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Play as yourself, suddenly granted the incredible and unstable powers of legendary heroes!
Play as yourself, suddenly granted the incredible and unstable powers of legendary heroes!
Play as yourself, suddenly granted the incredible and unstable powers of legendary heroes!
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You did it! Not only did we fund Mythic Mortals, but we unlocked every Stretch Goal! You are all amazing! 

After this campaign ends, updates, order-info, and additional resources can all be found at:

MythicMortals.com

We are Funded! Thank you all so much. I am so honored and excited to start the next  steps and make Mythic Mortals a reality.

But it's not over yet! Whatever we raise over the $1400 goal goes towards artwork, extra classes, new adventures, and more. Check the Stretch Goals at the bottom to see what we can unlock! Keep spreading the word, and help us make Mythic Mortals even better!

The ogre bursts through the wall of your living room. Your roommate begins screaming and moves back towards the bedroom. You feel like you should be scared as well, but you're not. Instead you feel something else: a power, a confidence!

A bright glow fills your vision, and you see the vague outlines of legendary weapons fading in and out in front of you. Mjolnir. Death's Scythe. Excalibur. Diana's bow. When you see the last one, you quickly reach out your hand and grasp at the shape. It forms into a spectral bow of shifting colors.

As you pull your hand back, the bow feels comfortable, like an old pair of shoes. Memories not your own fill your head, and you see hundreds of legendary monsters falling before you, struck down by the very weapon you now hold. With a confident grin you form an arrow of fire, aim, and send the ogre to join the rest of your vanquished foes.

Who are you? What is this? Where am I?

My name is David Schirduan. I've been making games for several years now. Checkout out my other games for free.

This Kickstarter project will fund my newest game, Mythic Mortals. Already in its 3rd version, Mythic Mortals has been extensively play-tested and polished over the past 2 years, and is my strongest design yet. Although the writing is done, I need your help to create a print-ready rulebook.

Kickstarter is like a fund-raiser, but I'll reward you for pledging to support Mythic Mortals. The amount that you pledge determines the rewards that you receive. You can see the available reward levels to the right.

The costs for artists, editors, layout designers, and printing stand between us and an awesome gaming experience. If we can meet the project goal, then I can produce a quality rulebook for Mythic Mortals.

An example of the art style for the BE THE HERO backers.
An example of the art style for the BE THE HERO backers.

What is Mythic Mortals?

Mythic Mortals is a Tabletop Role-Playing Game where you and your friends play as your real-world selves suddenly granted incredible powers. The game is focused on providing short, fast-paced play sessions filled with action-packed combat.

The game uses cards, dice, and your imagination to let you jump right into the action. Experience fast, exciting fights that take place in your home-town. 

Download the Zero-Prep Packet to try out a quick "tutorial" mission with you and your friends!

Why does the world need Mythic Mortals?

I created Mythic Mortals to solve a problem with my local gaming group. My group is large, but inconsistent. I never have the same combination of players, and new gamers are always joining up. This is awesome, but it does make it hard to find games to play.

Many RPGs are built for a long-term commitment (months and months of play), and require a lot of investment before starting (character creation, learning the rules, etc). I wanted a role-playing game that anyone could sit down to play in about 2-3 hours with minimal prep and no prior experience.

For over two years this idea germinated, and finally blossomed into Mythic Mortals. Forged in the fires of my fluctuating game group, I've finally got something that is solid and fun to play.

The CoreBook

The Corebook will be about 100 pages in a 6x9 digest format. It will include:

  • Rules with explanations
  • Examples of play
  • GM Advice
  • How to run a game
  • 3 pre-made adventures
  • A guide to making your own adventures and character classes
  • And more!

Released under the Creative Commons License, Mythic Mortals has a bunch of advice on making your own mats, your own adventures, and your own settings. It's been designed from the ground up to be hacked and modified, laying the groundwork for a vibrant community of content creators. I can't wait to see what you and your group can do with Mythic Mortals!

How do I get a copy of Mythic Mortals?

When you back this project, you can choose what format you want for the game. Digital copies will be emailed to you in PDF format.

All physical copies are "Print On Demand" from DriveThruRPG. That means you'll receive a code by email when the book is finished (March 2016). The book won't cost you any extra, but you'll still have to pay for the cost of printing and shipping/handling. 

For example: If you back at the softcover level, you pay $15 now. In March, I will send you a special coupon for DriveThruRPG. You can use that coupon to order your print copy of the book, and will pay an additional $4 + shipping/handling. 

Features and Highlights

  • Your character sheet not only shows ALL of your powers, but it also summarizes the rules of the game and acts as a reference.
  • Your cards switch out every few turns, constantly providing new options and combinations. Mythic Mortals provides variety without level-ups and XP.
  • The setting is familiar (your city) and character creation is instant (play as yourself)!
  • Your deck is your health. Taking damage removes cards from your deck. You'll never need a pencil to track the state of your character; everything relies on your deck and your character sheet.
  •  The cards and the dice are tactile, so it's less daunting for beginners than a page of empty stat boxes and text fields.

Available Classes

Stretch Goals can unlock even more classes!
Stretch Goals can unlock even more classes!

Why Kickstarter?

I love making games. They are a huge passion of mine, but I make little to no money from this stuff. It's never been a problem for me...until now. I want to make a quality release for Mythic Mortals. Something with beautiful art, clean editing, and a hardcover edition. I want as many people as possible to have access to an amazing version of this game, and to do that, I need your help and support.

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Project Goals

The current goal ($1400) is the minimum that I need to produce a clear, cleanly written Corebook:

  • $800 - Editing
  • $200 - Cover Design
  • $200 - Layout
  • $200 - Misc. Fees

Once we meet this goal, the Corebook is funded! I'll fill the book with Creative Commons artwork that I can find online (see the Zero Prep Packet as an example)

Stretch Goals

$1800 -UNLOCKED- Mortal Artwork - I will be able to commission some artwork to evoke the tone and feeling of Mythic Mortals. (Artwork from Eric Quigly, Alex Garcia, and Laura Ketcham)

If there are any delays due to artwork, I will release a non-art edition of the PDF on time, and replace it with the final version when complete. One way or another, you'll have the complete text of the game by March.

$2200 - UNLOCKED - Mythic Mortal Artwork! - MORE artwork will be commissioned to replace the Creative Commons images. (Artwork from Winston Lew, Chris L. Kimball, and Rare-Works).

All non-artwork goals will be released in PDF format soon after the game. They will not interrupt the development of the Corebook.

$2300 - UNLOCKED - New Class [The MetalHead] from Daniel Charlton

$2500 - UNLOCKED - New Class [The Morph] from Tod Foley

$2800 - UNLOCKED - 2 New Classes [The Summoner and The Fury] from David Guyll

$3100 - UNLOCKED - 3-session Adventure from Stephanie Bryant

$3400 - UNLOCKED - New Class [The Healer] from Kyle Mecklem

$3600 - UNLOCKED - New Class [The GunFighter] from Grant Howitt

$3900 - UNLOCKED - Setting and Adventure from Emily Care Boss 

$4100 - UNLOCKED - Adventure from Joe Banner 

$4300 - UNLOCKED - New Class [The Scholar] from James Wallis

$4500 - UNLOCKED - New Class [The Trickster] from Daniel Warmke 

$4700 - UNLOCKED New Class [The Wrestler] from Nathan D. Paoletta

$5000 - UNLOCKED - Some amazing artwork by Sarah "Doombringer" Richardson!

Risks and challenges

This is my first major game project and kickstarter. Something will undoubtedly go wrong, but you'll know about all of it, and I'm going to keep the lines of communication open. You can go to the G+ community and see the hundreds of updates and messages I've put out for Mythic Mortals. I'm very active and always open to suggestions and questions.

I've also done everything I can make sure that any stretch goals or backer levels won't put a burden on me or interrupt the release of the corebook (see Project Goals for more info).

My personal email will be the first thing I post when the campaign starts. Please contact me whenever you have a question or a concern.

I am so excited to see Mythic Mortals as a complete game. I know that with your help Mythic Mortals will be a game that people can enjoy for many years to come!

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    CO-DEVELOPER - Everything from Hardcover + instant access to the current google doc of the book, with the power to leave comments and help shape the game! Also gain immediate access to the current versions of all 9 Player Classes. ALSO get first dibs whenever I run an online game through G+.

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    NOTEWORTHY - Everything from CoDev + My wife and I will personalize your copy with notes and scribbles. Make your copy unique among all the rest!

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