RPG Crowdfunding News – Secrets of the Greenwold, NEUROCITY, Vagabond, and more

RPG crowdfunding options ending soon with all-ages, 5e, Cypher System, and more options. This week’s RPG crowdfunding sampler ends between May 20 to the 23rd. You’ll find projects pulled from crowdfunding on Kickstarter, Backerkit, and GameFound.

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Secrets Of The Greenwold - RPG Campaign Book & Adventure Bundle by Dungeon in a Box
  • END DATE: 5/20/2023, 8:00:00 PM
  • CROWDFUNDING ON: GameFound
  • SYSTEM(S): Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition
  • PROJECT TYPE: Sourcebooks
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $199 + S/H for the PDF and print versions of the books, maps, tokens, and more
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? Need a campaign in a box? One with two books (300+ pages for the campaign and another with 150+ pages of monsters), nearly 30 maps, terrain tiles, music, and everything you need to go from levels 1 to 10. The maps are 18” by 24”, so they’re good for all of the encounters. Go from caravan guards to dragon slayers. Use the setting, campaign, miniatures, and monster stats from this project that can only be found on GameFound, you'll discover one of the most comprehensive all-in-one campaigns I've seen.
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The Mind Squatter - A Playful Scifi Fairytale RPG Zine from Universe Ball Anthology
  • END DATE: Sat, May 20 2023 12:34 PM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): An original system
  • PROJECT TYPE: Core rulebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $20 + S/H for the PDF and print version of the core rulebook plus additional PDFs
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? Before we get into this RPG, the set up is odd and dark. It’s not bad and I don’t want to present it as something that isn’t cool, this game as a lot of potential. But you have to buy into the premise. If you take it literally without seeing its inspiration from Over The Garden Wall, Rugrats, Stranger Things, and Scooby-Doo, you might see this as more "darkly criminal" than "whimsical weird." That disclaimed, you’re one of several 8-year-old siblings who lived your entire lives locked in your bedroom. Your father stole your video game system and now you have to breakout and search the manor for your stolen entertainment system. The eight years locked in a room are used as a premise for a fairy tale and less like the set up for a horror RPG. 175 pages and rules-lite, this is a game of exploration through the manor that is your prison in search of the one thing that is your joy. Along the way, your young characters will learn about themselves and this world. If the idea of a whimsical world where you’re searching for your video game console interests you, check out the campaign page.


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MARROWBREAK TTRPG from Don’t Hurt Birds
  • END DATE: Sat, May 20 2023 12:47 PM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): An original d12 system
  • PROJECT TYPE: Core rulebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: £16 for the PDF of the book
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? This is a world of fantasy noir, dungeon heists, and a setting that is an intentionally illogical world. Using an original d12 system, you’ll pull off jobs in the dungeon that is also the city that is also the whole world. No sky, but there’s a light and dark cycle. There’s nothing but the dungeon and what can be robbed from it. If you’re in the market for a world of unusual where the players will not know the tricks of the setting, check out the campaign page to download the free quickstart.


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Isle of the Dreaded Accursed; Cypher System from Mr.Tarrasque
  • END DATE: May 23, 2023 at 7:00pm EDT.
  • CROWDFUNDING ON: Backerkit
  • SYSTEM(S): Cypher System
  • PROJECT TYPE: Adventure
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: €20 for the PDF and POD discounted versions of the book for the Cypher System plus a PDF of the 5e version and the Foundry VTT version
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? This adventure was written and published for 5e. Now the team is taking advantage of the open license for the Cypher System to bring it over. The seas are troubled as an evil sea goddess demands a sacrifice. Will your party of fantasy Cypher warriors deliver it? If so, see Backerkit to learn more.
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Vagabond TTRPG from Rebel Rouser Games
  • END DATE: Sun, May 21 2023 1:00 PM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): An original system
  • PROJECT TYPE: Core rulebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $30 for the PDF of the book and form-fillable character sheet
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? This is a new d20 system meant to offer fantasy with a mix of old school and modern RPG ideas. Player rolling, group initative, “AI” monster attacks and morale, a luck system, and more to make this unique. If you want to try out this new fantasy system, there’s a preview linked on the campaign page.


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Polyhedral Dice Advent-ure Calendars 11-13 from Black Oak Workshop
  • END DATE: Sun, May 21 2023 8:00 PM EDT.
  • PROJECT TYPE: RPG accessory
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $65 + S/H for the Lost Caverns Advent-ure Calendar
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? Do you need a special treat for the holiday season? An Advent calendar that gives you dice for your collection? How about three calendars? This project offers three calendars with different themes and dice to choose from, offering Black Oak Workshop’s usual high quality polyhydrals. If you’re interested, these Advent calendars will arrive by December 1st, timely for the season.


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NEUROCITY - Colorblind Edition from Gavriel Quiroga
  • END DATE: Mon, May 22 2023 7:00 AM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): An original system
  • PROJECT TYPE: Core rulebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $38 + S/H for the PDF and print versions of the book
  • AI ART STATEMENT: “A.I. FREE. Our team believes in the importance of human made art”
  • GAVRIEL QUIROGA ABOUT TITLING THIS COLORBLIND: “The book will certainly be colorblind friendly, 90% black and white with only one color (pink) and a heavy emphasis on texture and patterns. Neurocity's society is divided in castes that use black, grey and white colors, so this approach made a lot of sense.”
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? Gavriel Quiroga is back and he has NEUROCITY revised, expanded, and enhanced. Inspired by Alphaville, 1984, Brave New World, THX1132, and Dark City, this is a dark techno-horror. Set in a subterranean city administered by a computer with a glitchy digital sun. 145 pages of fighting against an artificial intelligence dedicated to running your life. If you and your players are ready for a brutal RPG about the importance of human determination, NEUROCITY awaits.


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World of Lùmina - 5E campaign setting from Nerdura Games
  • END DATE: Mon, May 22 2023 11:40 AM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Editon
  • PROJECT TYPE: Sourcebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: €7 for the PDF of the book
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? The setting is the world where all of the One-shot Dungeons from Nerdura Games happen. Inspired by Lankhmar and Birthright, the city of Lùmina is the seat of the empire. This book details the city and the history of the lands. Check out the campaign for a link to the free player’s guide.

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Egg Embry

Egg Embry



While I totally understand that project creators want to have control of the visual presentation, I'm a bit over them placing all the text inside images. Makes it even more difficult to find projects because the text isn't searchable.
I agree, it's difficult in many ways. There are visual and audio reader challenges when the text is embedded in the artwork. Mobile phones don't always support the artwork dimensions. If you need to copy/paste the text (as I do for some elements of my reporting), it's less fun. So, yes, I agree.
 

Dire Bare

Legend
Publishers who use WotC's D&D 5E trade dress get an automatic pass from me. Pretty sure the OGL and WotC's fan policies don't allow for that, and it's lazy to boot.

Yeah, I know, don't judge a book by its cover . . . but if you can't put forth the effort to come up with your own trade dress and cover, it doesn't instill confidence that your material is any good either.
 

dave2008

Legend
I wish there were more products like Secrets of Greenwold: you get everything you need* for the adventure in one product. Love it.

*I know you don't technically need all these items, but I hope I don't have to explain myself to get my point across.
 

Publishers who use WotC's D&D 5E trade dress get an automatic pass from me. Pretty sure the OGL and WotC's fan policies don't allow for that, and it's lazy to boot.

Yeah, I know, don't judge a book by its cover . . . but if you can't put forth the effort to come up with your own trade dress and cover, it doesn't instill confidence that your material is any good either.
Plus doing that on Kickstarter rather than DMs Guild, especially with a tagline like that, is really asking for a nastygram from WotC.
 


J.M

Explorer
I wish there were more products like Secrets of Greenwold: you get everything you need* for the adventure in one product. Love it.

*I know you don't technically need all these items, but I hope I don't have to explain myself to get my point across.
Me too, and I'd take it even further and say it would be cool to have adventures that have everything you need including the rules, so you'd literally only need one book to play.
 


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