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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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Wooly Rupert Posted - 07 Oct 2019 : 03:45:20
Since I'm not a minis enthusiast, that Reaper Bones KS has thus far failed to grab me. There were add-ons with the last one that I liked and went for, but thus far, there's only a couple of minis I like, and none of them are in the add-ons.
Wooly Rupert Posted - 02 Oct 2019 : 15:32:38
quote:
Originally posted by sleyvas

If you are into minis, the latest round of reaper bones kickstarters just started

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/reaperbones5/reaper-miniatures-bones-5-escape-from-pizza-dungeon

and yes, even though I have way too many already, I pledged.

Oh, and Wooly, I know its not a reason to buy it, but I thought of you when I saw the latest add on. At $1,090,000 (which apparently they've already passed by 80 thousand and don't even have set what the next goals are... damn, that's in less than 24 hours....) they put in a dragon wolf... some kind of bat winged wolf. I remember you talking about something called silverwolf in the past or somesuch that was a winged dog on some kind of anime or something, so when I saw it, I thought of you.



Been meaning to look into this one; I got a handful of minis (all add-ons) from the prior one.

Silverbolt was a wolf/eagle mix in the otherwise bad Transformers Beast Wars cartoon. I really disliked almost everything about the cartoon, but Silverbolt was cool. Body of a wolf, forelegs and wings of an eagle.
sleyvas Posted - 02 Oct 2019 : 02:12:19
If you are into minis, the latest round of reaper bones kickstarters just started

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/reaperbones5/reaper-miniatures-bones-5-escape-from-pizza-dungeon

and yes, even though I have way too many already, I pledged.

Oh, and Wooly, I know its not a reason to buy it, but I thought of you when I saw the latest add on. At $1,090,000 (which apparently they've already passed by 80 thousand and don't even have set what the next goals are... damn, that's in less than 24 hours....) they put in a dragon wolf... some kind of bat winged wolf. I remember you talking about something called silverwolf in the past or somesuch that was a winged dog on some kind of anime or something, so when I saw it, I thought of you.
Wooly Rupert Posted - 08 Jun 2019 : 17:03:34
I think I'm going to support this one, at least at the pdf level.

Remarkable Shops & Their Wares

quote:
The Ultimate Guide on Roleplaying Shops
Remarkable Shops & Their Wares is the ultimate guide to fantasy shops and how to roleplay them. From the classic general goods store to wildly exotic locations such as magic item artificers, black markets, underwater libraries, and traveling merchants.


The Highly Anticipated 2nd Book!
Following the success of our Remarkable Inns & Their Drinks book, Remarkable Shops has all the familiar ingredients that made "Inns" such a big hit, while being bolder and bigger, exploring new exciting avenues.

This book is written to be largely system neutral, providing 90% worldbuilding ideas, rumors, roleplaying ideas and more that are not rules-specific. It is very easy to adopt the material into your fantasy roleplaying game and is bound to inspire you and your players.

Estimated content around 100 pages
Full-color and "pencil" illustrations
Largely system neutral contents to fit any fantasy ttrpg
Some special effects and item stats in "5e-ish" rules
Easy to adapt and fit into any campaign


And...

quote:
Wonderful characters, items and history - Remarkable Shops is filled with interesting NPCs, wares, and history behind the stores. The pages are fully stocked with rich world-building details and rumors/story hooks to use in your campaign. Indeed, many of our characters such as Bilz Fizzlenozzle and Quilla Bladesong are now mainstay personalities in roleplaying campaigns around the world.


Common Goods & Exotic Items - Our book will not only list an extensive range of common goods, local produce, prices and services. It will be packed with imaginative exotic wares, rare goods, magical items and more. Prepare to be inspired!


Elevate your stores - This book, like Remarkable Inns, sets a new standard for what detail and roleplaying you can bring to a "cliche". With this book, you will no longer have the players simply dump their gold and move on. The core chapters describe everything from the classic general goods store, to item prices, services, how local products are sourced, and supply and demand. Never was there a more detailed source for roleplaying shops. Then we deep-dive into exotic wares, magical items, markets, festivals, traveling merchants, clandestine operations, and much more.


Build Your Fortune - The last section of the book is wholly dedicated to building your own store. This allows the GM to roll up (or choose from many, many tables) the most detailed shops ever to grace your world. From buying the property to hiring the architect to draw the plans. From sourcing building materials to overseeing construction. From the staff, grand opening to operating and becoming profitable. Have high-level characters that are ready for their next big adventure? Have them open a store!
Wooly Rupert Posted - 21 Feb 2019 : 03:42:22
Not a fan of drow, myself, but I know others are.

Rise of the Drow: Collector's Edition for D&D 5E and PFRPG

quote:
This project combines our best-selling, 5-star, ENnie-nominated Rise of the Drow book series into a massive 600+ page, collector's edition hardcover.

Rise of the Drow is a mega-adventure over 600-pages in length and takes your characters from levels 1-20. In addition to the main adventure, you can use Rise of the Drow to run multiple campaigns set entirely underground!
Wooly Rupert Posted - 20 Feb 2019 : 03:46:41
I'm not sure if I want to back this one or not...

Lord Gelbert Jellington - A Gelatinous Plush Dice Pouch

quote:
Lord Gelbert Jellington is a friendly gelatinous cube who will hold your favorite shinies, coins, preciouses, or polyhedral dice set (without all that messy acidic slime).

He measures 5.5 inches and is made with super soft minky fabric. He has adorable embroidered details as well as a matching zipper for his pouch of holding. This zippered pouch can easily hold two 7-piece sets of polyhedral gaming dice.


It is delightfully goofy, and thus strongly appeals to me... but at the same time, it's more than I want to spend for a glorified dice pouch that I'll never use.

So I don't know if I'm going for this one or not. But I am sharing it.
Tamsar Posted - 07 Nov 2018 : 14:41:27
quote:

Hmmm, the one thing that gives me pause

More than one hundred spells, each with unique, stunning visual effects


Its got 8 classes. Its based on 3.5. Sounds great... but it should have a LOT more than just 100 spells if there's 8 classes (cleric, druid, wizard/sorcerer, paladin, ranger, bard.... ). Granted, they say more than 100, which could mean 200 or so. With 9 levels of spells (assuming they advance up to level 20 mind you) cut across the 3 mains alone (cleric, druid, wizard/sorcerer) if they have 3 unique spells per level that's 81.


Then again, I may seriously be making an assumption in thinking the spells go above 3rd level. The video shows a listing of spells and none at a glance are of 4th level or above I don't believe.


BTW, I would love to see a 3.5 based game like this that actually got into the spells. One of my favorite things was Baldur's Gate II where it had things like contingency and simulacrum and spells that stored other spells, etc...



This youtube video has some sample combat https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvc2NdR_1O0&t=16s
The mage has access to level 5 spells, using a Summon V spell at 7:56 to summon some sort of demon. I believe the intent is to have more spells, but only if the KS campaign is successful. Looks promising and you can find out more at the games website https://www.realms-beyond.com/ if you're interested.
sleyvas Posted - 05 Nov 2018 : 00:43:35
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

Moved from elsewhere...

quote:
Originally posted by Tamsar

I just came across this game on Kickstarter. It will be using the D&D 3.5E OGL for its underlying RPG systems. The game looks pretty smart to me.I like both RTwP and Turn based games, this being turn based is fine by me, but I know a few people do not like RTwP games ala BG & IWD et al.

Below is the link to the KS page, the KS closes on November 15th for those who might be interested.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ceresgames/realms-beyond-ashes-of-the-fallen

The best part is that they plan to release editors after the games release so you can make you own campaigns/modules ala NWN & NWN2. I hope it is successful. It appears pretty far along the development cycle, with an anticipated release date of early 2020, with a combat beta and early access due from the middle of next year.

I assume it is OK to link the KS page, please remove if not.





Hmmm, the one thing that gives me pause

More than one hundred spells, each with unique, stunning visual effects


Its got 8 classes. Its based on 3.5. Sounds great... but it should have a LOT more than just 100 spells if there's 8 classes (cleric, druid, wizard/sorcerer, paladin, ranger, bard.... ). Granted, they say more than 100, which could mean 200 or so. With 9 levels of spells (assuming they advance up to level 20 mind you) cut across the 3 mains alone (cleric, druid, wizard/sorcerer) if they have 3 unique spells per level that's 81.


Then again, I may seriously be making an assumption in thinking the spells go above 3rd level. The video shows a listing of spells and none at a glance are of 4th level or above I don't believe.


BTW, I would love to see a 3.5 based game like this that actually got into the spells. One of my favorite things was Baldur's Gate II where it had things like contingency and simulacrum and spells that stored other spells, etc...
Wooly Rupert Posted - 04 Nov 2018 : 01:47:41
Moved from elsewhere...

quote:
Originally posted by Tamsar

I just came across this game on Kickstarter. It will be using the D&D 3.5E OGL for its underlying RPG systems. The game looks pretty smart to me.I like both RTwP and Turn based games, this being turn based is fine by me, but I know a few people do not like RTwP games ala BG & IWD et al.

Below is the link to the KS page, the KS closes on November 15th for those who might be interested.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ceresgames/realms-beyond-ashes-of-the-fallen

The best part is that they plan to release editors after the games release so you can make you own campaigns/modules ala NWN & NWN2. I hope it is successful. It appears pretty far along the development cycle, with an anticipated release date of early 2020, with a combat beta and early access due from the middle of next year.

I assume it is OK to link the KS page, please remove if not.

Wooly Rupert Posted - 23 Mar 2018 : 01:31:17
The Fantasy Coin guys are back. Some prior sets and some new ones, this time. I really like the Nottingham and Sci-Fi 2.0 ones, myself.

Fantasy Gaming Coins: Project Omega
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.

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