RPG Crowdfunding News – Glitch, CAPERS, Denoa, The Hero’s Journey 2e, and more

The last of the holiday-related thinning of RPGs crowdfunding projects is over. We’re back to full lists of RPG options including these fourteen projects that end between January 31st and February 6th. At the end of the list are five charity bundles to assist Australia with the wildfire crisis and provide you with great RPGs in the process.


CAPERS RPG Deluxe Hardcover by Nerdburger Games
  • END DATE: Thu, February 6 2020 9:00 PM EST.
  • SYSTEM(S): An original system
  • PROJECT TYPE: Core rulebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $45 + $10 US S/H for the PDF and the enhanced hardcover of the book plus additional PDFs
  • NOTE: I’ve traveled to conventions with Craig Campbell of Nerdburger Games (Conapalooza and Multiverse Con)
  • NOTE: I interviewed Craig about CAPERS (on the Tessera Guild here) and reviewed the game (on d20 Radio here)
“High-Quality Hardcover of the Award-Winning Tabletop RPG CAPERS, a Super-Powered Game of Gangsters in the Roaring Twenties. It’s the 1920s Prohibition Era in the United States. Alcohol is illegal. Organized crime grows at an unprecedented rate as gangsters get rich selling hooch to a thirsty populace. You are one of those gangsters…and you have super-powers! In the CAPERS tabletop roleplaying game, you portray a character with extraordinary abilities in the Roaring Twenties. As a gangster, you seek to exploit the law and get rich off of alcohol, gambling, prostitution, and racketeering. You join up with other players to collectively seek your fortunes in the vice-riddled, booze-soaked casinos and speakeasies of the Jazz Age. We'd like to create a high-quality hardcover of the CAPERS RPG, something we haven't done before. This requires doing an offset print run on a printing press. This book will feature sewn binding, high-end materials, and richer color. It will be a really lovely book that'll look good, feel good, and stand the test of time, shipped right to your door.”

Glitch by A Far and a Sunless Land
  • END DATE: Thu, February 6 2020 8:00 AM EST.
  • SYSTEM(S): An original diceless system
  • PROJECT TYPE: Core rulebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $75 for the two versions of the PDF, an ePub version, the POD, and print versions of the game plus Nobilis 2nd edition & Game of Powers PDFs
“My name is Jenna Moran, author and creator of Nobilis, the Chuubo's Marvelous Wish-Granting Engine RPG, and much of the Weapons of the Gods RPG, as well as a major contributor to a number of products for Exalted, Trinity, In Nomine, and other well-regarded RPG lines. Glitch is a game about living in a broken world. A game about hope and struggle. It's a game about people, people like you and me, more or less, people who were like you and me, until they stumbled on a “glitch”—a lesion, a crack, an unfixable and irredeemable break in the fabric of reality; and that glitch broke them, in turn. And for a while, infected by the malice of the endless void beyond the world; for a while, their eyes made open to the true nature of the world, they thought that the answer, the best answer, the only answer, to that break was to end the world itself … until they realized that was dumb. Now, they solve mysteries!”
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A One-shot Mystery Adventure Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft! by Midnight Tower
  • END DATE: Mon, February 3 2020 11:23 AM EST.
  • SYSTEM(S): Dungeons & Dragons 5e
  • PROJECT TYPE: Adventure module
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: £15 for the PDF and POD versions of the book
What happened to Evy Ashwood? is a new fantasy RPG adventure for D&D 5e. What happened to Evy Ashwood? is a mystery adventure and intended for a party of three to five 6th-level characters. The Great Old One Compendium will contain Cthulhu-inspired magical items, lore, spells, curses, and more! Created by Midnight Tower, from the nerds who brought you Secrets of the Drow. The printed copies will be approximately the size of an A4 (8.5 x 11 inches) and available in softcover or hardcover versions.”
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Casting the Runes by Design Mechanism
  • END DATE: Mon, February 3 2020 8:08 AM EST.
  • PROJECT TYPE: Core rulebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: CA$40 + CA$6 US S/H for the PDFs and print copies of the book
  • NOTE: Try the free Casting the Runes Preview at DriveThruRPG
Casting the Runes is an investigative roleplaying game based on the ghost stories and tales of the supernatural by renowned medievalist and writer, M. R. James. Casting the Runes the roleplaying game is powered by the GUMSHOE game engine, the perfect rules for investigation and tense, supernatural events. Set in the Edwardian Era (approximately 1901-1910, during the reign of King Edward VII of Great Britain), players take on the roles of occult investigators: antiquarians, scholars, archivists, archaeologists, detectives, and so on, exploring the supernatural and uncovering arcane and esoteric mysteries. The GUMSHOE engine, created by renowned game designer Robin Laws, has been carefully tailored to the ghost story genre, and everything you need to explore the Edwardian world and create your own Jamesian stories is included in one book.”
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Chronicles of Denoa: Chapter 1 - 5e RPG Setting & Campaign by Hammerdog Games
  • END DATE: Fri, January 31 2020 9:00 PM EST.
  • SYSTEM(S): Dungeons & Dragons 5e
  • PROJECT TYPE: Sourcebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $40 for the PDF of the book, music, and the DM’s toolkit
  • NOTE: I contributed to a Hammerdog Games product, The Dread House
  • CHARITY NOTE: Hammerdog Games contributed a book (The Grande Temple of Jing) to DriveThruRPG’s AU Charity - Fantasy Supplements [BUNDLE]
“A world made up of worlds. A fantastic RPG fantasy world for 5e, explored & unlocked through campaigns and short adventures. A world shaped by fan feedback. Denoa is a broken, magical world. In the time before time, its continents were separated by a titanic sea serpent known as the Sorogoros. As a result, the ecology of each land evolved without the others. Each now sports its own peoples, its own cultures, its own magic styles, its own monsters. Your job is to uncover them all. But for now, things are secret, and information is purposefully made scarce. Denoa is a world built for storytelling. It contains a rich mythology and history that inform adventures without overwhelming them with detail. An official campaign story plays out in real time, with key events hosted at kitchen tables and game stores around the world. However, DMs and players can take things at their own pace, and choose to play the meta story, or use its ideas to tell their own stories.”
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Last Fleet RPG #lastfleetrpg by Black Armada
  • END DATE: Fri, January 31 2020 4:00 PM EST.
  • SYSTEM(S): Powered by the Apocalypse
  • PROJECT TYPE: Core rulebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: £25 + S/H for the PDF and hardcover
“Action, intrigue and drama as the last of humanity flees across space from a merciless inhuman foe. The last of humanity are fleeing across space, pursued by the implacable inhuman adversary that destroyed their civilisation. They're outnumbered and outgunned. Supplies are running low. The actions of a brave few could be all that stands between humanity and extinction. Welcome to the Last Fleet. Last Fleet is a tabletop roleplaying game where you play brave pilots, officers, engineers, politicians and journalists struggling to hold the human race - and themselves - together under unbelievable pressure. The game focuses on action, intrigue and drama in this high-stakes situation. You'll fight space battles, search for enemy infiltrators, tackle supply shortages and navigate faction politics. You'll strive against your own self-doubt and sometimes crack under the stress.”
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The Hero's Journey 2e by Gallant Knight Games
  • END DATE: Fri, January 31 2020 11:20 AM EST.
  • PROJECT TYPE: Core rulebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $40 + $7 S/H for the PDF and hardcover
“Heroic low-fantasy roleplaying inspired by classic fantasy literature and modern game mechanics married to old-school design ethos! The Hero’s Journey Fantasy Roleplaying, Second Edition is a fantasy roleplaying game that blends classic tradition and modern game design to bring you an experience where players take up the mantle of heroes in a world of danger and magic inspired by classic fairy stories and timeless fantasy literature. Whether you’re taking a Knight clad in shining armor astride your grand steed, a cunning Burglar hoping to use your silver tongue to flatter a terrifying Elder Wyrm while your friends slip away, or a dedicated Yeoman who has given your heart and soul to defend the good and true people of the world from the strange dangers of Fairie and beyond, The Hero’s Journey, Second Edition creates a gaming experience firmly rooted traditional western folklore where the player characters are more than just sword-swinging mercenaries looking to kick in the door, kill the monster, and claim the loot. In The Hero’s Journey, Second Edition, they are all that stands between civilization and the unimaginable dangers just beyond the wild…”
Mighty Tiny: Tales of the Old Empires (5e and SWAdE) by Battlefield Press
  • END DATE: Thu, February 6 2020 9:01 AM EST.
  • “A role-playing game set in the world of Ben Dunn's Mighty Tiny manga, written as SWAdE and 5e compatible editions.”
The 'Big Book' of DND 5E Characters.. by Jason "Journeyman Blacksmith" Henderson
  • END DATE: Sun, February 2 2020 12:34 PM EST.
  • “A new book of 600 Playable DND - 5E characters (PCs).. Built for the Make 100 campaign..”
Libreté: an RPG of Lost Children by GMDK
  • END DATE: Sat, February 1 2020 10:00 AM EST.
  • “A macabre tabletop RPG about children trying to survive in a haunted, abandoned city.”

Make 100 Character Portraits & Tokens! by Bob Ash
  • END DATE: Sat, February 1 2020 5:01 AM EST.
  • PROJECT TYPE: RPG accessory
  • “I love making character art for Role Playing Games! I'm making 100 character portraits, with tokens of your favorite characters.”
Dice Tower – 2020 by The Dice Tower
  • END DATE: Fri, January 31 2020 11:59 PM EST.
  • “Welcome to an all-new season of the Dice Tower! We are raising funds to continue our coverage of board games and the people who play them.”
Neon Knights - Dice That Glow by Rockabilly Soap
  • END DATE: Fri, January 31 2020 11:11 PM EST.
  • PROJECT TYPE: RPG accessory
  • “Chonky Boys - Swirly liquid-filled D20 dice made by hand - Make 100 event.”
Kickstarter Exclusive Fire Dragon Valhalla Screen by Dog Might Games
  • END DATE: Thu, January 30 2020 11:45 AM EST.
  • PROJECT TYPE: Quickstarter RPG accessory
  • “A MIND BLOWING four panel GM screen featuring a Kickstarter Exclusive Fire Dragon design in gorgeous Curly Maple. Only 100 available.”

Help out Australia during this crisis and pick up some great RPG titles in the process! DriveThruRPG is hosting five bundles featuring best-sellers and award-winning games with the proceeds from the purchases going to a good cause!
"Terrible fires have been ravaging Australia since July of 2019, and matters are only getting worse. All proceeds from your purchase of [these products] will be donated in equal measure to these two charities:
  • Disaster Relief and Recovery - Red Cross of Australia
  • Bushfire Emergency - World Wildlife Fund Australia"
NOTE: Save for the AU Charity links, this article includes affiliate links to DriveThruRPG. As a DriveThruRPG Affiliate I earn from qualifying purchases.
Egg Embry



A favorite article for me too. Always fun to see what is on Kickstarter for RPG's. I especially appreciate your mention of my "Make 100 Tokens" Kickstarter -- hopefully it will help boost me over the top.

Tun Kai Poh

Last Fleet looks really neat - Black Armada puts out some good designs.

Did Trophy make it up on KS in time for this update? It's a wicked good horror-themed treasure-hunting game system based on bits and pieces of Cthulhu Dark and the Blades in the Dark system. One of my new faves.

There's already a lot of cool community content and 3rd-party scenarios put out online, using the original version of Trophy (from the Gauntlet newsletter, Codex Dark 2).


I've been a backer of the Capers KS since day one.

Here are a couple other great Kickstarters running:

Never Going Home Campaign Dossiers - where you can get the RPG if you don't already have it and help to get three campaign settings made for this occult WWI game. I have everything released to date and it is a flavorful setting.

2 Women - 12 Games - Make 100 - where you get an Indie RPG Anthology of 12 games.


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