RPG Crowdfunding News – Griffon’s Saddlebag, Tempest, Westlands, and more

This week, I talk about a sampling of RPG crowdfunding projects ending between April 7th through the 24th. This is not an exhaustive list of the available RPG crowdfunding projects, but it gives an idea of what’s available. That said, I share four D&D 5e projects, one Mörk Borg book, a complete RPG for a dollar, and two projects that draw from the concepts of Jane Austen.

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The Griffon's Saddlebag: Book 2 from Griffin Macaulay
  • END DATE: Thu, April 14 2022 3:01 PM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition
  • PROJECT TYPE: Sourcebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $50 + S/H for the PDF and print book
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? This the second Kickstarter from The Griffon's Saddlebag, the first reached 8,495 backers who pledged $663,131. This book continues the showcase of his daily 5e ideas, offering a variety to season your campaign. What kind of ideas? How about a new ancestry like the Geletons, a skeleton reanimated while while in an ooze? Perhaps a new Wizard subclass, Wand Lore. There are a considerable number of concepts offers across these 400+ pages including 500+ magic items, 12 new subclasses, 2 playable ancestries, 14 settings, and just under 100 monsters to fight. If you need a large book of 5e concepts, this one is likely to offer up a number of wins.

Tempest: A Seafarers Sourcebook | Nautical expansion for 5e! from The Dragons Vault
  • END DATE: Fri, April 22 2022 8:52 AM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition
  • PROJECT TYPE: Sourcebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: £33 + S/H for the PDF and hardcover of the book
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? The sea calls and this book answers. If you need all things sea-based for 5e, Tempest gives you everything you’ll want. Within its covers you’ll find a sea-based campaign setting, 10 ocean-related subclasses, swashbuckling ancestries, sea monsters, ship combat rules, and more. If you need the sea and pirates for your campaign, this book awaits. If you’re interested in this project, visit the campaign page to pick up a free PDF preview.

Grizelda's Guide to Ghost Hunting from Scoundrel Game Labs
  • END DATE: Thu, April 7 2022 12:00 PM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition
  • PROJECT TYPE: Sourcebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $35 + S/H for the PDF and print versions of the book
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? Do you need more undead in your 5e? Not just monsters, but classes and game mechanics that tune to the recently, and not so recently, deceased. This book gives players and the DM 12 subclasses, 20+ monsters, 5 ghost hunting guilds, new mechanics, and more. If you need more afterlife options in your game, check out the campaign page for a free preview.


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An Unexpected Wedding Invitation (5e) from Midnight Tower
  • END DATE: Thu, April 21 2022 11:45 AM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition
  • PROJECT TYPE: Adventure module
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: £25 + S/H for the PDF and print book plus additional PDFs and VTTs
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? This is the mashup you’ve been waiting for: A Jane Austen adventure crafted for 5e! From the creators that have used Poe and Lovecraft as inspiration for their other adventures, comes something brand new. It’s an elvish wedding and you’re invited. It’ll be magical, enchanting, and dangerous as your characters are tasked with solving a murder. If you need Jane Austen and elvish blood in your campaign, this is the adventure for you!

Dandies & Dandyzettes from Cassidy Percoco
  • END DATE: Sun, April 24 2022 5:00 PM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): An original system
  • PROJECT TYPE: Core rulebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $25 + $5 S/H in the US for the PDF and print versions of the book
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? Set during the Regency era of England (when Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice was published), this RPG lets you play through the drama and social intricacies of that period. While offering a full game that can be played collaboratively or with dice, the book includes details on the era’s fashions and English language as well as the cultural practices for English courtship, dance, dueling, and mourning. This game promises an RPG experience for fans of Bridgerton and other Regency romance stories. If you’re looking for something along those lines, this RPG may speak to you.

Fight to Survive from Radio James Games
  • END DATE: Tue, April 12 2022 8:00 PM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): An original system
  • PROJECT TYPE: Core rulebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: CA$22 the PDF and POD versions of the book
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? This RPG brings martial arts and the subgenre of American martial arts movies to tabletop. Inspired by films like Hard Times, Streets of Fire, Bloodsport, and the feel of 1980s American martial arts films where it was about possessing the heart to win. The system draws on aspects of great games like King Arthur Pendragon, Dream Askew, and the Powered by the Apocalypse engine. If you’re looking for an RPG that lets you focus on the thematic emotion involved in hand-to-hand combat, this might be the right RPG for your gaming table.

Crawling Death Below The Dying Forest, A Third-Party Mörk Borg Book by Creature Curation
  • END DATE: 4/8/2022, 9:00:00 PM
  • SYSTEM(S): Mörk Borg
  • PROJECT TYPE: Adventure module
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $20 + S/H for the PDF and print versions of the book
  • NOTE: This project is campaigning on GameFound
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? More Mörk Borg goodness available via GameFound. This is a 55-room dungeon crawl, but the rooms move and it’s Mörk Borg so you know it’s deadly. Coming to you as a 48-page book complete with rules for random dungeon generation, 4 adventure hooks, 10 rumors, 12 creatures, 3 factions, NPCs, scrolls, traps, relics, and more. If you need a random dungeon that moves through the adventure with the players, with lots of nasty surprises and random options, this is a winner.
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Westlands, a 2D6 System RPG Core Book - $1 from Menagerie Press
  • END DATE: Thu, April 14 2022 2:00 PM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): A streamlined Sword of Cepheus system
  • PROJECT TYPE: Core rulebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $1 gets you the PDF of the rules, adventure, and two maps
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? Need a fantasy RPG system and everything you’ll want to run games with it? For a buck, you get a streamlined version of the Sword of Cepheus system, an adventure, and maps, at that price point, this is hard to argue with. This 2d6 system promises to put the gameplay’s focus on story over rules. They’ve reworked the spell system and offered up more monsters to fight. If you need a complete game at a light price point, this project awaits.

Blessings, Healing, and Peace for Ukraine from EN Publishing
  • END DATE: April 14, 2022
  • SYSTEM(S): Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition
  • PROJECT TYPE: Sourcebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: £5 for the PDF
  • DISCLAIMER: EN World is a subsidiary of EN Publishing. To learn more about this project, you can read Morrus’ article here
  • NOTE: This crowdfunding campaign runs through IndieGoGo
  • THE CAUSE: “100% of the proceeds from this campaign will be donated to the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.”
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? Since the proceeds from this campaign supports Ukrainian refugees even as it provides you with content for your gaming table, I wanted to keep the spotlight on it for another week. If you haven’t checked it out, it’s some wonderful 5e content and a good cause.
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I happened to catch An Unexpected Wedding Invitation not long after it started, an backed it immediately! I just couldn't pass up such an unusual and high-quality adventure.

Grizelda's Guide to Ghost Hunting is very tempting, too.
 

Eyes of Nine

Everything's Fine
I feel like I've checked off a life goal getting my game in Egg Embry's Kickstarter roundup. I'm so pleased.

//James Kerr
I am curious about this image. So many questions about this boxer wearing glasses

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On a more serious note - How does "Heart" factor in? What does that look like in play at the table?
 

Panjumanju

Radio Wizard
I am curious about this image. So many questions about this boxer wearing glasses

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On a more serious note - How does "Heart" factor in? What does that look like in play at the table?
They're the PCs that I bring around to conventions. The characters players create are obviously much more important, but I wanted to present these to give a sense of the range of difference that can exist even if they're all martial artists.

The boxer is Androcles Brown, professor of mathematics and the boxing sciences at the Parkside University, known for his mean right hook and his erudite criticism of his opponent's technique.

The heart, mechanically, is the tension between a character's Hardship (a measure of physical and emotional stress which, if exceeded, the character quits as finally as exceeding the similar Health track) and the Comforts of their life - the People, Places, and Things they recognise as signifigant to them. Characters employ their Comforts to relieve Hardship, which keeps a lot of focus in the game on those relationships.

For more, watch the Kickstarter in the coming days where I'll be putting up a quickrules package and an actual play video. Fight to Survive

//James Kerr
 
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