RPG Crowdfunding News – Tainted Grail, The Winter King, Legend in the Mist, and more

This week’s TTRPG crowdfunding sampler features projects ending between March 4 to 13. Among the Kickstarter and Backerkit campaigns, GameFound is stepping up their crowdfunding for tabletop games in general and roleplaying games in particular. They announced an exclusive deal with CMON, and we’re seeing more TTRPGs appearing there including options from Studio Agate and Shadowlands.

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Tainted Grail TTRPG: Song Of A Dying World by Studio Agate
  • END DATE: 3/8/2024, 4:00:00 PM
  • CROWDFUNDING ON: GameFound
  • SYSTEM(S): “Tainted Grail TTRPG will use uses a customized version of the Story Arc System (SAS), first developed for Shadows of Esteren
  • PROJECT TYPE: Core rulebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: €150 + S/H for the boxed set with books, cards, GM screen, dice, and more plus PDF copies
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? Studio Agate, creators of Shadows of Esteren and FateForge 5e products, are back with an original TTRPG. This project is one of two Arthurian based TTRPGs crowdfunding on GameFound. King Arthur escaped to Avalon. A century later, Avalon fell. The last humans have to defend the realm from the Wyrdness that descends. Using a variation of the award-winning Story Arc System (SAS) system, you’ll act as a protector of the remnants of the once great land. Based on the board games (The Fall of Avalon and The Kings of Ruin) and video games (Tainted Grail: Conquest and Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon), this project adapts their setting to a TTRPG. If the idea intrigues you, check out the campaign page for a free preview quickstart. If you decide to back this GameFound campaign, there’s a payment plan that allows you to split up the payments, so the €150 pledge would be €50 per month for 3 months.
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The Winter King - The Roleplaying Game by Shadowlands
  • END DATE: 3/7/2024, 1:00:00 PM
  • CROWDFUNDING ON: GameFound
  • SYSTEM(S): An original system
  • PROJECT TYPE: Core rulebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: €149 + S/H for the boxed set with 3 hardcovers, a GM screen, and dice plus the digital versions of the books and additional PDFs
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? Mordred slew King Arthur. Britannia is a despotic land fallen into eternal night. You must rise up and reclaim the realm or die trying. Using a d6 dice pool engine, your Ability determines pool size, with at least one 5 or 6 required to succeed. The boxed set offers multiple hardcovers including rules, setting, and adventures. As with Tainted Grail, this is another Arthurian-inspired TTRPG on GameFound, and it’s worth checking out.
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The Map Library – A Huge Box Set of RPG Battle Maps from Roll & Play Press
  • END DATE: Thu, March 7 2024 1:30 PM EST.
  • PROJECT TYPE: RPG accessory
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: £65 + S/H for the digital and prints versions of the boxed set
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? Building on their One-Shot Wonders book, Roll & Play Press is offering 80+ dry-erase battle maps. Created by Venatus Maps, these images include taverns, caves, mansions, mountains, beaches, temples, forests, and every fantasy landscape between. The maps are physically double-sided, A2 (420 x 594 mm / 17 x 23 in) sheets available in a boxed set with digital VTT options. Combined with the One-Shot Wonders, you get encounters, maps, and VTT assets. If you’re interested, there’s a free preview linked via the campaign page.


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Legend in the Mist RPG from Son of Oak Game Studio
  • END DATE: Thu, March 7 2024 10:00 PM EST.
  • SYSTEM(S): City of Mist
  • PROJECT TYPE: Core rulebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $129 + S/H for the PDF and physical versions of the books, GM screen, slipcase, cards, and characters
  • ADDITIONAL REPORTING: I interviewed Amít Moshe from Son of Oak Game Studio about this project
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? Described as “rustic fantasy,” Legend in the Mist takes the updated City of Mist engine, the one piloted in :Otherscape, and sets your characters in a smaller, cozier world of fantasy adventures. Described as an engine that might support stories in the style of The Lord of the Rings, The Wheel of Time, and Princess Mononoke, you’re getting a tag based system without numeric stats. Instead, you use short descriptions that can be applied to your actions. If you tried City of Mist, this is an improvement over that version of the engine. The game has a setting, Hearts of Ravensdale, built on wonder over power or oddball encounters. If the sound of wondrous fantasy and narrative descriptions over stats speaks to you, check out this campaign page.


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Dungeon Cats from Epic Levels
  • END DATE: Fri, March 8 2024 8:46 AM EST.
  • SYSTEM(S): An original system
  • PROJECT TYPE: Core rulebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $8 + S/H for the PDF and print versions of the book
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? The pitch for Dungeon Cats: “You only have 9 lives. Live some of them adventurously.” In a fantasy dungeon crawl, you’re a cat with paws and purrs facing giant rats, dogs, and items on ledges. Done as a 20-page 4” by 6” postcard-sized booklet, this zine gives you the basics to fight your way through that worst scenarios such as half-full bowls of food.


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Active Time Event!!! a d66 of SFJPRG Backgrounds For Troika! from Wilderwhim
  • END DATE: Mon, March 11 2024 8:59 AM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): Troika!
  • PROJECT TYPE: RPG zine
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $20 + S/H for the PDF and print versions of the zine plus a sticker
  • TRY BEFORE YOU BUY: Active Time Battle!!! is PWYW at DriveThruRPG
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? JRPG plus Troika! and time travel in a zine format means 48 pages of random tables and even more random results. Along with a setting, you’ll get d66 “Science Fantasy Nonsense Troika Backgrounds,” 2d6 spells, 1d6 creatures, and more. Think of Chrono Trigger, Futurama, Space Dandy, Deltron 3030, Signalis, Yugimonz, and The Butterfly Effect for inspiration. If you’re a Troika! fan, this is worth checking out.


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Wizard's Legacy from Jerry Joe Seltzer/Seltzer
  • END DATE: Wed, March 13 2024 9:22 AM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): 5e (UnFamiliar version)
  • PROJECT TYPE: Adventure
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $6 for the PDF of the one-shot
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? The idea of UnFamiliar is clever: Freed 5e wizard’s familiars adventuring. In this setting, you play as familiars separated from their wizard. For this adventure, you each served the same wizard, one responsible for a great failure that caused a city to disappear. You each knew the wizard during a different era of his life. With his passing, you return to his lab to claim your inheritance. This adventure comes with 5e pre-gens so you don’t have to use UnFamiliars. If mourning your creator and solving their greatest mystery speaks to you, check out this adventure.


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Perfect Draw! A Card Game Anime Roleplaying Game from Double Summon Games
  • END DATE: Mar 10, 2024 at 10:00pm EDT.
  • CROWDFUNDING ON: Backerkit
  • SYSTEM(S): Powered by the Apocalypse
  • PROJECT TYPE: Core rulebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $40 + S/H for the PDF and print versions of the book
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? This campaign offers a TTRPG based on anime card games like Yu-Gi-Oh!, Duel Masters, and CardFight! Vanguard, one which allows players to create dramatic cards and have thematic battles, all of which will speak to some fans. At 215 pages, the core rulebook provides 10 Powered by the Apocalypse playbooks, rules for card creation and combat, a setting, and more. Ideally, your table loves the concept of card battles but wants to add an RP element to them, enter, Perfect Draw! If this project interests you, check out the Backerkit campaign for a free preview.
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Combat Banes and Boons 2, Crits for Ampersand Fantasy RPGs from Philip Reed Games
  • END DATE: Mon, March 4 2024 4:00 PM EST.
  • SYSTEM(S): Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition
  • PROJECT TYPE: RPG accessory
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $10 for the PDF and POD discount version of the cards
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? Do you want your crits to be more flavorful? Phil Reed has 100 new cards detailing what happens when you NAT 20 or 1. The second collection of these options, this deck gives you flavor, rewards, and challenges for the players. Something more than double damage or dropping your weapon, these are moments that may impact the wider combat. If you’re a fan of random results, this project is worth a review.


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The Cryptid Manual - An Unusual Creatures RPG Monster Manual from Bloat Games
  • END DATE: Mon, March 4 2024 9:00 PM EST.
  • SYSTEM(S): Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition, DCC RPG, Old-School Essentials, and SURVIVE THIS!!
  • PROJECT TYPE: Sourcebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $19 for the PDF of all 5 rulesets
  • DISCLAIMER: I have freelanced for Bloat Games. I am not involved in this project
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? Need a bestiary? Because this one is for so many systems, it’s ridiculous. These five books are either a combination of Cryptid Manual 1 and 2 (for 5e or DCC) or a sequel to the original Cryptid Manual for OSE or SURVIVE THIS!! If you need more cryptids, this is a great option.

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I've been well out of the loop the last few months. Finally found some time to update my lists of 5e campaign settings and adventure paths. As part of that process, I catalogued the stuff that is currently being crowdfunded.

Here are the 5e Campaign Setting and Adventure Path crowdfunding campaigns I'm keeping an eye on right now.

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