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A new adventure path and official setting for Valor: The Heroic RPG System
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 A NEW ADVENTURE AND SETTING FOR VALOR: THE HEROIC RPG 

Head to class with a new adventure in the Valor system perfect for beginners and experienced players alike! Best in Class takes you to the world of Valress, the first official campaign setting for Valor: The Heroic RPG. The module will contain all of the rules and characters to play, even if you don’t own a Valor Core Rulebook. This Kickstarter is to cover the final production and paperback printing cost of the module.

The World of Valress is a realm where magic and technology have joined to the advancement of society. The world has grown progressively smaller as modern technology and convenience have helped mortals join together with immortals and tame much of the planet. Dragons who once slept in caves filled with gold now shout orders into their phones as they trade stocks and run billion-dollar companies. The Fey, once wild and untamed now walk among mortals, their fabled Courts having become major tourist destinations. Even the mighty Rakshasa, once feared as eaters of men and deadly hunters have found their place in modern society, their command of illusory magic having spawned entirely new forms of theater that open to sold-out crowds the world over.

The encroaching sprawl of urbanization has greatly diminished the threat of Monster attacks, and with the dawning of the modern era Valress now enjoys the most peaceful era in its long and often bloody history. As great superpowers rise and consolidate their control, war has become the great disruptor, with true war becoming a thing of the past. However, there is still demand for powerful individuals who can face down a charging Manticore or put an angry Revenant to rest. To that end, the world governments continue to sponsor and support one of the oldest professions - that of Knighthood. Knights often serve in the highest echelons of military and police forces, overseeing training, combat readiness, and, when necessary, putting those skills to use. In large cities, many Knights might be on hand to deal with the Revenant of a murder victim, or to extinguish demonic cults that always seem to lurk beneath the surface. 

Becoming a Knight isn’t easy, and succeeding at one is even harder. Those who want the best chance will need the best of the best education. One of the top schools in the world, Mercurial University, stands as a beacon of knowledge and history. Part of the highly exclusive Silver League of Universities within the United Provinces of Amastur, Mercurial University is known for turning out some of the best Knights, many of whom go on to serve their country with distinction. 

Best in Class places players in the shoes of students preparing to finish their education and become full-fledged Knights. They’ll have to contend with harsh training, mobsters, and, worst of all, final exams!

WHY AN ADVENTURE PATH?

Valor content has been in continuous development since it's 2015 release. In late 2016 we attempted but failed to fund the monster-based expansion Valor: Villains, Creatures and Foes. While we are still working on completing that book behind the scenes, we determined that the best way to continue generating content for Valor players was to also develop shorter adventure paths that can tie into a broader setting we could release more consistent content for. Best in Class is the beginning of our official setting roll-out, with its launch we will be releasing a lot more setting content both in Adventure Paths like this and through free online content to give players more options for what they want to do with their Valor games and where they can take them.

WHAT'S IN THE BOOK?

Best in Class is the first adventure module for Valor, and introduces the setting of Valress which will be the core setting for Valor. The book will include a full rules primer for the Valor system, ten fully playable characters with pre-generated abilities between levels 1 and 6, and a 34-scene adventure that features a story line split depending on the choices of your players. The book is currently anticipated to be around 150 pages when completed, and will be printed in full-color paperback. 

WHAT'S THE KICKSTARTER FOR?

All text for Best in Class is currently finished, and it is in the process of having edits finalized and layouts completed. The front and back cover are complete and art production is in progress based on the layout progress. The requested funding will cover the cost of paperback printing for the book, as well as  finalizing some of the artwork. We expect to have the book completed and printed around August 2019.

Valor is an RPG system that was successfully funded on Kickstarter in early 2015. Designed to capture the feel of exciting, high-energy mediums like Shounen anime and superhero comics, Valor allows players full customization of their character, from their abilities to their skills to their own unique techniques and attacks. Valor is played on a grid map and only uses a single ten-sided die. While the character creation options are many and varied, the game itself is easy to learn and play. We've created the game to be fun and easy to pick up for players who are new to tabletop RPGs, while still catering to more experienced fans looking for robust character creation and design.

Want to know what Valor is like to play? Read our reviews on Fatal and Friends and RPGNet, or listen to our 2018 International Tabletop Day Podcast!

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A Valor character builder to be released alongside Best in Class. The character builder will be available to all backers at at least the Freshman Tier and will contain the following features: 

  • Supported by Windows (Mac  compatibility to be determined)
  • Full character sheet that can manage all aspects of any type of character from Elite/PC characters to Masters, Flunkies, Soldiers and Swarms.
  • All skills, flaws, technique cores and technique modifiers loaded with a description of effect and cost up-to-date with the current errata.
  • Ability to automatically generate a random NPC build that will be viable in quick play, as well as set some parameters so it will focus on stats you select.
  • Ability to generate random names for both enemy types and techniques based on the build.

ABOUT VALOROUS GAMES

Valorous Games is a small independent game studio built to publish Valor: The Heroic RPG System. Valor began as a college project by Austin MacKenzie and Alan "Quinn" Gordon that saw publication in 2015. Since then, Valorous Games has been working to bring Valor to a wider audience and produce more content for the system. Valorous Games is currently managed and funded by Austin MacKenzie, who serves as the owner and lead designer.

Risks and challenges

The book text for Best in Class is completely finished, with edits and layouts currently in progress. The Kickstarter is to help us finish it faster and to release a physical print version of the book. The major remaining piece will be completing the artwork, which a majority of the funding will go toward, as well as completing the printing, which will consume the remainder of the funds. We are confident we will be able to release this book by early 2020 should we not receive funding, but the funding will tremendously accelerate our schedule.

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    Backers at the Professor tier will get to flex their creativity, and will receive a custom sheet for your character with artwork featured in the book. Backers will also receive all rewards available at the previous tier(s), excluding the Shopkeep Special reward.

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    Backers at the Donor tier will have an impact on the adventure path, and will be able to create an NPC for Best in Class. This NPC will be featured in a short sidequest as added bonus content for the adventure path. Backers at this tier will also receive physical and digital copies of Best in Class, and physical and digital copies of the Valor Core Rulebook.

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    Backers at our Sponsor tier will receive all previous backer tier rewards (excluding the Shopkeep Special tier), including a custom character sheet, NPC and sidequest featured in the Best in Class book.

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