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is creating the Gateway Station and the Protectorate sourcebook for equinox

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The gargantuan ring structure known as Gateway Station is a shining beacon in the night, a marvel of human engineering and a symbol of the Protectorate’s dominance over the Sol system. The station threads the vast expanse of the Earth Belt and houses more than three billion people, countless industrial facilities, space ports, docks, warehouses, and military areas, as well as the Protectorate headquarters.

“Gateway was never about control over the Sol system, but rather control over the Earth Nexus. Without the Nexus, the Consortium cannot trade, and without trade the whole rotten alliance would fall.”
—Zamma, Underdog

“The truth is that the station predates the Protectorate. If some of the stories I’ve heard are true it predates the Great Netherwar, too. The Protectorate just set up where the demons left off.”
—Garny, Zerog Faceman

After the success of our Bits & Pieces Article Series, we decided to continue this crowdfunding model to write a sourcebook about Gateway Station and the Protectorate, one chapter at a time. Each chapter will be at least 3,000 words in length. We intend to release one of these every two months, so the series will run for an entire year. As a bonus, we will include a few more special issues in between, continuing the Elite Paths series.


The release schedule for Gateway Station and the Protectorate looks like this:

  • 01 - Welcome to Gateway: March 1st, 2018 - Published!
  • 02 - The Inner Ring: May/June, 2018 - Published!
  • 03 - The Bowels: August 1st, 2018 - Published!
  • 04 - The Void: October 1st, 2018 - Published!
  • 05 - The Government: January 1st, 2019 - Published!
  • 06 - The Fleet: March 4th, 2019 - Published!

Each chapter features a description of the location(s), the physics and magic involved, history, politics, laws, rumors, and so on. We intend to include adventure hooks, new technology, nethertech, new ships, and new gamemaster characters.

Elite Paths Special Issues

The Elite Paths series expands each mystic Path in equinox with new and unique advancement options. The page count of each issue is considerably higher, so there is likely no (or not much) artwork in them. These serve as playtesting material available exclusively to you at this stage!

  • Elite Paths - Spellslingers: Available to all Patrons
  • Elite Paths - Conjurers: February 1st, 2018 - Published!
  • Elite Paths - Crafters: April 1st, 2018 - Published!
  • Elite Paths - Peacekeepers: July 1st, 2018 - Published!
  • Elite Paths - Pilots: September 1st, 2018 - Published!
  • Elite Paths - Merchants: November 1st, 2018 - Published!
  • Elite Paths - Soldiers: February 1st, 2019 - Published!
  • Elite Paths - Venturers: June 1st, 2019 - Published!
  • Elite Paths - Seekers: October 1st, 2019 - Published!


The writers on this project are: 

The funds collected for these releases will be used for illustrations, at least one per chapter. We will likely add more when preparing the material for print at a later stage. That said, we need the support of dedicated fans to help finance the artwork for Gateway Station and the Protectorate. And that's where you come in!

The Bang for your Buck

Because your support means a lot to us, you'll receive the chapters earlier and in various formats (PDF, printer-friendly PDF, and formatted Text). You can also influence the way this goes by adding feedback or raising topics you’d like to see addressed. Your input will help shaping the book and its contents, and to some extent, the Equinox Universe. When the series goes to print, we will also provide you with a print-at-cost coupon from DTRPG and a PDF of the book.

What is "equinox"?

equinox is a future fantasy roleplaying game of stunning action, frightening intrigue, and mystical powers, set in a war-ravaged dark future. Designed for larger-than-life characters with special and extremely powerful abilities, the game provides everything you need to run roleplaying games in this universe.

The setting focuses on the lawless Sol system and the shattered remains of Earth, now known as the Earth Belt. The characters are restless outcasts and misfits living on the fringe of galactic society. The basic setting considers them being rebels and pirates, encouraging stories with an emphasis on space battles, fighting the forces of evil, and carving out a living on the edge of the universe. If your jaw dropped while watching Star Wars and you enjoyed the grittiness of Firefly and Serenity, and the pulp of The Ice Pirates, then this is your game ... on steroids. The characters in this future fantasy space opera game are larger than life, outcasts wielding mystic powers and nethertech relics, perfect Hollywood action heroes playing parts in a fantastic saga set in space in a faraway future. For you and your friends, equinox will be a hell of a ride.

Find out more on our homepage at!

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