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RPG Crowdfunding News – Deadlands, BRANCALONIA, Earthdawn, and more

In this article, I look at RPG crowdfunding projects that end by May 14th. As I’ve done for the last several weeks, I’m including Kicktraq charts to analyze how RPG crowdfunding projects are doing amid the pandemic. This week includes two projects in the six-figure [US dollars] club, three in the five-figure club, and at least three in the four-figure club as well as other projects. As is the case in recent weeks, the market may be able to bear more RPG crowdfunding projects, but the digital shelves are not barren. Instead, there are strong showings from large companies and indies to interesting international offerings such as Tales from the Loop translated to German.

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Deadlands: the Weird West by Pinnacle Entertainment Group
  • END DATE: Wed, May 13 2020 1:00 AM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): Savage Worlds Adventure Edition
  • PROJECT TYPE: Core rulebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $150 + S/H for 3 PDFs and 3 Boxed Sets plus stretch goals
Deadlands, the original Weird West RPG! Updated for the new Savage Worlds Adventure Edition. In this award-winning, best-selling setting, gunfighters, braves, hucksters, martial artists, shamans, mad scientists, the blessed, and more square off against far more than desperate bandits. An event called "The Reckoning" awakened an ancient evil, and you'd best hope the howls you hear on the High Plains are just a pack of ravenous wolves… It's now 1884 in the official timeline. The Civil War ended in 1871 at the Battle of Washington, an epic conflagration of steam and steel. The Great Rail Wars are over as well, finishing not with a whimper but the bang of Dr. Darius Hellstromme's ghostfire bombs at the gates of Lost Angels. Deadlands is returning to its roots with more local yarns of dread, terror, and violent action. The core book for Deadlands: The Weird West is a 192-page hardcover book, in our usual "graphic novel" size, and glorious, bloody, full-color throughout. The Deadlands: Horror at Headstone Hill Boxed Set contains an introductory booklet on the region for the players with notes from Tombstone Epitaph reporter Lacy O'Malley and the Twilight Legion, a Marshal's guide detailing all the locations on the map and a full sandbox-oriented Plot Point Campaign, a poster-sized map of the county, and a selection of player handouts to drive this incredible tale of six-guns and sorcery to its bloodstained conclusion! The Deadlands Pawns Boxed Set contains 8 sheets of thick punchboard, containing over 100 pawns to bring the Weird West alive on your tabletop.”

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BRANCALONIA - THE SPAGHETTI FANTASY RPG by Acheron Books
  • END DATE: Sun, May 10 2020 5:59 PM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition
  • PROJECT TYPE: Campaign setting sourcebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: €79 + €10 US S/H for 2 PDFs as well as their hardcover and softcover plus an artbook, a GM screen, a map, and more
“An all-italian medieval, roguish and picaresque setting ... Brancalonia is the all-Italian setting for the 5th Edition of the most famous role-playing game of all time. Set in a “back-to-front” version of Medieval Italy, this unheroic, picaresque and roguish world quotes, collects, and mixes references from contemporary Italian fiction and over a hundred works of Italian fantasy tradition, pop culture, and collective imagery. ‘Spaghetti Fantasy’ is a new fantasy genre: imagine a Spaghetti Western – with swords instead of guns – based on Italian folklore, history and pop culture: Masterpieces of Italian fantasy fiction, such as Collodi’s Pinocchio or Dante’s Divine Comedy; Spaghetti Western movies such as Sergio Leone’s, and the legendary duo with Bud Spencer and Terence Hill; Movie classics set in (real or fictional) Italy, like The Princess Bride, Ladyhawke, Flesh + Blood, The Name of the Rose, Da Vinci’s Demons; ideas borrowed from videogames set in the Bel Paese, such as Ezio Auditore in Assassin’s Creed. We will produce Brancalonia in English and Italian. The Basic Manual of Brancalonia consists of 192 richly illustrated full-color pages, with maps, characters, antagonists, monsters and other images evocative of the Kingdom.”


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Earthdawn 4th Edition - Iopos: Lair of Deceit by FASA Corporation
  • END DATE: Fri, May 8 2020 9:49 AM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): Earthdawn 4th Edition
  • PROJECT TYPE: Sourcebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $30 + $8 US S/H for the PDF and print versions of the book
“A sourcebook for the Earthdawn role playing game. Venture Into the Age of Legend. An age of magic once existed in our world. Lost to history, this time is remembered in the echoes of myth and legend. The land was once besieged by the Horrors, foul creatures from the depths of astral space that seek to feed on and destroy all that is living and good. Their time -- the time of the Scourge -- has passed. The people of the world have returned to the surface reclaiming the lands that were once their home. Brave heroes band together to explore the wilds of Barsaive, fighting the Horrors that remain and protecting their loved ones from those who would dominate and enslave them. Earthdawn is a fantasy role-playing game currently in its fourth edition. After more than 25 years it continues to deliver a setting tinged with a compelling mix of high magic and horror flavored with a dash of post-apocalypse and a generous sprinkling of hope. Iopos: Lair of Deceit is a 256-page sourcebook that lays bare the intricacies of Barsaive’s most secretive city and family. It presents the surviving history of Iopos, secrets of the Holders of Trust—the Copper, Silver, Gold, Orichalcum, and newly revealed Malachite Branches—and the current state of Jerris, their most recent acquisition. Even some of the darkest places in Iopos, such as the Thricewoven Flesh Forges and the abominations crafted within.”


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Multi-race Hero & Animal Miniatures, Campaign Setting, & STL by Ryan Borgeson
  • END DATE: Wed, May 13 2020 12:03 PM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): Dungeons & Dragons
  • PROJECT TYPE: Campaign setting sourcebook plus miniatures
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $45 + $7 US S/H for for the PDF of the campaign setting and 25 minis
“A homebrew fantasy world and miniatures, which includes many custom races, cultures, monsters, and all new campaign adventures. The Campaign Setting: Receive a 50+ page Digital PDF of the fleshed out fantasy world of Sol'an, complete with 15+ custom peoples (cultures, races, ethnicities, societies, etc). To also include GM guidance for campaigns in Sol'an, as well as a level 1 adventure. High-resolution world, regional, and city maps of of Sol'an in (digital), print-friendly format. 100+ hours of meticulously crafted gameplay, spanning 18+ short quest modules (levels 1 - 10) featuring the Wild Spire Heroic Townsfolk miniatures. Access the 18 Wild Spire Heroic Townsfolk Character Sheets and stat-blocks. 10+ original monsters complete with descriptions, stat-blocks, and artwork. The Miniatures: 25 high-quality plastic miniatures (15 Heroes and 10 Animals) unpainted, 28mm scale. Background Reference Sheets for each of the 25 miniatures. 3D model files (STL format) are available for all 25 miniatures in select Reward Tiers.”


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Sunken Dungeon. DnD+Coloring. (The Cloud Dungeon 2) by AndHeGames
  • END DATE: Fri, May 1 2020 7:58 AM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): An original system
  • PROJECT TYPE: Core rulebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $5 for the PDF version of the game
The Sunken Dungeon is a cut-and-paste, colorable RPG. It's DnD+crayons. It's a sequel/prequel to the classic colorable RPG, The Cloud Dungeon. Each player cuts out/customizes a character and works with the rest of the group through a choose-your-own-adventure-style story. It's a new DIY Adventure game. Make decisions with serious consequences, and horrible, ridiculous things happen. It's a co-op game full of creative, ridiculous fun. Before humanity learned how to build cities in the sky, we tried to live in the ocean. It was damp. The Sunken Dungeon is deep underwater. You've "borrowed" your parents' submarine, found some secondhand scuba gear, and you're on your way to fortune and glory!”

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DUNGEONS YOUR PARTY WILL DIE FOR by Laidback Dungeon Master
  • END DATE: Fri, May 8 2020 8:19 PM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition and OSR
  • PROJECT TYPE: Adventure modules
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: AU$15 for the PDFs of the book and maps
“10 One-Shot Adventures for D&D DnD 5e & OSR Tabletop Fantasy Role Playing Games. Published under the OGL and compatible with 5e and OSR fantasy role playing games, DUNGEONS YOUR PARTY WILL DIE FOR is designed especially for all of us in lockdown! I get how difficult it can be to afford new RPG content, so this 32-page book is packed full of fantastic content at a low price to save you money. Inside you’ll find 10 ‘adventure-on-a-page’ one-shot mini-adventures of all varieties, complete with full color maps! Varied adventures ranging from 1st - 9th level, designed for minimal preparation and flexible delivery. Each mini-adventure can be run as a one-shot or as a side-quest, easily slotted into any campaign. The rural region of Nothl’nd Central District– containing the vast lakes and Wind’n Plains of Verona Province from Shotglass Adventures! Each adventure is tied to towns and villages throughout the area, and can be used in conjunction with any Shotglass Adventures campaign, or they can be run separately without the need for the setting. Full guide for OSR conversions!”


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Wyrmkeep Dungeons TZ3: The Forbidden Isle by Wyrmkeep Entertainment
  • END DATE: Mon, May 11 2020 5:00 PM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition
  • PROJECT TYPE: Adventure module
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $15 + $3 US S/H for the PDF and print versions of the book plus a PDF map
Wyrmkeep Dungeons TZ3: The Forbidden Isle is a fantasy role-playing-game adventure module designed for a band of 4-8 5e DnD characters of 4th to 6th level. A renown rogue has stolen an heirloom from a powerful family and fled to a little-visited island. There he waits for news from those who have offered to fence the item. A party of adventurers is being sought to both hunt the criminal down before he can escape the island, and return the treasure to its rightful owners. Unfortunately, there are complications. The Forbidden Isle is surrounded by foreboding magic, has some very strange geography, and is inhabited by dangerous creatures including the mysterious humanoids known as "Icylanders." A final concern is that more than one group may be competing to win the bounty being offered! Can the adventurers beat the clock and their opponents?”


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Sickest Witch Solo Story Mode and Print+Play by Severed Books
  • END DATE: Sun, May 3 2020 10:03 AM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): An original system
  • PROJECT TYPE: Core rulebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $29 + $7 US S/H for “a physical boxed copy of Sickest Witch with 69 cards, 6 customs D4s, 1D20, and a black draw string bag. You also get a PDF containing all the original Sickest Witch cards + the new solo story mode with player mats, enemy mat, and new content.”
“In the new Sickest Witch solo story mode, you take on an apprentice who is not only in need to training, but is also looking for revenge. Together, you will hunt town guards and warriors, collecting their body parts, and imbuing them with power. Sickest Witch plays similar to role-playing games -- you roll a twenty-sided die to beat your enemy's armor class. The hook is, your powers come from your victims. When you eliminate an enemy, flip their card over to see what body part you have harvested from them. In competitive mode, each body part is also a victory point. In solo mode, you'll need them to survive. The body parts will also dictate the story's end. CORE GAME: is solo and competitive - Includes 69 cards, 6 custom D4s, 1D20, and a black drawstring bag. EXPANSION (Sickest Wizard): - Includes 65 cards, 6 custom D4s, 1D20, and a black drawstring bag. Bottom of the box becomes an interactive "Invert". Print+Play - Includes both Sickest Witch and Sickest Wizard as well as the new expanded solo story mode.”

RPG QUICK HITS

Aquilae: Bestiary of the Realm for OSR/1E Fantasy Retroclones by Infinium Game Studio
  • END DATE: Mon, May 4 2020 10:28 AM EDT.
  • NOTE: Link to this project’s Kicktraq information (here)
  • NOTE 2: Try before you buy with Aquilae: Bestiary of the Realm for OSR: Sample Monsters
  • “The most ambitious, comprehensive, and enormous fantasy bestiary ever conceived, now for OSR: 1,600 complete monsters, 6,400 statblocks.”
The Corruption of Cavestar by Fabled Adventurers Extraordinaire Games
  • END DATE: Thu, May 14 2020 2:14 AM EDT.
  • NOTE: Link to this project’s Kicktraq information (here)
  • “An illustrated adventure module for Dungeons and Dragons fifth edition.”
TALES FROM THE LOOP by Ulisses games
  • END DATE: Wed, May 13 2020 14:00 (GMT-4)
  • NOTE: This is the German language edition of the tabletop RPG
  • NOTE 2: This crowdfunding campaign is running on GameOnTabletop. Unfortunately, Kicktraq does not track crowdfunding projects on GameOnTabletop as of this writing
  • Tales from the Loop is a multi-award-winning role-playing game in which you play children in an alternative 80s world. After the development of particle accelerators and their use in everyday life, the world gets a bit out of joint.” - Translated by Google Chrome
RPG ACCESSORIES

Dice by Wyrmwood: Resin, Handcrafted Gemstone, Glass & Wood by Wyrmwood Gaming
  • END DATE: Thu, May 14 2020 10:13 AM EDT.
  • NOTE: Link to this project’s Kicktraq information (here)
  • “Pledge for your choice of single d20, full set of 7 polyhedrals, or extra 3d6, with standard or our innovative HIGH VARIANCE numbering!”
Quest Decks: Adventure Cards for your RPG Games by Dice Dungeons
  • END DATE: Thu, May 14 2020 9:00 AM EDT.
  • NOTE: Link to this project’s Kicktraq information (here)
  • “Adventure hooks in the form of posted notices to jump start your D&D, Pathfinder, or other tabletop campaign.”
Saberdice Debut Collection by Simon Dirk Olivier
  • END DATE: Tue, May 12 2020 6:59 PM EDT.
  • NOTE: Link to this project’s Kicktraq information (here)
  • “Handcrafted designer dice sets with sharp edges made for players who trust in the hearts of their dice.”
D20 Class Pins by Loot Tavern
  • END DATE: Thu, May 14 2020 8:30 PM EDT.
  • NOTE: Link to this project’s Kicktraq information (here)
  • “Hard enamel pins inspired by classes from Dungeons & Dragons. Rep your favorite classes with these awesome pins!”
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