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:

Apocalypse the Risen Shipping & Update:
over 2 years 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 2 years 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

AtR Production Update
almost 3 years ago – Fri, Dec 11, 2020 at 06:00:54 PM

Hello Survivors!

I certainly hope this message finds you all doing well and staying safe. Things are nutty, it's almost like someone started breaking Seals, or all of them?. Nothing is easy today, but still we preserver. Speaking of which...

We hear you, there's interest in getting an update. You know me, I like to save these things for substantive updates rather than just blowing smoke up your skirts. And that's why I'm here today. Wait, no. For something substantive, not the smoke/skirt part.

AtR Pathfinder Print Progress:

We have gone through our 3rd iteration of digital review after the first print proofs. Everything looks golden, so today I have ordered a second (and hopefully) final round of proofs. We needed the cut edge and a few color issues corrected before we roll the full print run. I think we may be just there.

Print Proofs 2 Ordered

 Printing time is just under a week; however the shipping times being communicated are crazy town. It was like that with the first proofs which showed up within two weeks, so fingers crossed. I felt good enough about this round for making the corrections that I've ordered two copies each (premium, standard, and B/W). Provided each proof check out, we will make the full run within days. Here's how we'll use each version.

Standard: In reviewing the first print proofs, there are some things about the standard print that were surprisingly good. We feel good enough about this version we will eventually sell this print on demand. 

Premium: The premium color print is the highest quality paper and color saturation and what will be printed in bulk for our Kickstarter Backers. The cost is significantly higher per book and absolutely what you all deserve for waiting this long. Once delivered to backers, we will also make this version available for print on demand. That price will be significantly more than paid as a backer or during the pre-sale, and we feel good about that.

B/W: We are ordering this proof for the first time. I'm personally curious how this book looks in black/white. If we like it, we will offer this print on demand as well. 

Cover Wrap Capture

All of that to say, we are still working hard to get you delivered the highest and best for Apocalypse the Risen. I know many of you are eager to get this game going in your home campaigns. And others have been running what's available at digital conventions for the year. Know that we want that, too. We are working hard to make that a reality, as soon as possible.

AtR 5E Production:

As has been the case, AtR: 5E continues in production. We have a new editor lined up and ready to proceed. In addition to the above work, we have been mired in playtest corrections on the class builds. As previously communicated, this is critical to the design. Once (frankly) I'm convinced we have what we need addressed in those builds (to hold the flavor and balance we want), then editing will start and the rest of the book will be finalized.

We've already made multiple passes through the text for internal edits and design updates for significant improvements (thank you, Reid!). I don't have a better timeline at this point, but I will once I rubber stamp the classes chapter. When that happens (and when PF printing happens) you will be the very first to know.

Looking forward to engaging further once we deliver on this foundational part of our Worlds of the Portal multiverse. We think you will be happy with how we communicate and keep you involved into the future of AtR and other related settings and games. And as always, we do respond directly to anything that comes up. We are here. Watching. From the Darkness.


Donaven (it's my fault) Brines - Rusted Portal Games

Printing Update: Pathfinder
almost 3 years ago – Sat, Oct 10, 2020 at 11:16:04 PM

Hello Survivors!

I'm going to keep this update short and sweet. We have first proofs from our printer for the Pathfinder print run and we are stoked! There are for sure some corrections, so we will need another round. But we are very happy with the quality of the print and believe you all will, too. Of course, why tell you that when I can send some pictures and let you enjoy. You will probably note... she thicc!! :)

More to come when we get the next round, but we should be just a few weeks away from the full print run. Super excited to see this in print. Pour one out for the homies that had doubts. 

Thank you!

Donaven - Rusted Portal Games

Pathfinder Files to Printer & 5E Notes:
about 3 years ago – Thu, Sep 24, 2020 at 07:07:29 PM

Faithful Survivors!

Greetings from the Rusted Portal Colony! We are still here, safe and healthy, burning the midnight oil to deliver the Apocalypse the Risen Campaign Setting products eagerly awaited. And why wouldn't you be eager, we like our game, too! :)

First and foremost, thank you again for your patience and encouraging interest. We've received a couple great reviews on the Pathfinder PDF and still have some awesome GMs that have managed many online games. This is why we are here working, because we love this industry and bringing some fun into the world. Stay safe and diligent out there, it's probably going to be bumpy for the next few months. If all goes well, we'll have more gaming in 2021 to makeup for some time rolling real dice!

AtR Pathfinder Print: Print ready files have been sent off to the printer. We passed the first digital ingest test and now await formal review of both the cover wrap and the full manuscript. Does that excite any of you as much as it does me? OMG! Fingers crossed, but even if there are some minor changes our layout mastermind Simeon Cogswell will be able to churn a new version around quickly. 

Once the digital files are approved, we will order proofs (two separate physical proofs) and start the process. Presently, printing is running about a month out with delivery slowed (I'm sure most of you see the news on that subject). Provided the proofs run quickly and we don't have major changes necessary, we should see the full run in December. 

We are using a different printer than previously planned due to the minimum order quantity for Pathfinder. This decision changes little and any backers it affected have been notified. We did just receive an RPG from another publisher that printed with this printer and the quality is solid. We feel happy moving forward with them and believe you will as well. Fingers crossed the next hurdles are quick and painless so we can get those proofs. Once we do, I will make sure to update everyone immediately.

AtR 5E Progress: All chapters of the book finished the initial build about a month ago. We are presently working through the book start to finish, looking for errors and making some redesigns. The goal of the redesigns are to make aspects of the game more distinctly AtR. We did the same thing with Pathfinder and believe it was worth the time. Two chapters are through that review and will be going off to the editor shortly. 

Chapter 3: Classes is under review and I am pushing a few updates to implement designs we have already introduced. Specifically, we will be maintaining the Justice Pool, Nature Pool, and Faith Pool mechanics for the Arbiter, Conservator, and Shepherd. The functionality will be updated for 5E, but the concept stays. Changes like this are a time setback but ultimately worthwhile in separating AtR from core 5E design. We've prided ourselves on not just reskinning systems, and we will continue to deliver on that promise.

Chapter 3: Classes and Chapter 12: Bestiary are the big hitters when it comes to these changes. So while these two will drag down the timeline, the others are functioning almost exactly as intended. In other words, we anticipate most of the book to be a quick review and handoff to editing.

This does put timing later than the November print goal we had hoped. However, in working with that printer we were informed there was not space on the calendar for that timeline. Ultimately, that was the justification I needed to press delivering a little bit more on the design front. I'm certain when you get this version you will agree. 

We will continue to make updates when there are major changes that need communication. However, know that we are still working hard on delivering all aspects of this Kickstarter. We have an artist and layout working on one of the adventures, updates being made to the existing to be released adventures, and more stories and adventures being framed out for later release. I'm thankful to have a team that can take on a project and lay the foundation for future success. On that front, we cannot wait to deliver the campaign setting and come back with AtR Expansion 1. We have so much content to add once you've had time to digest all the material crammed into the setting.

As always, feel free to reach out or comment as needed. And if we've asked you a question in email, please respond soon! We're happy to engage and attempt to support any GMs wanting to run playtests. To those that currently are, we owe a debt of gratitude and forever appreciation. Once we have an opportunity to transition out of heavy final production, we are going to partake of some games ourselves. We hope you do, too!

Enjoy the videos with some art from the campaign setting. 


Donaven - Rusted Portal Games