There’s many interesting items to be found on Kickstarter, but these are the coolest ones this week.
Cthulhu Dark boasts of only two pages of rules, make it a very compact game for you to bring to your table. The rest of the book gives advice for building and running the mysteries for your scenario, creatures and objects, and four very different settings: London 1851, Arkham 1692, Jaiwo 2017, and Mumbai 2037. Most of the material is already written, and will be ready to head to layout as the kickstarter ends. However, you can also pledge for a Season Pass, which gets you the material as it’s finished so that you don’t have to wait too long to begin your game. Aser especially is a fan of the bleak storytelling style of this sort of game, and the futility of fighting against incomprehensible horrors. If you enjoy the mythos, this game looks like a great place to try something a little different.
“Cthulhu Dark is a tabletop roleplaying game of cosmic horror, in the style of H.P. Lovecraft. It’s about the things we fear, amplified until they are unbearable. It’s about stories that genuinely creep you out, not well-worn tropes and creatures you’ve seen hundreds of times before. And it’s about bleak horror, in which humans are powerless when confronted by hyperintelligent alien horrors. You can’t beat them. You can’t fight them. You can only watch, run, hide and fear.
If you love Cthulhu games already, then this is Lovecraftian horror at its most intense. If you’re new to them, then Cthulhu Dark is a great place to start. You’ll enter a world of stories that are both terrifying and terribly human. The rules are incredibly short: they’re tightly focussed on horror and they drive the game.”
The Component Collector
I don’t know when the people at Dog Might Games have the time to come up with the amazing game accessories they have, but now there’s another one! The Component Collector lets you keep your game pieces organized as you play, and it packs up into a neat little set when you’re finally taking a break, or if you need to travel with it. Of course you can purchase it in an astonishing selection of woods and stains. You also can choose which trays are included, so that it’s best customized to your game. And the stretch goals include trays with molded bottoms so you can even make sure Cthulhu is watching your meeples. If you want to step your board game…game then make sure you get one of these beautiful Component Collectors.
“Like all Dog Might products, the Component Collector was born from many nights at a table playing games. This modular tray system is the result of months of prototyping and is the perfect solution for organizing tokens, coins, and any other components for every game in your collection. Works wonderfully as an individual command center or as a communal bank for all players at the table. Great for RPGs, too.
It features 8 tiles in various designs which can be customized by you for the games you play most often. Use as many or as few as you need and arrange them however you like. Each tile has a magnet on 4 sides which holds it tight against any other tile in the system in any configuration. Every Component Collector also comes with its own Rolling Tray which holds the tiles for storage and travel and contains magnets on 2 sides so that it works inline with the other tiles. Each tray has a beautiful lining and a matching strap.”
Culinary Magic Cookbook for Pathfinder
Cooking and RPGs are some of my favorite things, and this cookbook promises to let you bring the food of Golarian to your game table. There’s recipes for all your meals, as well as snacks and desserts. So if you’ve been longing for some Manticore Chili or Gingerbread Golems to snack on while you roll dice, this cookbook has a lot to offer you.
“Many would argue that cooking is not just uniquely human, it is what makes us human. Cooking gave us bigger brains and the free time to tinker and socialize. If not for cooking, we wouldn’t gather around tables to roll dice, laugh, make stories together, and bicker about attacks of opportunity. So I think we owe it to cooking to make it an integral part of Pathfinder and something that anyone from Grog’Huk the Barbarian and Abracadabra the Wizard can do. In fact, all that is required to utilize the Culinary Magic subsystem is 1 feat and an investment in the Craft (culinary) skill, so you can start making Manticore Chili at level 1. Combat Expertise can wait!”