Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
Trigger Happy is the Role Playing Game of Action, Crime and a World Which Hates You.
Trigger Happy is the Role Playing Game of Action, Crime and a World Which Hates You.
Trigger Happy is the Role Playing Game of Action, Crime and a World Which Hates You.
311 backers pledged $8,413 to help bring this project to life.

About

Trigger Happy: roleplaying in a World Which Hates You. project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

Trigger Happy: roleplaying in a World Which Hates You.

$8,413

311

Check out this spreadsheet to see all the cool stuff we've unlocked so far (including Dice and Poster add-ons) http://goo.gl/zDEy2

Get ready to Drop the Hammer and Take it to the Limit in Trigger Happy!

Totally Hardcore Art by Aaron Acevedo
Totally Hardcore Art by Aaron Acevedo

This Kickstarter is to publish Trigger Happy. Trigger Happy is the RPG where The Transporter and Die Hard meet the Shield and The Wire. Trigger Happy takes place in a world turned up to 11, where Protagonists live life one trailer-worthy moment to the next. You are a Protagonist; from cop to war vet to neighborhood kid done good enough, you find that the world tries to shove you around and you want to do nothing more than shove it right back. 

What, never seen someone beaten to death with a canoe?
What, never seen someone beaten to death with a canoe?

Trigger Happy is based around a simple d10 die mechanic, adding an attribute to the numbers rolled on the dice to reach a Target Number. This might seem pretty boring, except for two key elements which make Trigger Happy different than your average game: Triggers and Limit.

Triggers are the way you take charge of your character's story. There are two kinds: Ins and Outs. Ins are the trouble that you find or always seems to find you. They're elements of the story that drive your character arc and make you rise to the occasion, giving you bonuses in the appropriate circumstances. Outs let you change fate, giving you a mechanical bonus or allowing you to take narrative control of the scene to your character's advantage.

Meanwhile, Trigger Happy does not use Wounds, Health or Stamina to determine how long a character stays up, but Limit. Limit not only measure how much punishment you can take but how far you can push yourself to succeed. Fail a die roll? Take it to the Limit (by spending Limit) and succeed in what you tried to do. Be careful, as everyone has their Limit and when you hit zero it’s lights out!

Some days you are the puncher, some days you are the punchee...
Some days you are the puncher, some days you are the punchee...

You're no hero; you're the Protagonist. You drive the story either by making stuff happen or by reacting to all the trouble that finds you.  Against you, you'll find the whole world of people hating you:

Jamokes: these are the mooks, the chumps, the pushovers that get in your way. They are to be mowed down in spectacular fashion.

Mobs: ever wonder why a dozen guys don't attack the Protagonist at once? Well, they are part of a Mob trying to wear you and your friends down. You have them outnumbered 1 to 5 so get to work!

Henchmen: these guys can be tough customers, Taking It To The Limit just like you and really messing up your day.

Bosses: they are just that, Boss. It's like looking in a cracked mirror; they have Limit and Triggers just like you and really want to put you down.

Here's some of the layout for our 6"x9" book, which we're looking at at least 160 pages. We may be able to do spot colors and that sure is some dense text, no padding for page count here!
Here's some of the layout for our 6"x9" book, which we're looking at at least 160 pages. We may be able to do spot colors and that sure is some dense text, no padding for page count here!

We're going to list some of the stretch goals here; as we get closer, we're going to reveal some more. No Spoilers! 

$4500: Red-Band Trailers! (UNLOCKED!) 

You’ll get a set of scenarios full of action and bad behavior guest written by RPG rock stars Ross Isaacs (Legend of the Five Rings, Star Trek RPG) and Shoshana Kessock (Tor.com, The Lost Anthology)! This will be in PDF format to all backers.

$5000: "The Trouble With The Irish" (UNLOCKED!)

Matt Forbeck (Ghosts of Ascalon, Brave New World) will write a heartwarming Trigger Happy tale of carnage and mayhem involving two of our signature characters, Tommy Gunns and KatyDoll, as seen on the cover image above. As well, we will throw in game mechanics for the characters in the story. This will be in PDF format. 

$6000: Bangers, a setting supplement for Trigger Happy (UNLOCKED!) 

Superpowers are an inner city problem, where teen Bangers (so called for the first superpowered teen’s ability to explode objects) stake out turf and demand respect. This supplement for Trigger Happy adds superpowers to the action, crime and grime, powered by Limit and available in PDF format to all backers at the $10 or higher level.

$7000: Killer Soundtrack (UNLOCKED!)

We’re going to get Cameron Hays, producer of work through Evergroove Studio (evergroove.com) to give us a soundtrack in the key of Trigger Happy. You'll recognize his work from the Trigger Happy Promo Video and he has a lot more incredible music to share. Perfect to play in the background for your Trigger Happy games! This is available to all backers at the $10 or higher level.

$8000: Enter the Protagonist (UNLOCKED!) 

In the vein of classic martial arts cinema and modern Eastern action comes a supplement with high-flying stunts, chi (and Limit)-powered thuggery and more than enough doves flying in the background as you get ready for the final showdown! This will be available in PDF format to all backers at the $10 or higher level.

$9000: Cameron Johnson reads "The Trouble With The Irish" (Locked)

Decided to squeeze one more stretch goal in, with the lovely narrator of our trailer (this time using his naturally mellifluous voice instead of his Movie Guy voice) reading the upcoming Matt Forbeck story "The Trouble With The Irish". This will be in MP3 format and available to all backers at the $10 or higher level.

$10,000: Make Your Own Games Trigger Happy! (Locked) 

Love the idea of Trigger Happy but have your own favorite setting and system you've been playing forever? We’ll include a bunch of math and mechanics in an easy-to-use format to let you add Triggers and Limit to your own favorite systems. We’re going to file the serial numbers off like some mockbuster film but you’ll get what you need to be Trigger Happy in pretty much any game system!

It's not just about the money, but the number of people pledging that matters as well! No good to get all the money if no one is actually getting the game!

(REACHED!) We get 50 backers at $10 or more and we will release a form-fillable PDF of the Trigger Happy character sheet. Just type away instead of trying to read your own terrible handwriting! 

(REACHED!) With 75 backers at $10 or more, we'll include Trigger Happy Showrunner Notes, a handy PDF of condensed rules to save you just a bit of time looking stuff up. 

(REACHED!) We get 100 backers at $10 or more and we will open up a set of custom Trigger Happy dice you can add on to any pledge. 

Look at that sweet die! And those are some awesome color options!
Look at that sweet die! And those are some awesome color options!

At 200 backers at $10 or more (REACHED!) and you will get a Deck Full of Trouble, a PDF set of Jamokes and Mobs designed in card format suitable for printing. We are also offering a premium printed deck option for $12 dollars each! While shipping will be free for US backers at the $30+ levels (I mean, a deck weighs 4 ounces), we need to add $5 shipping for US pledges at the $10 level and $10 shipping for shipping outside the US regardless of pledge level.

(REACHED!) We get 50 backers at the $30 level or higher and we will create special foreign language Trigger Happy posters in German and Chinese! Everyone will get a desktop image of both posters and they will be able to add the 18x24" poster or posters of their choice to their pledge 

English Poster: $25
German Poster: $30
Chinese Poster: $30
All Three Posters: $75

For Jamoke-level backers ($10) or lower, shipping will be $10 in the US or international. For all The Mob backer levels pledges ($30) or higher, we are including shipping in the US and it will be $10 international shipping. 

(REACHED!) We get 75 backers at the $30 level or higher and we will unlock “Syrian Thrift Shop”, an international tale of people diving into Middle Eastern conflict for Spring Break fun and a big payday. As well, we will throw in game mechanics for the characters in the story. This will be in PDF format. 

We get 100 backers at the $30 level or higher (REACHED!) and we will make aluminyzed metal prints of all the chapter header art and other selected pieces available for sale (as well as the far less sturdy but still nice paper prints)! Metal and Art Prints will be available at the $30 pledge level and above.

Risks and challenges

Some of the major risks for a project such as this are actually getting it completed. Between writing, editing and layout, production can certainly drag along.

Fortunately, much of Trigger Happy is already written and in layout (for certain projects I tend to write into layout). The chapter header art is 66% complete and in place. Once we receive funding, we will already have a set of artists (as well as backups) who will get to work on the 10-18 additional pieces of art we are putting into Trigger Happy. Art can be a bottleneck but this is why we have backup artists and are spreading our art among different artists; we also have several pieces already finished. We have done extensive playtesting, with one last round scheduled from among backers of certain pledge levels to work out final kinks and issues; the layout is flexible so even an major change in mechanics can be accommodated without a problem.

Shipping: Stuff gets lost. Ninjas may kidnap your package. Your mail truck may not be able to slow down because it will explode if it goes less than 55 miles an hour. Backers get their stuff before it goes on general sale. Shipping may cost more in certain circumstances so we will absorb that cost.

Printing: I've previously worked in print production so I know about the hiccups that can occur on the print side of things. We are currently sourcing printers so that we have backups available in case of problems.

Financial: Since I double as both layout and writing guy that avoids some of the cost issues that would delay a project. As well, my current field is private equity; I'm fairly agile when it comes to raising money.

Although this may be a 'first' print product for TaleSpinner Holdings in the RPG area, we have experience in dealing with vendors, sourcing print on a B2B basis and wrangling artists and other contributors to complete projects successfully. As well, I have written or contributed to over a dozen RPG products for such companies as Super Genius Games, Pyramid Magazine, Abstract Nova and Pinnacle and I personally released the game DreamSide at GenCon back in 1999, selling out the short print run in three days.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    EXTRA: You’re in the background but the scene is empty without you. We’ll send you an awesome Trigger Happy desktop background as a thank you.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    3 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 $10 or more About $10

    JAMOKE: Get in the action! This level gets you a PDF of Trigger Happy as well as a listing as a Jamoke in the credits! You’ll also get the Trigger Happy desktop background emailed to you and you will also get copies of all the electronic format stretch goals that we hit!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    171 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

    MOB: Gang up with this level! You’ll get a softcover version of Trigger Happy, the PDF of Trigger Happy as well as a listing as part of the Mob! We’ll give you the Trigger Happy desktop background and you will also get copies of all the electronic format stretch goals that we hit! International Orders please add 15 dollars to your pledge.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    116 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 $50 or more About $50

    SUPPORTING CAST: You’ll get a softcover version of Trigger Happy, the PDF of Trigger Happy as well as a Supporting Cast credit. We’ll even throw in art prints of our chapter headers and the Trigger Happy desktop background! You’ll get copies of all electronic format stretch goals that we hit! International Orders please add 15 dollars to your pledge.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    9 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 $85 or more About $85

    HENCHMAN: Everything from the Supporting Cast Level, + an advance preview of Trigger Happy, access to a playtesting round, an 11"x17" poster of the cover, prints of the chapter headers signed by Aaron Acevedo, a personal statted-up Henchman to use in your Trigger Happy games (which will appear nowhere else and no one else will have!), a Henchman in the game that you will name and credit as a Henchman. International Orders please add 15 dollars to your pledge.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    5 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 $125 or more About $125

    PROTAGONIST: Everything at the Henchman level + two hours of talk time with the creator of Trigger Happy by way of Skype or Google Hangout regarding Trigger Happy and game design. We’ll make a character of your design one of the official signature characters of Trigger Happy and we’ll use you as an art reference for one of the Trigger Happy art pieces. Copy of the Kickstarter-only hardcover version of the Trigger Happy RPG. You'll be listed as a Protagonist in the credits. International Orders please add 20 dollars to your pledge.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    3 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 $225 or more About $225

    BOSS: All the Protagonist rewards + you’ll also help design a short Trigger Happy adventure with the rest of the Bosses! Your playtesting round will be upgraded to me personally running a 4 hour Trigger Happy session for you and your group face to face or over Google Hangouts or Skype. You will get an 18"x24" poster of the Trigger Happy cover signed by Aaron Acevedo and you will be listed as a Boss in the credits. International Orders please add 20 dollars to your pledge.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 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 $250 or more About $250

    HARDCORE SPECIAL EDITION: All the Protagonist rewards + an additional copy of the Trigger Happy RPG specially bound with printed (yes, printed) aluminyzed metal plate and diamond plate. No worries about scuffing your book; worry about the table! You will be listed as a Protagonist in the credits.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

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

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $357 or more About $357

    THE PROS FROM DOVER: Everything from the Boss level, + an additional copy of the Trigger Happy RPG bound in printed (yes, printed) aluminyzed metal plate and diamond plate. This includes a personalized book plate denoting this copy of Trigger Happy as yours and special cover text denoting the Pro from Dover Edition. You will be listed at one of the Pros from Dover. International Orders please add 20 dollars to your pledge.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

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

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,750 or more About $1,750

    THE CLEANER: Everything from the Boss level, + l'll fly to an agreed-upon location in the continental United States with 11 Kickstarter-only hardcover editions of Trigger Happy for you and your friends (and one copy covered in aluminyzed metal print and diamond plate), I'll sign them and I will run a face-to-face 6 hour session of Trigger Happy for you and your group. Your aluminyzed metal plate covered copy will clearly note that it is The Cleaner Edition (the only one of its kind) as well as include a personalized book plate.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

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

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (34 days)