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Million Dollar TTRPG Kickstarter Club

Avatar Legends leads the pack in an exclusive club -- Kickstarters for tabletop roleplaying game products which have broken the $1M barrier! It is currently the most successful TTRPG Kickstarter in history with a funding total of nearly $10M, and over 80,000 backers.

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This list comprises Kickstarters specifically for tabletop roleplaying games or supplements which have exceeded $1M. It does not include Kickstarters for miniatures, software, dice, or other accessories.


  • The first TTRPG Kickstarter to break $1M was 7th Sea: Second Edition (2016) by John Wick.
  • The first to break $2M was Strongholds & Streaming (2018) by Matt Colville.
  • The first to break $9M was Avatar Legends (2021) from Magpie Games.
  • 7/13 in the list included miniatures in their campaigns.
  • 9/13 in the list are designed for D&D 5E.
In the 12 years since Kickstarter's creation in 2009 until the start of 2021, 4 TTRPG projects beat the $1M mark. In the months since March 2021, until the time of writing, a further 9 projects have done so.

$1M+ TTRPG Kickstarters: The Official $1M TTRPG Kickstarter Club

#​
KickstarterCreatorDate EndedBackersAmountAverage Pledge
1​
Avatar Legends: The Roleplaying GameMagpie GamesSeptember 202181,549$9,533,258$117
2​
Strongholds & Streaming*^Matt ColvilleMarch 201828,918$2,121,465$73
3​
The One Ring Roleplaying Game, Second EditionFree LeagueMarch 202116,591$2,025,288$122
4​
Heliana's Guide to Monster Hunting^Loot TavernJuly 202118,082$1,845,422$102
5​
The Seeker's Guide to Twisted Taverns^EldermancyMarch 202117,921$1,650,076$92
6​
Kingdoms, Warfare & More Minis!*^Matt ColvilleNovember 201919,033$1,372,685$72
7​
Grim Hollow: The Monster Grimoire*^Ghostfire GamingMay 202115,530$1,348,160$87
8​
7th Sea: Second EditionJohn WickMarch 201611,483$1,316,813$115
9​
Dungeons of Drakkenheim*^Dungeon DudesAugust 202113,376$1,279,240$96
10​
Auroborous: Coils of the Serpent*^Warchief GamingMay 202110,218$1,260,863$123
11​
Coyote & Crow the Roleplaying GameConnor AlexanderApril 202116,269$1,073,453$66
12​
Humblewood Campaign Setting for 5e*^Hit Point PressApril 201914,604$1,001,085$69
TBA​
Tanares RPG - 5e*^Dragori GamesOctober 2021TBATBATBA
*includes miniatures
^D&D-related

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Grendel_Khan

Adventurer
Words fail me

Yet, maybe stretch goal are over-rated and creators should instead just focus on the primary sales pitch that first brought backers to Kickstarter.
I agree that people can get carried away with stretch goals, but it wouldn't take much effort to either price out something extra for print rewards (another ribbon for the book, a slipcase, etc.) or some tiny amount of additional content, like two more pages of monsters or locations. But enticing people to add another 50 percent to your current total with the promise of...marketing? That's just impressively bad Kickstarter campaign design.
 

imagineGod

Legend
Anyway, I made my points clear with examples. The best part of the D&D 5th Edition OGL is that better creators outside WoTC are creating better art and games and some do so without need of the core D&D books too. The Hellboy 5e Kickstarter for example. So I have more than enough artistically consistent RPGs without the eyesore of some (not all, mind you) core WoTC products.
 


Grendel_Khan

Adventurer
The stretch goals like boom ribbons are always appreciated by traditional readers like myself.
I'm almost entirely a PDF gamer now, but I can totally see the appeal of physical upgrades/amenities. I have the main Delta Green books (Agent's Handbook and Handler's Guide) in a big lovely slipcase and I love all of it very much.
 

imagineGod

Legend
And yet another Million Dollar project on the horizon. Seems the stimulus is kickstarting the American games economy.

The times in which we live, even the pandemic cannot dampen the spirit of hope in humanity.


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True, there is certainly no guarantee. All the pledges that would have happened in the last couple of days would have happened in the last couple of days, regardless if those days would have been Day 19, 20, 21, and 22 or 27, 28, 29, and 30. Excellent point, as you said, its pretty universal and a common trait of Kickstarters.

In the end, there is no way of knowing with the true final numbers, had the campaign went the full 30 days. Your post gave me a good thought experiment, though. Or at least a distraction to occupy my time while at a work meeting! :LOL: I work with numbers for a living (forecasting trends, data analytics) and running some numbers through some a model we use in our work, I would guess it would have surpassed S&F by about $30k.

But that's all it is, a guess. For fun. You're spot on in the end, in that there is no guarantee.
There is one effect that's kept me out of several KSs...
Where it falls in relation to the pay schedules. Typical are alternate fridays, fixed day early in month, or first monday or friday of month.
(At various points in my life, I've had every monday (timesheets due friday close), alternate fridays (timesheets due monday close of business), Alternate fridays (timesheets due close of business friday before), 2nd of the month (timesheets due last workday of month by Close), first friday of the month following the 1st of the month (timesheets due last workday of the month). Curreently, it's 2nd of the month or the monday following the 2nd of the month if the second is a weekend day.

If a KS doesn't cross the month border, I often cannot afford to participate, because I have to budget to be able to afford anything over my routine monthly games allotment. (which usually is spent by end of the first week).
 

Grendel_Khan

Adventurer
And yet another Million Dollar project on the horizon. Seems the stimulus is kickstarting the American games economy.

The times in which we live, even the pandemic cannot dampen the spirit of hope in humanity.


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I'm not the first to point out that Kicktraq's "Trending Toward" algorithm is super simplistic and bad--like thinking that if a car hits 60 mph in 10 seconds then it's going to reach 600mph in 100 seconds!--but even their silly "projection" is already way down:

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At some point during the first week of the Auroboros campaign Kicktraq had it heading towards $3M. It's about to end somewhere around $1.25M.
 

imagineGod

Legend
I'm not the first to point out that Kicktraq's "Trending Toward" algorithm is super simplistic and bad--like thinking that if a car hits 60 mph in 10 seconds then it's going to reach 600mph in 100 seconds!--but even their silly "projection" is already way down:

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At some point during the first week of the Auroboros campaign Kicktraq had it heading towards $3M. It's about to end somewhere around $1.25M.
Still a million bucks. That is the title of this whole thread. ;)
 



Aldarc

Legend
Looks like Dungeon Dudes and their YouTubers bring us another million Dollar Kickstarter for 5e. Just launched today.
I don't know why you keep prematurely declaring these sorts of things.

Ever follow-up with your last "million dollar Kickstarter" you posted about?

And yet another Million Dollar project on the horizon. Seems the stimulus is kickstarting the American games economy.

The times in which we live, even the pandemic cannot dampen the spirit of hope in humanity.


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Trending towards $2.4 Million? Actual final earnings? A little over $200K more than their current pledge level in this photo.
 

imagineGod

Legend
I don't know why you keep prematurely declaring these sorts of things.

Ever follow-up with your last "million dollar Kickstarter" you posted about?


Trending towards $2.4 Million? Actual final earnings? A little over $200K more than their current pledge level in this photo.
The last one was me being excited about Afro-futurism. But the failure of the creator to embrace 5th Edition may have knocked the wind out of the sails.

With this new one, Dungeon Dudes have a big YouTube crowd, and it is 5e so two bit positives. The projection is over six million so a lone one million will be easy for Dungeons of Drakkenberg. Plus, there are also miniatures in the stretch goals, and from past Kickstarters that sold miniatures, there is a large bulk of pledges that just pledge for the miniatures.
 


Grendel_Khan

Adventurer
The last one was me being excited about Afro-futurism. But the failure of the creator to embrace 5th Edition may have knocked the wind out of the sails.

With this new one, Dungeon Dudes have a big YouTube crowd, and it is 5e so two bit positives. The projection is over six million so a lone one million will be easy for Dungeons of Drakkenberg. Plus, there are also miniatures in the stretch goals, and from past Kickstarters that sold miniatures, there is a large bulk of pledges that just pledge for the miniatures.
But as I replied to you right after you posted about Into the Mother Lands, the Kicktraq projection numbers are notoriously useless. Why not just wait until the campaigns have been running for a while? Otherwise you might as well toss tons of candidates on here, including the new DCC Dying Earth. And there are already weekly ENworld threads for notable Kickstarters, so there's no real point in doing that either.
 

Aldarc

Legend
The last one was me being excited about Afro-futurism. But the failure of the creator to embrace 5th Edition may have knocked the wind out of the sails.
You say this as if it was somehow a deep moral failure on their part to not embrace the cult of 5e or the almighty dollar rather than their own creative goals with the project.

With this new one, Dungeon Dudes have a big YouTube crowd, and it is 5e so two bit positives. The projection is over six million so a lone one million will be easy for Dungeons of Drakkenberg. Plus, there are also miniatures in the stretch goals, and from past Kickstarters that sold miniatures, there is a large bulk of pledges that just pledge for the miniatures.
Regardless, it's premature to declare this a one-million dollar Kickstarter on day one.
 



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