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Shadows Over Sol is a complete roleplaying game that unveils a future of conspiracy, science fiction and horror.
Shadows Over Sol is a complete roleplaying game that unveils a future of conspiracy, science fiction and horror.
Shadows Over Sol is a complete roleplaying game that unveils a future of conspiracy, science fiction and horror.
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Shadows Over Sol: Science Fiction Horror Roleplaying

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 Science Fiction Horror Roleplaying

Two hundred years from now what should be the shining beacon of the future is instead cloaked in conspiracy and horror. Humankind has expanded throughout the solar system, and there it has discovered mysteries older than humanity.

The culture has shattered into myriad subcultures; nation-states are the hollow shells of what they once were. Corporations and other groups wage small-scale wars in the streets or in space. Bioengineered horrors left over from these conflicts stalk the hulls of ruined stations and abandoned colonies.

But for an enterprising team willing to brave the horrors, there's always a profit to be made.

Players in Shadows Over Sol 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.

Shadows Over Sol is inspired by a variety of science fiction and horror media, ranging from Ridley Scott’s classic film Alien and John Carpenter’s The Thing, to more recent works such as James S. A. Corey’s excellent The Expanse series.

Shadows Over Sol takes place in a fairly hard sci-fi future, some 200 years from now. Humanity has spread throughout the solar system, colonizing the Moon, Mars and several Jovian satellites. Asteroid mining is taking place throughout the Main Belt. There are aerostat colonies high above the surface of Venus. Manned missions are probing out past Neptune, into the dark unknown.

Society in Shadows Over Sol has undergone some massive changes. People are closer with their online contacts than they are with their neighbors. Society has fractured into a number of subcultures, each with their own lingo, norms and styles. Nation-states are hollowed-out shells of what they once were, governing really only in name. Corp executives and subcultural demagogues maneuver in the shadows.

Humanity itself has also began change. In utero gene augmentation has become commonplace. Different genelines are chosen for enhanced reflexes, attractiveness, durability or cognition. These changes can combat many of the biological hazards of space, such as bone degradation in microgravity or increased radiation exposure.

This is a future where nuclear fusion and abundant free energy is a broken promise. Thorium-based nuclear fission rules the day. Space travel between the planets can take months. During this time passengers are usually put into stasis, a form of suspended animation, so that they sleep the voyage away. When people are awake, the world around them is filled with augmented reality tags, forming a sort of digital layer over their surroundings.

The goal when designing the Shadows Over Sol setting was to come up with a future that would feel realistic and “lived in,” one where technology has solved many problems, but created many more. Shadows Over Sol is a horror setting, and while it isn’t a shining beacon of happiness, at the same time neither does it go full grimdark. Much like the real world there are many shades of gray.

Shadows Over Sol combines the wonder and mystery of science fiction with the intensity and danger of the horror genre. The core system, Saga Machine, has been in use for eight years, including publication in our other roleplaying game, Against the Dark Yogi. This version of the rules has gone through three public beta tests, as well as numerous internal releases.

Gameplay highlights include:

  • Support for a wide range of science fiction themes and tones.
  • Campaign options specifically designed to adapt to different levels of horror. Easily dial your game down to survival horror or up to action horror!
  • An engineering system for inventing or improving upon existing technology.
  • A hacking system designed to engage all members of the party. No longer are the rest of your players going to sit and wait for one player to be finished the hacking minigame!
  • A combat system designed for tense and deadly confrontations.
  • A wide selection of gear and bioengineered monstrosities to terrify your players!

Want to know more about the mechanics? All backers can access the complete draft text of Shadows Over Sol today! Simply follow the link from our first backer-only update for the full rules!

Shadows Over Sol has seen development and play as a homebrew setting since 2009, 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.

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 minimal 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.

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

The following add-ons are available for any backer of the project: just add the appropriate amount to your pledge. A copy of each add-on listed below is also included with THE GAME PLUS and higher reward tiers. Unless noted otherwise, all add-ons include both a PDF version and a code to order a print version at cost.

Shiny New Toys Supplement +$5: This is a supplement for Shadows Over Sol, which roughly doubles the amount of equipment options available to characters. It also includes a system for custom spaceship design and upgrades.

Fatal Frontier Supplement +$5: This supplement includes a variety of deadly new foes, optional psi rules, information on the secrets of the Sol system and generators for exploring new systems beyond.

Beyond Human Supplement +$5: This supplement includes a wealth of character creation options, including the ability to play as an android, uplift, radical geneline or minor subculture.

Ready-Made Heroes Supplement +$2: The Ready-Made Heroes supplement for Shadows Over Sol presents a group of ready-made player characters, complete with art and personal motives. Perfect for a one-shot!

Adventure Supplement (#1) +$5: This is a complete adventure for Shadows Over Sol, spinning a chilling a tale of conspiracy and horror out in the void.

Adventure Supplement (#2) +$5: This is a second complete adventure for Shadows Over Sol, spinning another tale of technology and horror in space.

Consequence Cards +$1: This is a complete set of full-color cards representing the Consequences (status effects) found in the game: an ideal gameplay aid!

GM Screen Inserts +$1: This is a set of PDF GM Screen Inserts, usable with a variety of customizable GM Screen products. It includes quick references to all of the commonly used rules, tables or other mechanics in the game.

Against the Dark Yogi +$15: Our other 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.

UNLOCKED - $1,500 - 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 made available as a $1 add-on and are automatically included for all backers of THE GAME PLUS reward tier and up.

UNLOCKED - $1,800 - Shiny New Toys Supplement: This funding level unlocks the Shiny New Toys supplement for Shadows Over Sol. This supplement roughly doubles the amount of equipment available to characters. It also includes a system for custom spaceship design and upgrades. It will be made available as a $5 add-on and is automatically included for all backers of THE GAME PLUS reward tier and up.

UNLOCKED - $2,100 - 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 as a $1 add-on and is automatically included for all backers of THE GAME PLUS reward tier and up.

UNLOCKED - $2,400 - Fatal Frontier Supplement: Once reached, this stretch goal unlocks the Fatal Frontier supplement for Shadows Over Sol. This supplement includes a variety of deadly new foes, optional psi rules, information on the secrets of the Sol system and generators for exploring new systems beyond.This supplement will be made available as a $5 add-on and is automatically included for all backers of THE GAME PLUS reward tier and up.

UNLOCKED - $2,700 - Form-Fillable Character Sheet: When this funding level is reached, we will upgrade our official Shadows Over Sol character sheets to be fully form-fillable and partially automated, making character creation even easier! These sheets will be made available to everyone!

UNLOCKED - $3,000 - Beyond Human Supplement: This stretch goal unlocks the Beyond Human supplement for Shadows Over Sol. This supplement includes a wealth of character creation options, including the ability to play as an android, uplift, radical geneline or minor subculture. Beyond Human will be made available as a $5 add-on and is automatically included for all backers of THE GAME PLUS reward tier and up.

UNLOCKED - $3,300 – Released Under the OGL: When this goal is reached we will commit to releasing Shadows Over Sol under the Open Game License (OGL). This means that the game rules will be available for others to use in their own game creations!

UNLOCKED - $3,600 - 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 - $3,900 - Ready-Made Heroes: This stretch goal unlocks the Ready-Made Heroes supplement for Shadows Over Sol. 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 as a $2 add-on and is automatically included for all backers of THE GAME PLUS reward tier and up.

UNLOCKED - $4,200 - EPUB and MOBI: At this funding level we'll include both EPUB and MOBI (Kindle) copies of the game along with the PDF. Unlike most other stretch goals, this will automatically be made available to all backers at THE GAME reward tier and higher.

UNLOCKED - $4,500 - Mars Colony Map: This stretch goal unlocks a map of Stillwater, the largest Martian colony. This will be made available in a high resolution image format and will include a poster map version at cost. It is included at THE GAME PLUS reward tier and up.

UNLOCKED - $4,800 - Adventure Supplement: This funding level unlocks an adventure supplement for Shadows Over Sol, spinning a chilling a tale of conspiracy and horror out in the void. This adventure supplement will be made available as a $5 add-on and is automatically included for all backers of THE GAME PLUS reward tier and up.

UNLOCKED - $5,200 - Virtual Tabletop Bundle: This stretch goal unlocks Shadows Over Sol 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 - $5,600 - 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!

UNLOCKED - $6,000 - Adventure Supplement #2: This stretch goal unlocks a second adventure supplement for Shadows Over Sol, spinning another tale of technology and horror in space. This supplement will be made available as a $5 add-on and is automatically included for all backers of THE GAME PLUS reward tier and up.

Risks and challenges

We have successfully funded and delivered on two 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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