Apocalypse the Risen Campaign Setting (5E & Pathfinder)

Created by Rusted Portal Games

Battle undead and demonic horrors ravaging post-apocalyptic Earth 25 years after the Rise. DnD Fifth Edition (5E) & Pathfinder RPG.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

In Light of Recent TTRPG Events: an AtR Update
about 2 months ago – Sat, Jun 18, 2022 at 09:29:42 AM

Greetings Survivors,

Appreciation: The Rusted Portal Colony wishes to take a quick moment out of your day to remind you that you and our contributors are dearly appreciated. In light of recent events, know that first we will deliver all aspects of this project as has always been promised and that we promptly pay all contributors for their delivered work (artists, writers, etc.). This industry relies on the creative endeavors of many talents. We keep as much in-house as we can (an ever-growing list), and the work outsourced valued and paid for immediately.

Quality over Timeliness: As a company, we have gone through many changes, especially over the last three years, which will be detailed in the next update. And since this Kickstarter, have learned lessons you cannot buy through means other than just doing the thing. As much as that learning is a gift to us, the results of that gift will be delivered to you 10-fold. We make no light over being much later than we ever thought possible. However, we also know that greatly shifted timeline will be the thing that builds fans for a lifetime of gaming joy and insanity. The reason being that the product we deliver will be the best Apocalypse the Risen game you could ever have expected.

Goal: We will be delivering all chapters and art to layout by the end of July. With that timing, our hope is that going to print by the end of this calendar year is within reach. This goal is not a reach or over-promise, but one in which we believe possible at this time. The next update we deliver will be me telling you we have gone to layout and describing all of the exciting changes to the Rusted Portal Colony since we formed and kicked off this project.

Thank you: Again, we offer you our thanks and sincere appreciation for backing this project and sticking with us for the long haul to delivering a product we can be proud of and you can enjoy playing. And we take this time again to tell you that we stand with the freelance contributors we have employed and those who continue to make this a thriving, supportive, and fun community. As much as I am guilty of trying to do it all myself, I am so very aware and thankful for the insights and talents of those who've contributed to Rusted Portal being this far towards successfully delivering on what you have backed. Can you see an exhaustive list of contributors on the credits and backers pages in the PDF, or on the Drive Thru RPG products page for AtR PF. We appreciate, pay, and credit all involved.


Donaven Brines-Founder & CEO (Rusted Portal Games)

AtR 5E Design Share & Progress Update
11 months ago – Sun, Sep 26, 2021 at 12:23:07 PM

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AtR PF Shipment Complete!
over 1 year ago – Mon, May 03, 2021 at 06:39:57 PM

Greetings Survivors,

Unless you are one of a few people that received communication from me directly, ALL Pathfinder 1E AtR deliveries are in progress. Some are starting to be delivered, all Europe plus shipments (outside US and Canada) are shipping directly from the UK printer and will arrive a couple weeks later. We took great care in packaging but of course, things can happen in shipping. Let us know if you've got any issues and we'll figure it out promptly. However, the US and CA shipments were fulfilled by hand so each book was manually inspected before being shipped and looked good!

Thank you all, can't wait for the next.

- Donaven, Rusted Portal Games

Apocalypse the Risen Shipping & Update:
over 1 year ago – Fri, Apr 30, 2021 at 09:30:38 AM

Faithful Survivors,

The Rusted Portal Colony stands firm and we're here to share some fantastic news. Despite the odds and doubts, we are very excited to let you know that progress and delivery is ongoing. Split update below for AtR Pathfinder and AtR 5E backers. It is good and we're stoked to be spending this time with you. Enough fluff, here's the good stuff...

AtR Pathfinder: Shipping!

All US and Canada shipments of Apocalypse the Risen for Pathfinder 1E have been shipped! Expect delivery in about 10 days, depending on your location. The further from the US West coast the longer. Please let us know when they arrive and mark as delivered. We appreciate you and can't wait for you to start digging into these books. And even better, hearing about you getting your first campaigns started. Looking forward to sharing in that with all of you. If we don't have your address, we can't ship. If you don't get a book, double-check backerkit. That's only a small handful of you, so many shipments out the door!

All European plus shipments will be drop-shipped directly from the printer beginning next week. We'll be sending those one-off instead of bulk, delivery timeline will be about 10 days longer.

Sure looks good on the shelf! "Treasure"

Special Delivery - Donaven Brines

While the team was helping deliver AtR PF1E, I was "helping" my wife deliver our first child. Please share in our joy. Blessings and happiness all around. Getting it done, friends!

Donaven & daughter Aster (My little star)

AtR 5E Progress: The first three chapters of Apocalypse the Risen 5E, including the very important Classes chapter is right now being handed off to editing. Despite delays and complaints, we continue to work hard and will be delivering all of this AtR action to your door. I (Donaven) am happy to take part of the blame for the delay, because without a doubt a few major updates early made a big difference in the final quality. We are designing a much bigger and better version of the game than we promised during the Kickstarter, and frankly I refuse to feel bad about that. I know you will all be happy with this game and rest assured again that it is coming. By the time you get it, we'll also have supporting content launching soon after to drive some awesome campaigns. Frankly, just in time for gaming to get back to some proper table time as (hopefully) this pandemic gets handled. 

Refunds: As noted in comments recently, we will also not be issuing any further refunds now that printing and shipping has started. Be part of the fun and enjoy the rewards as we deliver them, just know that is exactly what is happening. We stand by our product content and quality, which is very much real. And let's be real your campaigns are going to be epic. Just make sure to tell us all about them later. Just like real life, the Apocalypse is meant to be shared. Carry on and keep your ear tuned for Truth Transmissions.

Thank you,

Donaven - Rusted Portal Games

AtR Campaign Setting Update!
over 1 year ago – Sun, Mar 14, 2021 at 09:44:16 AM

Greetings, Survivors!

I don't know about you, but we're still over here wondering if this is still the darkest timeline but cautiously optimistic we're heading back into the light. Let's hope so, backers! Progress report incoming, brace yourself.

Backer Kit Address Lock: Some of you will have started receiving address update/lock notifications from backer kit. We will lock addresses over the next week. Please take some time ASAP and make sure your shipping address is updated. Let's be honest, some of y'all could have moved 6 times by now. #weknow

AtR Pathfinder Print: We have officially gone to press on Apocalypse the Risen Campaign Setting for Pathfinder! That's right, friends. One of two has officially gone to press. We will be drop shipping our EU+ backers after addresses are locked. Shipping for US & Canada backers will begin as soon as we receive the batch print at our distribution center. 

AtR 5E Progress: We understand you 5E backers may not care about Pathfinder. However, please take solace in knowing that we are diligently working, making progress, and actually producing the game we promised. And AtR 5E is doing exactly that, progressing. No group settings slowed down our playtest over the last year, no doubt Covid took it's toll. However, we are working hard and the 5E system version is shaping up even better than the version our convention players are familiar with. Added time means added design work. You are all receiving a bigger and better campaign setting for Apocalypse the Risen and the connected World's of the Portal multiverse than we sold. We appreciate your excitement, grace in our (as noted glacial progress), and eagerness to get your hands on this book. We want that too and most importantly want to be clear this remains a successful Kickstarter that will in fact deliver (physically and on content promised). Cheers to that, friends!


Donaven (always here) Brines - Rusted Portal Games