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I plan to write 12 novels in 2012. The first three of them will be based on my Brave New World dystopian superheroes RPG.

One Last Thing

We did it! We unlocked every single reward! Woo-hoot!

Just to make sure you know, once the books are complete and the Kickstarter backers get theirs, they will go on sale to the general public as both regular ebooks and POD paperbacks. We may not see hardcovers again, but I'll explore options. Either way, be sure to stop by Forbeck.com for all the details when the time is right. 

Thanks to every one of the people who backed this, both with pledges and with spreading the word. I couldn't have done it without you, and for that you have my deep gratitude. 

Insane 48-Hour Update

I just lowered the goal for the final book by $3,000! Now we can have all three books if we hit only $12k! (There's a lot of that number going around this project, isn't there?) Join us!

Below here is where the original story starts: 

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12 for '12

This is the first part of my 12 for '12 project, a year-long challenge in which I plan to write a novel every month in 2012. 

It may not be as insane as it sounds. By novel, I mean a work of fiction that’s at least 50,000 words, a bit shorter than most my novels, which tend toward 80,000 words. The Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards each define a novel as anything over 40,000 words, but I want to be a bit more ambitious. 50,000 words is also, not coincidentally, the number of words writers shoot for during National Novel Writing Month

I plan on breaking 12 for '12 up into four trilogies, and this Kickstarter project represents the first of them: the Brave New World Trilogy. If this one goes well, I'll run other Kickstarters later in the year for the rest of the books. 

I’d like to write a dozen novels in 2012, and I want you to dare me to do it.

The Brave New World Trilogy

"Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what it can do to you.”

Brave New World is a roleplaying game I designed back in 1999. It features a dystopian setting in which you play superpowered rebels working to take back America after all superpowered people are ordered to either work for the government or go to jail. This all starts when the entire city of Chicago is destroyed in 1976, and the entire nation has been under martial law ever since.

I created Brave New World more than two years before 9/11, but the themes it raised then about the competing values of safety versus liberty seem prescient now. There’s a lot of intriguing ground to cover there, and it’s only gotten more fertile over the past 12 years. 

To top it off, I’ve been working with an independent film house, Reactor 88 Studios, to get a Brave New World feature film off the ground. We have an awesome proof-of-concept piece we shot a couple years ago — which you can see below — and I've been itching to get back to the setting ever since. I sold the game to AEG years ago, but they’ve kindly licensed it back to me for this project. (Many thanks to my pal John Zinser for that!)

The first book follows the plot of the film, as led into here: 

The Game Plan

I'd like to line up about $5k worth of pledges for each 12 for '12 book before I write it. That means I'm looking for $15k for the Brave New World Trilogy. 

Because I'm so eager to start the first book, though, I'm setting the goal for this Kickstarter project at only $3k. Once we reach that, I'll get ready to start writing the first book on January 1, 2012. After hitting the first goal, though, we have a few additional goals to shoot for too:

  • $8k: The second book in the trilogy is unlocked! This gets added to the ebook and print omnibus editions rewards for free!
  • $12k: An ebook edition of "Goblintown Justice," a short story set in the Shotguns & Sorcery setting of the second trilogy is unlocked and added on to all reward levels for free!
  • $15k: The third book in the trilogy is unlocked! This gets added to the ebook and print omnibus editions rewards for free! (Scratch that! It's now all three books for only $12k! Woot!)

I want to thank you in advance for your support. Please pledge whatever you like or can, but also don't forget to spread the word far and wide about this project. Tell your friends, family, and neighbors and even strangers if they'll listen. It's going to be an amazing year, and I really can't wait to have you along for the ride.

Update! 

Thanks to my friends at DriveThruRPG.com, anyone who backs this project with $25 or more will get a private link to allow you to purchase the PDF of the original Brave New World RPG for only $5! That's a savings of over 72%!

New Stretch Goal!

If we make it to $10k, I'm going to send an electronic copy of a full-color, 11" x 17" map of Crescent City, the main BNW setting, to every backer! I just commissioned the map from Aaron Acevedo, and it's sure to be gorgeous. 

Video Credits

  • Video Editing: Darren Orange
  • Original BNW Footage: Reactor 88 Studios
  • Music: Makeshift Prodigy

FAQ

  • Other than sharing a title, not at all. The title comes from the quote in Shakespeare's The Tempest. When Miranda, the daughter of the wizard Prospero, sees another person besides her father for the first time — the handsome Ferdinand, who becomes her love interest — she remarks, "O brave new world that has such people in't."

    I couldn't think of a better phrase to capture a game about superheroes in a dystopian land, so it stuck. To make the difference between my work and Huxley's crystal clear, the Reactor 88 folks took to calling it Matt Forbeck's Brave New World, and despite how silly that might make me feel, I'll probably wind up going with that for the exact same reason.

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  • You only get charged if we reach the listed goal of $3k. That looks likely, and thanks to everyone for that! However, even then your card will only be charged after the project comes to an end on December 4.

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  • Yes, right up to the moment the project closes on December 4. If we get the other books unlocked, for instance, you might see some strong reasons to upgrade from one of the lower levels to one that features an omnibus. Please do! At that point, they're an excellent deal.

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  • Spread the word far and wide. Tweet about it. Share it on Facebook. Plug it on Google+. Tell your friends and neighbors. I'm sure that we'll hit the first goal now, but I want to get those other books unlocked so I can write them for you too. To do that, we'll need lots of others to sign on, and I truly appreciate any and everything you can do to help. Thanks!

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