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RPG Crowdfunding News – DEATH IN SPACE, Sin, AFFINITY, and more

This week, I review RPG Kickstarters and an IndieGoGo that run from April 19th through May 1st. While this week is 5e heavy, there’s still system neutral and Spire options. While this is a solid list, it’s not exhaustive and some RPG crowdfunding campaigns may not be included.
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DEATH IN SPACE from Cosmic Gaze
  • END DATE: Mon, April 19 2021 2:00 PM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): An original d20 system
  • PROJECT TYPE: Core ruelbook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: SEK 280 + S/H for the PDF and print versions of the book
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? This 128-page RPG promises a d20 experience inspired by RPGs such as MÖRK BORG, Knave, and Coriolis and stories like 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Fistful of Dollars, and Alien. Stylistically, this RPG has a look similar to MÖRK BORG, which no doubt owes some debt to co-creator, Carl Niblaeus, who contributed to the MÖRK BORG zine, Feretory. If you’re looking for a sci-fi RPG with the feel of some of the better loved d20 RPGs of the last few years, this one offers a great look, including an amazing cover, and amazing feel.

SIN: A Spire RPG Sourcebook from Rowan, Rook & Decard
  • END DATE: Thu, April 29 2021 1:00 PM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): Spire RPG
  • PROJECT TYPE: Sourcebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: £40 + £7 US S/H for the PDF and print version of the book plus a zine
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? You’re a dark elf rebelling against the high elves that stole your city. This is the second sourcebook for Spire, this one focusing on crime, order, and religion in the elven city as well as two new classes, the Gutter Cleric and the Mortician Executioner. Add in three full length adventures and, beyond the main book, there’s an RPG zine, The Revolutionary's Guide to Spire, that adds NPCs, adventure hooks, setting info, and more. If you’re a Spire fan, this campaign is a must.

AFFINITY: Three sci-fi/fantasy campaign settings for 5E from Dias Ex Machina Games
  • END DATE: Thu, April 29 2021 1:01 PM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition
  • PROJECT TYPE:
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: CA $125 + CA $19 US S/H for the PDF, POD, and 3-book boxed set plus a PDF artbook and more
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? These three books, totaling over 600 pages, which add three campaign settings to your 5e game. Affinity: Paradise adds 3 ancestries, 5 backgrounds, a class, 50 magic items, 40 monsters, and original systems to a artificially constructed world. Affinity: Conestoga delivers 3 ancestries, 7 backgrounds, 40 monsters, pages and pages of gear pulled from a kilometers long derelict spacecraft. Affinity: Torus gives 3 ancestries, 6 backgrounds, a class, another 40 monsters, and steampunk options combined with occult magic. If you need some non-traditional 5e settings, this campaign offers some interesting considerations.
Odd Jobs from MacGuffin & Co.
  • END DATE: Sat, May 1 2021 9:33 AM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): System neutral
  • PROJECT TYPE: Sourcebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: £34 + S/H for the PDF and print versions of the book
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? This RPG anthology contains a variety of micro-settings with names like Ghost Ship, Twisted Rails, Atlantis City, Wizard’s Staff, and more. As micro-settings, these are intended to be played through 3 or 4 sessions. If your gaming table needs quick, original settings, these may fit the bill. You can try a preview on the campaign page.
Meleeball, a 5e compatible sports module from Tyler Korso
  • END DATE: Wed, April 21 2021 1:12 PM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition
  • PROJECT TYPE: Sourcebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $12 for the PDF of the book and art
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? In this 5e supplement you’re playing as an athlete in the newest game sweeping the planet. This book features rules for how to play as single athletes or as teams. If you want to add a sport as an option within your 5e campaign world, this Kickstarter may be for you.

Rock & Roll: a Quarterly 5e Zine from Eric Garneau
  • END DATE: Wed, April 28 2021 11:00 AM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition
  • PROJECT TYPE: RPG zine
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $60 + $10 US S/H for the four zines in print and, I’m assuming, PDF
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? This project will fund four quarterly issues of the Rock & Roll zine. At around 60 pages an issue, each zine offers 4 to 5 adventures inspired by a musical album of the author’s choice. In the first issue, the inspirations are Carly Rae Jepsen's Emotion, Mars Volta's De-Loused in the Comatorium, Mountain Goats' Getting Into Knives, Ludo's Broken Bride, and Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow. Add in a few articles and you’re likely to have some interesting adventure options.

Hope Not Lost - A Cleric Solo Origin Adventure for 5E from A Hole in the Ground Terrain & Games
  • END DATE: Thu, April 22 2021 10:00 AM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition
  • PROJECT TYPE: Adventure module
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $15 for the PDF and POD versions of the game
  • ADDITIONAL COVERAGE: On Morrus' Unofficial Tabletop RPG Talk, Joel Logan joins the Morrus and Peter to talk about this project
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? This project is designed for one GM and one 1st level cleric to play. Coming in around 64 pages, you’ll start as an orphan raised by the church. You’ll have four pre-cleric (pre-character sheet) encounters to define your type of character. Your choices will influence the points you get for your character sheet. Then, once you have your character prepped, you’re sent to run a church in a town that has not had a cleric in three years. From there, the adventure begins. I dig the ideas presented in the campaign and feel this is perfect for a 5e duet, it gives you a chance to tell and interesting tale.

The Dancer: A martial and magical performer for 5e! from Joel Maunula
  • END DATE: Mon, April 19 2021 1:36 PM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition
  • PROJECT TYPE: Sourcebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $3 for the PDF
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? This is a new 5e class is meant to stand as the Paladin to the Cleric or the Ranger to the Druid, but for the Bard. Described as a half-caster Bard with more martial traits, this project offers six subclasses to go with the main class. The stretch goals add some nice extras. If you need a new class for a reasonable price, this is one to look at.
Spears & Spells from Kabouter Games
  • END DATE: Mon, May 1 2021
  • SYSTEM(S): OSR
  • PROJECT TYPE: Core rulebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $10 for the PDF of the book
  • NOTE: This campaign runs through IndieGoGo
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? This book is expected to come in at 60ish pages. It’s a fantasy OSR ruleset using d6s to keep the rules simple. If you’re looking for a fantasy system that’s a mix of simple and OSR, this is worth a read through of the IndieGoGo campaign.
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Googly Eye Dice from the evergreen burrow
  • END DATE: Sat, May 1 2021 9:00 AM EDT.
  • PROJECT TYPE: RPG dice
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $28 + S/H for one set of dice
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? This one is easy, if you’ve seen the various images of D&D books (and other material) with googly eyes and thought that was awesome, then these dice are for you. They have a googly eye inside each die.

Apocalypse 5E RPG from Blue Phoenix RPG
  • END DATE: Wed, April 28 2021 6:33 PM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition
  • PROJECT TYPE: Core rulebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $60 + $10 US S/H for the PDF and print versions of the book
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? If you’re interested in a 5e RPG that’s set in the apocalypse, this offers a 400-page book covering all of the rules that you’ll need. Beyond the book, the campaign has a nice professional polish to it. It’s worth noting that their funding goal is on the high end. I’m not saying it’s unwarranted, in fact, I’d say if they’re asking for that number then it’s entirely warranted. Regardless of the numbers, if you’re interested in 5e and a fantasy sci-fi post-apocalypse setting, this is worth a review.

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