Role playing games (RPGs) are fun and popular for pretty much everyone, as long as you're around 12 years old, or older. We asked the question, what would an RPG look like for a 3 to 9 year old? How might such a thing appeal to BOTH boys and girls? And, how could we design a contained experience that requires the same amount of time to read/play as a regular children's book? How could we make it magical and awesome and immersive and also intuitive and comprehensible for pre and early readers?
Destiny Dez and her sidekick Flyback 4 (aka F4, a hovering robot who is also a time machine) are needing your help to recover the Drum of Destiny. Once played, this magical drum is the only thing that can break the spell of The Silencer, who used his giant vacuum and little minion vacuum creatures to suck up all the sound in the land. No one can express themselves! No songs! No poetry!
Play through the book–as described in the video–in a structure similar to Choose Your Own Adventure books, also incorporating the 20-sided die and again, designed for a younger audience.
This is the first in a series. We are already working on Book 2.
Our collaborative development of this project for over two years has consisted of many iterations on the story, artwork, layout, character development, branding, play mechanics with choice and dice, and play testing with many kids (it was a little too scary at first!). We are very excited to share this book with the world, and hope it will be the first in a series of many more Destiny Dez stories!
Who are we?
Read about Nathan in his profile connected to this project.
swi is designer and artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Day job: Sr. UX Designer for an educational publishing company. In 2016, swi launched a solo KS project, Lotus Dimension, a tabletop role player game that rewards nonviolent problem solving. (In fact, Destiny Dez was born out of the development of LD and a desire for a completely simplified, peaceful rpg for younger kids.) You can see some of swi's previous projects -- including D&D Yoga, Braille Graffiti, the Portland Horse Project, People Watching+, and many more -- at 39forks.com. Many of these projects have also been featured in The Los Angeles Times, NY Times Magazine, The Oregonian, and more.
We are also very fortunate to have the support of a handful of madly talented folks who have generously given freely of their time, some of whom are shown here.
Where is your money going?
We are prepared to make a bulk order of books and the dice that will be included with each book. We also want to spread the word about this book in the years ahead and will allocate some of the funds toward social media marketing and entry to various independent book/game/toy festivals.
Specs: Our most current version of the finished draft is 80 pages consisting of artwork on every page, and text on every page. Destiny Dez is presented with several color illustrations, along with some black and white; each version of this first edition will measure 8 by 10 inches. The included die will be a standard-sized 20D.
It is with humble gratitude that we offer heartfelt thanks for your support of this project through contributions or sharing to your networks, especially to parents with young readers, or folks looking to make a meaningful gift purchase! The support will help tremendously as we endeavor to further develop and cultivate Destiny Dez into the future.
Risks and challenges
We recognize that crowd-funded projects often carry red flags in terms of reliability and promised delivery of rewards. We have taken every effort to polish this project and plan to order every single reward the day after receiving funds from the funded project, with shipping to follow in the days after the books arrive to us. Should any unforeseen consequences arise we will make every effort to be fully transparent in communicating delays, but we are confident that we will be able to deliver on time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter