Happy ‘Read an RPG Book in Public Week’!

readrpgs-anibuttonAs made up holidays go, I prefer them nerdy and fun. So Read an RPG Book in Public Week, an artificial construct of The Escapist, fits my criteria perfectly. As an introvert, sometimes reading RPG books is as fun as playing RPGs, and I can spend hours reading even bad ones. So at some point this week let your geek flag fly and post a picture of yourself reading an RPG book in public. Or don’t, I’m not the DM of you (and if I am the DM of you, I’ll give you extra XP for posting).

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Last week I posted about some RPG projects burning up Kickstarter, and I asked anyone who had or knew of a cool RPG Kickstarter campaign to contact me.To my great surprise someone did! Even better, the Kickstarter campaign I was contacted about was pretty cool so I’m happy to talk about it.

World Architect Cards is the newest offering from Simian Circle Games, and a follow-up to their popular Dungeon Architect Cards. This deck of 54 cards allows the busy GM to quickly build overland features for your world on the fly. Alternately, you can use the deck to help build your campaign world, adjusting the results as you like and allowing the deck to inspire you.

I backed it, so I’m looking forward to getting both decks, World and Dungeon. I’m always on the hunt for cool little RPG products which make my GMing life easier. Next to dice, GM and player aids are my big weakness. I can get a big, thick RPG book and be content; give me some little GMing aid and I will fiddle with that for hours, giddy like a kid. So naturally I recommend World Architect Cards, and I look forward to taking them out for a spin.

What are you backing on Kickstarter these days? Drop a comment and let me know.


Kickstarter is RPG Hot!

cropped-chibi-brent.jpgI’m not going to waste time explaining Kickstarter; you know what it is, and if you don’t a few clicks of the mouse can educate you. If you’ve been paying attention to Kickstarter lately, you may have noticed that it is bursting with sweet RPG goodness recently. In case you haven’t been following along, here’s what should have your attention:

7th Sea: Second Edition –  7Th Sea was a surprise hit when it first came out in 1999 and quickly amassed a loyal following. This rollicking RPG of high seas and piracy languished somewhat in the intervening years, however. With the rules firmly back in the hands of its creator, John Wick, the opportunity has been seized to Kickstart a second edition. And well seized it is; the Kickstarter campaign for 7th Sea: Second Edition is on its way to becoming the highest grossing RPG Kickstarter campaign in the history of the crowdfunding site. If you are at all interested in this game, you need to jump on-board before the campaign ends on March 13. The lowest pledge level ($20) gets you the PDF of the rulebook, but for just $40 you get PDFs of all the books unlocked during the campaign (currently 7 additional books), plus the entire 1st edition PDF collection. That’s $300-400 worth of sourcebooks for one-tenth the price. You’d be a foolish lubber not to sign on and set sail with this campaign!

Pugmire Fantasy Tabletop RPG – Sometimes an RPG premise catches my fancy, and I can’t not back it. Pugmire RPG is such a game. Created by Eddy Webb, he describes it as, “…Lord of the Rings meets Planet of the Apes, but with dogs.” Set in the far future, in the ashes of a world man destroyed, Pugmire is the largest of the kingdoms ruled by caninekind. This family-friendly RPG sees you playing the pup of your choice, as you fight horrific monsters in a never-ending quest to be a Good Boy. Closing on March 8th, the campaign has already reached its goal and blown past some enticing stretch-goals and add-ons. These include dice, a GM’s Screen, a set of 13 pins, a shirt, fiction, and bunch of adventures and supplements. If you loved the dog from Up!, chances are you’ll love this game.

Conan Roleplaying Game – In the fine tradition of mining the past for RPG gold, Modiphius Entertainment is bringing us role-playing in the Hyborian Age. Obviously your excitement for this new version of a Conan RPG will depend on how much you enjoy Conan and his savage sword. But there is a lot of love for the sword and sorcery style of Robert E. Howard, and a few of us remember with fondness the Conan RPG from TSR. While I am tempted to grab some hardcovers from the Kickstarter, the material is shipping from England, which does temper that desire. I’ve settled in at the PDF Master level which will get me all the PDFs generated by the campaign, no nasty shipping bill included. If you aren’t a fan of Conan, you can definitely let this one slide by. But if you can quote all of Arnie’s line from one or both movies, you might want to drop some coin on this one.

I’ll save others for another post, but in the meantime, what are you excited about on Kickstarter? Drop a note in the comments and let me know. And if you are running an RPG Kickstarter, let me know about it so I can check it out.