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The cute, creepy role-playing game
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What's going on here?

In 2008 the tabletop role-playing game CandyCreeps debuted at GenCon Indy. It went up for sale on several websites, and everyone who played it seemed to like it. But then it completely sold out while we weren't looking. We even sold our own personal copies, not realizing they were the last ones we had. Oops! Nobody has been able to get their hands on a new copy of CandyCreeps since January of 2009. 

So now we want to bring it back so more people can play it. The goal of this Kickstarter is to fund a second print run of CandyCreeps, the RPG. Because CandyCreeps has already been finished and printed once, it's all ready to go now. Once the money's there, CandyCreeps can be back at the printers in the morning. 

Tell us more about CandyCreeps

CandyCreeps brings together the living, the dead, mascots, monsters, and everybody else who treads the thin line between Cute and Creepy. 

In the adorably dystopian burg of Crowley City, the dead don’t just walk; they wash cars, write checks, teach classes, and run companies. Living cartoon mascots called Pops aren’t just entertainment anymore; they might be your boss, your accountant, your classmate, or your drinking buddy. Bogeymen rent beds to sleep under, vampires open butcher shops, and folks down on their luck dabble in the dark arts to make ends meet. 

The Pembrigan Academy for Gentlemen, Ladies, and Creatures of Good Breeding is the fiery crucible in which all these folks’ kids melt together to form a new, creepy-cute society. Living or dead, human or monster, every student can count on a world-class education to go with all the other, lethal drama that happens from K to 12. With a Pembrigan diploma, you can write your own ticket – if you can survive until graduation! 

The Candycreeps role-playing game core book gives you everything you need to explore the delightfully uncanny world of the Pembrigan Academy. The versatile, doodle-based character creation system lets players’ imaginations run wild, and the quick, easy core mechanic keeps gameplay quick and lively. 

What if you beat your goal? 

Then we'll be super happy! If we beat our goal, we'll roll out all kinds of exciting new rewards and work toward making CandyCreeps even better.

If we meet that goal we'll go off campus and work towards producing a whole new CandyCreeps setting book with new stories, new heroes, new villains, and new Features you won't be able to get anywhere else. There will also be great new rewards that let you get in on the brainstorming.

Is this a kids' game? 

Apparently so, but it was not entirely intentional. When we first heard that it was a great game for kids, we felt sort of like John Waters says he felt when he heard that Hairspray got a PG-13 rating. "What do you mean I made a family-friendly musical romp?" 

It's true that our zombies can be cuddly and the core setting is a school overrun by corgis, but CandyCreeps is what you make of it: If you want adult themes and your GM does too, the game will oblige.

Kids do seem to like CandyCreeps. The simple mechanics and doodle-based character generation system appeal to new gamers. And CandyCreeps is a game where pretty much anything can happen, which means sessions definitely benefit from the nigh limitless imaginations of adorable moppets. Does Little Timmy want to play a psionic pencil that rides around on a wolf that has fire rabies? He can do that. (No, really. He can do that.)

CandyCreeps is a 127-page, perfect-bound paperback with a glossy, full-color cover, four full-color chapter frontispieces and tons of original black and white illustrations. All color art is by Ben Powis (http://benpowis.net/) and the black and white art is by Jorge F. Munoz  (http://yorko.blogspot.com/). 

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    Miss Manfred Butler-Post, Pembrigan Academy's esteemed chair of Deportment and Etiquette, says every contribution must be acknowledged with a sincere note of thanks. In addition to receiving a note from Miss Butler-Post, who is learning to use the electronic mails just for this purpose, you'll also be rewarded with the knowledge that your contribution has made the world a cuter place (or a creepier one, if you prefer). You will also receive all project reports and updates.

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    GET THE PDF! A team of rogue teddy bears has burned down the Pembrigan library! Well, no. But if that happens again, your copy of CandyCreeps will be completely safe, because it will be in PDF format.

    (Psst - This is the reward where you get a copy of the CandyCreeps core book in PDF)

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    BONUS WALLPAPER! One summer in late 1912, Sister Mary Donada painted a mural on the southwest wall of the cafeteria that depicted the founding of Pembrigan Academy by a mystical and well-endowed centaur who may have also been a sexy vampire. It sucked. Really, it was a mess of garish colors and infantile brush strokes. The art department petitioned to have the building burned down, but the kitchen staff reminded everyone that the cafeteria was the only thing holding down the Native American burial ground. Instead, the mural was covered with a heavy velvet curtain for 60 years. Then one day President Teddy Roosevelt was touring the campus and demanded to see what was behind the curtain. Filled with trepidation, the principal drew back the fabric and was shocked to discover that after 60 years the paint had dried, the colors had muted, and it was way worse than before. In a rage, President Teddy punched the terrible mural right in the face. After the wall was reconstructed, a new, better mural was put in its place. (For this reward, you will receive all the previous rewards, plus a special CandyCreeps wallpaper. No sexy vampire centaurs will be involved.)

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    GET A BONUS STORY! The Pembrigan Academy is rife with tales of mystery, drama, and derring-do. Like, we totally heard that Kimmie Much was smoking behind the stables during Vespers. With this reward you'll receive all previous rewards, plus a bonus, never-before-seen CandyCreeps short story.

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    GET THE BOOK! Due to a little known clerical error in the Pembrigan Academy course catalogue, students enrolled in The Art of Trans-National Book-Binding qualify for credit at the New England School of Bartending (by which we mean Dartmouth College). Sign up at the bookstore. (PSST - THIS IS THE REWARD WHERE YOU GET THE BOOK. It will be shiny and beautiful and you will get all previous rewards.)

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    BOOKS FOR INTERNATIONAL BUYERS! Saskia Hangnail always wanted to travel the world. You don't have to, because you already live there. This is the same pledge as the $25 pledge, but with a little extra for international shipping. (International buyers who want the physical copy of the book, please select this reward or add $5 to the $25 reward.)

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    GET MENTIONED IN THE BOOK! Everyone told Jenny she'd lose her head if it weren't attached. That's just stupid, nobody could lose a head, that's where you keep all your thoughts! She did go and misplace her body, though. And now poor Jenny the disembodied head has been trying to graffiti her name onto the wall of the George Hunwick Memorial Outhouse for nigh on 30 years. (She's the last in her class to fail to do it.) But she can't, because she misplaced her body and doesn't have any limbs. (She'd actually be better served by looking for her body first, because it's been in the outhouse the whole time trying to get her attention.) Beat Jenny to the punch by leaving your mark on CandyCreeps. (Psst - This is the reward where you get all previous rewards, plus your name or handle will be thanked in the book. (Sorry, but pornographic handles will not be accepted. You know who you are.))

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    VIRTUAL REWARDS BUNDLE! Like 5 percent of last year's graduating class, this reward package is entirely incorporeal. You won't have to go through customs or see another human being to get this reward package, which includes the core book PDF, the wallpaper, the CandyCreeps bonus short story, an assortment of print-it-yourself CandyCreeps stickers or postcards, your name mentioned as a backer in the book, and any other virtual rewards from lower-level reward tiers. As a special bonus, you'll also receive the adventure module that normally goes along with the $50 reward. Please note, this reward does not include a physical copy of the book or any other physical rewards; everything you receive will be electronic in form.

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    SPECIAL BONUS ADVENTURE! Pembrigan Academy first-grader Vivian Darkbloom brushed her shiny purple fur with 1,000 strokes before she went to bed last night, but when she woke up this morning, she was entirely bald and covered in eyeballs. Find out what happened in this exciting adventure module from the creators of CandyCreeps. (Psst- In this reward, you will receive all the previous rewards, as well as a PDF of the newest CandyCreeps adventure).

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    NAME A CHARACTER! With this reward, you can name a character in the exclusive CandyCreeps story that will be distributed to everybody who contributes $20 or more. (Names do not have to be real names, but must be PG-13. Names cannot be someone else's copyrighted material, so you can't trick us into calling the villain Spider-Man and then having to work in Stan Lee's coal mines for the rest of our lives.) You will also receive all the rewards up to the $50 contribution.

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    NAME AN ADVENTURE CHARACTER! With this reward you will be able to name a character in the exclusive CandyCreeps adventure module that will be distributed to everyone who contributes $50 or more. Previous naming caveats apply. You will also receive all the rewards up to the $50 contribution.

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    SKYPE TEA PARTY! The Pembrigan Academy's textbooks refer to the Boston Tea Party as "The indisputable social event of the season," which would be shocking except we're pretty sure the author, a Mr. Bainbunny-Lovibridge, thought he was talking about an actual tea party, like the 30- to 45-minute one you will have via Skype with Liz or Nick or both (your choice). You will also get all the rewards up to $50, and you will be able to name a character in either the bonus module or the bonus story, your choice.

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    GAME WITH US! In 1947 the Hon. Wilford Brimley-Carmichael invited six Pembrigan students to join a secret fraternity called the Brothers of Karamazov. Rumor has it the Brothers spent their weekly "meetings" fraternizing with terrifying denizens of otherworldly planes. That rumor was started by the Brothers themselves, who were really just playing tabletop RPGs every week.

    Today, the Brothers of Karamazov are one of the world's most elite secret societies, boasting presidents, generals, a clockwork grizzly bear with circular buzz saws for hands, and even a FarneyCo CEO. This reward gains you entrance to their illustrious ranks.

    (Psst - This is the reward where the CandyCreeps creator and art director will run a game for you and your friends. The game must take place within the Chicagoland area or at GenCon 2012. Snacks will be provided. You will also receive all previous rewards.)

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    GET YOUR OWN THEME SONG! Freshman Danny Waldorf-School was followed everywhere by the lilting strains of "Danny Boy," which made him a hit with the ladies and easily the most popular boy in school. While the music did eventually drive him mad and he was last seen running across the croquet pitch screaming, "The pipes! The pipes are calling!" everyone agrees that it was still pretty cool. Everyone needs a good theme song; this is yours. For this reward you will receive all the previous prizes, plus a custom bluegrass theme song written and recorded in honor of you, someone else, or your favorite character. (It does not have to be a CandyCreeps character.) You will receive the lyrics, guitar tabs, and audio file.

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