Donavan Lambertus is creating The ENIGMATIC setting for the CEPHEUS ENGINE rpg
2

patrons

$2
per paid module
I've been developing content for the Traveller role playing game for years, first as a hobbyist releasing free content, and I decided to try my hand at self publishing in late 2011.  Over the last two years, DSL Ironworks has released around a dozen products, focused mainly around deck plans and starships.  Up to this point, DSL Ironworks had been focused on development of the Foreven sector in the Official Traveller Universe, under the Traveller OGL and Foreven Free licenses. With the release of Mongoose Traveller 2.0, those licenses are being phased out, and all Traveller materials are being released on Drivethrurpg.com under the Travellers Aid Society tag. Unfortunately, due to changes in the licensing structure, control of intellectual property, and an increase in royalties, all Foreven material has been removed for sale.

That being said, DSL Ironworks has shifted focus in a couple of ways.  The first is the move to supporting the CEPHEUS ENGINE, which is a 2d6 sci-fi game system based off existing OGL materials with an old school feel. The second shift is away from a published setting (the official Traveller universe) to an original setting called ENIGMATIC. The basis of this setting is near future, near earth, gritty sci-fi in the tradition of some of my favorite shows- Alien, Blade Runner, Outland, The Expanse, Space: Above and Beyond, Space: 1999, and a host of others.

I'd like to take the entire project to the next level, make it more accessible to my patrons (you!), and increase the overall quality of my products.  Your support can help me do that, and in the process, you'll have access to the content that I generate as soon as it's finished, rather than waiting for a completed product to be released (although as a patron, you'll have access to the final product as well).  

Here's how it works. Each month, I'll be releasing several modules, consisting of 3-5+ pages of content related to a given subject in the ENIGMATIC setting- maps, art, stats, etc.  To start with, we'll have ten types of modules being released - ships, vehicles, planets, subsectors, locations, organizations, aliens, animals, non-player characters, and short adventures.  Even non-patrons will be able to follow my progress through the background text and fiction that will be posted for free.  I aim to release between two and five modules per month; these modules may or may not be related to each other.  All of them will pertain to the Enigmatic setting.  So, for example, one month I may release a ship, the vehicle it carries, the organization that uses the ship, and a short adventure that uses all three.  The next month, I may release three ships and two vehicles that are completely unrelated.  This ensures a variety of content that patrons have access to right away, gives me a bit more freedom to work on things that I'd like to focus on, and helps keep me from getting burned out on a given topic (such as working up all 120 planets in one shot). Some of these modules will be released as a paid product, for which your pledge will be charged. There may be multiple paid products over the course of the month, but Patreon does allow you to limit the amount spent each month so you can maintain a budget.

Once I've got enough material to put out a finished product (a book of ships, for example), those items will be collected, re-edited, and laid out for a final product that will be available to the general public and my patrons.  As a patron, you'll have access to everything much sooner than the final release.  You'll also be receiving rewards and perks that you won't be able to get anywhere else.

I'm very excited about exploring the ENIGMATIC universe, and I hope you'll join me in that exploration.
Rewards
The Adventurer
$1 or more per paid module 2 patrons
The Adventurer ($1.00 per module)

You have my thanks, and I'll show you wonders you haven't seen before.
  • Access to my patreon stream, where you'll recieve 2-5 modules per month. A module consists of 3-5+ pages of content for some aspect of the ENIGMATIC setting - subsector, planet, location, vehicle, starship, NPC, aliens, animals, organization, or adventure. You'll have access to all of this stuff immediately, no waiting for a final product to be produced!
  • The patreon stream will also include all sorts of goodies - flavor text, fiction, work-in-progress pictures, and more.
    The Shareholder
    $2 or more per paid module 0 patrons
    The Shareholder ($2.00 per module)

    You have my thanks, and I'll show you wonders you haven't seen before.
    • Access to my patreon stream, where you'll recieve 2-5 modules per month. A module consists of 3-5+ pages of content for some aspect of the ENIGMATIC setting - subsector, planet, location, vehicle, starship, NPC, aliens, animals, organization, or adventure. You'll have access to all of this stuff immediately, no waiting for a final product to be produced!
    • The patreon stream will also include all sorts of goodies - flavor text, fiction, work-in-progress pictures, and more.
    The Manager
    $3 or more per paid module 0 patrons
    The Manager ($3.00 per month)

    You have my thanks, and I'll show you wonders you haven't seen before.
    • Access to my patreon stream, where you'll recieve 2-5 modules per month. A module consists of 3-5+ pages of content for some aspect of the ENIGMATIC setting - subsector, planet, location, vehicle, starship, NPC, aliens, animals, organization, or adventure. You'll have access to all of this stuff immediately, no waiting for a final product to be produced!
    • The patreon stream will also include all sorts of goodies - flavor text, fiction, work-in-progress pictures, and more.
      The Executive
      $4 or more per paid module 0 patrons
      The Executive ($5.00 per month)

      You have my thanks, and I'll show you wonders you haven't seen before.
      • Access to my patreon stream, where you'll recieve 2-5 modules per month. A module consists of 3-5+ pages of content for some aspect of the ENIGMATIC setting - subsector, planet, location, vehicle, starship, NPC, aliens, animals, organization, or adventure. You'll have access to all of this stuff immediately, no waiting for a final product to be produced!
      • The patreon stream will also include all sorts of goodies - flavor text, fiction, work-in-progress pictures, and more.
      The CEO
      $10 or more per paid module 0 patrons
      The CEO ($10.00+ per month)


      You have my thanks, and I'll show you wonders you haven't seen before.
      • Access to my patreon stream, where you'll recieve 2-5 modules per month. A module consists of 3-5+ pages of content for some aspect of the ENIGMATIC setting - subsector, planet, location, vehicle, starship, NPC, aliens, animals, organization, or adventure. You'll have access to all of this stuff immediately, no waiting for a final product to be produced!
      • The patreon stream will also include all sorts of goodies - flavor text, fiction, work-in-progress pictures, and more.
        The Enigma
        $25 or more per paid module 0 patrons
        The Enigma ($25.00+ per module)


        You have my thanks, and I'll show you wonders you haven't seen before.
        • Access to my patreon stream, where you'll recieve 2-5 modules per month. A module consists of 3-5+ pages of content for some aspect of the ENIGMATIC setting - subsector, planet, location, vehicle, starship, NPC, aliens, animals, organization, or adventure. You'll have access to all of this stuff immediately, no waiting for a final product to be produced!
        • The patreon stream will also include all sorts of goodies - flavor text, fiction, work-in-progress pictures, and more.
        Goals
        $2 of $100 per paid module
        If I reach this goal, I can afford to upgrade to some better computer hardware, which will help to produce content faster.
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        I've been developing content for the Traveller role playing game for years, first as a hobbyist releasing free content, and I decided to try my hand at self publishing in late 2011.  Over the last two years, DSL Ironworks has released around a dozen products, focused mainly around deck plans and starships.  Up to this point, DSL Ironworks had been focused on development of the Foreven sector in the Official Traveller Universe, under the Traveller OGL and Foreven Free licenses. With the release of Mongoose Traveller 2.0, those licenses are being phased out, and all Traveller materials are being released on Drivethrurpg.com under the Travellers Aid Society tag. Unfortunately, due to changes in the licensing structure, control of intellectual property, and an increase in royalties, all Foreven material has been removed for sale.

        That being said, DSL Ironworks has shifted focus in a couple of ways.  The first is the move to supporting the CEPHEUS ENGINE, which is a 2d6 sci-fi game system based off existing OGL materials with an old school feel. The second shift is away from a published setting (the official Traveller universe) to an original setting called ENIGMATIC. The basis of this setting is near future, near earth, gritty sci-fi in the tradition of some of my favorite shows- Alien, Blade Runner, Outland, The Expanse, Space: Above and Beyond, Space: 1999, and a host of others.

        I'd like to take the entire project to the next level, make it more accessible to my patrons (you!), and increase the overall quality of my products.  Your support can help me do that, and in the process, you'll have access to the content that I generate as soon as it's finished, rather than waiting for a completed product to be released (although as a patron, you'll have access to the final product as well).  

        Here's how it works. Each month, I'll be releasing several modules, consisting of 3-5+ pages of content related to a given subject in the ENIGMATIC setting- maps, art, stats, etc.  To start with, we'll have ten types of modules being released - ships, vehicles, planets, subsectors, locations, organizations, aliens, animals, non-player characters, and short adventures.  Even non-patrons will be able to follow my progress through the background text and fiction that will be posted for free.  I aim to release between two and five modules per month; these modules may or may not be related to each other.  All of them will pertain to the Enigmatic setting.  So, for example, one month I may release a ship, the vehicle it carries, the organization that uses the ship, and a short adventure that uses all three.  The next month, I may release three ships and two vehicles that are completely unrelated.  This ensures a variety of content that patrons have access to right away, gives me a bit more freedom to work on things that I'd like to focus on, and helps keep me from getting burned out on a given topic (such as working up all 120 planets in one shot). Some of these modules will be released as a paid product, for which your pledge will be charged. There may be multiple paid products over the course of the month, but Patreon does allow you to limit the amount spent each month so you can maintain a budget.

        Once I've got enough material to put out a finished product (a book of ships, for example), those items will be collected, re-edited, and laid out for a final product that will be available to the general public and my patrons.  As a patron, you'll have access to everything much sooner than the final release.  You'll also be receiving rewards and perks that you won't be able to get anywhere else.

        I'm very excited about exploring the ENIGMATIC universe, and I hope you'll join me in that exploration.

        Recent posts by Donavan Lambertus

        Rewards
        The Adventurer
        $1 or more per paid module 2 patrons
        The Adventurer ($1.00 per module)

        You have my thanks, and I'll show you wonders you haven't seen before.
        • Access to my patreon stream, where you'll recieve 2-5 modules per month. A module consists of 3-5+ pages of content for some aspect of the ENIGMATIC setting - subsector, planet, location, vehicle, starship, NPC, aliens, animals, organization, or adventure. You'll have access to all of this stuff immediately, no waiting for a final product to be produced!
        • The patreon stream will also include all sorts of goodies - flavor text, fiction, work-in-progress pictures, and more.
          The Shareholder
          $2 or more per paid module 0 patrons
          The Shareholder ($2.00 per module)

          You have my thanks, and I'll show you wonders you haven't seen before.
          • Access to my patreon stream, where you'll recieve 2-5 modules per month. A module consists of 3-5+ pages of content for some aspect of the ENIGMATIC setting - subsector, planet, location, vehicle, starship, NPC, aliens, animals, organization, or adventure. You'll have access to all of this stuff immediately, no waiting for a final product to be produced!
          • The patreon stream will also include all sorts of goodies - flavor text, fiction, work-in-progress pictures, and more.
          The Manager
          $3 or more per paid module 0 patrons
          The Manager ($3.00 per month)

          You have my thanks, and I'll show you wonders you haven't seen before.
          • Access to my patreon stream, where you'll recieve 2-5 modules per month. A module consists of 3-5+ pages of content for some aspect of the ENIGMATIC setting - subsector, planet, location, vehicle, starship, NPC, aliens, animals, organization, or adventure. You'll have access to all of this stuff immediately, no waiting for a final product to be produced!
          • The patreon stream will also include all sorts of goodies - flavor text, fiction, work-in-progress pictures, and more.
            The Executive
            $4 or more per paid module 0 patrons
            The Executive ($5.00 per month)

            You have my thanks, and I'll show you wonders you haven't seen before.
            • Access to my patreon stream, where you'll recieve 2-5 modules per month. A module consists of 3-5+ pages of content for some aspect of the ENIGMATIC setting - subsector, planet, location, vehicle, starship, NPC, aliens, animals, organization, or adventure. You'll have access to all of this stuff immediately, no waiting for a final product to be produced!
            • The patreon stream will also include all sorts of goodies - flavor text, fiction, work-in-progress pictures, and more.
            The CEO
            $10 or more per paid module 0 patrons
            The CEO ($10.00+ per month)


            You have my thanks, and I'll show you wonders you haven't seen before.
            • Access to my patreon stream, where you'll recieve 2-5 modules per month. A module consists of 3-5+ pages of content for some aspect of the ENIGMATIC setting - subsector, planet, location, vehicle, starship, NPC, aliens, animals, organization, or adventure. You'll have access to all of this stuff immediately, no waiting for a final product to be produced!
            • The patreon stream will also include all sorts of goodies - flavor text, fiction, work-in-progress pictures, and more.
              The Enigma
              $25 or more per paid module 0 patrons
              The Enigma ($25.00+ per module)


              You have my thanks, and I'll show you wonders you haven't seen before.
              • Access to my patreon stream, where you'll recieve 2-5 modules per month. A module consists of 3-5+ pages of content for some aspect of the ENIGMATIC setting - subsector, planet, location, vehicle, starship, NPC, aliens, animals, organization, or adventure. You'll have access to all of this stuff immediately, no waiting for a final product to be produced!
              • The patreon stream will also include all sorts of goodies - flavor text, fiction, work-in-progress pictures, and more.