Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
Savor two characters’ irresistible (but probably doomed) attraction in this deliciously fun tabletop game!
Savor two characters’ irresistible (but probably doomed) attraction in this deliciously fun tabletop game!
1,907 backers pledged $60,020 to help bring this project to life.

Recent updates

Photos

39457be5968dba9985bfef234cc2f7ec original.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1
De93c395499fb9f94baefa6e0950d7e1 original.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1
9b17348e7af0418c0d4cbad32778b664 original.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1
F075c5e9eefcebcd56e4013c805f2c45 original.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1
9626442902b6020945f0754b758cb45a original.png?ixlib=rb 1.1
Aeda0d74f14a1e40e94ed8db847bde88 original.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1
D8dea14917e99aab0b96be8def2b4e0a original.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1
E62fdc65b544c5b4c9a491c541cb0329 original.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1
84450ce6010a449e2c8f94d1d082030b original.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1
B73bef20e148f4642d5e43c934386b30 original.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1
Ce12e426a4614b54a09b52a829e52b3b original.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1
2f4d792184fd20f40721d9b23aa748df original.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1

Now Boarding the EVER LAWFUL

Posted by Alex Roberts
18 likes

It's Time for Pictures of Boxes

We're busy as bees here at BPG HQ. Thankfully we're buzzing with some very good news: 

Not the prettiest picture, but somehow I still want to print it and put it on the fridge.
Not the prettiest picture, but somehow I still want to print it and put it on the fridge.
Teddy is keeping a watchful eye on your games.
Teddy is keeping a watchful eye on your games.

It's your games! They're at the freight forwarder, waiting to ship to America on a vessel we have just been informed is named EVER LAWFUL. There's something reassuring about that. Even though I lean more chaotic good. 

Let's Look at Something Prettier Now

Jess Fink's art is always a treat.
Jess Fink's art is always a treat.

Jason conducted a wonderful interview with me for Game Trade Magazine, and it's out now! It's very sweet and I get to nerd out about all my favourite things about Star Crossed. See if you can grab a copy at your friendly local game store, or read the interview online! 

Thanks, as always, for your patience and enthusiasm, backers. We <3 you.

More Delights

There is a wonderful new Star Crossed actual play out; a very special episode of Welcome to Warda! Aly and Drew tell the story of a halfgene Ifriti professor and a Fairy head housekeeper as they find themselves drawn to one another as the Faction Era continues to grow around them, drastically changing the city of Ammingrad.

And finally, here is some fan art of my One Shot actual play of SC, with myself as the xenopsychologist and James D'Amato as the awkward alien, from our friend @devonskeret! 

Thank you @devonserket!
Thank you @devonserket!

 --Alex and the Bully Pulpit Crew

It Had to be Something...

16 likes

A Slight Delay 

Backers, we're sorry to report that we've had a slight production delay that will bump fulfillment of the physical rewards back by about a month. We made a few improvements to the product design, including sourcing a new wood for the bricks - and unfortunately that bumps us into the holiday season by the time these reach our warehouses. 

You can now expect to receive the Beloved Editions of the game by January 2019, rather than December 2018 as we originally expected.

We've been seeing how much everyone is enjoying the digital edition, and it's been heartwarming to say the least. It makes us all the more eager to get the full printed product into your hands, but we want to get this thing right. We're happy to say the final version will be even more beautiful than the print proof we shared last month. 

You have all been so patient and supportive during this campaign and the long wait after. We can't thank you enough. 💖

In Better News... 

We ran a special Star Crossed wide con at Big Bad Con this October, and it was a big hit! Twenty players showed up to play ten simultaneous games of Star Crossed, and we had ten incredible stories of romance, from the sweetest to the steamiest to the most heartbreaking. 

I live for these reactions.
I live for these reactions.

If you haven't played in a wide con, it's great fun: there were a set of 30 character prompts ("Sensitive Space Janitor" "Stoic Chief of Security" "Disgraced Former Kill-Bot" etc), a fun match-up game, and one shared setting that all the concurrent sessions took place in: Space Station Fobolex, a hub of culture, politics, trade, and mystery in the vacuum of space. Whatever happened in one session impacted all the others!

Unspoken lust at the zero-G rodeo. 

Desperate flight from a betrothal that holds the key to galactic peace.

Personal compromises in the struggle for robotic liberation.

Emotional tensegrity experiments gone terribly right. 

It was so amazing!! Best of all: we're going to put together the instructions and prompts for Space Station Fobolex and share them with you. It's the least we can do to make up for our unexpected delay, and we think you'll really enjoy it. This game can hold up to ten pairs of players, but would probably be a satisfying experience for even two or three pairs. Can't wait to share it with you!

Space Station Fobolex, Coming Soon!
Space Station Fobolex, Coming Soon!

Thank you to everyone who came to play Space Station Fobolex at Big Bad Con. It was a wild experiment and we were delighted to have you along for the ride. BBC was super fun in general, thanks largely to all the Star Crossed fans and backers who said hello 💖. You are all seriously the best.  

💖💖💖

--Alex and the Bully Pulpit Crew

PS: This also happened. 

48 Hours to Update Your Addresses

Posted by Alex Roberts
10 likes

We're Almost Ready to Ship! 

Pre-orders have closed, and you have 2 more days to make any changes to your shipping information, if needed. If your shipping info is correct, that's great! No further action is required to receive the special package full of gaming joy we're about to prepare for you. 

You can confirm your info just to make sure, though. 

<3

-- Alex and the Bully Pulpit Crew

Print Proof 💖

Posted by Alex Roberts
18 likes

The Print Proof is Here and it is Beautiful

A new friend for your bookshelf
A new friend for your bookshelf
Teddy lookin fresh in his new colors
Teddy lookin fresh in his new colors
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The envelope, though. The envelope!
The envelope, though. The envelope!

We looked it over, requested a few small changes (like adjusting the box height), and... production will continue on schedule! That's what you really want to know, right? Showing off the pictures is really for my enjoyment. 

Also: those are stand-in blocks. I would never give you pine blocks, dear backers. Never pine. 

XOXO was Awesome 

Thank you to everyone who stopped by the tabletop room. I was overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of all attendees, whether they had heard of Star Crossed or not! Folks with little to no roleplaying experience were sitting down to play without any carnival barking on my part. Anyone who does that is my new favourite person. 

Speaking of favourite people, shout out to superfan Darold Ross, who stepped in to help me facilitate games during a massive rush. You rock! 

The lighting in the tabletop room was so good. Not for pictures, just like... for me, as a person.
The lighting in the tabletop room was so good. Not for pictures, just like... for me, as a person.
This is what the print-and-play version looks like by the way!
This is what the print-and-play version looks like by the way!

See you at Big Bad Con! 

Big Bad Con is always a blast, and this year Steve and I, with the help of Star Crossed editor Karen Twelves and The One Shot Network's James D'Amato, are going to be running Space Station Fobolex, a ten-table Star Crossed scenario Jason and I developed about an interstellar rom-com where anything can happen and everything will probably go wrong. (In the fiction, I mean.) 

We'll also be selling Bully Pulpit merch at the show, with our friends at Heart of the Deernicorn, in the dealer room. Including a very special piece of merchandise I can't tell you about yet. 

So watch for the next update. 

<3 

--Alex and the Bully Pulpit Crew

Printers, Pins, Appearances, Plans, and Edu-tainment!

Posted by Alex Roberts
15 likes

That's Right! 

The files for the physical version of Star Crossed (the box, the tower, the booklet, and the character sheet pads) are safe in the hands of our friends at GPI. We're on track to ship to our warehouses in November, and from there to fulfill them to you! We'll keep you updated on any changes or delays, but right now it looks like we're going to nail this Kickstarter on spec and on schedule! Fingers crossed. 

Star Crossed at XOXO Fest

A fitting name, don't you think?
A fitting name, don't you think?

Big news, friends: I just got invited to run Star Crossed at XOXO Fest, an experimental festival for independent artists and creators who work on the internet. As a doer of good tweets who got my writing start thoroughly embarrassing myself on Grouvee, it couldn't be a better fit. Unfortunately registration has closed, but if you're in Portland, Oregon the weekend of September 6th, I hope to see you! 

Big Bad Plans

The month after XOXO, we'll be at Big Bad Con, in Walnut Creek, California from October 11 to 14. To follow up last year's Night Witches Wide Con, we've got something special planned... 

Space Station Fobolex
Space Station Fobolex

Space Station Fobolex is an interstellar waypoint, a crossroads of weird aliens with even weirder cultures. Into this maelstrom, a new force will arise – a force perhaps unfamiliar to the hardscrabble crew and visitors to Space Station Fobolex. A force called… love.  

Ten tables! Twenty players! All playing Star Crossed in the most spectacular conglomeration of awkward, beautiful, tragic romances ever seen in this sector! If you'll be at BBC, you won't want to miss it. 

PINS :D

PINS
PINS

Apparently we have to wait to send these out with your complete packages including the game but ahhhh look a them! So pretty! I want everyone in the world to have a shiny friend like this on their cool denim jacket or messenger bag. Or wherever. Huge thanks to our partners Pin Pros Plus for doing such a great job. We're pleased as punch. 

Oh, and Jess is almost done her final illustration. We have special plans for it. 

Wanna Learn Something? 

The 2018 Living Games Conference information hub is live, and that means you can now see the archived videos of all the keynotes, panels, and roundtable discussions from the conference.

That means you can see Alex speaking about:
Playing a Satisfying Romance in Larp
Consent and Safety in Larp Communities
Spirituality and Transformational Roleplaying, and 
Queer Game Design Principles and Practice

And check out Jason presenting: 
The Information Missile Defense System,
Preserving Game Design History, and
The Role-Playing Diaspora.

The rest of the videos are amazing, too! Have a look and learn some cool stuff about the cutting edge of live action gaming. 

Whew, what a long update! Thanks for reading this far, friend. Can't wait to share even more exciting news. We'll keep you posted. 

-- Alex and the Bully Pulpit Crew