RPG Crowdfunding News – Wayfinder Compass, Periodic Table of Elementals, Salvage Union, and more

For the start of 2024, this sampling of TTRPG crowdfunding projects feature campaigns that end between January 11 to the 17. This week, there’s everything from a licensed Pathfinder prop to a periodic table of 5e elementals to adventures, an OSE campaign setting, a new fantasy setting and gaming system, and third-party MÖRK BORG sourcebook.

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Wayfinder Compass for Paizo's Pathfinder from TYPE40
  • END DATE: Tue, January 16 2024 9:56 AM EST.
  • SYSTEM(S): Pathfinder Second Edition
  • PROJECT TYPE: RPG accessory
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: AU$ 135 + S/H for the compass
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? This project is for Pathfinder fans that love the setting and setup of the game’s setting, Golarion. Backers will receive a brass and zinc alloy functioning compass (though TYPE40 stresses that you should buy a real compass for Earthly exploration). Inset with the Glyph of the Open Road, in-game this compass provides a free heal between encounters. This project is “approved by Paizo Inc., creators of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.” The pictures of the prototype are incredible and, with various Aeon Stones to add to the compass, yours can be tailored to match your gaming tastes. If you’re a Pathfinder fan in need of a quality accessory to display, this project is worth [path]finding.

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Periodic Table of Elementals, by Catilus
  • END DATE: Sun, January 14 2024 2:00 PM EST.
  • SYSTEM(S): Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition
  • PROJECT TYPE: Sourcebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: €30 for the PDF and POD discount coupon of the version plus the digital periodic table poster
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? There are 118 elements on the periodic table, correct? So, there should be 118 elementals in your D&D campaign, right? This book gives you all 118, each illustrated, each with abilities and mechanics based around real world science. Need elemental steeds and familiars? This book has you covered. Each entry is a quick reference informing you of the elemental’s symbol, atomic number, state, type, density, and how commonly it occurs. In addition, there’s elemental lore and the standard 5e stat blocks, along with a periodic table of the elements/elementals poster. This book is going to be appeal to players that want want more elementals as well as a little more science at the table or even a bit of educational detail for their 5e players.

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Land of Mist – a World Unknown for Old-School Essentials from Joseph Quinn
  • END DATE: Thu, January 11 2024 11:59 PM EST.
  • SYSTEM(S): Old-School Essentials
  • PROJECT TYPE: Sourcebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $20 + S/H for the PDF and print versions of the book
  • TRY BEFORE YOU BUY: Land of Mist for Old-School Essentials – PREVIEW is free at DriveThruRPG
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? A continent surrounded by a mist that causes those that pass through it to forget, welcome to the Land of Mist, a setting and 128 page of crunch for your OSE game. The setting is designed for Old-School Essentials Advanced, which is version of OSE that offers more gaming options than OSE Classic, which is a simpler codifying of 1981’s Basic and Expert Dungeons & Dragons ruleset. Land of Mist offers 9 new OSE classes, 7 player ancestries, spells, monsters, NPCs, and rules for dragonriding, mass combat, and more. If you’re a fan of OSE settings, this might speak to you.

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Salvage Union Roll20 from Leyline Press
  • END DATE: Thu, January 11 2024 11:01 AM EST.
  • SYSTEM(S): Powered by the Quest RPG
  • PROJECT TYPE: Virtual conversion
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: £70 for the Roll20 modules, books, and VTT assets for the core book and adventures
  • ADDITIONAL REPORTING: EN World's review guru Rob Wieland looked at the TTRPG here. During the Kickstarter for the original Salvage Union book, I interviewed Panayiotis Lines and Aled Lawlor about the project
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? In a post-apocalyptic landscape dotted with a few cities, most survivors have to choose between corpo serfdom or the wastelands. However, a few manage to eke out an existence by salvaging using your mech. In December, 2021, the Salvage Union TTRPG rolled out on Kickstarter, reaching a nice-sized audience interested in the physical books as well as the PDF versions. Now that those Kickstarter products are fulfilled, the creators are bringing the core rulebook and three adventures to the Roll20 Virtual Tabletop Platform. If you’re a fan of this RPG, this campaign gives you the chance to take it to Roll20.

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ToD1 Lair of the Silver Rings - RPG OSR adventure module from Cloak and Dragons
  • END DATE: Fri, January 12 2024 12:54 PM EST.
  • SYSTEM(S): Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition and OSRIC
  • PROJECT TYPE: Adventure
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $15 + S/H for the PDF and print versions of the adventure
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? This is the first in a planned series of twenty adventures that covers levels 1 to 20. The adventures starts with a call to enact justice and rescue some kidnapped victims. Designed with drag-and-drop options or for a full campaign, Lair of the Silver Rings is decidedly old-school in its approach, look, and OSR rules, though they’re offering a 5e ruleset if that’s you’re preferred system. The adventure is 43 pages in OSR and 46 in 5e. If your gaming table needs an old school adventure series, this campaign page offers previews of the project and its backstory, which may entice your gamers.

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Brain Duster: A Mind-Altering RPG Adventure from Bad Alchemy
  • END DATE: Sat, January 13 2024 7:44 AM EST.
  • SYSTEM(S): “Brain Duster is a tabletop role-playing adventure compatible with most rule-sets inspired by the world's most famous role playing game.”
  • PROJECT TYPE: Adventure
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $12 + S/H PDF and print versions of the book
  • AI STATEMENT: “Bad Alchemy believes in humans and their abilities. Absolutely NO AI was used to create this project.”
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? This is a broadly stat’ed OSR hexcrawl adventure triggered by a “foul ruse” that leads the characters to wandering through your hallucinations. While the campaign page states the adventure works with most OSR and D&D TTRPGs, it’s probably best suited for the B/X era (that’s a guess). Regardless, GMs should be able to fill in the gaps for any D&D-inspired RPG. This book is 26 (or more) pages featuring illustrations and designs by artist Barry Bruner. If you’re looking for an adventure that pits your characters against their fears, this might be worth exploring.

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Paths of Power: d666 powers for MÖRK BORG from Dungeon Pop
  • END DATE: Fri, January 19 2024 6:20 PM EST.
  • PROJECT TYPE: Sourcebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: AU$15 for the PDF and POD discount coupon of the book
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? This sourcebook expands on the core MÖRK BORG set of powers. Like, greatly expands. MÖRK BORG has 20 powers, keeping the game trim and to the point. But many players want a deeper delve with more rules and gaming options. This book brings over 200 power and scroll options to your gaming table. If you want more crunch for your MÖRK BORG games, this book may be for your gaming table.

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Fates of Mankind from FoM
  • END DATE: Mon, January 15 2024 3:31 PM EST.
  • SYSTEM(S): An original system
  • PROJECT TYPE: Core rulebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: €15 for the PDF of the book
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? This campaign offers an original setting and system. Using d12s and designed for 4 to 5 players, this TTRPG supposes an Earth in a fantastic age with magic throughout the world. Set in an alternate second century BCE, this book centers on a Roman Empire with magic and a timeline that is moving away from our history books. Influenced by Vampire: The Masquerade, Dungeons & Dragons, Warhammer Fantasy, and Terry Pratchett’s works, this project will speak to fantasy gamers looking for a new system to roll with.

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Beyond the Beasts: Monster Cards for Endless Adventures! from Hebridian Tales
  • END DATE: Jan 11, 2024 at 2:59am EST.
  • CROWDFUNDING ON: Backerkit
  • SYSTEM(S): Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition
  • PROJECT TYPE: RPG accessory
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $175 + S/H for the PDF and print versions of the 6 card decks and monster poster pack
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? This crowdfunding offers several decks of cards with each card showcasing a monster. The cards offer lore, lair actions, variants, and GM information, plus all of the usual 5e info such as resistances, passive abilities, HP, and more. There are multiple decks offering humanoids, undead, constructs, giants, and many types of monsters. The example images are of a kobold, so it’s hard to say if these will be 5e SRD monsters or if they’ll include original types. Regardless, if you’re a fan of 5e monsters, this Backerkit may be of interest to you.
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Huh, I wonder what powers the Protactinium Elemental will have?

Also, the Fates of Mankind game set in 200BCE is interesting premise, and who doesn't love a purpose for their d12s. But boy for me, the devil would be in the details for that game...

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