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A lighthearted fantasy roleplaying game wherein the players take on the role of the pin-up girls from fantasy artwork.

Sample cover art from other games
Sample cover art from other games
For decades, games have been marketed with scantily-clad, shapely young women prominently displayed. All too frequently these games aren't about those cheesecake pin-ups at all. The girl is a damsel in distress or villain, and the majority of play revolves around sweaty muscle-men running around being manly. Not so with Busty Barbarian Bimbos. Here the players take on the roles of the titular characters in a world that is dominated not by bearded wizards and savage swordsmen, but by the values of aesthetic beauty, fashion, and social standing.

Core design concerns, taken into account whenever possible, include
  • Pretty girls get preferential treatment. They are treated better by other characters. They are treated better by their clothes. They are treated better by the rules.
  • Disdain for slavish book-keeping. Book-keeping leads to math, math leads to tedium, and tedium isn't what games are for. 
  • Disdain for verisimilitude. While the assumed setting is essentially a post-apocalyptic swords & sorcery environment, getting too serious about questions like “what kind of economic and industrial infrastructure is present to allow for the supply of lip-liner and daiquiris?” is a buzz-kill. 
  • Dismissal of manliness. Men don't matter. The heroines aren't encouraged to solve problems by emulating manly characters from other games. We aren't taking Conan the Cimmerian and photoshopping a bikini onto him. Not to knock Red Sonja, but the model of empowering girls by having them act like boys is not the goal here.
Busty Barbarian Bimbos has been through a lot of changes through playtesting and high-concept debates regarding both tone and mechanical systems. The result is a sleek, extremely math-light system that facilitates extemporaneous, spontaneous storytelling.

What We're Making

Sampling of custom BBB interior art
Sampling of custom BBB interior art

Busty Barbarian Bimbos is a fantasy role-playing game meant to be played by three to five players in sessions lasting three or more hours at a time. It is suitable for recurring campaign play, with characters and stories persisting from one session to the next, or for more episode one-shot play. It is recommended for players that are mature enough to resist being mature about everything, and for players that are immature enough to giggle a bit when somebody trips and falls down. This is meant to be a mutually-enjoyable collaborative storytelling exercise that avoids delving into deep issues of the human condition. 

If successful, BBB will be published in PDF and paperback format, fully illustrated by a team of artists with a variety of styles and tastes. Character records, garment records, accessory records, and GM cheat sheets will be made available. 

The book itself will weigh in at roughly 200 pages, containing all the rules necessary to create characters, providing tools to facilitate the creation and adjudication of a broad variety of challenges for the heroines to overcome through charm, guile, and sometimes force. Tools to help overcome Game Master writer's block regarding both plot seeds and rewards are included, as is a bestiary of thematically-appropriate adversaries and three full adventures suitable for resolution in a single game session. The paperback will make a curious addition to a well-stocked gaming library. 

What We Need 

Money, obviously. Also world peace and spiritual fulfillment, but those lie beyond the scope of this campaign. 

How the Funds Will be Used 

Funds raised through this Kickstarter campaign will go primarily to the artists. To produce the wealth of cheesecake that will accompany the game rules, a number of talented individuals need to be compensated. We have already paid out-of-pocket for a number of initial pieces (including those featured in the presentation video) and want to retain these folks for their further efforts in establishing an reinforcing the themes and tone of the Busty Barbarian Bimbos world. 

If this campaign exactly reaches its funding goal, we will have adequate funding to print the books committed to through pledges, ship them, pay our artists for interior and cover art, and buy myself (the primary writer and developer) a six-pack of good beer. With your support we hope to exceed the goal, get even more art, and establish a modest set of stretch goals.

Stretch Goals

While I'm humbled, impressed, and not a little surprised that we've reached our minimum funding goal so quickly, I love the idea of building additional value into your pledges, so it's time to talk stretch goals. Regardless of specific target numbers, exceeding the $2,500 target creates a lot of wiggle room in the art budget, allowing us to commission additional pieces from our existing line-up of illustrators and even bring in additional artists. That said, a couple of goals to reach for:

Multiple Copies *UNLOCKED* - at $2,500 (full basic project funding), backers at the $15 Softcover Hardbodies tier may add additional copies to their order at $14 per.  Backers paying $45 or more may add additional copies at $10 per. This does not include international shipping, sorry; that stuff makes the US tax code look simple.

Mo Covers, Mo Problems *UNLOCKED* - at $3,500 instead of commissioning a single bodacious full-color cover for the book, we will commission four.  Backers at the $15 Softcover Hardbodies tier and above will get to select which version they will receive.  Backers receiving multiple copies may mix-and-match to taste.

Mystery Re-Skin *UNLOCKED* - at $5,000 we will take two of our alternate settings and flesh them out as separate PDFs made available to backers of all tiers.  An expanded re-skin will include new abilities, equipment, bestiary, and illustrations. The selection of these settings will be established through a poll of our backers just after the goal is unlocked. If you aren't in on it by then, you won't have a say; sorry.

Day Spa Death Spa *UNLOCKED*- at $7,500 we will be releasing a Gygaxian nightmare of pedicures, facials, and aromatherapy by the creator of Engine Heart, Viral of Viral Games. This crossover adventure module is sure to detoxify, disorient, defoliate, and defenestrate your heroines as they cross paths with aggressively amiable automated aestheticians. A bonus PDF for all reward tiers.

TRIPLE-SECRET FINAL GOAL *UNLOCKED*- at 500 backers we will unlock our final modest stretch goal, an optional hardcover edition. Hardcover copies will be available for an additional $15 over the softcover price of the copy it is replacing in your reward. Optionally you can change your reward tier to Hardcover Hardbody at $30.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

This being our first foray into publishing, a number of hitches can be expected, and unexpected hitches may crop up along the way. The game itself is already written. The rules have been play-tested and work well. The book itself is nearly complete but lacking in illustrations, which this campaign will finance. By diversifying the workload between multiple artists, we hope to mitigate the impact of production delays by any one individual, re-tasking and modifying individual pieces as needed. Printing will be handled by a respected and established print-on-demand concern, and pledge values have been determined with printing and shipping costs in mind.

FAQ

  • The book itself will be roughly 200 pages when all is said and done. The layout cannot begin in earnest until the artwork is complete, and even slight changes in formatting can multiply to become significant page-count changers. The book will be in a 6" x 9" trade paperback format, perfect-bound with full-color covers. Interiors will be black and white. The hardcover version will be case-wrapped (no dust jacket).

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  • Basically it's $30 per.

    Since some reward tiers offer multiple copies at a reduced price, just add $15 to your pledge for each softcover you would like to replace with a hardcover. For example, a backer at the Four's a Crowd reward tier gets four softcover copies for $45. One of those softcovers can be replaced with a hardcover by raising the pledge to $60. Another for $75, yet another for $90, or all four for $105.

    For backers pledging for additional copies beyond those originally included in their reward tiers, simply add up your pledge as though everything were softcovers, then add $15 for each softcover that is to be substituted in. For example somebody at the Softcover Hardbody tier that had originally pledged for two softcover copies would pledge $29 total ($15 for the first copy, $14 for the second). To substitute a single hardcover, this pledge raises to $44. To replace both with hardcovers would be $59.

    What a complicated web we weave when options we choose to receive.

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    Digital Diva - At this reward tier, receive a PDF copy of the game upon completion. Exclusive access to pre-layout game manuscript and participation in aesthetics survey.

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    Softcover Hardbody - As above, plus a perfect-bound paperback copy of the Busty Barbarian Bimbos game delivered to your door.

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    Hardcover Hardbody - As the Softcover Hardbody, but with a case-wrapped hardcover copy of the Busty Barbarian Bimbos game.

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    Four's a Crowd - As above, plus three additional perfect-bound paperback copies (four total).

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    Flattery Will Get you Everywhere - As Softcover Hardbody (PDF copy plus softcover), plus send in a photo for us to base a nominally-flattering character off of. This is only available for photos of females, as males are not generally portrayed in a good light here.

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    Oh No You Didn't - As Softcover Hardbody (PDF copy plus softcover), plus send in a photo for us to base a definitely-unflattering character off of. This is available for both male and female subjects.

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    Flattery Will Get You Everywhere - expanded from the initial offering of five slots, this reward tier provides a PDF copy of the finished book, a softcover copy, plus the opportunity to send in a photo for us to base a nominally-flattering character off of. The picture need not be of you, but should be of a female, as male subjects are generally not presented in a positive light in the book.

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    Boutique Bonanza - As Four's a Crowd, but including ten softcover copies instead of four. If you have a game store and want to grace your shelves with Busty Barbarian Bimbos, this may be the option for you.

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