I create games because I love doing it, but the part I love more than anything else is creating universes.
Several years ago, I decided to create a superhero universe. Since then, I've worked with the amazing team at Shades of Vengeance to bring it into existence. What we've made is something we are all proud of: a universe with massive scope and endless possibilities.
The Make 100 Kickstarter initiative has inspired me to build out the width of that universe further ahead of the roleplaying game's release. The writing team which has worked together on so many projects has come together to create something even broader than the story we already have.
With this Kickstarter, we're going to create a book which features stories of Empowered, expanding the number of super-powered individuals in this universe by over 100!
It gets better, though...
We don't want to be the only ones to add individuals with superpowers to this universe. As a backer, you are going to be able to add your own superhuman to the Empowered universe!
They can be a hero, a villain or neutral, and they can have any power you like!
You will get to specify what you want the power to be, along with the name of the superhero, and we'll write a story and include it in the book!
Superheroes are a group which capture the imagination of everyone.
What would you do if you had superpowers?
Would you be a hero? Or a villain?
Or would you just be trying to survive in a world changed forever?
We've created a brand new universe, where superheroes follow a path of events over 5 years - from emergence, through invasion by atlantis and the reappearance of the gods of old, all the way to battling shoulder-to-shoulder with their enemies against a world-ending threat.
This book aims to give you 130 stories from that universe:
- 100 of these will be about superheroes chosen by backers, written by the Shades of Vengeance team according to your choices!
- 30 have already been written by the Era: The Empowered writing team.
We will require the names and themes to be PG Rated, though: we'd like this book to be for everyone!
The images that will be used to design the cover art are created by Keith Draws.
He's a veteran of cover artwork - he's worked with writers such as E.M. Foner, Travis Hill, Patrice Michelle, Frank Mundo, Richard Tongue and Steve Vernon.
He is also currently doing the artwork for the Era: The Empowered Tabletop RPG Rulebook:
N.B. These are example of Keith's work: the cover art itself will be completed and revealed at a later date.
This project is to fund up to 100 stories about the Empowered Universe.
These stories will be written about the heroes which backers create (details will be taken in the survey at the end!).
We have a team of writers lined up and eager to contribute to The Empowered and Ed Jowett, the creator of the universe, will be editing the work!
The setup is simple: the money will be used to pay the writers, as well as for printing costs where appropriate.
Shades of Vengeance is a small publishing company which produces professional quality tabletop roleplaying game rulebooks initially funded by Kickstarters.
Having successfully published over 30 books (rulebooks and expansion / support materials) in the last four years, we're looking to approach our rich, detailed universes through other media, alongside the continued extension of the roleplaying games.
If you want to know more about the Empowered universe, you can join our Facebook group here.
£300 UNLOCKED - Funded!
£800 UNLOCKED - Try the Game: All Backers get the Era: The Empowered Rulebook Primer in Digital Format, along with a trial session!
£1500 UNLOCKED - Unique Cover - Keith will create a unique cover for the Kickstarter version of "The Empowered".
£2000 UNLOCKED - Double Trouble! - A second trial session will be included with the Empowered Rulebook Primer in Digital Format.
£2500 - Wallpaper - The Unique Cover will be sent to all backers at high-resolution to be used as a wallpaper!
Risks and challenges
This is Shades of Vengeance's 27th crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, including multiple Roleplaying Game Rulebooks which contain hundreds of pages of short stories.
While we haven't been mistake-free, we've always delivered on or ahead of time (except for two occasions, where a delay was agreed with Backers to give them more content!). 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 some 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!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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