What’s Cool on Kickstarter

There’s many interesting items to be found on Kickstarter, but these are the coolest ones this week.

AcadeCon 2017
The RPG Academy has hosted an amazing convention in Dayton, Ohio the past few years, and they’re going to continue to top themselves this year. The convention focuses on playing games with other cool people including Kenneth Hite, James D’Amato, Jim McClure, and all of the Fandible cast. I wish I could make it this year to meet up with all these great people, but you have a chance to get your tickets now! It will be held November 10-12 this year, and there’s all kinds of great swag if you sign up now.

“AcadeCon is specifically designed to be a smaller, non-traditional convention. We are not trying to (nor do we want to) compete with or replace the huge conventions that attract a national audience. At our convention, you’re going to get access to 24-hour gaming hall, a better chance to play in the games you want, the opportunity to spend time and game with special guests, and time to hang out with some of the best gamers in the world—the fans of our show!”
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What’s Cool on Kickstarter

There’s many interesting items to be found on Kickstarter, but these are the coolest ones this week.

Noir World
Noir World is an Apocalypse World game that allows you to play your own Noir game. Which sounds amazing. A femme fatale seems like she definitely would have a place in a game PbtA. You’re not limited in playing in the 1920’s, it’s extensible to near future settings as well with 10 decades available. There are 20 roles you can play, which is great for having lots of options. I’m interested to see how this game will work with no GM, but I definitely want to give it a try.

“Noir World is film noir as powered by the Apocalypse. Around your table you’ll choose from 20 Roles, create relationships between them, build a City, and maybe solve a Crime, all while trying to create the best Movie possible.

It’s powered by the Apocalypse, the same mechanics found in Apocalypse World, Dungeon World, Headspace, and Monsterhearts, but it’s different – there’s no set single person acting as a GM. Here, everyone will have a chance to be the Director, everyone is the GM.”
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Review: Book of Unremitting Horror

Cover of the book of unremitting horror. Shows a creepy creature with long arms grinning menacingly at the viewer

One of the toughest parts of running an investigative horror RPG can be creating interesting monsters to terrorize your players. Unlike adversaries in more combat-oriented RPGs, the baddies in a horror game are more than just stat blocks: they need to have a complete background with hooks to discover in order to complete the investigation. Creating these can often be the most entertaining part of GM-ing games like Fear Itself, but sometimes it’s nice to have something to weave a story around.

That’s where The Book of Unremitting Horror comes in. This book provides a collection of fearsome creatures from your worst nightmares. Each entry provides a background for the creature including a story about a haunting and advice on how to run them in a game. And of course, the book also has stats. These entries are more than just single page write-ups, and can easily form the core of a scenario by themselves. In fact, Megan did this to create the one on one session we released for Halloween in 2015.

The thing is, the monsters and demons on offer in Unremitting Horror aren’t just your run of the mill catalog of things that go bump in the night. There are very unique manifestations of common tropes and urban legends that make for genuinely creepy reading. They include things like the Kooks, creatures that retain their immortality by feeding on the essence of young children, the Blossomer, a demon summoned by angsty teenagers in a fit of sex and cannibalism, and Sisterides, basically an MRA’s fears given form.

This book is a treasure trove of the sorts of horrifying moments that make Fear Itself, Esoterrorists and games like them so memorable. Some of the creatures featured in the book are used in the scenario Invasive Procedures, which The Redacted Files played in two parts. Another is featured in the one on one session entitled Soliloquy.

The book comes in both Gumshoe and d20 variants. We plan on using several of the entries in this book to terrorize our cast in the near future. We highly recommend you check it out and pick up a copy to inflict on your unsuspecting friends. You can purchase it on DriveThruRPG for Gumshoe or d20. It’s also available for purchase from the Pelgrane Press website.

What’s Cool on Kickstarter

There’s many interesting items to be found on Kickstarter, but these are the coolest ones this week.

FAITH: The SciFi RPG
I wrote recently about FAITH’s starter set, A Garden in Hell. This core book expands the rules for FAITH, deepens the background for the world, and adds miniatures to your game. As always with Burning Games projects, the book is visually stunning. I’ve had the opportunity to look at some of the mock-ups for the core book and it will be a great addition to your gaming collection. I love that they will be expanding character options, and it’s really great to finally have the gear collected in a book, instead of just on cards. You can of course get the beautiful cards they’ve produced to go with the game in the kickstarter. I think FAITH is one of the more interesting SciFi settings to come out in recent years, and you should look at adding it to your collection.

“The FAITH campaign is one of valiant space travelers, remote uncharted stars and bizarre alien technology. But it’s also a realm of mysterious, invisible forces – the Gods and the outlandish, supernatural powers they grant to those mortals who believe in them. In FAITH, you can be a star explorer, a soldier, a scoundrel or a mystic believer, using a mix of technology, training and god-given powers to survive the untamed regions of wild space against rival factions, alien perils and ruthless bandits.

The book covers the rules and mechanics of the game, the setting and story of the universe, and everything in between. Beautifully illustrated, it will allow you to dive into a sci-fi setting with political intrigue, high octane action and strategical gameplay.”
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What’s Cool on Kickstarter

There’s many interesting items to be found on Kickstarter, but these are the coolest ones this week.

Call of Cthulhu Metal Dice
Q-Workshop makes gorgeous dice. This Cthulhu set is another addition to their wonderful line, with all kinds of great mythos details. I really love how crisp the numbers look, especially since I think some of the other details make them a little busy. However, the leech like mouths on every corner of the dice is a cool and creepy detail. If you pledge at $69 you get the full set of metal dice as well as any stretch goals, which include plastic Nyarlathotep dice and dice bags. If you need a really detailed mythos themed dice set, this is your chance to get a really nice set.

“The horror… The horror. And tentacles, and many mouths full of teeth. I’m still shaking when I think about that. But it made me design this – murmured the artist. We just laughed. But then we abruptly stopped laughing when he showed us what was on the screen.

Since then, this image has been tormenting us, and we finally decided that we needed to release it to the world. We do hope that this will keep our Sanity in check, although you can never know…Ladies and gentlemen, behold the CALL OF CTHULHU RPG METAL DICE!”
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What’s Cool on Kickstarter

There’s many interesting items to be found on Kickstarter, but these are the coolest ones this week.

Shadow of the Demon Lord Freeport Companion
I’ve never ventured to Freeport in a game, but a dark and grimy pirate city on the edge of the known world seems like it would fit easily into almost any game. Now you can bring it into your Shadows of the Demon Lord game, with an official guide to the city and a bunch of new monsters and ancestries. If you’re running Shadow of the Demon Lord then this is a great addition to your game.

“The Shadow of the Demon Lord Freeport Companion will be loaded with goodies for any fan of the Demon Lord. Inside its pages, you’ll find two new ancestries–the undine and the mysterious serpent people known as the Valossans. The book offers ten new expert and master paths, such as the drunken celebrant and the vicious pit fighter. Over thirty new spells join the game, all speaking to the darkness of the city and the sorts of adventures one might undertake in and around it. New gear and new rules for underwater exploration, voyages, and ship battles all help you run seafaring adventures in Shadow. This book gives you a ton of characters, relics, new monsters, and a big adventure you can use to kick off a new campaign.”
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What’s Cool on Kickstarter

There’s many interesting items to be found on Kickstarter, but these are the coolest ones this week.

Satanic Panic
I love the concept for this game. Satanic Panic posits that the people in the ’80s were right. Tabletop games are evil and a way for your soul to become possessed by all types of evil. You play as people trying to end the grip the terrible hobby has on the country. Besides the really great meta jokes there are to be had with this game, secret government agencies tasked to take down evil is a genre I definitely love. I can’t wait to play this!

“Satanic Panic is a tabletop roleplaying game set in the fictional 1970’s and 1980’s where players take on the role of secret government agents tasked with combating the evils of tabletop. The players work as a team with the common purpose to contain, control, and eliminate the threats to our world. They must do all this while keeping the truth from the public, lest a panic ensue.

The game will be a 200-page hardcover book with everything needed for a GM and 2-6 players. It is designed so that the game can be played as a traditional RPG campaign or can be played in an episodic fashion with different numbers and arrangements of players. Satanic Panic brings modern game design principles to traditional tabletop game play. It gives the players all the power they need to fight against the forces of evil while making their every decision have long term consequences.

Join us in the fight against evil, join us in the fight against tabletop.”
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What’s Cool on Kickstarter

There’s many interesting items to be found on Kickstarter, but these are the coolest ones this week.

A Strange Box
Everytime MCG puts out a new kickstarter, I know I’m going to need to get what they have to offer. The Strange Box is a follow up to last year’s Numenera Box, featuring a beautiful box to carry all of your game components in as well as books, maps, cards, character sheets, and everything else you need to run a game of the Strange. The box again looks stunning and I can’t wait for a new and improved place to store all of my Strange stuff. You can get the empty box, or one that will be more stuffed with goodies as the campaign goes on. Higher levels include all Strange PDFS, a custom wooden box, and the ability to craft your own recursion. This box will only be available through the Kickstarter, so you should make sure to get your copy. (Haven’t played the Strange? Check out our current releases to get an idea of the possibilities.)

“One of the first questions we get asked at every convention is whether we’re going to do a boxed set for The Strange like we did for Numenera. Because of that, we asked fans of The Strange to let us know how much they’d like to see this. They responded enthusiastically. Since we love The Strange and its fans at Monte Cook Games, we decided to give them the most spectacular experience with The Strange that we can create with a deluxe boxed edition.

As you can probably imagine, we want to make it absolutely beautiful and crammed full of all the coolest extra content we can come up with: character sheets, XP cards with a brand new design, and maybe even a gorgeous cloth version of the Ardeyn poster map, if we hit some stretch goals. We did it once before, and with your help, we’re going to make that dream a reality again, this time to create a deluxe boxed edition of The Strange! (Already own The Strange? Don’t worry—we’ve got some things that will interest you as well as those new to the game.)”
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What’s Cool on Kickstarter

There’s many interesting items to be found on Kickstarter, but these are the coolest ones this week.

You
We love Greg Stolze’s work and were excited to jump on this new project from him, a book written from a very weird perspective. I expect things to be weird and can’t wait to read it! If you’re on the fence, you can read the first 28 pages of the novel on Greg Stolze’s website.

“YOU is a second person novel, so it’s told as if it’s happening to the reader. These aren’t common. The most popular second person literature is probably the Choose Your Own Adventure genre, only in YOU there are no choices. It could be described as an “endure your own adventure” story.

In the book, you are Leo Evans. Leo is disgruntled, middle-aged, unhappily divorced, and a cultist who has developed genuine extra senses and paranormal abilities by adhering to a set of beliefs he freely admits seem preposterous.”
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What’s Cool on Kickstarter

There’s many interesting items to be found on Kickstarter, but these are the coolest ones this week.

The Dragon Tray
This is the most beautiful collection of dice trays I’ve ever seen. That shouldn’t be a surprise since this project is by Dog Might Games, but these are works of art. Available in over 25 designs and a variety of finishes, woods, and felts (or even faux leather!) this dice tray will quickly be the envy of anyone else at your table. As an added bonus, each of them come with the hardware to hang them on the wall and display them like the art they are. I ordered the Dragon Sheath when they ran the kickstarter last year and it’s one of my favorite pieces in my gaming collection.

“Crafted by the insane Lumberjack Vikings at Dog Might Games, the Dragon Tray is the most jaw dropping dice rolling surface known to man. These amazing works of art are the culmination of years of artistic study combined with technical expertise and fine craftsmanship. Every Dragon Tray is created from hand selected hardwoods and comes with a Lifetime Guarantee.

At Dog Might, we understand that gaming is about immersion. All of our products are focused on bringing you a unique piece of art that enhances your experience at the gaming table, allowing you to stay in character and keep you fully engaged in the story you are creating. To that end, we have created a wide variety of designs so you will be able to find the right thematic fit for your game.”
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