For this week’s Bundle of Holding the awesome Bundle of Fate has been resurrected. It includes the free Fate Core and Fate Accelerated rulebooks and the following Fate-system games: Bulldogs!, Ehdrigohr, Full Moon and Spirit of the Century. If you pay the extra to “level up” you also get Diaspora, The Kerberos Club, Legends of Anglerre and Starblazer Adventures. I own most of these games already but it was still worth my while to get the couple that I didn’t have. Don’t miss this one.
Ron Edwards is currently running a Kickstarter campaign for his new game in development Circle of Hands. It’s billed as a stark, brutal, mud-and-dung Iron Age fantasy heartbreaker RPG with extremely consequential mechanics twists.
Ron says about the game; “I wanted monsters and cosmic magic. I wanted human evil and human pain. I wanted combat that felt like fighting, with fear and desperation just ahead of effective tactics. I wanted damage to not merely tick down a fuel tank, but to hurt. I wanted a knife to be a deadly weapon, as dangerous as a great-axe in the right time and place. I wanted a reason to fight which made sense to me.”
If that piques your interest (How could it not?) there’s a playtest PDF available from the Kickstarter page, some tantalising discussion about earlier development of the game from back in 2010 here and more recent discussions on the Adept Press Forums here.
Epoch:Return by Innate Games is an interesting looking indie PC game development project currently running on Kickstarter. It aims to deliver an immersive story of exploration and discovery, about the adventures, trials, and triumphs of a husband and wife team, who have crash landed on a blasted, alien world. Can you salvage enough parts and fuel from other wrecked ships to make it home? And, why does this world feel so off? If, like me, you want to find out, go and back it so it gets funded.
Edit: Sadly the Kickstarter campaign for Epoch:Return has now been cancelled.
The Clay That Woke, Paul Czege’s RPG about minotaurs (yes that’s the player characters are minotaurs), is currently running on Kickstarter. Normally this pitch might give me pause, but it’s Paul Czege, and he’s promising game mechanics that inspire immersive character play in a richly imagined world. Also the core mechanic is the “Krater of Lots”, an oracle system that uses custom tokens to guide situation outcomes. How cool does that sound?
Mr Czege says this is one of the best games he’s ever designed, so don’t be a fool, go back it now.
This week’s Bundle of Holding contains The Design Mechanism’s 6th Edition of the classic Fantasy RPG RuneQuest, designed by Lawrence Whitaker and Pete Nash. I can’t attest to it myself, having thus far only played the 1st and 3rd editions of this outstanding game, but RuneQuest 6 is reputedly the best edition in years.
Will Hindmarch’s Project: Dark Kickstarter pitches a stealth adventure game that is part deck building and part tabletop roleplaying game. The characters are fantastical thieves or spies sneaking unseen through the shadows to obtain loot or secrets. It sounds different. It’s all about infiltration and intrigue, not blundering around storming dungeons and being a hero. I’m in.
Edit: There’s a really atmospheric actual play report over at Platonic Solids that I think really captures the flavour of what this game is going to be all about. Go check it out.
Edit 2: Even more flavourful, listen to an awesome session of Dark, GM’d by Will Hindmarch himself and set in the Dark Planet world, over on James D’Amato’s One Shot podcast.
The TimeWatch RPG Kickstarter is a new GUMSHOE game of investigative time travel from game designer Kevin Kulp. You’ve got a time machine, high-powered weapons and a whole lot of history to save. What could possibly go wrong!