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RPG Crowdfunding News - Spheres of Guile, Ultimate Engineering, Dungeon Map Maker, and more

During the week between Christmas and New Years, I look at RPG Kickstarters ending during January 8th through the 16th. While the week includes some solid entries for 5e as well as system neutral offerings, the most noteworthy RPG among this list uses Pathfinder First Edition to power it. Coming out nearly two and a half years after the release of PF2e, this campaign shows that there’s still interest in PF1e from established third party publishers. As we roll into 2022, it will be interesting to see how much fresh support PF1e receives. In the meantime, here is a list of some of the RPG projects crowdfunding right now.

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Spheres of Guile and Ultimate Engineering from Drop Dead Studios
  • END DATE: Sun, January 9 2022 10:11 AM EST.
  • SYSTEM(S): Pathfinder First Edition
  • PROJECT TYPE: Sourcebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $40 for both PDFs
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? As mentioned in the opening, the most funded project on this week’s list is from Drop Dead Studios. Their campaign features a double book Pathfinder First Edition offering. Spheres of Guile expands on their Spheres concept, an alternate PF1e character and world creation ruleset to go with their past magic and martial Spheres offerings. Ultimate Engineering revises the Tech Spheres to give you clearer rules with options for any kind of ‘tech’ setting; think new options for steampunk, gnomes, science fantasy, and more. These books are for PF1e players looking to mine new ideas out of the game. If you’re interested, check out the campaign page for samples of both books.

Dragon Map Maker: TTRPG battle maps made easy from Dragon Maps Ltd
  • END DATE: Thu, January 13 2022 4:16 PM EST.
  • PROJECT TYPE: RPG maps
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: £35 for beta access to the tool as well as a lifetime license to the software
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? If you want to build a map for your game tonight, this app has you covered. Pull up a grid, select the squares that are indoors, outdoors, underground, or underwater, select a theme for the room or environment, generate using the AI, and see if you like the results. Tweak the results as well as the time of day or the weather as needed. Then render and you’ve got a map. It’s a neat looking app with a lot of potential. This campaign starts with a pitch video that’s just over three minutes and I highly recommend the video as it gives you a good idea of what this app offers and whether you want to dive in or not.

Book of Magical Crystals for 5E from Laura MCL
  • END DATE: Sun, January 16 2022 5:57 PM EST.
  • SYSTEM(S): Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition
  • PROJECT TYPE: Sourcebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: £10 for the PDF of the book
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? Do you need 120 crystals, each with a specific power for 5e, to customize your character? This book lets you add powers to create a character that has a specific story hook attached to one of their items. If you’re curious and interested in checking out a sample of 12 of these rocks, head over to the campaign page for a free preview of the book.

Mimic Tamers from Diego Pisa Artworks
  • END DATE: Sat, January 8 2022 10:38 AM EST.
  • SYSTEM(S): Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition as well as system neutral content
  • PROJECT TYPE: Sourcebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: €5 for the PDF of the book
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? If you ever thought it’d be cool to have a mimic as a companion or to play a mimic-powered subclass, this book offers options and thoughts on how to do that. If you’re looking for specific ideas to move mimics from adversaries to allies, this project may be what you’re looking for. In addition, the campaign offers a system neutral or 5e version of the book, so you can select what works best for you.

Pew Pew - A Complicated Profession from Fainting Goat Games
  • END DATE: Sat, January 8 2022 3:44 PM EST.
  • SYSTEM(S): Havoc Brigade
  • PROJECT TYPE: Core rulebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $7 for the PDF and POD versions of the book
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? In a sci-fi western setting, you’re a hunter tracking a bounty. As an adventure, it may sound light, but as a product, I like this concept. This project is a sequel to Pew Pew! For a Few Credits More and Pew! Pew! Bounty Hunters in Space. Like those adventures, this book shares the system, an adventure, and pregen characters, so everything you need for a one-shot is right here. If you’re looking for quick play, this is going to carry the night.

About a World: a Worldbuilding Narrative Handbook from Ezd
  • END DATE: Thu, January 13 2022 1:21 PM EST.
  • SYSTEM(S): System neutral
  • PROJECT TYPE: Sourcebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: €5 for the PDF of the book
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? This 36-page book will give you advise on how to create a world. Divided between regions and environments, cities, and NPCs, the book provides direction for you to make the wider setting your own. If you need a quick reference guide, this is a short, easy to thumb through option since it is spiral bound.

Ariadne and Bob from Jim McGarva
  • END DATE: Fri, January 14 2022 5:45 PM EST.
  • SYSTEM(S): An original system
  • PROJECT TYPE: Core rulebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: CA$18 for the PDFs
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? In this rules lite RPG, you play as a know-it-all character or their trusty sidekick. Think Pinky and the Brain or Watson and Holmes; you’re either the genius or the person that’s got to do the dirty work. Think light and fun and good for friends. It has two- to four-player options. If you’re looking for a world of one-shots where you’re playing with science fantasy solutions and elaborate plans, this may speak to you.

Goblins and Pies: A Level 1-2 One Shot for 5E from ESKey DnD
  • END DATE: Fri, January 14 2022 7:00 PM EST.
  • SYSTEM(S): Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition
  • PROJECT TYPE: Adventure module
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $7 for the PDF and 20 battlemaps
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? A 5e module for new GMs featuring motivated NPCs and multiple endings. Designed for 1st or 2nd level characters, your players will come to a festival but are sucked into the woe in the woods beyond. If you’re a new GM, this adventure features notes to help guide your first time running an adventure. While I listed the $7 pledge since it’s the most popular, it’s worth noting that the $3 pledge gives you the adventure and five maps. If you’re new to GMing, this may be the right jumping off point for you.

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Regarding the Spheres stuff, I'm kind of confused on which books have been updated or consolidated.

I know Ultimate Spheres of Power consolidated/updated a bunch of books together, but were there any similar updated compilations made for the other Spheres stuff?
 

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