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Dime Adventures is a complete roleplaying game that brings the excitement of pulp action to a thrilling world of alternate history.
Dime Adventures is a complete roleplaying game that brings the excitement of pulp action to a thrilling world of alternate history.
Dime Adventures is a complete roleplaying game that brings the excitement of pulp action to a thrilling world of alternate history.
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Dime Adventures: Pulp Alternate History Roleplaying

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Pulp Alternate History Roleplaying! 

Dime Adventures is a pulp alternate history roleplaying game of weirdness and high adventure. It is set on Arth, an alternate Earth at the dawn of the modern age. It is a world of wonder and excitement, and draws on many different historical and fictional sources for inspiration.

Players in Dime Adventures take on the role of cinematic heroes: bold explorers, brilliant scientists, dashing fencers, ineffable mystics, wealthy dilettantes, hardboiled investigators, masked crime fighters and more!

Dime Adventures is inspired by a wide variety of fiction, ranging from the pulp stories of Edgar Rice Burroughs (Tarzan, John Carter), Johnston McCulley (Zorro) and Robert E. Howard (Conan), to Victorian literature such as The Prisoner of Zenda, Dracula and Sherlock Holmes, from the classic science fiction of H. G. Wells (The War of the Worlds, The Island of Doctor Moreau) and Jules Verne (Journey to the Center of the Earth, Around the World in Eighty Days), to more recent works, including Indiana JonesThe Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-SecThe Mummy and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

 

The year is 1904, but in a world that never was! 

Dinosaurs still roam forgotten corners of the land. Alien influences operate from the skies. Mystics wield ancient powers. Strange new sciences promise to change the world. The dead rise from the grave. All the while, modern movements sweep the globe, and bold explorers venture deep into the unknown or delve into forgotten ruins.

The world stands at a precipice. It is a time when bold men and women of action can reach out and make a lasting change in the world. It is an era when history is made. 

Throughout the past century science has steam-rolled on, making the world a new and better place. Explorers are venturing out to the edges of the map, social institutions are changing and a global system of trade and alliances is emerging. With the rise of airships and the earliest airplanes, humans have now mastered air travel. With the spread of electricity and the telegraph, the world has become just a bit smaller. It is a time of optimism and opportunity.

The world is ripe for adventure!

 

Dime Adventures combines the excitement of pulp adventure with rich creativity of the alternate history genre. The core system, Saga Machine, has been in use for almost ten years, including publication in our other roleplaying games, Against the Dark Yogi and Shadows Over Sol. This version of the rules has gone through three public beta tests, as well as numerous internal releases.

Gameplay highlights include:

  • A fast and flexible system for cinematic combat, with plenty of room for interesting narrative and tactical options!
  • A quick and customizable character creation system, supporting numerous pulp archetypes and larger-than-life abilities!
  • An exciting chase system, leading to plenty of obstacles, narrow escapes and dramatic complications.
  • A rich alternate historical world, complete with exciting locales, events and plot hooks on all seven continents!

Want to know more about the mechanics? 

All backers can access the complete draft text of Dime Adventures today! Simply follow the link from our first backer-only update for the full rules!

 

Dime Adventures has seen development and play as a homebrew setting since sometime in the early 2000's, and this incarnation of the rules has been in development for almost two years. The game has gone through three public beta tests, and 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 the works, and we want to share this project with the world.

Most rewards will be fulfilled through our partners at DriveThruRPG. All backers of THE GAME reward tier and up will receive both a PDF copy of any rewards and a code to order a print copy "at cost." This means backers will be able to order a copy of the book at the minimum price necessary to print it. We expect the “at cost” price of the book to be somewhere in the range of $10 to $14. Shipping is also paid at that time. Rewards shipped to the US, EU or Canada will be printed and shipped from within that region, respectively.

The one exception to this fulfillment method is the physical copy provided at THE PRODUCER tier and higher. This is a print version of the core book that we will fulfill directly. This means that for the core book, all of the costs are up front; you won't have to pay any "at cost" print charges. Any supplements that are unlocked over the course of the campaign, however, will still use the "at cost" fulfillment method described above. These higher tiers will still come with the option of ordering an "at cost" print copy, if you so choose. This option may be desirable for international backers looking to minimize shipping expenses.

As with our previous projects, we will again be Kicking it Forward!

 

The below description of the pledge tiers reflect the rewards that are currently unlocked.

OUR THANKS ($1)

  • Immediate access to a review copy of the game.
  • Our thanks for helping make Dime Adventures a reality.

THE GAME ($15)

  • Immediate access to a review copy of the game. 
  • PDF copy of final game.
  • Print version of the game at cost.

THE GAME PLUS ($30)

  • Immediate access to a review copy of the game. 
  • PDF copy of final game.
  • Print version of the game at cost.
  • Both at cost print and PDF copies of all supplements and other rewards unlocked by stretch goals.

THE PRODUCER ($50)

  • Everything in THE GAME PLUS tier.
  • We will directly mail you a print copy of the game, which will be upgraded to an offset print copy if we achieve enough funding.
  • Early access to the game.
  • Direct access to the development team.

THE CHARACTER ($75)

  • Everything in THE GAME PLUS tier.
  • We will directly mail you a print copy of the game, which will be upgraded to an offset print copy if we achieve enough funding.
  • Early access to the game.
  • Direct access to the development team.
  • Your character appears in the game!

THE BOSS ($150)

  • Everything in THE GAME PLUS tier.
  • We will directly mail you a print copy of the game, which will be upgraded to an offset print copy if we achieve enough funding.
  • Early access to the game.
  • Direct access to the development team.
  • Your character appears in the game with full color artwork!

 

The following add-ons are available for any backer of the project: just add the appropriate amount to your pledge. Unless otherwise notes, all add-ons include both a PDF version and a code to order a print version at cost.

Against the Dark Yogi +$15: Our first RPG using the Saga Machine system, Against the Dark Yogi is a game of high action in a world based on Indian myth. Play an epic hero fighting to save the subcontinent of Bhurloka. This add-on includes the electronic version (PDF, EPUB, MOBI), as well as a code for the ordering the book at cost. More information can be found on the Against the Dark Yogi webpage.

Against the Dark Yogi Bundle +$30: This add-on includes electronic and at cost print copies of the Against the Dark Yogi core rulebook as well as all associated supplements. See the bundle.

Shadows Over Sol +$15: Our second RPG using the Saga Machine system, Shadows Over Sol is a game of science fiction and horror, set in our own solar system some 200 years in the future. Players can take any number of roles, ranging from determined explorers or hardened military personnel, to corp troubleshooters or profit-driven “scrappers” that skirt the gray areas of the law. This add-on includes the electronic version (PDF, EPUB, MOBI), as well as a code for the ordering the book at cost. More information can be found on the Shadows Over Sol webpage.

Shadows Over Sol Bundle +$40: This add-on includes electronic and at cost print copies of the Shadows Over Sol core rulebook as well as all associated supplements. See the bundle.

Shadows Over Sol Offset Print +$30: With this add-on we will directly send you an offset print copy of the Shadows Over Sol core rulebook. This is the sole add-on that does not use the "at cost" fulfillment method. Shipping is included for US backers. International backers at THE PRODUCER tier and higher should add $10 for shipping. International backers at lower tiers should add $15 for shipping and handling.

 

UNLOCKED - $1,600 - Consequence Cards: This stretch goal unlocks a set of full-color cards representing the Consequences (status effects) found in the game: an ideal gameplay aid! These will be automatically included for all backers of THE GAME PLUS reward tier and up.

UNLOCKED - $2,000 - Mystic Secrets Supplement: This funding level unlocks the Mystic Secrets supplement for Dime Adventures. This supplement contains a variety of supernatural character options, including a complete system of paranormal abilities, from sorcery to psychic powers. It will be made available for all backers of THE GAME PLUS reward tier and up.

UNLOCKED - $2,400 - 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 for all backers of THE GAME PLUS reward tier and up.

UNLOCKED - $2,800 - Ready-Made Heroes: This stretch goal unlocks the Ready-Made Heroes supplement for Dime Adventures. It presents a group of ready-made player characters, complete with art and personal motives. Perfect for a one-shot! Ready-Made Heroes will be made available for all backers of THE GAME PLUS reward tier and up.

UNLOCKED - $3,200 - Form-Fillable Character Sheet: When this funding level is reached, we will upgrade our official Dime Adventures character sheets to be fully form-fillable and partially automated, making character creation even easier! These sheets will be made available to everyone!

UNLOCKED - $3,600 - Cryptid Codex Supplement: This funding level unlocks the Cryptid Codex supplement for Dime Adventures. It contains a variety of new paranormal creatures, both the mysterious and the threatening. Any one of these creatures could make for an interesting mystery or encounter out in the unexplored wilds.

UNLOCKED - $4,000 - Virtual Tabletop Bundle: This stretch goal unlocks Dime Adventures materials for use with virtual tabletop (VTT) programs, such as Roll20. It includes art suitable for use in the virtual tabletop, as well as as an HTML character sheet suitable for use in Roll20, macros and more! This will be included for all backers at THE GAME level and up.

UNLOCKED - $4,400 - Circles in the Sky Adventure: This funding level unlocks the Circles in the Sky adventure supplement for Dime Adventures. In this daring tale, the heroes are attempting to become the first people to ever successfully circumnavigate the globe by airship. However, the journey is fraught with peril, and there is more to the venture than meets the eye.

UNLOCKED - $4,800 - Increased Art Budget: At this funding level we can afford to increase the budget the game has for art and layout by 50%, making the final game better for everyone!

UNLOCKED - $5,200 - Expedition Beyond Mount Terror Adventure: This funding level unlocks the Expedition Beyond Mount Terror adventure for Dime Adventures. In this daring tale, the heroes must brave the hostile lands of Antarctica, overcome those who would see their expedition fail and make a thrilling discovery under the ice.

UNLOCKED - $5,600 - Dime Adventures Poster Map: This stretch goal unlocks a world map of Arth, the alternate Earth in Dime Adventures. It will be made available in a high resolution image format and will include a poster map version at cost.

UNLOCKED - $6,000 - World's Fair Adventure: This funding level unlocks the World's Fair adventure supplement for Dime Adventures. In this thrilling tale, a variety of exciting encounters, famous people and strange circumstances await the heroes at the 1904 World's Fair. But someone here is looking to use the attendees of the fair in their own plot for world domination...

UNLOCKED - $6,400 - Increased Art Budget: At this funding level we can afford to increase the budget the game has for art and layout by another 50% of the base budget, meaning that between this goal and the earlier art goal, the art budget has roughly doubled! This makes the final game better for everyone!

$7,200 - ???: Without mysteries, life would be very dull indeed.

$8,000 - Offset Printing: If this funding level is reached, we will order a full offset print run of the Dime Adventures core rulebook. We will also upgrade all directly mailed copies of the core book (those at the $50 tier and up) to the offset print version. This means that backers will receive a higher quality level of printing and binding.

 

Risks and challenges

We have successfully funded and delivered on three Kickstarters in the past, and have learned a lot about what it takes to deliver a quality product in a timely and reasonable manner. There will be challenges, but we will overcome them and we will do everything we can to satisfy all of our backers.

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    ○ The character we work with you to create will also feature art that depicts your likeness, or the likeness of someone of your choosing.

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