UPDATE: The book is now available through DriveThruRPG.
So, let me start of by saying I was approached by the author, Scott Marchand Davis and asked to review the demo kit. That said, I have not been paid or otherwise bribed with free product or home baked cookies delivered to my house with a nice cup of milk.
Children of the Apocalypse is a new Savage Worlds licensed setting. The interesting twist in this one is the apocalypse was a war between the gods. Oh, and it is set in our world. The demo kit and the setting book will focus on the Northeastern area of the United States, specifically the Boston area. Now, the first stretch goal is them adding a second location fully fleshed out, Chicago! I’m personally psyched about this as I am a Chicago native.
The Demo kit is ten pages long. There is a cover page, a credits page and a Kickstarter splash page. The seven remaining pages are actually set up as two page spreads, so there is really fourteen pages of content! Pretty good for a demo kit.
Just from the kit, it looks like a very well thought out setting. There is enough of the history and world information to get whet your appetite! They have done a good job of providing enough world background information to get going. The introduction does a good job of setting up the campaign. The kit provides some of the new setting rules, four of the eight new human races they plan to introduce, and a decent list of the archetypes that are available to choose from. There is a brief description of each of the nine gods, which I particularly enjoyed reading up on. The kit is rounded out with a one sheet adventure and pregenerated characters. So you can actually run a session or two in the setting to see how your group takes to it.
The demo kit was just updated and now includes a form fillable character sheet. I really like this addition! I’m always a sucker for form fillable sheets.
Personally, I really like the thought put into the setting and I have high hopes for what the final product will have in it. I do not know if this would be a go-to setting for me, but I can definitely see running this as a short, 3-5 session mini-campaign.
Will I back it? Probably. There promises to be a lot of good information to mine for inspiration in my own games.
The Kickstarter went live on January 2nd and is running through January 31st. So there is plenty of time to get the Demo Kit and see for yourself if this is your cup of tea!
The Demo Kit can be gotten here.
And you can see the kickstarter page here.
Take a look at it and let me know if you agree with my opinion of it!