22 November 2012

Kickstarter: Part 9 - Updates

This is the ninth part in an ongoing series about crowdfunding. Overview and Index.

This post is going to have updates of the projects I introduced back in Part 8, new projects and a running list of the projects that are still waiting for deliverables and their current status (including those ongoing). Any projects where everything has been delivered will be removed at each update, hopefully with a note and pictures regarding what arrived.


Some projects have funded since the last update. Making it by the narrowest of margins at the 11th hour, Emergence has funded - raising $20,098 of their $20,000 goal. Hillfolk ended up pulling in $93,845 for a $3,000 goal; pretty awesome. That project had an astounding number of stretch goals; there is a genre for everyone in that game. Magicians' final total was $34,056 for a $3,000 goal, and features Chinese and Japanese in addition to Korean in the final strech goals. Wilderness, a supplement for Houses of the Blooded, brought in $11,157 for another $3,000 goal. Base Raiders, a FATE-based (also for Mutants and Masterminds, Savage Worlds and Wild Talents) dungeon-crawling supers game is still open until 24Nov2012. It has been funded and there are still some nice stretch goals that can be reached; if you know what I mean. Finally, the Shadows of Esteren Prologue is still open until 26Nov2012 and you can get in on many of the features from the previous Kickstarter if you missed out on them. These projects have always had excellent stretch goals and the books are gorgeous. 

New Projects

Cairn is a game set in a town of the same name. It is populated by very small anthropomorphic animals that now seek to fix humans' myriad of failures. The system is light and suitable for children (and spouses that have a deep and abiding love of cute things). This campaign is only running for 10 days and closes on 25Nov2012, so if you want in on this - hurry! It is fully funded with a number of add-ons, including, but not limited to, dice and miniatures. Softcover is $24 and hardcover starts at $34 (hardcover is $10 add-on to any level with a book). One of the major promises is that this will be in your hands prior to that winter celebration. This is one of the few crowdfunding projects where that narrow deadline is going to be an absolute must, especially if you selected the gift option.

I am particularly interested in Camp Myth, a setting featuring all of the classic mythological creatures attending a summer camp. Based on a series by the same name, this rules light game is all about emulating the camp experience. Through badges, homesickness, letters from camp, and the standard issue Myth-Army knife, there are a number of cute ideas. This is the kind of game I would like to trot out for a few sessions every summer, watching the characters grow just as the players do over the intervening year. Hopefully funding will be met by 02Dec2012.

6d6 is a game out of the UK which is been making the rounds in the convention scene for a while. It is a generic system, suitable for numerous genres (pledging will likely get you at least one adventure from the four different genres available), but what is most interesting is the most recent version of the rules will always be made available to anyone who purchases it (which is nice) and that it is licensed under the Creative Commons. They want the system out there and being played by pretty much everyone, but the emphasis seems to be on sharing it, not just downloading it. Certainly an interesting experiment and one I am supporting. It has been funded and the project ends on 04Dec2012.

Project H.O.P.E. is an English translation of an Italian game about superheroes in WWII. The system seems serviceable (dice pool with target numbers, count successes), but the layout and artwork what sells this project to me. Well, than and I enjoy superhero games with relatively simple systems. This is quite simply a very visually appealing book and looks like it will be great for inspiration if nothing else. 

The Saga of the Dragon Star and N.R.G. Core Rulebook project is perhaps a little more confusing than it needs to be. There are three different books being offered, two are different systems (Pathfinder and Savage Worlds) of the setting (Saga of the Dragon Star), and the third book is the N.R.G. Core Rulebook. The setting is a blend of fantasy and western against the backdrop of fading magic and the inevitable return of big, badass demons. These are all things that I like and I want to see them together. The new system that is being launched is a generic sword-and-sorcery game where the goal is to make each action count. It is rather unique in some ways with how it goes about this and a preview can be downloaded. Neither of the systems offered for the setting particularly appeal to me, but I am in for the N.R.G. Core Rulebook. There is a push to get the setting with the new system as an option, which I wholeheartedly support. First, the project needs to be funded (though I wonder if that offering would help reach that goal). Nonetheless, the project has until 14Dec2012 to find out.

The Morrow Project 4th Edition brings back a classic, if potentially somewhat obscure, game. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, you were relatively normal person. Except that you were put into cryo-sleep to survive the apocalypse and trained to help rebuild society (which explicitly means the U.S.A.) Unfortunately, you slept too long and are over a hundred years late. Things are in a bad way and it is your job, along with others in your group, to try and make the best of this messed up situation and maybe find out what happened to the other groups. Post-apocalyptic games have a special place in my heart and I remember this one from back in the day. It has an interesting premise which I cannot help but feel like I've read some classic sci-fi along those lines. The end of this project is just into next year, on 03Jan2012.
Ongoing Projects

Quantum Roleplaying Game
Funded on 30Dec2011
Goal: $13,000
Raised: $42,747
Backers: 580
Status: Late; beta PDF has been issued.
Estimated Delivery: Apr2012.
Last Update: #53, 19Nov2012

Funded on 08Jan2012
Goal: $1,500
Raised: $8,363
Backers: 266
Status: Late.
Estimated Delivery: Apr2012.
Last Update: #27, 10Nov2012

Funded on 04Feb2012
Goal: $1,000
Raised: $22,821
Backers: 374
Status: Late: Most rewards have been received (late); still awaiting Adversary Book.
Estimated Delivery: Mar2012.
Last Update: #19, 15Nov2012

School Daze
Funded on 25Mar2012
Goal: $3,000
Raised: $6,440
Backers: 159
Status: Late: All physical rewards have been received (late); still awaiting a bonus Group Project. (Review)
Estimated Delivery: Jul2012
Last Update: #32, 30Sep2012

Hellas: Worlds of Sun and Stone
Funded on 20Apr2012
Goal: $10,500
Raised: $11,907
Backers: 210
Status: PDF has been delivered and project still within delivery schedule.
Estimated Delivery: Nov2012
Last Update: #23, 27Oct2012

Witch Girls: Book of Shadows
Funded on 10May2012
Goal: $2,000
Raised: $8,717
Backers: 167
Status: Late (due to litigation).
Estimated Delivery: Oct2012
Last Update: #55, 29Oct2012

Farewell to Fear
Funded on 20May2012
Goal: $4,000
Raised: $18,696
Backers: 420
Status: Late; some pdfs have been provided.
Estimated Delivery: Aug2012
Last Update: #43, 16Nov2012

Mecha Combiners
Funded on 31May2012
Goal: $2,000
Raised: $3,655
Backers: 108
Status: Late.
Estimated Delivery: Sep2012
Last Update: #24, 10Oct2012

The Book of Jade
Funded on 01Jun2012
Goal: $10,000
Raised: $16,794
Backers: 206
Status: Late; updated shipping timeline indicates it should happen by the end of October.
Estimated Delivery: Jun2012
Last Update: #8, 17Sep2012

Lamentations of the Flame Princess
Funded on 01Jun2012
Goal: $7,500
Raised: $16,240
Backers: 314
Status: Within (new) delivery schedule.
Estimated Delivery: Originally late Oct2012, now Nov2012 (as of 15Oct2012).
Last Update: #21, 17Oct2012

curse the darkness
Funded on 06Jun2012
Goal: $5,000
Raised: $11,861
Backers: 288
Status: All physical rewards have been received (late); still awaiting some stretch goals.
Estimated Delivery: Aug2012
Last Update: #38, 29Oct2012.

Blade Raiders
Funded on 14Jun2012
Goal: $5,000
Raised: $8,424
Backers: 223
Status: Within delivery schedule.
Estimated Delivery: Nov2012
Last Update: #16, 15Nov2012

Champions of ZED
Funded on 16Jun2012
Goal: $4,600
Raised: $8,077
Backers: 259
Status: Late.
Estimated Delivery: Aug2012
Last Update: #15, 05Nov2012

Our Last Best Hope
Funded on 17Jun2012
Goal: $3,000
Raised: $12,620
Backers: 360
Status: All initial rewards have been received (dice were late); waiting for stretch goals. (Review)
Estimated Delivery: Aug2012
Last Update: #25, 05Nov2012

Dungeon World
Funded on 30Jun2012
Goal: $4,000
Raised: $82,879
Backers: 2,455
Status: Late; beta PDFs have been provided
Estimated Delivery: Aug2012
Last Update: #32, 15Nov2012

Funded on 01Jul2012
Goal: $3,000
Raised: $19,227
Backers: 454
Status: Late.
Estimated Delivery: Oct2012
Last Update: #17, 12Nov2012

Last Stand
Funded on 02Jul2012
Goal: $1,500
Raised: $11,206
Backers: 245
Status: Late; some electronic files have been provided.
Estimated Delivery: Jul2012
Last Update: #35, 20Nov2012

Project Panda Ninja Taco
Funded on 22Jul2012
Goal: $12,500
Raised: $14,808
Backers: 386
Status: Within delivery schedule.
Estimated Delivery: Dec2012
Last Update: #10, 08Nov2012

Project: Paradigm
Funded on 02Aug2012
Goal: $2,000
Raised: $4,700
Backers: 69
Status: Within delivery schedule.
Estimated Delivery: Apr2013
Last Update: #10, 25Sep2012

Funded on 19Aug2012
Goal: $5,500
Raised: $7,091
Backers: 126
Status: PDF has been delivered, within delivery schedule.
Estimated Delivery: Nov2012
Last Update: #18, 12Nov2012

Better Angels
Funded on 26Aug2012
Goal: $5,000
Raised: $21,593
Backers: 639
Status: Within delivery schedule.
Estimated Delivery: Dec2012
Last Update: #13, 02Oct2012

Tenra Bansho Zero
Funded on 16Sep2012
Goal: $9,000
Raised: $129,640
Backers: 1,704
Status: Within delivery schedule
Estimated Delivery: Feb/Mar2013
Last Update: #29, 17Nov2012

Funded on 17Sep2012
Goal: $20,000
Raised: $517,255
Backers: 4,658
Status: Within delivery schedule.
Estimated Delivery: Jul2013
Last Update: #50, 16Nov2012

13 True Ways
Funded on 21Sep2012
Goal: $29,800
Raised: $70,101
Backers: 846
Status: Within delivery schedule.
Estimated Delivery: Apr2013
Last Update: #43, 16Nov2012

Funded on 01Oct2012
Goal: $5,000
Raised: $62,753
Backers: 1,555
Status: PDFs have been provided; within delivery schedule.
Estimated Delivery: Jan2013
Last Update: #29, 17Oct2012

Act Ten
Funded on 28Oct2012
Goal: $1,000
Raised: $2,379
Backers: 170
Status: PDF has been provided; within delivery schedule.
Estimated Delivery: Dec2012
Last Update: #13, 13Nov2012

Outlive Outdead Companion
Failed funding on 31Oct2012
Goal: $1,300
Raised: $1,004
Backers: 29
Status: Supplements can be a tough sell.

Funded on 02Nov2012
Goal: $3,000
Raised: $93,845
Backers: 2,185
Status: A PDF has been provided; within delivery schedule.
Estimated Delivery: Apr 2013
Last Update: #34, 13Nov2012

Funded on 05Nov2012
Goal: $20,000
Raised: $20,098
Backers: 246
Status: Within delivery schedule.
Estimated Delivery: Aug2013
Last Update: #27, 11Nov2012

Funded on 05Nov2012
Goal: $2,500
Raised: $6,097
Backers: 149
Status: Within delivery schedule.
Estimated Delivery: Feb2013
Last Update: #20, 09Nov2012

Nova Praxis
Funded on 10Nov2012
Goal: $10,000
Raised: $29,808
Backers: 635
Status: Within delivery schedule. 
Estimated Delivery: Feb2013
Last Update: #20, 10Nov2012

Wilderness: Houses of the Blooded
Funded on 11Nov2012
Goal: $3,000
Raised: $11,157
Backers: 259
Status: Within delivery schedule.
Estimated Delivery: Dec 2012
Last Update: #13, 20Nov2012

Funded on 18Nov2012
Goal: $3,000
Raised: $16,097
Backers: 466
Status: Within delivery schedule.
Estimated Delivery: Apr 2013
Last Update: #26, 19Nov2012

Base Raiders
Project closes on 24Nov2012
Goal: $6,000
Raised: $12,049
Backers: 359
Status: Ongoing [Funded]
Estimated Delivery: Jul2013
Last Update: #10, 18Nov2012

Project closes on 25Nov2012
Goal: $2,000
Raised: $11,905
Backers: 249
Status: Ongoing [Funded]
Estimated Delivery: Dec2012
Last Update: #6, 21Nov2012

Shadows of Esteren Prologue
Project closes on 26Nov2012
Goal: $3,000
Raised: $49,019
Backers: 490
Status: Ongoing [Funded]
Estimated Delivery: Mar 2013
Last Update: #27, 21Nov2012

Camp Myth
Project closes on 02Dec2012
Goal: $5,000
Raised: $3,145
Backers: 67
Status: Ongoing
Estimated Delivery: Dec 2012
Last Update: #4, 17Nov2012

6d6 RPG Core and Adventure Books
Project closes on 04Dec2012
Goal: £2,000
Raised: £2,967
Backers: 84
Status: Ongoing [Funded]
Estimated Delivery: Apr 2013
Last Update: #2, 21Nov2012

Project H.O.P.E
Project closes on 11Dec2012
Goal: $14,000
Raised: $2,465
Backers: 49
Status: Ongoing
Estimated Delivery: Mar 2013
Last Update: #2, 17Nov2012

The Saga of the Dragon Star and N.R.G. Core Rulebook RPG
Project closes on 14Dec2012
Goal: $15,000
Raised: $8,639
Backers: 132
Status: Ongoing
Estimated Delivery: Jul 2013
Last Update: #7, 21Nov2012

The Morrow Project 4th Edition
Project closes on 03Jan2012
Goal: $15,000
Raised: $9,921
Backers: 91
Status: Ongoing
Estimated Delivery: Mar 2013
Last Update: #1, 20Nov2012