Welcome to Utopia Descending!
We’re thrilled to hear you’re interested in opening your own local UD Chapter and we can’t wait to see what you will contribute to our international network of events.
When you join our team, you hit the ground running with the resources and expertise we’ve amassed over the years. Here’s what you get...
The core setting materials and a helpful starter guide. You’ll get all the info you need about the Utopia Descending world. You’ll get a bestiary of antagonists plus explanations of the overall setting. In addition, we’ll provide you with our Storytelling and Operational Manuals so you’ll be armed with all the knowledge you’ll need in the months to come.
Networked database software (coming soon) to keep track of all player characters at your branch. With point and click management for character sheets and experience points, you’ll have all the information at your fingertips. Plus, since the leadership of the company monitors the entire network of databases, you can easily welcome visitors from other branches – their local branches use the same system you do.
Currency and Item cards. A unique plastic backed currency that is used at each branch. Easy to use, but hard to duplicate, these cards are the lifeblood of a successful in-game economy. We’ll also make available to you the official Item Cards for resources. These materials are made available in one convenient Directors Store on the website, for easy replenishment any time.
Training for you and your Directors. To support your vision for your local branch, we’ll help you get your Directors battle-ready with our industry-leading program. A Dropbox with everything you need, when you need it. Access this resource wherever you are, and you can save money by printing individual documents on demand instead of in bulk.
Marketing and promotional assistance. From UD’s pre-game announcements to our social media feeds, your branch will enjoy an equal piece of the spotlight. Don’t be surprised when a caravan of players starts asking for rides from the airport to your site! Cross-branch play is a major aspect of our network, and we’ll be happy to work with you to provide or build the toolbox you need to build your player base.
A wholesale account for Eschaton Media products. Eschaton publishes not just the UD books and fiction but the full line of all our other products, including the Dystopia Rising books. You can order these books and all its supplements straight from the source, then resell them to your players. They save money when they order from you instead of the online store, and you pick up a profit with every book sold.
Sounds good? Great! Here’s how it all works.
Our contracts are for five years with up to three renewals. We don’t want you to get stranded in a contract you can’t escape, but we require a two year commitment for you to give the concept a fair trial. You can choose to terminate the contract after the second, third and fourth years. Just give us between two to six months of notice before the contract anniversary date and you can step away. Any characters in play at your branch are automatically transferred to a nearby branch, so there won’t be any drama if you decide to take things in a different direction. All branch provision materials that are provided to you via the data share remain the property of the network, and all of the network provided materials are destroyed or returned to us.
Your turf is your own. We won’t open another UD branch within a pre-established radius mileage within your state, typically 50 miles, depending on population, from your branch. If you’re in an area with more unique demographics, we’ll work with you in setting your protected area in an effort to avoid franchisees cannibalizing each other’s branches. Branches work hard to establish their own unique player base and although there are no restrictions on the players branches may recruit, the nature of the community has been to not compete with each other to make sure players keep coming for the next chapter of their branch’s story.
Your branch is unlike any other. We’ll work with you to develop stories and experiences unique to your branch. You will spend time working with the game world creator to ensure that your world truly has a place within the Utopia Descending universe. UD’s rising tide lifts all boats: When you succeed, we all succeed, and vice versa.
Your game is yours. When we give you an area for a UD Chapter, you have both its geographic location and its narrative location to work with. You’ll develop your own settlement in the UD world and whatever happens there is up to you and your writers within the genre guides we provide you.
This information is not intended as an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, a franchise. It is for information purposes only. Currently, the following states regulate the offer and sale of franchises: California, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. If you are a resident of one of these states, we will not offer you a franchise unless and until we have complied with applicable pre sale registration and disclosure.