There’s many interesting items to be found on Kickstarter, but these are the coolest ones this week.
Stars Without Number, Revised Edition
Stars Without Number has a really amazing set of rules to help you generate a sector of space without too much effort. We’ve used it to create in the past, and it’s really amazing. This revised edition expands that system, as well as expanding character options, ship options, psionic abilities and more. It’s 100% compatible with the previously released books, which is wonderful, and you can just add all of this new goodness to a current campaign. This is an incredible system and worth having on your shelf.
“Stars Without Number: Revised Edition is an expanded, refined, full-color revision of the original edition. It adds more character options, more hardware, more ships, and more psionic options- but expanding the mechanical breadth of the game is only part of the goal. Just as importantly, Stars Without Number: Revised Edition is crammed with new GM resources, with new world tags, new adventure creation tools, and new support for sci-fi sandbox adventuring. And all the while, I’ve kept to my original goals of portability and modularity, so that GMs who want to use different systems or different settings can lift out useful pieces and use them directly in their own home games.”
Tour de Lovecraft: The Destinations
Kenneth Hite is one of the people I trust most to know what he’s talking about with Lovecraft. Tour de Lovecraft: The Destinations is a series of essays on the locations you visit throughout Lovecraft’s tales and gives you a ton of additional information on the inspiration and history of these places. You can get a digital copy or one of three physical copies, including a leather bound one that looks incredible. If you want more from Lovecraft, or to expand your own worldbuilding within a game, this book is a great investment.
“Kenneth Hite guided readers through Lovecraft’s plots and themes in his earlier book Tour de Lovecraft: The Tales. Now, expanding on his “Lost in Lovecraft” essay series in Weird Tales magazine, he takes you on a sight-seeing tour of Lovecraft’s settings: from Arkham to Antarctica, and from New York City to Hyperspace. For Lovecraft the setting was everything, and his legendary locations still hold meanings and secrets for today’s readers. Tour de Lovecraft: The Destinations drives the hidden routes connecting seemingly unrelated tales. It follows the tracks of Lovecraft’s predecessors and models, stops to get its bearings in the real world, then plunges back into mystery, deciphering and explaining the symbols and signs on the Master’s map.”
Fog Monster: Mini Fog Machine
I really love the idea of bringing in your own fog to really bring a dungeon crawl to life. The Fog Monster is specially designed to bring that extra bit of realism to your campaign, and it looks amazing in all of the pictures they have. There are two models, one of which blends into the terrain. Also, these only use water, so you’re not going to have to try to conserve the magic based on it being to expensive to keep using. Stretch goals include lights and new ways to tunnels the fog through your landscape.
Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction
I’ve loved the projects Uncanny Magazine has released featuring the voices of marginalized communities, and I’m really looking forward to Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction. A lot of times disabled characters show up in media (and to be honest, it’s not that often), a lot of assumptions are made about what living with a disability is like from the perspective of an able-bodied author. This collection of stories told by disabled people is a great chance to listen to a community we frequently ignore.
“Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction is a continuation of the Destroy series in which we, disabled members of the science fiction community, will put ourselves where we belong: at the center of the story. Often, disabled people are an afterthought, a punchline, or simply forgotten in the face of new horizons, scientific discovery, or magical invention. We intend to destroy ableism and bring forth voices, narratives, and truths most important to disabled writers, editors, and creators with this special issue.”