Gratuitous Anime Gimmick (or GAG) is a tabletop role playing game that was released in May 2017. The goal of GAG was to emulate as many anime genres as thoroughly as possible--to make the player feel like they're truly playing a mecha pilot, a magical girl, or whatever other archetype they're attached to.
This Kickstarter is to fund the first expansion to that game, Gratuitous Anime Gimmick: Of Raised Dead & Evening Rituals (or GAG: ORDER, for short). While the GAG core book casts a wide net, the goal of the first expansion will be to put a narrower focus on emulating gothic and horror flavors of anime. GAG paid homage to all manner of anime--DBZ, Sailor Moon, Akira, Evangelion, Sgt. Frog, and Princess Mononoke, just to name a handful. ORDER will be taking more specifically from anime like Hellsing, Tokyo Ghoul, Vampire Hunter D, and Gosick. It will be fully compatible with the GAG core book, and will maintain GAG's simple but flexible rule system. ORDER will also greatly expand on all the options presented in GAG, including but not limited to:
- Over 80 New Gimmicks. Drunken boxing, necromancy, mech-mounted ballista, holy bullets, and pressure points that make people explode, among many, many others.
- New Playable Species, such as the shark-like Samebito and the cold, curse-inducing Yuki-onna, as well as some frequently requested medieval fantasy standbys like Elves and Dwarves.
- New Class: The Priestess. Using ofuda and rituals, the Priestess heals, cleanses, and supports. She can grant shields, create portals, and transfer afflictions to paper dolls.
- New Class: The Mad Scientist. By crafting strange devices and mixing odd concoctions, the Mad Scientist has unmatched versatility and the weirdest powers in the game. He can do things like shrink enemies, animate his own limbs, and transmute the properties of items.
- New Quirks. Among regular quirks--like Dependency and Paranoia--GAG: ORDER introduces Afflicted Quirks. Recover points by role playing an aversion to holy symbols, or by giving into various forms of madness.
- New Monsters, including a tree that drinks people and a massive skeleton made of smaller skeletons. GAG: ORDER will be scouring the stranger corners of Japanese mythology, as well as introducing more western-style horror creatures like werewolves and vampires.
- A New Setting. In contrast to the optimistic and very modern feel of the default Jippon setting, the new country of Illstadt is a foreboding, secretive place with towering spires, stained glass windows, and miles upon miles of deadly wilderness. Vehicles are powered by mad science, horrific monsters roam the countryside, and cities are ran by cabals of the undead.
GAG: ORDER will be made available in PDF format via DrivethruRPG.
$5000: By meeting the minimum goal, I can guarantee black and white art of each of the character classes in a style appropriate for the themes and setting of the book. By reaching the $5000 mark, I can up that to full sized, full color pictures. Here's an example of the artwork you'd be paying for--the Witch class, first introduced in the GAG core rules.
$7000: At this mark, GAG: ORDER will have full color art of each of the classes, as well as simpler, non-color art of other types--select monsters, items and the like, making the book more overall pleasing to read.
$10,000: At this mark, GAG: ORDER will have full color art of each character class AND full color images of various enemies, artifacts, abilities in motion, locations and scenarios. Pretty much any money past this point will be spent toward more artwork in the style above, and general improvements to the book overall (proofreads, layout, and so forth).
Risks and challenges
When I finished writing Gratuitous Anime Gimmick, I had a bunch of ideas left over. Just a whole Wordpad file full of unused gimmicks and half-baked concepts. Some of them were solid ideas that I couldn't quite hash out the details of at the time--like, manipulating light sounds neat but underpowered. Teleportation is a given, but if it's not written just right it could be overpowered.
I also had a bunch of ideas that were good, and fleshed out, but they weren't... let's say thematically appropriate for the GAG core rules. GAG was very light hearted, and fun, and whimsical. Hurting someone by stabbing their shadow or making blood pacts with otherworldly entities is pretty darn anime, but it was a shade darker than I wanted. Of Raised Dead & Evening Rituals is me shoving those stranger, "edgier" concepts into the light, as well as finishing up some of those not-quite-there ideas.
The book won't be a massive departure from the GAG core. You'll still be ridiculous anime heroes slicing buildings in half and shooting laser beams with your muscles. ORDER just looks to introduce a more disquieting oddness to the monsters you face, a more somber atmosphere to the world around you, and a little more weight to the sacrifices you make for power.
I can say with absolute confidence the book will get done. The basic bits are 80% done and sitting in that Wordpad file. The fancier bits--making it all good and readable, flavoring up the setting and explaining what makes the Mad Science mad, and filling a PDF with it all--I'd say is about 50% done. The GAG core rules had very little in the way of art, though, and didn't have as much play testing and proofreading as I would have liked. I want ORDER to be better. I want ORDER to have nice art that pulls you into the feel of it all. I want it to be reviewed by more than just myself and a handful of strangers before I release it. I want the layout to be more than just whatever free Photoshop brushes I can slap together on the cheap. I've found an artist who nails that Yoshitaka Amano-style gothic elegance extremely well, and I kind of just want that all over the place.
I was more or less satisfied with GAG, but I want to put out a product that does more than satisfy. I want GAG: ORDER to be a massive step up, and I need help for that.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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