After the War

Created by Jason Pitre

A tabletop science-fiction roleplaying game of memetic horror.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

After the War - Fresh from the Printers
20 days ago – Tue, Sep 24, 2019 at 11:03:41 PM

Kind backers, I have excellent news.

This afternoon, I have gotten confirmation that the books have all been printed, and professionally bound. I will be driving down to the bindery to pick up approximately a metric ton of hardcover books. Once that happens, I will begin the long process of packaging and shipping the books to you fine folks.

Real books!

Locking Addresses

In order to finalize the shipping process, I will need to lock your shipping addresses in Backerkit soon. If you have just moved or want the book shipped elsewhere, please do this by September 30th.  As of October 1st, the addresses will be locked in and the books will start shipping.

Upgrading from Digital

We have a large number of digital backers for the game, and I wanted to offer an opportunity to upgrade to a physical product now that you can see what you will be getting. If you are interested in such an upgrade, please contact me and I will unlock your orders so you can get the relevant add-on. This will effectively allow anyone from the Proud Belter or Industrious Martian tiers to upgrade to Prosperous Terrans by paying the difference.

Retail Pickups

Along with all the direct shipments, we are also working with our fine retail partners. The following retailers have volunteered to allow backers to pick up their rewards for the store. You can both help your local retailer, and get a special bonus if you want to pick up your copy from one of these fine stores.

Of special note is Jim Likes Games, who sells at a number of conventions including Metatopia, in Morristown New Jersey. I will be hand-delivering a pile of games to him at this excellent game design convention, and I would encourage attendees to pick up your copies there.

I will also be reaching out to retailers so they can order their kickstarter copies for retail sale.

The Financials

Long story short, we had a few over-runs on the projects due to my enthusiasm in making the best book possible. This means that every upgrade and retail store pickup help me a great deal. We are going to be shipping out the books personally to cut on costs and we know that you are going to love the games.

Now if you will excuse me, I need to clear some space for a rather large number of books.

Jason Pitre, Genesis of Legend Publishing

After the War - Digital Version Complete!
about 1 month ago – Mon, Sep 02, 2019 at 10:42:17 PM

Hello Everyone!

I am extraordinarily pleased to announce that the final PDF version of After the War is now complete, and digital downloads are currently being distributed via Backerkit. If it doesn’t show up in your inbox, look in your spam filter or your backerkit account.

The current download includes…

  • The digital corebook (with bookmarks and image descriptions)
  • A blank character sheet
  • A standard GM Plot Map (for games using the standard Polvan Settlements)
  • A blank GM Plot Map (for custom games and off-world settlements).

Over the next week or two, I will be pulling together some additional game aids including handouts for each of the 6 Polvan Settlements, 3 Offworld Settlements, and some handy reference sheets. As soon as those are ready, I will upload everything to DriveThruRPG as well as the backerkit, and put the PDF version of the game up for public sale.

The Final Cover

This has been our biggest project to date, clocking in at a whopping 356 pages of awesome. We could have split up the content and packaged the second half as a supplement, but we wanted to make the game as accessible as possible.  This would not have been possible without my crack team of professionals including my co-conspirator Alasdair Stuart, and our editorial team of John Adamus, Frances Rowat, and Luke Elias.

I am sending the book to Canadian printers today, and then I should be reviewing the proofs before it gets sent to the bindery. I expect that it will probably take about a month’s time, but there are a number of variables in play. I will keep you folks informed as the books go through the production process.

Please feel free to talk online about your first impressions of the game with the hashtag #AfterTheWar and let your friends know they can pre-order physical copies of the book over at  https://after-the-war.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders Every pre-order of the physical book helps immensely.

Thank you so much for your support, and happy reading!

Jason Pitre, Genesis of Legend Publishing

July Production Update
3 months ago – Tue, Jul 09, 2019 at 05:42:24 PM

Hey folks, 

We have had a good amount of progress over the last month. I have been doing a heavy revision pass on the draft layout for the book, reading out the text aloud to catch awkward phrasing or errors. This process naturally led to some rewrites, reorganization, and general improvements to the book overall. This was paired with some additional polish on the layout front that has really helped things. 

I have completed the first half of the book (up to page 186) and sent it off to Frances a few days ago. While she works on the early chapters, I will be cleaning up the latter ones so that they are ready for her to tackle.  Things are working well so far and I have a few more preview spreads for your enjoyment.

Martian Origin
Martian Origin
Other Settlements
Other Settlements

Meanwhile, I have also been doing some print buying. I have settled on new printers who will be able to provide professional quality products are lower prices, to compensate for the increased page count of the product. I am happy to be working with a domestic printer and book bindery and I am impressed by samples of their work. 

Last, but certainly not least, is another amazing roleplaying game project that I have been contributing too over the last few months. Those of you who have listened to the actual play on "She's A Super Geek" will recognize the name Catherine Ramen. She has just launched her kickstarter campaign for Red Carnations on a Black Grave, where you play doomed french proto-communists in 1871 Paris. I will be doing the layout for the amazing game and I suspect that you might want to check it out. 

Red Carnations on a Black Grave
Red Carnations on a Black Grave

Have a great July and look forward to an August update!

Jason Pitre, Genesis of Legend Publishing

June Update – Draft Layout Complete!
4 months ago – Mon, Jun 10, 2019 at 10:47:52 PM

It’s been about a month since our last update, but I am very proud to report that we have completed the first draft layout of After the War. All of the text is currently on the pages along with the art, though the document is still filled with pg. xx references and a number of small items that need attention. The importance of this stage, though, is to determine the final page count.

When I finish another polishing pass on the layout, I will be handing the near final PDF to Frances Rowat, who will be taking a look at the document with fresh eyes to see any minor issues that John and I missed in our previous revision passes. We want to make sure you get the best version of the game and her help will be greatly appreciated.

The Expansion Problem

When I was planning the kickstarter, I secured a handful of print quotes based on a forecast of a 264 page book. This estimate was based on my initial wordcount for the project and my experience on Sig: Manual of the Primes, however it didn’t quite account for all of the additional stretch goal content & art for the book. It also didn’t account for the fact that I found some areas of the text that needed to be expanded for clarity. 

The current page count for the book is now 368 pages, which is a little bit larger than my previous plans. I just sent off another five print quote requests to secure some more competitive printing prices, and I’m investigating a few ways to reduce shipping costs.

Fortunately, I planned the budget for the project with a bit of room for unforeseen contingencies such as this. We are still on schedule to print and ship the book despite this challenge. 

Sneak Peeks!

Here’s a choice selection of layout images for your enjoyment. 

Chapter Opening
Chapter Opening
Terran Origin Spread
Terran Origin Spread
Settlement Sheet (Warframe Yard)
Settlement Sheet (Warframe Yard)
The Permancer
The Permancer
Xenobiology!
Xenobiology!

With that, I will return to print-buying and layout! Thank you again for all of your support.

Jason Pitre, Genesis of Legend Publishing

After the War – Text Version Released!
5 months ago – Sun, May 05, 2019 at 09:58:05 PM

Hello Everyone! 

I know that we hoped to get you folks the full text be the end of April, but no plan survives contact with the enemy. That said, we now have a ton of progress and have plenty of good news, so let’s get to it. 

The Text

I am very happy to announce that we have completed the plain text version of After the War. The first 11 chapters have been fully revised, while the final chapter is currently in the final edits. As such, we have been able to put together a pre-layout version of the text which is now available on the Backerkit digital downloads. You should be receiving an email from Backerkit to that effect shortly. If you don’t receive this download, please get in touch with me directly. 

We have completed several revision passes on the text, but there is always room for improvement from fresh perspectives. If you find any sections of text that are unclear, rules questions, typos or grammar issues, we would invite you to fill in our handy corrections form at https://forms.gle/Le4Jm7QFemZXJ7icA 

Anyone who provides feedback on the form will have the option to be listed as a proofreader in the credits for the book. 

The Art

The vast majority of the art for the project is now complete. Claudia Cangini has finished a total of 32 amazing portraits including those for the five backers at the Black Sky Executive Tier!  

The Black Sky Executive Backers
The Black Sky Executive Backers

Claudia also completed three stunning half-page pieces, and is in the process of finishing off the last three. 

Juan Ochoa has been hard at work as well, completing 28 xenobiology/ecology sketches, as well as 18 half-page pieces of interior art. A couple pieces are presented below for your enjoyment. 

Hummers and a Moment of Discovery
Hummers and a Moment of Discovery

Meanwhile, Damien Holder has completed the final version of the 6 Polvan settlement maps, and the sketch stage for the three off-world settlements. You can see an example of a military outpost below below! 

The Fort Bligh Military Outpost
The Fort Bligh Military Outpost

The Layout

Now almost all of the art and the text are complete, it’s time to dive into the layout. I expect that it will take a couple months to pull it together and that my June update will have some samples of the work for you. 

I haven’t been idle though. Here is the new and improved version of the Game Master Plot Map for your enjoyment. This is the key worksheet that the GM uses to keep track of the drama between the settlements, face characters (NPCs), and the player characters. It’s divided into History Threads (Settlement <> NPC interactions) and Relationship Threads (NPC <> PC interactions). 

The GM Plot Map Sheet
The GM Plot Map Sheet

Stretch Goals

  •  Strange Gifts: Complete and illustrated for chapter 12, currently in editing.  
  •  AI Song Archives: Complete in backer update 8. 
  •  Covenant Yard: Complete, available in the plain text version of the game. 
  •  Recordings from Earth: On hold until the layout is complete and the PDF’s are in people’s hands.  
  •  Precursor’s Expansion: Complete and illustrated for chapter 12, currently in editing.  
  •  Polvan Cartographer: The core settlements are done and the off-world settlement maps are in progress. 
  •  Offworld Settlements: Complete and illustrated for chapter 12, currently in editing.

Pre-Orders

If you know anyone who missed the kickstarter campaign but want in, they can pre-order the PDF and print versions over at   https://after-the-war.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders 

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Thank you for your time, and happy reading! 

Jason Pitre, Genesis of Legend Publishing