Adam Bosarge, Kyle Simons and Jason Faulk have launched their Kickstarter campaign for Worlds in Peril, a Superhero RPG based on the Apocalypse World engine. They look to be doing some interesting things with damage conditions and building characters from multiple mini-playbooks that represent their origin and drive/motivation (e.g. ‘See justice done’), plus I’ve been waiting for a *World game that cracks the superhero genre for a while. This is a strong candidate.
It’s the last few days of the Saga of the Splintered Realm Kickstarter, which is Michael T Desing’s reimagining of classic B/X D&D with simplified rules and unified mechanics. Pitching yet another version of classic D&D is a hard sell but I’ve followed Splintered Realm through various iterations and Mr Desing has some nice ideas. Take a look at the free playtest version up at DriveThruRPG and see what you think.
Doc Unknown: Winter of the Damned and Others is a Kickstarter Campaign, being run by Fabian Rangel Jnr and Ryan Cody, for an all new 104 page Graphic Novel continuing the adventures of Gate City pulp action hero Doc Unknown. It’s well worth any fans of Hellboy and/or Planetary taking a look at the Kickstarter (Volume 2) and the original 4 issue series (Volume 1).
Crone is a tabletop roleplaying card game currently running a campaign on Kickstarter. In the game, mystical and mysterious witches, wizened old women with fearsome reputations and vast magical powers, travel the land, visiting ancient ruins and fighting powerful monsters. Crone uses an easy 3d6 + Skill + Attribure vs. Difficulty Target Number (TN) mechanic for all resolution and combines this with a fast-paced simultaneous card playing approach to initiative. Everyone places their action cards face down on the table and then flips them over together to resolve them. The concept of playing a bunch of crotchety old women with vast magical powers that can shake the very foundations of the earth is in itself worthy of a pledge and you still a few days left to get in on the action.
Nefertiti Overdrive is Fraser Ronald’s new rules-light mash-up of crazy cinematic ahistorical Wuxia action set in legendary Ancient Egypt at the fall of the 25th Dynasty. Is that a concept for a game or what! This is the latest from the guy who brought us Sword Noir: Hardboiled Sword & Sorcery and Kiss My Axe: Thirteen Warriors and an Angel of Death. So if you fancy some kung-fu fightin’ in Ancient Egypt, the campaign is up and running on Kickstarter. Go back it right now!
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.
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!
I’m a long time fan of Fred Perry’s Gold Digger comic series; a fun, high-octane cross of Indiana Jones and Final Fantasy. And yet somehow Antarctic Press’s Gold Digger Color Gold Brick One Kickstarter had slipped under my radar. I stumbled across it today and jumped on board.
Happy New Year by the way!
The Protocol Game Series Kickstarter by Jim Pinto of Post World Games is a collection of thematic story/roleplaying games, which use the same simple mechanics — vignettes, interrogations, interludes, and ensembles — to tell non-derivative stories. It’s worth a look for the game pitches alone.
The Ryuutama Kickstarter by Andy Kitkowski, is an original Japanese heartwarming tabletop RPG focusing on travel and wonder, which is currently being translated for release in English.
The Collectanea Creaturae Kickstarter by Ebon Gryphon Games, is delivering a collection of creatures for the Monsters & Magic RPG , which I posted about a couple of months back. As a bonus, one of the stretch goals means there’s also going to be a Fate Core version.
The TianXia: Blood, Silk & Jade Kickstarter by Vigilance Press, offers Kung Fu fantasy and epic wuxia adventure for the Fate Core System. It’s going to allow you to recreate the kinds of high-flying action and adventure you’ve seen in movies like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero. Sweet!
The Grim World Kickstarter by Boldly Games is a dark fantasy gaming supplement for Dungeon World and Fate Core. I’m particularly interested in the Fate Core Playbooks being developed as part of this kickstarter because I find one of the problems with Fate to be that there are almost too many options. Dungeon World Playbooks are awesome and the Fate Core Playbooks look like they will focus the players by giving them a range of cool choices rather than limitless possibilities.