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Explore the wastes and rebuild civilization in this post-apocalyptic sandbox adventure. For Pathfinder and Savage Worlds RPGs.
Thanks to backers, Broken Earth is now available for Savage Worlds and Pathfinder RPGs, and it won a Silver Ennie Award!
Thanks to backers, Broken Earth is now available for Savage Worlds and Pathfinder RPGs, and it won a Silver Ennie Award!
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Broken Earth: Post-Apocalyptic RPG Adventure

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The bombs fell. Billions died.

Generations later you must pick up the pieces and rebuild this Broken Earth.

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The Savage Worlds version is a go!

We've added some add-on. Scroll down to learn about maps and atlases you can give to PCs as handouts.

Check out all five Broken Earth previews:

Preview 1: The Iron Shelter
Preview 2: Night Haunts
Preview 3: Freaks
Preview 4: Mr. Fix It
Preview 5: Wright Town

Broken Earth is a post-apocalyptic sandbox adventure compatible with the Pathfinder RPG. Heroes may be wasteland scavengers, tribal nomads, or shelter dwellers who spent their entire lives underground. They are first thrown together to combat a band of slavers who strike all of their homelands.

Once united, the PCs are tasked with exploring the remains of upper Midwest and helping to rebuild a civilized society. Broken Earth uses modified versions of the exploration and kingdom building rules presented in Ultimate Campaign. The heroes discover pre-war ruins, fight mutant monsters, and uncover lost secrets. As their settlement grows they start to bring peace and stability to the region, but they also attract the attention of the other remnants of civilization. Some of these communities offer alliances and trade opportunities, while others see the PCs land as plump territory ripe for conquer.

In addition to the adventure, Broken Earth will also feature a Player's Guide to help players create heroes that fit into a post-apocalyptic setting. The guide will feature new races, archetypes, traits, and psionics.

Creating a quality RPG book requires a lot of time and money. The bulk of the funds will go to hiring quality artists and editors (and writers if we reach the $8,000 level). The rest of the money goes to printing and shipping the backer copies.

Illustration by Joyce Maureira
Illustration by Joyce Maureira

Of course the most important thing that you get is the Broken Earth Adventure and Player's Guide, either as a .pdf only, or in .pdf and print. Because we recognize how important backers are, you are guaranteed to get your copies first.

If you select higher levels of support, you also get the opportunity to leave your mark on the world of Broken Earth. You can shape the book by naming and NPC, choosing an encounter location, or becoming part of the art.

You can add the following options to your pledge without changing reward levels. Just increase your pledge amount by the value of the add-on.

Pathfinder AND Savage Worlds in Print

+$25: Normally, backers receiving a print copy of Broken Earth will select either the Pathfinder or Savage Worlds compatible version. If you would like both, this is the add-on for you. You will receive a Player's Guide and an Adventure for both systems.

Available to reward levels of $25 or higher.

Annotated Map

+$10: You receive a map of Minnesota (or possibly another state upon request) that is annotated with information about the world of Broken Earth. These are meant to be used as handouts that you can give your players, which represent something their characters actually find in the game. I will do all of the notes by hand, so no two will be exactly the same (and I can include special requests) you can choose either "pre-war" or "post-war" annotations, or select this add-on twice to get two maps, one "pre-war" and one "post-war."

Available to reward levels of $25 or higher.

Annotated Atlas

+$40: This is similar to the annotated map, but instead of just a single map of a single state, you get an entire road atlas of the US, Mexico, and Canada. Most of the notes will be on the upper Midwest (where the adventure takes place) but there will be other notes through the atlas. Like the maps, these are hand done and one of a kind.

Available to reward levels of $25 or higher.

Generous GM plus

+$15: For those who want to combine the Generous GM benefits with higher-level rewards. With it, you receive an additional five Player's Guides (for a total of six).

Available to reward levels of $75 or higher.

The initial funding goal of $3,500 will go to hiring artists and editors to create quality books. If we reach our initial goal we will publish a 64 page adventure and 24 page player's guide. As we receive more funding the books will grow in scope.

The more money we raise for Broken Earth, the bigger and better we can make it. Here are some of the initial stretch goals.

(Achieved!) $4,000 - We create Savage Worlds Compatible version of Broken Earth. Backers get a .pdf both versions, and print backers get their choice.

$4,250 - The Adventure expands to 80 pages, giving the players more territory to explore.

$5,000 - The Adventure expands to 96 page and we add a hardcover option to the rewards levels.

$6,500 -The Player's Guide expands to 32 pages and we will commission a separate cover for the Player's Guide (by Malcolm McClinton).

$8,000 - The Adventure expands to 128 pages, and we initiate an open call for the Adventure. In the open call, any backer will be able to submit monsters, enemy NPCs, or encounter locations to be considered for the book. If accepted,the backers will be credited for their work and paid industry competitive rates.

Beyond - As the project gains more funding we will unveil more stretch goals. We have some more ideas of our own, but we are also interested in hearing backer's want to see.

Illustration by Miguel Santos
Illustration by Miguel Santos

Pathfinder and associated marks and logos are trademarks of Paizo Publishing, LLC, and are used under license. See paizo.com/pathfinderRPG for more information on the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.

Risks and challenges

Creating an RPG book depends on many people, including authors, artists, editors, and publishers. Hang ups with any of these people can cause delays. While this work has begun, there's still a lot to do. The larger the project grows, the more likely that delay might occur.

If there are any delays, we will do our best to keep you informed about the reasons for delays and update you about the new time frame. We have also learned from our previous Kickstarter success (which was delayed, but has now been delivered) and we developed a time frame with much more flexibility to account for unexpected delays (if we are lucky enough to have no such delays, we may even deliver the book early).

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    NAME AN NPC: You get to name an NPC in the adventure and give a general description of the appearance and abilities of that character, plus everything in SOFTCOVER level (automatic upgrade to HARDCOVER if that's unlocked).
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    MINOR ENCOUNTER LOCATION: You can designate a location that will be included in the adventure for the where the PCs will have a single encounter, plus everything in SOFTCOVER level (automatic upgrade to HARDCOVER if that's unlocked). The location must be within the scope of the adventure.

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