About this project
Kronocalypse is a time-travel mash-up setting with a plot-point campaign for the Savage Worlds rules system. It takes place on the world of Kron, a planet that is similar to Earth, but different in many key ways, like that magic is real, and that humans and dinosaurs lived side-by-side. For players it includes new races, edges, hindrances, and everything else you need to create a hero from one of four eras described below.
For the GM it offers foes, savage tales, and a complete plot-point campaign that begins when a temporal meteor strikes the four eras at once, and ends in a battle across time against an evil that time forgot.
In Kronocalypse, heroes come from one of four ages, and get a chance to explore them all.
Humans only recently mastered language and fire. They eke out a meager existence hunting dinosaurs or woolly mammoths. The saurians, humanoid dinosaurs, have developed basic metal working and discovered how to channel arcane energy to cast powerful spells. The two species frequently clash, and a cabal of saurian spellcasters seeks to exterminate the human threat forever.
Humans, elves, and dwarves live side-by-side in an age of knights and wizards. The kingdom of Lomia has made peace with its neighbors, but it's far from safe. Orcs from the hills raid human settlements. Deadly spirits haunt the dark places. Worst of all, the dragons have grown restless and fly from their island home to destroy and dominate civilized lands.
The sun never sets on the Lomian Empire. With its fleet of airships, it has colonized continents far and wide, bringing the gifts of civilization to the "barbaric cat people" and the "backwards treefolk." Of course nobody from Lomia asked if the natives wanted those "gifts." The other colonial powers of Palon and Druska scheme to break Lomia's grip on the skies.
National governments are a thing of the past. Corporations are the real powers in the world. When global sea levels rose, those with sufficient credit moved to higher ground. Those who couldn't. . . let's hope they can tread water. Humans have merged with machines, enhancing their bodies and minds, while replicant slaves toil away for their human masters.
There are many ways to contribute to Kronocalypse, and not just with funds. The entire books will be available in draft form for backers to playtest and to make suggestions and comments. The player's portion and first few plot point adventures are instantly available to backers via Google Docs. We will update these documents every month as the story develops and we incorporate backer feedback.
If we exceed our base goal, we'll use any additional funds to further improve the book. Here's how we plan to make Kronocalypse better if reach the following funding targets.
$5,000 - Increase minimum length to 176 pages
$6,000 - Add Kronocalypse specific Adventure Deck (free pdf, print extra)
$7,000 - Add 6 maps for key encounters
$8,000 - Increase minimum length to 192 pages
$9,000 - Upgrade all books with full color interior art
$10,000 - Upgrade all print books to hardcover
$11,000 - Increase minimum length to 224 pages
- $12,000 - Add a fifth era chosen by backers!
Does Kronocalypse sound so awesome you can't wait? We have good news. Not only do you get to instant access to the playtest document as soon as you back, we also have several rewards that ship early. EVERY backer who pledges at the three-dollar or above level will get a pdf copy of the Kronocalypse Prelude adventure "A Mother Gracking Dragon," as soon as the campaign ends and the credit cards get processed. In this adventure a team of hi-tech mercenaries get hired to take down a dragon. If your pledge includes any of the other prelude adventures, you also get them as soon as the campaign ends.
If you prefer something more tangible we're offering two Kickstarter EXCLUSIVE rewards. The only way to every get these is through the Kronocalypse Kickstarter campaign. You can get these either as separate add-ons or as part of the Exclusive Swag pledge level.
Kronocalypse Prelude Adventures in Print ($15 print): This collects all four of the Kronocalypse prelude adventures in a single print volume. That's Ug See Big Thing That Fly, A Cyborg in King Althor's Court, We've Got a T-Rex, and A Mother Gracking Dragon. You also get pdfs of all the adventures.
Kronocalypse Prelude Poker Deck ($5 pdf/$10 print): This standard 54 card poker deck features art from the four prelude adventures.
Because we need to know exactly how many of these to print, we'll place the order to print these as soon as the campaign ends, meaning you should get these rewards about a month or two after the campaign ends.
These add-ons will be available to the general public, but you can also get them through the Kickstarter campaign by increasing your pledge by the appropriate amount.
For example if you want the print book plus pdfs of all the preview adventures, select the $30 reward level, then increase your pledge by $5 to a total of $35.
Prelude Adventures ($3 one .pdf/$5 all three .pdfs): There are currently three prelude adventures available for Kronocalypse: Ug See Big Thing that Fly, A Cyborg in King Althor's Court, and We've Got a T-Rex, each is a self contained adventure suitable for a one-shot and comes with pre-made PCs. You can add on any single adventure for $3, or get them all for $5.
Kronocalypse Poker Deck ($5 pdf/$10 print): This standard 54 card poker deck features art from the Kronocalypse main book. (This deck will have different artwork than the exclusive deck.)
Additional Book ($15 pdf/$30 print): Add this for an additional copy of the Kronocalypse main book. This is a great way for international orders to save on shipping.
Player's Portion ($6 pdf*/$12 print): This book contains the portions of the Kronocalypse Setting targeted at players, without any of the setting secrets, adventures, foes, or other GM material. (*Everybody who backs at the $15 or higher level will get one free pdf of the Player's Portion. The pdf add-on price is only for those below that level, or those who want to additional copies.)
Want to learn even more about the Kronocalypse setting? Here are some things you might want to check out:
Kronocalypse Design Blog: Updated every Tuesday and Thursday.
Cyber-Saurs: A pdf preview
Prelude Adventures: These prelude adventures are available as add-ons, but you can also download them now. Ug See Big Thing That Fly, A Cyborg in King Althor's Court, and We've Got a T-Rex.Or get all three as a bundle and save.
Podcasts / Video Casts
Here's an interview we did with Krazy Ivan from Krazy Ivan's RPG Emporium.
Shipping is included with all US orders. For orders outside the US, please add additional shipping as described on the handy chart below. Simply total your extra shipping cost and increase your pledge by the corresponding amount.
Please note that the first item cost is per shipment. The prelude print adventure collection and prelude poker deck will be available to ship early, but doing so increases the shipping cost (as you must pay the first shipment price twice). You can also wait and get everything at once to reduce shipping costs.
You live in Toronto, Canada, pledge at the Exclusive Swag level and get no other add-ons. You can either increase your pledge by $20 to receive them all at the same time ($10 for the main book +$5 for the exclusive preview adventures +$5 for the exclusive cards), or you can increase your pledged by $25 to receive them in two shipments ($10 for the exclusive book +$5 for the cards in the first shipment and $10 for the main book in the second shipment.)
Like all our previous Kickstarter projects Broken Earth, Abstract Dungeon, and Alternate Objectives, we're taking the Kicking it Forward Pledge for Kronocalypse. That means we intend to use 5% of our post-Kickstarter profits from Kronocalypse to support other crowd-funding campaign (not any of the money you give us though). You can take a look at our creator page to see what we've already backed thanks to Kicking it Forward.
Matthew J. Hanson (Author): Matthew is the head of Sneak Attack Press, and has written RPG material for Kobold Press, Green Ronin Publishing, Dragon and Dungeon Magazines, EN Publishing, Expeditious Retreat Press, and more. He won a 2014 Silver ENnie Award for Broken Earth, another Savage Setting funded through Kickstarter.
Kirsten Moody (Illustrator): Kirsten Moody is a freelance artist based in the Northeast UK. Self taught and dedicated to art at an early age, her influences come from a wide variety of places - notably cartoons, comics, wrestling, and anime. With a passion for characters and stories she hopes to bring that energy and influence to every project she works on.
Craig Hargraves (Editor): Craig is a freelance editor and proofreader who got his start working on Robin D. Laws's Hillfolk series (2014 Diana Jones Award). This will be Craig’s third project with Sneak Attack Press after previously editing the Broken Earth series (2014 Silver ENnie - Best Electronic Book) and Abstract Dungeon.
Risks and challenges
There are many steps in creating an RPG book, including writing, editing, art, layout, production, and shipping. A delay in any of these could have a ripple effect that pushes back our expected shipping date.
That being said, every time we create a book we learn a little bit more about the schedule. Our first two campaigns delivered a few months late, while our third campaign is on schedule to deliver .pdfs on time, but might be a little late with print books.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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