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Masks is a tabletop RPG about a team of young superheroes forging their own identities in Halcyon City, a megapolis packed with heroes.
Masks is a tabletop RPG about a team of young superheroes forging their own identities in Halcyon City, a megapolis packed with heroes.
2,371 backers pledged $107,328 to help bring this project to life.

Discovering the Web!

Posted by Brendan G. Conway (Creator)

And with another epic crash of thunder, our noble heroes broke through yet another stretch goal, bringing great justice and hope to the land! 

You did it! You’ve broken through our Creative Commons stretch goal, and we’re very, very close to unlocked still more cards for the Deck of Villainy! Amazing!

Stretch Goal #18 UNLOCKED: Creative Commons, ePub, and .MOBI

Because we’ve reached $55,000, Magpie Games will release portions of the Masks text under a Creative Commons license. What’s more, we’ll also release the book in ePub and .MOBI formats, making it easier than ever for you to take the text of Masks with you wherever you go.

Since we’ve gotten a few questions about it, we want to clarify what will and won’t be released. Basically, we’re going to keep the rights associated with all the art in the books, the characters presented in the playbook images (we’ve got plans for them!), and many of the official villains and NPCs. But Halcyon City itself, the mechanics (including the playbooks), and many characters will all be yours to use, reuse, and remix for your own commercial products.

I have high hopes for what this means for Masks! I would love to see a community full of hacks, new playbooks, custom moves, and more, and I think this license will help foster that community. I can’t wait until new playsets and pieces start springing up!

In Our Next Issue…

The Apocalypse Sonata by Darren Watts, with its awesome mix of cosmic adventure and Kirby-style mythology, awaits us at $60,000. And now, for our next playset—our fourth!

Stretch Goal #20: Spiderweb, by Mark Diaz Truman

If we reach $65,000, Mark Diaz Truman will write a new playset: Spiderweb. The Spider is a dangerous man, a figure spoken of in whispers and oblique references. Many aren’t even sure he exists...but he does. His reach extends from the slums to skyscrapers, tendrils of influence and control that arise from the muck to capture the innocent and guilty alike in a web of crime and corruption.

When the heroes of the city are dealing with dimensional rifts and alien invasions, it’s easy for them to overlook the machinations of one man. But that’s where you come in—young heroes who hail from the parts of the city most wrapped up in the Spider’s webs, determined to break those threads…or die trying. These are your streets, and you’ll be damned if you let him continue to feast on their suffering.

In Spiderweb, Mark will detail the street-level of heroics in Halcyon City, inspired by the adventures of characters like Daredevil, Luke Cage, The Crow, the members of the Bat-Family, and more. All of the characters, custom moves, rules tweaks, and locations you’ll need to play young heroes in a street-level struggle against the crime that plagues their home.

Everybody who pledges at least $10 will get a full PDF copy of Spiderweb as part of Masks: Unbound. If we reach $60,000 and make printed copies of Masks: Unbound, Spiderweb will be included in each and every one!


We’re three more accomplished missions away from adding 8 more cards to the Deck of Villainy, for a total of 36!

Here are a few more missions we’re getting close to completing:

  • 1500 Backers: We currently have 1439!
  • 1000 Facebook Likes: We currently have 843! 
  • 10 Villain Selfies: We currently have 8! (And remember—you can do a villain selfie even if you’ve also done a hero selfie!) 
  •  10 individual drawings of a young hero unleashing their powers: We currently have 7! 
  • 1 video of a Halcyon City Press Conference—it just needs to be 2 minutes long! 
  • 1 video of a Halcyon City News Report—it just needs to be 2 minutes long!

3 more missions until 36 cards! Make sure that if you go after any of these missions, you tag your post with #MasksRPG and #Halcyoncityjailbreak!

Also, I put together this image from all the hero selfies we’ve received so far—you’re all awesome (except for that guy in the upper left corner, he used too much lens flare). Go team!

The Continuing Adventures

We’re still going! We have about 10 days left until we’re done, and that’s still plenty of time to reach and unlock some more amazing stuff! Keep sharing and talking about Masks, and go after those missions! I can’t wait to see what fun stuff you post!

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    1. Gearsoul Dragon

      This is an amazing stretch goal! nOn I'm so glad he hit this one~ I think it'll really add a lot to the Masks game :3

      That next one sounds awesome, too! I'm so stoked for The Spider and for street-level heroing :P Or villaining ;3

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      I think it's awesome that you guys want to support people using Masks in their own creations and sharing! While all of the stretch goals are great, the Creative Commons one is probably my favorite. I'm really glad this project has done so well.