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PLANET OF THE APES Role-Playing Game Pre-order Campaign to Launch on Kickstarter

Magnetic Press Reveals Official PLANET OF THE APES Role-Playing Game Coming to Kickstarter

Premium graphic novel and games publisher Magnetic Press has announced the upcoming launch for their pre-order campaign for the official tabletop Role-Playing Game based on 20th Century Studios’ world-renowned property, THE PLANET OF THE APES, along with details about campaign-exclusive offerings, to be hosted by popular platform Kickstarter.Developed by a team of award-winning writers and game designers led by acclaimed writer/designer Andrew E.C. Gaska, this roleplaying game will include material inspired by the canon established in the original five-film series, with brand new lore and adventures added to the original, sprawling science fiction universe. 

PLANET OF THE APES: THE ROLE-PLAYING GAME will be available for pre-order on Kickstarter soon with numerous pre-order incentives and exclusive items that will only be available through this event. Such exclusive offerings include additional gaming materials, new miniature gameplay piece sets, physical in-world artifacts to assist roleplay, and bonus gameplay enhancements that will not be available in retail.

This new tabletop RPG will consist of four primary components, starting with the hardcover CORE RULEBOOK, which features cover artwork by legendary artist Bill Sienkiewicz. This deluxe 300+ page volume contains all of the rules, statistics, and lore necessary to introduce new players to the world of Planet of the Apes while a separate sourcebook, THE ANSA FILES, will provide references and resources specific to the classic films and novels. Two limited-edition Slipcase Sets of the two hardcovers will be available exclusively through the campaign featuring unique textured casing in one of two collectible colors.

PLANET OF THE APES is, without question, one of the greatest science fiction franchises ever,” says Mike Kennedy, Magnetic Press’s Founder and Publisher. “It is not only an exciting high concept, but it does what great sci-fi does best: holding a mirror up to society. The PLANET OF THE APES RPG will contain all of that political intrigue while also giving players a vast and dangerous world to explore full of brand-new mysteries and adventures to experience first-hand. Andrew E.C. Gaska has gathered an incredible team of brilliant artists and writers to expand upon this classic scenario, and we are thrilled to have creators involved who are passionate about the franchise. We have many plans for both human and ape, and this launch is just the beginning.”


In addition to these hardcover books, the FORBIDDEN ZONE Campaign Adventure Box will contain an assortment of supplemental tools and content to help players explore this dangerous world. Contents will include a campaign adventure book, unique maps and player markers, a set of 12 thematic “Alpha and Omega” 6-sided dice, a 3-panel LAWGIVER Reference Screen with handy tables, and a deck of game statistics cards.

To further immerse players into this adventurous world, the campaign will showcase the RUINS OF TOMORROW Miniatures Set of plastic playing pieces that will only be available directly from Magnetic Press. These detailed game pieces capture the various character types, both ape and human, for strategic tabletop gameplay. Additional sets of plastic playing pieces will be revealed throughout the campaign as unlockable “stretch goals.” Such unlockable additions include the ANSA astronaut spaceship, a Statue of Liberty dice tower, and many other character types and locations featured in the original films. Unlike the two core rulebooks, these plastic gameplay expansions will not be available at retail.

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM: The project is being led by writer Andrew E.C. Gaska, recipient of multiple awards for his work as lead narrative designer on the popular ALIEN RPG and TERMINATOR RPG, as well as author of two official PLANET OF THE APES novels. The team of writers and designers on the project includes numerous authors well-versed in the property, including Dayton Ward (Star Trek), Rich Handley (Timeline and Encyclopedia of the Planet of the Apes), Greg Cox (War for the Planet of the Apes movie novelization), David Walker (both Boom! Studios and Marvel’s Planet of the Apes comics), David Avallone (Star Wars RPG), E.L. Thomas (Terminator RPG), Dave Semark (Alien RPG), and Jim Beard (Tales from the Forbidden Zone). 

Game design is built on Magnetic’s D6MV System, a modern update of the classic D6 System of role-playing rules originally made popular by West End Games with the first official STAR WARS RPG, MEN IN BLACK RPG, and GHOSTBUSTERS RPG.

ABOUT PLANET OF THE APES: Set on a strange yet familiar planet dominated by intelligent apes, the PLANET OF THE APES RPG will introduce fans old and new to the dynamic action, politics, and warfare between apes, time-displaced astronauts, and the post-apocalyptic survivors of humanity. Beginning back in 1968 with the groundbreaking first film, the PLANET OF THE APES franchise has spanned nine films, a TV series, video games, comics, and books. Experience the new entry in the most recent feature film series, KINGDOM OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, in theaters! Get tickets now at


Fans are encouraged to visit to pre-register for the upcoming campaign and to receive an exclusive linen cardstock art print of the cover by Bill Sienkiewicz added to their pre-order for free.

Information about Magnetic Press is available on Facebook, Twitter, and the official website,

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I had the action figures and an “unofficial” tree house set for them to hang out. I enjoyed the TV show strands and movies. So happy that you’ve done this.

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