About this project
Conquest of the Universe brings space opera to the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. Published by Tripod Machine under the Pathfinder Compatibility License, this book offers everything you need to take your games into outer space or into the deepest jungles on forgotten planets. Stylistically, Conquest of the Universe is a re-imagining of space opera, planetary romance, and high-tech fantasy. It is not just a homage to vintage science-fiction; when those stories were written, they weren't vintage. Conquest of the Universe aims for a fresh look at familiar tropes, in much the same way Star Wars, in 1977, re-envisioned action-adventure in the mode of Flash Gordon with an updated aesthetic and a modern myth sensibility.
The book will include a universe overview; character options, including classes, races, and feats; futuristic equipment; a tactical starship combat system; simple, streamlined vehicle chase rules; and psionics. The book will also include a short introductory adventure.
The funds for this Kickstarter will go toward art, layout, and other services to create the final visual product. We are grateful to welcome artist James Denton (http://www.jamesdenton.net/) back, along with Eric Lofgren (http://www.ericlofgren.net/) newly joining our project. The initial Kickstarter goal will pay for illustrations for major alien races, starships, and some equipment. It will also cover logo design. If the project exceeds its initial target, additional funds will go toward enhancing the project, starting with the art budget.
Stretch Goal - $2500 - ACHIEVED!
This kind of project works under a limited budget and the first thing we want to do is make sure our freelancers get paid what they deserve. This goal will show some extra appreciation for contributing to our project's success by giving our artists and editor a raise. We'll also commission full-color portraits for the book's sample characters.
Stretch Goal - $3000 - ACHIEVED!
Courtesy of a partnership with Dreamscarred Press, publisher of Psionics Unleashed, everyone whose reward includes a PDF of CotU will receive a PDF of Psionics Unleashed, too.
Stretch Goal - $4000 - ACHIEVED!
Print-your-own paper minis: Every reward level that includes a PDF will also include a sheet of 28mm personalities in electronic form. Print all the Imperial Legionaries you need! ... or want. A basic assortment of characters will be included.
Stretch Goal - $4500 (not yet achieved)
We will expand the print-your-own minis to two sheets. Additionally, we'll make a deluxe character sheet available for free to everyone.
Stretch Goal - $5000 (not yet achieved)
Hero Lab data files for all backers with a book reward, whether in print or PDF. We will distribute the files under the Powered by Hero Lab (tm) licensing agreement.
For an additional $45 ($60 outside the USA), you may add an additional printed softcover copy of the book. When you respond to your backer survey, just let us know what the extra amount is for.
If your reward level includes the special, Kickstarter-only HARDCOVER edition of the book, you may add additional copies for $150 each ($165 outside the USA).
Risks and challenges
This kind of of project always involves unknowns, such as delays on interior art pieces or issues that come out in playtesting that must be resolved. However, we are confident of our ability to forge ahead. The area of greatest concern is that once the book is in its final form, we'll have to make use of a new printing service, and who knows how that will go? But we choose to be optimistic, and we know that one way or another, we will deliver this baby. RJ Grady has already mapped out the essential parts of the design, and we will be working with artists and professionals of proven reliability.
Our previous successful Kickstarter, Do Not Approach (Superpowered by M&M and compatible with Capes, Cowls, and Villains Foul) is currently in the layout process. The final publication was delayed by things unplanned but not unexpected, and we are rolling right along. The playtest document has already been made available to our backers, and the final product should be ready in a matter of weeks.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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