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$1,842
pledged of $10,000pledged of $10,000 goal
45
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jun 4 2014

About

We'd like to produce a Genre Pack, our third release in the Short Order Heroes line.

Short Order Heroes: Genre Pack  

The Genre Pack is a collection of 108 uniquely illustrated cards to add genre-specific flavor to the main Short Order Heroes deck. All card art by Eleanor Ferron. The genres we have planned are: 

  • Fantasy 
  • Sci-fi 
  • Horror/supernatural 
  • Steampunk 
  • Superheroes 
  • Western 
  • Pirates 

We will have room for a few more genres, for which we will be taking suggestions from backers. Each genre will be marked with its own symbol to make it easy to sort the cards back out from the main deck.  

Short Order Heroes

Short Order Heroes is a rules light game designed for easy role-playing. It is a deck of 108 cards that can also be used for spontaneous NPC generation in any RPG. 

How it Works In a word: fast. Each card has a picture, an adjective, and a number. To create a new character, draw some cards from the deck, depending on how fleshed-out you want the character to be -- we recommend 3 for PCs, down to 1 for throw-away NPCs. The adjectives describe what makes your character unusual. Fill in the details and off you go. To resolve a conflict, first set a target number or draw one randomly from the deck -- higher is harder. Then draw a card. The number on the card tells you whether the action succeeded, the adjective gives some color to how, and the picture provides added inspiration. To enhance other games, the cards can quickly add personality to otherwise bland encounters -- "Thug #2" is now "The unnerving thug", the barmaid is complicated, and more. Great for tavern trawling or adding a bit of local color.

With Short Order Heroes, you spend less time fiddling with the rules and more time telling the story. Character creation and conflict resolution take seconds, and instantly fill your game world with color and flair. Short Order Heroes is an entire role-playing game in a pack of cards. It's perfect for one-shot adventures where you don't want to spend all night making characters and miss playing the game.

Short Order Heroes: Plot Pack

Our first expansion is at the printer for an expected summer release. The Plot Pack is three decks, each with 36 unique cards to add depth and color to any role playing game.

  • Motivations: what makes this character tick? Are they looking for revenge, or driven by grief? 
  • Surprising Events can set the theme of an adventure, or add unexpected twists to your game. 
  • Relationships build connections between characters, adding new dimensions and role-playing opportunities.

Short Order Heroes: Plot Pack works great with the original Short Order Heroes, or with any RPG. There are even alternate rules for using it as a standalone party game or a story prompt generator.

 With the Plot Pack in your game bag, you’ll always have an adventure hook ready to go.

Shipping

The basic pledge levels are priced for a single shipment. This means if you are getting all of the decks, you'll get a single package once the Genre Pack is finished. If you'd like to get some of the things quicker, you can add an additional $5 domestic and $10 international to receive two shipments.

Risks and challenges

We learned a lot from our last Kickstarter. We have a better idea of the overall costs and time required to produce a deck. With any creative endeavor there is the possibility of delays, but we'll keep you informed as progress is being made.

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    TRIPLE BONUS. One of each deck: Short Order Heroes, Plot Pack, and Genre Pack. Plus the Exclusive Pack with blanks and the six Kickstarter only cards from our first Kickstarter.

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    RETAILER. Any combination of ten decks: Short Order Heroes, Plot Pack, or Genre Pack.

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    CARD SPONSOR. One of each deck: Short Order Heroes, Plot Pack, and Genre Pack. Pick and describe an adjective for us to make into a card included in the Genre Pack, subject to editing by Calico Games. Plus a t-shirt and a 11"x17" print of your card. You will also receive all expansions from stretch goals at no additional cost.

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