The Era: Survival – Expansions into the Unknown Kickstarter [ http://tinyurl.com/survival-expansions ] is still ongoing. As there are just a few days left, I thought I would speak briefly about the Core Rulebook for Era: Survival.
This full-colour, 230-page A4 book has been created to give you everything you need to explore Gaia.
Like all of our Rulebooks, it is divided into 5 parts.
Part 1 includes stories to describe what life is like there, details for the various areas which you may encounter, a list of factions (along with a brief description of their allies and enemies), and a one-page summary for people who want to get started right away!
Part 2 includes a huge number of character creation options, allowing you to define your Background, Quirks, Specialities and Karma for any character! It also includes the rules on levelling up.
Part 3 is devoted to Equipment and the Bestiary. The Equipment is divided into tiers, from 1 (extremely common) to 9 (a limited number exist in the world), and Crafting rules are included for those who wish to create improvised weapons or medicines in the field! The Bestiary includes a large number of creatures, as well as a number of biomorphs which they may undergo to increase their powers!
Part 4 is the Rules, and includes all of the rules that you need to play the game, including useful Flow Charts for Combat!
Part 5 is the GM Section. It includes general advice on running an Era: Survival game, along with some thoughts on what it means to play Survival Horror. Worked Examples are included as well, providing a detailed walkthrough of how various parts of the game work. Finally, it includes a huge range of pre-made campaigns, which vary in substance massively and will keep any group interested for 30 or more sessions!
This book embodies the essence of Era: Survival, and I cannot recommend it enough!
I hope you’ll join us in finding out the answer to the only question that matters on Gaia:
Will You Survive?