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Helheim RPG - Yggdrasil Burning

The Gods are dead. Mankind is under siege. Giants rampage. You will shape the fate of the world in this tabletop roleplaying game.

Helheim RPG - Yggdrasil Burning

The Gods are dead. Mankind is under siege. Giants rampage. You will shape the fate of the world in this tabletop roleplaying game.

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About

The Nine Worlds have fallen and a single world, the Nine Realms, has risen. The Gods are dead, Giants, Spirits, Dwarfs, Elfs, and the Dead of legends now share the lands of Men. 

You and your friends will explore this setting. Helheim uses a unique set of rules based on a d20 system. Actions have a difficulty, attributes change the difficulty, and modifiers impact the number of dice rolled.

We have a 45 minute session available on MP3 for you to download and listen to (clicking will go offsite, where you can listen directly or download the file).

What makes Helheim unique?

1. Multiple characters are under the player’s control, as part of their force. The player controls each character’s development in their force, as well as their actions. The Gamemaster may serve as a narrative mouthpiece to explain what the character did or saw, but the actions are the players' not the Gamemaster's.

2. Dice rolls help tell the story by giving increments. In order to succeed in Helheim, the result of an action (difficulty + attribute + dice roll) must be 0 or more. For every 10 points above or below, the action may have further success or failure.  This system in particular makes combat flow quickly and smoothly without need for multiple dice rolls.

3. Classless system. Aside from some constraints based on the race of a character, they are free to develop as you choose. Want a heavily armored archer? Make it. Want a klutz when it comes to moving over even a hill, but who is a graceful spearmaster when things get tough? You can do that too.

4. Build a holding. A lot of the action can center around the holding your force has. This could range from a hidden mountain keep designed for raiding other towns, to a farming community.

5. Experience = points. When a character earns experience, they gain 3 points (until they’re at 30 experience) and then 2 points there on out. Points are used to A) increase attributes at a rate of 1 point for 1 attribute increase; or B) gain traits at a rate of 10 points for 1 trait.

6. Seven different races. Men, Valkyries, Elves, Dwarfs, Jotnar, Einherjar, Spirits.

For more information about some of the places and people of Helheim, check out our updates!

There are two basic tiers in this Kickstarter, and they are about 25% off what we will be asking for once we are done with Kickstarter. 

At the Karl and Huskarl level you are getting digital PDFs of the final Gamemaster Manual and Mission Manual. 

At the Jarl, Konungr, and Skald tiers, you get the digital copies, plus printed versions of both. 

The Gamemaster Manual is full-color 8.5” x 11”, and currently around 100 pages (this may grow as stretch goals are reached). It will be perfect bound, but if we hit a stretch goal will be upgraded to case bound.  

The Mission Manual is 6” x 9” and spiral bound, and at approximately 40 pages (pending final formatting). We made the Mission Manual spiral bound so you don’t have to hold open pages while playing the missions. The PDF versions will come in a variety of sizes for easy printing. 

The Huskarl and Konungr tiers also add in tokens (PDF, and PDF + Printed Cardstock) for use in on missions. The Skald tier is an upgrade to the Konungr tier which includes almost everything you need to be able to play the game, from the books to tokens to terrain, dice and a tape measure.

Sample page from the Gamemaster's Manual
Sample page from the Gamemaster's Manual

What we're doing now is working on the final layout and design, and working on the final artwork.  That's why we've come to Kickstarter for backers.

Scouting

Hagar sends his two scouts, Vinlaf and Heinric, to check the road ahead.  Vinlaf has higher ranged attribute of 10 and both have the scout trait.  Conditions have been dry for days with a light breeze that blurs any tracks on the dirt trail.  The Gamemaster determines the difficulty is 40 (quite difficult), so the dice roll needs to be 30 or better.  There are two characters with the scout trait, so the 1d20 roll is modified upward by 1.0 points, to a 2d20 roll.  A 4 and a 20 are rolled.  While the final result of the test is a -6, the critical guarantees success.  

The GM determines that the scouts cannot determine how many people have passed this way in the last day, but the deeper ruts left by a heavily laden wagon or two are less than 12 hours old.

Combat

Hagar is fighting a Jotun in single combat.  Hagar has 12 melee, 2 melee attack dice, 1 melee defense dice, and 10 protection.  The Jotun has 20 melee, 1 melee attack dice, 1 melee defense dice, and 10 protection.
Hagar will receive +2 to the attack roll, and will roll 1d20 (2 MAD - 1 MDD). The Jotun will receive +10 to their attack roll, but will roll 3d20 and take the worst result.
In the first turn of combat, the Jotun rolls a 1, 4, and 12.  They critically fail their attack and cause no injuries and in the second turn will need to roll 5d20 and take the worst result.  Hagar rolls a 10 (which becomes a 12), and causes 2 injuries.  

Hagar rushes in towards the Giant, then stops as the Giant spins thinking Hagar has rushed between his legs.  Hagar uses the opportunity to stab a knee with his seax, and bites deeply into the Giant's flesh.
In the second round of combat, Hagar is now at +3 due to the Jotun's injury, and the Jotun's attack is lowered to +9.  The Jotun rolls a 2, 4, 13, 14, and 17, which means their attack is an 11 which causes 2 injuries.  Hagar rolls a 17, which becomes a 20 and causes 3 injuries.
As the Giant drops to one knee, Hagar stabs again deeply into the Giant's back, collapsing a lung.  However, the Giant throws itself backward, slamming Hagar into the ground and leaving him breathless with a cracked rib.

We support the Kicking it Forward initiative, which seeks to make crowdfunding like Kickstarter a sustainable initiative.  If we are funded, 5% of profits will be reinvested back in other Kickstarters.

At the Huskarl, Jarl, and Skald tiers, we are providing tree tokens, hill tokens, and a variety of character tokens.

Here are some low-res versions of our tokens as a sample:

Tree Tokens
Tree Tokens

 

Character Tokens
Character Tokens

 

In case we exceed our funding goals, we are also providing stretch goals. Further stretch goals will be unlocked as higher funding levels are reached.

 

Risks and challenges

* Completing the Project
Helheim has continued to move forward since our last funding attempt and we have put our own funds into completing the project before we relaunch. At this point what we need to finish: final formatting and editing, plus a few last images which are being created and are already designed, creating any stretch goals (these will be started on as they are reached), and then final print editing and printing.

* Printing
The printing process is the biggest area for potential problems. We have done our best to locate quality printing companies that can give us the high quality product we want. With the shift to two books, we are now dealing with two different printing companies - one for the mission book, which we have already worked with - and another for the gamemaster book. This means there are more potential delays or problems with the printing process that can extend final delivery times.

* Stretch Goals
Stretch goals may also delay the ship date, although as each goal is crossed we will start working on getting those products made and added so they do not cause any delays.

* The Holidays
November and December are busy times in the US for shipping. While we will strive to get everything in the mail before the Christmas rush, there could be holiday delays that stretch things out. We will communicate with our backers if that comes to pass.

* Experience
While we have not yet launched a successful Kickstarter, we learned a lot from our last attempt, that we are now putting into place to make this Kickstarter successful. There is still a learning curve, but we believe we have the right product now to be a success.

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    The Thrall (Servant) tier comes with our hearty thanks for your support.

    * Support Helheim RPG. You get project updates, access to Backer exclusives, and can get access to Add-Ons.
    * Honorable mention in the Gamemaster Manual.

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    Karl

    The Karl (Farmer/Craftsman) tier includes the digital edition of Helheim. This is the edition you want if you're comfortable printing things out on your own, or for international customers who want to save on shipping. This tier includes only the game itself and none of the tokens or terrain.

    * The Helheim RPG Gameplay Manual PDF.
    * The Helheim RPG Gamemaster Manual PDF in full color.
    * Includes all non-Token stretch goals.
    * Honorable mention in the Gamemaster Manual.

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    Huskarl

    The Huskarl (Bodyguard) tier includes the digital edition of Helheim. This is the edition you want if you're comfortable printing things out on your own, or for international customers who want to save on shipping. It has everything else you need to play the game including tokens and terrain.

    * The Helheim RPG Gameplay Manual PDF.
    * The Helheim RPG Gamemaster Manual PDF in full color.
    * Tokens PDF - Character and terrain tokens.
    * Includes all stretch goals.
    * Honorable mention in the Gamemaster Manual.

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    Jarl

    The Jarl (Noble) tier includes the digital and printed editions of the game. This is the tier you want if you already have miniatures, terrain, and a metric tape measure.

    * The Helheim RPG Gameplay Manual Spiral-bound + PDF.
    * The Helheim RPG Gamemaster Manual in full color + PDF.
    * Includes all non-Token stretch goals.
    * Honorable mention in the Gamemaster Manual.

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    Konungr

    The Konungr (King) tier includes absolutely everything you need to play Helheim except for dice, scissors, and people to play with. This is the perfect edition for those new to skirmish gaming but who have played RPGs before.

    * The Helheim RPG Gameplay Manual Spiral-bound + PDF.
    * The Helheim RPG Gamemaster Manual in full color + PDF.
    * Printed Color Tokens Pages + PDF - Character and terrain tokens.
    * Includes all stretch goals.
    * Honorable mention in the Gamemaster Manual.

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    • Gamemaster Manual
    • Printed Tokens
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    Skald

    The Skald (Bard) tier includes absolutely everything you need to play Helheim except for scissors and people to play with! This is the perfect edition for those who want everything in one package and are new to tabletop games and roleplaying games.

    * The Helheim RPG Gameplay Manual Spiral-bound + PDF.
    * The Helheim RPG Gamemaster Manual in full color + PDF.
    * Printed Color Tokens Pages + PDF.
    * d20s, d10s, and d6s.
    * Tape measure.
    * Includes all stretch goals.
    * Honorable mention in the Gamemaster Manual.

    Includes:
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    • Gamemaster Manual
    • Printed Tokens
    • Dice Set & Tape Measure
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