A tabletop Role-Playing Game of High Adventure and Low Comedy in the best bar in the multiverse.
Greetings KickStarters, KickStartlettes, and KickStartlings. I'm Lee Garvin, the creator of Tales From The Floating Vagabond. This KickStarter is to enable the completion, printing, and release of a brand new edition of this classic* comedy role-playing game.
*(Classic status not confirmed)
Tales From The Floating Vagabond is a tabletop role-playing game of High Adventure and Low Comedy, where all the tropes, standards, and cliches we've grown to love so well are dusted off, given a shiny polish, and then smashed into little bits and sprinkled over a great big bowl of cosmic oatmeal... Sorry that wasn't very good. I was going for “inspiring metaphor” but I only have the budget for “tortured simile.”
And that's why I'm on KickStarter! To raise the funds to bring a newer, bigger, better, funnier edition of Tales From The Floating Vagabond to life.
Yeah, but just what IS a Floating Vagabond? And why are there Tales coming from it?
That is a very good question. Followed by a pretty stupid one.
The Floating Vagabond is a bar built into an asteroid at the center of its universe. The owner of the bar, Hawk Luger (call him "Spit"), installed a Walker Random Dimensional Portal Generator on the door, and now, whenever someone walks into a tavern, pub, gin-joint, or speakeasy in any universe, at any time (past, present, or future), on any world, there's a chance they could end up walking into the Floating Vagabond.
Once these folks arrive, an unreasonably large percentage of them wind up embroiled in ridiculous adventures involving gratuitous explosions and acts of desperate derring-do.
So it's a game of Drunken Inter-Dimensional Hi-jinks?
What? No, of course... Yeah, that's pretty much exactly what it is.
In Tales From The Floating Vagabond (TF2V for short), you can Swing Nasty Pointy Things With Panache, Shoot Really Big Guns, or Belch For Effect.
The rules have been greatly streamlined from their original form, and now, nearly anything can be accomplished with a single die roll. TF2V uses a sliding scale of dice for difficulty, from d4 for the easiest task, the d100 for super-heroic-you've-got-to-be-kidding-me-what-are-you-smoking challenges.
Additionally, characters in TF2V have Shticks, comedic special effects that can fold, spindle, or mutilate the Laws of Physics. From the Flynn Effect, guaranteeing that you always have something to swing from, no matter where you are; to the Elfman Effect, providing stirring background music to give you a morale boost or an occasional warning; or even the Harpo Effect, which allows you to neatly fit anything up to the size of a Howitzer in your trenchcoat.
TF2V is a game of Epic Adventure and Pervasive Slapstick, in a universe where the Laws of Physics have better things to do.
So Just What Can We Get For Helping Out?
Hey! Another question!
You might have noticed that there's something called Build-a-Brawl listed among the earlier rewards. What is Build-a-Brawl? It's a printable cardstock figure collection that you can use with TF2V or any other game you like. The first 8 sets were created using art by Vicky Wyman from the first edition of the game. With all-new art by Scott Lincoln, there are 5 more sets that will be coming along with the new edition. If you want to see what the Build-a-Brawl sets look like, take a look here.
The most obvious physical reward is the actual book itself. The original TF2V book was a 96 page softcover that was plagued with problems with its binding (many people actually thought the game came with a very thin Bartender's Screen screen (for those who were unaware, "Bartender" is what we call Game Masters in TF2V).
This new version is coming in at close to 264 pages, with a casebound hardcover binding, with full color art throughout.
At the higher levels, the actual Bartender's Screen becomes available. Printed on hardcover stock, this screen has a whole bunch of insanely useful charts and tables on the inside (for the Bartender's selfish use), and a gorgeous mural by the incredibly talented Scott Lincoln on the outside.
At a slightly higher level, you get a set of custom dice. This set includes a d4, d6, d8, d10, d12, d20, d30, and a d% (tens place die).
The coasters, in addition to being a handy place to set the drink of your choice, have the bright and attractive Floating Vagabond logo on one side, and a unique in-game bonus on the other.
The beer mugs offered are sturdy 20 oz. mugs for the serious drinker, with the Floating Vagabond bar logo printed on them in full color.
Ordering From The Menu
Hey, look! We have add-ons! Some of the extras we are offering will be available for you to add to your pledge. More will be available as stretch goals are reached. For now, If you have pledged at the Soaked level or higher, you can add extra Official Floating Vagabond Beer Mugs to your order, so that you can serve up tasty beverages of your choice to all your Patrons (that's what we call Players).
Plus, if you're just dying for an adventure or six to drag your patrons through, you can add one of the Classic TF2V adventure pdfs to your order for only $3 per adventure, no matter what your level.
There are six classic adventures to choose from:
The Reich Stuff
The Adventure Without a Name
Hypercad 54, Where Are You?
The Cosmic Paternity Suit
Official Floating Vagabond Beer Mug - $12.00
Tales From The Floating Vagabond Classic Adventure pdf - $3.00
What's All This Ship?
There've been a few very good questions about the shipping situations, and I thought I'd make everything as clear as possible.
The standard pledge levels, those without the word "International" in the name, include shipping to anywhere in the United States. Adding the "international shipping" fees to those levels will be sufficient for shipping to Canada or Mexico. (It's a tad more, but I'm willing to eat it in the big picture).
The International levels include shipping anywhere in the world, and are not recommended for backers in the U.S., Canada, or Mexico.
Do You Have Stretch Goals? And Does This Keyboard Make Me Look Fat?
Do we have stretch goals?! Boy do we! And yes, yes it does.
If we reach $35,000 then everyone who pledges $65 or more will also get a pdf of a new adventure written by Matt Vancil, the writer behind The Gamers, The Gamers 2: Dorkness Rising, The Gamers 3: Hands of Fate, and JourneyQuest.
If we hit $56,000 then everyone who's getting a beer mug gets a matching shot glass. Plus, everyone at the $270 level and above gets their choice of one of two Inter-Dimensional Zero-G Bowling League shirts; the Floating Vagabond "Gutter Bums", or the Crane's Nest "Assass-Pins."
If we hit $62,000 then everyone at the $65 level and above gets the pdf of the brand new sourcebook Pub Crawl, written by Ross Watson (of Dark Heresy, Rogue Trader, Deathwatch, Black Crusade, and Star Wars: Edge of the Empire fame).
If we hit $115,000 then everyone at the $90 level and above gets the extremely limited Pirate Ninja Monkey plush!
If we reach $120,000, then everyone who pledges $65 or more gets a pdf of a TF2V / Shaintar crossover adventure written by Sean Patrick Fannon!
There are more to come, but lets see how close we can get to these, first.
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I am a full-time game designer with a solid background in delivering projects. In addition to authoring the original Tales From the Floating Vagabond published by Avalon Hill in 1991, I have written for Pinnacle Entertainment Group, Alderac Entertainment, West End Games, and Skirmisher Publishing, as well as founded Reality Cheque where I published Dravakor and Control: The Game of Absolute Corruption. My new card game, Badass Zombie Killers, is releasing at GenCon this month as well. I have the skills, experience and motivation to see this project to completion on time and within budget. TF2V will be the full-time focus of my efforts until publication.
Artist Scott Lincoln has been contracted to create the art for the new version of TF2V and samples of his outstanding work can be seen above. Scott is a long-time cartoonist and creator of the Ralf The Destroyer webcomic.
All of the secondary items that are being offered are being produced by third party vendors that have an established history with producing just these kinds of things, but if I run into a situation where one or more of them cannot complete their side of the project in time, I will simply find another vendor.
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