RPG Crowdfunding News – HEROES OF CERULEA, Deadlands, Starlight Arcana, and more

This week, I review RPG crowdfunding projects that end between September 29 and October 6. These include 5e books, Savage Worlds, and original systems. As always, this is just a sampling of what’s available.

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Starlight Arcana: A 5e Astral Supplement & Campaign from Kelfecil's Tales
  • END DATE: Sun, October 2 2022 1:29 PM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition
  • PROJECT TYPE: Sourcebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: €65 + S/H for the PDF and print versions of the book plus a PDF adventure
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? 500 pages of 5e options drawn from outer space. With 5e offering Spelljammer, this project gives you what you’d expect from a third party book such as 12 ancestries, the same in subclasses, a campaign, and many monsters. But, there’s more with whole planets to explore and a new school of magic, Starlight, with 50 spells. It’s a lot of content designed to take your campaign to the stars. If you’re interested in exploring space in 5e, there’s a free introductory PDF on the campaign page.


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Campaign Options: Mazes from The Warden
  • END DATE: Tue, October 4 2022 9:03 AM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition
  • PROJECT TYPE: Sourcebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: CA$10 for the PDF of the book
  • NOTE: Campaign Options: Mazes from The Warden is different than MAZES from 9th Level Games, an RPG I’ve covered before
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? Instead of a dungeon, run a maze. This book, originally written for 3e, gives all of the details you’ll need to make a maze, to make many mazes. The project includes cartography from Dyson Logos. If you want to create dungeons that are mazes, this book has all of the rules you’ll need.

Vault 5e: Uncharted Journeys from Cubicle 7
  • END DATE: Tue, October 4 2022 9:49 AM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition
  • PROJECT TYPE: Sourcebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: €50 + S/H for the PDF and print versions of the book
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? Cubicle 7 had one of the best-selling 5e projects of all time, Adventures in Middle-earth (AiME). While that intellectual property has moved on, they still have 5e projects. First, they’re developing Victoriana 5e. Second, kickstarting now, Vault 5e: Uncharted Journeys offers a different takes on your 5e game, this one focuses on journeys. If you played their AiME, this reads like it is the travel system made into a module addition for your 5e games. If you’re looking for fantasy journeys and encounters, this project is worth exploring.

Dead Belt - A Tabletop RPG for Space Cowboys from A Couple of Drakes
  • END DATE: Wed, October 5 2022 7:35 AM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): An original system
  • PROJECT TYPE: Core rulebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $35 + S/H for the PDF and print versions of the core book plus more PDFs
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? This space scavenger RPG is designed for solo or duet play. It offers RPG decisions that lead to procedural generation. Think The Expanse but only focused on a single Belter or two. If a sci-fi solo or duet RPG with an original system might be interesting, the campaign page includes a link to a free preview of this RPG.


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The Anatomy of Adventure from MT Black Games
  • END DATE: Thu, October 6 2022 7:58 AM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): System neutral
  • PROJECT TYPE: Sourcebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: AU$12 for the digital versions of the book and adventure
  • DISCLAIMER: M.T. Black freelances for EN World
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? Want to write better adventures? M.T. Black, author of “fifty platinum best-sellers [via the DMsGuild and DriveThruRPG] and over a hundred thousand book sales,” has has a book of advice. What’s better, this is the second edition where he’s added additional thoughts and better direction. This is twice as long as the first edition, as he shares what he’s learned over the years. If you want to write better adventures, this is worth checking out.


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HEROES OF CERULEA – Pixelated Dungeon Crawl Tabletop RPG from Bläckfisk Publishing
  • END DATE: Thu, October 6 2022 5:00 PM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): An original system
  • PROJECT TYPE: Core rulebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: SEK 10 for the PDF of the book
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? Want to play a lo-fi RPG inspired by The Legend of Zelda? This RPG manages perfect pixel art and the right feel with video game logic (healing from food and smashing pots for their contents). Using d4s, you’ll play as heroes using this 80 page core book. The layout and cover looks like a Nintendo cartridge which, with the pixel artwork, makes this a great option to have. Check out the campaign page for a free preview.


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Lore of Aetherra: Dark Symmetry from Alchemy RPG
  • END DATE: Thu, October 6 2022 6:00 PM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition
  • PROJECT TYPE: Sourcebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $50 + S/H for the PDF and print versions of the book and more
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? This sourcebook is a setting, an adventure, subclasses, and magic, basically everything you want from a third party 5e product. Going above that, this campaign offers animated scenes and a soundtrack to get you into the world. Expanding the Lore of Aetherra setting, you’ll explore the underwater city of Chrysalea. This sourcebook offers 300 pages setting up underwater exploration. You can pick up the other book for this setting via this campaign.

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Dungeon Delver's Guide: A Sourcebook for D&D 5E and A5E from EN Publishing

  • END DATE: Mon, October 3 2022 6:00 PM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition and Level Up: Advanced 5E
  • PROJECT TYPE: Sourcebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: £50 + £14 S/H to the US for the PDF and print versions of the sourcebook
  • DISCLAIMER: EN World is a subsidiary of EN Publishing
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? Still going strong, this expansion to Level Up: Advanced 5e offers everything you’ll need to delve dungeons. I’ve talked about the book over the past few weeks, Morrus has shared it on EN World and his podcast, so if you need details, they’re available. If you’re a fan of A5e, this book is worth adding to your collection.


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Deadlands: Lost Colony: Maw of Oblivion from Pinnacle Entertainment Group
  • END DATE: September 29 2022
  • SYSTEM(S): Savage Worlds Adventure Edition
  • PROJECT TYPE: Adventure module
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $25 + S/H for the PDF and print version of the book and cards
  • CAMPAIGNING AT: Pinnacle Entertainment Group’s Game Changer
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? At DragonCon 2022, I talked to Jodi Black of Pinnacle about this project. They sent a preview of the book and it’s going to be an excellent addition to Deadlands. This is the sci-fi arm of Deadlands, you are frontierspeople in space, inhabitants of a world that the Reckoners are coming to make a literal dead land. At 96 pages, this hardcover is the first of three plot point adventures continuing the “Reckoner” arc from the core Deadlands: Lost Colony book. You get new crunch in the form of ships, edges, and hindrances. If you’re a fan of Deadlands: Lost Colony, give this Game Changer campaign page a try.
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Spawn Point: RAW Mechanics + Zombie Apocalypse + Ukraine from Greg Stefaniuk
  • END DATE: Fri, September 30 2022 10:11 PM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): An original system
  • PROJECT TYPE: Core rules
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $100 + S/H for the PDF and print versions of all three books
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? If you’re looking for a grounded system with real world or fantasy options, Spawn Point offers a core rule system and two setting options. First up, you get the core rules as its own book. Second, there’s a zombie apocalypse setting to play in. Lastly, and the reason I am checking this project out, is its take on the Russian invasion of the Ukraine. This undeclared war drives the concepts and narratives behind the 50-page Spawn Point: Ukraine campaign setting. Since this looks at a tragic current event, it will not be for every gamer. However, if you’re looking for an original system set in our world, this may speak to you.





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The Starlight Arcana book seems interesting, but the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy branding on it seems very off the mark. It doesn't appear to be a wacky, light-hearted setting where people bop around the cosmos. Instead, it looks like a setting where new magic is fueled by a special and precious substance, so more Dune than H2G2.
 














Longspeak

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Got the “Gonzo” all in pledge. Looks weirdly awesome.
Me too. I've basically been all in on everything they've done for the Numenera RPG, or the Cypher brand. The system still give me minor fits (My stats are my resource! Must... hoard....), but the setting fluff, the worldbuilding, the gonzo "One Billion Years..."

I love it.
 

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