Return to Planet Apocalypse

A project in Rockwall, TX by Sandy Petersen

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Two new expansions for the renowned Planet Apocalypse boardgame PLUS a sourcebook to bring the Apocalypse to your D&D 5e campaign
Backers: 3854
Average Pledge Per Backer: $127

Funded: $491,217 of $50,000
Dates: Sep 21st -> Oct 5th (15 days)
Project By: Sandy Petersen
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Latest News

ALL the Curses

October 5th - via:
The Curse Deck The Secrets of Hell box contains 24 Curses - one for EVERY Lord in this campaign. The way they work is that once you've defeated each Lord, you then shuffle his or her Curse into your Gift deck for the next time you play. Obviously,... (Read More)

Now, for a more in-depth update!

October 5th - via:
Sorry about the brevity of the previous update - its purpose was, quite simply, to alert you to my art team's awesome livescream, in case you were unaware and wish to view it in progress.  Now on to more serious business.  Thanks so much! The... (Read More)


October 5th - via:
Come see it!  Watch this space for another update in a couple of minutes, but wanted to alert you to the livescream first.   (Read More)

All the New Demons' Design Corners

October 4th - via:
This campaign is nearing its end, and what a thrilling ride! I'd intended to post Sandy's new 4th Circle and new Lord Design Corners throughout the campaign, but we made many adjustments leaving little room for these.  First, if you missed it,... (Read More)

This is a challenging game

October 4th - via:
First, let me say that in my firm opinion, a co-operative game needs to be challenging. If you beat game the first time you play, why play it again? What is there new to learn? So I purposely made Planet Apocalypse to be quite the challenge.  But,... (Read More)

All New Heroes + Regions!

October 3rd - via:
 The New Regions!  We’ve added Italy, Poland, the Republic of China (Taiwan), and the People’s Republic of China. We take no stance on the “one China” policy, only noting that these two political entities certainly have different military... (Read More)

The Four New Maps + Where to Find ALL PA 1 Design Corners!

October 3rd - via:
A Master List of PA 1 Design Corners Go here to find links to all of Sandy's original Design Corners for PA 1. It's very extensive, and contains design corners for: All 14 heroes from PA 1 All Demons - basic enemies, all 4th Circles, and all Lords... (Read More)

A Planet Apocalypse Video Game

October 3rd - via:
. We are making a video game for Planet Apocalypse! Well, our partners at Nicosium are. We expect it to be ready in 2022, the same year we will ship the board game! Planet Apocalypse, the Video Game add-on $5 This add-on is for those who want to be... (Read More)

3 New Things for RPG Book

October 2nd - via:
We have three surprises for those getting the RPG hardcover: The Hardcover will have UV Coating This isn't technically "spot UV" because it will be covering virtually the entire front cover, and about half of the back cover. It will look very nice! .... (Read More)

Hell comes to Cthulhu Wars

October 2nd - via:
. If you aren't familiar with Cthulhu Wars, here's our gameline page  Navigate to the reviews if you want to see what people say. The Invasion A while ago we were considering ways to make Return to Planet Apocalypse even cooler, and my art director... (Read More)

Token Talk - Sandy Design Corner

October 2nd - via:
FIRST - check out the Cyber Demon in all its 3D glory! . Reminder - Watch Graey turn the Fiend Overseer ideation into a final concept! TODAY on our Twitch Channel. .  New Tokens - Sandy Design Corner In the original Planet Apocalypse game content,... (Read More)


October 1st - via:
Who else must Commander K. Blaskowitz have to battle?  . The Cyber Demon! May come as a surprise to some, but perhaps not everyone. Of course this is the single most iconic enemy we could have, no? I remember about a decade ago a website listed the... (Read More)

Real Red Leather Cover + German Preview Video

September 30th - via:
Real Leather Deluxe Cover We've been asked a few times in comments and direct messages about a deluxe red leather cover for the RPG book, just like we did for Sandy Petersen's Cthulhu Mythos books. We love the idea and we will do this! These will be... (Read More)

The Cacodemon Predator!

September 30th - via:
Designer Sandy Petersen talks all things Planet Apocalypse @ 1pm CDT (GMT -6) Today on our Facebook page (link) It's Almost Here!  The most deadly, fiendish, diabolical weapon Hell has ever created! . Tomorrow, it will be the special guest in the... (Read More)

Alternate rule for Captain and Overseer

September 30th - via:
Some people have mentioned that the Gryllus Captain and Fiend Overseer only show up when you run out of figures in the game, and have said they almost never run out of figures. This took me aback as I run out of minis all the time in my games. But... (Read More)

RPG Book - Art Spotlight + Red Ribbon!

September 29th - via:
Don't forget we have a livescream in less than an hour - at 6pm CDT (GMT -6). It's on our Twitch channel (link). Alyssa McCarthy (artist for the Gryllus Liege) will turn the ideation into a final concept for sculpting. Joining her will be art... (Read More)

The Fiend Overseer!

September 29th - via:
First - don't forget we have a livescream in four hours - tonight at 6pm CDT (GMT -6). It's on our Twitch channel (link). Alyssa McCarthy (artist for the Gryllus Liege) will turn the ideation into a final concept for sculpting. Joining her will be... (Read More)

Please answer 2 quick questions!

September 28th - via:
This post is for backers only. Please visit and log in to read. (Read More)

Something BIG is coming from Hell...

September 28th - via:
SOMETHING BIG IS COMING... We thought we'd seen the worst Hell has to offer. I mean, we've vanquished Great Cthulhu and the Spider Mastermind. We've beaten back countless demons and their Lords. What could Hell possibly still have to throw at us? In... (Read More)

New Curses + TWO Sandy Design Corners!

September 26th - via:
Three New Curses! The Secrets of Hell will now have 6 curse cards total! Please note that the Curses are undergoing final testing and that the wording will change. Even the effect will probably change in some cases. I notice, for instance that In... (Read More)

RPG Stretch Goal + About the Book + New Art!

September 25th - via:
We knew going in that it would be tricky to combine a boardgame & an RPG into a single Kickstarter. These share a theme, but do not share any products. Plus the RPG book is technically for a "fantasy" setting, not the modern era as is the... (Read More)

Wow Stretch Goals again?!

September 24th - via:
We have been so surprised at how well this campaign is doing that we are going to do something we've not for a while - a stretch goal. This is a legitimate stretch goal by the way, not a fake one (we know those exist). This was not planned ahead of... (Read More)

5e terror - The Legions of Hell (Sandy Design Corner)

September 23rd - via:
The board game has cards that indicate which Legion the players face at any given time. But an enemy's legion is also an aspect of the roleplaying book and it's a LOT more important to your roleplaying than a little card.  In Sandy Petersen's Planet... (Read More)

Shipping FAQs + DE and VF + Sandy Design Corner + New Curse!

September 23rd - via:
All, This morning we were supposed to surprise you all with the new hero, Commander Blaskowitz. But Sandy accidentally hit "publish" last night ;)  Before we get to some fun things, there's some important information first: If your backer number on... (Read More)

Commander Keen Blaskowitz

September 22nd - via:
FREE FREE FREE If you backed any Boardgame pledge you're now getting Commander Blaskowitz too! That's ANY boardgame pledge from $69 on up. (If you're an RPG-only backer don't worry - we have cool stuff coming up for you too. Just not, you know,... (Read More)

There Are No Words...

September 22nd - via:
All, We took what we thought to be a calculated risk - to offer everything from PA 1 for a (heavily discounted) but still expensive price tag - because it contains a MASSIVE amount of game product.  To avoid committing ourselves to an entirely new... (Read More)

The Diabolic Deal - a Hell Sized Update!

September 22nd - via:
All, We have waited to post this update because there are some many questions and comments we'd like to address all at once. Here's a table of contents for this update so you can scroll down to the section that is relevant for you: 1. NEW PLEDGE... (Read More)

What is the Chaos deck?

September 21st - via:
The Chaos deck is, quite simply, a simple way to randomize the game. It has four sections: Lords, Maps, Fourth Circle demons, and Heroes. To use the Chaos Deck, first you remove all cards for Lords, Maps, Fourth Circle Demons, and Heroes that you do... (Read More)

What about that Mantispid?

September 21st - via:
It's been 5 years since Petersen Games did a Kickstarter Exclusive. That is the most important thing to know about our new Mantispid figure.The other thing to know is that it's not based on The Deadly Mantis, much as I love that film. Among other... (Read More)

We funded!

September 21st - via:
We funded! Yay! Thanks thanks thanks to you all. We really appreciate your helpful stand against the legions of Hell. And as a special thank-you, we’re going to talk about our first freebie to be added to the SECRETS OF HELL, which is only being... (Read More)

Planet Apocalypse RPG supplement for D&D 5E hits Kickstarter today

September 21st - via:
Set in a broken land where the forces of the underworld have invaded and turned everything into a fiery hellscape, the Planet Apocalypse supplement for 5E has players facing off against hordes of demons. The world of mortals is being threatened by the creatures of Underhell, with fiends from all four circles of hell stepping out of the Doomgates that are popping up seemingly everywhere. (Read More)

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