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Afterverse is a scifi tabletop RPG featuring an expansive and versatile world and the D6 Bank game system.
Afterverse is a scifi tabletop RPG featuring an expansive and versatile world and the D6 Bank game system.
Afterverse is a scifi tabletop RPG featuring an expansive and versatile world and the D6 Bank game system.
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Welcome to the universe. Here's what comes next.

The universe is a rough place, and now you're in the thick of it. Whether you're fighting the Bactaran occupation that begins almost as soon as first contact is established, exploring the new frontier of space after humanity throws off its chains, or working towards the unification of all the species of the Orion Arm of the Milky Way galaxy, Afterverse puts the universe in front of you and sets you against it.  

The d6-based game system is versatile and powerful. The usage of hit banks minimizes dice rolls and keeps gameplay flowing smoothly, while letting players control their risk factors. Characters earn XP through the innovative Motivation system, bridging the gap between powergamers and roleplayers. 

Set your campaign at any time across hundreds of years of future history. Every time period has its own events, conflicts, cultures, and technologies. Encounter enemies and allies of all shapes and sizes. Join the revolution, become space pirates, or command military might in space in epic wars across the galaxy.

The Afterverse book features nearly 300 pages of game rules, settings, and adventures. Over 150 pieces of artwork created over the last five years illustrate the living universe, bringing your games to life. The book will be in full color as a softcover (or hardcover if the stretch goal is unlocked). The book contains all the information players and GMs need to run an Afterverse campaign, including character creation, base rules, the setting's history, and more.

If you'd like a sneak peek of what the sourcebook will look like, as well as an overview of the most important rules, check out the Quickstart Rules for Players!

Quickstart Guide
Quickstart Guide

Afterverse's Action Cards help you track your character's hit banks. Each card features beautiful character art, a place to store your hit counters, and a summary of the relevant rules. These cards help player keep track of not only their hit banks, but also the actions their character has available to them.

The Afterverse game system is based on pools of 6-sided dice. For most skill tests, you'll add the relevant attribute, such as Agility, to the relevant skill, such as Melee; this determines the size of your dice pool. If the test involves a Specialization and you have that specialization, you'll add two more dice. Situational modifiers may alter this pool further.

After rolling, any dice that come up as a 5 or 6 count as a hit; if you get enough hits, you've succeeded the test. Sometimes, instead, hits will be banked to be spent over time.

The initiative system in combat is based on this bank system. You'll roll your character's Reaction plus Perception, and bank your hits into your IP bank. Turn order starts with the highest IP bank and proceeds in order to the lowest; as each character acts, they will spend one or more hits from this bank. If the character has enough hits in the bank, they may perform additional actions by doubling the IP cost of the second action. 

But it may be wise to conserve your IP, because this same IP bank is used for dodging. When you are being attacked, you may spend one or more points to set the threshold which the attacker will need for their attack to succeed. This greatly impacts the strategic decisions of the game. Covering fire is invaluable, as you can force the enemy to spend their IP bank dodging your shots instead of shooting back. 

Finally, space combat is built on this same rule set. The Body Class system allows entities which are an order of magnitude larger than others to operate within the same combat at the same time; smaller entities receive a multiplier on their initiative rolls, while larger entities receive a multiplier on damage dealt, allowing a tiny vessel or even an individual person to act in the same combat as a battleship without skipping a beat. 

Often, when in space combat, several characters will all be performing important and unique roles in the fight. The ship's captain makes decisions and controls the deployment of the ship's countermeasures. The pilot may position the ship in different ways in preparation to attack, defend, or evade. The engineer is in charge of repairing systems as they get damaged, managing the ship's waste heat, and supercharging systems which will be required soon. The ship's tactical officers will control the firing of weapons. The ship's crew, each with their own complimentary set of skills, must work together under the leadership of their captain in order to position their ship for attack, supercharge the coilguns, and finally, deal the critical blow against the enemy, drawing upon the banks from every crew position to maximize the damage against their target.

My name is Ray Nothnagel. For my entire life, I've been a fan of tabletop games, science fiction, and real-world space travel. I've been working on the Afterverse rule set for the last five years and playtesting it for the last three. I've been designing the Afterverse setting since I was in junior high school - this universe has been kicking around in one form or another for twenty years, and I have the bad spaceship doodles from high school study halls to prove it. This campaign is just one more step in what has been my personal passion project for decades, and whether it succeeds or fails, will undoubtedly continue to be my unhealthy obsession for the rest of my life. The publication of this sourcebook is just one part of the grand scheme for Afterverse. The game system has come a long way since it started as little more than a homebrew variation of Shadowrun. Since that time, it has evolved into a unique game with innovative concepts and lots of refinements. The time spent on the game system has resulted in a robust and fun roleplaying experience where the rules enhance the setting, and don't get in the way of the storytelling.

This campaign aims to finance the final push for publication - the graphic design, final editing, and the print run. Immediately upon the successful funding of the campaign, we'll begin our final art pass and the layout work for the book. Following up on this, within a month or two, we'll send the final sourcebook to be printed. The bookbinding printer will do their thing, and all told, we expect to have the final version of the book printed and shipped out to you no later than the end of October if all goes well, or sometime in November in case there are unforeseen delays. Some of the higher tiers will take longer to produce, but our goal is to have all rewards completed and delivered no later than December 2018.

I hope we've piqued your interest. There will be more posts and videos posted over the next month. If you're going to be at DragonCon, check out our game sessions there for a taste of Afterverse. If you have any questions about the game or this campaign, please don't hesitate to ask.

 Learn more about Afterverse at the website, and connect with other fans and backers on our Facebook page.

Risks and challenges

The rules, setting, and supplementary materials for this RPG have been completed, as has the vast majority of the required artwork. The remaining work is in professional editing, graphic design, and typesetting of the sourcebook. After that comes printing and delivery, which should take about 3-4 weeks for most backers.

For some backing levels (the Limited Edition levels and Party Edition in particular), we have special rewards that we need to bundle together before shipping, rather than shipping directly from the printer to our backers. This extra step means that it will take more time to fulfill these orders.

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    You Are The Hero

    Get your character enshrined in the sourcebook as a sample character! You may use the beta PDF of the sourcebook to design and spec out a character which will be included alongside the 16 sample characters in the final book. Our artists will create character art to your specifications to be included in the book (perhaps with the character having your own face, if you'd like!). Adjustments may be made to fix inappropriate (e.g. profane or nonsensical) characters or to ensure the character conforms to the rules (including if there are any relevant rule changes between the beta version of the book and the printed version). Includes all rewards in the Limited Edition Book.

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    Get your character ingrained into the sourcebook as a key player in Afterverse history! You may use the beta PDF to create a character based in the Afterverse setting, and the author will work with you to integrate this character into Afterverse's canonical history, playing a pivotal role in one or more historical events in the setting. Our artists will create character art to your specifications to be included in the book (perhaps with the character having your own face, if you'd like!). Adjustments may be made to fix inappropriate (e.g. profane or nonsensical) characters. Includes all rewards in the Limited Edition Book.

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