RPG Crowdfunding News - Tales from Sina Una, Dice The Halls!, Over the Troll Bridge, and more

This week’s RPG crowdfunding campaigns end between August 19 and September 6. While this is only a sampling of what’s available, it’s worth calling out that Kickstarters’s 2022 RPG Zine Quest is live with a number of zines available. For this article, I pulled some items from ZQ and some non-zines to give an idea of the available options. In addition, this week’s list has a subtle theme, something that each of these campaigns have in common. HINT: Shipwrecks of the Astral Sea from Jerry Joe Seltzer fits the criteria as well.

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Tales from Sina Una from Lucia Versprille
  • END DATE: Thu, September 1 2022 12:00 PM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition
  • PROJECT TYPE: Adventures
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $50 + S/H for the PDF and print versions of the book
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? This project gives you ten 5e adventures set on the Islands of Sina Una. Over 200 pages of mythology and culture based on the pre-colonial Philippines brought to you by a team of Filipino writers and artists. The book includes monsters, ancestries, classes, subclasses, spells, and more to support these adventures. Explore seven islands in adventures that offer new takes on storied cultures. If the idea intrigues you, check out the campaign page for a preview.

Dice The Halls! from O Christmas Geek
  • END DATE: Tue, September 6 2022 2:13 PM EDT.
  • PROJECT TYPE: RPG accessory
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $15 + $9 S/H in the US for a single d20 ornament
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? O Christmas Geek is offering full sets of polyhedral dice, each Christmas tree ornament sized (palm of your hand) designed to hang on your tree. If you celebrate Christmas and the idea of ornamental dice for your Christmas tree appeals, this may be for you. You can get a single d20 or the full set. If this appeals to you or one of your gamer friend’s holiday décor, this campaign page might be worth exploring.

Over the Troll Bridge RPG: Explore New Worlds from Creature Curation
  • END DATE: Fri, August 19 2022 7:00 PM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): Down We Go
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $15 + $4 S/H in the US for the PDF and print versions of the zine
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? You play as a troll living in a city floating over lava. The machines that keep you afloat require loot to operate. Fortunately, you have doorways to many realms to collect that loot and keep your home above the lava. This family friendly RPG is 24 pages plus a cover employing the Down We Go system of d20 and d6 mechanics. Brian Colin of Vast Grimm worked with his children to design this RPG. As a unit, their work gives this book a family makes family friendly RPG vibe. I picked up the playtest edition at Gen Con and it’s a winner, one I wish I’d had time to play at the con. If you need all-ages stories of monsters saving their home at your gaming table, this RPG awaits your dice.

Living Room Heroes from Rob Hessler
  • END DATE: Mon, August 22 2022 11:49 AM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): An original system
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $15 + $5 S/H in the US for the PDF and print versions of the zine
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? This is a collaborative storytelling RPG in which the objects around you have fantastical histories. Each player picks an object and tells a history that ties into another object, working from the oldest object to the newest. It gives a deal of pedigree to items that might be mundane. As a 32-page, GM-less RPG, you go around your group working through the different pieces of history, rolling for twists and prompts to keep it interesting. If you want a different take on roleplaying, one focused on objects, this might be for you.

Interdimensional Shenanigans (Zine Quest) from NerdBurger Games
  • END DATE: Tue, August 23 2022 8:00 PM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): An original system
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $12 + $6 S/H in the US for the PDF and print versions of the zine
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? Want to explore the many dimensions of science fiction, dealing with zany monsters, aliens, and experiments gone wrong? Inspired by a less toxic Rick and Morty, this rules lite RPG keeps the fiction first. Once you reach the climax of a scene, you roll to see how it went. The focus is roleplaying so you’re free to try out more options and see how they go. From ENNIE Award nominee Craig Campbell, this RPG may be right for Rick and Morty fans as well as whacky sci-fi fans.

Galaxy of Death vol I: Adventure Bundle for Mothership TTRPG from Eric Alsandor | Spider00x
  • END DATE: Sun, August 28 2022 6:00 PM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): Mothership RPG
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $15 + S/H for the PDF and print versions of all three zines
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? These three zines form an anthology of sci-fi horror adventures for Mothership. Named Miami Laser Cutter Massacre, Hyperdrive: Degeneration, and Lair of the Biomancer, they’re brochure/pamphlet adventures. Each zine is 4 spreads offered across 2 front and back pages. Each has player maps with GM specific information elsewhere so the adventurers get they information that they need without getting more than they should. Plots include escaping a planet in crisis with stolen prototype lasers, waking from cryosleep with an experimental drive that is taking you through hell unless you can get it back to realspace, and one in which you’re hunting a future Dr. Frankenstein’s lab of secrets and horrors. If you need well laid out, ready to run Mothership adventures, this page is worth checking out.

The Broken Cask Society from Shoreless Skies
  • END DATE: Wed, August 31 2022 11:01 AM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): An original system with Powered by the Apocalypse elements
  • PROJECT TYPE: Core rulebook
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $10 for the PDF and POD versions of the book
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? Fantasy foodies ferry far for fascinating feasts! This RPG turns on a simple idea: You are a great lover of great meals journeying great distances just to eat well. A GM-less RPG, you can play solo or with a group. Travel to an inn, a pub, a tavern, or wherever and order. Come hungry, for the journey and the meal are your rewards.

Three Pillars: A Reimagining of D&D 5e from Bryce Curtis Miller
  • END DATE: Wed, August 31 2022 11:59 PM EDT.
  • SYSTEM(S): Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition
  • MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $5 for four PDFs
  • WHY SPOTLIGHT THIS CAMPAIGN? Looking for a revised 5e? One that rebalances class abilities, weapons damage, creature stat blocks, and more? All changes born of a data analysis perspective? If you want to see a new take on 5e, one offered as four PDFs, this may be for you. If you’re interested, check out the campaign page for a preview link.

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I wish a great success for "Tales from Sina Una" but some times I worry about this IP among others to be forgotten in the time because they haven't enough promotion. They should survive in the memory of D&D players. Of course with the experience you learn how to do it better, but a first step is necessary even when there is some fail.

I wonder if some of these IPs created by 3PPs could be acquired by WotC in a future if the original publisher closed.

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