About this project
“Skyscrapers with sides so smooth and featureless (with vidscreens on the interior, instead of windows) that one might think they were solid granite monuments in a graveyard for dead gods. Other buildings that looked like they’d been pieced together from thousands of odd-matched parts salvaged from stripped factory machines, steam curling out of grids and grates in their complex flanks. Buildings with snake skins of multicolored mosaics. Buildings wearing an armor of riveted metal plates, like retired warships looming vertically with their sterns jammed into the street. Flat roofs upon which perched smaller buildings, symbiotically. Other structures tapering to needle points that seemed to etch the clouds upon the blue glass of the sky. Stacked apartments. Stacked businesses. On street level: shop fronts, and gang kids squatting on tenement steps, glaring insolently at the slow sludge of traffic...Ah, Punktown.”
--Jeffrey Thomas, Deadstock
Picture Blade Runner, The Fifth Element, Minority Report, Total Recall and the rest of the dark, not-too-distant-future genre. Now add aliens, mutants, and robots. Welcome to Punktown...now gimme your wallet.
Punktown is a city created by author Jeffrey Thomas who has written numerous books set there, both novels and short story collections. The stories depict a crazy world where anything and everything goes, but menace lurks in the shadows.
Punktown: An RPG Setting for Call of Cthulhu® and BRP is a book that will allow players of Chaosium's famous award-winning system to explore a dark, futuristic world fraught with untold perils. If you're a cyberpunk fan, if you're a horror fan, or if you're both, you'll want to explore the pages of this book.The book will be written for the famous BRP system, compatible with Call of Cthulhu and Chaosium's many other game settings, so if you're looking to expand your world, and add options, look no further than Punktown!
The book will explore the city itself, the alien races, the weaponry, the creatures, mutations, cybernetics, drugs, sanity (and the inevitable loss thereof), and the option of adding the Cthulhu Mythos into the mix. As written in Jeffrey Thomas' work, the mythos is already there, threatening life as Punktowners know it, but whether or not to use that element is left to the individual gaming groups, and their preference.
Teaming up to bring you this book is the creator of Punktown itself, Jeffrey Thomas, fiction/nonfiction/gaming author Mike Tresca, Call of Cthulhu Great Brian M. Sammons, and the President of Miskatonic River Press, Tom Lynch.
Jeffrey Thomas is a prolific writer of science fiction and horror, best known for his stories set in the nightmarish future city called Punktown, such as the novel Deadstock (Solaris Books) and the collection Punktown (Ministry of Whimsy Press), from which a story was reprinted in St. Martin's The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror #14. His fiction has also been reprinted in Daw's The Year's Best Horror Stories XXII, The Year's Best Fantastic Fiction and Quick Chills II: The Best Horror Fiction from the Specialty Press. He has been a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award (Best First Novel) for Monstrocity, and a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Deadstock. Other books by Thomas include the novels Letters from Hades (Bedlam Press) and Monstrocity (Prime Books), and the novella Godhead Dying Downwards (Earthling Publications). The German edition of Punktown has cover art by H. R. Giger. For more info see http://punktalk.punktowner.com.
We got a great suggestion from one of our backers: why not post some fiction of Jeff's to build more interest? Why not indeed? Jeff provided links to two short stories available for free on the web. Read up and dive in, my friends:
Enjoy! Want more? We did, and you probably do, too. Check out Jeff's page on Amazon.com!
Michael "Talien" Tresca is the National RPG and Sci-Fi Movie Examiner and recently published three books, the non-fiction history of gaming, The Evolution of Fantasy Role-Playing Games from McFarland Publishing, his fantasy fiction debut, The Well of Stars, from Three Ravens Books, and the young adult fantasy Awfully Familiar from Dark Quest Books. Michael has authored numerous supplements and adventures for publishers of Open Game License and D20-compatible games, including AEG, MonkeyGod Enterprises, Goodman Games, Otherworld Creations, Privateer Press, RPGObjects and Ronin Arts. A top 1,000 reviewer for Amazon, his articles and reviews have appeared in Allgame.com, D20 Filtered, Dragon Magazine, Gamers.com, Pyramid, RPG.net, and Sharktopus. He has participated in panels about electronic and tabletop role-playing games at ConnectiCon, Dragon*Con, and I-Con. For more info see http://michael.tresca.net.
Brian M. Sammons has been writing reviews on all things horror for more years than he’d care to admit. Wanting to give other critics the chance to ravage his work for a change, he has penned a few short stories that have appeared in such anthologies as Arkham Tales, Horrors Beyond, Monstrous, Dead but Dreaming 2, Horror for the Holidays, Hellfire Club 3, Twisted Legends, Letters from the Dead, Over the Mountains of Madness, and Once Upon an Apocalypses. He has edited the shot story anthologies; Cthulhu Unbound 3, Undead & Unbound, Eldritch Chrome, Edge of Sundown, and Steampunk Cthulhu. For Call of Cthulhu he wrote the book Secrets, has contributed to both Keeper’s Companions, wrote a companion scenario for the Keeper’s Screen, and has had scenarios in the books Terrors From Beyond, The San Francisco Guidebook, Houses of R’lyeh, Strange Aeons 2, Atomic Age Cthulhu, and Doors to Darkness. His first novella, The R’lyeh Singularity, co-written with David Conyers, just came out and he is currently far too busy for any sane man. For more about this guy that neighbors describe as "such a nice, quiet man" you can check out his very infrequently updated webpage here: http://brian_sammons.webs.com/.
In addition to running Miskatonic River Press, Tom Lynch has written scenarios for New Tales of the Miskatonic Valley, More Adventures in Arkham Country, and such forthcoming books as Tales of the Sleepless City and Chaosium's Doors to Darkness and Atomic Age Cthulhu. Tom has also pried his way into the fiction market and has short fiction in Horror for the Holidays from MRP, and will be appearing in Undead and Unbound, Eldritch Chrome, and another soon-to-be-announced appearance (all three books from Chaosium) as well as such magazines as Tales of the Talisman and the Lovecraft eZine.Tom has been an avid Punktown and Jeffrey Thomas fan for some time now, and is ecstatic to be a part of a project that will bring gamers into this new, dark, twisted world. For more of the story on Tom, check out http://www.miskatonicriverpress.com/about/bio_tom.shtml.
So like I said before...welcome to Punktown! Now gimme your wallet.
Sneak Peek (Shhhh!):
Our most excellent artist, Mariusz Gandzel (check out his portfolio here: http://mariuszgandzel.carbonmade.com/) has provided us with a few peeks at the cover art as it forms up. Take a look!
I wish *I* could "sketch* like that!
***UNLOCKED: $11,000 - Extra Adventure!*** If we reach $11,000, then the book will have an extra adventure in it, complete with art and maps, and written by notorious horror author Glynn Owen Barrass, whose work appears far and wide, in the darkest corners of your fiction collection. What, specifically has Glynn written? Too much to capture here, but why not read this interview with him and check his bibliography!
Locked: $15,000 - GM Screen and Data Disc! If we reach $15,000, we will produce a custom GM Screen for the Punktown RPG, and include a custom data CD filled with all sorts of electronic goodies like the PDF of the book, the handouts, maps, and even all the artwork in all its uncompressed glory. We'll even throw in PDFs of past MRP game books. What about that screen? It will be a three-panel cardboard screen made of 240# board with an original new full-color illustration on the front, and all sorts of tables, art, and charts for the GM on the inside.
Locked: $20,000 - New Punktown Anthology! If we reach $20,000, we will produce a brand new anthology for Punktown. Imagine reading all new Punktown stories, written by masters of the genre! If you know MRP fiction books, you know we don't fool around with the quality of the written word. We'll be inviting the best we know to this party, and setting them loose in the world of Jeff Thomas' eldritch cyberpunk creation of Punktown!
Locked: $25,000 - New Punktown Collection! If we reach the grand quarter century mark of $25,000, then we will employ the master himself, the madness behind the mayhem, and have Jeffrey Thomas pen a whole book of brand new Punktown stories as a special companion to the Punktown RPG. Oh, the humanity!
Risks and challenges
Risks? Challenges? Ha! We laugh at them.
Not really...but we face them every day. As a small press, day-to-day survival is a challenge. We're used to facing challenges and overcoming them. After all, MRP did not fail after our founder and CEO Keith Herber passed away not even a year into our existence. We pressed on.
No doubt we'll find some new challenges using Kickstarter, but as with all past challenges, MRP will overcome them, and provide you with the best product(s) we possibly can!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Many ask why use Punktown? Why not a just a basic cyberpunk setting? To answer this, one only needs to read some of Jeff Thomas's Punktown fiction. There is an underlying menace, and gripping noir about the setting such that it is a perfect cyberpunk game setting. Want your game to be even more deadly, add a Mythos threat! The Mythos in Punktown could just be an added twist...entirely optional! All the hard work has been done: people are races are defined, locales have been described, weaponry has been detailed, and even some original Mythos beasties have been added. All that remained was for us (Mike Tresca, really) to translate that into game terms.
Happily, there's no shortage of Jeff's work:
• Punktown (collection) (June 2000, Ministry of Whimsy Press)
• Monstrocity (novel) (May 2003, Prime Books)
• Everybody Scream! (novel) (August 2004, Raw Dog Screaming Press)
• Punktown: Third Eye (anthology) (2004, Prime Books)
• Punktown: Shades of Grey (with Scott Thomas) (anthology) (2005, Bedlam Press/Necro Publications)
• Deadstock (novel) (February 2007, Solaris Books)
• Blue War (novel) (February 2008, Solaris Books)
• Health Agent (novel) (2008, Raw Dog Screaming Press)
• Voices from Punktown (collection) (2008, Dark Regions Press)
• Ghosts of Punktown (collection) (2012, Dark Regions Press)
The Punktown RPG book is being written to work with Chaosium's famous BRP system, fully compatible with their award-winning Call of Cthulhu role-playing game. For more information, check out:
This page for BRP: http://catalog.chaosium.com/index.php…
This page for Call of Cthulhu: http://catalog.chaosium.com/index.php…
Good question! First, we'll have plenty of information about the setting, the races, the place. Enough details to set your game up to its neck in Punktown. This is not a standalone RPG, though. You will need either the Call of Cthulhu rules or the BRP rules. We will also have two brand-new stories from Jeff Thomas, the creator of Punktown. Finally, we will have two scenarios to set gamers on their way in Punktown.
We have a number of stretch goals in mind, including an extra scenario or two (we even have the authors lined up), possibly a GM's Screen, and maybe even fiction books! And these will come to everyone who pledges at the $75 mark and up. No pressure, though. ;-)
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