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RPG Crowdfunding News – Old-School Essentials, Mnemonic, GUN&SLINGER, and more

This week, I review Kickstarters and GameOnTabletop campaigns that end by September 17th. There are a number of RPG projects that are reaching five- and six-figures, showing a lot of strength from the market. These game include Dungeons & Dragons, other OSRs, and original systems, all waiting to be reviewed.

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Old-School Essentials: Advanced Fantasy from Exalted Funeral :osr:
  • END DATE: Fri, September 11 2020 9:59 AM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): OSR
  • PROJECT TYPE: Sourcebooks
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $30 + S/H for the PDFs and print versions of the books
“The essential old-school fantasy RPG, now expanded with advanced character options, magic, and monsters — plus brand new adventures! The Old-School Essentials Classic Fantasy game is a faithful retelling of the 1981 Basic/Expert rules, beloved for their simplicity, clarity, and flexibility. Complete Player's Tome and Referee's Tome: A pair of chunky tomes that form a complete game. The two tomes include everything from the Classic Fantasy game plus the new Advanced Fantasy options, making them the perfect option for people who don't have any of the previous Old-School Essentials books. Modular supplements to expand the Classic Fantasy game: The Advanced Fantasy material is also available as four supplements to the Classic Fantasy game, adding new character options, spells, monsters, and magic items.”



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The Complete Curse of Roslof Keep Campaign from Art of the Genre :dndnext:
  • END DATE: Tue, September 15 2020 12:33 PM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition
  • PROJECT TYPE: Adventure module
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $40 + $8 US S/H for the PDF and hardcover of the book
1E & 5E gaming mechanic mega-dungeon classic orange spine hardcover. This 6 level mega-dungeon is rendered in both 2D ‘blue’ hex maps, as well as full 3D artistic rendering, and is complete with 6 full size modules, 9 smaller campaign addition modules, and 6 bonus mini-adventures as well as the Rogues Guide gazetteer for the setting proper. You will find new monsters, deadly NPCs, and all manner of dungeon crawling wickedness, all for characters in the teen levels of experience, and rendered mechanically in both 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons and classic Advanced Dungeons & Dragons formats.”



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Mnemonic: A Weaver’s Almanac from Dee Pennyway
  • END DATE: Wed, September 16 2020 12:00 AM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): An original system
  • PROJECT TYPE: Core rulebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $30 for the PDF as well as a community copy of the game
“A core rulebook and setting guide for the fantasy world of Mnemonic. This Weaver's Almanac is a 180-page book that contains everything you need, from the game's core rules to a host of usable setting content, to play a full story—or numerous connected stories—in the world of Mnemonic. Keep reading to see what we're up to. The world of Mnemonic is a world of memory: flawed, eternal, ephemeral, evolving memory. Stand on a hillside, and you can feel the world remembering themselves, remembering the smell of grass that is no longer there. Climb to the top of a tree and feel her swaying beneath you, creaking under the memories of storms that once tried to pull her up by the roots. Those who can sense the world's memory are called Weavers. In Mnemonic, we don't play as heroes in a story; we play the Weavers who have gathered to tell those heroes' stories.”



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GUN&SLINGER from Nevyn Holmes
  • END DATE: Sat, September 12 2020 9:00 AM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): An original system
  • PROJECT TYPE: Core rulebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $20 + $6 US S/H for the PDF and print copies of the game
“A game of mystery, hope, and finding your way in a world twisted by the forgotten child of a god that ate the sky. GUN&SLINGER is an RPG about a weapon and a wanderer. A Maestro and two players (Gun and Slinger) set out into a dead planet mutated by a god's forgotten child and hunt strange bounties, investigate the world, and unlock hidden powers. During play, they seek to learn the nature of what’s hunting the Slinger, figure out why the Gun is sentient, and discover how the world died.”



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Over Arms from Rookie Jet Studio LLC
  • END DATE: Thu, September 17 2020 10:00 AM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): An original system
  • PROJECT TYPE: Core rule book
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $30 for the PDF and POD of the game plus PDFs of the condition cards
“A rules-light tabletop RPG heavily inspired by the Persona series and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. Over Arms is a rules-light tabletop pen-and-paper role-playing game designed to replicate media like JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Persona, FATE, Shaman King, and more. Over Arms is set in a world where select people are able to develop an "Anima", a powerful psychic manifestation of their own psyche and will. These "Anima" are able to assist their "User" in a myriad of ways in and out of combat based on the strengths of their individually unique abilities. In Over Arms, players can expect to weave stories of mystery and intrigue as they discover this new world around them and within.”



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Dealing With Your Demons: An Adventure in Two Parts from High Level Games :dndnext:
  • END DATE: Wed, September 16 2020 10:41 AM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition
  • PROJECT TYPE: Adventure module
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $10 for the PDF and POD of the book
  • NOTE: I freelance for High Level Games
  • NOTE TWO: I interviewed Josh Heath of High Level Games at d20 Radio (here)
“An awesome OGL adventure in two parts. Dealing With Your Demons allows an adventuring party to make a grave mistake… Dealing With Your Demons is a 16,000 word (around 40 pages) 5E OGL adventure in two-parts. Part One is designed for levels 1-4 and Part Two is designed for levels 4-8. The first part of the adventure has the party delving into a classic dungeon, intent on rooting out long lost treasures. However, things are not quite what they seem and the demon the party destroys in the first act may be something quite different from what they are led to believe. The adventure is designed to be placed into any setting, though it does present a city, Par-Lar Dur, and some locations that can be modified to meet many needs. At its heart, Dealing With Your Demons is a story about cultural misunderstanding and colonialism, but told through a classic dungeon crawling lens. It's also a story about kobolds, one of my favorite species in all fantasy RPGs.”


RPG Quick Hits

Locus: A Mystery-Horror TTRPG from CobblePath Games
  • END DATE: Thu, September 17 2020 6:59 AM EDT.
  • “A game about flawed character, consequences and morality. Looking for the funds to edit and print.”
Into the Unknown: A Solo Campaign for 5e, B/X, and S&W! From Pacesetter Games & Simulations :dndnext:
  • END DATE: Wed, September 16 2020 6:30 PM EDT.
  • “Explore a high fantasy sandbox campaign for a single player! Be the hero of your own story!”
Clock Strike Zero from Minor Realm Games :dndnext:
  • END DATE: Fri, September 11 2020 2:48 PM EDT.
  • “An original adventure module compatible with D&D 5e and OSR systems”
ARYX'S ALMANAC OF UNUSUAL MAGIC from Autarch LLC
  • END DATE: 09/11/2020 23:00 (GMT-4)
  • NOTE: This campaign is available via GameOnTabletop
  • “Four magical new classes for ACKS and other Old-School RPGs.”
A Travellers guide to the Candy Realms - A 5e Setting Guide from Aberrate Press :dndnext:
  • END DATE: Thu, September 17 2020 11:59 AM EDT
  • “A Thrilling setting guide to the mystical land of sweet adventures. Join us on an adventure into the Candy Realms”
Five Torches Deep: Origins from Sigil Stone Publishing
  • END DATE: Thu, September 17 2020 1:00 PM EDT.
  • “New methods for fleshing out your character's life and lineage before adventure”
Residuum - A Post-apocalyptic RPG from D Clef Games
  • END DATE: Mon, September 14 2020 11:59 PM EDT.
  • “Aliens, Mutants, and what's left of humanity seek to survive on an Earth ravaged by nuclear war, disease, and the fall of civilization.”
To Destroy a Storm - D&D 5e Class Specialisations from James Cameron Mccloy :dndnext:
  • END DATE: Mon, September 14 2020 7:06 AM EDT.
  • “A D&D supplement for 5e that adds new inspired class specialisations”
Zan's Book of Stupid Magic Spells for 5E DnD - $1 from Zan’s Adventures :dndnext:
  • END DATE: Tue, September 15 2020 9:35 AM EDT.
  • “A magic book of 17 brand new absolutely stupid, mostly useless, rather humorous magic spells for 5E D&D. You probably shouldn't buy it.”
The Expanse RPG Dice Sets from Green Ronin Publishing
  • END DATE: Tue, September 15 2020 9:00 PM EDT.
  • “Custom Dice for Earth, Mars, and the Belt”
Caster Compendium from The Speechless Bard :dndnext:
  • END DATE: Sun, September 13 2020 1:00 PM EDT.
  • “A Spell Card Holder with Integrated Spell Tracker for D&D 5E
Juggernaut Gaming Company Startup
  • END DATE: Thu, September 17 2020 12:50 PM EDT.
  • “We are asking for financial support to fund our tabletop gaming company and deliver the best gaming experience possible.”
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pogre

Hero
Juggernaut Gaming Company Startup
  • END DATE: Thu, September 17 2020 12:50 PM EDT.
  • “We are asking for financial support to fund our tabletop gaming company and deliver the best gaming experience possible.”
So, this is a weird one. They are asking people to finance their company to help them launch their products. Their first product is scheduled to be launched via Kickstarter according to their FAQ. This seems like a kickstarter to set up a kickstarter.

Just struck me as odd...
 

Egg Embry

Adventurer
So, this is a weird one. They are asking people to finance their company to help them launch their products. Their first product is scheduled to be launched via Kickstarter according to their FAQ. This seems like a kickstarter to set up a kickstarter.

Just struck me as odd...
I'm 1,000% with you on this, it struck me as odd. I see these from time-to-time but they don't cross the finish line. I included this one because they're over 50% of the way there. But, yeah, not the norm.
 


Racegamer

Explorer
I though that the "Complete Curse of Roslof Keep Campaign" looked pretty cool until I got to the extremely gratuitous pic 'Elsa at the hot springs outside of Roslof Keep... '. Well, you lost me there - there's really no need for that. :cautious:
 

Retreater

Legend
I though that the "Complete Curse of Roslof Keep Campaign" looked pretty cool until I got to the extremely gratuitous pic 'Elsa at the hot springs outside of Roslof Keep... '. Well, you lost me there - there's really no need for that. :cautious:
There's a certain point where vixens in revealing garb just reach this level of uninteresting. That old school dragon is cool. I'd like to see more art like that.
 

Stormonu

Legend
I think that art for Roslof Keep campaign is by Clyde Caldwell? If so, that's a nice easter egg as Roslof was an artist who also did sometimes quirky pictures for D&D as well.

BTW, also noticed that art is from 2002. When did Caldwell stop doing art for TSR/WotC?
 

Eyes of Nine

Everything's Fine
Traveller's Guide to the Candy realms spells "Traveller" like the RPG, not "Traveler" the actual word. I was excited for a minute. Then I realized they can't spell and probably won't have an editor and so therefore - won't back (also, it's not actually Traveller, so not very interested otherwise).
 

Olaf the Stout

Adventurer
So, this is a weird one. They are asking people to finance their company to help them launch their products. Their first product is scheduled to be launched via Kickstarter according to their FAQ. This seems like a kickstarter to set up a kickstarter.

Just struck me as odd...
I checked out their website and they haven’t actually produced a product yet. There’s one game being playtested, but that’s it. I’m honestly surprised they’ve raised over $5k so far. Surely it must be mainly from family and friends as there’s no way I’d buy merch for a game company that doesn’t actually have a product.
 




philreed

Adventurer
Supporter
So, this is a weird one. They are asking people to finance their company to help them launch their products. Their first product is scheduled to be launched via Kickstarter according to their FAQ. This seems like a kickstarter to set up a kickstarter.

Just struck me as odd...
Goes back to the joke of launching an Indiegogo campaign to create the video for a Kickstarter campaign. Still, it's not my place to tell others how to run their crowdfunding campaigns or how to plan our their projects, and I wish them luck.
 

philreed

Adventurer
Supporter
I though that the "Complete Curse of Roslof Keep Campaign" looked pretty cool until I got to the extremely gratuitous pic 'Elsa at the hot springs outside of Roslof Keep... '. Well, you lost me there - there's really no need for that. :cautious:
I wasn't a fan of that sort of art 20+ years ago. I am shocked that even today we see this sort of artwork created for games.

I use stock art for the majority of my personal projects and there are more times than I would like where I cannot use an illustration because of the cheesecakiness of it.
 




ART!

Adventurer
Twilight:2000 4e closed with over 5 million SEK and 8000 backers. (Over US$600,000, or 460,000 UK£)... Not bad for a nearly 40 year old game set in a former future that was avoided.
Yeah, the success of that is pretty interesting - and cool! I almost backed it myself, even though I'm pretty sure my group would never go in for it.

I'd love to know how much of that success is due nostalgia for the original (or similar games) among older gamers, and how much is other factors.

Regardless, kudos to them!
 


aramis erak

Adventurer
Yeah, the success of that is pretty interesting - and cool! I almost backed it myself, even though I'm pretty sure my group would never go in for it.

I'd love to know how much of that success is due nostalgia for the original (or similar games) among older gamers, and how much is other factors.

Regardless, kudos to them!
I know a bunch of guys are going to be sorely disappointed at the lack of granularity... and others who will be complaining about the excessive details.
FL has said the detail level is lower than the older editions. Which I have. And I could run easily enough if I wanted to.

I want that kind of setting, tho', and not those older rules, so I'm excited for the much lighter mechanics of YZE.
 

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