Gifts and Curses: A Roleplaying Game project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound
$822 pledged of $10,000 goal
backers
By Arya
$822 pledged of $10,000 goal
backers

About this project

“Gifts and Curses” is an easy to understand, yet deep, role-playing game. The game focuses on a customization individual magic system, and a marriage between narrative and mechanics.

Click to download "New Player Guide"
Click to download "New Player Guide"

 

In most role-playing systems, the spell list is rigid and uninteresting, never magical. “Gifts and Curses” creates a system that grants each player a customized magic set combined with a single word that is given to the GM by the player. With a focus on backstory, players are given skills and knowledge, with the additional option to study or practice new skills. “Title” does away with an otherwise unnecessary XP system, and instead blends narrative progress and mechanical progress to be one in the same. [2] Without XP, it became increasingly unfair to have human NPCs to have higher HP than the players. So all humans regardless if they were a powerful warrior, mystic mage, or a common farmer would all die mechanically as they would narratively a single good hit.  I continued done this path of matching the narrative to the mechanics until the system finally just felt right to play in.

As I began designing in this fashion, games were far more enjoyable for the players, and myself as the GM. The process of merging mechanics and narrative has led to a deep system that emphasizes character individuality while creating role-playing moments with true mechanical impact. However, we always keep character creation simple in order to maintain a strong focus on character backstory.  

 

 

 

This ruleset and system have currently been in development for over two years. The New Player Handbook is already complete; you can download it for free from one of the sites below! This handbook will remain free, allowing GM’s to easily introduce new players to the game without forcing them into a financial commitment. The Game Master’s Handbook is planned for finalization sometime in 2017. There, you will find rules that will truly allow your creativity to shine through. With reduced math and a stronger focus on narrative, you will no longer feel the tight restrictions that other games and systems force upon you. Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of depth to be discovered! The Game Master’s Handbook will fully detail how to run the magic system, explore converting players’ backstories into the mechanics of the game, handling crafting, combat and much.  

Download link from OneDrive  

Download from Mega File 

Download from Google Drive

Risks and challenges

Depression, manic episodes, and social anxiety have plagued me all of my life. During this year (2016), my psychologist diagnosed with Bipolar Type 1. On top of that, I discovered that I am transgender. Should this project get funding, I am going to start treatment for Bipolar and begin Hormone replacement therapy. It is entirely possible that my mental issues and the side effects of the drugs I will taking will cause significant delays. In the past, I have spent months in bed just crying to myself. It can get extremely difficult. In order to overcome this, I will continue to seek professional help. Should I be unable to complete the project, I will transfer lead of it to someone I know who will be able to complete it.

There is also a second challenge. This is the first time I have ever undertaken a task like this. I have a lot to learn about publishing and distribution. Throughout this process, I will try to post regular updates on how I am doing and how the book is doing.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support this project

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    Player

    Anyone who gives at least a dollar will be given access to the development discord server. On the discord, developers will give updates and respond to questions,

    Includes:
    • Discord Access
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $20 or more About $20

    New Game Master

    You will be given the Digital edition of the "GM Guide" for "Gifts and Curses"

    Includes:
    • Discord Access
    • GM Guide - Digital
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    4 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $30 or more About $30

    New Immortal Game Master

    Name will be record in a special section for kickstarter backers for all to marvel!

    Includes:
    • Discord Access
    • GM Guide - Digital
    • Thank You! (Name Recorded)
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $60 or more About $60

    Immortal Game Master

    You will be given a digital copy of all books that are funded form this kickstarter campaign.

    Includes:
    • Discord Access
    • Thank You! (Name Recorded)
    • All Books - Digital
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    4 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    Great Immortal Game Master

    A paperback version of the "New Player Guide" will be shipped to you!

    Includes:
    • Discord Access
    • Thank You! (Name Recorded)
    • All Books - Digital
    • "New Player Guide" - Paperback
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only certain countries
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    Grand Immortal Game Master

    A paperback version of the "GM Guide" will also be added with the "new Player Guide"

    Includes:
    • Discord Access
    • Thank You! (Name Recorded)
    • All Books - Digital
    • "New Player Guide" - Paperback
    • "GM Guide" - paperback
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only certain countries
    2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    Blessed Game Master

    Signed hardcover copy of the "New Player's Guide" replacing the paperback version

    Includes:
    • Discord Access
    • Thank You! (Name Recorded)
    • All Books - Digital
    • "GM Guide" - paperback
    • "New Player Guide" - Signed Hardcover
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only certain countries
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $175 or more About $175

    Blessed High Game Master

    Signed hardcover copy of the "GM guide" replacing the paperback version

    Includes:
    • Discord Access
    • Thank You! (Name Recorded)
    • All Books - Digital
    • "New Player Guide" - Signed Hardcover
    • "GM Guide" - Signed Hardback
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only certain countries
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $180 or more About $180

    Divine Game Master

    A copy of the concept art book plus a one-on-one discussion with a developer of "Gift and Curses"

    Includes:
    • Discord Access
    • Thank You! (Name Recorded)
    • All Books - Digital
    • "New Player Guide" - Signed Hardcover
    • "GM Guide" - Signed Hardback
    • Concept Art Book
    • One-on-One with Dev.
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only certain countries
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    Divine High Game Master

    A developer of "Gifts and Curses" will host a campaign with you as a player

    Includes:
    • Discord Access
    • Thank You! (Name Recorded)
    • All Books - Digital
    • "New Player Guide" - Signed Hardcover
    • "GM Guide" - Signed Hardback
    • Concept Art Book
    • One-on-One with Dev.
    • Play in a Campaign
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only certain countries
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge $400 or more About $400

    Game Master of Game Masters

    A developer of "Gifts and Curses" will host a campaign with you as a player with up to four friends of your choosing.

    Includes:
    • Discord Access
    • Thank You! (Name Recorded)
    • All Books - Digital
    • "New Player Guide" - Signed Hardcover
    • "GM Guide" - Signed Hardback
    • Concept Art Book
    • One-on-One with Dev.
    • Play in a Campaign +Friends
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only certain countries
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (30 days)