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Crowdfunding by past Bundle contributors (and others) – July 2018

Crowdfunding by past Bundle contributors (and others) – July 2018

by Wednesday 18 July 2018
  • Stalwart Bundle supporter Atlas Games is funding a new edition of Jonathan Tweet’s Burroughsian Over the Edge: A Roleplaying Game of Weird Urban Danger. We presented the Second Edition in our January 2014 Over the Edge Bundle (and revived it twice). This campaign’s motto: “Return to the island you only think you remember.” The Retro Pack, a bonus available at several pledge levels, includes .PDFs of all the titles in our January 2014 offer and more.
  • If you got last month’s Delta Green Bundle 2 from Arc Dream Publishing, look for Delta Green: The Labyrinth, an all-new organization book by original DG co-designer John Scott Tynes. The Labyrinth takes Delta Green agents beyond the beltway and deep into the fissures of modern America, from Silicon Valley startups to industrialist Super-PACs, from Oregon anarchist collectives to alt-right activists. “Each group has its own story arc, progressing through three stages as it encounters Delta Green agents and the evils they fight. Some groups corrode, wither, and die. Others gain hideous strength and uncover profound new horrors. Each has connections to other groups, ensuring players find fresh hells at every turn. […] Throughout, the point remains the same: The mosaic of American life is schisming before us, and when exposed to the unnatural, and to the best intentions of Delta Green, it weakens and shatters. The Labyrinth portrays America’s march towards the End Times in microcosm.”
  • The Expanse RPG from Green Ronin Publishing, based on the James S. A. Corey novel series and the excellent TV adaptation
  • The Fantasy Trip from Steve Jackson Games — a revamped and expanded edition of Steve Jackson’s primordial RPG
  • Greg Stolze is Kickstarting a new edition of Reign. We presented the original Reign Enchiridion in our July 2014 One-Roll Engine Bundle.
  • Brendan Conway (Masks: A New Generation in the September 2017 Apocalypse Engine Bundle 2) has designed Zombie World, a card-based roleplaying game about survivors fending off the dead and struggling to live with each other in a zombie-filled world.
  • Zzarchov Kowolski contributed several notable adventures to our various Old School Revival Bundles and both Bundles of Lamentations. He’s raising funds for a new version of his Neoclassical Geek Revival OSR rulebook and two companion volumes of scenarios. The 300-page Adventure Omnibus includes A Thousand Dead Babies, The Gnomes of Levnec, Scourge of the Tikbalang, Under the Waterless Sea, Trail of Stone and Sorrow, The Gem Prison of Zardax (hahaha!), The Price of Evil, The Temple of Lies, The Roots of Bitterness, and Down in Yon Forest. The City of Tears is a 64-page desert-themed dungeon adventure set in the burned out basement of the Sultan’s palace after a plague killed the entire population of the titular City of Tears. “I do not intend to continue offering all of these products post-Kickstarter,” says Zzarchov, “and those I do keep offering will be pricier.”
  • Did you get our March 2017 Space:1889 Bundle, featuring Clockwork Publishing’s new version of the old GDW proto-steampunk adventure RPG? Clockwork is funding the Mars Sourcebook, which revisits (for the first time in the modern line) the mysterious red planet that preoccupied GDW during the game’s original run. “In the 1990s, when Frank Chadwick and others first filled the original Space: 1889 setting with life, the focus was on the planet Mars: countless adventure anthologies, descriptions of cities in Challenge Magazine, and sourcebooks on specific regions and cultures were published. If one were to revisit these individual sources today, one would find a wide mosaic that offers a wellspring of sometimes contradictory information and details on some regions, while others, even regions of continental size, were left with just their mere name on a map. The authors of this volume have worked hard and meticulously to collect, update, and consolidate all existing information, and added new life in filling out the details and adding background material.”
  • White Wolf Game Studio is funding a new Second Edition of Geist: The Sin-Eaters, the Storyteller game of tragic shades standing between the worlds of the living and the dead. “You give a voice to the voiceless and tear down cosmic systems of oppression. You will make a better world, and if you die trying — well, you came back once, and you can do it again.”
  • James Iles, designer of the Apocalypse Engine RPG Legacy: Life Among the Ruins (in our August 2015 Apocalypse Engine Bundle), is running a brief “Quickstarter” campaign for Harder They Fall, a storytelling game of earth-shaking combat toppling titans, andfinal battles for the fate of the world, played using dominoes. “Harder They Fall is great for telling self-contained stories of titanic confrontations, but can also be used to supplement a roleplaying game using another system. Use it to play out your campaign’s final battle, a flashback to a legendary clash of heroes, or as a mass battle system representing the clash of armies.”
Though Bundle contributors aren’t involved, we also recommend the card game Killing Lee Garvin, created by Greg Porter of Blacksburg Tactical Research Center as a benefit for the unlucky eponymous designer of Tales From the Floating Vagabond. “Put a hapless game designer through a sadistic and humorous wringer for fun and profit (and help cover his real-world medical bills).”

(By the way, if you know a game designer who’s hit hard times, contact one of the Bundle’s favorite charities, the RPG Creators Relief Fund.)