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Vulcania is a tabletop role-playing game full of action, conspiracies and investigation, set in the smoky atmospheres of the industrial revolution of a Fantasy - Steampunk world.
Vulcania is a tabletop role-playing game full of action, conspiracies and investigation, set in the smoky atmospheres of the industrial revolution of a Fantasy - Steampunk world.
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Here's a taste of what will "Vulcania - A steampunk role-playing game" offer. Included are an overview of the rules, five pre-generated characters and an introductory adventure to dive into the world of Vulcania!

Vulcania is a tabletop roleplaying game full of action, conspiracies and investigation, set in the smoky atmospheres of the industrial revolution of a Fantasy - Steampunk world. In Vulcania you can play as an adventurer, a soldier, a scientist or a scoundrel struggling to find their place in the world, chasing fame, power, money... or justice. Take part in sinister plots, explore dark places lost to war and live breathtaking action in wild lands and chaotic metropolis. Unleash your hero’s powers and prove your worth on the battlefields, using your knowledge to reveal lost secrets. Hone your skills to create fantastic objects! All this and more await you on Vulcania!!!

Vulcania is an all-in-one rulebook containing rules needed to play, both for players and Narrators. No need to buy dozens of books to jump into the mayhem! 

If funded, the tome is going to be a full color, fully illustrated hardcover of 450 pages, depending on the stretch goals reached.

The Letvian War ended ten years go but new powers are already plotting in the shadows. Explore a mysterious world, where human life is scattered among six volcanic archipelagos surrounded by a stormy sea. Take to the seas or soar in the skies aboard an Airship, face lethal enemies with the power of sword and alchemy and unearth lost secrets. Honing your skills to survive the bleak moors of chaos and harness the power of your own mind.   

The war might be over… but there is no shortage of reasons to fight!

Survive the expanses of Abrabazem, braving destroyed cities, toxic clouds and mutated creatures to unearth forgotten treasures.  

Explore the arid deserts of Balastoc and its overcrowded cities, where the clergy of the Red God Isairnes rules over a nation that struggles to balance progress and backwardness, heresy and terrorism.

 
Itteghasp
Itteghasp

Search Itteghasp for secret knowledge and special equipment, where the Monopolies placed their headquarters and their mercenary minions guard their secret knowledge.

Fly over the rugged peaks of Ketniv and its mountain cities and meet is disciplined and contemplative population. However, beware not to stir the Imperial beast and its generation-spanning rule.

Venture in Mostucaal, once the most powerful isle-nation of Vulcania, and find out how the greed of man and civil war have drained both body and soul of its inhabitants.

The frozen lands of Nuugard
The frozen lands of Nuugard

Penetrate the frozen lands of Nuugard, a territory as wild as it is deadly, tamed only by the stubborn tenacity of a race of indomitable warriors, tempered by the ice and the fire of a thousand battles.

Some people choose a private life free from risks and dangers. One thing is certain. You are not one of them. Whether you soul is noble or under a malicious influence, choose your past and meet your destiny! Develop your knowledge and learn new ones with the help of Art Masters. Train in a remote forest or studying in the library of a Megalopolis, for your skills will make a difference in your adventuring life.  

We wanted to go heavy on character customization, both when creating your alter ego and when evolving them. Initial choices are meant to act as a base for the character’s in game growth, not a restriction, granting them access to options like Arts to make your character your own and incredibly powerful.

Character Creation   

  • Choose the Past Experience between 20+ preset backgrounds, what the character is capable of when the game starts. 
  • Choose the Origin, where your character was, their history and personality.   
  • Choose the Personality and Vices of your character; are you a party animal, always ready to meet new people, or the darker, brooding type?  
  • Set your character’s Attributes and Skills  
  • Learn Arts to give your character an edge in battle.  
  • Spend Gold granted by your character’s Past Experience to acquire equipment.  
  • GO!  
    Some stories can be told by any Vulcanian, others are deeply rooted in a specific Islenation. So we decided to include in the rulebook six regional Past Experiences, one for each Isle-nation. 

Abrabazem Wasteland Merchants

These people have roamed the desolate lands that once where their country, enduring the toxic fumes and radiation of the Abrab volcano, living off anything that could give them “a kick”. They survive by trading in anything, be it objects, substances or even people.

Balastoc Warrior Piestess  

To spread the word of the Red God is the goal of a warrior priestess, looked at with reverent respect and fear. A warrior priestess only bows to her superiors, taking what she wants from everybody else, as the faithful would rather walk in flames than oppose them. However, these agents of the Red God’s clergy are known for having difficulties in dealing with those are not among the flock of the faithful.

Itteghasp Duelist  

They duel, get drunk, play Syrus and enjoy the pleasures of the flesh, all in random order. Sometimes they mock somebody for the laughs, only for it to invariably degenerate into a duel. Such is their way, dotted with the occasional blade job to gain enough money to start all over again somewhere else. Their homeland so rich in such opportunities, who can claim to be luckier than a duelist?!

Ketniv Monk

These practitioners of martial arts trained their body and spirit in the halls of their monastery until their masters deemed them ready for taking the mark of their order. Now, they are undertaking the second part of their training, the one that will lead them around the world wherever fate deems their presence necessary.

Mostucaal Gunslinger  

These individuals obey only one law: their own. It does not matter why they recognize only their own authority, they do not answer to anyone or abide to any rule. The only thing that matters is being fast with a gun and nobody can prove they are not.

Nuugard Stormtrooper

The elite corps of the Nuug army, they train for combat and battle since their earliest days. Only those who show unwavering courage and an insane penchant for the melee can hope to go anywhere wearing the colors of the Nuug shock troops, the Character being one of them. Their purple tattoos are the only proof anybody needs to have absolutely no doubt about what happens if they mess with them.

Vulcania is a dynamic world full of adventures. As such, everything in the system is designed to get you constantly into the action at the gaming table. Mechanics are deep, fast, and highly strategic, made intuitive thanks to cards to allow you to always have an eye on equipment and skills.

In Vulcania every Test is resolved using a d12. On high values, or by carefully spending Gears of Fate, you can unleash your hero's special powers! Of course, be careful; Destiny is a fickle thing and always demands something in return for its favor!

GearPills is a video series about the rules of Vulcania, where we want to analyze the core aspects and mechanics of the d12 System used in our game. Available in English and Italian.

Episode 1

ENG - https://youtu.be/OB_FRoM2oqM
ITA - https://youtu.be/gHL8BN2ikvA

Episode 2

ENG - https://youtu.be/NCce420NaCo

ITA - https://youtu.be/qO9cIXiI2RY

Episode 3

ENG - https://youtu.be/ZT-LyfX71-Q

ITA - https://youtu.be/uav88ruRzAc

Episode 4

ITA - https://youtu.be/JqEurcD9ZtE

In the video series GearPills we used the character sheet to explain the main mechanics of the d12 System used by Vulcania. This accessory is designed to be folded into a sort of tent, each side holding different pieces of information.

Side 1

- Name, Past, Origins, Rank and Skill Points
- Insight score and Senses score 

Side 2

- Attribute & Skills
- Tactical Scores (Dodge, Evade, Initiative, Movement, Wounds, Damage    Reduction) - Combat Opportunities

 Side 3

- Arts  - Equipment - Special Trait & Personality - Knowledge - Proficiency

Your character’s training and experience are described by four Attributes – Vigor, Dexterity, Mind, and Magnetism – related to sixteen Skills to achieve your goals during the game.  

Strength and intelligence play a key role in your path, as well as luck! Cunning, reactive thinking and aggressive negotiating are some of the qualities that will help you in gathering more knowledge and power.

Specialize in your abilities under Art Masters and choose your path. Follow the way of trickery, intuition or fighting to reach your goals. Catch your prey with a trap or hack it to pieces a flourish of your blade. Vulcanian Arts truly accommodate any play style!  

Hundreds of weapons and gadgets await you in Vulcania’s markets. Wield powerful weapons and gather more power with biomechanical grafts. Do not fear rivals in whatever situation your Narrator wants to throw.

Airships of all shapes and sizes fly soar through the heavens and one could be yours! The Clash in the Skies section lists different classes and of aircraft, from slow and robust cargos to fragile but deadly one-man fighters. Much like with you character, you can customize your ship with many options, be it reinforcing its armor, equipping it with powerful thrusters or setting up its mighty armaments. Perform spectacular maneuvers involving all crew members, dogfight, board your enemies or drown them in hot lead in the skies of Vulcania!

Vulcania is a dangerous world, presenting always different and deadly threats to the players.

Most of your opponents will not be monsters or strange creatures, but the most lethal and ruthless species ever to live in the world of Vulcania: man.

Just like in the best action movies, the characters are going to cross weapons with hordes of extras who will try to hinder them in any way, fearsome minions willing to do anything for their masters and deadly villains pulling the strings of intricate conspiracies!

The dangers characters face are not always caused by other human beings, however. The world of Vulcania is populated by creatures of all kinds, some tame, some fierce and bloodthirsty, some with inscrutable appetites, irreparably warped by what the war left behind.

If you are tired of:   

  • choosing your character once and never choose again because your growth path is completely preset 
  • spending your evenings adding up the results of hundreds of dices instead of playing 
  • waiting for your turn for half an hour and then … start counting again or miss 
  • playing an invincible character that does not require any kind of skill to be played

If you want to: 

  • play sessions without downtime 
  • always be at the center of the action 
  • quickly solve each test without losing the depth of the rules 
  • play a challenging system 

Then you are ready for all of this. You are ready for VULCANIA! 

  • A PDF included for free for all hardcover & PDF backers  
  • Poster Print on the back of the world map and PDF for all hardcover backers  
  • Print available as ADDONs
  • A PDF included for free for all hardcover & PDF backers
  • Print and PDF for Sovereign & Grandmaster backers
  • Print available as ADDON
  • Print and PDF for Sovereign & Grandmaster backers  
  • Poster Print and PDF for all hardcover backers  
  • Canvas Print free for Grandmaster backers
  • Poster & Canvas Print available as ADDONs
  • A PDF included for free for all hardcover & PDF backers  
  • Print and PDF for Sovereign & Grandmaster backers  
  • Print available as ADDON

A FREE 35 PAGES FULL COLOR ADVENTURE included in the Vulcania Rulebook for all our PDF and hardcover backers! 

The chapter called "CLASH IN THE SKIES", 25 full-color pages containing the rules for airship fightings! Free for all Hardcover and PDF Backers!

Six new regional past experiences will be added; one for each Isle-Nation! Free for all Hardcover and PDF Backers!

We are going to increase the number of Artworks in the rulebook with new full color contents (NPCs, monsters, equipments)

A new amazing adventure available for all Hardcover and PDF backers! The plot thickens, furthering the story of the introductory adventure already included in the rulebook.

We also added a few special items you can add to your order. Just pledge for your tier and add on funds equal to the add-ons you want. You can increase the pledge by the amount of your chosen Add-on when you pledge, or by adjusting the pledge amount through “Manage my pledge”. We'll keep in touch with you after the campaign to make sure you get everything you want through BackerKit.  

COLLECTOR HARDBACK PRINT: a stylish red-leather cover limited edition, with golden corners. Each copy will be numbered and signed by authors. 

VULCANIA GM SCREEN - Three-panels, hard-backed, full color and complete with all the information you need to make quick decisions in the heat of the Vulcanian action. 

VULCANIA T-SHIRT is a Kickstarter Exclusive Add-on that you should not miss. Why? Because "everything tastes like chicken if roasted enough!!!" The T-Shirt is available only in black and will be printed only for our backers. For this reason no changes will be possible after campaign end. The size chart shows the actual sizes of the t-shirts in centimeters.

Following is a list of rough estimates for shipping a standard game package (2kg volumetric weight). Keep in mind these are just estimates, and costs may rise based on weight increases from unlocked stretch goals and any optional buys you choose. 

Hand Pickup (Turin - Lucca Comics & Games, Cuneo, Carbonia, Rome): FREE

Italy: around 7 € 

Switzerland: around 7 €

Western EU (Austria, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Luxembourg, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden, Spain, United Kingdom): around €15

Eastern EU (Bulgaria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Cyprus, Estonia, Latvia, Malta, Romania, Slovenia): around €18

USA/Canada/Other countries: around 25 €

Rest of the world: around 35 €

As soon as possible we'll set a more accurate shipping costs list (may change based on stretch goals). 

Fees will be collected with BackerKit survey. Once we'll have a precise number of copies to ship, we'll make a deal with a shipping company and we'll be able to set the final Shipping costs list. 

ITA

Tom's Hardware - https://www.tomshw.it/culturapop/vulcania-gioco-di-ruolo-italiano-a-tema-steampunk-in-arrivo-su-kickstarter/

JustNerd - https://www.justnerd.it/2019/01/17/vulcania-kickstarter-steampunk/

Player.it - https://www.player.it/giochi-di-ruolo/367977-vulcania-intervista-simone-raspi.html

Live

Dice_Games_Italia - https://www.twitch.tv/dice_games_italia/clips?filter=clips&range=30d

La Tavola Rotonda- https://www.twitch.tv/latavolarotonda/videos?filter=archives&sort=time

The GDR Team - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d63bGylsSn4

ENG

Boardgamegeek - https://boardgamegeek.com/blogpost/85290/final-roll-kickstarter-news-218-wednesday-january?fbclid=IwAR11kAMa0a1q4kbRUp7ct6vdFLJF6sPhQnDMiiL_HaBwbycm25Qs4_3DTnk

TechRaptor - https://techraptor.net/content/crowdfunding-spotlight-vulcania-role-playing-game

The Steampunk Explorer - https://steampunk-explorer.com/articles/steampunk-digest-jan-25-2019

Risks and challenges

From the beginning we wanted to get to the Kickstarter with a game entirely developed, illustrated and thoroughly tested to the adventure module that will be included among the stretch goals of the Campaign. We poured all our passion in this project, during the five years it took to bring it to this stage.
The aim of the Campaign is to raise funds to increase the quantity and quality of the material in order to make Vulcania everything it can be!!

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