It’s been a busy few weeks here at Kickstarter. Lots of great game submissions since the New Year! I finally had a moment to come up for air so I took a peek around our new #RPG tag.
First thing I found was Jeff Dee’s new project, Dinosaurs of the Lost Valley! Jeff is an amazing artist, and he breaks down his method for drawing dinos in this campaign for a supplement for his new game. Very cool.
Speaking of beautiful art, check out the lavishly and weirdly illustrated Andronia and Flint & Steel. Nice projects with modest goals are always nice to support.
Lastly, I can’t help but point out Legion. This neat little SF RPG that appears to take its inspiration from one of my favorite comics, Alien Legion.
Kindred! The Camarilla has heard the voices of the clans. As one your voice demanded recognition, to be acknowledged. Know that we cannot walk in daylight among the mortals; it is our way to remain hidden. Though hidden we remain, the Camarilla grants rights for you to go forth and leave your mark on the works of our brethren. The mark you shall leave is thrice lettered: R P G. Leave the mark so that we shall know our own.
The elders have spoken. Let our works be known by the mark of #RPG!
Ahem. The #RPG tag is live. You can now tag all sorts of projects—from books, to music, to games—with the #RPG tag. The term RPG has been widely adopted across many types of games, it is only fitting that we allow our community to decide what is RPG and what isn’t!
My WeD&D campaign came to a close this past Wednesday. After a year of weekly sessions, my band of professional dungeon bashers decided to lay their swords and spears to rest. They had twice saved Princess Argenta and her tiny kingdom of Haven from the forces of Chaos.
Satisfied with their glorious victory and replete with gold and treasure, the crew decided they want to try Paranoia. …So we might be playing D&D again soon!
While we’re talking about games, here are some RPG projects for you to check out. I’m trying to find a classification system that fits. So the Level 1 games are just starting out or need funding. Level 2 projects have some backers and funding. Level 3 projects are roaring on past their funding goals!
A journey to the Pacific through a land with no maps, Meriweather is a game of discovery.
Set in 1803, Meriweather brings players on the historic voyage of Lewis and Clark, a 28-month-long journey across the entire United States and back again. The developers of this new Kickstarter project are combining exploration, diplomacy, roleplaying, and survival to create a historically accurate adventure game that is still an unpredictable experience. Pack your saddlebags and join our Project of the Day.
In our Adventurer, Conqueror, King game this week, my warrior reached level 2 as we went to war with a tribe of kobolds and their spider god. The spider god killed our dog, Sturm, but then she paid the ultimate price when she fell to the Elf’s sword. It may not have been the apocalypse for us today, but it was the end times for those kobolds.
Some roleplaying game projects through which you can create and escape infinite apocalypses:
The Insanity RPG. 2nd edition! That illustration alone should be enough to sell you on this!
Last Wednesday, in my D&D game, my players encountered Xanathon, an evil cleric rendered immortal and immune to harm by his god. They quickly cast Hold Person on him (is he still a person if he doesn’t have a soul?) and of course I failed his saving throw. Without hesitation, they manacled him to his own brass-bound treasure chest (now empty of loot, of course), filled the chest with rocks, and tossed him in the river. They knew he couldn’t die and no one would find him until they figured out what to do with him. My dastardly plans ruined, they collected their XP with a smile of satisfaction on their faces.
What would you have done with an immortal, deathless madman? While you ponder this weighty question, check out these great RPG projects!
End of the Round
Cataclysm at the Acaeneum by Bill Barsh. This game is a megadungeon boxed set that is compatible with the First Edition game. Ends Dec. 8th!
9th Level Wizards
ICONS by Steve Kenson. Author of Mutants & Masterminds launches his first Kickstarter.
FATE Core by Evil Hat. The system behind Spirit of the Century and the Dresden Files gets its own book.
1st Level Fighters
Argentate Drift by Josh Roby. Josh launches the third installment of his Vicious Crucible series!
I’m Luke, the Project Specialist for Games here at Kickstarter. I look at ALL the games. And while I love each and every game that comes through my queue, I have a special place in my heart for tabletop RPGs.
The RPG community is well-represented on Kickstarter — there are lots of great projects and a ton of eager backers — but they’re scrunched in among lots of other great gaming projects, so I thought I’d take some time to point out the live tabletop RPG projects, regardless of system. I hope you find this useful!