What’s Cool on Kickstarter

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

Cthulhu Christmas Greeting Cards
This holiday season, what better way is there to show your love to your family then a nice thoughtful card with beings that will rob them of their sanity on front? Currently there are four designs, but we’re closing to adding a fifth design, Deep Ones caroling, to the line-up.

children building a snow-Cthulhu

“We love giving and receiving holiday cards, but best of all we love giving and receiving cards that reflect our special view of the universe. For several years we’ve made our own cards, by hand, but this year we want to do more. This year we want to have a Lovecraft Christmas.

We have 4 cards planned. The first three are finished. The last one is being painted. We have chosen a printer and costed materials. As Lovecraft would say ‘The stars are right’. Each of the 5 by 7 inch cards will come with its own Cthulhu Holiday Green envelope.”

 

Aquelarre
I don’t know much about RPGs developed in other languages, which I think is a huge loss. Interestingly, English translations of two originally non-English games are being kickstarted right now. Aqualarre looks like a great dark game, focused on angels and demons in Medieval times. I really love how the art they use fits in with the themes of the book, and I think it looks like a great addition for anyone who wants to deal with darker topics.

Medieval style illustration of men and women bowing to a 7 headed demon

“Almost 25 years since it was first released in Spain, Aquelarre (“Coven”) finally receives an English translation. Aquelarre is available from Spanish publisher Nosolorol in a gorgeous 500-page full-color hardcover edition, and while we’ll also offer a smaller and less expensive b&w softcover, this full-color, deluxe edition of the game is the primary ambition of this Kickstarter project.

Add Aquelarre to your collection and your game rotation and help us make this classic RPG available to players in the original language of roleplaying games.

Player characters in Aquelarre begin life in one of five kingdoms that dominated the Iberian Peninsula during the Middle Ages—Castilla, Aragón, Granada, Navarra, or Portugal. Based on their region, characters may be of various cultures—Arabian, Basque, Castilian, Catalan, Jewish, Muslim, and many more. Social position (from nobility to slave) and father’s occupation affect their capabilities, including profession. Of course, personal characteristics (shown on the character sheet below) play their part, too. ”

 

Würm
Würm was developed in France and focuses on Neanderthals and Cro-Magnons and their journeys and adventures. I think this is a very interesting time period to introduce an RPG, and think that the mystical elements that they use could really add to the story. Plus the art is gorgeous.

A man in a bearskin stands before a wall showing cave paintings

“In this long-forgotten time, many powerful creatures roamed far and wide over a vast territory covered in steppes and taiga, reaching from the white mountains to the raging sea: mammoths, aurochs, bison, giant deer, cave bears and cave lions. Among these huge creatures, two species of humans live in small communities of hunter-gatherers: the robust Bear Men (Neanderthals) and the taller Long Men (Cro-Magnon, or Cavemen).

When you play Würm, it will be up to you to imagine what life was like for our ancestors, and give YOUR OWN vision of this time before time. During your adventures, whether simply surviving or going on perilous hunts or legendary quests, your characters will gain strength, wisdom and prestige by exploring unknown territories, daring to enter the darkness of mysterious caves, seeking out the powers of ancient spirits, or challenging the creatures of the night, the ice and the fire…”

 

Dragonlock Dungeon Gaming Terrain
I’ve seen a lot of terrain kickstarted, but I really like the way you can build your own dungeon with Dragonlock, move it around with ease, then break it back down to build a new dungeon. One huge bonus to this kickstarter is that you get the STL files to 3D print the blocks, which means if you have access to a printer you can build your collection much quicker. They have an incredible range of wall and terrain possibilities that means you can make your terrain look however you want.

Shows the Dungeon starter set, inlcuding 9 blocks of terrain, as well as the clips that hold the pieces together underneath.

“DRAGONLOCK™ (patent pending) is an all-new interlocking terrain system that allows you to create fully modular, multi-level 28mm scale dungeon terrain for your RPG or wargame on your home 3D printer. Each set is delivered in a downloadable .stl format via our online distribution partner DriveThruRPG.com, and once you have the set, you can print as many pieces as you like and never run out or need to purchase more. This new terrain system is the culmination of ten years of gaming terrain design experience.

By supporting us through Kickstarter, you get bonus models that won’t be available later, and access to free stretch rewards. We have been in business for ten years, and have successfully delivered six previous Kickstarter projects, so you can pledge with confidence that we will deliver a high quality product on time. Please note that the Dungeon Starter Set (what you see in the photos and video) is finished and ready to deliver once this campaign ends and has funded, just in time for anyone getting a 3D printer for the holidays!”

 

Chaos Apparatus Dice
We have to close, of course, with another beautiful set of dice. I really love the gears on these, and they would stand out in any collection of dice.

Full set of dice with black finish and copper numbering

“A roleplaying die should be able to generate character stats and help resolve combat or skill checks, but I think that dice can do more: I think that by looking and feeling like artifacts from the setting of your game, they can add to your immersion in the story. Chaos Apparatus is a collection of steampunk-themed polyhedral dice designed to do just that. 3D printed in a bronze and stainless steel composite, they’re beautiful, precise, durable, and fair with an intricate hollow structure that would be impossible to manufacture any other way. The premium versions are gilded, giving them a lustrous two-tone finish that greatly improves legibility and appeal.”

 

Still active!

Project Bombshell
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Spellbook Gaming Boxes
Boogie Dice
Scrawl of Cthulhu
Tome of Beasts: 300 New Monsters for 5e
The Book of Starry Wisdom
Dream of Djinn
Stretchy Chainmail Dice Bags
Kill Doctor Lucky
Machu Pichu Dice
Crucible: A Coin-based Fantasy RPG
H.P. Lovecraft Metal Record

Megan loves RPGs, cephalopods, robots, dice, and Kickstarter campaigns related to the above. She is a co-founder of The Redacted Files and runs our Numenera, Pathfinder, and Horror on the Orient Express campaigns, as well as the Trail of Cthulhu one-shots.

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