RPG Crowdfunding News - Snowheaven, The Veil: Inheritance, Manifest the RPG, Basic and Expert, and m

This week I sample a handful of RPG Kickstarters from among the 25 ending between March 29th and April 4th. As well, I have some quick links to 18 RPG zines (the last large grouping of them from Kickstarter’s Zine Quest). Adventures, 5e, reprints, Powered by the Apocalypse, there’s something for everyone among this ocean of RPG content.

Snowhaven for Fifth Edition by High Level Games

  • ENDS: Sun, March 31 2019 11:56 AM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): Dungeons & Dragons 5e
  • PROJECT TYPE: Campaign setting
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $20 for PDFs and PODs of both Snowhaven 1e and 2e
Snowhaven is a Snowpunk Fantasy setting for the 5th Edition of the world's oldest and most popular roleplaying game system. Snowhaven is a dark fantasy setting perched on the edge of a snowbound wasteland. Cut off from the outside world by icy seas for half the year and snowed in all year round, Snowhaven survives on the edge of the known world by the strength of its unimaginable mineral wealth which it extracts from the nearby mountains and the magical reagents found by daring explorers on the frozen tundra. Brilliant feats of engineering keep the city warm and habitable even in the depths of the worst winters, and one of their greatest discoveries – the secret of black powder weapons – is just beginning to become known to the wider world. Initially created during the original D20 Era, the Snowhaven setting (60-page first edition) has seen extensive playtesting and design iteration, and now it is coming to a new edition and a wider market. Snowhaven is compatible with the 5th Edition of the World’s Greatest Roleplaying Game. The Second Edition of Snowhaven will be fully compatible with that same system, and if certain stretch goals are achieved, it will be made compatible with Pathfinder and the Savage Worlds systems as well.”

EDGAR ALLAN POE-themed 2 Wk Fantasy RPG Adventure! by Dark by Dezign

  • ENDS: Fri, March 29 2019 3:01 PM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): Dungeons & Dragons 5e / Pathfinder 1e
  • PROJECT TYPE: Adventure modules
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $60 for all of the PDFs
  • NOTE: This campaign offers the same books as DbD’s GHOSTS OF CASTLE NEVERMORE Kickstarter, but now in print.
  • DISCLOSURE: I have freelanced for Dark by Dezign. I am not a part of this project.
“EDGAR ALLAN POE-themed fantasy RPG adventure campaign. PRINT Books will be made available from the original successful campaign. This is the exact same campaign as in 2018, but this campaign is not digital only, but PRINT AND SHIPPING HAS BEEN ADDED. I have also added an extra. The $15 COMMERCIAL LICENSE spell sigil book. This was created to help complete an open project on fictional, in-game devils and demons, but also to improve the ARROWGHAST’S SPIRIT SUMMONING GRIMOIRE.”

The Veil: Inheritance, a biopunk tabletop roleplaying game by Samjoko Publishing

  • ENDS: Sun, March 31 2019 8:00 PM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): Powered by the Apocalypse
  • PROJECT TYPE: Sourcebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: CA$40 + CA$10 US shipping for PDF and print of The Veil: Inheritance
“Bioengineered bounty hunters take on challenges in newly colonized space. Part Cowboy Bebop, part Blade Runner. The Veil: Inheritance is a supplement for The Veil RPG, a cyberpunk roleplaying game Powered by the award-winning Apocalypse Engine. In The Veil, humanity has the technology to perceive both the digital and the physical in a blended, hybridized reality via neurochips that are implanted into almost every person. This Veil has become the new reality. It is ubiquitous and it is pervasive. The game gives you everything you need to extrapolate a cyberpunk future from our present. It places interesting, compelling characters that drive the fiction at the center of the game while enabling everyone at the table to contribute what they like about cyberpunk to the fiction. Inheritance is the next step. The third book, it advances the timeline even further into space and colonized worlds. Inheritanceis going to be softcover, around 300 pages, full colour, graphic-novel sized, and have a wrap-around cover. The FREE Version of The Veil(without layout and without art) can be found here.

Manifest the RPG by Waypoint Game Designs

  • ENDS: Mon, April 1 2019 3:00 PM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): The Fistful of D20s
  • PROJECT TYPE: Core rulebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $50 + S&H for PDF and hardcover of Manifest Core Rulebook, unlocked stretch goals, quickstart, and more
“An exciting and immersive Sci-Fi Western tabletop roleplaying game. Just over four-hundred years ago a wormhole leading to a star system far from humanity's homeworld opened. It was the stroke of luck or divine intervention that so many had been praying for-- the over-populated homeworld was slowly dying, and humanity had been searching to find a way to survive. The star system on the other end of the wormhole was home to one hospitable planet, and on that planet, the first explorers found a miraculous compound. A new element made of hard light they called Luminescence; it was infinitely renewable with an energy yield that defied all expectation. The planet the media had dubbed Manifest for its abundance and sudden appearance, was harsh and populated with alien flora and fauna, but no sentient life. In addition to the “Lucy Rush,” people of all sorts began traveling to this new world, eager to start a new life free from corporate control, overcrowding, and pollution. Manifest was a literal world of possibility for anyone who could find a way to seize the opportunity. Manifest is a tabletop roleplaying game deeply entrenched in the Sci-Fi Western genre. Players take on the role of drifters, highly skilled travelers who use their skills to help those in need or to seek out their own fortunes. As drifters, they'll take part in shootouts, investigations, heists, mysteries, and so much more. There's something for everyone on Manifest, especially if you're bold enough to venture forth and take it.”

Basic and Expert RPG Sets Remastered! by Pacesetter Games & Simulations

  • ENDS: Wed, April 3 2019 8:00 PM EDT.
  • PROJECT TYPE: Core rulebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $60 + S&H for the PDF and Boxed Set of the B/X PHB and Dungeon Guide as well as all stretch goals
“The Basic and Expert rules set remastered for your old school liking! Time to adventure like it's the 1980s! In 1981, the Basic and Expert game for the world's greatest fantasy RPG was released. Written by Tom Moldvay, David "Zeb" Cook, and Steve Marsh, these two comprehensive books created a complete fantasy game system that exploded on the gaming scene and made it into mainstream game markets. This game system is alive and well some 38 years later! This pioneering game was later revised into what is commonly called BECMI and later into the Rules Cyclopedia. But even as those systems further expanded the game, Basic and Expert (B/X) retained a huge following - one that still thrives today. It is with this history in mind that we have decided to create two new books, the B/X Player's Handbook and Dungeon Guide. Instead of merely retro-cloning this system, we have separated the player rules and game master rules into separate books. We have also expanded the character classes, added spells, weapons, monsters, magic items, and much more. All the while, we have steadfastly maintained the simplicity and elegance of the original game. We have done all of this with one thing in mind; we are not replacing the Basic and Expert books, we are attempting to open the game up for more opportunity to new and old players alike. You no longer have to search for those beat up copies of the rule books - it's all here and more!”

The World of the Lost Lands by Frog God Games

  • ENDS: Thu, April 4 2019 4:39 PM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): System neutral
  • PROJECT TYPE: Campaign setting
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $105 + S&H for PDF and print of the Lost Lands World Map, PDF and hardcover of the Guide to the Lost Lands World Setting Book, digital stretch goals, and more
  • NOTE: Bill Webb (Frog God Games) has been investigated by FGG for a past incident.
“Adventures to last a lifetime! The setting of Rappan Athuk, Stoneheart Valley, Bard's Gate and all of Frog God and Necromancer Games! For almost 20 years, glimpses into the world of the Lost Lands have been revealed in the publications of Frog God Games and Necromancer Games. The Lost Lands contain locations now legendary in the annals of roleplaying, from the depths of the massive dungeons of Rappan Athuk, to the city of Bard’s Gate, the Desolation of Tsar, the Blight, the demon-tainted Sundered Lands, the chaotic tumult of the Borderland Provinces, and the fabled Northlands. These publications offered hints of the sweeping scope, deep history, and epic grandeur of the Lost Lands. But only hints. This massive volume includes the history of the Lost Lands, a wealth of detailed maps, cultural information about its nations and peoples, and a huge gazetteer containing descriptions of the world's countries, cities, waterways and geography. For the first time, readers can explore the length and breadth of the great continent of Akados, including regions never before described, and far Libynos, home of the Desert Kingdoms and many ancient cultures alien to the folk of Akados. The book weighs in at approximately 700 pages in full color, with maps by award-winning cartographers and beautiful, original artwork to place you directly into the world itself in all its glory and terror. Entirely system-neutral, the guide can be used with any game system you choose.”
[h=3]RPG ZINES[/h] Dungeons of Amara: Poems and Art of Monsters and Townfolks by Sean Yager
  • Ends: Fri, March 29 2019 1:49 PM EDT.
  • “A bard's Illustrated field guide to the baddies, merchants, and adventurers found in dark dungeons, deep caves, and bustling towns.”
  • PDF $5 / PDF & print $10 + $1 US shipping
Untold Realms World Building Zine by Untold Realms LLC
  • Ends: Fri, March 29 2019 2:01 PM EDT.
  • “A Zine focused on world building and idea sharing for Roleplaying Games.”
  • PDF $5 / PDF & print $10 + $8 US shipping
Dangerous Times: Muckrakers and Magic in Old New York! by Michael Bacon
  • Ends: Fri, March 29 2019 3:03 PM EDT.
  • “A complete RPG in zine form— Play as intrepid reporters in a 1920s New York filled with speakeasies, crime, and the occult!”
  • PDF $9 / PDF & print $11 US shipping included
Garden of the Temple - Zine Quest by Right After Then
  • Ends: Fri, March 29 2019 5:00 PM EDT.
  • “A handcrafted tabletop RPG zine adventure and setting.”
  • PDF $5 / PDF & print $12 US shipping included
Tabletop Worlds by Chris Blanchard
  • Ends: Fri, March 29 2019 7:40 PM EDT.
  • “An RPG zine about world building for people that have never built a world before.”
  • PDF $5 (for one issue) / PDF & print $10 US shipping included (for one issue)
By Aecer's Light! by Mad Jay
  • Ends: Sat, March 30 2019 10:22 AM EDT.
  • “A zine for the Burning Wheel (and Dungeon World?) RPG featuring Roden, and Wolfen and bad Men, oh my!”
  • PDF $6 / PDF & print $12 + $3 US shipping
Technical Dissonance - A Cyberpunk FanZine by Squirrelhaven Publishing, LLC
  • Ends: Sat, March 30 2019 10:54 AM EDT.
  • “A Cyberpunk roleplaying games and culture zine. #ZineQuest”
  • PDF $6 / PDF & print $10 + $3 US shipping
Monsters & Other Magical Beings by Emily Lewis
  • Ends: Sat, March 30 2019 3:00 PM EDT.
  • “An illustrated bestiary about each creature, where they come from, and the cultural/historical relevance behind them.”
  • PDF $5 / PDF & print $10 + $2 US shipping
The Tides of Meridian by Bertrand Guérin-Williams
  • Ends: Sat, March 30 2019 4:00 PM EDT.
  • “A pair of RPG zines set on the mountainous world of Meridian.”
  • PDF $3 (for one issue) / PDF & print $12 + $2 US shipping (for one issue)
Time & Tide | ZineQuest by Tanya Floaker
  • Ends: Sat, March 30 2019 4:00 PM EDT.
  • “A SLA Industries fanzine created for #ZineQuest.”
  • Print (only) £5 + £4 US shipping
Wizard Burial Ground: A Dungeon-Punk RPG Book (Zine Quest) by Matt Trombley
  • Ends: Sat, March 30 2019 4:13 PM EDT.
  • “Prog Rock inspired Dungeon-Punk resource book full of plot hooks, monsters, NPCs, and magic items (Zine Quest)”
  • PDF $7 / PDF & print $10 US shipping included
Black Dragon OSR 'zine [Zine Quest] by Bill Edmunds
  • Ends: Sat, March 30 2019 6:43 PM EDT.
  • “A fanzine for old school roleplaying games, included Advanced D&D, B/X, Labyrinth Lord, Swords & Wizardry, OSRIC, and For Gold & Glory.”
  • PDF $6 / PDF & POD $8 + additional charges
RPG Zine: "Filch", City of Thieves by Levi Huntsman
  • Ends: Sat, March 30 2019 11:00 PM EDT.
  • “A system-less, black and white printed zine for the City of Thieves, "Filch" for use with Tabletop Gaming.”
  • PDF $3 / PDF & print $5 + $3 US shipping
Dragon And Warrior by Orion Canning
  • Ends: Sun, March 31 2019 1:07 AM EDT.
  • “A tabletop Role Playing Game based on old school JRPG videogames.”
  • PDF $5 / PDF & print $8 + $1 US shipping
5D6 RPG Zine - All-in-one solution to start your RPG journey by ASC
  • Ends: Sun, March 31 2019 9:46 AM EDT.
  • “Introducing 5D6 – an object oriented RPG system. Old school look and feel meets modern gameplay. Easy to understand and to learn.”
  • PDFs start at €9
Best of compilation of 80's RPG zine GLarg! Limited Edition by Steve Hampson
  • Ends: Sun, March 31 2019 6:59 PM EDT.
  • “Legendary RPG Zine GLarg! returns after a third of a century in this Best Of reprint and Limited Edition Signed Hardback book”
  • PDF £2 / PDF & print £10 + £10 US shipping
SuburbPunk - System Agnostic Role Playing Setting Book by Mikal Saltveit
  • Ends: Mon, April 1 2019 2:59 AM EDT.
  • “A 90's post-apocalyptic setting book and game accessories for The Light RPG, Frog Knight Games' play-anywhere game system. #ZineQuest”
  • PDF & print $10 US shipping included
Friend or Foe! - A Fantasy Character Zine! by Sam Taylor
  • Ends: Mon, April 1 2019 1:07 PM EDT.
  • Friend or Foe! is a unique collection of fantasy RPG inspired characters!”
  • PDF £5 / PDF & print £8 + £5 US shipping
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Thank you again for the KS update. I never have time to look for these myself - this is very helpful. Keep up the good work!

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Thank you again for the KS update. I never have time to look for these myself - this is very helpful. Keep up the good work!

Exactly what dave2008 said there. The roundup is very useful. I (heart) many of the kickstarters. I back maybe 1 in 10 or 15, but so many good ones out there.

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