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Chris LockBy Chris Lock
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Chris LockBy Chris Lock
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$35,758
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Apr 14 2018

About

An exciting new 5E universe from Lasers & Liches! It resides in a place of half-faded memories, barely remembered songs, lost childhood friends, outdated styles, abandoned dreams, lost playthings, vapor ware, and time corroded nostalgia. A place both strange and familiar. A place for adventure, friendship, chaos, and the magic of yesteryear. In short, a place that combines your love of the present with your adoration of the past.

Do you feel like your 5E game might be missing something? We did too! It's time to get weird, time to get crazy, time for more freaking lasers! Lasers & Liches mixes bombastic crazy with sci-fantasy and wraps it in the veneer of yesteryear. Expect neon swords, Nuclear elementals, Pizza Slimes, and so much nostalgia inspired world building. Don't worry though, we know that your memories are sacred, and that's why we're going to treat them with care. This was our childhood too and we are giving it the respect it darn well deserves. Callbacks are easy, and this ain't gonna be easy.

So, what is the Retroverse? Technically speaking, the Retroverse is an unstable plane. It is constantly expanding, contracting, and gaining new extensions. It wobbles on an uneven axis among the other planes of existence. Because if this, it eventually intersects all realities in one way or another. There is no point in time when it is not linked to multiple realms at once. Where the Retroverse ends, begins, or even exists at any given time is an impossible question to answer.

Our Website: LasersAndLiches.com

We are creating full 5E sourcebooks for The Retroverse and need your help. The books will include new classes, races, magic, monsters, magic items, rules, gods, story, and a bunch more! We have been tirelessly pouring over our art and design to give you the best possible 5E experience and just need your assistance to bring it to light. The two books we want to bring to you are The Player's Mix and The Game Master's Beats. Both will be full color, hard backed books (and PDFs) filled to the brim with beautiful art, fun options, and a few surprises. We have a minimum idea in mind for each and some really exciting features to include if we hit certain stretch goals.

As an added bonus, we have the first Test Wave ready for one of our lower tier rewards! This will allow you to play in The Retroverse early and get your name in the final product as an official tester! PDFs will be available for backers as soon as the campaign ends in successful funding. Let me repeat that: You can play our game as soon as the campaign ends!

The Player's Mix: This book will be everything a player needs to bring their Retroverse character to life in their own world. It will feature 6 new classes, 4 new races, 6 new backgrounds, 30 new spells, 8 new feats, and a few other surprises!

As we hit more stretch goals, these numbers begin to increase dramatically. If we hit all of the stretch goals, this book will include 12 new classes, 12 new races, 12 new backgrounds, 100 new spells, 12 new feats, and a few other surprises!

The Game Master's Beats: This book will dive deep into the lore of The Retroverse. It will offer new rules, a full campaign, 15 new magic items, 30 new monsters, a world map, and rules for adapting your own settings to The Retroverse!

Just like the Player's Mix, this book will receive a huge boon if we hit certain stretch goals. An expanded campaign, secret holiday quests, a fun plot line for children, an epic post game mega-dungeon, 50 new magic items, 75 new monsters, and a secret optional side boss story line "Belt of the Lichador."

What are some of the new Classes we want to introduce? The full base game will include the Holo-Knight, Synth Weaver, Goreangyr, De-Fragger, Code Warlock, and Glitch Hunter! You can see pictures of them below. We also have plans for Datarid, Exe.mage, Techno Viking, Card Duelist, and just a few more. We promise to work on them until they are as fun as can possibly be!

There is a lot to the Retroverse. A LOT. In order to make it manageable and to continue to be able to test new and exciting features, we are breaking the testing period into waves. When the Kickstarter ends (if we are funded) we will release the first wave to anyone over a certain backer level. It includes over 150 pages of brand new content! You can play with some of the new classes, races, magic, monsters, magic items, and rules right off the bat! It also has a campaign that is exclusive to the Kickstarter with new segments of it being released with every additional wave.

In a few months time we will release the Second Test Wave. There is not a set date for this as the amount of content within the Second Test Wave is highly dependent on how successful the Kickstarter is. We want to make sure that, even though we are still testing it, we release quality content to you. We are not going to rush this project.

As a backer you will have full access to the development process with frequent updates. You will know exactly when the second, third (and maybe more) test waves are coming!

If you would like to try a sample of what we are making, head on over to our DriveThruRPG page and download the free Retroverse Sample. It's 20+ pages of pure awesome. Did we mention it is free?

Lasers & Liches DriveThruRPG

Here's what some people have been saying about the Retroverse!


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Stretch Goal 80,000

8 New Classes, 8 New Races, 25 New Magic Items, 50 New Spells.

Stretch Goal 120,000

2 Bonus Holiday Quests, 8 New Backgrounds, 40 New Magic Items, 45 New Monsters.

Stretch Goal 200,000

10 New Classes, An Additional Mega Dungeon, 10 New Races, 12 New Backgrounds, 50 New Magic Items, 70 New Spells, 18 New Feats

Stretch Goal 250,000

12 New Classes, Lichador End Game Quest, 12 New Races, 75 Monsters, 100 New Spells.

Stretch Goal 400,000

Brand Spanking New Retroverse Dice. Anyone that backs at the Starter Kit tier or higher will have this automatically added to their order.

Stretch Goal 600,000

A Retroverse Music Album. 12 brand new songs by different artists, all themed around the Retroverse. Delivered via a download code and/or cassette tape.

Stretch Goal 2,121,466

A Goreangyr themed adventure where you team up with your friends, fuse your Xords together, and fight Giant Kaiju! Finished and released to all $30 or higher backers. Starter Kit and higher backers will receive a full color printed book.

If we hit the 400,000 stretch goal, we will announce some new fun goals for items to go into the Starter Kit tier.

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Risks and challenges

The hardest thing about making this project has been balancing life around it. It is a two man team and yet we have a ton of content already created. We are not just creating a supplement, we are creating a brand new universe. We need your help to take this from a side project, to a main focus. The biggest risk is the the project is just barely funded, which will slow down production. The more successful we are, the more high quality content you are going to receive! The project will see completion as long as we are funded, it just takes longer if we have to balance so many things around it.

The other risk is printing. Printing books of the size and quality we are striving for is expensive. We have done our research and have strong allies on our side, still, problems can arise. We have every confidence that we can work through all obstacles to bring you the most amazing Retroverse product imaginable.

Thank you! We appreciate you!

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL - Retroverse Tester

    Receive all test waves of The Retroverse. The initial PDF features 4 classes, several new spells, new monsters, new races, and the first part of an ongoing Retroverse adventure to play in! Enjoy the new rules, classes, and game play before the final release!

    Help us to test out The Retroverse before the final release. Send us updates on how your game went, what balance the game may need, and what you would like to see improved! Also, get your name in the final product as a Tester!

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    The Player's Mix PDF

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    The final version of The Player's Mix as a hardcover book and PDF. Fully illustrated with awesome art! The base product will include 6 new classes, 4 new races, 6 new backgrounds, 30 new spells, and 8 new feats. Tons more will be added to this as more stretch goals are unlocked! See the campaign description for full details.

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    The final version of The Player's Mix as a hardcover book and PDF. Fully illustrated with awesome art! The base product will include 6 new classes, 4 new races, 6 new backgrounds, 30 new spells, and 8 new feats. Tons more will be added to this as more stretch goals are unlocked! See the campaign description for full details.

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    The final version of Game Master's Beats as a hardcover book and PDF. Fully illustrated with awesome art! The base product will include a full 8 quest story, 15 new magical items, rules for adapting other worlds into the Retroverse, and 30 new monsters. Tons more will be added to this as more stretch goals are unlocked! See the campaign description for full details.

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    Player and Game Master PDF

    The final version of The Player's Mix and Game Master's Beats as a PDF. Fully illustrated with awesome art! The base The Player's Mix product will include 6 new classes, 4 new races, 6 new backgrounds, 30 new spells, and 8 new feats. The base Game Master's Beat product will include a full 8 quest story, 15 new magical items, rules for adapting other worlds into the Retroverse, and 30 new monsters. Tons more will be added to this as more stretch goals are unlocked! See the campaign description for full details.

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    GM/Player Hardcovers+PDF

    The final version of The Player's Mix and Game Master's Beats as a hardcover book and PDF. Fully illustrated with awesome art! The base The Player's Mix product will include 6 new classes, 4 new races, 6 new backgrounds, 30 new spells, and 8 new feats. The base Game Master's Beat product will include a full 8 quest story, 15 new magical items, rules for adapting other worlds into the Retroverse, and 30 new monsters. Tons more will be added to this as more stretch goals are unlocked! See the campaign description for full details.

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    Retroverse Starter Kit

    This tier will get you everything you need to play this game in style. Every Material Stretch Goal will be included from this tier onward.

    Additionally, the final version of The Player's Mix and Game Master's Beats as a hardcover book and PDF. Fully illustrated with awesome art! The base The Player's Mix product will include 6 new classes, 4 new races, 6 new backgrounds, 30 new spells, and 8 new feats. The base Game Master's Beat product will include a full 8 quest story, 15 new magical items, rules for adapting other worlds into the Retroverse, and 30 new monsters. Tons more will be added to this as more stretch goals are unlocked! See the campaign description for full details.

    You will also be a Retroverse Tester and receive the Retroverse Test Waves PDFs.

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    • Game Master's Beats PDF
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    Retroverse Poster + Hardcovers

    1 of 4 (your choice) high quality Retroverse art posters! Get ready to adorn your walls with amazing retro inspired art. One heck of a conversation piece!

    Also included is the final version of The Player's Mix and Game Master's Beats as a hardcover book and PDF. Fully illustrated with awesome art! The Retroverse Postcards! And you will also be a Retroverse Tester and receive the Retroverse Test Waves PDFs.

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    • Game Master's Beats PDF
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    Retroverse Art Book + Hardcovers

    A beautiful hardcover book of all the art created for the Retroverse. This includes sketches, inks, and full color photos. See how the monsters and classes in the Retroverse were created, and what they almost were. See maps in their pen and paper stage, before being turned into full color beauties.

    Also included is the final version of The Player's Mix and Game Master's Beats as a hardcover book and PDF. Fully illustrated with awesome art! The Retroverse Postcards! And you will also be a Retroverse Tester and receive the Retroverse Test Waves PDFs.

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    • Art of the Retroverse
    • Game Master's Beats Hardcover
    • Game Master's Beats PDF
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    • The Player's Mix PDF
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    Artbook + Hardcovers + 4 Posters

    A beautiful hardcover book of all the art created for the Retroverse. This includes sketches, inks, and full color photos. See how the monsters and classes in the Retroverse were created, and what they almost were. See maps in their pen and paper stage, before being turned into full color beauties.

    You will also receive all 4 of the Retroverse posters.

    Also included is the final version of The Player's Mix and Game Master's Beats as a hardcover book and PDF. Fully illustrated with awesome art! The Retroverse Postcards! And you will also be a Retroverse Tester and receive the Retroverse Test PDF.

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    • 4 of 4 Retroverse Posters
    • Art of the Retroverse
    • Game Master's Beats Hardcover
    • Game Master's Beats PDF
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    • Retroverse Postcards
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    The Retroverse, Starring You!

    Have your name and likeness immortalized in the Retroverse! One of the thirty NPCs within the Game Master's Beats adventure will be named after you and a bust of your likeness will appear in the book!

    Also included is the final version of The Player's Mix and Game Master's Beats as a hardcover book and PDF. Fully illustrated with awesome art! The Art book is included within the tier. You will also be a Retroverse Tester and receive the Retroverse Test PDF.
    *Please Note: You will not get to choose which character you are. We may take certain liberties if the NPC needs to be another race, such as an orc or elf. While you may use a nickname we reserve the right to refuse to use any offensive nicknames.*

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    Quest Designer

    Team up with the creative forces behind the Retroverse to create an amazing quest for the Game Master's Beats adventure! Design encounters, tweak NPCs, work directly with us to make the coolest quest in the world! We will work with you to create new (fully illustrated) monsters and a unique map. You will be credited in the final product as a designer of the Retroverse!

    Also included is the final version of The Player's Mix and Game Master's Beats as a hardcover book and PDF. Fully illustrated with awesome art! The Art book is included within the tier. You will also be a Retroverse Tester and receive the Retroverse Test PDF.

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    God Tier

    Two major things happen at this tier. You are listed as a producer within the final Retroverse books, The Player's Mix and the Game Master's Beats. In addition you will be made into a god within the Retroverse. You will work directly with the Retroverse design team to decide your mythology, appearance, and religious tenants!

    Also included is the final version of The Player's Mix and Game Master's Beats as a hardcover book and PDF. Fully illustrated with awesome art! The Art book is included within the tier. You will also be a Retroverse Tester and receive the Retroverse Test PDF.

    In addition, you will receive another set of all three books, signed by the creative team of Lasers & Liches.

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Funding period

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