RPG Crowdfunding News – The Islands of Sina Una, Traveller, TORG Cyberpapacy, Mummy, and more

The 22 RPG crowdfunding projects covered in this article end between Black Friday and December 5th, 2019. This is a sizeable field (with the addition of an RPG quickstarter) during some of the busiest shopping days in the US, and I’ll be interested to see if that event impacts their results.

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The Islands of Sina Una - Philippines TTRPG Book by Monstrous Incantation
  • END DATE: Thu, December 5 2019
  • SYSTEM(S): Dungeons & Dragons 5e
  • PROJECT TYPE: Campaign setting
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $20 for the PDF of the book
  • NOTE: This campaign is on IndieGoGo
“Inspired by Filipino mythos, Sina Una offers new player options, unique monsters, and world setting. Explore the seven isles in a brand-new campaign setting for 5e, including options for players in game, terrifying monsters to encounter, and a world rich with stories and tradition. Featuring an entire team of passionate writers, researchers, and artists all sharing their heritage to work on a project filled with passion and determination to share our culture. Sina Una will bring new ways to run or play in games, places to experience and creatures to encounter, and will be a missing link in a real-life history of inaccessible and lost mythology. If you're new to Sina Una, you can learn more about the process of making it, as well as some of the lore involved in creating our book, you can check out the pinned tweet of our co-director here to learn more. Filipino mythology is largely forgotten, with it being mostly passed by oral tradition and then swept under the rug by colonization. Most sources for it are also easily accessible only in the Philippines and we’re trying to bring them all over the world. Sina Una means “those who came first,” a homage to the fact all sources from this book are pulled from precolonial Philippines, honoring the indigenous people of the islands and shining a spotlight on their beautiful tales.”
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Traveller RPG: The Deepnight Revelation Campaign Box Set by Mongoose Publishing
  • END DATE: Sun, December 1 2019 6:00 AM EST.
  • SYSTEM(S): Traveller RPG
  • PROJECT TYPE: Campaign setting boxed set
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: £70 including S/H for the PDFs and boxed set
“A massive boxed set campaign for the Traveller RPG that will send your players further than any Traveller has gone before. Ever! Welcome to Deepnight Revelation - the most expansive campaign ever produced for Traveller. A converted heavy cruiser, Deepnight Revelation is one of the most powerful exploration vessels ever commissioned. Equipped for a twenty-year voyage, she will carry the Travellers on an epic journey from Charted Space to the edge of the Orion Arm. Deepnight Revelation must forge a path through uncharted systems and the territory of unknown alien races. Everything she finds will be new, and if she meets with disaster there will be no rescue. Deepnight Revelation’s destination is a mysterious radio source at the mouth of the Great Rift. Described in the ravings of a madwoman as the place beyond everything, Terminus Point holds a terrible secret. Reaching it is only part of the mission; at Terminus Point the Travellers will face a desperate battle to prevent mass extinction on a galactic scale, and literally go further than any Traveller has gone before.”
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MoonPunk by Wannabe Games
  • END DATE: Sun, December 1 2019 12:01 PM EST.
  • SYSTEM(S): Powered by the Apocalypse
  • PROJECT TYPE: Core rulebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $20 for the PDF and POD of the book plus the quickstart version
“A tabletop roleplaying game about fighting oppression on The Moon. MoonPunk is our response to the idea that "games shouldn't be political." Fight the power and bring down oppression on The Moon through teamwork and direct action. MoonPunk is a narrative-driven, Powered by the Apocalypse tabletop roleplaying game with a retrofuturistic twist on a punk zine aesthetic. How are you gonna resist? March on the streets? Organize a labor union? Electrify a Louisville slugger to swing at The Authority when they raid your favorite bar? MoonPunk requires a group of players (Punks) and a game master (The Authority). The Authority's job is to bring the lunar revolution to life and set the stage for the Punks to tell the story of their fight against injustice. On the other side of this battle are the Authority Figures, corrupt NPCs representing the oppressive powers of society. It's the job of the Punks to bring these Authority Figures down and make The Moon a better place.”
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TORG CYBERPAPACY by Ulisses Spiele
  • END DATE: 12/03/2019 10:00 (GMT-5)
  • SYSTEM(S): TORG Eternity
  • PROJECT TYPE: Campaign boxed set
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $200 + $25 US S/H for multiple books, PDFs, cards, and more
  • NOTE: This campaign is on GameOnTabletop
Cyberpapacy continues the Possibility War started in Torg Eternity. Storm Knights rise to battle High Pope Malreux and his inquisition. A supplemental sourcebook for Cyberpapacy, an extended adventure book set within Cyberpapacy, and multiple extras and surprises help you continue and expand your tabletop roleplaying game experience in the evolving world of Torg Eternity.”
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Savage Company campaign setting for Pathfinder and 5e by SHM Publishing
  • END DATE: Tue, December 3 2019 3:51 PM EST.
  • SYSTEM(S): Dungeons & Dragons 5e and Pathfinder 1e
  • PROJECT TYPE: Campaign setting
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $100 + $16 US S/H for PDFs and softcover versions of both books plus dice
  • NOTE: Try before you buy with the Savage Company Recruit Orientation Guide at DriveThruRPG
“The Savage Company Campaign Setting is a compendium of military and monster-themed action designed to be compatible with the rules and campaign settings found in the First Edition of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and now also Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition. We’ve played for years, writing our own rules to expand on this type of content because the material we were looking for just didn’t exist. Now we have taken all these things, greatly expanded upon them, and built the concept into a fully-fledged campaign setting that can be played on its own or placed into any existing campaign setting. Designed to expand options, but not necessarily power-creep; these crazy orcs with their guns and loud rumbling alchemical engined vehicles can be played alongside your traditional swords and sorcery content without much adjustment. The goal has been to add a lot of new content, that works with all of the existing content that is out there. Evenly mixed with vibrant artwork and thrilling stories throughout the book, this will be a joy to read even when you’re not playing the game.”
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Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition by Onyx Path Publishing
  • END DATE: Thu, December 5 2019 2:00 PM EST.
  • SYSTEM(S): Chronicles of Darkness 2e
  • PROJECT TYPE: Core rulebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $50 + S/H for the PDF, POD, and hardcover versions of the core rulebook
  • ADD-ON: $15 for seven PDFs of Mummy: The Curse 1e core rulebook and sourcebooks
“Help us create a beautiful hardcover, traditionally printed, version of Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition and get it into stores. Imagine being both dead and deathless at the same time. Imagine being cradled in the arms of death for years, sometimes decades on end, but all the while knowing you will eventually not only arise again, but possibly awaken to an unfamiliar world. Now imagine that your purpose, your entire existence, is bound within this cycle — that you are chained to it for eternity. You sleep, you wake, your serve your Judge’s will in the lands of the living, and you return to the death-sleep once more. The ancient culture that empowered you is gone, lost to the sands of time…yet you endure. In Mummy: The Curse Second Edition, you play one of these beings. Those who know they exist, from the cultists who serve them to the dark forces arrayed against them, call them the Deathless. We call them mummies. We want to create an 8.5" x 11" hardcover with a beautifully designed, striking cover image printed on a metallic under layer, and featuring an emboss/deboss of the logo. We estimate the book to be more than 250+ pages, with a two-color interior and endpapers on high-quality paper stock. Exceptional funding may allow us to add Stretch Goals that further develop the setting and provide additional materials for play, including new Utterances, expansions to the core systems, enhanced rules for immortals and the minor guilds, and all manner of ghostly antagonists!”
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A Dozen Troubling Rumors, for use with Fantasy RPGs by Philip Reed
  • END DATE: Thu, December 5 2019 6:22 PM EST.
  • SYSTEM(S): System neutral
  • PROJECT TYPE: Sourcebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $1 for the core PDF as well as additional unlocked PDFs
“Six PDFs for only a buck! A PDF of rumors that the GM may use as background flavor and inspiration. Unlocking stretch goals adds more PDFs to the campaign! Each rumor is designed to fit on a single page (with artwork), so that you may print only the page that you need for your next game session. A Dozen Troubling Rumors comes in at 14 pages and includes -- as you may have guessed from the title -- twelve different rumors + a cover page and a page outlining the anatomy of a rumor (as well as tips on using the rumors in your game). The content is systemless and for use with any fantasy roleplaying game.”
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Lightning War by Ben Sandfelder
  • END DATE: Thu, December 5 2019 9:00 PM EST.
  • SYSTEM(S): An original system
  • PROJECT TYPE: Core rulebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $15 for the PDF and POD versions of the core rulebook plus additional PDFs
  • NOTE: I interviewed Ben Sandfelder about this project on the Tessera Guild (here)
“A tabletop "Skirmish RPG" set in a fantasy world's World War II. Lightning War is a tabletop “skirmish RPG” set in a high fantasy world's World War II. It combines the freedom and fast gameplay of a rules-light RPG with a tightly designed combat system and mission-based game sessions. Players must use creativity, strategy, and teamwork to overcome deadly scenarios created by the GM. Think of it like a tabletop version of X-COM, with roleplaying. The world of Lightning War is a place of powerful magic, whimsical spirits, and dangerous monsters perpetually threatened by a reincarnating Dark Lord. After centuries of peace, that ancient menace returned with an insidious new strategy. Through decades of subtle manipulation, the Dark Lord turned three of the most powerful nations of the world towards fascism and evil. Those countries declared themselves the Apex Powers – the rightful rulers of the world. You play everyday people from the Allied Powers. It has only been a few weeks since the Apex Powers suddenly invaded your homelands, but it is already growing desperate. Anyone who can hold a weapon is being called to action. With meager equipment and only a few weeks of training, it will take all of your skill to survive.”
RPG QUICK HITS

Fish in the Pot One-Page Dungeon Collection by Fish in the Pot
  • END DATE: Fri, November 29 2019 11:11 AM EST.
  • “A Zine of One-Page Dungeons for Tabletop RPGs”
Mystery at Millwarren by Insane Angel Studios
  • END DATE: Fri, November 29 2019 12:00 PM EST.
  • NOTE: I interviewed Scott Fitzgerald Gray about this project on the Tessera Guild (here)
  • “An RPG adventure for new Dungeon Masters and 5th-level characters — Written for fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons.”
Mystic Lilies by Merrymancer Games
  • END DATE: Sat, November 30 2019 7:58 AM EST.
  • “A rules-light tabletop roleplaying game about vengeful witches and dark manipulation.”
The Ruin Roleplaying Game REBUILT by Max Caliber Games
  • END DATE: Sat, November 30 2019 3:19 PM EST.
  • NOTE: Try before you buy with the The Ruin RPG Quickstart at DriveThruRPG
  • “An RPG of Survival and Horror in a Dark Ruined World of the Near Future.”
Monsters of Aquilae: 200+ Brand-New Creatures for 5E/P1E/P2E by Infinium Game Studio
  • END DATE: Mon, December 2 2019 10:00 AM EST.
  • “HUNDREDS of new monsters for Pathfinder, 5E, OSRIC, and Pathfinder Second Edition, usable in any campaign setting and any PC level.”
Terrific Travels: Random Encounters for TTRPGs by Windmill Slam Games
  • END DATE: Tue, December 3 2019 6:10 PM EST.
  • “Gally and Grumble present: The pocket travel and encounter booklet for fantasy games. A must have for any GM!”
Maximum Mayhem Dungeons #7: Dread Swamp of the Banshee by Dark Wizard Games
  • END DATE: Wed, December 4 2019 12:13 PM EST.
  • “RPG Module used with OSRIC or adapt to 1E AD&D, D&D 5e, DCC, Pathfinder or OSR role-playing games!”
Quest by Stede Lindgren
  • END DATE: Wed, December 4 2019 5:15 PM EST.
  • “A vastly versatile tabletop RPG that's incredibly fair and balanced.”
RPG QUICKSTARTER

Thorn: City of Kings by Post World Games
  • END DATE: Wed, November 27 2019 3:01 PM EST.
  • NOTE: This project is a quickstarter. You can read my interview with Jim Pinto of Post World Games about quickstarters here
  • “Thorn is a fantasy city in a world set during the bronze age. Strange magic, deep culture, and numerous pathways to adventure await.”
RPG ACCESSORIES

The Essential Tabletop Games Kickstarter Report 2019 by Steve Hampson
  • END DATE: Sat, November 30 2019 11:50 AM EST.
  • “RPG Dice Miniatures Card 3D Fantasy Paint War Collect D&D Campaign Cthulhu Terrain Ring Star ALL OF IT Browse Kickstarter in a new way.”
Dark Moon Dice: Dreamscape Collection by Laura Cohen
  • END DATE: Sat, November 30 2019 5:00 PM EST.
  • “Brand new and exclusive dice designs. Mass produced in high quality resin with a custom number font and Dark Moon Logo on the D20.”
Old World Treasures by Krimson Horse Entertainment
  • END DATE: Sun, December 1 2019 8:52 PM EST.
  • “Handcrafted wooden dice-vaults and cases.”
Soapy Loot - Dice Soap & Bath Fizzes by Rockabilly Soap
  • END DATE: Wed, December 4 2019 9:17 AM EST.
  • “Luxury bath goods with clicky math rocks.”
Spin Dice and Gaming Gizmos: An RPG Player's Dream by PYE Games
  • END DATE: Wed, December 4 2019 4:28 PM EST.
  • “Keep track of health points or current score in games like D&D and Magic: The Gathering! Check out the video to see how they work.”
Dungeon Doodles Fifth Edition Creature Cards for Kids! by Dungeon Doodles
  • END DATE: Thu, December 5 2019 3:30 PM EST.
  • “A fifth edition reference deck for kids. Easy to read basic stats with kid friendly artwork.”
SIGNAL BOOST

VAST KAVIYA by Mike Myler
  • END DATE: 12/01/2019 21:59 (GMT-5) [Extended from its original run]
  • NOTE: Mike Myler writes for EN World and EN Publishing’s EN5ider Patreon
  • NOTE 2: You can listen to Mike talk with Morrus and Peter Coffey here
  • NOTE 3: Try before you buy with the primer at DriveThruRPG
  • NOTE 4: This campaign is available through GameOnTabletop
  • “A primordial sword and sorcery campaign setting of low magic and high adventure for D&D 5E!”
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LuisCarlos17f

Adventurer
Cyberpapacy in TORG? Why not a "cybersultanate or cybercaliphate"? or "patriotic faith", a religion created and controlled by the revolutionary government? or royalist, when a king proclaims himself high-priest and then forbidden the previous orthodox clergy, and you don't convert to the new religion then your fate is as Michael Moore in the movie "a man for all seasons".

Would be cool a regalist cult controlled by secret lodges whose leaders are vampires, demons or any supernatural faction? (Regalism is when the clery is controlled by lay powers, it is the opposite of caesaropapism).
 

AriochQ

Explorer
Cyberpapacy in TORG? Why not a "cybersultanate or cybercaliphate"? or "patriotic faith", a religion created and controlled by the revolutionary government? or royalist, when a king proclaims himself high-priest and then forbidden the previous orthodox clergy, and you don't convert to the new religion then your fate is as Michael Moore in the movie "a man for all seasons".

Would be cool a regalist cult controlled by secret lodges whose leaders are vampires, demons or any supernatural faction? (Regalism is when the clery is controlled by lay powers, it is the opposite of caesaropapism).
Don't play TORG, but "Cyberpapacy" has nice sound to it.

All your idea's would also be a cool RPG experience.
 

Mournblade94

Explorer
Cyberpapacy in TORG? Why not a "cybersultanate or cybercaliphate"? or "patriotic faith", a religion created and controlled by the revolutionary government? or royalist, when a king proclaims himself high-priest and then forbidden the previous orthodox clergy, and you don't convert to the new religion then your fate is as Michael Moore in the movie "a man for all seasons".

Would be cool a regalist cult controlled by secret lodges whose leaders are vampires, demons or any supernatural faction? (Regalism is when the clery is controlled by lay powers, it is the opposite of caesaropapism).
The Cyber Papacy is a classic part of the TORG game from the 90's.
 

LuisCarlos17f

Adventurer
And the sclap hunters is a classic trope from old Western movies were North-american natives were the antagonists. Also "Tintin in the Congo" was a classic comic and "Our dinosaur is missing" was a classic Disney comedy where Chinese were the bad guys.
 

Mournblade94

Explorer
And the sclap hunters is a classic trope from old Western movies were North-american natives were the antagonists. Also "Tintin in the Congo" was a classic comic and "Our dinosaur is missing" was a classic Disney comedy where Chinese were the bad guys.
But in this case TORG is sticking to its world. Its not the same as a stereotype trope. It was a Region in the TORG world. Fans of TORG would probably feel like a major part is missing if it wasn't there.
 

LuisCarlos17f

Adventurer
Sorry, when you go to this forum, you want to forget the troubles from the real life, but you should notice it isn't only about somebody may be feel offended or uncomfortable. It may be more dangerous you could guess. Some days ago there were attacks against Catholic churches in Chile and Bolivia, and some rude graffitis in the walls of Spanish temples.

How could we fix this being politically correct? My suggestion is telling the origin of cyberpapacy is by created by lay groups, and this new religion has been enemy against Vatican and the rest of Christians communities, since the beginning.
 
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dragoner

Dying in Chargen
Sorry, when you go to this forum, you want to forget the troubles from the real life, but you should notice it isn't only about somebody may be feel offended or uncomfortable. It may be more dangerous you could guess.
So? Today I woke to find I'm one of Pussy Riot's top fans on Facebook, accept your "badge". On cue I get jokes about FSB knowing my location. Minimal I won't get visa if I want to go home, maximal, die in black snow of prison camp. Oh well, life gives so much joy one never asked for.

Church will survive this satire.
 

Mournblade94

Explorer
Sorry, when you go to this forum, you want to forget the troubles from the real life, but you should notice it isn't only about somebody may be feel offended or uncomfortable. It may be more dangerous you could guess. Some days ago there were attacks against Catholic churches in Chile and Bolivia, and some rude graffitis in the walls of Spanish temples.

How could we fix this being politically correct? My suggestion is telling the origin of cyberpapacy is by created by lay groups, and this new religion has been enemy against Vatican and the rest of Christians communities, since the beginning.
I can't remember the exact origins, but if I remember correct it was a group that took over the church. Or replaced the church. I can't quite remember. I don't remember it being an actual dig on any catholics.
 

Paragon Lost

Explorer
Sorry, when you go to this forum, you want to forget the troubles from the real life, but you should notice it isn't only about somebody may be feel offended or uncomfortable. It may be more dangerous you could guess. Some days ago there were attacks against Catholic churches in Chile and Bolivia, and some rude graffitis in the walls of Spanish temples.

How could we fix this being politically correct? My suggestion is telling the origin of cyberpapacy is by created by lay groups, and this new religion has been enemy against Vatican and the rest of Christians communities, since the beginning.
So basically you brought the troubles from real life to these forums. You are aware across the world any one moment there are terrible things happening to someone(s) that anyone of us could bring to these forums. So maybe you should consider not bringing real life to the forums if you can help it? If not, then don't post on those days.
 

LuisCarlos17f

Adventurer
How to say it softly? Do you remember 1941 Disney movie "Dumbo"? A group of crows become friends main character and they help him to learn to fly. One's name was Jim Crow. Today this wouldn't be allowed. Other Disney movie, 1955, "Lady and the Tramp" making dogs great again!, there was a scene with two Siamese cats. Today something like this wouldn't be tolerated. Some scenes or phrases from the famous sitcom "Friends" today wouldn't be allowed.

Do you understand? Some things still are accepted but they could become politically incorrect in the future. And by a good reason, because today it's only distrust, but tomorrow will be fear, later snub, hostility, hate, and in the end psychological abuse... and psychical violence. It may be so potentially dangerous, or worse, than racism or homophobia. Please, in the name of the reason, I don't ask to agree me but to understand the point of view by the rest of the people. I am seeing the signs of danger, the same ideas in Spain in the XX century, when my grandparent were youngs, for the age of burning of convents. Take care or you will fall in the dark side of the fore.
 
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Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
How to say it softly? Do you remember 1941 Disney movie "Dumbo"? A group of crows become friends main character and they help him to learn to fly. One's name was Jim Crow. Today this wouldn't be allowed. Other Disney movie, 1955, "Lady and the Tramp" making dogs great again!, there was a scene with two Siamese cats. Today something like this wouldn't be tolerated. Some scenes or phrases from the famous sitcom "Friends" today wouldn't be allowed.

Do you understand? Some things still are accepted but they could become politically incorrect in the future. And by a good reason, because today it's only distrust, but tomorrow will be fear, later snub, hostility, hate, and in the end psychological abuse... and psychical violence. It may be so potentially dangerous, or worse, than racism or homophobia. Please, in the name of the reason, I don't ask to agree me but to understand the point of view by the rest of the people. I am seeing the signs of danger, the same ideas in Spain in the XX century, when my grandparent were youngs, for the age of burning of convents. Take care or you will fall in the dark side of the fore.
This site - as you know, having been here since 2015 - is not the place for religion and politics. Please take this conversation to a site more suited for it.
 

Sabathius42

Adventurer
For anyone that cares.....

The original "origin story" of the Cyberpapacy....

In an alternate dimension the Earth equivalent planet's "Pope" gets control (or controlled by) of an evil artifact that lets him take over and convert other dimensions in a sort of inquisitional invasion. The world of this pope is a late Middle Ages one, but in which magic is real and also practiced by heretics that need to be destroyed. The popes religion preaches keeping things low tech and keeping the people stupid and following the church's lead in things.

In the first few minutes this pope invades OUR (as in you the reader) Earth there is a hero from a third dimension (On in which cyberware is common) who attempts to kill him. The attempt fails but does affect the invading "reality" by altering it to incorporate cyberware into the middle ages inquisition motif.

Now the pope is the Cyberpope and his church keeps the cyberware to themselves to establish a pretty violent theocratic police state dedicated to hunting down heretics and expanding their foothold on our Earth (in France). Those that fight against the pope use stolen and bootleg cyberware to keep up. There is also a "virtual reality" level to everything called the GodNet with 90s style virtual hacking.

This was all the 90s version, I haven't read into the new one to see how things were updated.

TLDR: The Cyberpapacy is a mash up of the genres of 90s virtual reality and cyberware AND the Inquisition. The movie Equilibrium is a pretty good feel for the setting.
 

bigdrc

Villager
They changed the cyberpapacy in the new one - the cyberpapacy had already become high tech pre invading earth so the use of cybertechnology and the godnet are much more established in the setting - and of course the earth storm knights are fighting back - including the current earth pope who has denounced pope jean malraux as the antipope...
 

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