I’ve been under a rock for the past few months, between preparing for GenCon and working on the Adventure Zone game, Project Raptor, and a few other things I can’t talk about, but I wanted to take a moment to point you to OTHER projects I’m interested in. There’s a lot of great projects out there and I’m only writing about things I’ve personally backed; if you know about other projects that are worth a look, post them in the comments!
In 2009, I traveled around the world playing D&D with a wide assortment of interesting people. It was during this journey that I first met Satine Phoenix. Now, Satine has teamed up with Dwarven Forge founder Stefan Porkorny to create Destination Fantastic, a travel show that explores the roots of fantasy and searches for sources of inspiration. The first episode explores Iceland, which is filled with remarkable locations. As of this writing there’s only 50 hours left in the campaign and they’ve got a long ways to go, but there’s still time to back this fantastic journey.
I’ve always loved mythology and folklore: when other children were playing cops and robbers, I was playing Aesir vs Vanir. So backing Demigods was an easy decision for me. Jason Mills has used the foundation of the Powered By The Apocalypse engine to create this RPG driven by the actions of semi-mortal descendants of gods in the modern world. If you’d like to know more, you can find the quickstart rules here. But don’t delay: as of his posting, Demigods has less than 24 hours in its campaign! It’s over 400% funded and will definitely happen, but if you want to jump onboard, back it here!
I’ve been a fan of Fiasco ever since its original release. It’s a collaborative storytelling game where you work together with other players to tell stories about plans that go horribly wrong. If you’re curious to get a taste of what it sounds like in action, check out the Gosh Darn Fiasco podcast—go back far enough, and you’ll find an episode I participated in! I love the flexibility of Fiasco and how it encourages players to build a story together… and to embrace the idea that not all stories have to end well.
This new edition of Fiasco abandons playlists and dice in favor of cards. I’ve been experimenting with this myself with my own Fiasco sets, and I think it’s an excellent way to make the game a little more accessible. I haven’t played this new version yet, but I have no hesitations about jumping on board the campaign. There’s still a lot of time left (and it’s already funded by more than 700%!) but if you want to get on board now, you can back Fiasco here!
Let me breaking this down for you. This is an all-ages roleplaying game that can be played by anyone six and up, and it involves MAGICAL KITTIES SAVING THE DAY. As a fan of both Atlas Games, storytelling, and cats (as shown by my own game Action Cats) it would be churlish of me to ignore this. If you know kids who love cats and adventures, you can back this here.
That’s what I’m backing at the moment, but if you know of other projects I should take a look at, post them in the comments below!