Kickstarter Top 5 - September 2020

A look at some Kickstarter campaigns

23-09-2020 - 3 minutes, 32 seconds -
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This is the start of a series on Kickstarters that strike my interest.

It should not be thought of as a review since I don't really have anything to review other than what's on the campaign page and I'm not getting paid by the creators to promote their campaigns. This is merely my own subjective opinion on what looks like fun projects. I will also try to post campaigns with at least a week left in order to give readers a chance to pledge before the end.

Let's get started then!

#1 Lost Tomb of the Bitchin' Chimera - Dead Milkmen RPG Module

This project is just bizarre but incredibly intriguing. It's a 5e adventure module based on a punk band called the Dead Milk Men. It blends fantasy and punk and is set in the "weird world of Tiny Town". My first impression of this module is just complete gonzo and I think the premise would fit perfectly as a DCC RPG module.

It's currently at 2,728% funded with two weeks to go. Very curious to see how this one turns out.

#2 MAGDA --The Card Game

Alright, this one is not really an RPG, but it's my blog and this project struck so many of the right strings for me so I'm going to include it anyway.

It's described as a solo-play card game inspired by 80's sci-fi thrillers. You travel through space in a dream engine powered by your dreams. The only problem is the ship's AI has turned self-aware and is very possessive of you. She wants to keep you dreaming and traveling through space for all eternity.

The synthwave art looks super cool and what is not to like about the story? Keeping an eye out for this one.

#3 Best Left Buried: Deeper

A remaster of the rules-light fantasy horror game Best Left Buried. In this game you play as Cryptdiggers: Professional dungeon-divers searching for treasure in monster-infested crypts. The artwork looks great and complements the old school theme well.

It's a high lethality game and employs an original d6-system with no classes and only 3 stats.

Even though the idea of dungeon crawling is as old as the game, I like how they've given the job a name instead of just being "adventurers looking for fame and glory".

With all the other dungeon crawling old school games out there these days my only question is: What makes this one worth playing? I'm not entirely sure.

#4 Judges Guild Deluxe: Dark Tower, Caverns of Thracia, & More

A kickstarter by Goodman Games. This is a compilation of some classic Judges Guild adventures and zines collected in a HUGE oversized book (no seriously, it's gigantic).

At $125 for the lowest pledge level, this is not a project I would support myself for other than nostalgic reasons, which I do not have (I didn't hear about Judges Guild until now). I love and appreciate the fact that there are enthusiasts willing to put an item like this together though, which is why it made the list. Looks like a great collector's item.

#5 Heckna! Carnival Horror Campaign Setting for 5e DnD

I doubt anyone frequenting Kickstarter has missed this campaign. I was hesitant to put it up at first since there are some things about how the campaign is carried out that I do not like, but I still think it deserves a spot on the list.

This is a 5e adventure set in a "whimsical and dark carnival setting". Everyone loves carnival themes right? I certainly can't have enough of it and have incorporated it in various forms in my own games.

The art looks fantastic, but will the game hold the same standard? I sure hope so. Looking at the campaign page, focus seems heavily skewed towards merchandise rather than the adventure itself. In addition, most of the stretch goals are optional add-ons, such as minis and a GM screen.

While all of the above looks really cool, to me it simply translates into a higher risk of delays. I sincerely hope I'm wrong and that this ambitious project will be successful and delivered in a reasonable amount of time.

And with that, we round off the first Kickstarter list. Until next time!