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An anthology of tabletop role-playing games, story games, live action games, and other strangeness inspired by the greatest HORROR of all… junior high.

 

 

THE TRAGED13S OF MIDDLE SCHOOL is an anthology of tabletop role-playing, story games, LARPs, and other strangeness combining classic HORROR TROPES with game mechanics inspired by the greatest horror of all... JUNIOR HIGH!!! Return to middle school without the horror of actually being 13 years old!

Each game in The Tragedies of Middle School centers around a nostalgic junior high activity - spin the bottle, Truth or Dare, passing notes, Bloody Mary, school dances, friendship bracelets, etc. The PG-13 horror vibe running throughout represent the fear, awkwardness, and angst of being a thirteen year old. It’s the worst!

Other strangeness? In addition to the RPGs, story games, and LARPs, The Tragedies of Middle School features a card game, a Choose Your Own Adventure, a solo dungeon crawler, a sport, a dance party, some craftivities*, and more!

*Craftivities are like craft activities - duh!

The Tragedies of Middle School currently* features 20 games and activities with more to come as we hit stretch goals throughout the campaign (fingers crossed!). 20 designers and 3 artists, from a diverse mix of backgrounds, are already involved, ready to share their middle school experiences and game styles. THERE ARE EVEN A FEW CURRENT MIDDLE SCHOOLERS!

*Our expectation is that we will have 20 games, unless we run out of pages, or the Kickstarter totally goes nuts and we get to unlock some stretch goals.

 

* Not all games are final. Some games may shift before final printing.

We realize that this is a pretty eclectic sounding collection of things - so we thought the best way to show you what kind (and quality) of games we're pushing here - was with a free sample. So, if you're not sold yet - try this playable demo of our lead off game - 7 MINUTES IN HELL - designed by Doug Levandowski, featuring amazingly cool art by James Stowe.  

DOWNLOAD HERE - RIGHT NOW!

 

 

THE TRAGED13S OF MIDDLE SCHOOL is a large collaborative project that has been developed and produced by 9th Level Games, featuring the work of many talented and fascinating people.

Designers include (alphabetically): Jax Bryk, Alex Carlson, Banana Chan, Patrick Clapp, Michael Faulk, Glenn Given, Luke Jacobs, Doug Levandowski, Kira Magrann, Brian Neff, Tim Notcon, Ty Oden, Chris O'Neill, Heather O'Neill, Scott and Moira Slater, James (with Barret & Audrey) Stowe, and Heather Wilson.

Artists include: Tina Bongorno, Chris O'Neill, and James Stowe.

 

 

$10 - Digital Copy Only - a HI-RES PDF of all this awkward goodness. Includes the book and the digital print file of the character sheets, handouts, cards, etc.

$20 - Paperback Copy of THE TRAGED13S OF MIDDLE SCHOOL - A physical copy of the Tragedies of Middle School for you to like... underline and use a highlighter on... and stuff. We totally won't judge you if you put it under your pillow at night. Includes digital PDFs and print files. All stretch goals as added.

$30 - Paperback Copy and Enamel Pin - A physical copy of the Tragedies of Middle School that you can sneak inside a math textbook and a DOPE enamel pin. Includes digital PDFs and print files. All stretch goals as added.

$50 - Paperback copy, Enamel Pin, and a Limited Edition "RATED R" Cassette Tape Game - A paperback copy of Tragedies to put stickers on, a sweet enamel pin, and a limited edition, R-rated, cassette tape game* of “Did You Hear About That Kid Who Died Here?” Includes digital PDFs and print files. All stretch goals as added. 
*all the game bits inside of a sweet cassette tape case.

$350 - THE BACKPACK OF AWESOMENESS!!! - A super Limited Edition TRAGED13S OF MIDDLE SCHOOL backpack filled with the physical book that you can write your name in, 2 cool AF enamel pins (one to share with your BFF), a limited edition, R-rated, cassette tape version of “Did You Hear About That One Kid Who Died Here?,” ALL the things you need to play the games in the book (embroidery floss, cards, playing cards, No. 2 pencils, and MORE), a weirdo CUSTOM GAME (made just for you!) by the weirdo kids at 9th Level Games. There will be more surprises too - because we want to really stuff the backpack. (Obvs you get the PDFs and stretch goals too!)

Our modest goal for this project is to produce THE TRAGED13S OF MIDDLE SCHOOL as a 96-128 page black and white softcover.  If we can beat our goal, we have a gajillion sweet stretch goals to make this project  cooler, bigger, and better. Including additional games, special guest writers, and increasing the overall money that the designers and artists get for their awesome work! Let's do this!

 

 

During this campaign, we want you - the home audience - to get involved and to see some of these unique games in action. Check back here for updates on LIVE EVENTS as well as Podcast and Video Coverage!

FULL GAME PLAY (Actual Play) of "Did You Hear About the Kid Who Died Here?" on the PARTY OF ONE podcast with  host Jeff Stormer and designer Chris O'Neill > http://partyofonepodcast.com/102-did-you-hear-about-the-kid-that-died-here-with-chris-oneill

November 2nd @ 10pm EST- Kickstarter Live Stream of HEARTBREAK CLUB from METATOPIA - Fast play demo for 25 minutes (available on Facebook)

November 16th @ 11pm EST- Kickstarter Live Stream of I WAS A TEENAGE LIZARD PERSON (complete game) from PAX UNPLUGGED! (Coming Soon).

November 17th @ 4-5pm EST and November 18th @12pm-1pm - KICKSTARTER Booth Demos from Booth 740.

OUR TURN PODCAST - Chris and Heather get interviewed by Cathy on the delightful OUR TURN Podcast.  { http://ourturnpodcast.com/2017/11/14/episode-54-best-card-art-in-games/ }

SWARMCAST - Chris Talks "Tragedies" with the KoboldDude from the Scarab Swarmcast - Chris starts talking at the 1 hour mark. (CLICK HERE to Listen)

9th Level is a small game company made up of a Chris, two Heathers, and a Dan. Our goal is not just to make games, it is to make the best games we can make! We want to make good sustainable business decisions, pay our creatives for their work, support diverse communities, and make super rad, super fun, super beautiful things together!

9th Level Games makes the KOBOLDS ATE MY BABY! line of RPGS and games, SCHRÖDGINER'S CATS, BEARICADES, and a growing line of strange and wondrous creations. You can learn more about us at www.9thlevel.com 

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Any questions - please don't hesitate to hit us up here on the KS page - or you can reach us directly via email or twitter. 

WEBSITE > 9thlevel.com
EMAIL > 9thLevelGames@gmail.com

TWITTER > @9thLevel

Risks and challenges

PROVEN TRACK RECORD
THE TRAGED13S OF MIDDLE SCHOOL is 9th Level Games’ 6th Kickstarter campaign, so we’ve been down this road before! We funded BEARICADES, a card game, this past March; which we'll be delivering throughout November 2017. We have successfully funded and delivered four other great projects through Kickstarter - the HOT 16 party game (2017), the Knuckle Sammich card game (2016), the Schrödinger’s Cats card game (2015), and the Kobolds Ate My Baby! In Colour!!! RPG (2013).

MINIMAL PRODUCTION RISKS
As with any Kickstarter, and especially one that’s the work of many hands, there’s always a chance that our dates could slip. If this happens we will be up front and communicative. We are working with a printer we have worked with before, on the Kobolds Ate My Baby! In Colour!!! RPG (2013). The book is also being printed in the U.S. so our delivery time should be short. Our enamel pin source is new to us. We expect that there may be some hiccups and are accounting for these in our project schedule.

SHIPPING
We will be shipping The Tragedies of Middle School throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, and rest of world.

If you have any specific shipping questions please send us a message here. You can also reach us directly at 9thLevelGames@gmail.com or on Twitter @9thLevel

OUR COMMITMENT TO THIS PROJECT, OUR CREATIVES, AND OUR BACKERS
9th Level Games is committed to doing this right! Our goal is not just to make games, it is to make the best games we can make! We want to make sustainable business decisions, pay our creatives for their work, support diverse communities, and make rad fun things together!

As a backer, you are part of this journey. You will be kept up to date on our progress with regular updates (but not spammed with pointless updates), and you should feel free to drop us a line with questions or concerns at any time.

Thank you for your support!

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