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Era: Lost Legend - A Final Fantasy-inspired RPG

Born from a love of the games, this world features all the inspiring characters, world-ending threats and sinister villains you expect!

Era: Lost Legend - A Final Fantasy-inspired RPG

Born from a love of the games, this world features all the inspiring characters, world-ending threats and sinister villains you expect!

$4,867
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, November 13 2019 5:28 PM UTC +00:00.

About

At Shades of Vengeance, we make games because we love doing it.

Working with the long-standing team of Shades of Vengeance team of writers, artists and designers, we are proud to present an amazing new game.


There's a lot of information below, but here's a quick summary:

  •  Era: Lost Legend is a Tabletop RPG that explores a unique world, heavily inspired by the Final Fantasy games. It's very much a love letter to games of that style! The game and universe were designed by veteran Ed Jowett (who has been a huge fan of the games from the minute he started playing them!).
  • It runs on the critically-acclaimed Era d10 Rule Set, a versatile, easy-to-learn system which has powered ten different games to date. It contains a number of unique rules to fit the setting and gameplay style, but follows the same paradigm as the other "Era Games".
  • In an innovative move, characters are one of two types: one a Corporeal, weapon-wielding creature and the other an Ethereal, magic-wielding creature. These two types must work together, meaning two characters inhabit one body in many cases.
  • The game has been playtested and run for a wide range of groups (including at conventions) since July 2017. It's received great feedback, along with a few notes for things that needed tweaking!
  •  Era: Lost Legend is intended to be accessible to all types of players. Our world features a wide variety of characters, including people of colour and disabled characters, all of which we are proud to say are playable in this game.
  • Our goal is to publish a ~300-page Core Rulebook, which includes a huge variety of character creations, detailed descriptions of locations within the world, campaigns, GM advice, rules, weapons options... everything you could possibly want!
  • We're also offering an ~80-page Players Guide, which is perfect for players to build and level their characters, along with providing the rules for reference.

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An homage to one of our favourite pieces, featuring the main characters from the story.

Era: Lost Legend is a fun, faced-paced, story-driven RPG which places you in a world where technology and magic have an uneasy balance. It is inspired by the Final Fantasy games and, as a result, features complex and interesting characters, epic quests, sinister villains and world-ending threats.

Playing is accessible and enjoyable for new players and veterans alike, thanks to the Era d10 Rule Set. We have been creating games in this system for eight years and have played them with every type of player at conventions across the UK, Europe and North America.

Broi Starling gets a boost from Hyperion! Ethereals are capable of controlling magic you will know as Haste and other Time Magic.

An evil and powerful corporation is sacrificing life on the planet in an effort to control every town and city with their vast army of robots. 

However, a small rebellion, known as THORN, has vowed to put an end to this scheme!

You take on the role of individuals in this universe, able to wield weapons or magic, trying to topple the evil Stardust, Inc. Forced to fight superior numbers, you'll have to harness all of your powers to defeat them in your own epic story of friendship, heroism and the battle between good and evil!


We made a short video to introduce you to the world of Era: Lost Legend!

And, at the request of our backers, some more information about Ethereals!

Another request, another video! Monsters...

Welcome to Stardust. Please head to my right for your induction...

What do I play as?

Please note that, as we do not currently know the exact page count of the book, postage and packaging will be charged at a later date. Please mssage us for indicative prices.


Scroll down for some example videos, including an actual play session!

The Era d10 ruleset is a lightweight and dynamic system which is designed to help the players experience everything from suspense-filled moments to epic combat to computer hacking with equal ease. It's also designed to provide benefits to those who roleplay their characters well, promoting the core skills that are transferable between every roleplaying game.

It's designed to allow you to experience this universe in a way that is as smooth as possible without being unrepresentative - the focus is on you and your choices, but they have every possibility of failure, especially if you're not skilled in what you attempt.

By choosing your skills carefully, your character can focus their powers into their superhuman abilities, dominate in any of five forms of combat, talk their way out of any situation or protect their teammates from harm.

Bethany and Dinah fight for the safety of Dinah's fellow escapees!

In Era: Lost Legend, you have the choice to play either a magic-wielding Ethereal or a weapon-wielding Corporeal, and this adds a new dimension to the game, as Ethereals must have a Corporeal to manifest! This means that two players can choose to end up sharing one physical body, and must work together if they want to succeed. Brand new mechanics for the Era d10 Rule Set force even unwilling characters to find a compromise, or they risk mutating into a monster!

Players roll a number of d10s, attempting to roll higher than a given Success Threshold. The more dice they roll above the Threshold, the more Successes they achieve.

The Threshold rises as the action becomes more difficult to accomplish and the number of dice increases as a player becomes more skilled. While one Success might achieve a positive result, the more Successes achieved, the better the outcome is for the player.

Of course, things can also go wrong - if you roll more 1s than Successes, you will Fumble. This leads to varying (though usually hilarious!) results. And, of course, the harder an action is, the more likely it is you will Fumble!

The number of dice is defined using an Attribute and Skill system, which each define their own areas of influence, you roll your dice depending on what you're attempting. whether Dexterity + Engineering for a precision piece of work, Intelligence + Engineering for a more theoretical problem or Luck + Engineering for a complete long shot, you'll be able to adapt to your circumstances and focus on your strengths.

A brief guide to the available weapons in Era: Lost Legend...

And for an example Unarmed/Fist Weapon Ultimate Attack, check this out!

If you'd like to see some gameplay, here is an Actual Play Session we ran! We'll be adding more episodes as the campaign continues...


Several other interviews should be released shortly! Watch this space...

Risks and challenges

Shades of Vengeance has run over 50 crowdfunding campaigns on Kickstarter. While we haven't been mistake-free, we're very proud of our on-time delivery record (which is over 99% on time or early!). We use each successive Kickstarter to build on the lessons learned from the previous, and we learn fast. At this point, we're confident in our ability to deliver the rewards we're committing to and to keep you informed if there are any delays.

The biggest individual challenge for this Kickstarter is managing a team of artists and writers from all over the world. We all live in different timezones, so coordinating is a huge logistical challenge. Ed's a Project Manager by trade and has extensive experience in this area, however!

We're dedicated first and foremost to continuing delivering you the best material we can, and secondly to bring it to you on time. We hope you'll support our efforts to do that!

Terms and Conditions:

If you do not complete the Kickstarter Survey in a timely manner, you agree that your contribution to the campaign was a donation and your pledge is fulfilled. Of course, we will use our discretion on a case by case basis, as well as using Updates and Messages to remind you! You completing the Kickstarter Survey in a timely manner is the ONLY way for us to confirm your shipping address and pledge details, as well as making sure we hit the production timelines.

By pledging to this Kickstarter, you agree that you will pay for any shipping and any import or other duties required in your country (Rulebooks should not have any duties, as printed papers). You also accept that you are liable for providing us with the correct shipping details upon request and we are not responsible for items lost in transit if sending to an incorrectly provided address.

If you do not agree to these terms, then please purchase the comic once it is available online or at a convention in 2020.

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