Echoes of the Fall
A vivid and exciting new tabletop RPG that blurs the line between science-fiction and fantasy. The world is yours to imagine.
Echoes of the Fall is a bold and darkly thrilling role playing game that introduces a whole new way to experience classic tabletop gaming. By blending science-fiction, dark horror, and fantasy themes, your characters and the adventures they participate in will bring you hours of excitement! You will conquer vivid landscapes, discover untold fortunes, and trek through harrowing quests as one of the elite Phasma - a mech unit of virtually limitless power.
In Echoes of the Fall, you play as one of the few remaining Corrites on the world of Akrion. These humanoid folk are busy rebuilding their civilization after The Fall - a catastrophic event that brought them to the brink of extinction. Using their skills, and by wielding the power of a mighty Phasma, your character faces a new age for Akrion. Will you shape the future of this land to glorious new ends, or will you bend the world to your will?
This is a miniature and dice-based board game that uses familiar tabletop elements blended with a newly developed Ratings system. This format welcomes any style of player with any level of experience. One player, the Battle Administrator & Modifications Founder - also referred to as the BAMF - defines the game, controls the pacing, and guides the story. The BAMF decides the whole staging and theme, creating the adventures for the entirety of play. Two to six (2-6) other players create characters to participate in the epic adventures set forth by the BAMF. These other players explore the world of Akrion, wage war, amass hoards of wealth, and become living legends as they take on the role of their created characters. You may become a righteous hero; safeguarding the weak and ushering in an era of peace. You may play as a vile, murderous warlord; bringing only pain to the world. Your character, their actions, their dreams, and their desires are yours to imagine!
Each character that you play will be different from the last. RPG basics are present - class, race, skills, etc. - in addition to a multitude of other aspects that will mold your character as you wish; changing them as they change the world around them. Echoes of the Fall is a different RPG in that the characters you play exist as two separate entities - the Phasma and its Corrite Pilot. Each has a will and an attitude of its own and each will influence the game world in surprisingly different ways. Play on through imaginative and challenging adventures. Play on to discover a new world.
Your characters will explore the vast planet of Akrion during their adventures in Echoes of the Fall. Much like Earth, Akrion can be very diverse from region to region. The planet has vast deserts, frozen mountain ranges, and bloated swamps - each with an equally diverse ecosystem that is home to a variety of imaginative, and often horrifying creatures. Akrion is beautiful, but it can be an unforgiving and perilous world. Wherever the BAMF takes you, there will be challenges to face and new areas to explore. Because the planet is roughly the size of Neptune, if you can imagine it, it likely exists on Akrion. Your adventures can take you anywhere; from city-sized, gravity-defying fragments of volcanic rock, to quaint and quiet seaside villages.
Many creatures and surviving citizens have made their homes in Akrion's mountain plains, desert oasis areas, and river valleys. More still live deep within the planet's caves and subterranean grottoes. Life exists everywhere on Akrion - it is a planet that refuses to die, even after the horrific events of The Fall. Not all life here is friendly, however, and not all life will respect the existence of your characters.
Akrion is comprised of roughly 60% landmass to 40% water. There are four continents that span the globe and six abyssal oceans. Excitement lurks around every corner, fame and fortune lie in wait, and untold dangers follow you wherever you go. Good luck, and have fun!
Echoes of the Fall is a different type of tabletop RPG. You will create, grow, and gain experience as not one, but two entities, and your actions will directly affect the world around them. The BAMF will guide the story and shape the world in response to your actions to create an ever-changing environment.
In the game, you are simultaneously playing as a Corrite; a humanoid citizen of the war-torn and brutal game world, and their Phasma; the hulking, armored war machine that they pilot during their adventures. These two entities are different beings - though they may be played as one personality. As a Corrite, your character is one of the many recovering citizens on Akrion. They may pursue whatever plans or goals they wish and they can shape their world directly as a Corrite. On the other hand, once inside their Phasma, your character is treated as though their metal form were a living, breathing entity. The Phasma is a different individual than their Corrite pilot. In the game lore, addressing a Phasma by their Corrite name, and even acknowledging the Corrite within, is treated as an irredeemable insult - akin to defacing a religious relic or uttering slander about one's mother.
The two pieces of your character define them as a whole, and you play through their lives and adventures to gain experience; ultimately making your character stronger to achieve fame and fortune, or to annihilate entire cities - either way making your character a legend. To reach such heights, you will create a character in classic RPG style:
There are six player classes in Echoes of the Fall - each with their own strengths, specialties, combat expertise, proficiencies, etc. Your character's class reflects their focus in combat and how they interact with the world around them. A character's class is determined by their choice of Phasma, of which there are six:
Those classes that possess two names are those that are shared by the two in-game Factions - The Fringe and The Coalition. The first naming denotes the name for The Fringe version of this class, while the second denotes The Coalition version. These classes share abilities and a similar combat focus, but their construction, style, and tactics differ. The Prophet and Technician classes are the two that are unique to their Faction - Fringe and Coalition, respectively - and epitomize the principles, tactics, and specialties of each.
The Fringe – Prideful, individualistic, and rebellious. The Fringe represents characters that hold their individual identity as sacred. Each person is a specialized, independent instrument that uses their skills in the name of progress.
The Coalition – Unified, efficient, and reserved. The Coalition represents characters that believe the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Each person is a necessary and invaluable piece of the group. Their skills, experience, and abilities are instrumental in strengthening the faction and pushing towards the future.
Using the skills, tools, and abilities granted to your character by their class - as well as by a vast range of other customizable features - you can shape the world of Akrion and its future; playing through the game as your efforts impact everything around you.
This Kickstarter represents the Echoes of the Fall core set launch. This means that we have a complete, detailed game world and game system ready to play. The game manuals will contain everything you need to know about creating a character, exploring the vast world that is Akrion, and gaining fame and fortune. Therefore, the goal of this Kickstarter is to raise enough capital to:
- Edit, format, print, bind, and distribute the game manuals
- Edit, print, and distribute art prints and art books
- Purchase miniature resin casting machines and casting materials
- Sculpt, edit, and cast resin and plastic miniatures
- And finally, to package and ship all rewards to those that have pledged! - Along with our never ending gratitude.
We are asking for $60,000 U.S. to complete all of these things - with a little breathing room in case we encounter unforeseen issues. Your pledges will help us reach this goal and produce ALL of the materials for the core set.
Our writers and artists are currently brainstorming additional material for expansion sets, as well as working on a few simple additions to the game lore and character backgrounds. These materials are a bit further down the road, and will take more investment of time and resources. We may be able to begin work on them however, and are including them as Stretch Goals in this launch.
Included below are the two rewards menus - the Resin Rewards Menu and the Print Rewards Menu. Using these, you will be able to make your selections for certain pledge rewards. Additional pricing and sizing information is contained within. Thank you!
We are independent game developers - a small group of nerdy friends. We are based out of sunny San Diego, California and exist as a conglomeration of writers, artists, dreamers, and gamers. Together, we are working to combine our skills to build a new, exciting tabletop role-playing game called Echoes of the Fall.
Echoes of the Fall is our first project and our first step into the world of game design and development. The Echoes team is pushing to create an imaginative and inspiring product that has been independently produced. Everything including the art, the figures, the lore, and even the stickers will be manufactured either by our own hands or with the help of local, privately-owned businesses. All of us have been playing board games and tabletops for as long as we could throw dice. We love the experience and hope to create what we feel would be an incredible addition to the gaming world.
We hope you will check us out and play a few rounds of Echoes of the Fall. Thank you for your support.
As stated previously, there is simply so much more to be done with this game and the universe it represents. Our artists and writers are already discussing expansions to the classes, the equipment, the creatures, and to the world itself. This launch represents the core game set; everything needed for a complete stand-alone game. We have the game world, the characters and creatures in it, and a story for you to play. The stretch goals are simply an expansion on these ideas, additional pieces that we will continue to work on and develop down the road. We feel that Echoes of the Fall has boundless potential and enough content to last for years of play. Help us out, and you can join the fun!
Should you help us realize our dream of succeeding in the initial launch, we will deliver the game and continue our work. If you help us reach the stretch goals...we'll power through to bring you an even greater adventure.
Risks and challenges
This is our first project and our first step into the world of game design and development. The Echoes Interactive group is pushing to create an imaginative and inspiring product that has been independently produced. Everything including the art, the figures, the lore, and even the stickers will be manufactured either by our own hands or with the help of local, independent printers.
All of us at Echoes Interactive have been playing board games and tabletops for as long as we could throw dice. We love the experience and hope to create what we feel would be an incredible addition to the gaming world. Because of this, we are asking for your help to fund this dream.
This is our first Kickstarter campaign and our first experience with crowd-funding, so we are also fine-tuning our skills. Our goal is to produce Echoes of the Fall within 8 months from the campaign end and to deliver the full game and all pledge rewards before the end of November 2015.
As we are largely producing the game materials ourselves, we will not have to worry about manufacturer issues or other third party delays. However, although we do not expect delays in production, unforeseen issues may arise. We estimate that in the worst case scenario production may be delayed by a maximum of 15 days and shipping & customs may add some extra 10-20 days.
The team has been dealing with large production runs and we are preparing back-up plans for each step of the project, from production to shipping and final delivery.
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