Brutal tales of the desolate, unforgiving wasteland known as Howling Crater have long caused travelers and caravan masters to give it a wide berth, but now fresh accounts of depravity and madness have begun to circulate out of that forbidden wasteland. Deep within the barren recesses of the crater, a murderous family of inbred, mutated crater folk have begun to preach the gospel of the "the glory of the glow" and with it has come incurable sickness and murderous incursions across the land. Even stranger rumors have made the rounds as of late, whispering of a long-forgotten civilization of steel and fire, born in a swirling inferno of radioactive dust and powered by ancient alien astronaut-gods, lost deep within the crater's recesses.
Can your characters fight their way past this mutated, maniacal cult of alien-worshipping hillbillies to explore the truth of Howling Crater? Do they dare penetrate the inner mysteries of an ancient crashed ship and put a stop to the biological terrors that now run loose? Will they discover the true, terrifying secret behind the horrible happenings at Howling Crater?!
An Occurrence at Howling Crater is an old school, grindhouse-style combination of classic role playing adventure and vintage science fiction goodness cram-packed with b-movie, exploitation-era badassery to challenge even the most seasoned of adventurers. It’s a module that howls at you from across the gulfs of space and time, crash-landing onto your gaming table in a genre-bending fusion of heroic fantasy, sci-fi savagery and super-science!
An Occurrence at Howling Crater is designed for a group of player characters who are levels 7-9, but is easily scalable for lower or higher challenges. If slappin' down technological terrors and hillbilly crater mutants who lust for the sweetest of meats is in your wheelhouse, then you're in the right place. We're excited to take you back to a time when the simplest things in life were worrying about making your saving throw against an atomic disintegration beam or figuring out what cool powers that shiny new jim-jam you found in the wasteland does. Oh, and there's plenty of face-offs against slobbering creatures from beyond to whet your appetite for the old school. Feel like punching out a killer ROBUT?! We've got that too, in all the pulpy, retro, Grindhouse-style you can handle. In the end, we wanted to write the kind of stuff that we would want to play ourselves. After all, who wants to spend a night of gaming not having fun?
Yes, we spilled a little classic sci-fi in your fantasy... and maybe a little 70s-era Grindhouse-style horror... but make no mistake - this is definitely a heroic fantasy adventure module! The adventure involves equal measures of combat and good ole’ fashioned dungeon delving, as the players at first find themselves dealing with the bloodthirsty depravity of the hideous Wotts clan and then later descending into the ruins of a crashed flying saucer from beyond the far reaches of time and space!
The design team at Planet X Games is an established company with a solid Kickstarter history full of published, talented artists and hardcore role playing gamers excited to bring you a unique role playing experience unlike any other. With fully realized, professional-level art and maps, deadly new monsters, fresh new magical items and fully expanded locations in and around the wasteland of Howling Crater, get ready to set your players on course for a head on collision with a murderous, mutated family of hedonistic hillbillies and the inhuman, technological terrors that lurk deep within a crashed ship from beyond the far reaches of infinity!
So what’s so special about this module and what makes it different? What exactly is the Grindhouse-Style?
Any devoted movie fan can tell you that a “grindhouse" was an American term for a movie theater that mainly showed exploitation and genre films, with cut-rate ticket prices and often questionable atmosphere.
We’re bringing that atmosphere, old school style and all the b-movie, exploitation fun that comes with it to the gaming table. Our grindhouse adventures are quick and dirty, with an emphasis on fun and playability, but still dangerous enough to keep your players wondering if they really want to head back into that dungeon. We’re combining that with top shelf art, slick maps and explosive encounters to give you and your players something to chew on and talk about over the gaming table for years to come.
An Occurrence at Howling Crater features art and full-scale maps by many talented artists, including Adrian Landeros, Karl Stjernberg, Edwin Bickford III and Timothy Burns.
Here’s a small peek at the sort of crunchy goodness you can find between its covers:
· Full details on all three floors of the infamous ship that crashed into Howling Crater centuries ago, complete with fully realized stats and detailed encounter areas. It’s our guarantee - if this module doesn’t have you looking at the skies and praying that you're not being scrutinized by an ancient alien intelligence, then we didn't do our jobs!
· The horrific shanty-settlement of Gristletown, home to the savage Wotts clan - a brutal mutant cannibal folk who make sure survival is never guaranteed and that fresh meat is the only commodity. Fully realized and detailed, complete with fleshed out encounters, adversaries, locations and village trappings!
· More than a DOZEN new encounter areas presented in the classic "sandbox" style to challenge players of ALL levels.
· Deadly encounter areas, fully fleshed out and ready to play. Dare you tempt the dangers of Hooktounge Pass and its malevolent inhabitants? Can you survive a run in with the clan patriarch Obadiah Wotts in the Temple of the Alien Astronaut or will you be reduced to nothing more than fresh meat for the larder? Will you run afoul of a star mimic or - even worse - have your atoms scattered across countless dimensions by a blighted skitterer? What other nightmare horrors will unleash an agonizing terror on an unsuspecting world?
· More than TWO DOZEN brand new magical items and technological devices never seen anywhere before, including the devastating blastwarp crystal, the horrifying gristle whistle, the crater mutant delicacy known as irradiated vittles and - every adventurer's favorite - void 'nades! Dare your players try such tasty crater chow as brewed reek or mama's musk? Care to take a swig from ole papa sawney's jug? Will the players patch into the source code of the universe with memory crystals or fall afoul of the deadly touch of star crud? All these and more are fleshed out in full detail and are completely compatible with 5E.
· We're bringing back the Trope Mechanic! Part of what makes all Planet X modules feel unique is the atmosphere and setting, and tropes go a long way towards giving An Occurrence at Howling Crater that “Grindhouse” flavor.
$2200 – Praise be to the glory of the glow - we're FUNDED!
$2500 – Full write-up and game statistics for The Out'n added. What the hell is an Out'n you might ask? Well, that's the vast hunting ground of the depraved Wotts clan - an irradiated family of lunatic-fringe crater mutants that lust for the sweetest of meats! Its a blighted, hopeless stretch of nightmare where these degenerate hillbillies lie in wait for plump, meaty, lost travelers to fall awry of their schemes. Those who are captured by the degenerate cannibal family do not often enjoy a long or happy existence! You have the Planet X Guarantee - If they don't make your skin crawl, its on too tight!
$2900 – Sheeeeeeyaaaat boys! Lookee what we gots 'oer here! We're adding 3 more pieces of art courtesy of Adrian Landeros, Edwin Bickford III and Tim Burns! These guys really went all out on this project and now we can afford even more art from these uber-talented artists.
$3400 – This one will get you a full write up and game statistics for the mysterious Stone Forest added. I'm tellin' y'all... there's somethin' up in them thar' hills... somethin' that was uncovered during a recent rockslide. What is it? Several crater folks went missing after investigating the cave that was uncovered, but what's really going on up there? Why won't Obadiah - the clan patriarch - let anyone go near it? Discover its secrets once this stretch goal is uncovered!
$4000 - This stretch goal brings us THREE brand-new full-scale, bad-ass maps, brought to you by fan-favorite Karl Stjernberg! Karl has illustrated some incredible RPG projects over the years and did all of the interior maps for our last project, Jungle Tomb of the Mummy Bride. Check him out on Instagram at @skullfungus and see for yourself!
$4600 – This one is as Grindhouse as it gets, with a timeless shout out to old school filmmaker William Castle. When this stretch goal is unlocked, every physical copy of An Occurrence at Howling Crater will come with a custom, monogrammed HOWLING CRATER BARF BAG, just like the spook shows of old. After all, once your players get a full taste of what's in store for them at the hands of Howling Crater's murderous Wotts Clan, they might end up needing them!
$5000 - We've gone full Crater Country! This stretch goal adds in additional full-color art by the ridiculously talented Adrian Landeros, illustrator on many fantastic RPG products, including our last Grindhouse-style module Jungle Tomb of the Mummy Bride!
$5500 – This is for the Gamemaster who wants it all - The An Occurrence at Howling Crater Bonus Pack. This stretch goal is chocked full of individual player handouts (loose sheets) detailing things like new optional rules, Crater Mutant slang, options for describing technology in a heroic fantasy gaming environment and expanded options for "after the campaign ends" that allow you to expand on Howling Crater and all of the surprises your players will uncover there. There's all sorts of cool things in here.
$6400 - Once we hit this lil' judy of a stretch goal we'll be chompin' down on some irradiated vittles and including an artist's sketchbook in the back of the module, featuring work from all of the adventure module's artists. You wanted the Howling Crater experience and you'll get it with each artist's play-by-play notes on inspirations, process and that signature Grindhouse-style!
$8000 – This is the great granpappy of all Grindhouse-style stretch goals! We're taking it back to the old school with this one! View An Occurrence at Howling Crater in stupendous AstroVision ™, compliment of your very own monogrammed vintage sci-fi 3-D glasses. A singular, specifically-commissioned piece of art for Howling Crater will be included with the print-version of the book for THIS PRINTING ONLY. Future editions will not have this 3-D art, so it'll only be available to the backers who make this project possible!
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PHYSICAL REWARDS ARE NOT AVAILABLE TO ANYONE OUTSIDE OF THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES. WE DO NOT SHIP INTERNATIONALLY. We apologize but the cost of international shipping has become so expensive here in the US that it has become unrealistic for us as a small company. We do offer the PDF to foreign customers in addition to our sincerest apologies.
We learned quite a bit from our first Kickstarter regarding shipping our physical rewards and have done our very best to follow the advice and feedback of our customers (Thank you Bad Mike!) to improve the shipping experience in all areas. All packages will include backing board/support to make sure that every single package arrives flat and undamaged. You have our word... or I'll make the walk of shame on a thousand 4-sided dice!
Risks and challenges
This project is 100% written and edited. All cover and interior art is turned in, along with all maps (even the ones for the potential stretch goal reward). All stats and conversions are done and looking great.
The interior layout and graphic design is all that remains to be done on the physical copies before printing. Our graphic designer is in the process of doing that now. We are waiting on the project to be funded before we compile the final PDFs , so they have not been hosted as of this writing. When ready, they'll go up on DriveThruRPG and you will receive a free coupon code to complete your order.
As with any crowdfunding program, the time between payment and delivery of the final product is subject to various risks, including the failure of the supplier, damage in shipment, disruptions within a company, as well as changes in the prices of materials and shipping. However, we have a great track record of not only delivering ON TIME but also delivering EARLY. Our last project delivered our PDFs FOUR MONTHS EARLY!
We are ready to get this project moving and get it into your hands as soon as possible!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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