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The world is not what it seems. Behind the busyness of modern life (entertainment, fast-food, social media) lies a wider, deeper and frightening truth. Our materialistic way of life, carried on the shoulders of the Industrial Revolution, brought humanity an existence devoid of meaning and essence, teaching us to live in the moment and worry about tomorrow when (if) it comes - you know better. Something (or someone) showed you otherwise and there is no turning back. You have seen life through the eye of giants, realizing humans are no more than ants on the play-field of vast spiritual forces pitting us against each other, using us as pawns and currency in their eternal wars. You are not alone in this momentous realization. Others work against you, actively and passively. Other forces, human and non-human alike, conspire against you.

A Peek Behind The Curtain

Seekers Beyond the Shroud is a singleplayer tabletop RPG immersing the player into a world of occult societies battling for power and magicians performing arcane rituals and sealing pacts with spiritual entities exploring a hidden reality from their underground base in modern day London, UK. They align themselves with different occult orders and secret societies, learn the mysteries of Alchemy and Ritual magic, master spells and astral traveling, and ultimately command a host of spirits to take over both the physical and the spiritual worlds.

Using a free-form, skill-based character creation system, you create your adept and explore countless locations: from the astral planes to abandoned complex, ruins and even secret sanctums—all filled with randomly generated events, enemies and discoveries. With dozens of tables generating your expeditions and missions, you never have the same gameplay experience twice!

From your headquarters at the Omphalos, you may pact with different entities, gain their power, learn powerful magic and defeat enemies of the orders within the Omphalos ensuring the stability of the magical underground. All this comes at a cost and if you are not careful, dealing with forces beyond human comprehension will drive you to insanity, death or, even worse, the loss of your very soul.

Seekers Beyond the Shroud:

A rich lore that takes you to modern day London and other real-world locations, peeling away the layers of occult history and events that have shaped humanity.

A detailed character creation system with detailed backgrounds explaining how you became an aspiring adept of the occult and dozens of active and passive skills to choose from.

A complex and rich magical system, where the when you perform a ritual is as important as the how. Dozens of entities await you but gaining their trust (or simply dominating them) will not be easy!

A randomly generated mission system that takes you to different locations to explore, facing a fearful array of enemies that stand in your way.

An MMO-style central hub (the Omphalos) that you visit between missions to learn new skills and spells, dabble in the secret science of Alchemy, hunt for rumors, and more.

All this—and more—in an 80,000 word sleekly designed tome with dozens of illustrations.

Details and Concerns

Many may wonder why we are doing a Kickstarter so soon after our last (unfulfilled) one. These are two separate projects with very different needs from different creators. UVG is a massive undertaking that requires a much more nuanced and deliberate KS requiring vast amounts of time and energy. Seekers is a far more simple and complete project—around 95% done.

This KS is to let you, the fans, decide how polished the end product is. Hence the simple stretch goals that improve the title—no difficult  production burdening delivery. 

You mostly likely know us: we are experienced not only in KS execution but in shipping and delivery. All production and delivery is handled by us at Exalted Funeral, all actual fun created by Blackoath Entertainment, the creators of Disciples of Bone & Shadow.


Stretch Goals Made Easy

New art from lead artist David Levi
Improved Layout and Professionally Edited by Levi Huntsman

Better creation to fuel the nightmare

An additional player Aid. Print pledges will get a physical version and digital will get a PDF version.
Adam Vass from World Champ Games will do layout for the Players Aid
Fiona Geist & Jarrett Crader will do developmental editing to enrich the game.

In Seekers you will find: 

Early Reviews from the Discord Playtesters

"seekers is a deeply engaging solo rpg experience with truly occult and mysterious gameplay. The emergent story it produces allows you to plan specific goals but always end up with surprises and complications thrown at you. Best played by candlelight. 10/10" -Jacob Kent

“Diving into the occult world of Seekers feels like I am involved with a secret world that I should have no knowledge of.  Blackoath has delivered again on a solo RPG that does not disappoint! All the stars deserved for this one!”-Bizierd

“Every time I return to for another play of  Seekers, there’s something new to explore, discover, summon, or fight. Its secrets never finished and always ripe for another go, SBtS is a solo RPG that keeps calling me back and I always return!” - FloatingChair

If you are interested in joining future Exalted Funeral playtests feel free to join the discord link above and keep an eye on the upcoming releases! 

Risks and challenges

You mostly likely know us, so we are experienced not only in KS execution, but in shipping and delivery. Even so, risk remains. The threat of delays are ever real and sometimes things happen. Nonetheless the project will be completed no matter the cost.

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