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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, November 22 2018 2:00 AM UTC +00:00.

$3,455
pledged of $700pledged of $700 goal
254
backers
4days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, November 22 2018 2:00 AM UTC +00:00.

About

Die Laughing is a short-play, GM-less tabletop roleplaying game where players portray characters in a horror-comedy movie. Everyone's going to die. It's just a matter of when and how funny you can make it. 

Even after your character is gone, there are multiple ways for you to remain involved and influence the story right up until the bloody end. 

Die Laughing requires just a couple minutes of preparation to play. Players pick their characters and make a few quick choices. You pick a monster and you're ready to go. It takes 1-2 hours to play, depending on how many player are involved. 

I'll be releasing the 72-page "rough cut" of the game IMMEDIATELY after the Kickstarter ends. You'll have the game right away!

While I'm calling this the "rough cut," it is a complete game, fully laid out and illustrated. The final version of the game (102 pages; all that extra stuff added during the campaign) will come a few months later after additional artwork and layout is done.

- Craig

Why is the game built around making a movie? Easy. Lots of people work on a movie. 

When your character dies (and they almost certainly will), you become a producer on the movie and exert your control to help make the story better, funnier, or deadlier. Or to just screw around with things. Just like a real producer on a real movie. 

And there's some other stuff in there to help keep you busy once your character is six feet under. Or chopped into little bits. Or whatever. 

Characters and the Director

During each scene in Die Laughing, one of the characters is the lead character (and that changes from scene to scene). That character's player decides who will be in the scene with their character. One of the players portrays the director, setting their character aside temporarily to help set up and guide the scene (that also changes from scene to scene). Everyone in the scene plays the scene out. Sometimes the monster attacks during the scene. Sometimes it doesn't.

Resolving Scenes

At the end of each scene, everyone with a character in the scene makes a trait check by rolling their dice pool to determine whether their character succeeds in the scene or not. Then everyone narrates that success or failure for their character, thus pushing the story forward.

Character Death

As the game goes along, your dice pool decreases based on the results of those trait checks. This decrease is a countdown to your character's death. When you run out of dice, your character dies and you narrate their death.

After Death

Once your character is gone, you become a producer. In addition, you can still be the director. Finally, there's a unique rule for each monster that influences your involvement in the game after your character is gone. 

Be a Victim

This is a very straight-forward Kickstarter. 

Back at the Victim level for ten bucks and you get the complete Die Laughing game in PDF form and can buy a softcover book for just a few dollars more (plus shipping). This includes everything we add to the game via Bonus Features described further on.

Be a Survivor

Not satisfied with just Die Laughing? We've got you covered. You can also get one or both of NerdBurger Games' previous RPGs by backing at one of the three Survivor levels. 

You can get a PDF of one or both of the following:

  •  The Murders & Acquisitions RPG - A game of corporate espionage, subterfuge, intrigue, theft, and murder in an absurd corporate world.
  •  The CAPERS RPG - A game of super-powered gangsters in the Roaring Twenties. 

The PDFs of these will be distributed shortly after the backer surveys are compiled very shortly after the Kickstarter concludes. 

So what's in the book? Here you go:

  • Complete rules
  • 24 character archetype pages (pick one, make a few quick choices, give them a name, and you're ready to die)
  • Act/scene guidelines (which you'll use to generate scenes and propel the story)
  • 24 unique monsters (description, rules stuff, setting choices, etc.)
  • Info on doing post-credits scenes and sequels
  • Blank character archetype and monster worksheets (so you can make up your own)
  • A list of common horror tropes
  • Two alternate roles to play after your character is gone
  • A bunch of other talky stuff that helps you understand the game
  • A big thank you to all the Kickstarter backers, with your name in there
  • Boring stuff like credits and an index
  • All in glorious black, white, and blood-n-guts red

We are funded! Time to make the game book bigger!

Take a look at the list above. That's what's in the book now that we've funded the game. Would you like to see more funny and bloody content in the book? This Kickstarter is going to use backer count and social goals to build the book rather than dollar amount milestones.

As we hit goals, I'll adjust the info in the Guts of the Book section above.  

Social Goals

- Social Goal #1 - 100 Retweets - UNLOCKED - You've added two more characters and four more monsters the game. 

- Social Goal #2 - 20 Favorite Horror Movies - UNLOCKED - You've added alternate roles to the game. 

- Social Goal #3 - 20 Favorite Horror Movie Characters - UNLOCKED - You've added eight new monsters and eight new characters to the game. 

Backer Count Goals

- Backer Count Goal #1 - 30 Survivors - UNLOCKED - You've added a list of horror movie tropes to the game. A great reference for all the stupid things your character can do to get themselves killed. 

- Backer Count Goal #2 - New Character/Monster Reveals - ONGOING

Every 5 backers after 209, I'll reveal one of the new monsters added recently or one of the new characters added recently. I'll reveal these in the Comments. 

- Backer Count Goal #3 – Alternate Rules - LOCKED  

If we hit 264 or more backers, I will add alternate rules to the game. All sorts of goodies you can use to spice up the game after you’ve played it a few times and gotten a little too used to things. Monster showdowns. Three-player rules. And more.   

Backer Input Fun

- Horror Tropes List - ONGOING

I’ve put together a list of horror tropes to include in the game. But I want more. Go HERE and offer up your own ideas. You can fill this survey out as many times as you want.  

If you offer up a trope that isn’t already on my list, I’ll add it. That said, I have limited space in the book so I’ll only add the best of the best. Shoot for tropes that are a little more obscure. Saying “running and falling down” or “no cell service” won’t earn you anything. Those are already on the list. 

Design: Craig Campbell has freelanced for a whole bunch of RPG companies and designed two RPGs of his own, Murders & Acquisitions and CAPERS , through his NerdBurger Games imprint. His 30+ year love of horror movies is one of the few constants in his life. 

Editing: Vincent Harper  is a longtime gamer and editor of gaming content. He started watching horror movies when his parents let him stay up to watch Bela Lugosi in Dracula, when he was…SIX years old. 

Artwork: Beth Varni is a freelance artist primarily working in indie comics and tabletop RPGs. She is a lover of horror movies and stories, her first forays into the subject being Interview with the Vampire and Evil Dead. 

Graphic Design and Layout: Todd Crapper is an ENnie award winning game designer and freelance graphic designer. He feels he is, in part, defined by his love of The Changeling, Dead Alive (aka Braindead), and the Friday the 13th series. 

Playtesting: Many dozens of cool people at a whole bunch of game conventions put this game through its paces. 

Every backer will receive a link to purchase a softcover book at cost from DriveThruRPG’s print on demand service. You’ll also pay shipping then. Approximate costs are provided below, based on US printing and shipping.

SOFTCOVER BOOK: 

$4.00 USD (printing) + $4 USD (shipping) = $8.00 USD

Go HERE to see estimates for shipping to other countries.

Here are some places where you can listen to me talking about Die Laughing or listen to a bunch of people playing the game.

The game is done. Your pledge will go toward final payments for all the people who helped make the game read well and look great. 

Risks and challenges

We understand the challenges of successfully fulfilling a crowdfunding campaign. We've studied the Kickstarter process in depth. Our previous crowdfunding efforts saw fulfillment on time or early.

Here's the great part. The game is done. Fulfillment will require a little fine tuning, but should go quickly and smoothly. If delays arise, we'll let you know.

NerdBurger Games is committed to being a game company that turns around Kickstarter rewards efficiently and in a timely manner.

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