What’s Cool on Kickstarter

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

Hellscapes
I haven’t had a chance to play a lot of 5e yet, but I really love it as a d20 system. Scrivened has previously adapted 5e for scifi games with Hyperlanes, and now they’re bringing it to the post-apocalypse. This is a complete reskinning of 5e, with new classes, vehicle rules, and converting the magic system to the same Gambit system they used in Hyperlanes. I’m really interested in seeing what Hellscapes does with both 5e and the post-apocalyptic setting.

“HELLSCAPES is the beaten and battered manual you need to run post-apocalyptic survival games. We’ve scavenged the noble bones of Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition, reworking its lightweight materials into twisted mechanics to serve our needs. We bastardize classes into those that suit the wastes, allowing for new and dangerous heroes to arise. We’ve repurposed the raw materials of Feats and Backgrounds to reflect the storylines of hardened scavengers. We recast Races into Origins, allowing you to customize tribes, mutations, and robotic enhancements to suit the hellish campaign settings you choose.

Need a game where society collapses as the dead rise to consume the living? Want to see how you’d fare against the unblinking gaze of robotic overlords? Hope to lead the uprising of a human resistance against alien conquerors? We’ve got the system for you.

HELLSCAPES includes all the post-apocalyptic baddies your DM needs to tear you limb from limb, leaving more food for those who remain. Just kidding, we’re sure you’ll make it tough guy.”

Dungeon Dome
James D’Amato is bringing a multimedia RPG experience to a screen near you! Instead of doing a campaign, Dungeon Dome follows teams that fight for fame and glory in a gladiatorial arena. All of this will be livestreamed, and also followed in podcasts. I really like that the audience is an important part of the story, and by cheering for their favorites they can give their chosen heroes access to special abilities. Plus James has rounded up an amazing group of people for this first season to compete for victory, including Kat Kuhl and Aram Vartian.

“The Dungeon Dome is a multimedia actual play project that aims to offer a new experience for audiences who love to watch role playing games. James D’Amato and the team at ONE SHOT took inspiration from sports and professional wrestling to create The Dungeon Dome. A fictional gladiatorial arena where teams of over-the-top heroes battle for wealth and glory, and the audience actively shapes the world.

Instead of telling the story of a single party adventuring in a fantasy world, The Dungeon Dome will follow several teams of gladiators as they face each other in death matches and challenges. We’ll follow these characters in and out of the ring through live streams and podcasts. Season 1 will be at least 15 live streamed episodes that follow two main storylines.

Viewers will be able to affect the world of The Dungeon Dome by cheering for their favorite teams, which gives them inspiration and the ability to perform special moves in the game. Backers will be able to take their participation a step further by submitting ideas for items, relics, characters, and matches that will appear in the story.”

DCC Scratch-off Character Sheet
DCC has kickstarted scratch-off character sheets before, and it still looks like a really fun way to experience the character funnel. I really love that you learn what you’re capable of as you play through the game. These character sheets will work with any DCC game, so you can buy a pack of them ready to go for your next session. Plus, the more they order the more sheets each pack will have! Make sure to pick some up for your next game.

“The zero-level character creation funnel is one of the most popular aspects of DCC RPG play. Now we are thrilled to present an even more exciting improvement on that gaming experience! Instead of rolling up 20 0-levels before the game, you can now save time by using these scratch-off character sheets! Yes, scratch-off, just like the lotto. Each character sheet comes with a scratch-off box for each ability score and other key statistic. Before the game you distribute them to your players. They use a coin to scratch off the appropriate boxes, then you let the dungeon diving begin!

This Kickstarter funds the printing and production of generic DCC 0-level scratch-off character sheets. After the popularity of our 2016 holiday module featuring custom scratch-off character sheets, there is clearly an interest in this topic. While the holiday module featured scratch-off character sheets that were specifically designed for that adventure, this Kickstarter instead funds 0-level sheets that can be used in any DCC funnel. They utilize the standard 0-level character creation tables in the DCC RPG core rulebook.”

Saga World Builder Modular Tiles
Taking the time to draw out maps for my Pathfinder games was always a pain. These wonderful tiles allow you to easily piece together your dungeon without worrying about spacing or coloring in where PCs cannot go. The tiles are of different shapes and designs so that you can easily customize your dungeon, and even just hook in a whole new section rather than drawing as you go. They also have lots of detail, like environment, and are even double sided so you have even more options. Even better, they work with both wet and dry erase markers and are easy to take with you on the go. This is something I wish I had when I was running dungeons, and you should definitely look into picking up.

“Saga World Builder is a highly modular game-building system for creating gaming maps and environments. The System consists of a large number of double-sided modular map tiles and features hundreds of environmental objects, magic items, weapons, decorations, and equipment.”

Clink
This interesting game about drifters uses a coin as the sole dice mechanic. When you want to attempt something risky you flip a coin and the result determines how well you succeeded. If you fail, you keep going, until the third flip where if you fail again you’re really up shit creek. You can spend your coins to get flashbacks, which allow you to flip an additional coin, and can succeed no matter what, but if you get two tails there’s still a negative consequence. The game has a real wild West tone to it, but I think it would be fairly adaptable.

“Clink is a tabletop RPG about drifters, the creeds that bring them together, and the history that drives them apart. Tell a story inspired by spaghetti westerns, ronin tales, and shows like Firefly or Supernatural. Whether you’re taking down the Crimson Dusk gang, uncovering the Oracle’s mysterious treasure, or saving your partner from the lawbot’s gallows, you’ll have to expose the secrets of your past to overcome the dangers of the present.

Clink tells a non-linear story, crisscrossing between your characters’ flashbacks and the risky business of the day. It’s a flexible system that can support nearly any setting, so long as there’s room for folks who aim to misbehave (six-shooters and door-kickin’s encouraged too).”

Pathfinder Kingmaker cRPG
I haven’t played through Kingmaker, but what I know of it makes a perfect fit for adaptation to a computer game. You can build your kingdom in the downtime between adventures, so it offers a little bit of everything to the people playing. They won’t be following the AP exactly, which means you can still be surprised by what happens. It is a single player game, so you can choose to fill your party with a really nice assortment of NPCs. If you haven’t been able to find a group to find Kingmaker or want to relive the glory, this is your chance!

“Pathfinder: Kingmaker is based on Paizo’s award-winning Pathfinder Adventure Path of the same name. You certainly don’t need to be familiar with the story, but if you are, you will encounter characters you know and love. Either way, you will experience a host of brand-new events, companions, allies, and threats that expand and enhance the original Adventure Path. With help from Paizo and their authors, the story and quests have been expanded by RPG writer Chris Avellone and the Owlcat team, allowing for even more adventure in the already rich narrative of the Stolen Lands.

While Pathfinder: Kingmaker is a single-player game, you won’t be adventuring alone. Pathfinder: Kingmaker features a diverse cast of companions and NPCs, including iconic characters from the Pathfinder setting itself. You’ll need to decide who to trust and who to watch carefully, as each companion has an agenda, alignment, and goals that may differ from yours. Your journey will become their journey, and you’ll help shape their lives both in the moment and well into the future.”

Still Active

The Tablebreaker d20
The Yellow King RPG
Plush ConTessa Mascots
Arcana Note 5e Leather Journal
Top Secret: New World Order
The Spirit of Dice

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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