Hi. I'm Venger As'Nas Satanis, author of classics such as The Islands of Purple-Haunted Putrescence, How to Game Master like a Fucking Boss, and Adventure Writing like a Fucking Boss. What's up?
I'm Kickstarting the Alpha Blue supplement Alien Ass, Hydrogen Gas, or Cosmic Grass... No One Warps For Free!
Yes, it's a silly title (a prominent member of the Kort'thalis Publishing g+ community, MoonSylver, came up with it), but it's the kind of inappropriate, over-the-top, ridiculously awesome kind of thing that Alpha Blue excels at.
This book will be full-color and feature fantastic artwork. I got the taste for color with Blood Dark Thirst and Battle Star: Trek Wars... now, there's no going back!
Here's a look at the interior layout for both the PDF and (CreateSpace / Amazon) softcover by Glynn Seal of MonkeyBlood Design. He does awesome work and Kort'thalis Publishing is fortunate to have his services at our slimy pink and blue disposal.
What is Alpha Blue? As I look around me, it seems the vast majority of RPG rules/mechanics are being swallowed up by either old standbys or the new hotness. Well, this particular game is one of the few holdouts that hasn't become a D&D clone, Fate thing, Apocalypse Powered, or Savage World. And yet, Alpha Blue is vaguely similar to D&D, has a few story-game elements, and wild dice-swinging action.
Alpha Blue has been my most successful RPG line (that includes Crimson Dragon Slayer and The Outer Presence) - numerous supplements have been created over the last 3 years. It's rules-light (traditional and contemporary hybrid with d6 dice pools), juvenile, and a lot of fun.
Still curious? Play a little choose your own adventure: http://www.sleazyscifi.com/#/
For the most part, it'll be adventures that parody established scifi franchises. The amount of raunchy, gonzo comedy depends on individual tastes. Not everyone is going to want to play Alpha Blue like a Star Wars porn parody - and that's ok. Many gamers only want a hint of 70's era exploitation. And not that you need it, but you're given "permission" to mix and match less-hard scifi, such as Ice Pirates, Flash Gordon, and Heavy Metal with familiar pop-cultural icons.
Besides several scenarios (see the next few paragraphs), there will be tons of random tables - ice cream, menstruation, tattoos, and so much more! Random tables are kind of my thang and nobody does them better (plus, I get crowd-sourcing help from dozens of contributors who love Alpha Blue and everything it stands for). These tables can be used in multiple adventures, campaigns, and the comedic / gonzo / sleazy RPG of your choice.
- Among others, the zenobites will be back in a Hellraiser tribute scenario called "Skinless and Horny."
- It's spring break somewhere in the Federation, and college kids need transport from Margaritaville to Pina Coladaburg. Wouldn't it be a shame if convicts from a women's prison broke out and tried to commandeer the PCs' ship? That's a sexy mission if ever there was one.
- Terrorists within the Interstellar Caliphate are strapping themselves with suicide vest explosives on their way to the space station of love - Alpha Blue. Admiral Ackbar! Let's go kill those freedom hating, bastards!!!
There will be pre-generated characters for quick-start games like introductory demos, virtual tabletop, conventions, etc.
Optional rules, helpful suggestions, and neat mechanical bits and pieces will be interspersed throughout the text in sidebars.
Plus, new "classes." Really, these are just character concepts that will give you some idea of where your strengths and weaknesses lie. Here's a quick overview...
Primitive Screw-head - you're a savage barbarian and dumb as a box of space rocks. But you can smash real good, intimidate those low-muscle cerebral types to the point of "pee fright," and get in the way of delicate high-tech operations like nobody's business.
Quantum Sorcerer - you travel the universe, casting spells for fun and profit. Yep, you're a magic-user among the stars. Several new spells will be offered, though the system is so light-weight and malleable that official "spell lists" are unnecessary.
Bard - yes, that's right. The most useless adventuring profession in the universe - and you can play one! Learn an instrument... or a thousand instruments (doesn't matter, you're still going to die horribly) and join the Guild of Performing Arts. The GoPA will assign your bard to a special crew of hand-selected spacers who probably won't eat you if the food runs out and might not consider your instrument a portable latrine.
Space Ranger - you're part of an elite team of highly unorganized cops protecting the innocent and hunting down the worst of the worst. At one time, the space rangers were affiliated with the Federation - not any more. The Federation has grown too corrupt to police itself, let alone the entire universe. You're a vigilante with a badge!
This book will be 30 pages at a minimum. See the stretch goals below for possible extras...
$3,000: The book will grow to somewhere between 40-50 pages. That means more adventures and artwork!
$4,000: I'll introduce the first official Alpha Blue t-shirt (maybe posters and other merch, too) for sale!
$5,000: Glynn will design some kind of scifi map (Space dungeon? Star brothel?) for the project. This will be a full-color, high-res extra that can be printed out for home use.
$6,000: The book will grow even more... to somewhere between 60-70 pages! I really want to make this happen - think of all the random tables!!!
$7,000: I get off my ass and start working on a fancy hardcover for the Alpha Blue RPG. No slack for Venger! :(
$8,000: I star in your very own home-made space porno (catering better be top-notch).
$9,000: I write a novel about all the bards in the universe being hunted down and assassinated by the Knights in Black Satin.
$10,000: I win!!!
PDF fulfillment will be via DriveThruRPG.
Risks and challenges
I've done this countless times, and haven't failed yet! The majority of the text is finished and artwork obtained. I anticipate everything to be finished by this time next month.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (23 days)