I have many fond memories of playing RuneQuest back in the day and amusing discussions about if elves don’t see by reflected light, but see the intrinsic object can they see through windows? Or maybe that was just our group that got caught up in this quandary.
The point is that OpenQuest is a very easily hackable variation on the RuneQuest theme that has spawned half a dozen new games based upon the open ruleset from Clockwork to Pirates to the Renaissance.
For me I have not really touched much upon except then I was comparing starting characters from a wide range of starting characters in d100 systems to see just how competent characters are comparatively from one system to another. (it turns out that you can very easily take a starting PC from any d100 game and play then in any other d100 game with no significant modifications.)
The adventure module in the title The Mirror Tells Her Lies is a fully funded Kickstarter for the OpenQuest rule system. It is also the writers first foray into digital publishing. I think the whole thing, kickstarting an adventure module, was a pretty brave thing to do. Modules are notoriously hard to sell as most experienced GMs pride themselves on writing all their own adventures and OpenQuest is pretty niche as a game system.
The writer is very open about the risks involved in completing the project but despite that the project is well on its way to doubling its funding goal. That is no mean feat.
Reading the kickstarter campaign it is obvious that the writer, Michael Hopcroft, has many more plans for the future and the fact that this first one funded bodes well for those future adventures. If you enjoy OpenQuest in any of its variations, BRP or RuneQuest then you may want to check out this writer.
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!
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