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A new steampunk anthology and RPG from The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences!
A new steampunk anthology and RPG from The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences!
674 backers pledged $30,480 to help bring this project to life.

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Galileo Games and Imagine That! Studios have teamed up to bring you an ambitious steampunk project! The Ministry Initiative is a two-part creative endeavor that will not only premiere new fiction from the steampunk world of the Ministry but also present a brand new role playing game from the makers of Bulldogs! and the ENnie Award winning game Shelter in Place. Thrill to the tales in Ministry Protocol, or join in as an Agent in The Ministry Initiative.

What Is the Ministry Initiative?

The Ministry Initiative has two parts. The first is an anthology of thrilling steampunk stories set in the world of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences called Ministry Protocol. The second is a brand-new steampunk role-playing game powered by Fate Core, called The Ministry Initiative.

With this Kickstarter, you can back either of these great projects, or both! We've structured our rewards so you can pursue the fiction element of the Kickstarter, or strictly follow the role-playing game side. We hope that readers who are interested in the role-playing game will try it out, and role-players unfamiliar with the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series will join in reading the anthology as well. We want it to be easy for you to choose a reward level that fits your interests.

Anthology: Ministry Protocol

The first part of this Kickstarter is funding of Ministry Protocol: Thrilling Tales from the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences. Bridging the gap between the Janus Affair and the third novel in the series, Dawn’s Early Light (by Tee Morris and Pip Ballantine, scheduled for an early 2014 release), Ministry Protocol is an anthology of new cases from the Archives, never before podcast or released in digital format. With original Ministry stories from Leanna Renee Hieber, Alex White, Tiffany Trent, and Delilah S. Dawson (just to name a few), half of our Kickstarter will be dedicated to commissioning of stories, editorial services, cover art, and interior layout, the end result culminating in a digital anthology with a limited print run. 

RPG: The Ministry Initiative

The second part of our Kickstarter is entitled The Ministry Initiative, an exciting new role-playing game from Galileo Games, a company with years of experience designing and publishing role-playing games. With game design from the award-winning J.R. Blackwell of Shelter in Place and setting by steampunk author PJ Schnyder, The Ministry Initiative is a Fate Core tabletop RPG, putting you in the field for Queen and Country. Along with a chance to interact with your favorite characters from the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, you will wield the latest technology from R&D, face off with members of the house of Usher and the Phoenix Society, and travel the globe to investigate the fantastic and the unexplainable. Half the funding from this Kickstarter will go to game design, cover and interior artwork, printing for soft cover edition and distribution.

Enjoy them both! While readers and fans of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences will enjoy the anthology, the game is designed to be friendly to new-to-gaming players who want to become an agent themselves. The RPG is also designed for fans of Fate-powered games, presenting you the chance to dive headlong into a world of steampunk and spy craft.

Our Goal

For this two-part Kickstarter, our goal is 20,000 dollars, the largest goal ever undertaken by Galileo Games. With Galileo's track record for delivering projects partnered with the quality of fiction and creativity from Imagine That! Studios, we believe we can reach this goal. But we can’t do it alone.

Here’s where you can help:

Support this project and you could receive great new fiction from established writers and a brand new steampunk RPG from a company with a history of excellent games. Not only will you help fund both an exciting role-playing game and a new anthology, but you'll get a peek at advance artwork featured in The Ministry Initiative RPG, new audio fiction from Imagine That! Studios, and even a chance for you to appear in the fourth novel of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series, coming in 2015 from Ace Books.

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How Will We Use the Funds?

We need some great art to bring both the game and the anthology to life. We've commissioned Alex White to use his amazing skills at photographic composition and manipulation to do just that.  This Kickstarter would fund the art for this project, and take this game design and anthology cover into production.

We also need incredible stories for the anthology. Half of our Kickstarter funds will be dedicated to commissioning of stories, editorial services, and interior layout for both epublishing and print publishing. The end result culminating in a digital anthology with a limited print run. 

Who Are We?

We are a partnership between Imagine That! Studios and Galileo Games, companies with devoted creators that have produced award-winning projects.

Galileo Games

Galileo Games is run by Brennan Taylor, publisher of Bulldogs!, Mortal Coil, and How We Came to Live Here. Brennan has published both RPG’s and anthologies, and will be producing the print run for this project.

Imagine That! Studios

Run by Tee Morris and Pip Ballantine, authors of the steampunk series The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences. This team will be producing the steampunk anthology: Ministry Protocol.

Writers for The Ministry Initiative RPG

J.R. Blackwell is the author of Shelter in Place and Court/Ship, a Fate Core supplement. PJ Schnyder is the author of the PRISM award winning book, Hunting Kat. Together, this team will be producing The Ministry Initiative RPG.

Writers for Ministry Protocol

Support the anthology and receive brand-new stories from this list of authors: Leanna Renee Hieber, Tiffany Trent, Delilah S Dawson, Jared Axelrod, Dan Rabarts, Glenn Freud (Coyote of the League S.T.E.A.M), Alex White, J R Blackwell, Jack Mangan, Peter Woodsworth, Lauren Harris, and of course Tee and Pip.

Tee Morris and Philippa (Pip) Ballantine are the authors of the steampunk series The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences. They are Locus Bestsellers, two-time finalists of the Goodreads.com Best in Science Fiction Award, Airship Award winners, winners of two Parsec Awards, and winner of the Steampunk Chronicle 2013 Reader's Choice for Best Fiction.

Art for the Ministry

The covers for the anthology and RPG will be created by Alex White using his amazing skills at photographic composition and manipulation.

Purchase Add-ons

We've received many requests for the ability to add to your reward levels and the project team has put together this list of add-ons in response.

Follow these steps to receive an Add-on:  

  • Click on the blue "Manage Your Pledge" in the top right of the Kickstarter page. 
  • Increase your pledge by the cost of the Add-on(s) you wish to receive. Keep your preferred pledge level selected. 
  • At the end of the Kickstarter we will send you a Kickstarter Survey which you can use to tell us which Add-ons you wish to receive. 

Higher Rewards

For higher level rewards, you will note that you can opt to become an agent of the Ministry yourself. Depending on the reward level you choose, you could appear as an agent in one of the stories in the anthology: Ministry Protocol, or as an agent in the upcoming fourth novel of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, published by Ace Books.

If you are featured in the novel, your agent will also appear within the pages of The Ministry Initiative role-playing game as an official agent of the Ministry.

Our initial goal is to fund the Ministry Protocol anthology and The Ministry Initiative role-playing game, but if the project has the momentum and support of our glorious backers to exceed that goal, we'll be adding new and exciting expansions to both the anthology and the game.

Our first stretch goal: A new story for the Ministry Protocol anthology by award-winning author Karina Cooper.

Every Backer with a reward level of $150 and up will receive a set of 4 custom steampunk dice.

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Play as an operative from the House of Usher or a member of the Phoenix Society. This supplement will aid in character creation for Villains in the world of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences.

The author of this supplement will be: Pete Woodworth!

His fiction has appeared in the Gimme Shelter anthology, Steampunk Tales magazine and sites such as Terrible Minds and 365 Tomorrows. Working for White Wolf, Evil Hat, Eschaton Media and others, he has also written a stack of role-playing books for both tabletop and live-action play.

Equip your Agents, or Villains, with the latest from Research & Development. This supplement will add to the steampunk gadgets and weaponry in the world of The Ministry Initiative RPG.

A new story for the Ministry Protocol anthology by PJ Schnyder, setting writer for The Ministry Initiative RPG. PJ is the author of A Swan in Siam from the Tales from the Archives Volume II and the PRISM award winning Hunting Kat science fiction romance.

PLUS! Every Backer will receive the audio podcast of PJ's contribution to the anthology, produced by Imagine That! Studios with a new introduction by Books & Braun.

Last-Minute Reward!

Reward level: $175 Custom Ministry Sightmares Necklace

Unique Sightmares Necklace designed by Brassy Steamington for the Ministry. The Backer gets to pick the exact colors desired and the piece will be signed by Brassy Steamington herself. PLUS the Advanced plus Audio reward level.

The image below is an example of this incredible necklace:

Risks and challenges

Both Galileo Games and Imagine That! Studios are experienced publishers with an established track record of delivering quality products. And now they're working together! This puts the team in a solid position to take on the risks and challenges that will arise -- and as with any project, experience tells us a few problems and snafus likely will.

Here's what we can anticipate as potential problems:

The Team: A big project like this involves a lot of creators. Problems and delays can arise if one of the contributors has to drop out due to unforeseen circumstances. We have back ups identified to fill in or replace the missing team member should the necessity come up.

The Text: While drafting of the RPG and anthology is largely done, it's possible that our excellent editing team will identify some glaring issue that we need to address before we take this fully to publication. That can add time. Our authors are ready to make edits as necessary, so changes should proceed quickly.

The Schedule: We have a very aggressive project schedule. With our team of excellent contributors, we're ready to deal with issues as they arise by reassigning tasks or bringing in another creator to help out. We'll keep a close eye on all of this in an effort to make sure this doesn't happen, and to keep costs under control if we need more help.

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    THE ELECTRIC PROTOCOL

    You will receive the electronic edition of the Ministry Protocol anthology, in multiple e-reader and file formats.

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    THE ELECTRIC INITIATIVE

    You will receive the electronic edition of the Ministry Initiative role-playing game in PDF format.

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    THE ELECTRIC BUNDLE

    You will receive the electronic editions of both the Ministry Protocol anthology and the Ministry Initiative role-playing game.

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    THE BIG STEAMPUNK FICTION BUNDLE

    You will receive the electronic edition of the Ministry Protocol anthology, along with more steampunk fiction from Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences authors, including Tales from the Archives Collections 1-3, The Little Clockwork Mermaid (Pip Ballantine), Aladdin and His Wonderfully Infernal Device (Tee Morris), and Evie's Gift (PJ Schnyder).

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    THE PROTOCOL

    You will receive a signed print copy of the Ministry Protocol anthology, along with the book in electronic format.

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    THE BIG STEAMPUNK FICTION BUNDLE PLUS!

    You will receive the electronic edition of the Ministry Protocol anthology, along with more steampunk fiction from Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences authors, including Tales from the Archives Collections 1-3, The Little Clockwork Mermaid (Pip Ballantine), Aladdin and His Wonderfully Infernal Device (Tee Morris), and Evie's Gift (PJ Schnyder). PLUS! You will receive the electronic edition of the Ministry Initiative role-playing game.

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    THE INITIATIVE

    You will receive a print copy of the Ministry Initiative role-playing game, along with the game in electronic format.

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    THE INITIATIVE & PROTOCOL

    You will receive a print copy of both the Ministry Protocol anthology and the Ministry Initiative role-playing game as well as the electronic versions.

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    ADVANCED INITIATIVE & PROTOCOL

    You will receive the Ministry Protocol anthology, the Ministry Initiative role-playing game, Collections 3-6 of the Tales from the Archives, the ebook novels, Chasing the Bard (Pip Ballantine), The Case of the Singing Sword (Tee Morris) and Heart's Sentinel (PJ Schnyder) and the complete e-book Big Steampunk Fiction Bundle reward level.

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    ADVANCED plus AUDIO

    All the rewards from the Advanced Initiative & Protocol level as well as the full collection of Tales from the Archives Collections 1-6 audio readings sent to you with an exclusive introduction by Books & Braun.

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    Custom Ministry Sightmares Necklace

    Unique Sightmares Necklace designed by Brassy Steamington for the Ministry. The Backer gets to pick the exact colors desired and the piece will be signed by Brassy Steamington herself. PLUS the Advanced plus Audio reward level

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    Custom Ministry Sightmares Necklace

    Unique Sightmares Necklace designed by Brassy Steamington for the Ministry. The Backer gets to pick the exact colors desired and the piece will be signed by Brassy Steamington herself. PLUS the Advanced plus Audio reward level

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    Retailer

    If you operate a friendly local gaming store, this level gets you 4 print copies each of the Ministry Protocol Anthology and The Ministry Initiative RPG. This reward level is only open to retailers.

    * subject to post-Kickstarter shipping charge based on shipping costs at the time of printing

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    ADVANCED IN THE BAG

    All of the rewards from the Advanced Initiative and Protocol level, as well as a custom Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences dice bag.

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    The Ministry Collection

    You will receive print copies of both the Ministry Initiative and the Ministry Protocol anthology, a custom Ministry dice bag, all the rewards from the Advanced Initiative & Protocol, the full collection of Tales from the Archives Collections 1-6 audio readings sent to you with an exclusive introduction by Books & Braun AND a message from the Far East from an Ally of the Ministry.
    Plus, you will receive a custom Key to the Archives accompanied by a note from Agent Wellington Books.

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    AGENT OF THE MINISTRY

    All of the rewards from the Advanced Initiative and Protocol level, and you will appear as an agent of the Ministry in one of the stories collected in the Ministry Protocol (based on approval). ***This is not simply a cameo appearance. Your character will be a significant supporting character integral to the plotline of the story.

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    SPECIAL AGENT OF THE MINISTRY

    All of the rewards from the Advanced Initiative and Protocol level, and you will appear as an agent of the Ministry in the Ministry Protocol, your agent will be listed in the Ministry Initiative role-playing game, and you will appear as an agent in the fourth book of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences from Ace Books (based on approval).

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