Welcome to the Rodent Rangers!
Do you have fond memories of watching cartoons about talking mice going on grand adventures right under the noses of oblivious humans? Have you ever wanted to join that tiny world and emulate your favorite mousey characters?
The Rodent Rangers RPG is your chance to do just that! In this family-friendly tabletop game, you and your friends or family take on the roles of mice (or other small critters) living in the modern human world. Your characters are field agents of an international organization of problem-solvers called the Rodent Rangers, and you'll be sent out on adventures to help those in need.
What's the Game Like?
Rodent Rangers is set in the modern world, with mice (and other small critters) living right under the noses of oblivious humans. While humans continue under the delusion that theirs is the only civilization, mice live happily in the walls, basements and sewers of human cities, furnishing themselves with the scavenged scraps of the humans' materials and tech.
The organization known as the Rodent Rangers is headquartered in the basement of the American Red Cross building in Washington, D.C. From there, teams of agents with a variety of skill sets are sent all over the globe on missions to help others, whether by rescuing lost or stranded civilians, bringing supplies to disaster sites, recovering stolen relics, or unraveling mysteries.
Like most tabletop RPGs, Rodent Rangers is a game of collaborative storytelling in which players get to play the protagonists of the story, and roll dice to determine the outcomes of risky or uncertain actions. Your attributes and skills combine to determine a pool of dice to roll, and if enough dice roll a 4 or higher, then your action succeeds. With clever decisions, a bit of luck, and a lot of courage, your mice will overcome obstacles and save the day!
What's the Product?
The Rodent Rangers Core Rulebook will give you all the rules and guidance you need to create your characters and dive into a world of mouse-sized adventure. Additionally, The Wreck of the Morning Lady offers a ready-made story for you to play through if you want to get a game under your belt before creating adventures of your own.
Both of these titles will be published electronically as PDF files via DriveThruRPG.com, where they will also be available via the site's own print-on-demand (POD) functionality. But remember, getting these books as pledge rewards will be cheaper than buying them at retail, so don't miss out!
Where is my money going?
Great question! Exact numbers will depend on the final funding amount, and even the proportions might change due to some costs scaling differently than others. Even so, here's an approximate breakdown:
Who is working on this project?
The original concept/design of the game, as well as the raw manuscript of the starter adventure, are authored by my brother, Joseph L Kellogg. We've contracted for him to pass the torch to me to do all the development and make publication happen. The sample art you've seen above was created by Carolyn Paplham and Meghan Dornbrock.
Will there be any Stretch Goals?
If the project funds quickly, then I'd be happy to add some stretch goals! Sound off in the comments to let me know what you'd like to see if we reach that point.
Risks and challenges
Since this is being published electronically and through a reliable print-on-demand service, you get to skip all the risks associated with a traditional print run. The remaining risks are those inherent to working with humans and the fact that I'm not a huge corporation with tons of money.
For example, the art is not completed yet, because I can't afford to contract it unless this campaign funds. Although I'm confident I can complete the project (my previous project is on schedule), there is always the possibility of flaky contractors or me getting hit by a bus.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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