I've done KS before, but this is a little unusual for me...
First, the adventure is already 95% written. Usually, I start with an idea, outline, and little else.
Second, I normally do gonzo science-fantasy stuff. "The Outer Presence" is an investigative horror scenario taking place in the real world around the 1970's. Although, the time period can be changed will little to no conversion. Why the change?
Well, I grew up on D&D and discovered Call of Cthulhu in High School (encountering Lovecraft a few years before that). It's nice to have a change of pace.
Third, there's not going to be a softcover version, only PDF. That's because it's pretty short (but sweet... very, very sweet). It should come in at about 20 pages. JUST KIDDING!!! Actually, I much prefer print and a couple backers have let me know they'd really like soft cover print-on-demand books as opposed to digital. That means I'll have to increase the page count. Don't worry, I'm not going to pad the scenario with anything dumb.
Fourth, backer rewards won't include my previous works, such as Liberation of the Demon Slayer, The Islands of Purple-Haunted Putrescence, Revelry in Torth, How to Game Master like a Fucking Boss, and Crimson Dragon Slayer.
Unfortunately, I just don't have the time to package all those books up and send them out. My wife and I just had our third baby (she's just over 2 weeks old today). Until August, my primary job is staying home and helping her take care of our kids.
What's it about?
Ok, what's The Outer Presence about? An expedition to New Guinea. I took a little inspiration from Cannibal Holocaust, Lost, and H.P. Lovecraft. I've playtested it twice and have a couple guys looking it over and hopefully playtesting it themselves over the next few weeks.
Want to know more? Here's a short session report of the first playtest:
I'm trying to get some really great artwork. Artists have been contacted and there's a couple verbal agreements in place, so still waiting on that. I'm planning on 4 individual pieces.
It's also an RPG?
When playtesting this scenario, I only had about 3 hours total. That included character creation with gamers who either weren't familiar with investigative horror type RPGs or RPGs at all. So, I needed something super quick and easy. It's actually similar to the core game mechanic of Crimson Dragon Slayer, except way simpler and geared towards the real world instead of cheese and sleaze 80's sword, sorcery, and scifi.
Speaking of artwork, if this reaches $700, there will be an additional 2 pieces of b/w artwork.
Risks and challenges
It's practically finished and I work with dozens of artists, so I don't see any risks or challenges. Glynn Seal of MonkeyBlood Design is doing the layout and he's awesome!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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