"Delve into a world rife with conspiracy and resistance and leave behind your illusions of safety." —Jeremy Morgan, Editor
The Imposters is an anthology of seven tabletop and live-action roleplaying games from seven different designers. Some of these games are brand new; some are revised and updated versions of games that have won prestigious indie gaming awards like the ENnies, Golden Cobra, and the 200WordRPG contest. All seven games offer a play experience you've never had before, which is why we think you should back this project now.
This Kickstarter campaign is raising money to pay all nine contributors (seven designers, an editor, and a layout artist) a fair wage. Each contributor is being paid royalties, which means the more we raise, the more each contributor earns. If we pass our initial goal, we will add additional art and game content as stretch goals to thank you for your support. Our first stretch goal is additional illustration by designer/artist Tim Hutchings.
The Book Itself
Jay Sylvano has almost finished laying out this beautiful, full-color 50+ page book. The Imposters contains a variety of conspiracy-themed games like a TV-inspired supernatural rpg set at a funeral, a larp about secret meetings of conspiracy theorists, and even a psychogeography larp. Players do not need previous experience with these genres or play styles in order to play.
Note for International Backers: Although we are not shipping internationally right now, if you back at the $10 or higher and the project funds, we will send you a code to order a physical book at cost. For more information, see the FAQ.
The book contains:
- Introduction by editor Jeremy Morgan
- They're Onto Me by Banana Chan: a solo larp about paranoia and aliens, played over video apps like Youtube
- The Meet by Alex Carlson: a parlor larp about conspiracy theorists conducting secret meetings while surrounded by the public
- LOVEINT by Nick Wedig: a freeform rpg about a community of melodramatic NSA officers
- The Thought Police by James Mullen: a distopian rpg about psychic citizens in a police state that hunts them
- The Light of Day by Todd Crapper: a tabletop rpg about rebellious intelligence officers trying to leak information to the public
- The Way of All Flesh by Josh T. Jordan: a freeform supernatural rpg set at the funeral of a federal agent who investigated werewolves
- Field Notes 23 by Tim Hutchings: a psychogeography larp that incorporates sketching and journaling
Here is a sample page from the book.
7,000 Additional Illustration Tim Hutchings, professional artist and designer of Field Notes #23 will add art to the book that "that expands on the mystery of the cover image, tying it more directly to [a] conspiracy."
9,000 Ten Tapes Thomas Novosel will give a digital copy of Ten Tapes to all backers at the $10 level or higher. Ten Tapes is a 2 player story game about a government archivist sorting through a box of unmarked VHS tapes in a government storage facility. The tapes don't officially exist, and the only paper you find in the box is a warning not to watch the tapes. One player plays Government Employee #H-43. The other player plays the voices recorded on one of the VHS tapes.
$10,000 Audio Book Josh T. Jordan will record an audio version of the entire book, and release it to all backers at the Digital Copy level or higher. This includes a recording of the whole book and of each separate game.
$13,000 They're Onto Me: Green Banana Chan will give to all backers at the Digital Copy level or higher a digital copy of "They're Onto Me: Green," an alternate version of her game from the perspective of the aliens. We still need to work out art and layout details on this one, but the rules already exist.
$16,000 Donation We will donate copies of the book to several libraries, game museums, and schools that want a copy. We are currently contacting educational institutions and compiling a list of those interested in donated copies of the game.
About Ginger Goat
Josh T. Jordan, owner of Ginger Goat, originally conceived of the The Imposters as a collaboration exercise for game designers with Imposter Syndrome (also correctly spelled Impostor Syndrome.) After an open call for pitches in November 2016, Jordan hired an editor, layout artist, and seven designers to design this anthology. The participants bonded and encouraged each other to publish this book.
Ginger Goat has raised funds for and delivered four games already: Heroine, Doll, Dangers Untold, and Singularity. Help us make The Imposters a success as well. The best way to do that is by backing us now.
The Kickstarter for The Imposters runs from April 11th to May 11th. More information on the project will be posted here as updates. Bloggers, podcasters, Youtube reviewers, and other media can email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Testimonials for Our Games
Don't just take our word for it. Here is some feedback we've received from our fans for other games.
"[Josh T. Jordan's] Heroine is pure magic. It has provided some of my most cherished memories in gaming and it consistently gives me the type of story I love telling." —Jenn Martin
"[Josh T. Jordan's] Heroine has helped me tell stories I never thought possible in a roleplaying game. Some friends of mine ran it for me on my birthday and it was the best birthday ever." Alex Roberts, host of Backstory podcast
"Probably the most fun I've had playing an RPG has been Todd Crapper's High Plains Samurai, using his ScreenPlay system. There's a reason he's an award-winning game designer, and I'm always excited to see his work." —Fraser Ronald
"Even 2 years later, I still remember [Nick Wedig's] LOVEINT for its tongue-in-cheek tone, interesting mechanics, and its ability to pack an incredible game into a tiny package." —David Schirduan, founder of 200WordRPG design competition
"I make an effort to play all of Banana [Chan]'s games. But supposedly she's in the process of writing one larp per hour this month. Guess I'll just have to clear my schedule." —Ole Peder
Risks and challenges
The games have been written, playtested, edited, and finalized. We have the art. Layout is in its final stage. There's a risk of some unforeseen delay in layout or printing, but there's little chance of disaster in this project. Ginger Goat has a successful track record of fulfilling Kickstarter promises. This book is nearly complete.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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