Crowdfunding News: The Greatest Thieves in Lankhmar, Monsters! Monsters RPG, and more

Between April 3rd and 9th, a number of Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition crowdfunding campaigns end. These books include adventures, new rules, and a project about hair in D&D. Add to that, Lankhmar with DCC, the return of Monsters! Monsters! from Flying Buffalo, and more, there are a number of tabletop RPGs worth checking out this week.

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The Greatest Thieves in Lankhmar: A DCC Boxed Set by Goodman Games
  • END DATE: Sat, April 4 2020 1:00 AM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): Dungeon Crawl Classics
  • PROJECT TYPE: Adventure module
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $50 + S/H for the PDF and print boxed set
“A sword-and-sorcery adventure that will test the finest gamers! From the most famous city in the history of fantasy comes a sword-and-sorcery adventure to test the finest gamers! The Greatest Thieves in Lankhmar is a level 3 Dungeon Crawl Classics boxed set that sends characters into the hot cellars beneath Thieves’ House, across the sooty rooftops of the City of Sevenscore Thousand Smokes, and on to a mad dash through the palace of the Overlord. Featuring design leads Harley Stroh and Marc Bruner with cover art by Doug Kovacs, this boxed set comes with everything you need to run an epic adventure over several sessions, whether you run it as a tournament or as part of an ongoing campaign.
The Greatest Thieves in Lankhmar will be published in a boxed format, with all the materials necessary to run it as it was first seen at Gen Con 2019. The box will include all three rounds of the original adventure, plus player handouts, maps, scoring sheets, a judge’s pack, a player’s pack, and more. You can also run the adventure as part of an ongoing campaign. Regardless of how your players experience it, you’ll be able to score them using the adventure’s scoring system, and compare their scores to the Gen Con contenders.”
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Monsters! Monsters RPG & "Toughest Dungeon in the World" solo by (unofficially) Flying Buffalo
  • END DATE: Sun, April 5 2020 2:00 PM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): Monsters! Monsters! RPG
  • PROJECT TYPE: Core rulebook and adventure module
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $29 (free US S/H) for the PDF and prints versions of these books
  • NOTE: At the Open Gaming Network, I interviewed Grimtooth of Trapsylvania
“A new updated edition of the Monsters! Monsters! RPG. And a new edition of the "Toughest Dungeon in the World" a solitaire adventure. Ken St. Andre ... has updated and created a new edition of Monsters! Monsters! that retains much of its original appeal and structure, but with all new art and new options like stunting and monster chaos factor. The new M! M! rules also lists 38 monster kindreds you can play, gives you their dice modifiers and now each monster has a special power unique to its kindred. Each monster is described in a separate section. Its also better organized and easier to use. (For example - now the monsters are separated into humanoid and non-humanoid types) There are two character sheets you can use along with specialized charts that allow you to roll up various types of Monsters based on many common frpg environments. "The Toughest Dungeon in the World" a solitaire adventure that was meant to be played with Monsters! Monsters! or Tunnels & Trolls. 40 years later, Ken has updated and enhanced this classic adventure and the Monsters! Monsters! rules. Artists Phil Longmeier and Steve Crompton have enhanced it with new illustrations and graphics more suitable for a monster-mash solo adventure. This new edition is at least 44 pages long and will keep any player busy for a lot of adventure in caverns and tunnels deep below Trollworld. The Lord of Shadows dwells in the depths - can you avoid his power or will you be corrupted by it? One other thing we should add is that you can play this solo with the Tunnels & Trolls rules or the Monsters! Monsters! rules, so you don't have to learn a whole new rpg to play.”
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Deep Carbon Observatory Remastered by False Machine Publishing
  • END DATE: Tue, April 7 2020 6:00 PM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): Dungeons and Dragons B/X
  • PROJECT TYPE:
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: £25 for the PDF and print versions of the book
“A remaster of the D&D adventure Deep Carbon Observatory, now in A4 hardback. In fact in this 104 page book there are only 33 pages without some image or illustration! What is Deep Carbon Observatory? An adventure for Dungeons and Dragons with stats and play assumptions based around an Old-School mindset, with stats, challenges and treasure based around the LotFP and BX Rulesets. DCO is an adventure for Dungeons and Dragons that should work with any Old School system. It would best suit a low fantasy world where magic is difficult and rare and monsters frightening and ‘other’. DCO is theoretically survivable for a level 1 party if its players are extremely cunning and crafty. For most systems a party level between 3-5 would give the best experience. High levels of magic will empower the party and potentially make the adventure a lot easier.”
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Izirion's Enchiridion of the West Marches by The Goat’s Head
  • END DATE: Tue, April 7 2020 11:30 PM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition and OSR
  • PROJECT TYPE: Sourcebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $15 for the PDF of the quickstart and for the PDF of the sourcebook
“A campaign guide for running your own West Marches games in Fifth Edition and the OSR. Izirion’s Enchiridion of the West Marches contains everything you need to run your own West Marches game in Fifth Edition, or to create a grimy, player-driven wilderness sandbox suitable for any Fifth Edition or OSR campaign. There are four sections in the book. Wilderness rules, covering navigation and travel, shelter and weather, foraging and survival, hazards and dangers, and more. These rules make the wilderness truly dangerous, demanding a high level of preparation, tactics, and daring. Tables, tools, and guidelines for generating your own West Marches setting, including regions to explore, factions to war against, dungeons to delve into, and a town to call your home base. Theory and advice on running a truly non-linear narrative, constructing the lore and history of your Marches, as well as designing the means by which your players uncover it. Rules tweaks and player content to better fit the West Marches as a format, including over a dozen new feats.”
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Ascendancy by Ruby Measom
  • END DATE: Mon, April 6 2020 3:00 PM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): Resistance Toolbox
  • PROJECT TYPE: Core rulebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $45 + S/H for the PDF and print versions of the game
“A TTRPG about psychic cyborgs, identity, and finding yourself through fighting for what you believe in. Ascendancy is a cyberpunk tabletop RPG by Ruby Measom. Ascendancy was made using the Resistance Toolkit, made by Chris Taylor and Grant Howitt for their game Spire: The City Must Fall. As a Sparked by Resistance game, it has a mechanically simple core, while still scaffolding a story about change, identity, and resistance. Ascendancy is a game about identity and change. It's about how you grow as you are pushed, both by a harsh world, and by the people around you. Through the Title and Expectation mechanics, your identity, relationships to those around you, and the roles you're expected to be are created, and you're encouraged to find who you are through it all.”
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The Ultimate Guide to Hair by Quantum Ogre Publishing
  • END DATE: Thu, April 9 2020 3:55 PM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition
  • PROJECT TYPE: Sourcebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $15 for the PDF
“A Supplement To Dye For. Let's untangle the facts: The Ultimate Guide to Hair is a 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons supplement that provides you with new backgrounds, subclasses, races, spells, items, monsters, and deities designed around the theme of hair! We wanted to bring our sense of humor and design chops together into a supplement that could be used in any 5th Edition game that you want. Is this written with tongues firmly in cheeks? Yes, everything was made with intent and will be things you and your players will love! We certainly do have humorous elements, but there are also some truly terrifying monsters and awe-inspiring sorcery within these pages. We have 6 Backgrounds, 15 Subclasses, 2 Races, 14 Spells, 12 Magic Items, 10 Monsters, and 2 Deities ready to go!”
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Colony: SALEM, a Tabletop Roleplaying Game by Tritonis Games
  • END DATE: Tue, April 7 2020 9:33 AM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): Powered by the Apocalypse
  • PROJECT TYPE: Core rulebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $20 for the PDF of the game
“Help us illustrate this sci-fi TTRPG for telling stories of mystery, betrayal, sacrifice, and faith! Colony: SALEM draws from the dark suspicion of our past and invites you to an uncertain future in the depths of space. Become Neo-Puritan colonists as society’s most delicate balances threaten to unravel. Will you be the Inquisitor, convinced a life-like android Chanical has infiltrated your holy pilgrimage to space? Or the Chanical, trying to avoid detection and destruction within a society that despises your existence? What about the madcat Scientist, the blue-collar Colonist, the faithful Minister, the corporate Representative? Whatever your place, your suspicions, your faith, one thing is certain: there is no chance of survival except through your colony. Surrender to your fears, and you’ll find that Judgement Day comes to sinners and saints alike. Colony: SALEM is a Powered by the Apocalypse game for three to five players. The PDF of the game includes all the rules necessary for play, and it is supplemented by companion character playbooks, moves sheets, and MC sheets for ease of play.”
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Hidden Oddities: A Guide to Survival by Eva Brown
  • END DATE: Fri, April 3 2020 1:44 PM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition
  • PROJECT TYPE: Sourcebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $15 for the PDF
Hidden Oddities: A Guide to Survival (HOGS) is a collection of rule modifications, optional modules, player options, and monsters that alter the way that 5th edition plays to help facilitate a lower fantasy and/or an old school feeling without restricting the players' choices. Think of HOGS as a New Game + that provides additional tools to expand on often ignored stories. The rules are designed to expand - rather than limit - player choices, be easy to use, and enhance character immersion. Each table is different and some players/tables may not wish to explore topics or situations that these modules cover. So, the modules included have been split into distinct sections with guidelines on how to include as many or as little of the modules as wanted. Additionally, it is possible to allow players to choose for themselves which individual modules to use with their characters as some will want the chance of losing a limb, becoming diseased, starving, and/or any other unfortunate side effects of adventuring, and other players won’t. At the end of the day, its a game shared between friends and should be tailored to fit the spirit and mood of your table. Other than the rule changes and modules, there are a large number of new character options that use one or more of the modules as part of their core feature. Examples of these are the College of Glyphweaver bards, Warlock Patron of the Great Hunger, Wizard Tradition of the Lost, and more. Each class in standard 5e play is getting a thematic archetype including the Witch from Hidden Oddities: A Witch's Primer. There are also additional spells, backgrounds, equipment, and feats for players and GMs alike to peruse.”
RPG Quick Hits

Castles & Crusades Castle Keepers Guide by Troll Lord Games
  • END DATE: Tue, April 7 2020 11:00 PM EDT.
  • “A wealth of information: world building, equipment wastage, land as treasure, critical hits, and that's only the beginning!”
Maelstrom Domesday: The Domesday Campaign by Arion Games
  • END DATE: Tue, April 7 2020 2:00 PM EDT.
  • Maelstrom Domesday: The Domesday Campaign.”
The Paladin Queen's Forest (for D&D 5E and Pathfinder) by Ramen Sandwich Press
  • END DATE: Thu, April 9 2020 5:05 PM EDT.
  • Entering the forest in our 9th fantasy RPG location module is the easy part; the problem is getting back out!”
Dark Obelisk 1: Berinncorte (Collector's Edition, PFRPG/5E) by Infinium Game Studio
  • END DATE: Sun, April 5 2020 9:00 PM EDT.
  • “The definitive, revised and updated edition of the mega-adventure and fantasy RPG city-setting, for Pathfinder and 5E/Fifth Edition.”
Enchanted forest of Aristok - custom campaign setting for 5e by MiniForge
  • END DATE: Fri, April 3 2020 10:04 AM EDT.
  • “A custom campaign compatible with all major role-playing games, 27 new custom monsters requiring a new way of thinking to overcome!”
The Three Trials of Abrina by The Grinning Frog
  • END DATE: Sun, April 5 2020 4:00 PM EDT.
  • “An easy to run, puzzle-filled, stand alone dungeon adventure designed for 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons.”
The Foolscap Octavo RPG Zines by Whimsy Machine Media
  • END DATE: Sat, April 4 2020 2:59 AM EDT.
  • PROJECT TYPE: RPG zine
  • “Three illustrated RPG zines to make you think about stuff and feel things.”
Drakar och Demoner: Monsterboken by RiotMinds
  • END DATE: Fri, April 3 2020 7:22 AM EDT.
  • NOTE: A Swedish language RPG
  • “En bok fylld av bestar och monster.”
Superscript Comics and Games
  • END DATE: Tue, March 31 2020
  • LOCATION: Lakewood, Ohio
  • NOTE: This campaign is on IndieGoGo
  • Superscript is bringing comic books and tabletop board games to Lakewood, Ohio in the spring of 2020.”
Dungeon Master's Advice Dice by Donald Papp
  • END DATE: Thu, April 2 2020 11:40 PM EDT.
  • PROJECT TYPE: RPG accessory
  • “Does the DM need a little extra help or inspiration? Roll the dice and take their advice! (or don't).”
RPG Sounds by Cast n Play
  • END DATE: Thu, April 9 2020 9:29 AM EDT.
  • PROJECT TYPE: RPG accessory
  • “Bring your Tabletop sessions to life. Immersive auditive experiences for Dungeon Masters and Players at your fingertips.”
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Alzrius

The EN World kitten
I think you overlooked one:


Tails of the City by Silver Games LLC
  • END DATE: Tue, April 28 2020 3:00 PM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition, Pathfinder 1st Edition, and Pathfinder 2nd Edition
  • PROJECT TYPE: Sourcebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $25 for the PDF and print versions of the game
Welcome to Tails of the City, where we want to bring anthro pulp adventure to your Pathfinder 1st, 2nd, or 5E table. We've already started work on the book and love where it's going. It deserves to be filled with proper art and given love and attention, which is what this Kickstarter is about. Most of the money earned here will go directly to art that goes into the book to help draw you into our world of Bestial Earth and its curious occupants.

The book will have guides on how to run a pulpy game, and how to adjust the traditionally fantasy classes to fit in the modern world and new skills and backgrounds to fit the setting. Do you want to be a librarian who's a sorcerer in their off time? A police officer with the power to lapse into fits of rage when your people need you? You're not just an adventurer, you have a job and a place in society, and also adventure. From thrill-seeking CEOs to students with more than meets the eye, we cover it all.
 

Olaf the Stout

Adventurer
Are people still backing Kickstarters in the current environment? I’m fortunate enough to be in an area where I still have a job, but I’m still not backing anything at the moment due to the massive uncertainty the whole world will be dealing with over the next 12 months or more.
 

Birmy

Explorer
I think you overlooked one:

  • END DATE: Tue, April 28 2020 3:00 PM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition, Pathfinder 1st Edition, and Pathfinder 2nd Edition
  • PROJECT TYPE: Sourcebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $25 for the PDF and print versions of the game
This is for stuff ending the week of April 3-9. I'm sure he'll get to pimping this one when The End Is Near(tm).
 

Birmy

Explorer
Are people still backing Kickstarters in the current environment? I’m fortunate enough to be in an area where I still have a job, but I’m still not backing anything at the moment due to the massive uncertainty the whole world will be dealing with over the next 12 months or more.
Anecdotally, my job ("not essential," as they say) is on hold for who knows how long, so I've been curtailing my Kickstarter habit significantly; I imagine many others in my position are doing the same. I'm only backing the Castles & Crusades one for now.
 

lkj

Adventurer
Not that I’m aware. Other than a few odd monsters, any setting books from 2e to DCC can be lifted. Even compare the 2e stats for things for those and should be a fun 5e setting/adventure.
Yeah. I picked up several old Lankhmar adventures a few years ago. Haven't had a chance to try to use them in 5e yet. Maybe soon?

Thanks for the info.

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