Bringing Halcyon City to Life
Another two stretch goals down! I shouldn’t even be surprised at this point! :)
I’m thrilled with the success we’ve had so far, all thanks to all of you---and we’re going to come out with some cool stuff as this campaign moves forward! I’m excited to share it with you!
Stretch Goal #7 UNLOCKED: Manic Pixie Dream Girl, by John Wick
John Wick’s piece, “Manic Pixie Dream Girl,” will not only introduce the titular character as someone who can show up in your Masks games, either to give them some trouble or to lend a helping hand, but it will also introduce more on Capes Exposed! I’m super excited to have more in the vein of terrible tabloids in Halcyon City. It’s a time-honored tradition for superheroes, young and old, to deal with the madness of sensationalist reporting!
Stretch Goal #8 UNLOCKED: The Reformed, by June Shores
June Shores’s playbook, “The Reformed,” will now join the Innocent as a limited edition playbook for Masks! The Reformed fills a niche that the base playbooks didn’t quite touch on, so I’m very happy to have it included! June is a sharp designer, and I’m really excited to see what she does with this playbook!
In Our Next Issue…
The Halcyon City Herald Collection is really filling out with some awesome pieces showing all kinds of different characters, places, and elements you can throw at players. Every one of these pieces is going to have a custom move attached for use in your game, so the final version of this thing is going to be a great resource for your table! For example, you’ll get some new moves in John’s piece for dealing with tabloids and media reporting on your heroes.
In addition to our $25,000 goal with Justin Rogers's "Hiro's Hot Takes," here are two more fantastic stretch goal pieces, and a cool announcement about the Herald Collection:
Stretch Goal #10: Healers of Halcyon City, by Brianna Sheldon
If we reach $27,500, Brianna Sheldon will write “Healers of Halcyon City,” all about healing powers and healthcare in the city. Does a hero with regenerative powers have a responsibility to donate their blood to science? What does the city promise to do for its superheroes when they get injured? What is the place for a hero whose powers have less to do with hurting, and more to do with healing? Brie’s piece will consist of short blurbs pinpointing major issues facing Halcyon City on these fronts, so that you can bring up these difficult and complicated matters at your table!
Stretch Goal #11: Monarch Industries and the Chrysalis, by Kyle Simons
If we reach $30,000, Kyle Simons (Worlds in Peril) will write “Monarch Industries and the Chrysalis,” an shocking exposé on one of Halcyon City’s major corporations and the scandal around its Fountain of Youth drug. Everybody knows that Monarch Industries came out with their drug to de-age people and return them to the prime of their lives—something that many older heroes couldn’t have been more happy about! But few know the full story of the drug’s side effects, and how it tied into the creation of the deadly villain—the Chrysalis—and his henchman, the Molt Men!
The Halcyon City Herald Collection - Print Edition!
That’s not all! If we reach $30,000 then we’ll produce print copies of the Halcyon City Herald Collection! They’ll be the same 6” x 9” format as the main Masks book, along with custom moves for all the articles and color art throughout the book.
Everyone who is pledging at least $10 will still get a PDF version of the Collection, but if you want a print edition of the Herald Collection, then you’ll just have to add $20 to your pledge, no extra shipping required! At the end of the campaign, you’ll be able to select your add-ons through Backerkit to make sure you get exactly what you wanted. We’ll deliver the Herald Collection a few months after the main book!
Scratching the Surface
Even though we’ve already come so far, we’re still only at the beginning of what Masks can become! We have some great ideas for where to take things going forward, and I can’t wait to show them to you! Stay tuned, keep flying, and knock those villains down!