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RPG Crowdfunding News – Broken Tales, Into the Wyrd and Wild, UnFamiliar, and more

This week’s article includes RPG crowdfunding projects ending between May 17th to June 4th. While I can’t share every project, there are lots of 5e content as well original systems in this piece.

Pexia's Guide to Omeria Fifth Edition Campaign Sourcebook.jpg

Pexia's Guide to Omeria Fifth Edition Campaign Sourcebook from DMDave
  • END DATE: Fri, June 4 2021 11:00 AM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition
  • PROJECT TYPE: Adventure module and sourcebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $45 for the PDFs of both books
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? This project will create a sourcebook and a 225-page adventure module for levels 1 to 11. Pexia’s Guide to Omeria offers a new class, twelve subclasses, sixty monsters, and more. Hand of the Eight is the adventure module sharing a ten chapter conspiracy that will unravel the world.
Broken Tales from The World Anvil Publishing
  • END DATE: Tue, May 25 2021 9:00 AM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): An original system
  • PROJECT TYPE: Core rulebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: €85 + S/H for a stack of PDFs and physical books, illustrated jackets, and sheets
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? Set in 18th century Europe, you’re agents, or hunters, for the Papacy who investigate supernatural threats. The game is based in fairy tales providing rules to take a fairy tale and craft hunters based on it. If you get a chance, check out the campaign page for a preview of the game and many, many pictures of the products they’re offering.

Into the Wyrd and Wild - Revised and Reprinted from Wet Ink Games
  • END DATE: Thu, May 27 2021 9:00 PM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): System neutral with stripped down OSR stats
  • PROJECT TYPE: Sourcebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $35 + S/H for the PDF and hardcover of the book
  • DISCLAIMER: Until the pandemic struck, I planned to attend MomoCon 2020 with Wet Ink Games
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? This is a revised reprinting of Charles Ferguson-Avery’s Into the Wyrd and Wild, a project that sold out quickly. Here, Charles partners with the publisher of Never Going Home, a game series that he is the artist for. I’ve spoken with Charles and Wet Ink about their past collaborations here, here, and here. This 248-page book offers a wilderness-horror setting, monsters, and, while largely system neutral, there’s stats enough for the broader strokes of Dungeons & Dragons if that’s your bag.
UnFamiliar: Release The Tiny Beasts from Jerry Joe Seltzer
  • END DATE: Wed, June 2 2021 2:00 AM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition
  • PROJECT TYPE: Sourcebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $12 for the PDF and Roll20 and Fantasy Grounds digital assets
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? You used to be a wizard’s familiar, now you’ve been set free, yet you still have a taste for adventuring. As a former familiar, you’re eager to embrace your new status and become an epic adventurer, an epic adventurer that everyone wants to pet. Rooted in 5e, this project lets you expand on the world with new species and six classes (with subclasses) built around the familiar’s abilities, form, arcane past, and spirit type. The thirteen species of the Find Familiar spell are expanded with three subspecies so you have plenty of options. Having your familiar strike out on their own with the addition of a strong background offers roleplaying options combined with interesting combat challenges when you’re around a foot tall. For my part, I imagine someone using their existing familiar from another campaign to help give this one some background.

Treasures Of The Troll King: A MÖRK BORG Adventure from Loot The Room
  • END DATE: Mon, May 17 2021 9:59 AM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): MÖRK BORG
  • PROJECT TYPE: RPG zine and pamphlet
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: £20 + S/H for the PDF and prints versions of both the pamphlet adventure and the book
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? This 20-page RPG zine and adventure pamphlet combines the work of Chris Bissette (The Wretched) with the art of Johan Nohr and the MÖRK BORG ruleset to create a sewer crawl that is sure to be a dark adventure in a nasty location. If you’re a fan of MÖRK BORG, this promises to be one of the better third party adventures for that engine because Chris has a solid track record and he’s working with the right artist for this world.

The Morra Cinematic Game System from Mighty Narwhal Productions
  • END DATE: Wed, June 2 2021 11:59 AM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): An original system
  • PROJECT TYPE: Core rulebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $35 + S/H for the PDF and print versions
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? This project offers a new gaming system from a collection of creators whose resumes include work on and for World of Darkness, Chronicles of Darkness, Paizo, and Shadowrun. They’re crafting a game that lets you cover any type of cinematic experience you’d like to create. One of the more interesting aspects is the Writer’s Room, a system in which scenes are discussed before they are played to ensure everyone is onboard for the direction and content. If you’re looking for a universal system, this one is worth checking out.

Valbrik's Silver Ring from Limitless Adventures
  • END DATE: Fri, May 28 2021 3:00 PM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition
  • PROJECT TYPE: Adventure module
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $35 + $8 US S/H for the PDF and print versions of the cards, game manual, and game box
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? This three part adventure revolves around a wedding and all that goes wrong therein. This 5e project offers an adventure for 8th level characters and a set of 81 cards to randomize the experience. The cards include combat and roleplaying encounters, puzzles, skill challenges, and more. Limitless Adventures produces a number of well-received products and this looks like another winner.

Wayfarers of the Farwood: A 5E Campaign Setting from Farwood Publishing
  • END DATE: Sat, May 29 2021 5:48 AM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition
  • PROJECT TYPE: Sourcebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: €24 for three PDFs
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? This 280-page book provides several options for your 5e campaign including the World of Lor'Zun campaign setting, a player's guide, and a campaign for levels 1 to 10. In this world, civilization is isolated by ever changing forests. Your journeys are meant to connect these outposts, but the game is more about the journey than the arrival. If you’re looking for a primitive world of unexplored wonders, this offers a nice taste of that.

Nowhereville from NerdBurger Games
  • END DATE: Thu, June 3 2021 9:00 PM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): An original system
  • PROJECT TYPE: Core rulebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $20 for the PDF and POD versions of the book
  • DISCLAIMER: I’ve attended conventions with Craig Campbell of NerdBurger Games
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? You’ve arrived in a town that won’t let you leave. In this town, horrible things happen as monsters and horrors run wild. The citizens don’t remember them. But you do. This horror RPG is inspired by the works of Stephen King as well as The X-Files, and Twin Peaks. If you’re looking for light rules and horror based around a town where every evil is set loose, this is worth a look.

Monsterhearts: Brave New Worlds from Creatively Queer Press
  • END DATE: Mon, May 24 2021 11:48 PM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): Monsterhearts 2
  • PROJECT TYPE: Sourcebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $8 for the PDF of the book
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? If you’re a fan of Monsterhearts 2, this book offers twelve campaign settings, all small towns created by queer and POC creators offering unique locations for your game. While not an official Monsterhearts 2 product, the creator, Avery Alder, contributes one of the settings for the book. If you’re a fan of the game, this looks like a great addition as you’ll get a number of settings to pick from.

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KS just suggested to me a very interesting, and very indy, storygame...
Once More Into the Void
Launched on the 8th.
Inspired by [Star Trek] Picard and Mass Effect 2.
Question driven scenes, to establish the backstory that the party is building trust (and complications) to face in the climax/penultimate scene. A group who have drifted apart after serving under the Captain.

Why am I sharing it?
It's an ideal mode for trying storygames that aren't simulations.
The subgenre interests me. It's used in Picard. It's been used in TNG once (TNG: The Wounded). It's also part of B5: Crusade's DNA, albeit in much longer form.
Andromeda is also initially this, but without the crew having a past together with the captain.
Fundamentally, the subgenre is, "Why did they drift apart, and do they manage to come back together in time to save the (planet/empire/galaxy)

I find that an interesting story spot.
 

There is also a KS for Broken Compass' 2nd and 3rd seasons (Pirates and Jules Verne, respectively).
Someone really needs to distribute their books in North America, so we're not reliant on the Kickstarter campaigns. As it is, getting the past set of books and the new set either requires a very expensive buy-in for everything or everything plus a hat (!) or backing it twice at a lower level.
 

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