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Into the Mother Lands: A Sci-fi RPG by PoC Designers

When Eugenio Vargas spoke to us on our podcast back in November about this Afrofuturist RPG, it was still months away. Now the game has hit Kickstarter, and has made over $100K in the first couple of days!


Imagine if African explorers had set sail for the New World long before Europeans did... but got transported to a new planet instead! This planet is developed by a civilisation of African descent.

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Choose from five cultures and several professions such as the Bio Priest or the Spine Ripper.

The team behind Into the Mother Lands is a group RPG designers, all people of colour, led by Tanya DePass, the founder of the non-profit group I Need Diverse Games.

You can pick up the PDF for $25 or the hardcover for $50, plus an array of dice, screens, maps, sheets and more.

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Russ Morrissey

Russ Morrissey

Eltab

Lord of the Hidden Layer
Really? The term "mother lands" or "motherland" is hardly a unique Russian phrase. I have no problem with it, and I think this is a bit of a silly complaint.
The only way to get new information - for instance when you suspect there is a gap in your existing knowledge base - is to ask questions and seek answers.
 

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Raduin711

Adventurer
The careers are a little swingy in the tone department, aren't they?

Hi, My name is Raduin, I am a light bringer. I practice medicine and I have an energy sword! And these are my friends, the Blade Keeper (you can tell who he is by his buzz saw badge he's wearing) and the Spine Ripper. (Just don't look directly at him, and you'll be fine)
 

Grendel_Khan

Adventurer
The careers are a little swingy in the tone department, aren't they?

Hi, My name is Raduin, I am a light bringer. I practice medicine and I have an energy sword! And these are my friends, the Blade Keeper (you can tell who he is by his buzz saw badge he's wearing) and the Spine Ripper. (Just don't look directly at him, and you'll be fine)

I feel like Spine Rippers have a whole lot to live up to, name-wise. And like if I were playing a character in that setting I'd want to just wreck every one that I met, on principle.
 

imagineGod

Legend
It is good for creators to be clear when communicating design goals. .

However, it can be done without the vehemence shown to 5e by the creator. Adding that qualifier of absolutely not, is terribly disappointing and unnecessary.

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It is good for creators to be clear when communicating design goals. .

However, it can be done without the vehemence shown to 5e by the creator. Adding that qualifier of absolutely not, is terribly disappointing and unnecessary.

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@Morrus This is an exemplar of a "this update scares off potential backers."
It's providing only negative vibes.
It's telling off the largest demographic, while not providing any assurances that it will be playable.
Screams "Amateur hour."
 

CubicsRube

Adventurer
Supporter
It could be an emphasis due to a lot of people asking if it's 5e rather than any negativity towards 5e itself.

Hard to tell without context.

Anyway I wish them best, but there's no way I'd back without knowing the system.
 

Bagpuss

Adventurer
Five days left in the campaign and still no word on the system. Increasingly bizarre to me.
If they wanted Cortex they should have negotiated how much they had to pay for the license before starting the kickstarter, then they would known the campaign goal. As it is the Cortex people can see how well it does and say tell you want we'll have 50% of that.

There is no logic to the way they have gone about it.
 
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It is good for creators to be clear when communicating design goals. .

However, it can be done without the vehemence shown to 5e by the creator. Adding that qualifier of absolutely not, is terribly disappointing and unnecessary.

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Don't know her well. Looked up her wikipedia page

Which says:
She also plays Dungeons & Dragons in the Rivals of Waterdeep actual play livestream, which features a cast of people of color.[9][10] The show began in 2018 in Chicago as an official Wizards of the Coast production, broadcast on the official Dungeons & Dragons Twitch channel
and
In 2021, DePass became a player in The Black Dice Society, a Ravenloft themed Dungeons & Dragons actual play show on the official Wizards of the Coast channels.[16][17]
Think she was also a guest on DRAGONTALK recently

Not anti-D&D
You're projecting
 

imagineGod

Legend
Don't know her well. Looked up her wikipedia page

Which says:

and

Think she was also a guest on DRAGONTALK recently

Not anti-D&D
You're projecting
Probably, English is not your basic language. That s okay. But when someone actually posts "absolutely NOT D&D, " that is not just to state no, but to clarify a strong no with the word "absolutely, " and especially "NOT'," which was typed in all Capitals for further emphasis.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
Probably, English is not your basic language. That s okay. But when someone actually posts "absolutely NOT D&D, " that is not just to state no, but to clarify a strong no with the word "absolutely, " and especially "NOT'," which was typed in all Capitals for further emphasis.
Yes, it means it’s emphatically not D&D. Nothing more, nothing less.
 



imagineGod

Legend
I guess that’s up to them. The KS is doing incredibly well and looks like it will come in at about a third of million dollars, so they’re doing something right.
That is because the creator is a known personality and it is Afro-Fantasy.

My friend that also Kickstarted Afro-fantasy but did not have a big Twitter following, did not do so well in terns of hundred of thousands of Dollars but was still successful.

This sort of shows the right crowd following is more important than your game system.

Strangely, right now Green Ronin is struggling to break 50,000 for Blue Rose romantic fantasy 5e. Thought Green Ronin has more clout with Players.
 

mcmillan

Explorer
It could be an emphasis due to a lot of people asking if it's 5e rather than any negativity towards 5e itself.

Hard to tell without context.

Anyway I wish them best, but there's no way I'd back without knowing the system.
The screenshot cut out the context of this being specifically a response to someone asking if it would be 5e because they wouldn't be interested if so
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Grendel_Khan

Adventurer
The screenshot cut out the context of this being specifically a response to someone asking if it would be 5e because they wouldn't be interested if so

For what it's worth, they transferred that answer over to the FAQ, in an update:

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Not trying to read anything into that update, just mentioning it.
 


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