What’s Cool on Kickstarter

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

Tales from the Loop: Roleplaying in the 80’s That Never Happened
This game reminds me of Stranger Things, where you play kids in the 80’s investigating the strange going-ons in the town you live in. However, this town has some cool and creepy scifi stuff going on in the background. The game was inspired by art, and in turn the art in it is beautiful, very realistic, making the appearance of the machines even stranger.

“In 1954, the Swedish government ordered the construction of the world’s largest particle accelerator. The facility was complete in 1969, located deep below the pastoral countryside of Mälaröarna. The local population called this marvel of technology The Loop.

Acclaimed scifi artist Simon Stålenhag’s paintings of Swedish 1980s suburbia, populated by fantastic machines and strange beasts, have spread like wildfire on the Internet. Stålenhag’s portrayal of a childhood against a backdrop of old Volvo cars and coveralls, combined with strange and mystical machines, creates a unique atmosphere that is both instantly recognizable and utterly alien.

Now, for the first time, YOU will get the chance to step into the amazing world of the Loop. With your help, we will be able to create a beautiful printed RPG book about the Tales from the Loop. This game is our third international RPG, after the critically acclaimed Mutant: Year Zero and Coriolis – The Third Horizon. The lead writer is the seasoned Swedish game writer Nils Hintze, backed up by the entire Free League team who handle project management, editing, and graphic design.”

Demon Rulers of the Abyss Chess Set
This is an incredibly cool chess set. I love that it’s based on the abyss, and especially that they picked the squid to be a bishop, because it’s the perfect fit. Each piece is full of details, and it is so expensive. If you don’t like the resin versions, you can even get the hand-painted versions of these figures, which look even more amazing.

“This highly detailed over sized chess set was designed in my nightmares and sculpted by me over the last year. The king is 5 and 1/4 inches tall from the base to his crown and the pawn is 3 inches tall, which is quite big for a chess set. They are designed to go on a tournament sized board or larger, (squares that are at least 2 and 1/4 inches to a side) and a board is included if you get the full chess set. They are cast in a durable resin and weighted at the bottom for stability and easier play. The bronze and silver versions are made with cold cast metals and burnished to bring out the metallic luster. The marble white and the jade green stretch goal version are made with slightly translucent resin to give them a glow. Rather than going with the standard ‘black vs white.'”

Dungeon Worlds Part 3
If you have an in person group to play with and use grids for combat, you should look into investing in Dungeon Worlds tiles. These are cool and and each tile will help bring your world to life. This Kickstarter expands the Pub and frontier, and then adds a new Dwarven mine.

“We are back with new expansions for Edd’s Pub and the Saurian Frontier plus an all-new Dwarven Mine! As always, this project also features plenty of additional terrain and miniatures to expand and populate your existing dungeons.

As detailed in the introductory video and photos, most of our masters are sculpted and molded. Your support will enable us to take these new designs and put them into production. Since we’ve reached our initial goal, we have a variety of Stretch Goals including 28mm pewter miniatures and new terrain.”


Still active!

Clades: The Evolutionary Card Game
Dialect: A Game about Language and How it Dies
Constellation Dice
Audio Game Hub
Grin: A Darker Age
Impressions Cardinal Playing Cards
Foldscope: The Origami Paper Microscope
Ether Wars

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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