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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.

The AEGIS Reports

Posted by Brendan G. Conway (Creator)

WOO! I really shouldn’t be surprised at how amazing you all are, but yesterday and today have been AWESOME! You blew past another THREE stretch goals, and are still chugging away on track for a fourth! You’re stupendous! Fantastic! Marvelous! (I don’t think that last one is copyrighted. Yet.)

Stretch Goal #20 UNLOCKED: Spiderweb, by Mark Diaz Truman

Because we’ve reached $65,000, Mark Diaz Truman will write our fourth playset: Spiderweb! There’s no one better equipped to tackle adding street-level stories to Masks than Mark. Between Urban Shadows and Cartel, he knows how to tell compelling stories about crime and communities like no one else I know. We’ve often joked that when we run the game Apocalypse World, I’m all about the weird freaky psychic monstrosities and phenomena, and he’s all about how the people you’re living next to really want the things you have—and it’s that sensibility that I’m really glad he’s bringing to Masks. I’m excited by how excited he is for Spiderweb, and I can’t wait to see how Mark brings street-level stories to Masks!

Stretch Goal #21 UNLOCKED: The Brain, by Cam Banks

Because we’ve reached $67,500, Cam Banks will write our SEVENTH(!!!) limited edition playbook: The Brain! A bunch of people in our community have asked for a playbook that could do something like this, and when Cam pitched a version of the Brain defined by superiority, and the guilt that came with creating a terribly dangerous supervillain, I knew that he had the perfect take. I’m thrilled to have Cam’s experience, creativity, and know-how for this playbook!

Stretch Goal #22 UNLOCKED: The Newborn, by Alberto Muti and Tim Franzke

Because we’ve reached $70,000, Alberto Muti and Tim Franzke will write up our EIGHTH limited edition playbook for Masks: The Newborn! I’m thrilled to have this playbook added to our overall set—it brings a new lens to the possible characters for Masks, and it opens up still more of my favorite characters from young adult superhero stories. Alberto and Tim proposed the idea, and I knew it made perfect sense for the game. Their design ideas are already exciting and clever, and I can’t wait to see what The Newborn looks like when it emerges from their mental grow-vats!

In Our Next Issue…

You ripped through all our stretch goals! Good gravy! That means it’s time to release more, and we’re going to release a whole CAVALCADE, aimed at a FOURTH BOOK!

The Secrets of A.E.G.I.S.

All of our next batch of stretch goals are aimed at filling out a fourth book—Secrets of A.E.G.I.S., all about the internal files of Halcyon City’s own metahuman protection agency! All the reports will come with custom moves, plot hooks, and more to give you all the tools you need to open up A.E.G.I.S.’s files for your own game.

Some of our upcoming stretch goals are still classified, but we want you to have some idea of everything coming along as we head into these crazy final days of our Kickstarter!

Stretch Goal #23: Old Dogs and New Tricks, an A.E.G.I.S. Report by Shoshana Kessock

If we can reach $72,500, Shoshana Kessock will take up the task of writing up a full A.E.G.I.S. report about a significant change to one of Halcyon City’s oldest super teams. Over the years, Halcyon City has seen countless superhero teams come and go, and it has tracked every single one of them. It marks their ebb and flow, their successes and failures, and any dangers they might pose to the city. When an old team attempts to resurrect their position and status, reinventing themselves for the modern age while pursuing celebrity through social media, it’s enough to immediately set up a dozen red flags in the A.E.G.I.S. systems.

Everyone who pledges at least $10 will get a full PDF copy of this A.E.G.I.S. report.

Stretch Goal #24: The Halcyon Plaza Disaster, an A.E.G.I.S. Report by Julia Ellingboe

If we can reach $75,000, Julia Ellingboe will declassify her investigation into the Halcyon Plaza Disaster incident. Whenever superheroes cause damage to the city, it’s immediate cause for an A.E.G.I.S. report, and the Halcyon Plaza Disaster is one of the most significant incidents in recent memory. Rumors and conspiracy theories abound concerning the disaster. It’s commonly known that three younger heroes, none of them paragons of heroism or virtue, were directly involved with the Halcyon Plaza Disaster, but the specifics have been locked down...until now.

Everyone who pledges at least $10 will get a full PDF copy of this A.E.G.I.S. report.

Stretch Goal #25: [EXPLETIVES DELETED], an A.E.G.I.S. Report by Eric Mersmann

If we can reach $77,500, Eric Mersmann will provide the A.E.G.I.S. report on one of Halcyon City’s more provocative hero teams. The team, whose name even A.E.G.I.S. doesn’t feel comfortable repeating, has a hostile attitude toward the press and the Halcyon City PD. That hasn't earned them much in the way of civic praise, but has earned them notoriety, cred, and even a few fans. A.E.G.I.S. keeps a close eye on the team, in case their actions ever veer towards danger or destruction...and also to discover if their efforts to keep super-powered villains and heroes alike out of their neighborhood actually result in peace, or just more strife for the residents of The Heights.

Everyone who pledges at least $10 will get a full PDF copy of this A.E.G.I.S. report.

Stretch Goal #26: The Dragon, an A.E.G.I.S. Report by Travis Scott

If we can reach $80,000, Travis Scott will unredact his file on one of the most dangerous developments in Halcyon City’s underworld: The Dragon has landed in Halcyon City! Leader of the Nine Scales Syndicate, a superpowered global crime organization profiting from terror, he has seized control of vast swathes of the Halcyon City underworld in a bloody coup that lasted just one afternoon. Worse, A.E.G.I.S. has no idea why! Is this another one of the Dragon's clever deceptions, or will this supervillain menace add Halcyon City to its hoard? A.E.G.I.S. is unsure of how to tackles this problem, and fears that the best possible solution is near unthinkable—to team up with the petty remants of Halcyon City’s organized crime families!

Everyone who pledges at least $10 will get a full PDF copy of this A.E.G.I.S. report.

Stretch Goal #27: Agents of A.E.G.I.S., a playset by Brendan Conway

If we can reach $85,000, Brendan Conway will write up our fifth playset: Agents of A.E.G.I.S.! This playset will detail the history, purpose, and structure of A.E.G.I.S., and will give you all the custom moves and rules tweaks you’ll need to play young heroes working on the behalf of the agency. A.E.G.I.S. hasn’t been able to deny the rise of younger heroes, and instead of simply locking them down or ignoring them, it’s trying out a new strategy—recruiting them. Training them. Dispatching them on missions. And all the while, monitoring them. Agents of A.E.G.I.S. will give you everything you need to play a Masks game with your characters acting as young recruits of A.E.G.I.S., but who do you really work for? Can they really be trusted?.

Everyone who pledges at least $10 will get a full PDF copy of this playset.

Secrets of A.E.G.I.S. Compiled!

Also, if we can reach $85,000, then we’ll put together a physical version of our fourth book, compiling all the Secrets of A.E.G.I.S. materials—the A.E.G.I.S. reports, the Agents of A.E.G.I.S. playset, and both the Newborn and the Brain limited edition playbooks! You’ll be able to get a softcover copy of Secrets of A.E.G.I.S. as a $20 add-on, and we’ll also make a way for you to get a hardcover copy of the book along with all the others!

What’s more, we’re not done—we’ve got more planned for this Kickstarter, including more A.E.G.I.S. secrets and some special goals for the last few days!

Ultimate A.E.G.I.S. Access

If we can reach $85,000, we’ll make a whole new reward tier for you to get EVERYTHING Masks related all in one fell swoop!


We’re so close to adding 8 more cards to the Deck of Villainy! Two more missions, and the deck will hold 44 total cards!

Here are the remaining missions:

  • 1000 Facebook Likes: We only need 73 more! 
  • $75,000 in funding: We only need $5,000! 
  • 25 Villain Selfies: We only need 6 more! 
  • 1 video of a Halcyon City press conference (at least 2 minutes long) 
  • 1 group photo of ten costumed people, each one representing a different base playbook 
  • 10 individual drawings of a young hero directly engaging a threat: We need 7 more! 

If we can accomplish just two more missions, then that’s 8 more cards! And then we’re into the end stretch, with the potential to unlock another 10 cards!

And in the mean time, check out this awesome Halcyon news report from Sean Riedinger! That's one whole mission knocked off, with STYLE and PANACHE! Thanks, Sean!

Declassifying the Future

We still have three days left, and we’re going strong! Please, keep tweeting, posting, and talking about Masks! There are some goals I’m really excited about coming up, and I can’t wait to see if we can reach them together! As always, thank you all so much for your support!

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    1. Brendan G. Conway 2-time creator

      @PK - We're going to be posting the custom moves up soon!

    2. Brendan G. Conway 2-time creator

      @Orson - Awesome! We're excited that you're excited! We will be putting up the books on backerkit, but the $200 deal only runs through the end of the Kickstarter.

      @Sean - Thank you! Seriously. Thank you!

    3. Gearsoul Dragon

      I've preemptively taken the Utility Belt pledge and over-pledged for $200 total in preparation for/pursuit of hitting 85k but if we don't get that far I'll probably drop back the the $90 tier...

    4. Gearsoul Dragon

      (I guessed for decks and dice, for how much an average cost for comparative amounts would be. idk.)

      225/4 books=56.25 per book.

      For a hardcover RPG book over here that's about average, last I checked.

      With no added shipping.

      That's really not that bad, it'd be like having a huge spending spree in the game store in the city.

      I mean, I'd never spend this much in one pay on RPG books in a store 'xD

      But it's the only chance to get the hardcovers...

    5. Gearsoul Dragon

      >:U I can do this. I can do this!

      I have the money for the car rego sitting aside. I've already paid 90% of phone bill.

      So long as nothing unexpectedly large pops up in the next two weeks I should be able to do this and be fine.

    6. Gearsoul Dragon

      *choke* So, it's not *really* surprising, I know the conversion rate sucks right now, but *seeing* the number, *knowing* that $200 for me is gonna be closer to $300(about $275) just makes it more real...

      Stupid reality! I need these books!

      :( Would you guys happen to be considering BackerKit..?

    7. Gearsoul Dragon

      Okay, I saw $200 and just skimmed over that new reward tier preview... I've been screenshotting playbooks and a few playsets in preparation for my '10 heroes' drawing and actually read it properly this time...

      I didn't realise all the extra books were hardcover as well! OMG I want that tier so bad now...!

      What pledges can I ditch so I can afford this x___x *rushes to find out*

    8. Jeddy Kight on

      We have our first one of these new stretch goals and over half way to the next one.

    9. Sean Riedinger

      Glad to be of service! I'll also be extending my pledge to the campaign to be a bit more weighty, maybe help knock down some more stretch goals...

    10. Gearsoul Dragon

      Ha, yeah I'm in that same boat as well :P But if we make it to 85k I'll have to make it fit somehow.

    11. Robert John Ruthven on

      @David Andrews I know, right? I'm pretty much at my limit here.

    12. Gearsoul Dragon

      Okay, I can't draw worth a damn but I guess I'll tackle the '10 heroes' drawing :P

    13. PK Levine


      I see that you've crossed off the "10 custom Moves shared on social media" goal. I'd love to read those, but there's no easy way for me to search for them. Do you still have the links? If so, could you please post them in another update?

    14. David Andrews on

      Stop making me spend more money!

      Its the bank account capn, she canna take the strain!

    15. Luke Walker on

      AEGIS may be a good playset for a DV8 or Thunderbolts style game.

    16. Luke Walker on

      Third supplement. Awesome.