Conquest of the Universe is a science fantasy role-playing game inspired by classic space opera, planetary romance, and myth-telling, as told through comic strips, serial films, novels, and blockbuster cinema. I approach this project as a re-envisioning of the inspirational sources, rather than a nostalgic visitation. My vision is something visually and stylistically original.
This project is an open gaming project, using the Open Gaming License. One of the challenges of space opera is the diversity of character concepts, from space pirates to robots to psychic warriors. The basic design challenge is to adapt d20-based mechanics to the specific demands of space operatic role-playing.
For others to see the potential of the game I see in my mind, I need a way to express the game visually. The funds from this Kickstarter will allow me to set budget for the necessary artwork up front. That means we can focus on making this thing as awesome as possible instead of trying to guess on a budget. In order to be a complete game, CoTU needs to be able to tell a story visually, just as the media that inspired it does.
Excess fundage will go first into additional editing and layout. After those needs are met, any excess support can be considered equivalent to a pre-order of the PDF or book, provided you pledged for a reward that high, which I hope you will.
The fate of the universe is in your hands.
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