About this project
High action roleplaying in a world of Indian myth!
In Against the Dark Yogi players take the role of legendary heroes, empowered by the cosmic force dharma, and charged with defending the Three Worlds from the machinations of the Dark Yogi, a sinister figure who seeks to bring about the Geli Yuga, the final age of the universe.
Against the Dark Yogi is heavily inspired by Indian myths. Character abilities, archetypes and a host of worthy foes are drawn directly from the Vedas, the Ramayana and other Indian sources. Attain the mystic perfection of the eight primary siddhis, speak the feared Om-syllable or fight with astras, the weapons of the gods themselves!
We at Tab Creations are pleased to present, this, our flagship roleplaying game.
Against the Dark Yogi takes place in the world of Bhurloka. It is a world that closely mirrors the Vedic depiction of our own world, with many direct parallels between locations, gods, artifacts and events. However it is also a fantasy world: with room intentionally left for creative interpretation, and for the GM to frame her own campaign.
Bhurloka is a world of myth, and at its center is the great subcontinent, which stretches from the burning Dhar Desert in the west to the sweltering Wenga Jungle in the east, from the snow-capped Wolaya Mountains in the north to the Endless Ocean of the south.
This world stands at the precipice of disaster. In the east a sinister figure—the Dark Yogi—has risen to power. It is whispered that his forbidden sutra (written lore) gives him the power to directly attack dharma, the very order of the universe, itself.
Dharma, however, does not sit idly by. Just as the balance of the world is under attack, so dharma seeks to correct the balance. Towards this end it has reached out and selected but a few to champion its cause. These Chosen of Dharma may be devout ascetics, peerless archers, cunning charioteers, fierce wildmen, charismatic rajas or they may come from any other number of paths in life. They are all foremost, however, heroes. They have been given the enlightenment to see through their many incarnations, and to do what must be done to restore the balance of the universe.
Now is a time of legend!
Against the Dark Yogi blends mythic Indian flavor with intuitive and tactical mechanics. The core system, Saga Machine, has been in use for six years, while Against the Dark Yogi itself has gone through four public beta test releases, as well as numerous internal releases.
Gameplay highlights include:
- Power levels and game play are designed to scale up, so players can be the big damn mythic heroes they always wanted to be!
- The combat system is designed to handle everything from epic duels to pitched battles, where the heroes lead or defeat armies.
- GMs have the option to run a campaign spanning multiple generations, with in-depth rules for creating and playing new incarnations of past heroes.
- Optional rules allow the use of traditional Ganjifa Indian playing cards, bringing to the game a touch more Indian flavor.
- There is a system where player characters can accrue both good or bad karma, bringing about consequences for their actions.
- Abilities and archetypes are drawn directly from Indian myth!
What's best, all backers can access the draft text of Against the Dark Yogi today! Simply follow the link from our first backer-only update.
Against the Dark Yogi has been in the works now for almost two years and, having gone through four public beta tests, is now ready for production. The writing is complete, the system has been perfected and the text is edited. We have some great art in by an excellent artist, and we want to share this project with the world.
As with our last project, we will again be Kicking it Forward!
At this point in time we would like to make available two possible add-ons, available to any reward levels from THE PDF PLUS and up.
The Upgrade Package +$8: Upgrade your physical copy of the game to a full casewrap hardcover! If we hit our $10,000 stretch goal this package will additionally provide a set of Prana Counters and a set of Consequence Cards as well!
Poster Map of Bhurloka +$5: This is a full-color 11” x 17” poster map of the world of Bhurloka, the game world in which Against the Dark Yogi takes place.
Prana Counters +$8: A Kickstarter exclusive! Get some custom full-color counters for tracking prana during gameplay for only $8. These counters will come in five different varieties, with each of the different types of prana being represented.
Consequence Cards +$4: A set of full-color cards representing the Consequences (status effects) found in the game: an ideal gameplay aid for only $4.
Extra Physical Copies +$30: Get an extra physical copy of the game for $30 per book for yourself, a friend or someone else in your gaming group. International backers please add an additional $5 per book for shipping.
Extra Ganjifa Decks +$15: Want extra Ganjifa decks? For $15 per deck you can get yourself an additional deck. International backers please add an additional $5 per deck for shipping.
REACHED! $4,000 – Initial Goal: Congratulations we've made the goal!
REACHED! $4,500 – Epub & Mobi: At this funding level we'll make both epub and mobi copies of the game available to all backers at THE PDF level and higher. This will allow you to read Against the Dark Yogi on a wide variety of popular eReader devices!
REACHED! $5,000 – Prana Counters Unlocked: A Kickstarter exclusive! At this funding level we will make available custom full-color counters for tracking prana during gameplay. These will be made available for free to all backers of THE GAME DELUXE and up, and will be available as an add-on for other backers. In addition, all backers at THE PDF level and up will receive free a free pdf of the counters.
REACHED! $5,500 – Consequence Cards Unlocked: When this goal is reached we will make available a set of full-color cards representing the Consequences (status effects) found in the game: an ideal gameplay aid. These will be made available for free to all backers of THE GAME DELUXE and up, and will be made available as an add-on for other backers. In addition, all backers at THE PDF level and up will receive free a free pdf of the cards.
REACHED! $6,000 – Double the Art Budget: At this funding level we can afford to double the budget the game has for art and layout, making the final game better for everyone!
REACHED! $6,500 – Released Under the OGL: When this goal is reached we will commit to releasing Against the Dark Yogi under the Open Game License (OGL). This means that most of the game will be available for others to use in their own game creations!
REACHED! $7,000 – Additional Adventure: At this funding level we will add an additional adventure to the book, following up the “Kumari” adventure found in the Exclusive Backer Edition of the game. Additionally, all backers at THE PDF level and up will get a high-resolution PDF copy of the map.
REACHED! $7,500 – Poster Map Unlocked: At this funding level we will make available a full-color 11” x 17” poster map of Bhurloka. This will be made available for free to all backers of THE GAME DELUXE and up, and will be available as an add-on for other backers. Additionally, all backers at THE PDF level and up will get a high-resolution PDF copy of the map.
REACHED! $8,000 – Form-Fillable Character Sheet: When this reward tier is reached we will upgrade our official Against the Dark Yogi character sheets to be fully form-fillable and partially automated, making character creation even easier! These sheets will be made available to everyone.
REACHED! $8,500 – GM Screen Inserts: At this funding level we will make available a set of PDF GM Screen Inserts, usable with a variety of customizable GM Screen products. This will be made available to all backers of THE PDF reward level and up!
REACHED! $9,000 – Triple Art Budget: At this funding level we can afford to triple the budget the game has for art and layout, making for a very handsome final game!
REACHED! $10,000 – Hardback Books: When this stretch goal is reached all physical copies of the game will be upgraded from perfect-bound to casewrap hardcovers! This free upgrade is for all reward levels that receive a physical copy of the game.
REACHED! $11,000 – Full Color Interior: When this stretch goal is reached all physical copies of the book will be upgraded to a full color interior for free!
Risks and challenges
We have successfully delivered on one Kickstarter already and have learned a lot about what it takes to deliver a quality product in a timely and reasonable manner.
There will be challenges, such as our last product having some shipping delays due to customs, but we will overcome them and we will do everything we can to satisfy all of our backers.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
All of them! Don't know if you'll like the game? Try it out for $1.
The review copy is fully written, playtested and edited. It has not been put into layout, nor does it have any art. So download the text and give it a spin!
Ganjifa (traditional Indian playing cards) can be optionally used with the game, but they by no means necessary. Still, we think they're pretty cool and they can add a touch more Indian flavor to the game.
A link to the review copy of the game can be found from our first backer-only update. You can find the update here:
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