. Dresden Accelerated is as described above and won't be coming for over a year, if funded.

    17. Nicholas Basil on

      i backed at 30 but im alittle confused, are fate core and dresden accelerated two different books?

    18. MylingSpel - David Bergkvist on

      Aw, *shit*! Now HOW am I supposed to afford upping my pledge... Goddammit I gotta find something to sell... This is too awesome. Plain and simple.

    19. Norman Sager on

      @Declan - cell 5V has the "...more than 6..." when it should read "... more than 10...". Good eye.

    20. Declan Feeney

      Minor Speadsheet error:
      Cell 5W should read:
      =IF(S5+T5>10,"WARNING! You can't have more than 10 of these on an order.","")

    21. Evgeny on

      "Shut up and take my money!"

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      David Cortijo on

      Fred - fair enough with $400k being the "big final stretch". I just wasn't sure if we were going to expect some magical $500k stretch if we hit $400k really soon. The last 9 hours have been nothing short of obscene in terms of people tuning their pledges (although I'm sure the all-seeing spreadsheets predicted a healthy bump with today's announcement(s)).

      Unrelated - I'm still working on that FATE-related project I messaged you about... it's coming along, but a little slower than I'd like. I'm hoping to have something ready before the kickstarter closes... if so, you'll be the first to know. :)

    23. Fred Hicks / Evil Hat Productions 14-time creator

      No update beyond what was already said in the Strange Tales announcement is forthcoming.

    24. John M Campbell

      I would really like to see Modes in the world book or toolkit. Also, any update on getting an updated version of Spirit to go with Shadow and Strange Tales?

    25. Fred Hicks / Evil Hat Productions 14-time creator

      In Core? Absolutely not. Modes are the hot technology of ARRPG. I'm not clear yet if we'll find a way to get them into the Toolkit.

    26. John M Campbell

      Will Modes, as presented in ARRPG, be part of Fate Core?

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      Jeff Craig on

      This is an awesome stretch goal. I already boosted by backing from the Digital to Print level, and I just can't go any further, but I'm really hoping we can hit this goal.

    28. Harrison Swift on

      I tried reading Dresden Files once, turned out to really not be my thing. But I'm excited for this stretch goal, since I know how valuable it is as a universe for getting people into roleplaying, and I can always raid it for ideas :-)

    29. Don Roberts

      I'm excited about this product but I do want to caution you against the impact of selling your soul. To get me to part with the amount I pledged (way out of character for me), and for a first outing on KickStarter (yes, my first), you really called on some deep mojo. And that means a horrible price. Harry would be proud. :)

      But more seriously, thanks for this game. It looks like exactly what I've been looking for and the variety of settings makes me think it will have longevity.

    30. Fred Hicks / Evil Hat Productions 14-time creator

      Kairam, as already discussed, there's no physical copy of DFAE that we can price accurately for sale through the KSer. So, yes -- that would be great! But we can't do it. :)

    31. Kairam Ahmed Hamdan on

      Please give us an update when the new pledge tiers go live (otherwise we'll have to keep reloading the page eager to see when it happens), and what about an accelerated quintet including Dresden sans Sally? I think both ideas would make great news and backer attractors.


    32. Fred Hicks / Evil Hat Productions 14-time creator

      Keep that dollar total, go back to Ink as your reward tier selection. Otherwise I won't know you want a signed book. :)

      Doublecheck it in the spreadsheet linked above.

    33. Haakon Olav Thunestvedt on

      Ok upped my pledge from Fred's Ink to Quartet. Let me see if I'm correct:
      Quartet: $95
      Fred's Ink: +$15
      3x extra FATE Core + FAE: $90
      Split shipping: $15
      = $215.
      Seems right? Crossing my fingers for Dresden FAE.

    34. Tanner Garrett on

      Goodbye lame 1 dollar pledge. Hello Quartet.

    35. Fred Hicks / Evil Hat Productions 14-time creator

      Uh, okay, Al. Sure.

    36. Al Billings

      Please edit it better than the current Dresden Files game books. Just trying to play the game, we're constantly having to flip back and forth between sections of the book, over and over again, to find one paragraph about an ability, and then another about something else. There flow of the books is horrible.

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      Antoni Ten on

      Fred, if we blow past $400k, I want you to make a video doing the victory dance or some other shenanigans. Meanwhile, let's go and publicize this all over our social networks, both on and off the net.

    38. Fred Hicks / Evil Hat Productions 14-time creator

      $400k is our final monetary stretch goal! Any overage goes towards further funding company growth and helping to soak the additional shipping fees that we're sure to see over and above what we're charging folks for it.

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      David Cortijo on

      THIS is what I've been waiting for - both some products to throw my dollars at and a new stretch goal to make my mouth water (I first got into Fate through the DFRPG). I'm upping my pledge to QUINTET, plus additional shipping for all the books plus Strange Tales+shipping, so that I can do my part to push the next two goals.

      The loaded question that I have is, what happens if we blow past $400k with a few days to spare? Does Fred have a plan, besides having his head explode? ;)

    40. Douglas Justice on

      I was really hoping for something Dresden. This exceeds my hope! Pledge upped.

    41. M. Anderson on

      Alright Fred, I'll stop grilling you for today :)

      Thanks for all the info, community involvement and everything, really. I'm sure yours is an ethereal/recondite sort of gratification, but you guys are, in a lot of ways, directly responsible for lots of fun nights and the telling of some great/memorable stories.

    42. Fred Hicks / Evil Hat Productions 14-time creator

      Editing on Paranet wraps up sometime in the next month or so, I believe. Then onward to a long process of layout and art.

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      Trent Boyd

      Just curious
      Any news on the paranet papers?

    44. T. Everett on

      Suddenly, the acronym for Fate Accelerated Edition has taken on a mildly disturbing significance. ;-)

      Seriously, though, this is a great finale for you guys. It's going to be a nail-biting week . . .

    45. Fred Hicks / Evil Hat Productions 14-time creator

      Jack -- yours is the first and only problem I've heard of with the spreadsheet. Try again?

    46. Fred Hicks / Evil Hat Productions 14-time creator

      "will [Evil Hat produced dice] be tied to any specific property?"

      Depends on how many sets we get the funding to --

      I've already said too much. :)

    47. Fred Hicks / Evil Hat Productions 14-time creator

      Pamela: Stick with your FRED'S INK level, just add upgrades as specified in the Big Blue Box and/or pledge calculation spreadsheet.

    48. Pamela Alexander on

      Hey, if I up my pledge - and I am going to - do I still get my Fred-Personalized copy of the game? BECAUSE I WANT.