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Legend: Fantasy RPG in the World of Thera

A tabletop role-playing game with a unique world. The mechanics are an enhancement to the popular D20 system.

Legend: Fantasy RPG in the World of Thera

A tabletop role-playing game with a unique world. The mechanics are an enhancement to the popular D20 system.

$162
pledged of $25,000pledged of $25,000 goal
7
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, June 8 2014 6:44 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated June 8, 2014

About

Legend is a tabletop role playing game developed by Mathew Knobel.  It is the next logical progression of the D20 SRD system currently used by RPGs such as Pathfinder and other Version 3.5 systems.

Legend combines the ability to story tell, so popular in games produced by companies such as White Wolf, with a set of cohesive updates to the D20 gaming system that permit open character development, improved non-combat skills and realistic combat.

Main Changes from the SRD

Below are the general ideas of concepts that have been changed for Legend.

  • Removal of the Character Class:The first major change from the SRD is that there is no longer any character classes. All characters will get the same number of skill points and feats at each level. The uniqueness of the character comes from how the player puts together their skills and feats. For example, a character is a "mage" if he has selected the feat that allows him to cast spells and then places skill points into his spells or a character is a "fighter" if he takes combat related feats and concentrates on weapon skills.
  • Class Features: Many class features such as skill points, base attack bonus, saving throws, and hit points have been either been done away with or have been converted to skills that the player can choose. The base attack bonus has been replaced with weapon skills and the saving throws have also been converted over to skills.
  • Class Feats: The feats that are unique to each character class have been made generic so that any character can take them if they meet the requirements.
  • Hit Points: Hit points are no longer based on the characters' class. Instead the hit point are based on their size and may be modified by their race. In addition, characters take penalties as they get injured.
  • Magic: The magic system has been reworked to allow a player for freedom to create new spells. Spell use is handled as a skill and regulated through the use of a character's spell point pool.
  • Feats & Flaws: Many class feats are available without having to make any changes. Other class feats had to be rewritten to allow for any class dependencies to be removed. In addition to feats, character flaws have been added to the game as well.

Thera is a world of medieval sword and sorcery with a tightly integrated cosmology allowing cultures from High-Chivalry, Viking Sagas and technology to co-exist on a common world.

Originally created by Paul Spoltore in 1982, the World of Thera has been used across multiple RPG systems (e.g. Rune Quest and Fantasy Games Unlimited Swords and Sorcery).  This planned release will be both Legend and Pathfinder compatible.

The World of Thera
The World of Thera

Page Samples

Sample Index Page
Sample Index Page

Rewards Summary

Shown below is a table that summarizes the different pledge levels and their corresponding rewards.

At the $27,500 funding level, the Thera World Book will be enhanced to include sample characters, spells and powers compatible with both Pathfinder and Legend. 

At the $30,000 funding level, the Arms and Equipment add-on module will be finalized and published as a PDF.  All backers that have pledged at a level where they will get the PDF copies of the books will automatically receive this additional PDF.  Publication date of this book would be shortly following publication of the two main books.

At the $35,000 funding level, an expansion module covering the high-tech continent for the World of Thera will be finalized and published as a PDF.  All backers that have pledged at a level where they will get the PDF copies of the books will automatically receive this additional PDF.  Publication date of this book would be shortly following publication of the two main books.

At the $40,000 funding level, the Arms and Equipment add-on module published as a PDF will now be published as a printed book.  All backers that have pledged at a level where they will get printed books will automatically receive this additional book. 

At the $45,000 funding level, the expansion module for the World of Thera published as a PDF will now be published as a printed book.  All backers that have pledged at a level where they will get printed books will automatically receive this additional book. 

At the $50,000 funding level, an expanded Monsters of Legend add-on will be finalized and published as a PDF.  All backers that have pledged at a level where they will get the PDF copies of the books will automatically receive this additional PDF.  Publication date of this book would be shortly following publication of the two main books.

At the $55,000 funding level, the Monsters of Legend add-on module published as a PDF will now be published as a printed book.  All backers that have pledged at a level where they will get printed books will automatically receive this additional book.

Distribution

The primary distribution channel for Legend and the World of Thera will be through electronic format (e.g. PDF).  We are currently working with national sales sites such as OneBookShelf (DriveThruRPG, RPGNow, DriveThruComics, Wargame Vault and DriveThruFiction) and Outskirts Press (an affiliate of Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million and the Ingram Book Company) in preparation for release, publication and fulfillment.

How Will the Kickstarter Funds Be Used?

To ensure the best content is available, it will be split into five parts:

  • Obtaining Artwork ... 22%
  • Completing the Game Design ... 16%
  • Final Editing and Layout ... 16%
  • Kickstarter and funding costs ... 10%
  • Printing and Fulfillment ... 36%

Risks and challenges

1. Finding the right artwork?

Artwork is one of the most important features of a game system and world - the right artwork will immerse and bring the gamer right into the world. Finding good fantasy artists is not as easy as it may sound and getting those that are truly talented to deliver on-time is sometimes an art. To mitigate this issue, we have already begun recruiting artists and plan on allocating a significant amount of the funds from this Kickstarter to ensure that we get the best artwork and meet the planned publication date.

2. Issues (e.g. medical, family) may arise with principle game and world designers.

With any endeavor issues with the key principles can effect the delivery schedule. Every effort has already been made to make other members of the game design team ready to complete the project should anything unexpected arise.

3. Many of the other systems out there are currently printed as full-color books.

Although the PDF will be full color, the plan is that all initial printing runs will have full-color covers and the interiors will be done as black-and-white due to cost prohibitions. By creating the electronic files (PDF format) in full-color from the start, color printing will be an option individuals can choose in future printings.

4. Although the world and system have been around for some time, as the final tweaks are made game mechanics may need to be adjusted.

The key mechanics of Legend have been in existence for some time and game testing is already underway. The World of Thera was originally developed in 1982 and players of different systems have already successfully played in this world.

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    ADVENTURER -- You'll receive the same benefits as the Adventurer level plus a personally signed thank-you letter from the creators of Legend and the World of Thera.

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    KING'S RANGER -- The same as the Adventurer level plus a free electronic copy of the Legend Core Rulebook or the Thera World Book (PDF format).

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    SORCERER -- The same as the Adventurer level plus a free electronic copy of both the Legend Core Rulebook and Thera World Book (PDF Format).

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    LORD or LADY -- The same as the Knight level plus you will receive electronic copies of draft documents that are being circulated amongst the editorial staff and the ability to work with one of our developers to name and create a sample character included in Legend Core Rulebook or Thera World Book (within reason and propriety).

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    CABAL -- Same as the Knight level plus up to four additional (for a total of 5) names, character names or pseudonyms for members of your gaming group on the credits page as a supporters (within reason and propriety).

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    EARL -- Same as the Lord or Lady level plus soft-covered printed copy of either the Legend Core Rulebook or Thera World Book when published.

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    DUKE -- Same as the Lord or Lady level plus a soft-covered printed copy of both the Legend Core Rulebook and the Thera World Book when published. Also, the name you submit will be listed as a Benefactor on the credits page.

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    ROYAL CABAL -- Same as the Cabal level, plus your gaming group will receive five soft-covered printed copies of the Legend Core Rulebook and the Thera World Books when published. Also, the names you submit will be listed as Play Tester on the credits page and you will receive electronic copies of draft documents that are being circulated amongst the editorial staff.

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    KING -- It's always good to be the King. You'll receive the same benefits as the Royal Seer level plus you will get to work with our world designers on the next update to the Thera World Book and will be credited as creative consultant on that project.

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