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The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, September 6 2018 6:59 AM UTC +00:00
$79
pledged of $1,000pledged of $1,000 goal
5
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, September 6 2018 6:59 AM UTC +00:00

About

Shotguns & Socialites is a tabletop RPG that transplants traditional fantasy fiction into the world of today. It is a game about kairos, the critical moment, the time to decide if the world will become a dystopia or utopia. In our own novel take on fantasy stories, it banks on tropes; our heroes include omnidisciplinary scientists, brick masons working for a secret society, master chefs whose espressos can revive the dead. Equally impressive are our foes; big game hunting tech CEOs cursed by fae, ambitious sorcerers who use atomic radiation to fuel their ascent to power, and immune system cells attacking shrunk down intruders.

Everything in the game is trying to capture this feeling of possibly becoming terrible or grand. The world of S&S is a world in transition, and nobody knows what it is transitioning into, but they all feel like it is, at least in part, up to them. It is a world where optimism is naive and pessimism is worse than useless. Much in the same way the success or failure of a role-playing game as a leisure activity is up to the players, the world the game takes place in is supposed to feel like it is up to the player characters; that its success or failure hinges on their actions.

This critical moment can present itself in two ways; it is either:

  • A moment that is undifferentiated and undefined. A blank canvas where people can paint their hopes and dreams. A beige, amorphous mess that needs to be shaped by a strong hand.
  • The dynamic union of opposites. A Manichean struggle stitched together in a horrifying gestalt. A clash of intense colors that need to be sifted through and whittled down.

This dual nature has affected many of my decisions, usually centered around the following dichotomies:

  • The peaceful yet unfulfilling life of ordinary people, vs the chaotic, dangerous life of an adventurer
  • The celebration of going 80 years without a world war vs the shame of a constant state of neo-colonial invasions
  • The inhuman, over-saturated, geometrical pink-and-teal Dreamscape vs. modern, safe familiar, brick-and-vines reality
  • The twisted, body horror fae that combine technology and biology, vs the cleanly demarcated ordinary world

Finally, the setting is modern, but a sort of eternal present. It blends the 80′s and 90′s with the new millennium and even the near future.

Risks and challenges

The money is being raised to commission about 9 to 13 pieces of art, plus the cover.

If we are overfunded, I would like to:

* Buy more art, of course
* Get an ISBN number
* Pay a copy-editor
* Pay a self-publishing firm to distribute the book

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