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Wooly Rupert Posted - 21 Jan 2013 : 16:51:00
This is a scroll dedicated to Kickstarter projects that may be of interest to Candlekeep scribes.

There are a few rules about the projects discussed herein:

1. Shared Kickstarter projects must be either role-playing game material, or something closely related to role-playing games, like miniatures or MMOs clearly based on a published role-playing game.

2. All Kickstarter projects listed will be checked out by moderators, who will remove anything they do not feel meets rule 1.

3. No Kickstarter projects shared here will violate the copyright or intellectual property of any other group/author/company, nor will any shared Kickstarter projects be of questionable legality. If it's not properly clear as to whether these criteria are being met, it is required that the posting scribe discuss the possibility of posting a potential Kickstarter link with Moderators beforehand.

Edit: Banished a long-lurking typo. Begone!
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Faraer Posted - 12 Oct 2017 : 15:10:12
There are some very fine-looking, if Warhammerish, minotaur miniatures being Kickstarted at the moment, designed by Alexei Popovici and produced by Zealot Miniatures: The Minotaur Horde

It includes female minotaurs, a shaman, scenery, a sleeping minotaur and (to be unlocked) a minotaur corpse.

(A freebie offer pushed me to post this, but see what you think.)
Markustay Posted - 06 Oct 2017 : 04:36:46
I think two characters from Empyrea wound-up in The Realms, officially. One was doc/Radoc, but I forget who the other was (unless I'm wrong, and there was only one).

At that time, Empyrea was located on a continent 'far to the east' of Oerik - Oerth's (GH) main continent, so its just one more GH/FR connection. However, this new iteration doesn't appear to be (officially) connected to GH, so who knows.

They're asking for an awful lot of money (IMO) for a setting they havn't told us one damn thing about... only gave us lists of names of 'old school' designers who have 'been invited to participate'. Well, then, should I also be excited by some porn start-up that promises to bring us "new porn from the stars of the 50's"? *GAH*
To be perfectly honest, a LOT of that 1e material was downright crappy, and even the art is better now. They're selling to nostalgia, nothing else, and nostalgia just isn't in my budget anymore.

And one more 'generic psuedo-Medieval fantasy setting' is just going to get lost in the pack, no matter how good it is. We already have an FR, and a GH, and a Mystara, and Golarion, etc, etc. Even Ed's own setting never took-off, because it was just too much like whats already out there. I wish them the best of luck - there are still a lot of old-time gamers left out there, so maybe it'll get funded. They can get milked one last time.
Wooly Rupert Posted - 04 Oct 2017 : 17:57:00
quote:
Originally posted by sleyvas

Honestly.... I'm not recalling Frank Mentzer??? There's been so many names in D&D though where I just read the products and didn't note who was writing them until later. It was only after Steven Schend and Eric L. Boyd had put out a few really good products that I really started noting their names. Elaine Cunningham was one that I noted right off the bat, but I tended to pay more attention to authors.



He was a TSR person and he founded the RPGA. He got out of gaming for a while, but is apparently back into it.

That's all I know about him, other than that I'd seen his name before. I just now took a quick glance at Wikipedia.
sleyvas Posted - 04 Oct 2017 : 13:20:28
Honestly.... I'm not recalling Frank Mentzer??? There's been so many names in D&D though where I just read the products and didn't note who was writing them until later. It was only after Steven Schend and Eric L. Boyd had put out a few really good products that I really started noting their names. Elaine Cunningham was one that I noted right off the bat, but I tended to pay more attention to authors.
George Krashos Posted - 04 Oct 2017 : 02:23:49
quote:
Originally posted by Markustay

Ed Greenwood got on board with yet another -

Frank Mentzer's Worlds of Empyrea

While I see a lot of old-school names being bandied about, the one thing I've noticed (at least with the artists) is that he says "have been invited to contribute", which doesn't actually mean some of the names he is dropping has promised anything (like Elmore, or Caldwell). Also, it has an extremely high initial goal - $250K - for a start-up with nothing to back it up but promises.

I don't think $75 for a new 'boxed set' in the old-school style is too much to pay, but I am afraid they may be biting off more than they can chew with this one (10 different rules systems? And you have to specify which one you will want?) Also, as I've said, all I see is lots of name-dropping, and absolutely nothing on content. And what little is mentioned of 'stretch goals' seems to be for products you can 'add on' (for money, of course). Thats kinda not the way stretch goals usually work, at least not the few kickstarters I've been part of.

So although I'll be watching this one, I personally will not be donating.



Ambitious, but I already have a gameworld that takes up all of my scant, spare time. Wonder if Radoc will be mentioned after his departure from the Realms?

-- George Krashos
Markustay Posted - 03 Oct 2017 : 13:59:28
Ed Greenwood got on board with yet another -

Frank Mentzer's Worlds of Empyrea

While I see a lot of old-school names being bandied about, the one thing I've noticed (at least with the artists) is that he says "have been invited to contribute", which doesn't actually mean some of the names he is dropping has promised anything (like Elmore, or Caldwell). Also, it has an extremely high initial goal - $250K - for a start-up with nothing to back it up but promises.

I don't think $75 for a new 'boxed set' in the old-school style is too much to pay, but I am afraid they may be biting off more than they can chew with this one (10 different rules systems? And you have to specify which one you will want?) Also, as I've said, all I see is lots of name-dropping, and absolutely nothing on content. And what little is mentioned of 'stretch goals' seems to be for products you can 'add on' (for money, of course). Thats kinda not the way stretch goals usually work, at least not the few kickstarters I've been part of.

So although I'll be watching this one, I personally will not be donating.
Wooly Rupert Posted - 03 Sep 2017 : 04:35:34
There are some of the Core ones I'd like to get my hands on, but I'm not interested in the bulk of them.
sleyvas Posted - 02 Sep 2017 : 18:08:24
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

quote:
Originally posted by sleyvas

Betting most know, but Reaper Miniatures Kickstarter 4 is in its last 12 hours. You need to go there now before it closes if you want it. Right now its at 2.58 million dollars so if you just buy the core set for $100 you get a LOT of minis. But the add ons are looking really nice as well. Can't believe I'm buying these again, but I've always loved minis, even though I still haven't painted the last 2 sets.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1513061270/reaper-miniatures-bones-4-mr-bones-epic-adventure?ref=hero_thanks



I backed it at the $1 level just so I could get some of the add-ons. The core set is a huge bargain, but I'm not the sort to enjoy painting minis -- the ones I get, I'll be paying CallMeGene to paint for me.



Yeah, I just started relooking at the core set, and I'm buying so many of the add ons within the core set ($52 worth) that I just said what the hell... buy two core sets. I'm gonna have so many miniatures, I'll never know when I'll have the time to paint them all. They really have some other really nice stuff too.
Wooly Rupert Posted - 02 Sep 2017 : 15:34:40
quote:
Originally posted by sleyvas

Betting most know, but Reaper Miniatures Kickstarter 4 is in its last 12 hours. You need to go there now before it closes if you want it. Right now its at 2.58 million dollars so if you just buy the core set for $100 you get a LOT of minis. But the add ons are looking really nice as well. Can't believe I'm buying these again, but I've always loved minis, even though I still haven't painted the last 2 sets.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1513061270/reaper-miniatures-bones-4-mr-bones-epic-adventure?ref=hero_thanks



I backed it at the $1 level just so I could get some of the add-ons. The core set is a huge bargain, but I'm not the sort to enjoy painting minis -- the ones I get, I'll be paying CallMeGene to paint for me.
sleyvas Posted - 02 Sep 2017 : 11:42:34
Betting most know, but Reaper Miniatures Kickstarter 4 is in its last 12 hours. You need to go there now before it closes if you want it. Right now its at 2.58 million dollars so if you just buy the core set for $100 you get a LOT of minis. But the add ons are looking really nice as well. Can't believe I'm buying these again, but I've always loved minis, even though I still haven't painted the last 2 sets.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1513061270/reaper-miniatures-bones-4-mr-bones-epic-adventure?ref=hero_thanks
Markustay Posted - 15 May 2017 : 15:29:59
This one looks really good, even if you are not into 'Old School'. I personally know the artist, and all the artwork is done already. In fact, the entire project is complete - this Kickstarter is just to get up the money for a print-run. Please do whatever you can - the original of this was ahead of its time, and a LOT of its concepts made it into later editions of D&D.

The Arcanum

UPDATE: Its funded, but still a great thing to get in on!
Thoth Posted - 10 May 2017 : 11:51:54
Heh. Well, at least I didn't "facepalm". :)
Wooly Rupert Posted - 09 May 2017 : 18:21:37
xaeyruudh Posted - 09 May 2017 : 17:12:22
errr... Wooly?

Gyrating Hamsters

"That's what I'm talkin about! Gimme yo hamstas!"
Wooly Rupert Posted - 17 Apr 2017 : 15:52:21
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

I don't play 5E, but this one looks promising:

Ultimate Bestiary: Revenge of the Horde! New 5E Monsters!

quote:
Add depth to your 5th Edition monsters with cultural details, combat tactics, a huge variety of new stat blocks, and much more!

UNLEASH THE HORDE! Ultimate Bestiary: Revenge of the Horde is not another A-Z of monsters. Instead, we have focused on some of the commonly encountered monstrous races like goblins, gnolls, and orcs, detailing their cultures, environments, and attitudes, as well as introducing a wide variety of stat blocks to suit a range of challenge levels, each with their own unique artwork.


Only 6 days left on this one. I'm considering supporting it, myself, though this is already a pricy week for Kickstarter for me.





So I was originally going to support this Kickstarter, even though it was for 5E... But then they said they were going to do a new one, as soon as the first ended, for Pathfinder. So I decided to hold off and support that one, instead. Here's it's link. It's the same as the 5E one, with the same stretch goals and all, only it's for Pathfinder, instead.

Ultimate Bestiary: Revenge of the Horde for Pathfinder!




I got the pdf for this one last week, and I've had just enough time to flip through it... It looks like what Volo's Guide to Monsters was attempting to be, minus the Volo element. I'm impressed.
xaeyruudh Posted - 01 Apr 2017 : 05:53:38
I don't know anything about the DCC game system either, but I suspect that given DCC's aim to produce dungeons which are like the early D&D modules, their system is probably pretty similar to at least one edition of D&D. I have a few of the 2e D&D Lankhmar books, and they're almost mechanics-free. Although they were published as AD&D products so they didn't need to have mechanics. Anyway, I predict that translating DCC's rules to 5e D&D won't be a hassle for those DMs who are so inclined. Just my guess.

I've debated plonking Nehwon down on one of the so-far-undetailed continents of the Realms, or one of Toril's moons. There are pros and cons of course.

I would like to read through it before buying, but reviewing other recent DCC products might be the only option for each of us to answer the question of whether their material is likely to be useful to us.
The Sage Posted - 01 Apr 2017 : 04:24:23
The same. I'm curious, though I'd like to read up on this a little more before I commit any gold pieces.
Wooly Rupert Posted - 31 Mar 2017 : 10:10:08
Kinda interested in that one, myself, but I know diddley about DCC.
xaeyruudh Posted - 31 Mar 2017 : 06:30:35
A blast from the past!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1409961192/dcc-lankhmar
Wooly Rupert Posted - 24 Mar 2017 : 12:56:23
This one looks cool, and I made a point of pinging Markus, so he'd see it.

World Engine: An Online Map-Making Tool for Tabletop RPGs

quote:
World Engine is the awesome, online RPG map maker you’ve always wanted.

World Engine lets you seamlessly combine freehand drawing and tile-based painting tools. The application runs in your browser on virtually any device – and because World Engine is designed from scratch for touch, all its capabilities are being optimized with touch and stylus in mind.

Creating great looking maps for your campaign has never been this simple or fun. Build your maps, export them for print or use inside your favorite virtual tabletop and get playing your game!

World Engine will let you create jaw-dropping maps quickly and easily – without requiring you to be a graphic artist.

World Engine supports all the mapping features you’d expect – pens, brushes, fills, layers, snap to grid, scaling, rotating – and more. It also provides the advanced tools that artists need to take their maps to the next level.

Making great maps requires solid building blocks. World Engine comes with a built-in library of hundreds of high-quality pre-made tiles, textures, and objects to build truly unique maps for your campaign.

But if that isn’t enough, World Engine’s marketplace puts an ever-expanding library of premium art from top fantasy artists at your disposal.

If you can imagine it, World Engine will let you build it.
The Sage Posted - 04 Mar 2017 : 03:14:22
Oh, I'm backing this.

I'll just say my daughter wants one. Yeah, that's it.
Wooly Rupert Posted - 03 Mar 2017 : 19:53:13
This is too goofy to not share...

Owlbears - Fantasy RPG Themed Designer Plush

quote:
Owlbears are fictional creatures that can be found in a myriad of fantasy role-playing games. In most cases, they are ferocious monsters that have the burly body of a bear and the head of an owl.

Whimsy Works' Owlbears are super cuddly, extra soft, and non -aggressive versions of these fearsome predators. These Owlbears are designer plush toys with role-playing game themed Paunch Patches on their tummies.
Steven Schend Posted - 28 Feb 2017 : 16:24:04
Not adding any commentary, but this might appeal to a few folks old enough to remember this fervor from 1E days....

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/496783700/satanic-panic

Mod edit: Removed the double URL.
Wooly Rupert Posted - 31 Jan 2017 : 21:19:51
The Book of Metal

Description (edited a bit for language):

quote:
What would you expect to find in a D&D book that was completely themed around Heavy Metal?

- The ability to play a viable front-line Bard who raises the dead and literally uses their instrument as a weapon? Check!

- How about the ability to play a rugged gunslinger with dark powers stemming from the Nine Hells themselves? Or a cybernetic killing machine? Or a no-s-given warrior who summons forth valkyries to fight for him? Check, check and check!

- Using your own organs as fuel for your brutal arcane rituals? Check with a face-melting on top.

- Iconic Heavy Metal monsters to battle against? Check!

- A plethora of magic-items, which range from macabre curiosities to world-breaking relics? Mothering check to that!


Now, I'm personally not into heavy metal, and none of these game options appeal to me. But the sheer goofiness of the concept does appeal to me, so I may support it to get the pdf.
Wooly Rupert Posted - 31 Jan 2017 : 15:24:41
The Dragon Tray

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Crafted by the insane Lumberjack Vikings at Dog Might Games, the Dragon Tray is the most jaw dropping dice rolling surface known to man. These amazing works of art are the culmination of years of artistic study combined with technical expertise and fine craftsmanship. Every Dragon Tray is created from hand selected hardwoods and comes with a Lifetime Guarantee.


Not all of these work for me... But the Castle one is so, so pretty! Unfortunately, these are out of my price range, and that's even assuming I used a dice tray. I barely use the leather dice cup I paid like $15 for at GenCon a couple years back.

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