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A Bronze-Age Punk Role Playing Game Setting for the 5th Edition in a World of Alien Adventure and Apocalyptic Survival
A Bronze-Age Punk Role Playing Game Setting for the 5th Edition in a World of Alien Adventure and Apocalyptic Survival
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Explore the broken world of Akara and the weird world of Torn with this book of gripping stories, daring characters, breathtaking art, and new rules for the 5th Edition of the world’s most popular roleplaying game.

Scavenger is an artbook, fantasy anthology, and campaign setting guide that will allow you to forge adventures set in Akara--a world dying and desperate to survive. In this roughly 175+ page tome you will learn about Akara's doomed cultures, the uncharted and strange world of Torn, and of the shard-powered scavengers that humanity prays will save it. 

 Explorers, wanderers, treasure hunters or marauders - all of them are scavengers drawn to this old and alien world. Some seek knowledge, and others salvation. The spiritual search for enlightenment and the greedy for riches. What is it that you're hoping to find?

Scavenger is set in the ravaged world of Akara where the only hope is an ancient gateway called the Monolith. It leads to the mysterious World Torn Apart - or Torn -  none know from whence it came or how it works. From Torn came sanguine shardstones. These gems allow those who study them to warp reality in strange ways, and were it not for the Great Dying, the face of Akara would have been revolutionized. Nonetheless, the Great Dying is here; a set of natural disasters on a scale unimaginable, a veritable extinction event with seemingly no cause and no end.

Humanity’s hope lies in the hands of the scavengers. Scavengers are the desperate, the damned, and the daring refugees of fallen city-states and destroyed tribes. As Akara is struck with one cataclysm after another, these untethered individuals throw themselves through the Monolith, praying that they'll find something that'll save their loved ones, their homes, their legacies, and their very futures. As they endure the astonishing bizarreness of Torn they themselves are warped into something beyond human. More than a few scavengers wonder if what they must endure is worth whatever hope they'll find.

Akara is a world utterly unlike Earth's own. The cultures are just as diverse, and each has a role to play in humanity's salvation. Alongside the native akarans are the four-armed morg and the estranged and eerie kith. This book will not only go into detail about these two species but also explore the last standing city-states: the assassin-haunted Bataar, the rich and xenophobic Mur, the blood-raiding Kanuma, and the cosmopolitan last home of the refugees - Tarnak.

World map of Akara

Akara is well-mapped but there are still gaps left for scavengers to explore. Seemingly every other day a tribe is displaced by some disaster, or an entire city swallowed whole by a horrific earthquake. As scavengers explore their savaged home, they'll gain access to Torn--an uncharted place that promises endless secrets and strange adventures.

This 175+ page book will be an inspirational well filled with art, prose, and new rules for 5E. Expect the following:

  •  The Scavenger Suite - a set of rules for playing scavenger with 5E, including a bestiary, alternative-class features, and new magical items.
  • An in-depth look at the grand city-state of Tarnak, home of the Monolith.
  • Seven astonishing and weird locations in Torn for scavengers to explore.
  • Information on the city-states of Bataar, Mur, and Kanuma, as well as Akara's many tribes.
  • The mystic religion-philosophies that akarans believe in.
  • Information on the world-warping shardstones, and the bronze age sciences that have sprouted from them.
  • And scavenger paradigms--the classification system of different scavengers, and rules on creating your own scavenger character.
  • All these will be accompanied by a lot of fantastic art created for this book.
     

UPDATE: Thanks to our amazing backers now we can upgrade the book! This means that every backer with a physical book will be getting a faux-leather slipcover, a ribbon bookmark, gilded pages, silk binding, and higher quality paper. Thank you!

Above are book sample layouts, they do no reflect the final design.

Scavenger is fully compatible with the 5th Edition of the world’s most popular roleplaying game. To evoke the esoteric feel of the worlds of Akara and Torn, a number of custom mechanics were specially designed for Scavenger. These rules changes have been playtested for over a year, and have gone over several different iterations. They will continue to be playtested and improved as we prepare the book for fulfillment.

To see a preview of these rules, click the image below and download the sample document. Note that this is a stripped-down, minimalist document, not reflecting on this book's layout and art.

Here is what you can find inside our Playtest package:

  •  Basic world-building for the world of Akara and Torn as well as 10+ adventure seeds to pursue.
  •  The current rules modifications for 5E.
  •  Scavenger Paradigms - a new, intuitive way to explore core 5E classes in the Scavenger setting.

If you want to know more about the origins of the Scavenger project here you can listen to this podcast interview from Danger Dungeon where the Scavenger creative team talks about worldbuilding, game mechanics, art and inspiration.

We are proud to let you know that some of the Scavenger illustrations were selected to be part of one of the finest art books on the fantasy scene - “Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art.” It is rewarding to be selected among some of the most talented fantasy artists in the world. We hope you’ll be delighted with the expanded art that showcases our strange and fantastic world.

Art lovers rejoice! Available as an add-on especially for this Kickstarter campaign, Alexandru has created this stylized Scavenger art print, the Ivory Guard, inspired by the amazing illustrations of Sergio Toppi.  

"The Ivory Guard" limited edition art print available as an Add-on in this campaign

We're offering more than just the Scavenger book! If you want maps of Akara and Torn, or the special edition art-print mentioned above, add the amount of add-on + the add-on's shipping cost to your pledge. We know that the shipping cost is high for some countries, unfortunately, we can't really control this aspect, we will do our best to find the best fares.

Art Print Shipping Rates: (A4 size)

  • US: $8
  • Canada $20
  • Mexico: $24
  • EU: $28
  • All other Countries: $32

Maps Shipping Rates: 24x24"(60x60cm) 

  • US:$12
  • Canada: $20
  • Mexico: $24
  • EU: $28
  • All other Countries: $32


For this Kickstarter, we partnered with Tim and James of Absolute Tabletop and Tabletop Terrors to bring this book to life and then to your table.

Big shoutout to our friends:

Tim and James of Tabletop Terrors and Absolute Tabletop, Robert Adduci, Locrius Dio Tenalp, Danger Dungeon, Cameron Day, Teo Mechea, Subheim, Tryad Music and all the awesome people that support us. Thank you!

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SHIPPING AND DELIVERY

We will be charging shipping through Kickstarter based on the actual costs incurred to ship your particular pledge and choice of addons.

Retail level shipping will be resolved after the Kickstarter. You will not be charged for shipping at this time if you pledge at a retail tier.

We plan to deliver the core book around October 2020, depending on how long editing and printing will take. This is an estimate, some factors may delay production but we hope we can deliver on time.

Under 3lbs

  • US Media Mail: $11

Under 1.5kg

  • EU: $20
  • Norway, Switzerland: $43
  • Canada: $22
  • Australia: $23
  • New Zealand: $26
  • China, Macao, HK: $14
  • Rest of Asia: $25
  • All other Countries: $55

For the Shard Trader (retail) pledge level, see below.

5 books:

Under 10 lbs

US:

  • $24

Under 5kg

  • EU: $26
  • Norway, Switzerland: $56
  • Canada: $28
  • Australia: $26
  • New Zealand: $37
  • China, Macao, HK: $20
  • Rest of Asia: $36
  • All other Countries: $75

EU Includes: United Kingdom, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden

Rest of Asia includes: Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam

Risks and challenges

This is our first Kickstarter project, but both Tim and James have worked on great projects such as Oath of the Frozen King and a Deadman’s Guide to Dragongrin.

The book is nearly finished, as is the art. A reliable printer and distributor has been worked out. Files are backed up religiously, the I’s have been dotted and T’s crossed, and unless a Great Dying hits Earth - in which case this project being late would be the least of your worries - we have taken every possible precaution to make sure this book reaches your table.

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    WANDERER

    Thank you for your support! You will receive the Scavenger Adventuring Gear booklet in PDF format (contains 31 black and white illustrations of weapons, armors and adventuring gear from the world of Scavenger and a brief description of each) and all the Scavenger updates!

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    MYSTIC

    You get the Scavenger book and the Adventuring Gear booklet in PDF format as well as all the digital stretch goals unlocked during this campaign.

    Includes:
    • Scavenger (PDF)
    • Scavenger Adventuring Gear (PDF)
    • Character Sheet (PDF)
    • World Map (PDF)
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    WARLORD

    You get the physical hardcover copy of Scavenger book! You also get the digital version of the book and the Scavenger Adventuring Gear booklet. All of the physical and digital stretch goals unlocked during this campaign will be included as well!
    Shipping cost will be added at check out.

    Includes:
    • Scavenger Book - Hardcover
    • Scavenger (PDF)
    • Scavenger Adventuring Gear (PDF)
    • World Map (PDF)
    • Character Sheet (PDF)
    • All stretch goals – both PDF and physical
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    SHARD TRADER - Retailer Tier

    You get five copies of the physical hardcover copy of the Scavenger book. Shipping cost will be added at check out.

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    • All unlocked physical stretch goals
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