• The VOIDRUNNER'S CODEX is LIVE! Explore new worlds, fight oppressive empires, fend off fearsome aliens, and wield deadly psionics with this comprehensive boxed set expansion for 5E and A5E!

Kickstarter (12 hours to go! Ends at 12:12 EST Saturday! 908% Funded!) Pink Cloud: The world's first 12-Step Roleplaying Game

Press Release, June 10th, 2021:

Twelvefold Works Publishing is pleased to announce our Kickstarter for Pink Cloud: An Adventure Game for Friends of Bill.
This is the world's first 12-Step Roleplaying Game. It is based on the Big Book (written in 1939) and other 12-Step literature.

Egg Embry's ENWorld Crowdfunding Spotlight: "This game promises an experience that, I think, will be unique for many: An RPG based around a gameable version of the 12-step program."

Pink Cloud Logo - for fb group header.jpg

You're invited to a Kickstarter for Pink Cloud: An Adventure Game for Friends of Bill:
At the time of writing, we're 600% funded! And two internationally-renowned 12-Step-related historic sites have enquired about stocking the game in their gift shops!

What is Pink Cloud?:
Pink Cloud is the world's first 12-Step Roleplaying Game. It's based on the Big Book of 1939 and other 12-Step literature.
The players play themselves as Characters. Akin to the 1980s D&D Cartoon Show, they are spiritually catapulted through the Fourth Dimension of Existence, to a fantastic world called the New Land. Gifted with Higher-Powered Artifacts by the mysterious Trusted Servant (namely the GM, who actually enters into the story as a character!), the players struggle against all the dangers of the New Land in their seemingly endless (and surprisingly episodic!) quest to return to their Home Group, in Earth. Equipped with these Artifacts, they often find themselves caught up in strange adventures where only their Serenity, Courage, and Wisdom, and these powerful relics, offer any hope of protecting the New Land from the Bogeymen and shivering denizens of the Mad Realm. Pink Cloud is a game about fallible Recovery heroes helping each other, as well as reaching out their hand to those in need—while overcoming their own personal afflictions.

The world of Pink Cloud:
“The outlines and the promise of the New Land had brought lustre to tired eyes and fresh courage to flagging spirits.”
—Bill Wilson, The Big Book (1939), We Agnostics, p.53

The New Land is entirely permeated with 12-Step principles and æsthetic. For example, the Recovery monikers for emotional and moral states, such as: the "Morass of Self-Pity," the "Mainstream of Life," and the "Broad Highway"...are all actual places in this world. There are 32 Bogeymen in the book...Pink Cloud's version of "monsters." The two main Bogeymen are: 1) King Alcohol of the Mad Realm, and 2) the autocratic, sick patriarchal, false god: the Czar of the Heavens. Think of Tiamat and Venger.

Pink Cloud's game system:
Pink Cloud uses a simple D12 system called the Twelvefold Adventure System. It's adapted from the Creative Commons content of Diogo Nogueira's Lost in the Fantasy World.
Pink Cloud is likewise under the Creative Commons copyleft license, meaning that you'll be free to publish your own expansions and adventures for Pink Cloud, and even to sell them commercially.
The game also contains Open Game Content from the Modern SRD chapter on "The Fellowship" organization, by Wizards of the Coast.
For more details, check out the Kickstarter page!

What you get by backing Pink Cloud:
Maybe it goes without saying, but at every tier, you get a lot more shtuff than it will cost when made available for retail sale after the Kickstarter. The projected retail price of the $48 tier product bundle is over $100.

Everyone who contributes even $1 would have their name (first name, last initial (or nickname) + home town optional) and backer tier printed in the First Edition.
✹$1 gets a PDF of the "big book" + the character sheets PDF
✹$12 gets the softcover "big book" (and PDF) + character sheet PDF
✹$24 gets the hardcover "big book" (w/ full color interior) + PDFs of all seven Pink Cloud products (big book, character sheets, Basic Text players book (chapters 1-5 of the "big book"), Trusted Servant (GM's) Screen, 12 Accessory Tiles, poster map of the New Land, and Twelve Traditions window shade)
✹$48 is the whole shebang. The same as the previous tier (hardcover "big book"), plus printed versions of the Basic Text, GM's Screen, Accessory Tiles, Poster Map, and Window Shade.
✹There are also some "big shot" tiers ($144 and above) in case anyone has a pile of money to throw in the basket!

Backers' comments:
From a Counselor: "I am a counselor at a treatment center and have been interested in bringing tabletop RPGs into our practice. Worried that I was going to have to explain D&D to new folks and help them interpret all of the rules was daunting, at best. Your game, however, is perfect for what I want to do! So accessible and relevant."

From a 12-Step Historian: "Well, I read up on this and fell in love with it, and backed the project. I think this is genius and am very excited to see the finished game!"

In gratitude,
-Travis H., Recovered Pinkaholic
Twelvefold Works Publishing
Last edited:

log in or register to remove this ad

Blue Orange

Gone to Texas
Not a 12-stepper, but it's interesting to see the different applications of the RPG format people develop. I think these sorts of stories appeal to a wide variety of people. Good luck with this!

In the New Land, humanity's greedy conception of Santa Claus has come to life as a Bogeyman. This greedoholic fallen Santa has game stats, so that your Fellowship can scuffle with him and his vicious reindeer. Here's this Bogeyman's illustration from the Pink Cloud RPG (kickstarter link).

"Sometimes it's because [Higher Power]* has not delivered us the good things of life which we specified, as a greedy child makes an impossible list for Santa Claus."
*In Pink Cloud, "Higher Power" can mean the Deity, a deity or deities, a spiritual entity of one’s own understanding (a Higher Power), or a non-spiritual, non-theistic conception (a Higher Purpose). Reliance on any of these conceptions confers a perspective that transcends our Characters' immediate physical, social, and emotional circumstances and allows them to “keep calm and carry on” with what really matters…Adventure!

bad santa.jpg
Last edited:

Voidrunner's Codex

Remove ads