Confiture de Fraises from Smaker's. Mixed Fruit from St. Dellfour. Pacific Mountain Tayberry from Dicklinson's. Classic Strawberry Conserve from Bonne Bonne Bonne. All preserves we've purchased and enjoyed in the past. Well, now we have a new style of jam-related enjoyment...
About this Project
At Last... Vegas is a weird-preserve RPG supplement set in the nightmarish circumstances of waiting patiently for something that frankly is never likely to happen, but you might as well be sweet, sticky and fruit-packed while you're waiting for it. If you've ever found yourself digging your way through the preserve section of a local supermarket in a the dead of night, stark naked with no recollection of how you got there or what you're looking for, this will suit you down to the ground. This project will help fund jam related RPG shenanigans. I will also make some jam!
£2 - Jammy Dodger - A copy of the Adventures in Jam in PDF including all achieved stretch goals
£5 - Jam Tart - A small sample of the jam i make, plus everything in the Jammy Dodger pledge level (limited to 20)
£15 - Jammy Bagger - A limited edition At Last.... Vegas dicebag (limited to 5)
£20 -Name that Jam - You have the honour of naming the jam that is made and sent to backers
Show Me The Money
Right now I'm asking for £100 to pay for the essentials (and definitely no holidays on the continent). If we fund all backers will receive a small PDF of jam related adventures, locations and NPCs. Obviously, the first draft of the supplement has been written for months and a pile of playtesting completed. More content will be added if we exceed our funding goal via stretch goals. I will commission UK gaming folk to add content and maybe even pay for some jam related art
The basic PDF before we hit any stretch goals will contain at least two scenarios, a couple of location based encounters, a new jam related monster and a couple of recipes for you to try out with your jam. The two scenarios in the basic PDF are in and are entitled
The Jam Jar Crack'd - Murder stalks the set of a jam commercial film shoot in an idylic English village. The members of the local Neighbourhood Watch turn detective in an attempt to uncover the culprit before the fruit turns and the killer gets away. A simple investigation adventure based on the Gumshoe system.
World War Red -In the late twentieth century, scientists working for a sweet drinks company discovered a series of complex carbohydrate chains that melded together to form a self-replicating enzyme. This discovery had the potential to revolutionise the artificial sugar market and further research in the form of Project Preserve was authorised. Moral and Ethical concerns, as usual, were put aside in the pursuit of the greater good. Those working on the project were given explicit orders to violate Directive 79/693/EEC, 24 July 1979 in their methods
It is not known precisely when the addition of genetically modified ingredients was authorised, or the level to which these changes were detailed, but on the 24th of July 2009, forty years from the directive that governed the production of Jams, Project Preserve became self-aware.
When the shift change for the lab arrived on the evening of the 24th, they found all the scientists in a state of Ketoacidosis, with all samples missing from the lab. From the fevered remembrances of their addled minds, it was pieced together that at some point between 07:00 and 09:30 (timings varied due to scientists memories being addled by sugar), a small sample of strawberry jam began to move within it’s petri dish. Doing the scientific thing (standing and watching) rather than the sensible thing (burning it with fire), the scientists watched till the Jam reared up and surveyed its surroundings, then in the manner of a caged animal being shown the door for the first time, it pounced…
When they awoke, all the samples within the lab were gone, several of the containers used to house the samples were also gone, and from the feverish imaginations of the guards at the exit, stories of glass jars strung together in almost humanoid form and bound with thick strands of malevolent conserve emerged.
Project Preserve was shut down immediately, with all details of the project and samples burned down, it was presumed that without access to a source of sugar to keep going, the Jam would soon consume itself and be no longer a threat.
They had not considered that the one thing that Preserves have is a great sense of Self Preservation, soon reports emerged of attacks by waves of Jam, sometimes wearing suits made out of tins and glass, wielding lid firing cannons and smothering their victims in waves of sticky doom, and mankind came to realise that its long love affair with sugar would soon come to an end.
And so began World War Red… A standalone game with rules for playing included
£125 - unlocked - A Sticky Situation by Oli Palmer - A horrific jam based scenario for Lamentations of the Flame Princess and other old school games
£150 - unlocked - In a Tight Jam by Paul Mitchener - Duke Humphrey, a known connoisseur of fine things, has arranged for a very special vintage jam to be imported from the distant land of Quaint. The jam is one of a kind, and priceless. He plans to serve it to guests at a special breakfast. Unfortunately, cheeky goblin bandits pinched the jam when it was on the way. The player characters, known by Duke Humphrey to be jammy sorts, have the task of recovery.
£175 - unlocked - The Jam Job by Dave McAlister - Jakob Mauerist is a man with a dream - a dream of starting a new life in Tilea - and he hopes that selling his supply of finest Mootland Jam will help. Of course, not everything is as it seems in this location based one-sheet for 1st Edition Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay
£200 - unlocked -The Chivers Expedition by Nathan Ryder - Verity Chivers is the last in a great dynasty of jam makers. While cleaning out her great uncle's house she finds a series of clues to a secret workshop. A brave group of explorers is needed to cross the weird wilderness to the west of her town to find the ultimate secrets of jam making! A hexcrawl for Into the Odd
£225 - Four new monsters will be added and to pay homage to 'Wally' Wallis these will be Juice Drunk Wasps, the Daemon Bastard Monkey, Jam Elemental and the nefarious Jampire.
£250 - A jam related scenario for 1st edition Paranoia! As we don't reckon the 2nd edition will ever see the light of day :-)
Risks and challenges
At Last... Vegas: Adventures in Jam is written and playtested (obviously - I'm sure I don't need to keep repeating that to reassure you) so apart from a string of unbelievable bad luck, weak excuses, tales of adventure on the High Seas and wit-riddled anecdotes it should absolutely (without fear of delay or possibility of freak accident) deliver on time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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