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UNITS - A new take on generic loot cards for all types of post-apocalyptic, modern and zombie tabletop role-playing games.
UNITS - The Scavenger Deck by UNITS. www.units.systems
UNITS - A new take on generic loot cards for all types of post-apocalyptic, modern and zombie tabletop role-playing games. UNITS - The Scavenger Deck by UNITS. www.units.systems
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UNITS - The Scavenger Deck, illustrated rpg loot cards.

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THE SCAVENGER DECK

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The Scavenger Deck consists of 54 illustrated loot cards that will work with all post-apocalyptic, modern and zombie pen and paper role-playing games.
Instead of aiming at one particular role-playing game (RPG), we wanted to cover them all.

The Scavenger Deck will be (if funded) followed shortly by a Fantasy and a Sci-Fi loot deck also supported by UNITS, read more down below.

One deck - all RPG worlds.

To back this up, the Scavenger Deck will also introduce you to the loot system UNITS. UNITS is a system to translate the loot cards into your RPG of choice, making them come alive on your device.

More about UNITS and the not-so-pretty QR-code down below.  

All graphics/illustrations are subject to change and should not be considered as final renditions, but this is the style and path we want to tread. May contain explicit content, as any tabletop game, tv-series or daily newspaper does. We take responsibility for the depiction of our content in a context as we present it, as entertaiment and as trans-media. It does not represent the personal views of individuals.

You only need 40000 SEK, why crowdfunding? ($4800 €4300 £3400)

We've been working in our spare time for a year and have finalized all 54 cards. They are illustrated and narrated, almost ready for print. We want to see if there is enough support for a product like this, and we would like to be heard and seen at least a bit before we invest more time into this beloved project!

The deck and its components

The different categories help us balance the deck, here they are:

 


Anatomy of The Scavenger Card

The Scavenger Deck and all products in the UNITS-family will be printed with water-based colors on FSC paper. Though we enjoy brooding about how the apocalypse is going to begin, we do not want to be the ones helping to start it, believe it or not.

The cards will be of the common poker-size that you can find in many other collectible card products, i.e. 63x88mm.

Rewards

By pledging, you will of course get a special offer on The Scavenger Deck (from now on referred to as TSD. No not STD, _TSD_) and any add-on if it comes to that. Thanks for being a backer, it means the world to us!

* http://www.rpgnow.com/browse/pub/6847/Skepnad-Studios

The Goal

Since everyone else does it, so do we. 40000 SEK ($4800 €4300 £3400) is the goal and we will be overjoyed if we make it, everything else is just a bonus.
As a side note, if it comes to boosters they will be fixed, not randomized.

Choose to support us in this project and become the owner of the first series of UNITS - The Scavenger Deck at a fair price!

  • Put more chance into play.
  • Get a look at what you're actually looting.
  • Get inspired.
  • Spice up your gaming experience with artistic images and online content.
  • Be a part of a new, exciting journey where the digital world merges with the physical to strengthen the experience of classic pen and paper role-playing.

UNITS & THE QR-CODE

 

Yes, a QR-code might not be the most pretty, inspiring piece of gibberish to look at in a game session, but think of it as a loot crate, scanning it will in the near future reveal the real card. You'll get used to it and perhaps one day even start to love it, we (almost) do!

And no, you won't have to use UNITS unless you want to. All TSD cards work great just as they are.

UNITS will become the app that transforms the physical Scavenger card into a loot card tailored for your favorite role-playing game on your smartphone, tablet or laptop.

So, why do we need UNITS, you might ask. Well, how about no more flipping through that big old rule book when you just want to get it on (someone else always grabs it first anyhow).
Or, as we all know. People tend to pop up their smartphones as soon as things gets slow. Why not let them browse through their inventory instead of the social media stream?

UNITS is under construction and will be available in a Beta state at the release of TSD.

If you pledge like a Vulture or beyond you'll be granted access to UNITS Beta-app along with your TSD.

As of now UNITS runs on a web server but the plan is to create an app with an integrated QR-reader.
Here's what we imagine UNITS will look like within a year or two including a few features we've planned to implement.

 

UNITS features

Here follows a few more features that we plan to implement into UNITS:

  • Personal profile with inventory
  • Multi language support
  • Create groups and designate GM
  • Character sheet <-> inventory (card) interaction.
  • GM option - Themes. Create atmosphere such as darkness, haze, red light etc.
  • GM option - PMs (send Personal Messages).
  • GM option - PIs (send Personal Items).
  • GM option - Create characters and arm them.

We'd like to work closely with RPG producers from all over the world to find a mutually beneficial business deal to make this work i.e. we don't want to compete, we want to co-op. We believe that UNITS can add true value to all game groups.  

What the future holds

We want to continue to expand TSD with boosters and perhaps even bigger collections. But we also like to get into Sci-fi and Fantasy.

To be able to mix items from different decks is something that we'd like to encourage. To use a ring mail in a Post-apocalyptic scenario feels totally right, and why not add a broadsword while you're at it?
A lot of interesting possibilities lay ahead, especially with the UNITS application.

Now go and get yourself a QR-reader and start practicing on fruit containers and what not.  

QR-readers for Android - QR-readers for iOS

 

 

WHO WE ARE

Skepnad STUDIOS is a two year old creative collective involved in a variety of fun projects.
If TSD gets the support we hope, it would give us the opportunity and motivation to really invest in UNITS. This would enable us to make our dream come true - to create a bridge merging the digital and the physical RPG worlds.
It could be the new step, a transformation into a new era, bringing new life into the whole genre of role-playing. That’s what we believe.

Skepnad consists of:
Jimmy Ringkvist - Creative Director.
Jimmy lives in Balsta, Sweden with his wife and three kids. Jimmy can’t wait to come up with new crazy ideas how to make this TSD - UNITS thing even more cool. During the day he runs a logistics/fulfillment firm sending packages with rpgs and other creative content locally and globally, when he's not chasing new business opportunities.
Twitter @Gestaltar skiten

Patrik Wennberg - Art Director.
From Helsingborg, Sweden now living in Malmoe where he's working with design and advertising. Patrik loves animals and photography, when he's not doing that he's into Krav Maga and fitness.
Patrik will finalize the design and typography of The Scavenger Deck as well as the card box and any related design issues i.e. he will make this whole product shine!

Magnus Mansson - Illustrator and Copywriter.
From Balsta, Sweden. Magnus left a manager position within the Telecom sector to pursue his childhood dream - concept and illustrations. Magnus is very happy to draw rolls of tape and the like so he’s crossing his fingers that he will get to paint more TSD cards!
When Magnus isn’t painting or writing he’s working extra at the recycling center in Balsta, getting inspiration, some exercise and meeting people. Magnus lives in Stockholm, Sweden with his wife and three kids.

Anders Ahlén - System Developer UNITS.
From Norsborg now living in Stockholm, Sweden with his partner.
Anders has 18 years of experience as a Senior IT consultant and spends most of his spare time working out - running, riding bikes (both with and without motor) and every other physical challenge you can come up with.

BREAKDOWN OF CAMPAIGN BUDGET 

 TIMELINE OF PLEDGE DELIVERIES


2016
  • July 16th - Kickstarter ends
  • July 17th - Backerkit and addons, finalizing The Scavenger Deck
  • August - Printing UNITS - The Scavenger Deck (TSD)
  • August - Forum opens, info about the beta web-app.
  • October - TSD is delivered. Pledge levels Vulture and Scavenger ships
  • October - Development forum access
  • December - Booster #1 ships if unlocked, Pledge level plunderer fulfilled
2017
  • April - Booster deck #1, #2 and #3 ships to Pledge level Raider
  • June - Toecutters get all their rewards fulfilled, Boosters 1 to 5.
  • July - The Nightrider pledge is finalized and delivered.

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Credits and kullerbyttor to:

Our dear families - Wives and children for keeping up with us
Daniel Ketterman - Proofing and other valuable feedback
Andreas Raninger - Poster art

 

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Risks and challenges

The aim is to release UNITS - The Scavenger Deck in the fall of 2016.
With the experience of producing Maps and NPCs of the Wasteland the task of producing UNITS - The Scavenger Deck in time, quality and within budget should not be an issue.

The difference here is printing and shipping which of course is a big deal, but we have full confidence in our card manufacturer Cartamundi.
Cartamundi will demand flawless material for them to be able to print a high quality product and as Jimmy runs a logistics firm - Ringkvist Logistics AB (when he's not involved in UNITS) that should give us the means to ship things to the right addressee’s.
The task of creating UNITS - The Scavenger Deck is almost done, there are some final lay-out and fine tuning left to be done, but nothing we can't handle in a relatively short amount of time.
We aim to produce 2,000 decks in total - We, therefore, need to ensure sufficient funds to produce the decks and cover shipping all over the world for those that have made pledges.

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    300 SEK will give you two decks and as a token of your dedication you’ll also get the first booster deck if we reach stretch goal #1 and of course our gratitude while we do a kullerbytta in pure joy for you!

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    1000 SEK will give you two decks and two copies of booster deck- one, two, three, four and five if we reach the stretch goals and exclusive access to Skepnad’s development forum giving you the possibility to discuss/suggest content in future decks as well as functions in UNITS with us.
    You get: Two copies of TSD and two copies of Booster Deck #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5 (if unlocked) and exclusive forum access to Skepnad’s UNITS dev boards

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    NIGHTRIDER

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    You’ll receive three decks, three booster decks of boosters- one, two, three, four and five if we reach the stretch goals and exclusive access to Skepnad’s development forum giving you the possibility to discuss/suggest content in future decks and UNITS functionality with us.
    This serious pledge will also give you the chance to add your name graphically and written on one item card of your choosing for UNITS - TSD as well as a portrait depicting you as one of the characters of your choosing in the upcoming NPCs out of the Ruins if you so choose. Your portrait will also be printed on canvas and sent to you with all other Skepnad stuff available at the moment of this posting* this material will be sent to you in fine print and will of course include NPCs out of the Ruins.

    You get: Three copies of TSD, three copies of Booster Deck #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5 (if unlocked) an exclusive forum access to Skepnad’s UNITS dev boards, fine print versions of our maps and NPCs and also a canvas portrait of you as a scavenging survivor in a post-apocalyptic world.

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