Nerdstarter: We’re going to need a bigger bookshelf

A few new RPGs on Kickstarter, all of which have reached their funding goals already and are working through the ol’ stretch goals: TimeWatch, by Kevin W. Kulp, is a game of investigative time travel based on the GUMSHOE system created by Robin Laws. It’s got four days left to go, with a lot of bonus stretch-goal content unlocked (including rules for playing as an alternate-timeline intelligent dinosaur, so, you know, get on that).

Twelve days left to go on indie RPG icon Will Hindmarch’s newest kickstarter, Project: Dark, a game focusing on stealth-based adventures but with enough flexibility to be played in a variety of settings. The default setting is the fantastical city of Saturnine, described as “a blend of Elizabethan London and medieval Constantinople,” but a couple setting supplements have been unlocked as stretch goals: Dark|Net, “a post-collapse dystopian future,” and Dark Planet, “an extrasolar colony world oppressed by an alien menace.” With hearty endorsements by both Wil Wheaton and Jason Morningstar, Project:Dark sounds like it ought to be good fun.

Finally, Paul Czege, author of the Diana-Jones-Award-winning indie RPG My Life with Master, has a new project on Kickstarter that’s already made its funding goal with twenty-five days remaining: The Clay That Woke is a game about a minotaur underclass in a human civilization. The setting information is intentionally sparse, but the artwork is pretty inspiring and the game mechanics look to be rather elegant. If My Life with Master is any indication, Czege’s newest is bound to be an intelligent and immersive game.

Nerdstarter: The Overspending

I may have a kickstarter problem. Several gaming-related projects have arisen over the last few weeks that seem worth supporting, all of which have already met their funding goals.

Fantasy Frontier from Gamelyn Games
Fantasy Frontier from Gamelyn Games

There are only a few days left to get in on the RPG gaming table, and you’ll have to be handy with a little light carpentry to make it worth it, but for a relatively small pledge, you’re promised plans for a clever table topper that allows all of your players their own space for books and snacks, while providing an elevated platform for your battlemat or board game.

Gamelyn games is kickstarting Fantasy Frontier, a gorgeously rendered Euro-style board game in which players pilot fantastical airships to explore and settle an uncharted frontier. Players gather resources, build townships, and fight off their rivals while collectively building a map that’s unique each game. And the artwork is stunning. Five days left on this one.

Fellow nerdbrarian Sheri was bemoaning the lack of Regency-themed games when we stumbled upon Marrying Mr. Darcy, a strategy card games in which players take up the role of a Pride and Prejudice heroine, each seeking the attention of available suitors. I’m really rooting for this one to make the $30,000 stretch goal: the bonus Undead Expansion Pack.

And, finally, for those still kicking themselves for having missed Reaper Miniatures’ original, record-breaking Bones kickstarter, they’ve returned with Reaper Miniatures Bones II. The project has already broken the million dollar mark, with over three weeks still remaining. So if you need scores of more unpainted minis cluttering your hobbit hole, here’s your chance.

Gamify Everything with HabitRPG

Okay, gamer nerds, fess up, you’ve all found yourself, some late night or another, bleary-eyed and exhausted in front of the computer screen, and you’ve thought to yourself If I worked this hard at the rest of my life, I’d totally have my shit together. Well, HabitRPG might just be the kick in the codpiece you need, an online app that allows you to set goals and gain xp if you meet those goals, lose hit points if you don’t. And they have a current Kickstarter to add new features, debug the website, and develop a mobile app version.

Via LifeHacker.

Nerdstarter: The Funding

As much as I troll kickstarter lately searching for small-press RPGs to back, I figured I might as well make some use of my findings. So here’s what’s happening this week:

The seminal indie RPG Sorcerer is receiving an anniversary upgrade with annotations by the author Ron Edwards and new artwork. Only a few days left on this one, but it’s already made more than four times its goal, so might as well consider it a pre-order.

Fate Core will be the release in hardcopy of the updated FATE rules, a generic RPG system that inspired games from Spirit of the Century to Diaspora to The Dresden Files, and helped launch the indie RPG company Evil Hat. The FATE Kickstarter has already made nearly a hundred times its original goal, and when the project is completed, the pdf will be made available to everyone on a “pay what you like” basis.

Finally, the 70s RPG Tunnels and Trolls is headed toward a new edition. I’m not really an Old School Revival enthusiast myself, but, you know, different strokes. And I’m happy there are those out there keeping these things alive: Tunnels and Trolls Deluxe has already doubled its original Kickstarter goal, and for fourteen bones, you can get yourself in line for the PDF and keep the flame burning.

Gamifying YA reading with The Game of Books

Say what you will about bribing kids to read with extrinsic rewards, but I guarantee I would have been less of a slacker in high school had there been experience points and leveling up involved. The folks behind the book recommendation site have launched a kickstarter for a digital card game in which young readers earn points and badges for completing books. From the sound of it, the emphasis is on breadth of reading as much as volume, which I quite like. There’s a more detailed article over on Library Journal.