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Bedford and Lamrose. Two sides of the same river. Two sides of the same coin. One, an affluent metropolis teeming with industry and aspiration. The other, a cesspool of crime and vice. Both dirty, both begging for the match that will set this whole city on fire.
Bedford and Lamrose. Locals call this place Bedlam. It's a fitting name.
Streets of Bedlam: A Savage World of Crime + Corruption is equal parts neo-noir, pulp detective fiction, and a bit of the ol' ultraviolence thrown into a cement mixer and poured on top a heap of nameless bodies no one will ever miss.
It's a modern urban setting full of despicable people doing awful things in the name of God, money, politics, or to pay off old debts. The stories shine light on the dark places of the human heart but it's about finding diamonds in the rough, about good people in bad situations. The heroes may have questionable means but they have good intentions.
Of course, you know what they say about good intentions.
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Backers who pledge $45 will get the print edition of the Streets of Bedlam corebook as well the print version of that quartet of criminal tales Four-Story Drop (along with credit in the corebook, listed as an NPC, and PDF copies of both books).
Backers who pledge $60+ will get the print edition of the Streets of Bedlam corebook, a print copy of Four-Story Drop, credit in the corebook, listed as an NPC, PDF copies of both books, a full-set of dice, two Kickstarter-exclusive archetypes and a six-pack of ready-made characters (both in PDF).
Backers who pledge $100+ can now choose to immortalize themselves as major players in the Streets of Bedlam world instead of influencing a future scenario.
If we reach $5k : Every backer who pledges $10 or more gets a free PDF with two Kickstarter-exclusive archetypes (to the $60+ backers: these are different than the ones you're getting so you get four exclusive archetypes total). Patch up the dead and dying while some mob heavy presses a muzzle to your head as a Sawbones or cling to your small-town ideals while you reach for your big city dreams as an Ingenue.
*$5K MILESTONE REACHED! CONTENT UNLOCKED!*
If we reach $8k: Four-Story Drop, the first supplement featuring four standalone episodes, becomes Five-Story Drop with the addition of the 6k-word scenario "Eli Mendoza is a Dead Man" wherein the cast members are dragged into a missing person case when a gambler carrying a load of bad debts pulls a vanishing act. That act is common enough in this town; what makes this special is the fact the man in question was supposedly put in the earth three years ago.
*$8K MILESTONE REACHED! NEW STORY ADDED!*
If we reach $10k: Acclaimed composer Ed Lima will create an original soundtrack for the game! Ed provided the amazing track featured in the promor trailer (which you view here). As an added incentive, every backer who pledges $45+ will get a free digital copy of the soundtrack!
Streets of Bedlam is a pen-and-paper roleplaying game in which you play characters with histories, who've done bad things, who may do a few more, but who have a code they stick to, fuzzy though it may be, that guides them through life and allows them to make a difference. Everybody in this town wants something but your characters are aiming higher than most and maybe, just maybe, they'll do some good. At the very least, maybe they'll stop some bad from happening.
Written and designed by critically-acclaimed game writer Jason L Blair, the man behind Little Fears, Streets of Bedlam will be built around the award-winning Savage Worlds ruleset published by Pinnacle Entertainment Group. This is the same ruleset that powers Deadlands: Reloaded, 50 Fathoms, and Rippers.
The corebook will include new character types such as Monster, Dogface, Regent, and Valkyrie, Edges such as Bulletproof and Heart of Gold, Hindrances such as Did Time with a Guy and Ticking Time Bomb, a new subsystem called Rep that can help you as much as hurt you, a plot point campaign called “The Things We Do For Money,” along with a full write-up and breakdown of the joint districts of Bedford and Lamrose, the areas colloquially known as Bedlam.
The corebook is slated to be a 192-pp 6x9 b&w softcover. With your assistance, it will be out in April 2012. Funds acquired through this Kickstarter will go toward illustrations, covering print costs, promotional efforts, and getting future supplements up and running.
Revealed Character Types/Archetypes
Two new character types (Archetypes) will be revealed every week until the Kickstarter ends.
The First Supplement
Soon after the corebook launch will come the first supplement, Four-Story Drop, that will include four 6k word scenarios to get players up and running in the dark and dangerous world of Streets of Bedlam.
Backers at the $25 level will get a complimentary PDF of the first supplement upon release. Backers at the $60 level or higher will get print copies along with the PDF as well as a full set of dice in Streets of Bedlam's signature red, black, white, and yellow colors.
Plans beyond the corebook include three character folios that include ready-made characters for use by players or game moderators in their campaigns. Twelve 6k word scenarios are also planned that will explore the highs and lows of Bedlam, those in control, and those who are willing to do anything for what they want.
Backers at the $100 level or higher will each get to pick a scenario title from a provided list, influence events in that scenario, and have it dedicated to them (and/or anyone else they would like). The scenarios will be released as PDFs over the course of the year. When collected into physical form, backers at the $100 level or higher will get free hardcopies as well as the PDFs.
If this is successful, the plan is to launch the game line then start a fiction line and eventually release a graphic novel set in the world of Streets of Bedlam. Plans exist for broadening the scope but this is where we start, with a great game.
If this idea interests you, please show your support. All pledges are appreciated. With your help, I will work to make this the best crime game on the market, a unique and gripping world for you and your friends to explore.
The rains over Bedlam wipe the streets and wash us clean. All our sins flow into the river.
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