What on earth?!
LIFTS: Ultimate Pump Edition is a role-playing game engine about becoming and being strong. This might seem intimidating at first, but it’s a game you can play no matter your physical ability. In fact, progression is built right in: the more you play games based on LIFTS: Ultimate Pump Edition, the better at it you’ll become.
LIFTS: Ultimate Pump Edition features cover illustration by the incredibly talented Lauren (@brycescribbles).
The Base LIFTS: Ultimate Pump Edition game -- Roboflex!
It is 2374. You are the Rockin' Exercise Federation’s finest expeditionary force – the Muscle Marines. Formed in the aftermath of an alien invasion of earth, you have been sent into deep space to find the home-world of humanity’s arch-enemy, the Zentlazi. Your mission is to defeat this vile foe, who even now seeks to destroy your command ship and recover the coordinates to earth, which they lost in the final battle when the REF destroyed the Zentlazi command ship. Once they find a path back to earth, the Zentlazi intend to end fitness forever and imprison everyone on plush couches. You must reconnoiter the Delt Quadrant for Brotoculture Artifacts that can bring and end to the conflict for once and for all.
Roboflex is a game for about five players (though you can play it with more or fewer). The strongest player is the Muscle Master, who runs the game, describing situations and people. Everyone else is a Muscle Marine.
How does this work?
When you disagree with the Muscle Master about something happening in the game, you’ve engaged in a conflict. Depending on the type of conflict you're involved in, you and the Muscle Master will engage in a physical competition. For example, if you're trying to convince a local magistrate to let you into a city, you and the Muscle Master will see who can complete more sit-ups (because everyone knows sick abs win arguments).
But wait, there's more!
In addition to the expanded engine, this zine is jam-packed with supplements that expose your group to different aspects of exercise and healthy living. Each supplement builds upon the base LIFTS: Ultimate Pump Edition system to introduce a different aspect of fitness-building and healthy living.
What do I get?
You get your hands on a beautiful zine (and/or digital PDF, depending on what level you back) that includes:
The complete base system!
The incredible 1200-word Roboflex base system, setting, and adventure-prompts!
Plus, these amazing supplements!
- Muscle of the Week: a most terrifying experience about surviving a wicked monster. Featuring scary scenarios including Michael Pec Flyers, The Texas Deltoid Massacre, the gothic classic Drake Ula, and more!
- Deadlifts & Dragons: Literally no adventuring experience is complete without the grand old dame of roleplaying games. Take on the role of a heroic fighter, rogue, warlord, or wizard and do battles with goblins, orcs, Beholdmes (tm), dragons, and dungeons.
- Shadowrunning: Can you survive the cardio dystopia in this all-running extravaganza? Run missions for the corporate oligarchy as you try to avoid being double crossed!
- Vampire - the Muscle Gain: Unlock the secrets of longevity as a brooding immortal member of the DOMSarilla, locked in eternal combat against the XFit Movement. Can you survive long enough to achieve Gainconda?
- A Very Special Guest Supplement: Secret guest author Cecil Howe (@swordpeddler) contributes The Forest Gymn & Picnic, a hike and a search gone wrong in The Forest Hymn!
Stretch Goal One - An Actual Editor - $3,275.00 CAD (~$2,475 USD):
I'll retain a professional RPG editor to proofread and edit the zine, ensuring that everything is clear and concise for your exercising entertainment.
Stretch Goal Two - Pay Upgrade - $6,250.00 CAD (~$4,725 USD):
All contributors - our special guest author, artist, and editor - will receive a pay upgrade to recognize their amazing work.
An exercise RPG? What do I need to play?
To get the most of out LIFTS: Ultimate Pump Edition, you need comfortable exercise equipment (running shoes, loose-fitting clothes), an open space, and a pen and paper in which to take some notes. Deadlifts & Dragons is the exception; to get the most out of this game, you'll need access to a gym stocked with barbells.
I'm not fit, can I play this?
Absolutely! There's not a single person on the planet who began life as a muscle-bound Adonis. The more you play LIFTS: Ultimate Pump Edition games, the more healthy, fit, and energetic you'll become.
I'm not a big exercise person. How can I find out how to exercise safely?
Fortunately, the Internet has you covered. Fitness websites like exrx.net host free workout libraries containing advice and video tutorials that you can consult to see exactly how to perform an exercise safely.
What if I can't do an exercise?
Obviously, if there's a physical limitation, work with the other players to find another exercise that you're able to do. Beyond such physical limitations, you'll find that with few exceptions, the exercises included in this Zine are body-weight exercises. They may be difficult at first, but as you perform them more frequently, you'll find yourself improving and able to do them with ease.
A Note of Caution!
LIFTS: Ultimate Pump Edition is a physical game. The standard cautions about physical exercise apply to this game. If you haven’t consulted a doctor before starting to exercise, you should do that first. Always, always make sure to use proper form when exercising.
Risks and challenges
The initial rules and content for LIFTS: Ultimate Pump Edition are drafted, so you don't have to worry about it never being written.
Common risks and challenges include: potential delays with external content providers.
Printing and shipping risks - I'm setting up shop with industry-recognized Lightning Source to handle printing and distribution, which ought to minimize risks associated with providing you with printed zines.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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