[TL;DR: I'm making three scenarios, 10-page PDFs... back it if you like awesome! Also, some of the images may not be safe for work.]
Welcome back, my friends!
It took me a little while to get things settled. As some of you may know, I took about 4 or 5 months off in order to devote all my time and energy to family. Our twin boys are 3 months old, healthy and happily spitting up breast milk on my wife and I.
As I type this [2/21/17], I just got back from having a vasectomy. That's how committed I am to being there for all Kort'thalis Publishing's fans, supports, detractors, and casual observers! Actually, we simply decided that 5 kids was enough. ;)
So, what's this Kickstarter all about then? Do you remember my last Kickstarter Trinity of Awesome? Here's the link:
Well, this is more of the same. I'm creating one eldritch science-fantasy scenario (Crimson Dragon Slayer), one retro sleazy sci-fi scenario (Alpha Blue), and one pulp / investigative horror scenario (The Outer Presence).
Each of these adventures will be approximately 10 pages in length and will include color covers and 2 or 3 pieces of original b/w interior art.
Sometime down the road, these scenarios will most likely be included in a print-on-demand softcover. But for this Kickstarter, I want to focus on making them awesome rather than the fulfillment of physical books. Sending out PDFs is easy by comparison.
If you're unfamiliar with those rules/systems, I've got some good news for you - each scenario will be between 80 - 90% system neutral, perfect for hacking, re-skinning, or converting to your RPG of choice.
Each scenario is mostly going to be setting, hook, NPCs, tricks/traps, creatures, treasure, and weird shit happening. Expect lots of random tables. That's what I'm known for. Ask around!
On the other hand, all three of my self-created RPGs are simple to learn and use. Here are the basics - considering the type of character you're playing and present circumstances, you roll 1d6, 2d6, or 3d6 based on the likelihood of success.
A routine task the character is prepared for would be assigned 3d6. Another character attempting a difficult action - but still within his wheelhouse - would be assigned 2d6. Let's say a third character is an accountant by trade, but suddenly he's thrust into a situation where he has to defuse a bomb that's about to explode. I'd assign a 1d6 for that character's demolition attempt.
Rather than add up these d6, you take the highest result of the dice pool and compare it to the following chart. Same goes for combat, I'll put the number of damage d6 to be rolled (based upon the result of a character's attack) in brackets.
1 - Critical failure [miss - and usually something bad happens]
2 - Ordinary failure [miss, no damage]
3 - Mostly failure or partial success [miss, no damage... although, there's GM latitude here for something like inflicting minor damage but then incurring an extra attack]
4 - Mostly success [1d6 damage, exploding]
5 - Success [2d6 damage, exploding]
6 - Critical success [3d6 damage, exploding... each additional "6" to-hit result adds yet another d6 of exploding damage]
Give it a Try!
There's more to it than just that, but you get the general idea. Here's the free PDF version of Crimson Dragon Slayer, if you're curious: http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/187514/Crimson-Dragon-Slayer-111
The Stairway of V'dreen [Eldritch Science-Fantasy for Crimson Dragon Slayer and O5R systems]: This is a location-based scenario... a weird location. There are many planes connected to the realms of our world, and some of those dimensions are strange beyond imagining. V'dreen is one of those weird places, and where its stairway reaches no living or sane man can say.
Each PC will have his own reason for visiting V'dreen - a random table will personalize every character's desire/need. Reaching the stairway, V'dreen's greatest treasure, will not be easy - alien, mutant dreamland hazards bar the way!
This location will be the most bizarre thing I've come up with yet. The main Kickstarter picture above gives you an idea of what's in store. But I've got some additional details and a b/w illustration directly below...
Fruiting bodies. The scent of V'dreen is that of a corpse blooming with strawberry and apricot preserves. A fragrance that one cannot easily forget. Pungent jam and jelly intermingling with the sweat of human fornication.
Rumored tales of V'dreen: a magical timepiece is buried in the ground, preventing this place from aging, neither evolving nor decaying. However, some believe the timepiece to be broken in some way - or perhaps it had always been corrupted - because slavering demons roam free, wizards scry and watch and influence life on V'dreen with their little knobs and levers and buttons... my God, even the tentacles have tentacles!
The stairway leads to an even more distant realm. It is a personal voyage... the discovery of self-annihilation, where travelers lick savage dreams and ride bareback upon the sparkling-scaled magenta snake-thing with golden eyes coiled at the heart of eternity.
High Stakes Q'uay-Q'uar [Retro Sleazy Sci-Fi for Alpha Blue]: The annual Galactic-Series of Q'uay-Q'uar Main Event - sponsored by every lifeform's favorite grape beverage Purple Prizm - is about to convene. It's a high-stakes gambling tournament not to be missed! The PCs have various reasons (based on a random table, of course) for attending.
Chances are, they owe someone money or someone owes them. Traditionally, the Q'uay-Q'uar Main Event is when outstanding gambling debts are settled. And whatever amount is still owed from last year, once the final Q'uay-Q'uar wager of the tournament has been made, determines weeks, months, or even years of servitude.
Once there, gambling, interactions between degenerate lifeforms, a surprise visit from an old girlfriend, and an unexpected murder keep the PCs occupied, entertained, and struggling to figure things out while trying to survive, make a few credits on the side, and get their space rocks off.
I've created this game called Q'uay-Q'uar (which means "purple-yellow" in the Q'tari language). Q'tarians are reptilian crystalline beings who believe in predestined fate, rather than individuals struggling to make their own destiny.
Glynn Seal of Monkey Blood Design is turning my terrible-looking prototype into something awesome that can be printed-out and used right at your game table.
Check out the prototype here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teyECfArqLE
And here's the cover art...
His Flesh Becomes My Key [Pulp / Investigative Horror scenario for The Outer Presence]: There's a serial killer on the loose. The killer is carving strange glyphs in his or her victim's flesh. These glyphs looked like they were starting to add up to something, possibly a clue to help the police understand the serial killer and eventually catch him or her.
Unfortunately, the lead forensic investigator on the case, Richard Black (a friend to one or more of the PCs), has mysteriously vanished.
The PCs can try to help the police by starting their own investigation into this enigmatic serial killer... that will also hopefully reveal the whereabouts of their missing friend.
This is my 10th Kickstarter. I've never failed to deliver and I almost always over-deliver, regarding page length, extras, high-quality artwork, etc. Ask around and I think you'll hear a lot of positive things about what I've created over the last 4 years.
Backers will receive updates either weekly or bi-weekly, depending on newsworthy progress!
While I consider myself old school, I'm also in favor of judicious innovation, casual voice rather than sounding like a technical manual, rules-light, sporadic humor and gonzo elements, as well as, occasional rated-R content.
Here's my catalog: http://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/5876/Kortthalis-Publishing
A lot of print titles can also be found on Amazon.
If you have any questions, please ask!
PDF fulfillment will be through DriveThruRPG. However, if individuals would rather receive their PDF from Dropbox instead, I can accommodate.
$1,500 - an Outer Presence character sheet.
$2,000 - ??? [you guys tell me... what would you like to have?]
Venger As'Nas Satanis
High Priest of Kort'thalis Publishing
My Gaming Blog: http://vengersatanis.blogspot.com/
Risks and challenges
These being 10-page PDFs, I can't foresee any problems with either the creation or delivery.
I intend to have this KS finished and in backers' hands a month early. But if something does come up, I'll let y'all know what's going on.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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