About this project
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Goal #1: Normandy Expansion: If we fund at $4,400+, Paul will add 5,000 words to the book detailing Normandy as a setting for the game.
Goal #2: Advanced Patron Rules: If we fund at $5,500+, we will include advanced patron rules that include mechanics for influencing the outcome of the civil war.
Age of Anarchy is a role-playing game set in Norman England at a time of civil strife which lasts for two decades. It's a game grounded in real history, but not constrained by it. It's a time of knights and castles, war and politics, commoners and priests.
In the game, you play the most trusted vassals of a low-ranking noble who seeks to rise up through the ranks of feudal society. You benefit when they rise and suffer should they fall. You go on missions for your patron such as winning a band of outlaws over to their cause, rescuing prisoners from a castle, sabotaging the plans of their noble rivals, or leading their forces when they go to war.
Every chieftain made castles and held them against the king; and they filled the land full of castles. They viciously oppressed the poor men of the land with castle-building work; when the castles were made, then they filled the land with devils and evil men. Then they seized those who had any goods, both by night and day, working men and women, and threw them into prison and tortured them for gold and silver with uncountable tortures, for never was there a martyr so tortured as these men were. - The Peterborough Chronicle
The Anarchy is a period of English history two generations after the Norman Conquest, when King Stephen of Blois and the Empress Matilda both claim the throne. It is a period of strife between factions, and a time when powerful feudal lords are created and destroyed.
The Anarchy is full of dramatic events, The King of Scotland launches an invasion to support Matilda's claim to the throne. King Stephen imprisons bishops who oppose him and confiscates their castles. The Empress Matilda's forces take King Stephen prisoner, and his wife Maud leads the forces still loyal to the king.
This turbulent period of history is dramatized in Ellis Peters' Brother Cadfael novels, and in Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth, both turned into successful UK television series.
What the Players Will Do
In Age of Anarchy, you play the trusted advisors and problem solvers of a lord or lady, your patron. Your fortunes rise and fall with those of your patron. You have to deal both with your own issues and opportunities, and those of your Patron.
Will you and your patron fall or gain power and prestige? War and the ambitions of rivals can present both deadly danger and a chance to rise in wealth and influence. It is a time of unmatched risk and opportunity. Plot and fight your way to victory!
We developed the Perpetual Motion Engine (PME), especially for this game. The system is based on the "patron" (or cause) that the player characters serve. The goal in a PME game is to increase the power and influence of the Patron you serve.
The entire table, including the game master, generates the Patron together by coming up with the Patron's "issues." Missions undertaken to resolve a Patron's issues will determine whether the patron gains power or loses influence.
When a player character is challenged during a game of PME, the player rolls dice (1 or 2 six-sided dice), adds a modifier, and tries to beat a challenge level. Success means the player gets what they want; failure means a consequence occurs.
Everything from combat to a social conflict is built from the core challenge mechanic, making the system quick and clean in play.
Why We Need Crowdfunding
The game is written, and being edited. We need the Kickstarter money to pay for art and layout, and see the book over the finish line.
You can help us by backing this project financially, or by sharing this project with your networks on social media.
If the game funds, we will announce stretch goals, expanding the setting beyond England, and giving further options for game play.
The Core Book
(Not the final cover image)
Every tier gets access to the full-color PDF of the core book, featuring all of the rules and setting information that you need to play a game of Age of Anarchy.
Declare Your Loyalty: Backers of the "Serf" tier or higher will get to claim which side they support in the civil war: Stephen or Matilda. Their loyalties will be expressed, along with their title (Serf, Noble, etc.) on the "Backers" page in the final draft of the book.
Print Options: All tiers will receive a voucher to print the book at the printer's cost. All tiers can print the book in softcover (standard color), while "Noble" and "Baron" tiers also have access to a Kickstarter Exclusive version of the book, with an exclusive cover, in hardcover (premium color).
See Fulfillment (below) for information on how print options work.
Assets and Paths Deck
At "Freeman" and above, every tier gets access to the full-color PDF of the Assets and Paths deck of cards, which make keeping track of your abilities, equipment, and companions much easier.
Print Options: All tiers with access to the A&P deck will receive a voucher to print the deck at the printer's cost. "Noble" tier and above have the option of printing on premium stock, while other tiers with access to the A&P deck can print on standard stock.
Kickstarter Exclusive Path
The Baron tier will receive a Kickstarter Exclusive Patron path: The Royal Bastard. This path is attached to the Patron and grants benefits for the entire party to explore.
(No other patron paths currently exist for the game.)
We will be using DriveThruRPG.com's Kickstarter fulfillment program to distribute all of your rewards. We used it to fulfill the Shadowcraft Kickstarter with great success.
Here's how it works.
The rewards you purchase during this Kickstarter are the digital products (the PDFs), as well as the option to print those products at the publisher's cost. All money that we collect is from this Kickstarter; what you spend to print and ship your documents is between you and the printer, at the same price that we would pay (typically around $6 for standard color books; $23 for premium color).
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Risks and challenges
This project has already been written and playtested. After funding, it will go through editing, art, and layout.
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