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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 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 a steampunk RPG with a unique setting and a dynamic system. Help us get Tephra in your hands and at your game table.
374 backers pledged $22,821 to help bring this project to life.

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Kickstarter: Complete!


I am beyond elated to finally announce, after years of everyone quietly loathing me, that the Tephra Kickstarter is complete!

I want to take a moment to thank all of the numerous people who have been so supportive even when I certainly did not deserve it. It's amazing to me how wonderful so many of you have been. Tephra began as a labor of love, and y'all's love turned it into something more.

I have now shipped out the awards for everyone I've been able to contact. I know that there are still about 50 backers that still have books in transit (including some I shipped just this morning). Please let me know if anything doesn't arrive or you have any problems. I'm happy to help!

I want to share a few links, if you'll allow:

Kickstarter Backers still Waiting: If you are still waiting for a backer gift and you haven't submitted on this form, please do so!  (Also, as far as I am aware, I have fulfilled all $30 domestic backers - if you have not received your Playing Guide and you're in the United States, please let me know.)

Newsletter: If you want to get more updates about Tephra in the future, join our newsletter! Now that Tephra's debts are paid, we're growing faster than ever! Sign up here.

Cracked Monocle's current status: I "unresigned" a few months ago, and my top priority was finishing off this Kickstarter. If you want to read more about Cracked Monocle's journey, check out our blog.

Thank you everyone! You have made Tephra truly wonderful.

Cheers & Gears,


Progress Feels Good


Hi all,

In the 9 days since my last update, I've completed 74 international order and adversary book orders. That feels pretty good! I even see that some people have been receiving their long-awaited orders. I'm glad to hear that - so far - things seem to be going smoothly.

Nearly everyone who filled out the form has had their order put into print. It normally takes 2-3 business days for an order to print, and then another week for it to arrive if you're in the US. Internationals can take significantly longer, and some might not be getting their orders until August. But I know that a few international backers have already gotten their shipments.

I will admit, I've now exhausted my savings. I have about 30 more orders to fulfill, which I plan to do when I get paid again at the beginning of July. Thankfully, that's only a little over a week away. For once, a delay can be measured in days rather than months.

If you haven't done so yet, please fill out this form and I'll get your book(s) shipped to you in early July:

I am dedicated to recapturing the spirit that Tephra once had. It wasn't that long ago that we felt like anything was possible. Reality set in and crushed us up a bit, but I just about have "reality" back under control. Step #1 is putting this Kickstarter back in order. The second part is then delivering an amazing slew of Tephra products, expansions, and other fun product lines.

We have just released a free "Rapid-Fire Guide" that has all the basic rules, a walk-through for character creation, and a free adventure. I want to get more people playing Tephra, so if you have any broke friends who still want to look over the rules, this is a great place to start! Check it out here.

Thanks everyone!


The Grand Finale!

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Kickstarter Adversary Book: Completed!


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Rejoice: I’m Resigning!

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To all of our wonderful supporters,

As of last week, I have resigned as the sole owner of Cracked Monocle. In my place, Alex Whisenhunt and Jeffrey Wood - two amazing gentlemen - are stepping up to take my place, help me fulfill my obligations, and move Cracked Monocle forward. 

I have worked on Tephra for nearly seven years now. It has been a major part of my life - often, it has been the defining part of my life. I effectively dropped out of college to work on Tephra. Then, with wind in my sails and confidence as my companion, I started this kickstarter. Lo and behold, I wasn’t ready yet! 

But I don’t regret it. During those seven years, I built a community of friends and co-workers that have stood by me, supported me, and I have loved them. I have taught myself numerous skills, from business practices to design practices, and I would never want to give them up. I am proud of the person that I have become because of Cracked Monocle. I wish I could have done it without incurring as much debt and without upsetting so many people, but you live, you learn. 

I am slowly relieving myself of Tephra projects and helping Alex and Jeffrey build their new company. They are taking over Tephra, Espionage, Cracked Monocle, and a couple of side-projects that we’ve been working on. I am further giving them my resources and knowledge thus-far. These two have often been my backbone - their reliability has been a great source of strength. I look forward to seeing how they rebuild Cracked Monocle and grow what I started. 

Kickstarter - Final Steps

A few months ago, Alex and I rebuilt the expected financial needs for Cracked Monocle to complete its obligations and let their new company start debt-free. We discovered that we need about $3,500 to complete this Kickstarter ($2400 to complete the international backers and $1100 to complete the Kickstarter Adversary Guide).

Alex and Jeffrey will be helping me get through this over the next few months. With their help, we aim to be finished with everything by October.

The Kickstarter Adversary Book is virtually complete. We’re reviewing it right now and will be posting the PDF (to our $70+ backers) as soon as it’s done. 

Cracked Monocle’s Future

Alex and Jeffrey are lining up a lot of projects. While they’re helping me finish my commitments, they also have some brilliant ideas for expanding Tephra, growing the company, and getting Cracked Monocle running at full steam. But I’m going to let them make those announcements themselves. They’ve earned it.

It’s time for me to get out of their way and stop holding Cracked Monocle back. I’ve done what I can to get Tephra started and grow Cracked Monocle, but I hit my limit a long time ago and it’s just taken me a while to figure that out. I will always try to support Cracked Monocle, but I need to focus on other areas of my life, grow a little, and see what I’m capable of.

I’ll be making amends with all of you that are waiting on stuff, then I’ll slowly fade into the shadows of Alex and Jeffrey. Please support them, don’t hold my mistakes against them, and let’s have Tephra grow strong.

Cheers & Gears - not for the last time, but for one of the last,


PS: If you’ve sent me a message recently and I haven’t responded, please accept my apologies. I’m trying to wrap some things up and will be getting back with you shortly.