Project image
)}
$26,561
pledged of $13,500pledged of $13,500 goal
300
backers
58hours to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, October 25 2019 2:00 PM UTC +00:00.

The Nuadan Chronicles - An Electro Fantasy Tabletop RPG

Explore a post-post-apocalyptic world filled with magic, electric-powered steam tech, ancient ruins, and dark secrets.

The Nuadan Chronicles - An Electro Fantasy Tabletop RPG

Explore a post-post-apocalyptic world filled with magic, electric-powered steam tech, ancient ruins, and dark secrets.

$26,561
pledged of $13,500pledged of $13,500 goal
300
backers
58hours to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, October 25 2019 2:00 PM UTC +00:00.

About

City of Eolann - by Leon Tukker

The Nuadan Chronicles is an electro fantasy RPG set in the post-post-apocalyptic world of Nuada, a place of ephemeral magic, electric-powered steam tech, ancient ruins, and dark secrets. Supporting the game is a modified d100 system.

Within the Known World, you are a mercenary navigating the edge between life and death, entangled within an invisible web of fate. No matter the mission, the consequences of your decisions will ripple across the many futures. Will you struggle against the tides of destiny or be consumed by the darkness lurking within?

To fight for wealth, glory or justice, you must survive an industrializing and expanding world plagued by war, espionage, disasters (natural and magical), and ancient conspiracies as old as the Cataclysm itself.

The Nuadan Chronicles will feature two books: a rulebook (~250 pages) and a lore book (~250 pages). Both will contain high-quality, full-color artwork and maps, short stories, and mission seeds.

To learn more about The Nuadan Chronicles, visit www.brokendice.net or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

Click the above image to download the quickstart guide!

Delve into the rules and world of Nuada in this 100+ page preview of The Nuadan Chronicles. Then test your knowledge and your players' fates in the action-packed adventure Blood of the Sea.

 Update: We corrected a few very small errors. Latest version uploaded October 3rd.

 RULEBOOK

  •  Customizable character creation and progression — choose a Background and grow your character the way you want to
  • Varied Skills and Talents to differentiate your playstyle
  • A horde of weapons, armor, and gear (mundane, magical, and tech-based) that can be upgraded and altered to suit your needs
  • Rules for Tinkering and Technomancy to give you greater control over technology
  • A customizable Word-based magic system, complete with its own conlang
  •  Dynamic combat that uses Action Points, Reactions (dodge, parry, etc.), and Power Hits
  •  Gaming advice and story hooks for game masters and players
  •  Stat guide for non-player characters and creatures

LORE BOOK

  •  Timelines and history of Nuada after the Cataclysm and leading up to the present day 
  • In-depth features of the six nationsUldris, Merath, Khadar, Lemaria, Sunderia, and Caledon — including their cultures, religions, technology, geography, governments, languages, and ideals
  • Extra details about Uldris, the starting nation for the game
  •  Region-specific maps, current events, rumors, important people, and plot hooks
  •  Timekeeping (calendars, lunar cycles, and solar system)
  • A list of creatures, including the magic-based fae 
  • Pronunciation guide

Meeting the Kickstarter goal will cover printing and shipping costs — stretch goals will mean more art, exclusive merch, additional conlangs, and official living storylines.

STANDARD EDITION

The Standard Editions for The Nuadan Chronicles will be hardcover with matte, full-color interiors. The first lore book will feature the sigil of Uldris, the Stormdragon. 

Mock-up of the Standard Edition Rulebook. The final version may be slightly different.
Mock-up version of the Standard Edition Lore Book. The final version may be slightly different.

COLLECTOR'S EDITION

The Collector's Edition of The Nuadan Chronicles will be faux-leather-bound, embossed, with a rounded spine featuring raised bands. Special foils will be used to make the cover pop! All Collector's Editions will be signed by the creators.

Mock-up version of the Collector's Edition Rulebook. The final version may be slightly different.
Mock-up version of the Collector's Edition Lore Book. The final version may be slightly different.

 THE CATACLYSM

More than seven centuries have passed since the world was reborn. The old writings that survive recall a great light in the sky, followed by a powerful shockwave. Those who did not go blind watched as the second moon cracked apart, fiery comets of death raining down from the void.

Then the world darkened. Choking dust and black storms clogged the sky. The oceans rose, consuming coastal cities, then regions, then entire landmasses. Nuada grew cold. Most of the technology people relied on stopped working.

What the falling shards of broken moon and flooding did not kill, starvation, disease, and despair claimed next. The several years of suffering and survival thereafter would be known by various cultures as the Grey Years, the Long Night, and the Aftermath.

The Cataclysm split time. BC, Before the Cataclysm. This is the Lost Age, a grandiose age of prosperity, avarice, and technological superiority. AC, After the Cataclysm. Now is the Second Age, the seeds of new tribes, kingdoms, and empires emerging from the chaos.

Map of the Known World - Nuada (by Jared Blando)

 THE KNOWN WORLD

About a quarter of the world has been mapped. Everything beyond the Veil of Storms to the west, the equator to the south, the Dark Lands of the east, and the mountains of Uldris to the north is unknown.

With each campaign released, more and more secrets will be revealed. Each nation has its own hidden worlds, lost ruins, and new races. Eventually, explorers will be sent beyond the edges of the map to discover strange, new lands.

TECHNOLOGY

Memories of the Lost Age, pillaged ruins, and electric-steam technologies are fueling a new industrial age. Airships plow the skies and power stations illuminate metropolises. With each step, humanity draws closer to achieving the glories of the past!

  • Choose from a variety of tech-based weapons, armors, and gear (such as kinetic shields, power suits, arc slingers, sonic gauntlets, inferno shells, radios, tech packs, and more).
  • Level up in Tinkering to customize and improve your tech weapons.
  • Use inferno, kinetic, sonic, and storm modules to modify and boost tech weapons.
Svedra in her tinker workshop repairing a gauntlet. Art by Jarold Sng and TenTen Studio.

 MAGIC

Magic saturates the world of Nuada, defying the laws of reality even as it exists alongside it.

  •  Flux crystals, magic incarnate, permeate the earth. They are prized for their ability to store spells for later or crushed and heated to power the engines of industry.
  •  Rifts, great tears in the fabric of the physical world, lie scattered across the land and sea. They are the vast maelstroms, eternal storms, cursed deserts, sinister forests, and other phenomena many fear and few understand.
  •  Fae, immortal creatures of pure magic, roam the wilds and forgotten corners of the world, drawn to humans to satiate their craving for the otherworldly energy that birthed them. There are five classifications of fae: alaeya, druin, golem, behemoth, and leviathan.

To summon magic, casters speak Words of power, calling on an aspect's true name to create spells. But all magic has a price. With each spell cast, the speaker accrues flux. Accrue too much and reality snaps back in strange and terrifying ways.

  • Master and combine Words to create powerful and unique spells
  • There are thousands of possible spell combinations
  • List of level one spells provided in the rulebook
  • Speak your spells using the constructed language Haretum 
Lava Behemoth - by Astrid Lian Aa

THE CHRONICLER

The author of The Nuadan Chronicles is a mysterious figure within the world of Nuada. The Chronicler goes by many names and has many faces. Recently, they have been calling themself Seuma.

They wander about the world, appearing at important events or halls of research. Every few years, their latest manuscript and a handsome sum of money appear unexpectedly on the doorstep of a random publisher.

After many decades, the Chronicler has gained a cult following, worshippers claiming them to be an avatar of truth and knowledge or perhaps even the true god of this world. Efforts to ban the works have proven difficult due to their popularity.

Still, others suspect this strange figure, typically depicted in sensationalist exposés as a black-robed wanderer wielding a magic staff. What are the Chronicler's motives? Can their words be trusted? Who are they really?

 LIVING WORLD

We love games where your actions matter and can affect the outcome of a story. So we're making living storylines for the world of Nuada. Each campaign we release will feature a variety of outcomes as a result of players' decisions.

These decisions will be given a specific time frame to be submitted into an official survey. We tally the results and then announce the majority outcome. The campaign and its results then become canon, immortalized via free short stories and lore updates!

Your character's words and actions will have consequences for the wider world. Nations can fall. Allies can be won or lost. Important leaders and untold numbers of people can live or die.

We have already done two living storylines — The White Tower and The Haunted Forest — with playtesters. Those results and short stories will be featured in the lore book and on our website.

Many timelines lie in wait. But the past is set in stone. What is done cannot be undone. Seize the future — or someone else will.

From "The Haunted Forest" playtest adventure - An earth golem smashes through ancient ruins, drawn by the spark of magic. Art by Javier Charro.

 EXPLORATION

Much of the world is unmapped and unknown. There are hidden places in the wild forests, mountain valleys, and deep oceans. These places, such as the Valley of Demons in Merath or the ominous Red Line in Uldris, will be expounded upon in the lore book. Eventually, you will sail beyond the edges of the map to discover new lands and face unknown dangers and mysteries. What you find could change the world — for better or worse.

CONFLICT

Being a mercenary means you go looking for trouble. People always need someone to fight their wars, protect their wealth, or patrol a bawdy carnival. Whatever it is, you are in the thick of it — using your wits, charm or brute strength to live to see another day, hopefully with more money in your pockets than before.

In The Nuadan Chronicles, conflict can be straight-up fighting or more nuanced. You will see the frontlines of combat and the inner circles of the elite and powerful. Wage espionage, conduct investigations, protect sensitive diplomatic missions and hunt down wanted criminals.

From "The White Tower" playtest adventure — An inquisitor summons magic blades as she prepares to fight a monstrous foe. Art by Jarold Sng and TenTen Studio.

 FATE

In a tabletop RPG where choices matter, you will struggle against destiny and the consequences of decisions made long before you took your first breath. There is a darkness in Nuada, older than the Lost Age, that infects the world even now. Ancient beings lurk behind the scenes, watching, waiting, scheming. They possess a terrible truth that could break the world — or set it free.

 DICE & MECHANICS

The Nuadan Chronicles uses a unique d100 system. "Bad" rolls do not always equal failure — the dice mechanics are weighted toward success. The more skilled a character is, the more likely they will succeed. Other dice are used to track supplies, but the main dice you will need are two d10s.

Art by Allie Leonce

 CHARACTER CUSTOMIZATION

Players are free to design and grow their characters as they please. Explore and create new and interesting combinations through customized progression

  • Choose from nearly 40 backgrounds, each of which grants starting skills, gear, and unique traits.
  • Improve skills to increase your chances of success.
  • Use talents to further specialize your character and give them the edge.
  • Peruse an extensive list of weapons, armor, tech gear, and special items.
  • Dive into technomancy to upgrade items or study magic to do the impossible — or do both!
  • Complete your aesthetic and backstory by selecting a lineage, quirks, appearance, lore-friendly names, and important relationships.
  • Bonus: No levels! Instead, the amount of experience your character gains influences their threat rating — the more threatening you are, the more likely you will be targeted during a fight.

You might be wondering: Can I only play as a human in this game? Yes... for now. The outcomes of future campaigns may open up new possibilities!

Several iconic characters (from L to R): Berik the Exile, Kuara the Techwarrior, Sunjin the Marine, Sethys the Templar, Yeumi the Hunter, Kaedan the Warden, and Alazar the Ex-Prince (by Jarold Sng)

 DYNAMIC COMBAT

Fighting is a grim, brutal business in Nuada. Players will need to be level-headed in how they approach situations — physical conflict is recommended as a last resort. When engaging the enemy, be strategic. A well-aimed blow can easily reduce a character's health to dangerously low levels. Combat features include:

  •  Narrative Round - Creates a smoother transition between narrative play and the rules of combat.
  •  Action Points - Spend AP to shoot, hit, run, grapple, etc., each round.
  •  Reactions - Dodge or parry blades, block bullets with your shield, or scatter from explosions.
  •  Locational Damage - Protect your health and stamina with armor.
  •  Power Hits - Hit an enemy hard enough to disorient, knock them down or dislodge a weapon from their grip.
  •  Limited Health - Be cautious — your health is finite and takes time to recover.
  •  Critical Hits - Deal a decisive blow for maximum damage.
  •  Death Points - Accrue enough damage and the character's pain will translate into penalties — gain too many and they may lose a limb or worse.
  •  And So Much More - Way more than we can fit on a Kickstarter page. Try the quickstart guide for a deeper look at the rules.

If certain Stretch Goals are met, we plan to work with Elderwood Academy and Eldritch Foundry to create customized dice boxes/towers and Kickstarter-exclusive minis. We plan to order the custom dice from Q-Workshop.

 Add-Ons are only available for Wordsmith Pledges or higher! Add-Ons may affect shipping costs. To add an Add-On to your Kickstarter pledge:

  • At the top of the page, select the Manage Your Pledge button. If you haven't made a pledge yet, it will say Back this Project.
  • In the Pledge Amount box increase the amount of your pledge by the total amount ($) of the Add-Ons you want to add.

After the Kickstarter campaign ends, we will send you a survey asking you which Add-Ons your money is going toward.

Important Note: If you backed the Guildmaster, Chronicler or Founder tiers, you automatically receive the custom dice and GM screen.

GM Screen Preview!

Concept by TenTen Studio (Four panels, 11x34")

 I've been playing it for over a year now and absolutely love playing it. The only limitation is your imagination. - Cole T., Playtester, Multiple Campaigns

This is a very thorough and well-thought-out system and world that is both flexible and customizable. - Shannon N., Playtester, Multiple Campaigns 

I truly had a great time. Everything about the world and the adventure module we played felt like it had depth and so much to explore. I played with three other players who had never played a tabletop before so I had a hard time not just being the dominant voice and getting them to participate, but I could see once they got into it that they became really involved in the world as well which was super cool to see and a good sign for the game. - Brent W., Blind Playtester, The Haunted Forest

Very expansive. I love the aesthetic you're going for, and think it's a great mix of different genres. - Dustin C., Blind Playtester, The Haunted Forest

I thought it was a fantastic, unique system. I enjoyed talking about it with the GM beforehand and love the art and lore. I was sold before the other players even got to the table, and can't wait to get a copy to run for my group. - Zachary M., Blind Playtester, The Haunted Forest

Draeyinju - by Leon Tukker

 We are Brooke and Jason Junker, a husband and wife indie design team. The Nuadan Chronicles started out as a homebrew setting in 2013. We soon realized we wanted to make our own tabletop roleplaying game. We formed the publishing company Broken Dice, named the game, and started writing and playtesting.

Everything you see, from the trailer and art to our website and more, has been self-funded. We have given it all we've got — now we need your help to get to the next phase! The more we raise, the better the final product can be for our supporters.

We live in the northeast Metro Atlanta area of Georgia with our two cats, Liara and Tali (yes, we are huge Mass Effect fans). When we are not thinking about, talking about or working on The Nuadan Chronicles, we like to play PC games and catch up on our favorite shows.

Airship Tower Dock in Draeyinju - by Leon Tukker

Shipping will be charged right before the product is sent to you (which will be later next year). 

U.S. SHIPPING

Estimated shipping costs range from $8 to $15. 

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING

  • International shipping is only available for backers who pledge for the Captain tier or higher!
  • International backers should expect to pay around $15-$35.
  •  International retailers who would like to get the Merchant tier must contact us at social@brokendice.net prior to making their pledge.

A lot can happen between now and when we ship our products to our international backers. The rates are based on an estimate of how much everything will weigh. We will work hard to make sure we keep prices as low as possible for everyone!

Keep in mind that Add-Ons like the custom dice, GM screens, and additional books can affect the cost of shipping.

Thank you so much for your patience and for supporting The Nuadan Chronicles! We can't wait to see our game shipped all over the world 🌍🌏🌎

Passenger Airship by Vincent Laik

Risks and challenges

We are a two-person team. Despite that, we strive for quality in everything we create, sacrificing significant personal resources to produce professional-level content. We have developed solid working relationships with artists and other creatives, always making it a point to pay them on time.

About 75 percent of the rulebook and lorebook is complete. Meeting the stated project goal is the bare minimum needed to cover the project's editing, graphic design layout, and print costs. Exceeding our goal will give us the breathing room to accomplish more and provide backers with a high-quality tabletop RPG experience.

We are fully committed to making The Nuadan Chronicles a reality. Pledge today to become part of our growing community and help us make our RPG a reality!

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Make a pledge without a reward

    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 5 or more About US$ 5

    Wanderer

    - Digital Download of Trailer Music
    - Thank You Message and Acknowledgment in the Books

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    7 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 25 or more About US$ 25

    Recruit

    - Digital Rulebook AND Lore Book
    - Digital GM Reference Materials
    - Fillable Character Sheet PDF
    - Digital Download of Trailer Music
    - Thank You Message and Acknowledgment in the Books

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    102 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 40 or more About US$ 40

    Wordsmith - (PHYSICAL LORE BOOK ONLY)

    - Standard Edition LORE BOOK Only (Physical Copy)

    - Digital Rulebook AND Lore Book
    - Digital GM Reference Materials
    - Fillable Character Sheet PDF
    - Digital Download of Trailer Music
    - Thank You Message and Acknowledgment in the Books

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    10 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 40 or more About US$ 40

    Mercenary - (PHYSICAL RULEBOOK ONLY)

    - Standard Edition RULEBOOK Only (Physical Copy)

    - Digital Rulebook AND Lore Book
    - Digital GM Reference Materials
    - Fillable Character Sheet PDF
    - Digital Download of Trailer Music
    - Thank You Message and Acknowledgment in the Books

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    14 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 80 or more About US$ 80

    Captain

    - Standard Edition Rulebook AND Lore Book (Physical Copies)
    - Digital Rulebook AND Lore Book
    - Digital GM Reference Materials
    - Character Sheet PDF
    - Digital Download of Trailer Music
    - Thank You Message and Acknowledgment in the Books

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    87 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 120 or more About US$ 120

    Commander

    - Signed Collector’s Edition of Rulebook AND Lore Book (Physical Copies)
    - Digital Rulebook AND Lore Book
    - Digital GM Reference Materials
    - Fillable Character Sheet
    - Digital Download of Trailer Music
    - Thank You Message and Acknowledgment in the Books

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    49 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 120 or more About US$ 120

    Merchant

    ONLY FOR RETAILERS: CONTACT SOCIAL@BROKENDICE.NET TO VERIFY MERCHANT STATUS

    Inquire about additional Add-Ons for more than two sets of books -- regular OR Collector’s Edition.

    - 2 Sets of the Standard Edition Rulebook AND Lore Book (Physical Copies)
    - Digital Rulebook AND Lore Book
    - Digital GM Reference Materials
    - Fillable Character Sheet
    - Digital Download of Trailer Music
    - Thank You Message and Acknowledgment in the Books

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    1 backer
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. All gone!
  10. Reward no longer available

    Pledge US$ 250 or more About US$ 250

    Guildmaster

    - Canonized General NPC (must adhere to established lore)
    - Signed Collector’s Edition of Rulebook AND Lore Book (Physical Copies)
    - Digital Rulebook AND Lore Book
    - Digital GM Reference Materials
    - Fillable Character Sheet
    - Digital Download of Trailer Music
    - Thank You Message and Acknowledgment in the Books

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 10 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Reward no longer available

    Pledge US$ 500 or more About US$ 500

    Chronicler

    - Canonized Well-Known NPC (must adhere to established lore)
    - Signed Collector’s Edition of Rulebook AND Lore Book (Physical Copies)
    - Digital Rulebook AND Lore Book
    - Digital GM Reference Materials
    - Fillable Character Sheet
    - Digital Download of Trailer Music
    - Thank You Message and Acknowledgment in the Books

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 5 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  12. Reward no longer available

    Pledge US$ 1,000 or more About US$ 1,000

    Founder

    - Canonized Guild or Organization (must adhere to established lore)
    - Canonized Well-Known NPC (the founder of the guild/organization)
    - Custom Sigil for Guild/Organization
    - Profile Art for the NPC Founder of the Guild/Organization
    - Prominently Featured in the Lore Book

    - Signed Collector’s Edition of Rulebook AND Lore Book (Physical Copies)
    - Digital Rulebook AND Lore Book
    - Digital GM Reference Materials
    - Fillable Character Sheet
    - Digital Download of Trailer Music
    - Thank You Message and Acknowledgment in the Books

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 4 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.