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Sometimes the greatest adventure in space is simply surviving the orders of your captain. Redshirts brings laughs to your gaming table.
Sometimes the greatest adventure in space is simply surviving the orders of your captain. Redshirts brings laughs to your gaming table.
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Redshirts: Adventures in Absurdity (Vol. 1) is a Starfinder compatible Adventure Path, guaranteed to have your PCs laughing hysterically from one end of the galaxy to the other.

 Critics have called it "The Office meets Survivor...in space." 

Unlike most RPGs which set up the PCs to achieve great heroic victories over threats to the very existence of the world, Redshirts is more a game of survival, as in can the PCs survive the ridiculous orders of the command crew. Redshirts is perfect for players wishing to emulate the tone of comedic Space-Opera settings such as Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Futurama, or Spaceballs. It parodies and builds upon popular Sci-fi settings and tropes, while building its own niche. 

The final product will be between 100-120 pages, and will include 5 pre-gen characters for those that just want to pick up and play. It is available in PDF, softback, and hardcover (all in full color). 

Redshirts plays like a combination of a Role-playing game and an improv comedy routine (always say "yes"), as the PCs run the crew's most dangerous errands. Vol. 1 encompasses the first three "missions" and takes the PCs from level 1 to level 3.

  • Mission 1: The Terrible Tacos: When Captain Ginny wakes up after a weekend bender with an intense craving for tacos, she decides to send her newly arrived recruits on their first mission. Unfortunately for the recruits, the local Taco Galaxy is under deadly new management.
  • Mission 2: The Cheaper Cleaner: Stuck in a surveillance mission around a dying star, first officer Laisse Faire decides to save a few credits and send the PCs to pick up his dry cleaning instead of paying for delivery. He's sure the quarantine around the planet won't be a problem. 
  • Mission 3: The Pirate Bonanza: When several important pieces of the ship's engine go missing, the PCs are sent shopping at the local space pirate flea market with a budget of $0 and the Captain expecting change back. Can the PCs get the ship back in working order or will they end up swabbing the decks of a pirate ship for the rest of their days?

Redshirts: Adventure in Absurdity (Vol. 1) will include the following new things that can be used in any Starfinder game:

3 new specific settings (2 space stations and a planet) which will include statistics and maps. 

6 new playable races including: Door-tu-Dorans, Plushians, Aggressians, Mongrels, Pointers, and Beardies.

15 new monsters/NPCs to challenge your PCs, each with full stat blocks and artwork. 

Detailed backstory for the Confederation of United Nebuls, Terrestials, and Sidereals (The people who pay the PCs tiny salary). The name of this huge bureaucracy refers to the three types of creatures eligible for citizenship in the Confederation:

  • Nebuls (creatures born on non-human worlds or races without significant amounts of human DNA)
  • Terrestials (Creatures born on human worlds with a significant amount of human DNA)
  • Sidereals (creatures naturally born in space or difficult to categorize)

The NPC Crew:

The Crew of the Uranus Hertz: First officer Liassez Faire, Captain Ginny Tonic, Dr. Eldara Howitzer, Security Chief Mitzy Stuffington, Science Officer Floyd, Chief Engineer Aussie Gummontery
The Crew of the Uranus Hertz: First officer Liassez Faire, Captain Ginny Tonic, Dr. Eldara Howitzer, Security Chief Mitzy Stuffington, Science Officer Floyd, Chief Engineer Aussie Gummontery

 

The Captain of the Uranus Hertz, Ginny Tonic signed up for deep space exploration for two reasons: to better understand the universe and to protect her pension by avoiding mandatory yearly performance reviews. 

Liassez Faire, the Door-tu-Doran first officer, hates three things in life: Paying full price for anything, taxes, and creatures with body hair. He can generally be found spending his time selling other people's belongings on Ebay's Galactic Marketplace.  

A teenage science prodigy, Eldara Howitzer earned her medical degree, two Ph.D.s, and was top of her class at the Confederation Academy all before her sixteenth birthday. When she's not curing deadly diseases she enjoys the same things many teenagers do: being unpredictably moody, gossiping about boys, and designing weapons of mass destruction.

Hailing from The planet Plushy Prime, Mitzy Stuffington is the toughest, and only, security officer on the ship. He prefers hug therapy to using the brig, and his phaser is always set to fun. 

One of the greatest engineers of the past century, Chief Engineer Aussie Gummontery signed up for the deep space mission in order to get away from the talking hamster that only he can see. It did not work.  

Floyd (last name none of your damn business), the ship's science officer, is a well-respected champion of the ancient Aggressian art of sandwich making and has vowed to use his unique combination of martial prowess and keen intellect to rid the galaxy of the dreaded evil that is "light mayonaise". 

Mission 1: The Terrible Tacos (Preview Art):

Terrible Tacos Monsters: Douche-bag Teens that Hang Out in Fast Food Parking Lots, Chihuahua Mascots with Roid-Rage, Genetically Modified Tacos, Killer Kiosks, Sushian Pirates, Mongrel Assistant Manager Leslie
Terrible Tacos Monsters: Douche-bag Teens that Hang Out in Fast Food Parking Lots, Chihuahua Mascots with Roid-Rage, Genetically Modified Tacos, Killer Kiosks, Sushian Pirates, Mongrel Assistant Manager Leslie

 

Plushians
Plushians

Stretch Goals (based on backers):

100 backers: A seventh playable race is added called the Sushians. These are an aquatic people, based on various tropical fish. UNLOCKED!

200 backers: An additional section will be added called "Eldara's Excellent Equipment". This will give PCs access to Dr. Eldara's most unique weapons and gadgets. UNLOCKED!

300 backers: chosen by the people via a poll on our Facebook page

Project Goals:

This project will deliver digital rewards before the end of September, 2017. Physical books will ship in October (giving a month for backer playtesting before finalizing). As of right now the majority of the writing is complete, the artwork is in progress, and we have early access to the Starfinder rules via licensing. We will be attending panels at Gencon (August) to participate in playtesting and designing, in order to ensure complete compatibility of the product. Any questions can be directed to HappyGnomePublishing@yahoo.com

What makes T.J. Lantz and his team at Happy Gnome Publishing qualified to write a comedy RPG?

Good Question. I am a full time writer/publisher with an MFA from Seton Hill University's prestigious Writing Popular Fiction program. I currently have 11 books in print, each categorized as Spec Fiction/Humor. I've also taught comedy writing at the university level. Please feel free to take a look at my work and see if my style works for you (links below)

*Disclaimer

The majority of the products produced by Happy Gnome Publishing are for children. Redshirts, however, does not fit that mold and many of the jokes and situations are adult oriented. Please be aware of this before backing. 

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Risks and challenges

This is our third Kickstarter here at Happy Gnome Publishing. The first, Anthro-Adventures RPG, began delivering in December 2016, and has gone through an extensive playtesting by our backers. Print copies are currently in the delivery process. Our second Kickstarter, for Children's book Gnit-wit Gnipper, delivers in July. This Kickstarter is about 80% complete at this moment, and while delays in the publishing process do happen, we are on schedule to publish by September (digital) and October (physical).

That said, while we do have a history of fulfillment and the majority of the project written, aspects such as art, layout, playtesting, and editing all can create unforeseen problems. If something were to happen, I can promise that we will be clear, communicative, and transparent. The most important thing we can earn as a publishing company is your trust.

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