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Living is hard, now that society has fallen. We used to complain that our lives were boring. These days, every moment is a struggle. Every meal is earned. Every breath is precious. Dangers roam the landscape, both human and worse. Few survive, and numbers dwindle. Those who manage to live long are legend, hardened heroes or monstrous villains. You are among them.

Your canteen, your weapon, your food: these are the most precious treasures in the world. But once you reach our level you might start wanting more, the whispered wonders yet to be uncovered. Secrets of old ready to come back into the harsh light of this fallen world. 

Will you plumb those depths and scour the wastelands for what we’ve lost? Will you band together with fellow survivors, watching each other’s backs in the treacherous night? Will you lend a blistered hand to rebuilding society in this hell of a world? Or will you break what is left of it, and remake it anew? 

HELLSCAPES is the beaten and battered manual you need to run post-apocalyptic survival games. We’ve scavenged the noble bones of Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition, reworking its lightweight materials into twisted mechanics to serve our needs. We bastardize classes into those that suit the wastes, allowing for new and dangerous heroes to arise. We’ve repurposed the raw materials of Feats and Backgrounds to reflect the storylines of hardened scavengers. We recast Races into Origins, allowing you to customize tribes, mutations, and robotic enhancements to suit the hellish campaign settings you choose. 

Need a game where society collapses as the dead rise to consume the living? Want to see how you’d fare against the unblinking gaze of robotic overlords? Hope to lead the uprising of a human resistance against alien conquerors? We’ve got the system for you. 

HELLSCAPES includes all the post-apocalyptic baddies your DM needs to tear you limb from limb, leaving more food for those who remain. Just kidding, we’re sure you’ll make it tough guy. 

We’re building HELLSCAPES on the engine that drives our last Kickstarter, the highly successful HYPERLANES. There we showed that magical spells could be converted into a system of gambits, where skill and pluck can easily play out as powerful but limited abilities. Here we go further, inventing hundreds of new Gambits for deployment against barbaric raiders and hostile environments alike. 

Built lightweight and simple, gambits allow for creative uses beyond our own limited imaginings. This is where players flourish, bending raw Gambits to the needs of the moment in bursts of creativity. 

We’ve even made sure to include Gambits for use in daring vehicular chases. If you want hellish landscapes traversed by spike-mounted dune buggies and cargo trucks, we’ve got you covered. Since HYPERLANES was made to handle space flight, we’ve got this vehicles thing down pat. HELLSCAPES is all about action movie stunts and gasoline explosions.


 
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Brian L July 26, 2018 12:47 am UTC
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I was a kickstarter for this and I never received my PDF, have tried via the KS page and messages to find out how I get my copy. Just trying here in case the company sees this...?
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Derek H May 19, 2018 7:28 pm UTC
Still wondering if there is any rules for modifying technology.

And when might the POD be released?
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Todd S July 15, 2018 12:21 pm UTC
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I wouldn't hold my breath on the POD. It's been over two months since they last communicated on the Kickstarter page, and that last communication was that they were going to send out the physical rewards in a couple of weeks. Well, that never happened and they've been silent ever since. They were never very good about sending updates anyway, so there's a chance they'll still show back up at some point. I'm going to do what I suggested though and not hold my breath.
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Sascha K April 15, 2018 4:06 pm UTC
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Hello,
do you plan an errata, as there are Gambits (Unload, Coordinate and maybe other) missing and other errors?
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RYAN C April 27, 2018 5:28 pm UTC
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Yep, we should real soon have an update to the file, with the index from the forthcoming POD version, and fixing a few problems.
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RN M April 06, 2018 6:47 am UTC
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Just finished thumbing through the PDF. Decent mechanics and a good translation of 5e's core game loop from fantasy to apocalyptic.

That being said, I do have some criticisms.
1a. There should be a copy of the character sheet in the book itself. I know you have a free download, but it's not the same.
1b. The character sheet needs another layer of polish. I find the best character sheets resemble an In-universe document. D&D's sheet gives an art deco scroll look, while Dark Heresy resembles a manuscript, and Shadowrun is futuristic looking. The Hellscapes character sheet squanders the awesome art direction of the book, and kinda looks bland. It also probably should have a bit more detail in gear, considering how much emphasis carry weight has.
2. There needs to be a GM Section. The book seems content on dropping tables GMs might need where-ever, meaning you'd need to remember to bookmark those pages if you wanted to run the game and do something on the fly. It uses the...See more
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Derek H April 05, 2018 7:16 pm UTC
Are there rules for repairing and modifying technology?
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Devin P April 05, 2018 6:55 pm UTC
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Hello everyone, I'm very interested in this system but I see that there may have been some issues with downloading the PDF? I don't want to buy this if it is incomplete or inaccessible. Hopefully someone can respond to this soon. Also want to be sure there is no system errors or if this is a work in progress or not. Thanks!
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Brian C March 26, 2018 5:20 pm UTC
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I'm a $20 backer on kickstarter how do I link these accounts? I see other backers talking about how they have downloaded the book already.
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Jeremy G March 25, 2018 12:46 pm UTC
Is this going to be made available for print on demand?
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RYAN C March 20, 2018 12:36 am UTC
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Ok, I uploaded the file a second time and that seems to have fixed things. Sorry about that.

They're both identical incidentally. Hope nobody gets too confused. I'll see about removing one of them in the long run.
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SD H March 19, 2018 11:07 pm UTC
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I'm getting a source file cannot be found error on this book
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March 19, 2018 11:11 pm UTC
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Same here. So near and yet so far.
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Clark L March 20, 2018 12:04 am UTC
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Me too.
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