Tell Me More!
Excited after watching that super fun 42 second video above? Well, here is everything else you need to know!
Dinosaur Princesses is a rules-lite play-heavy collaborative tabletop role-playing game (TTRPG) about friends who are dinosaurs who are princesses solving problems together!
When trouble strikes the kingdom, how will you and your friends save the day? Through teamwork, that’s for sure!
Decide what type of Dinosaur you are (a t-rex, ankylosaurs, or platypus perhaps!) and what type of Princess you are (maybe an aquanaut, zookeeper, or chef!). Remember that, just like your type of dinosaur isn’t limited by strict definitions of “dinosaur”, your princess isn’t limited to being a girl—everyone can be a Dinosaur Princess! After you decide what your Dinosaur Princess is like, you then start the very important step of drawing and colouring your Dinosaur Princess. Now gather your friends, build up group dice pool, and overcome all the obstacles and problems that the Palaeontologist throws your way!
Dinosaur Princesses is a story game of collaboration and cooperation for all ages. Great for new TTRPG players and experienced players alike.
Did we mention the rulebook is also a colouring book?
How Do You Play The Game?
Dinosaur Princesses has a simple system that’s designed to be very approachable for new players. It plays best with 3-5 players and 1 facilitator. A game usually lasts 2 hours.
Dinosaur Princesses uses an opposed dice pool mechanic which is set up so that if a Dinosaur Princess tries to do something on their own, the odds are against them. After they assemble their pool of dice, they ask their friends, the other Dinosaur Princesses, the most important question in the game, "Will you help me?". Then their friends build dice pools and hopefully overcome the problem together!
Character creation is quick. Every Dinosaur Princess has some words that describe their strengths as a dinosaur (fast & big) and their strengths as a princess (honest & magical); you pick some words, draw or colour your Dinosaur Princess, and then start playing! During the game, the players decide how they’re going to overcome an overarching problem by coming up with smaller steps to get there. Everything gets drawn on the map as you go, so you end up with a piece of art worthy of any refrigerator!
While Dinosaur Princesses has a facilitator, the Palaeontologist, it’s a very low-prep role. The players come up with the story together at the table and the Palaeontologist keeps the story flowing and rolls the opposing dice pool. It brings in a lot of the Powered by the Apocalypse ethos of player-driven narrative and worldbuilding.
We have a lot of mysterious stretch goals planned by many talented folx! We will start announcing them as the campaign progresses. Keep an eye out here and in the backer updates!
The book already has 10 letter-sized colouring images that will be available as a separate PDF. This stretch goal will add 6 more letter-sized colouring pages to that file. These won't be in the book itself, but they will be available for you to print and colour.
We can all agree that Roller Derby is super rad, right? How about Roller Derby Dinosaur Princesses?!?!?! Oh yes! This stretch goal is an adventure setting which will put your dinosaur princesses into the roller derby world! Written by Sparks & Wreck and illustrated by Rose Quirks!
We're bringing in an expert younger GM to write an advice section on how to run games as a younger GM for younger players! Mary Rose Valentine has been running games for young friends and family since she was knee high to a velociraptor. What's more, this Triceratops Tutu Tailor has been running games at high-profile gaming conventions for a few years too; she knows whats what and she's going to share her hard-earned wisdom with future Palaeontologists! We can't wait to learn from her!
If we reach NZ$6000, all backers at the NZ$10 level and above will get a set of six more character sheets that will expand the visual range of Dinosaur Princesses. We're currently talking to a couple of amazing artists whose work we're excited to see gracing those character sheets. Once we've confirmed an artist for this stretch goal and have a sample to share, we'll let you know who they are and share a sample of their work!
If we reach NZ$7000, all backers at the NZ$10 level and above will get a set of six more character sheets that will expand the visual range of Dinosaur Princesses.
We are very excited to share Dinosaur Princesses with you and are offering six different ways to get your claws on it!
Note: Hamish is from New Zealand, so all Backer Levels are in New Zealand Dollars (NZD).
Here to Cheer! — $1 NZD or more
This level is for backers who just want to show their support—THANKS!!! Backers do not receive the game or any deliverables.
Hadrosaurus Herbalist — $10 NZD
We want to make our game as accessible as possible. This level is a discount copy of the PDF for folx experiencing poverty. This also includes the PDFs for any unlocked stretch goals.
Tyrannosaurus Tweeter — $15 NZD
Are you a digital dinosaur? This level is for you! You get the PDF of the Dinosaur Princesses game and the PDFs for any unlocked stretch goals.
Stegosaurus Scientist — $30 NZD
Do you need to be able to run tests on the game in your lab? This level includes the PDF and a physical copy of the Dinosaur Princesses game, including the PDFs for any unlocked stretch goals. You pay for shipping from DriveThruRPG.
Allosaurus Artist — $75 NZD
As a dino artist, you understand the importance of style and colour. This backer level will add a certain pizzazz to your copy of the game! Not only do you get a PDF of the Dinosaur Princesses game and the PDFs for any unlocked stretch goals, but we will sign your physical copy and Hamish will hand-colour in one of the pages (no promises about the artistic merit)! As if that wasn’t enough, we’ll also include four exclusive six-sided Dinosaur Princesses dice!!! This level’s pledge includes the cost of shipping (only ships to United States, sorry).
Triceratops Teacher — $100 NZD
Not for the faint of heart! You obviously have a big clutch of dino eggs that all need their own copies of Dinosaur Princesses. This level includes four print copies, the PDF, and the PDFs for any unlocked stretch goals. You pay for shipping from DriveThruRPG.
Velociraptor Ventriloquist — $150 NZD
Nothing can satiate the hunger of a voracious velociraptor… except maybe a puppet! Yes, when you back this level you will get everything from the Allosaurus Artist level (signed print + PDF + dice + a hand-coloured page) PLUS ONE OF THE DINOSAUR HAND PUPPETS FROM THE PROMO VIDEOS!!! Not only that—you also get to provide art direction for one of the extra six letter-sized colouring pages from the first stretch goal (not part of the main book)! This level’s pledge includes the cost of shipping (only ships to United States, sorry).
Pledge Levels Chart
We will fulfill both the PDF and the physical books through DriveThruRPG (DTRPG), an online game seller and print-on-demand service, which we have worked with many times in the past. They print high-quality products and their customer service is stellar. We are 110% confident in their ability to get the game to you.
When the game is ready, we will send you an email containing your DTRPG code for a free copy of the PDF or PDF + book, depending on your backer level (Hadrosaurus Herbalist, Tyrannosaurus Tweeter, Stegosaurus Scientist, and Triceratops Teacher).
Shipping costs are not included with any levels, with the exception of Allosaurus Artist and Velociraptor Ventriloquist. Backers are responsible for their own shipping costs from DTRPG.
To see what your estimated shipping costs may be, please go to DTRPG’s “Estimated Shipping Costs” page. Dinosaur Princesses will be a softbound book that is less than 64 pages. Please check your country’s estimated shipping before you pledge so that there are no big surprises later! We know some places are very expensive to ship to—for those countries we recommend backing at the PDF only level (unless you are very dedicated!).
DriveThruRPG Estimated Shipping Costs: https://support.drivethrurpg.com/hc/en-us/articles/209936893
Hamish Cameron: game designer, writer, art director, producer, Pterodactyl Assyriologist dinosaur princess
Hamish Cameron is a writer, game designer, and historian raised and trained for adventure in New Zealand and now venturing deep into the wilds of the infamous “New England”. In game circles, he is best known for The Sprawl (2016), a PbtA game of mission-based cyberpunk action now translated into several languages. Dinosaur Princesses is his second RPG kickstarter. You can find him tweeting merrily at @peregrinekiwi, @thesprawl_rpg and @ardensludere, and streaming at twitch.tv/peregrinekiwi.
Dana Cameron: project manager, layout & graphic designer, copyeditor, additional writer, Cat Video Gamer dinosaur princess
Dana Cameron is sort of a human who does things, including writing cyberpunk transfelinism pieces for The Sprawl and The Veil ttrpgs. They are also known to do freelance copyediting, layout, and graphic design for tabletop games when not busy working in Public Health and STD education. In addition to their work with Ardens Ludere, Dana is currently writing a ttrpg game about fractured identities and also co-working on a CYOA text-based digital game about A Kitten and The Way It Gets Down to Business—because cats. You can find them tweeting about cats, beer, and games at @DAYtheELF. They really, really, really like cats. Cats.
J Wahl: cover & interior artist, Microraptor Artist dinosaur princess
J Wahl is a queer artist/writer living in California with their wife and two very strange cats. Going by @DeepSeaGaylien online, they draw inspiration from the odd corners of nature, cheesy romance, and all things spooky. It is their hope to create content that is queer, body positive, and inclusive! To see more of their work, feel free to check out DeepSeaGaylien.com.
Amanda Valentine: developmental editor, Avimimus Action Librarian dinosaur princess
Amanda Valentine is a freelance editor and developer. Her work includes Masks, Sentinel Comics RPG, Little Wizards, Fate Accelerated, and many others. She also edits fiction, including historical romance and novels in the Spirit of the Century and 7th Sea settings. She blogs very sporadically at ayvalentine.com about editing, parenting, and gaming. At reads4tweens.com, she writes spoilerific book reviews for adults who care about what the kids in their lives are reading. You can find her on Twitter at @ayvalentine, where she mostly posts pictures of cute animals, and at @reads4tweens. Amanda lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two teenagers, and two very photogenic cats.
Chompers (Bridget Lawrence): actor & voice over artist, T-Rex Explorer dinosaur princess
Meet Chompers, a humble T-Rex with big dreams of taking on Hollywood. Always relegated to the role of Monster, this dashing dino dreams of becoming the lead star in the first ever T-Rex Princess feature film. ...All she needs is a selfie stick.
Plate Mail Games: video soundtrack
Plate Mail Games creates high quality professional background loops and adventuring hook PDFs for your role-playing games. The goal is to enhance your tabletop role-playing experience with ambient soundscapes and great plot hooks. http://platemailgames.com
Lori Larsson: roller derby adventure writer, Brontosaurus Book Nerd dinosaur princess
Lori plays roller derby for the Androscoggin Fallen Angels as Sparks & Wreck. She leads a common life—made better by roller derby, games, stationery, dogs, guinea pigs, books, and trying to see the beauty in the everyday.
Mary Rose: advice writer, Triceratops Tutu Tailor dinosaur princess
Mary Rosalind Valentine is proud to be working on Dinosaur Princesses! This is her second RPG project (her first is After the War by Genesis of Legend Publishing). She's mentioned in the dedication of several RPGs by her parents (can you spot her?). The reprint of Channel A (Evil Hat Productions) is all her fault. She likes dancing ballet, performing plays, watching cartoons, petting her cat Cecil, and playing tabletop games with her family.
- Oct 22 – Nov 14, 2018: Kickstarter!
- October – November 2018: As the majority of the game is already written, we plan to have the final text for the main game book completed and ready to pass to our developmental editor by the end of November.
- December 2018: We plan to have the text edited, copyedited, and ready for layout by the end of 2018. We plan to have received all primary art assets by the end of 2018.
- January 2019: The codes for the free copies of the PDF and physical book will be emailed to backers by the end of January.
- February – March 2019: We will begin fulfilling stretch goals.
- April 2019: All deliverables will be delivered! HUZZAH!!! Time to Celebrate!
Funding and Money
We are asking for your support to fund our team of creative professionals. Our goal is to raise $3000 New Zealand Dollars (NZD) – that’s a little under $2000 USD – to pay for art, editing, and additional written game content. Around 50% of that money will go towards art, 25% will go towards editing, and 15% will go towards writing. That will leave 10% to cover Kickstarter and paypal fees.
Risks and challenges
Hamish has run two previous successful Kickstarters: The Sprawl RPG (a cyberpunk PBTA TTRPG) and Conquering Corsairs (a deck-building game of fantasy pirates). We have witnessed a lot of successful (and unsuccessful!) kickstarters as backers, and read advice from and spoken to a lot of kickstarter creators, so we have a good idea of what we’re getting ourselves into!
One important lesson Hamish learnt from Conquering Corsairs is the cost in time and money of fulfilling a project yourself. Because of this, most of the rewards for Dinosaur Princesses will be fulfilled digitally through DriveThruRPG. In particular, using DriveThruRPG for print-on-demand means that we don’t need to over-estimate shipping costs at the launch of a project in order to protect ourselves from postal price fluctuations, and gives the backers access to DriveThruRPG’s distributed shipping locations. This should save everyone money, especially international backers. The Sprawl and its four (and counting!) supplements was published through DriveThruRPG, so we have a lot of experience with how their systems and processes work too.
A common cause of delays in kickstarters is that the rules are unfinished when the project launches. We have tried to complete as much as we could before launching this kickstarter. As of the launch date, Hamish is sending the main text to the first editor, Dana is programming the layout, and J is making the final tweaks to the cover art.
Of course, some things don’t go as plan despite our best efforts. If Dastardly Dan throws unexpected obstacles in our path and the plan encounters complications, we will keep you all informed of the game’s progress.
- (23 days)