The Amethyst Kickstarter started by Dias Ex Machina hit 90% this past weekend, leaving only 5 days left to make up $750. We are so close, I am really hoping we’ll make it.
In the past few months, the campaign has gone through several updates.
1: Revised rewards.
Pledge $5 or more
Contributor Level: Get your name in the credits of our core rule book as a contributor. Every little bit helps. Also receive four brand-new high resolution wallpaper images from Amethyst. Pledge $10 or more Art Nut Level: Contributor rewards + you get a digital copy of the Amethyst Artbook—a promotional book detailing the dozens of sketches and color images created for Amethyst. You’ll also receive a pre-release preview of Amethyst Factions 30 days before the release of the main rulebook.
Pledge $20 or more
Factions Level (FOR RETURNING AMETHYST PLAYERS): Art Nut rewards + you’ll receive a digital copy of the Amethyst Factions rulebook (for every system Amethyst supports) as well as a digital copy of the Amethyst novel, Aiden’s Way. You’ll also be able to acquire the POD edition of any digital books in premium color at cost from RPGNow.
Pledge $20 or more
Amethyst Starter (FOR NEW AMETHYST PLAYERS): Art Nut rewards + you’ll receive a digital copy of the Amethyst core rulebook (for every system Amethyst supports). You’ll also be able to acquire the POD edition of any digital books in premium color at cost from RPGNow.
Pledge $40 or more
Complete Amethyst: Factions rewards + you’ll receive digital copies of every Amethyst product created via this Kickstarter (core rulebooks, Factions, and the Hearts of Chaos–Complete adventure). You’ll also be able to acquire the POD edition of any digital books in premium color at cost from RPGNow.
Pledge $70 or more
Amethyst Overload: Complete Amethyst rewards + you’ll receive ALL old and new Amethyst color art in SUPER-high resolution available as a digital download. Over a hundred illustrations, more than four gigabytes of art with permission to print said art, hang it on a wall, put it on a shirt, etc.
Pledge $100 or more
Techan Fanatic: Amethyst Art Overload rewards + you’ll also receive personalized signed art inserts from both writer Chris Dias and artist Nick Greenwood. You’ll also have your name or your character’s name added into the Amethyst lore. In addition, you will receive the print edition of one of the PDFs offered by the Kickstarter (your choice). For those collectors out there, you’ll also receive PDF’s from every product DEM offers until now (including Ultramodern4, Apex, NeuroSpasta, and all previous Amethyst products).
Pledge $250 or more
True Saint: Techan Fanatic + you’ll receive a customized 8×10 image by Nick Greenwood of your character or character of your choosing. Said illustration may even find itself in the main book. You’ll also be invited to name a city/region in the final publication and add additional detail in said entry. (The end results of everything you provide will be held by Dias Ex Machina Games. We reserve the right to reject or modify unsuitable suggestions.) In addition, you will receive the print editions of two (total) of the PDFs offered by the Kickstarter (your choice). You and up to four of your friends will also be invited to a personalized online Amethyst game experience run by game creator Chris Dias. Said session/s will run around 4-6 hours total and will be a fully personalized experience not found in any published form. You’ll also have access to an exclusive developer forum allowing access to early artwork and game concepts.
NOTE: Alternately, instead of a customized game session, you can have a hand in creating additional content for Amethyst. This can be either a mini module to be released as an additional adventure for everyone that pledged $40 or more or an entire section of the world map you will be able to develop with the original creator of Amethyst.
Pledge $500 or more
One of the Angels: True Saint rewards + you become an official sponsor of Amethyst, with a separate credit. You and up to four of your friends will gain the benefits from the “Techan Fanatic” level. In addition, you will receive the print editions of three (total) of the PDFs offered by the Kickstarter (your choice). Your group will also be invited to a personalized online Amethyst game experience—a mini-campaign run by game creator Chris Dias. Said sessions could run between 12-18 hours total and will be a fully personalized experience not found in any published form. Your group’s characters will be illustrated by Nick Greenwood with a digital and print of the artwork, signed by the artist. Your customized module with characters and original artwork will also be compiled and released as an additional adventure for everyone that pledged 40$ or more.
NOTE: Alternately, instead of a customized campaign, you can have a hand in creating a full adventure to be released as an additional adventure for everyone that pledged $40 or more. You will receive top writing credit for said adventure. Original artwork will be created and you will have a hand that development as well!
2. Fate Core Previews
For anyone who’s still on the fence (or anyone who’d like a sneak preview) here’s a mockup of the kind of thing you can expect from the Fate version.
An overview of how the species rules work: you can choose the species vocation as one of your six (vocations use the same pyramid as approaches), or if you don’t feel like investing in it, you can default to +0 (with your own species only). The vocation gives you permission to do everything in the entire writeup and select the species stunts (which only make you better at things you can already do, not usually let you do things you couldn’t before). If you want to be better at it, you just take the vocation at a higher rank. If you want to be much better and more focused/more flexible at it, you take a species aspect (and if you take the species vocation at +3, you HAVE to take a species aspect).
3. D & D Next
We’ve mentioned on the Kickstarter that we have it on authority that there will be at least a SRD (Systems Reference Document) and probably an OGL (Open Gaming License) for D&D Next (DDN). WOTC is committed in rebuilding their 3PP (3rd Party Publisher) base after 4E. DEM was the first to sign (so goes the rumor) to the GSL (Gaming System License), and we’re even more confident now. The release date for the DDN version of Amethyst will only be announced once we have the DDN final rules in hand–Amethyst will not be a rules-free version–it will be a fully adapted setting using D&D Next.
4. Systems Supported
The Kickstarter will now support the following rule systems.
4th Edition D&D