Recently Nicholas Kitts, head of Nexus Shift Games, let us know about the kickstarter for their new tabletop roleplaying game called “Children of the Beast”. It’s set in a really weird and original world. To quote Nicholas it’s a world “where mountains walk the earth and the moon crawls across the sky”. The player characters are occult beast hunters trying to stop a terrible corruption, which is spreading like a plague and mutates its victims. Yuck!
What sets Children of the Beast apart is not only its truly weird setting but also a companion app which streamlines playing and running the game in various ways. Personally the games looks a bit too weird for my tastes, but your mileage may vary.
Other interesting features are the in-depth wound system which allows you to hack off limbs from enemy monsters or the corruption system which allows you to sacrifice your humanity to gain new abilities. The games uses the Xd20 system which uses d20-based dice pools for task resolution.
If this has piqued your interest, you should definitely check out the official Kickstarter project page. Nicholas’ team is trying to raise about $17,000€ with 22 more days to go to make Children of the Beast a reality. If you are still unsure whether the game is for you, you can check out the prototype app and rulebook right now!
Greg Saunders (check out my 2017 interview) is currently raising funds for his latest roleplaying game called “Golgotha Tabletop Roleplaying Game”. It’s a science fiction roleplaying game focused on exploration and discovery (with a bit of horror thrown in for good measure) made with The Black Hack.
The Golgotha are dead worlds at the edge of human space, filled with the secrets of unknown inhuman cultures, and lost technology coveted by the Overseers. The player characters are scavengers exploring these dangerous and mysterious worlds in order to get their hands on priceless artifacts.
A game by Greg Saunders using the Black Hack and with a dark sci-fi setting? I have to admit I backed it as soon as Kickstarter informed me about the project! As with his other games the KS is mostly to raise funds for the art he’s using. The games are usually already written and will be ready shortly after the campaign ends. That’s why the estimated delivery in July is more than feasible. If you are a fan of Greg’s work as I am, or if you’re just interested in a unique rules-light sci-fi game, you should give this KS a closer look!
If you ever wanted to run a game in a historical setting but didn’t have the time for all the prep and research involved, Tristan has you covered. “Making History: Three One-Session RPGs” contains three complete games including pregenerated characters and adventures set into three eras of play. There’s “Norse Ivory”, a game in which you play Normans in 994 A.D. on a quest to the lands of their Viking ancestors. In “A Killing in Cahokia” you take on the roles of Native Americans investigating a murder and conspiracy in a Native American metropolis long before white men came to American shores. Last but not least there’s “Darken Ship”, a modern day game in which you play low-ranking US Navy sailors alone in a ship which should carry a crew of thousands.
The Kickstarter started today and has a goal of $1500. The game is already finished in digital form, but he needs help to finance a print run. Tristan has graciously provided me with a copy of the game and it looks very cool. All three games sound very intriguing (I am especially excited about the one set in Cahokia), the rules are fairly easy and I’m sure you could use all three games to introduce your friends to the hobby, or run it as a convention or similar event. Each game also comes with reading recommendations in case you want to learn more about the adventures’ subjects.
If you are into historical RPGs and/or a game which you can use to introduce the hobby to new people, you definitely should check out Tristan’s Kickstarter!
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