What’s Cool on Kickstarter

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


This print is from the guy who makes the wonderful Calamityware plates. Plus, I can’t resist the octopuses!

Gif of various octopuses from the print

“A few months ago, I became infected with a mysterious urge to draw octopuses. I couldn’t get enough of their big eyes, sinuous tentacles, and languid poses. Now I’m ready to share my pointless obsession with you!

Could you use more whimsy in your art collection? If enough sponsors pledge, we can justify a production run to print my Octopedestrians drawing on heavy, museum-quality paper that you can frame.”


Ultimate NPCs: Skulduggery
I always have a hard time coming up with names and details for NPCs, but with a book like this, you can generate all of these details much easier, and hopefully not bumble through as much.

The book, open as well as an example of the cards

“How many times have you been put on the spot in the middle of a game and needed to generate one or more highly detailed and well thought out NPCs? How many times have you spent valuable time pre-game building a fantastic NPC from scratch, only to have the players pass by the tavern he or she was located? How many times have you been a player wanting to join a party but didn’t have any good ideas on a character build? How many times have you been running a game and had a player want to join but just didn’t know how to create a character and level them up to be comparable with the rest of the party?!

Ultimate NPCs solves all of these issues as well as a great deal more! The book is packed with exciting, versatile and dynamic character builds that can be used in a myriad of different ways, and is written in 5th Edition, Pathfinder, and Swords & Wizardry formats to suit most fantasy RPG systems!”


Shakespeare vs. Cthulhu
This book combines some of the classics, Shakespeare and Cthulhu in to a series of short stories. I like the idea of introducing Cthulhu into Shakespeare’s plays, and I hope that they really explore the idea.

A Shakespearean man chants for Cthulhu

“Imagine if it had been William Shakespeare, England’s greatest playwright, who had discovered the truth about the Great Old Ones and the cosmic entity we know as Cthulhu, rather than the American author H P Lovecraft.

Imagine if Stratford’s favourite son had been the one to learn of the dangers of seeking after forbidden knowledge and of the war waged between the Elder Gods in the Outer Darkness, and had passed on that message, to those with the eyes to see it, through his plays and poetry. Welcome to the world of Shakespearean Cthulhu!”


The Burning Wheel Codex
Burning Wheel is a very crunchy system that I’ve never been able to sink my teeth into. But I really love the ideas of the mechanics and the way to level up your character. This codex gives more information on the system, commentary on the system, and more for Roden, Trolls and Great Wolves. (This kickstarter takes a bit of work to decipher…)

The Burning wheel

“We shall create a tome of similar dimension and density to the urtext, Burning Wheel Gold. Its cover shall shimmer cerulean and gold. Its pages shall have the hue of gossamer and bone. Its ink shall be black.

And it shall contain: the paths and ways of the Roden, Trolls and Great Wolves; an encyclopedia of traits and skills; an arcane library of magical ways; a libram of magic artifacts; and detailed commentary on nearly every aspect of the urtext itself.”


Still active!

Luma Dice
Autumn Cthulhu: An Anthology
The Kraken Mug
Great Old Ones Idols
Keys for Nerdy People
The Ninth World: A Skillbuilding Game
Wyrmwood dice trays and vaults
Changeling: The Dreaming

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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