Funded! This project was successfully funded on February 4, 2012.


Tephra is a steampunk RPG with a unique setting and a dynamic system. Help us get Tephra in your hands and at your game table.

Tephra is an innovative, dynamic roleplaying game developed by Cracked Monocle. We're putting out 300 page hardback books, complete with art, lore about our world, and a complete roleplaying system. We've been working for years to create something new, something different, and something exciting, and we need your help to get it over the final road bump and onto bookshelves across the nation.

What Makes Tephra Unique?

Tephra is an evolutionary roleplaying experience built by gamers who enjoy an easy-to-learn system with unlimited options. You'll feel at home in our easy to use system, with just one die (a twelve-sider), over 400 different character abilities, and a seemingly unlimited amount of character combinations. Everything's available from level 1, and it only gets better.

Then delve into our rich and easy crafting system. Customize your razor-edged, chainsawing claymore or your electrified, steam-powered longrifle to your heart's content. And it doesn't stop at weapons - you can build an entire automaton, customizing its body, the way it thinks, the weapons it uses, and, when you're done with that one, build another! And steampunk wouldn't be complete with craftable airships, dirigibles, and locomotives. And that's just the beginning.

From our easy character creation system to our intuitive and fast-moving combat rules to our enormous array of character abilities, Tephra will leave you building, creating, and dreaming until you can't take it anymore. This is steampunk - the options are unlimited.

What We've Done

Cracked Monocle has been publicly playtesting Tephra for over two years now. We've made ourselves a name at anime and steampunk conventions around Texas, where our staff and Cracked Crew members run games all weekend, introducing new players and giving old players a chance to check out the game. At the Dragon's Lairs in Austin and San Antonio, we've been running weekly playtests for over a year and a half, where we have 25-40 players show up per night. In the past few years, we've printed and sold over 300 copies of the playtesting book, but now it's time to move on. We've been in playtesting for ages: we're ready to make the final product.

Why We Need Help

With your help, we'll be able to print a solid first set of hardback books and start shipping them to the many game stores who've asked for them. We'll be able to set up our book at the printer, letting us print more books in the future, as demand calls for it. 

We need $1,000 to get going, but for every few dollars over $1,000, that's another book we can print and another gaming shelf we can stock. 

If you've been watching Cracked Monocle piece together Tephra over these last fews years, thank you for your support. And today, with your pledge to support Tephra, you're helping make our dreams become a reality. 

Want to See Our Website and Learn More?

You can find out more about Cracked Monocle at or Tephra at

Feel free to e-mail Daniel (fearless leader of Cracked Monocle) if you have any questions at


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    Tephra, Tephra, Tephra, Dicebag, and some Adversaries - not only are you getting the Tephra Core Rulebook, you're getting THREE of them (your players need them too!). You'll also be getting a large hand-made dicebag, several D12s, our adversaries packet, and noted on our website.

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    Narrator's Set - You'll be getting five Tephra Core Rulebooks (one for yourself and one for each of your players). We'll include the limited edition adversary packet, a large dicebag full of D12s, character sheets, pre-made characters, and some previews of our upcoming expansions. And who knows, we might even list you as a donor on our website!

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