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The Shattered Earth

A high fantasy pen-and-paper role-playing game (RPG) set on a post-apocalyptic Earth, themed in world mythology and folklore.

The Shattered Earth

A high fantasy pen-and-paper role-playing game (RPG) set on a post-apocalyptic Earth, themed in world mythology and folklore.

$461
pledged of $75,000pledged of $75,000 goal
9
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, December 28 2015 11:57 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated December 28, 2015

About

The Shattered Earth

What it's about

In an effort to end a war sweeping across the world, scientists activate a weapon which taps into the Earth's core for power. An accident occurs, causing the core to become unstable, and the Earth is blown apart. But the impossible occurs. The fragments of the Earth, which sat upon a dimensional nexus, are blown into a myriad of pocket dimensions. Life continues, but mutated into something resembling world mythology and folklore.

Over the centuries, knowledge of the Shattered Earth's origins are lost to all but a few, as the magic of the nexus supplants the technology of the past and war reignites between good and evil.

Another PnP RPG System?

Yes. One of the fundamental flaws of nearly every pen-and-paper RPG (and digital MMO) system in existence is the inability for lower and higher level characters to quest together. With most systems, if a player's character is killed, that player has to spend the rest of the session (and sometimes the next) creating a character and leveling it up to match the rest of the group... while the rest of the group goes on playing.

The RHPercentile system seeks to eliminate that problem through a combination of (optional) random character generation and a relatively level-agnostic system. While there are character/class levels in the RHPercentile system, the way it works is different from the traditional RPG. The intent is to create a game where a level 1 character and a level 100 character can quest in the same party and both feel like they are contributing (though there would still be a distinct difference in their impact.)

While this Kickstarter is targeting specifically the release of The Shattered Earth RPG, the RHPercentile system is being developed as a basis for a number of properties across several narrative genres (fantasy, sci-fi, superhero, etc.) It is also being developed for implementation across multiple game genres (PnP RPG, TCG, Digital TCG, Digital Single-player RPG, and Digital MMO.)

Some of the Features

  • A unique Magic System. Because of the nature of the IP, we felt we needed a strong magic system, and what we are developing is like nothing else we have experienced.
  • A new, approachable game system. The PnP RPG arena is often challenging for new players to break into. We feel it is important to create a system that was not super difficult to learn, yet is still complex enough to attract and engage veteran RPGers.
  • A massive variety of player races and classes at launch. Customizability is key. We are looking at a variety of up to 15 to 20 playable races and nearly 30 Guild and non-Guild classes at release.
  • Player Manual, GM Manual, Magic Manual, and Norse Worlds Companion at launch. Because the variety of mythologies is enormous, we decided to focus on a single Realm to start with, including a pre-created campaign, all creatures needed, and so forth, wrapped up in the Norse Worlds Companion. Likewise, the magic system and spell lists are so expansive that they necessitated the creation of the Magic Manual. The four manuals will be released separately and as a shrink-wrapped set.
  • Cross-media Game System. As mentioned previously, the RHPercentile system is intended for use across multiple game platforms. Not only that, we intend (eventually) to create a means by which the various games would be able to interact,
  • A rich and diverse universe. Because we draw on world mythology and folklore, the depth of the story and universe is immeasurable.
  • Chief IP development by a veteran game designer and author. The creator of The Shattered Earth spent nearly a decade as a content designer and lore-expert on a AAA, award-winning, story-driven MMO and is a veteran fantasy author.
  • And much more! There is simply not enough space to discuss in detail all of the features we are planning or currently developing.

So what will my money be going to? Good question. Here are a few examples of our needs.

  • Art. We need a lot of professional art, and art is expensive... certainly beyond RudderHaven's current budget. Everything from monsters to classes to player races and more need illustration.
  • Marketing. Something else that has traditionally been out of our reach. We want to give The Shattered Earth and RHPercentile visibility, not only through advertisements, but through demonstrations at conventions such as GenCon. This again requires significant funds, as exhibitor booths aren't cheap.
  • Supervisory Staff. As mentioned in the video, we need at least one full-time consultant or staffer for the remainder of the project to oversee the creative and production teams.

Our hopes, of course, are that the revenues from this product will be enough to initiate growth for RudderHaven and permit us to begin hiring permanent employees.

Stretch goals

In the event the Kickstarter succeeds beyond our initial goals, we have a number of stretch goals planned.

$95k - The lowest hanging fruit is the production of custom dice sets. We'll be concepting custom dice themed around the various types of magic found in The Shattered Earth during the current production cycle. That extra $20k will not only permit us to produce a first run of the dice sets, but funders beginning at the Baron tier will receive sets of their choice as outlined below.

  • Baron - 1 set
  • Lord - 1 set
  • Prince - 2 sets
  • Crown Prince - 3 sets
  • King - All available sets at release.
  • High King - All available sets at release, plus all sets produced for a year after the initial release.

The exact sets that will be available have yet to be determined, but we will post them here as soon as the list has been determined.

As we meet goals, we'll reveal more stretch goals, but for now, let's just say we have targets outlined through $300,000,000. If the Kickstarter succeeds, but the final return comes in under a goal, the additional funds beyond the last successful goal will go towards this or another RudderHaven project.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. (We'll be compiling a FAQ as we go.)

Thank you,

Jonathan & Douglas Rudder, RudderHaven

Risks and challenges

As with any creative/production endeavor, there are potential obstacles. With a print product like this, the biggest risks (especially with the tight deadlines we've given ourselves) are with art, writing, formatting, and editing: art because we'll need a lot of it and it takes time for the artists to produce, writing for much the same reasons, formatting because one small mistake can throw off the entire publication, and editing because... well, there are only so many words a person can look at before he/she begins to see what was intended, not what was actually written. With the exception of art, most of these obstacles can be dealt with by rotating responsibilities, putting the project back on track.

The worst case scenario is not so easily overcome (or rather the delays caused by it): the complete breakdown of the game mechanic. This, of course, does not kill the project, but would delay production until the mechanic could be resolved. Fortunately, the resolution of this obstacle (in our case anyway) does not really impact the financial scope of the project, but mainly release dates.

To that note, here at RudderHaven we believe that a product should not be released until it is ready, no matter how long it takes. If we give a projected release date, that is exactly what it is: a projected date. Our customers should be able to expect that what releases is the best we can produce, and that sometimes means taking extra time to make it happen.

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    Your name will appear on both the Wall of Appreciation on our website and in the Acknowledgements section of the printed product as a Knight of the Shattered Earth.

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    Additionally, you will receive everything from the Knight tier, plus 1 copy of a RudderHaven publication of your choice, including The Shattered Earth GM Manual, Magic Manual, or Norse Worlds Companion. An e-mail address for delivery must be provided for the pdf, shipping address for the physical merchandise.

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    Your name will appear on both the Wall of Appreciation on our website and in the Acknowledgements section of the printed product as a Lord/Lady of the Shattered Earth.

    Additionally, you will receive everything from the Baron tier, plus a Shattered Earth tote bag and second RudderHaven publication of your choice, including The Shattered Earth GM Manual, Magic Manual, or Norse Worlds Companion. An e-mail address for delivery must be provided for the pdf, shipping address and shirt size for the physical merchandise.

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    Your name will appear on both the Wall of Appreciation on our website and in the Acknowledgements section of the printed product as a Prince/Princess of the Shattered Realms.

    Additionally, you will receive everything from the Lord tier, plus a complete set of the remaining first-run Shattered Earth manuals. An e-mail address for delivery must be provided for the pdf, shipping address and shirt size for the physical merchandise.

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    Additionally, you will receive everything from the Prince tier, plus an additional RudderHaven publication of your choice and a piece of original artwork related to the Shattered Earth, signed by the artist. An e-mail address for delivery must be provided for the pdf, shipping address and shirt size for the physical merchandise.

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    Additionally, you will receive everything from the Crown Prince tier, plus the opportunity to have a character of your creation featured in an upcoming Shattered Earth novel or short story*, as well as a complete set of RudderHaven's current publications. An e-mail address for delivery must be provided for the pdf, shipping address and shirt size for the physical merchandise.

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