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Your ultimate companion for multi-genre anime and manga role-playing adventures!
Your ultimate companion for multi-genre anime and manga role-playing adventures!
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BESM Fourth Edition (Big Eyes, Small Mouth RPG)

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In the myriad realms of imagination, there are an infinite number of fascinating worlds waiting to be discovered.

BESM Fourth Edition helps you explore them all.

Welcome to Big Eyes, Small Mouth — the multi-genre role-playing game for all your anime and manga adventures! Award-winning game designer and creator of BESM, Mark MacKinnon, and the Dyskami Publishing Company licensed the rights to release this new edition of the game from White Wolf Entertainment. Dyskami then teamed up with Japanime Games to publish a new fourth edition core role-playing game book plus an entire line of BESM support products to expand the game system and storytelling world. This Kickstarter campaign is helping launch the beginning of this new journey. Hold on tight as we welcome you to your next great adventure!

BESM Game Credits

BESM was created and updated to its Fourth edition by Mark MacKinnon. Additional writing by L.B. Bryant and Sean D. Francis. Foundational BESM writing contributions by David Pulver, with Jeff Mackintosh and Jude McLaughlin.

Cover art by Niko Geyer. Interior art by Axel, Chabibit, Jason Chan, Lindsay Cibos, Ray Cordova, Christina Crontiris, Julie Dillon, Marion Gale Gaelon, Niko Geyer, Jared Hodges, KAGA Productions, Jeff Mackintosh, Stephan Martiniere, Ed Northcott, Ben Overmyer, Shilin, Strike Boogie, Sydusarts, Francis Tsai, Long Vo, Zearyu, and Zirong. 

To clarify which free bonuses have been unlocked as stretch goals at specific pledge levels during the Kickstarter campaign, we have summarized the inclusions below. Bonuses provided at lower pledge dollars are available at higher pledge dollars as well (Deluxe Limited Edition upgrades are only available for DLE pledges or add-ons). See the Stretch Goals section of the campaign further down the page for additional details.

We are thrilled that we are giving out over $230 in free bonus PDFs to our backers who have pledged at least $60 — nearly four times the value of the pledge itself! Thank you for helping make this happen!  

Big Eyes, Small Mouth Fourth Edition

BESM Fourth Edition core role-playing game book contains everything you need to create your anime and manga characters and start playing. No other books are required, though we have an entire expansion line in the works to support your gaming adventures.

This gorgeous volume is a hefty 336 full-color pages with well over 100 beautiful illustrations from talented artist across the world. BESM Fourth Edition features a laminated hardcover with a durable Smyth-sewn binding that allows your book to easily lay flat and stay open to any page.

If this is your first exposure to BESM and the underlying Tri-Stat System game mechanics, and you're looking for an idea how the game works — since this new edition is a revised presentation and an improved system iteration from third edition, rather than a complete overhaul — read this detailed review of BESM Third Edition on RPG.net.

BESM Deluxe Limited Fourth Edition

Conceptual Image. Not Final Artwork.
Conceptual Image. Not Final Artwork.

BESM and role-playing aficionados won't want to miss out on this stunning version of the game: the BESM Deluxe Limited Fourth Edition RPG. The BESM logo is foil stamped onto a vibrant purple leatherette cover, the pages are accented with silver gilded edges, and the binding is enhanced with a handy bookmark ribbon to keep your place while playing.

The BESM Deluxe Limited Fourth Edition RPG will normally not be available to purchase in retail stores and is available exclusively during this Kickstarter. We are only printing a limited number of this edition, with a small number of extra copies to anticipate late pledge manager add-ons. Should any copies remain after the Kickstarter is fulfilled, we will only offer them at conventions and through direct web store sales while quantities last.


BESM Naked — Simplified Anime and Manga Adventures

BESM 4 is actually two distinct games. In addition to the standard BESM Fourth Edition, we are also releasing a stripped-down core role-playing game called BESM Naked that a complete, stand-alone, alternate edition. See what we did there?

BESM Naked is a “gateway product” of a sorts, targeted at anime and manga fans who may know something about role-playing but aren’t traditional gamers. It’s also for role-playing enthusiasts who enjoy indie-style RPGs with simple rules and more narrative game flow. With a structural simplicity closer to BESM First Edition from 1997 — yet presented with an eye on illustration and graphic design that lives up to the expectations of today’s gamers — BESM Naked contains everything you need to play, wrapped in one small volume at an attractive price.


BESM Game Screen and Adventure

Conceptual Image. Not Final Artwork.
Conceptual Image. Not Final Artwork.

This handy, 4-panel reference screen for game masters features a one-stop location for BESM tables, charts, and other resources, wrapped in a stunning full-color panoramic image on the front. As a bonus, inside you’ll find an engaging two-part, multi-genre adventure that can be dropped into nearly any campaign. With gorgeous art and an intriguing story, this BESM Game Screen and Adventure is a great addition to your anime RPG collection.


BESM Character Folio and BESM Dice

Conceptual Images. Not Final Artwork.
Conceptual Images. Not Final Artwork.

Some players desire more than a simple character sheet to present their creation. The BESM Character Folio is the ultimate journal for detailing characters from any style of game campaign. The folio includes: a deluxe character sheet with expanded areas for stats and descriptions; sections for detailing your character’s abilities, background, personality; and diary pages on which you can record your character’s inner thoughts, secrets learned during each session, and other important game notes.

We will also be creating a custom set of BESM Dice for your gameplay — eight six-sided dice, with four dice of each of two colors. The dice will have two different custom designs on them: the full Tri-Stat System logo that powers BESM Fourth Edition (replacing the 3s; reflecting a group of players) and one-third of the logo (replacing the 1s; reflecting a single player). Add a touch of elegance to your gaming table.

You can customize your BESM Fourth Edition Kickstarter pledge to your exact specifications by selecting the reward level that most closely matches what you want to receive, and then topping up your pledge with extra funds to add-on any number of the items listed below. For example, to add the $100 BESM Deluxe Limited Edition to your $60 Gamer Pledge, simply increase your pledge dollars to $160.

You'll be able to identify which add-ons you are selecting once we send you the link to our Pledge Manager in August after the Kickstarter has ended. Note that adding extra items to your pledge may increase your shipping costs above the estimates listed below.

Alternatively, simply pledge for your selected base reward level now and then bump your pledge dollars after the Kickstarter campaign in the Pledge Manager. Either method will ensure you receive the exact rewards that you want!

The Pledge Manager will also give you the option of adding on digital PDF-only rewards that aren't offered on their own as part of this Kickstarter, such as a PDF of the BESM Character Folio or the adventure that comes with the BESM Game Screen, as well as the digital stretch goals.

Finally, if you're looking to upgrade your BESM Fourth Edition that's included in the $90 Influencer or $125 Adventurer pledge levels with a copy of the Deluxe Limited Edition instead, you'll have the option of upgrading later once we send out the Pledge Manager. Just make your normal pledge now, and you can upgrade after the campaign.

Note: For logistical shipping reasons, the BESM Dice unfortunately cannot be added onto any pledge level. They are only available in this Kickstarter as part of the pre-set $125 Adventurer and $350 Storyteller rewards. We examined every reasonable way we could allow them as an add-on, but sadly the logistical costs of shipping were too high for a $10 accessory. Fear not, though, because BESM Dice will also be available for purchase separately at a later date from our website or in your local game store.

You'll get exclusive early access to the digital PDFs in your pledge level when the physical books are sent to press by September 2019. We'll use industry leader, DriveThruRPG.com, to deliver all PDF content.

For physical copies, we will calculate and charge shipping separately later through Pledge Manager to provide the best possible rates for your rewards and add-ons. Adding physical rewards to digital-only pledge levels ($1 Follower, $15 Explorer, $35 Technophile) will incur shipping fees equal to the most similar physical pledge level. Example shipping costs are included in the table below based on the provided pledge levels, though add-ons with your pledge may increase your shipping costs estimates. 

Please note that physical rewards for this Kickstarter are unavailable to ship to the following countries: Brazil, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Afghanistan.

This direct-to-consumers Kickstarter is a vital component for relaunching BESM Fourth Edition and distributing it worldwide. Japanime Games strongly supports the efforts of independent game retailers as well, and has created a $2 retailer-only pledge level for verifiable brick-and-mortal stores. This pledge locks in your store's access to all physical product available in the Kickstarter, at wholesale prices, including: BESM Fourth Edition, BESM Deluxe Limited Fourth Edition, BESM Naked, BESM Game Screen and Adventure, BESM Character Folio, and BESM Dice. No further payment is due at this time. You will complete your order in August or September through the post-campaign Pledge Manager, and gain early access to the products before they are available through distribution. Please contact Japanime Games directly (info@japanimegames.com) for more information how we can work together to help support BESM Fourth Edition at your store.

Japanime Games is dedicated to bringing you the finest games from Japan and beyond! It's our goal to import and translate the best games from Asia to bring those great games to a wider audience. Our games feature some of the finest art that can be found along with engaging gameplay and quality components. We are committed to great customer service and have hundreds of thousands of happy customers. For more information about Japanime Games, visit their website at japanimegames.com.

Dyskami Publishing Company is a tabletop game designer and publisher headquartered in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Dyskami's founder and original Big Eyes, Small Mouth creator, Mark MacKinnon, serves as the lead designer for BESM Fourth Edition and has overseen the publication of every edition of BESM since 1997. In addition to relaunching the BESM role-playing game line, Dyskami Publishing also designs a licensed line of tabletop games featuring the popular Japanese anime series, Sailor Moon Crystal. For more information about Dyskami Publishing, visit their website at dyskami.ca.

Risks and challenges

Japanime Games is dedicated to improving our process with every Kickstarter because we know that our fans expect regular updates and on-time delivery. In addition to our extensive experience managing and fulfilling Kickstarters, our development partner, Dyskami Publishing Company, has also fulfilled three previous successful Kickstarter campaigns. Our companies have done this before and have done it exceptionally well.

This BESM Fourth Edition project is managed by creatives and entrepreneurs who have many years of experience with the hobby gaming industry. Additionally, the game design, illustrations, and writing is nearly complete and is undergoing final graphic production as this Kickstarter proceeds to ensure the files are ready to send to the printer approximately one month upon campaign completion. Consequently, with our extensive planning and management protocols in place, we believe that the risks and challenges are minimal for this project

As always, our goal is to ensure our Kickstarter backers are the first to receive their pledged game rewards. Due to the logistics scheduling of printers, fulfilment centers, and conventions, you may see copies available at a show before you've received your Kickstarter pledge. Rest assured if this happens, we are working diligently to ship your reward in a similar time frame as well. We will post campaign updates regularly from the end of the Kickstarter until we have fulfiled your pledges.

After the campaign, we offer a no-questions-asked refund on your pledge (minus the non-refundable Kickstarter and payment processing fees that we cannot recover) until we have closed our Pledge Manager. Refunds are either processed via PayPal or the payment reversed through Stripe to your credit card, at our discretion.

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    You'll receive full-color, hardcover printed copies of the BESM Fourth Edition core book and BESM Naked core book PLUS PDF copies of:

    • BESM Fourth Edition core book
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    You'll receive a full-color, foil-stamped, leatherette printed copy of the BESM Deluxe Limited Fourth Edition core book PLUS PDF copies of:

    • BESM Fourth Edition core book
    • BESM Naked core book
    • BESM Primer introductory fast-play rules

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    You'll receive both print and PDF copies of:

    • BESM Fourth Edition core book
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    • BESM Game Screen and Adventure
    • BESM Character Folio

    PLUS you'll also receive one set of custom BESM Dice.

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    STORYTELLER

    You'll receive a full-color, foil-stamped, leatherette printed copy of the BESM Deluxe Limited Fourth Edition core book PLUS both print and PDF copies of:

    • BESM Fourth Edition core book
    • BESM Naked core book (6 print copies!)
    • BESM Primer introductory fast-play rules
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    • BESM Character Folio (6 print copies!)

    PLUS you'll also receive two sets of custom BESM Dice.

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