In Serpent's Tooth, you and your friends make a story about a King, his Kingdom, and what power does to the powerful.
A dying monarch...a star quarterback...the CEO of a dot-com empire...
Serpent's Tooth is a tabletop game where you and your friends create a story about a King in the twilight of his rule. One of you plays the King, who wields vast power over the Kingdom. The rest of you play members of the King's court. Each with their own hidden nature, and each with the ability to seize the King's power for their own. Through play you discover the fate of the King, the Kingdom, and what power does to the powerful.
I have 6 years of publishing experience as art director of Bicycle Records, and a member of the Art Kitchen. Serpent's Tooth has been featured on Giant Fire Breathing Robot, and Game Chef. Another of my games, Suspended Animation, was featured on Narrativiste.eu.
I will be assisted in the editing by Terri Cohlene, former editor and art director for Illumination Arts publishing (and also my mom :)
Development and Production
The alpha draft of Serpent's Tooth was written and play tested last year for the 2011 Game Chef competition. Since then the game has been through two additional rounds of playtesting and revisions including a public beta which ran from march-may of this year.
The book is laid out and awaiting the final text which will be complete in early June. I have sourced out and priced all of the components of the Boxed set and have a couple of options for the print run of books depending on how large the run is going to be.
My goal is to have everything laid out and ready for press at the end of June, and to have all of the rewards assembled and shipped out the first week of august.
What is a Story Game?
video:Jay Loomis additional footage: Seth Vincent, Brian Fullerton
The book will be approximately 70 pages, black + white with a color cover. It will include a pdf wilth all of the print materials needed for play.
"Regal Edition" Boxed Set
Here is what you get...
- The Box - 9.5 x 6.5 x 2in, full color, wrapped 18pt card-stock
- 14 Tarot Sized Cards (10 Nature Cards and 4 player aides.)
- 5 Bone "Serpent's Teeth"
- Pad of Kingdom Surveys
- 7 King Sheets printed on cardstock
- Bag for holding the Teeth and Cards
The art is all 8 1/2 x 11 pen and ink drawings signed by the artist. It will be delivered rolled up in a mailing tube. Email your top 3 picks to firstname.lastname@example.org when you take this choice. I will cross these off as they get taken.
- The Monarch
- The Amazon King
- The Super Hero
- The Green Man
- The Homecoming King
- Artificial Life
- The Dungeon Master
- The Fates
$2,500 Fortify the Castle - at this level I can afford even sturdier 24pt card-stock for the Regal Edition Box.
$4,500 11th Nature - So we've got this extra nature illustration lying around. If we reach this goal, we'll include it in the game and let backer's vote on it's name.
$6,000 Extra King - At this level, Backers will vote on one of 3 additional Kings for development and inclusion in the game.
- The Taco King (manager at a fast food restaurant)
- The Star Lord (emperor of a galactic empire)
- The Guru (loving religious cult-leader)
$8,500 All the Kings! - At this level, we'll develop the 2nd and 3rd place runners up for inclusion in the game as well.
$10,000 Kick it to Olympia - At this level I'll set aside $500 to help fund Kickstarter projects by local designers.
$12,000 Website + Poster- If this many people are interested, I will build and maintain a full featured website, just for Serpent's Tooth. The site will host a forum, tutorial, as well as tools for sharing your Kings with the Serpent's Tooth community.
In addition, all backers at the $20 level and above will receive a Serpent's Tooth poster of their choice of King.
Sure thing! Here is the ultra condensed explanation...
the mechanics of Serpent's Tooth all deal with the apportioning of Creative Authority. At the start of the game one player has the King, and also the NPCs, Places, and Threats to the Kingdom which basically makes that person the GM.Everyone else is in charge of their PC. Each PC has a double sided nature card that represents how everyone else sees them. Anyone can invoke your nature through play, either in character or out of character. When they do that you have to act on your nature. Creative Authority in Serpent's Tooth means that you're the author of that part of the story and if someone else says something about, lets say, your character, then you have the power to step in, or attach a cost to what they want.
When you show your character plotting to Seize, or somehow take control of one of the Regalia, you get a Serpent's Tooth. In a future scene you can pay your tooth to execute your plot and Seize the Regalia.
Kinda sorta. The King is totally the GM, but everyone else gets to name all the Characters, Places, and Threats during the setup. Also by the end of the game the GM roles usually dispersed throughout the group. (I've never seen anyone get all three regalia, though it could totally happen.)
The Nature cards are a leash everyone gets to tug on. They are double sided so once during the game you can choose to reveal your hidden nature. The natures are all diametrically opposed Honest / Deceitful, Hateful / Nurturing, that sort of thing.
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May 29, 2012 - Jun 28, 2012 (30 days)
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THANKS! •I'll keep you posted on the latest developments, if you want you can always up your level later.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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DIGITAL PDF •A Digital PDF of the completed game.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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BOOK •A copy of Serpent's Tooth mailed right to your door! (International Orders add $5 for shipping.)Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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REGAL EDITION - BOXED SET •Book •5 Teeth Counters •10 Tarot-sized Nature cards •a handsome Red Bag for the teeth and cards •Full set of King sheets •Pad of 50 Kingdom surveys •Full color box (International orders add $10 for shippingEstimated delivery: Aug 2012
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RETAILER PACKAGE •6 Books •add $10 / additional book (Retailer Only, International Orders add $15 for shipping.)Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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BOXED SET + ORIGINAL ART •One of a kind •Signed by Ryan Converse •Artwork is first come-first serve. See Available Pieces in the description.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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DELUXE RETAILER PACKAGE •6 Boxed Sets •add $30 / additional boxed set (Retailer Only - International Orders add $35 for shipping.)Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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CROWN A KING + BOXED SET + ORIGINAL ART •Ross and Ryan will create a King, just for you. Tell us what you want and we will work with you to make it happen, the King will be play-tested and made available to backers •Includes original drawing of your King signed by Ryan ConverseEstimated delivery: Aug 2012