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A high-action high-drama fantasy RPG originally from Japan! A world of magic and mecha, with rules that emulate a Kabuki play or anime.
A high-action high-drama fantasy RPG originally from Japan! A world of magic and mecha, with rules that emulate a Kabuki play or anime.
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    1. Andy Kitkowski 3-time creator
      on March 21

      Hi Michael: The next update - including the next complete deliverable - will be posted within the next 10 days.

    2. MichaelTMcD on March 20

      It's been four months since the last update

    3. MichaelTMcD on February 20

      Any update on the Tenra War stuff? Or the Personaesque stuff?

    4. Andy Kitkowski 3-time creator
      on October 20, 2017

      Hey John: I'll put together an update this weekend with the latest information. Thanks!

    5. John Fiala
      on October 18, 2017

      What's up with the stretch goals?

    6. Alberto Camargo on September 11, 2017

      Hi, Andy!

      How did the meeting go? Something you can tell us regarding progress? :)

    7. Andy Kitkowski 3-time creator
      on August 30, 2017

      Heya Michael: Will be posting an update within one week (actually meeting the original Tenra Japanese designer team this weekend to discuss further as well). Essentially, the material is in layout now and will be available soon, I'm hoping to get some specific dates or targets for that shortly.

    8. MichaelTMcD on August 25, 2017

      So its just over a month since mid-July which was the "by the latest" date given for some scenarios and the persona rules draft. Any word on a new expected date for their release?

    9. Andy Kitkowski 3-time creator
      on June 13, 2017

      New update shortly; apologies for the slip: I needed a few days to contact some people that owed work. I'll have an update within the next day.

    10. Andy Kitkowski 3-time creator
      on May 30, 2017

      Hi John: You are absolutely correct. I will be posting a regular status update by no later than this coming weekend.

    11. John Fiala
      on May 27, 2017

      Maybe time to do a new update?

    12. Andy Kitkowski 3-time creator
      on May 15, 2017

      Quick heads up: We're about 3-4 weeks away from a playtest version of the Persona-esque hack to TBZ. It's... quite different than what I started out with. At first it was to be TBZ with a few skills written differently. Now it's it's own thing, very emulative of the style of play of the newer P-series games, with a higher focus on relationships between people. Stay tuned!

    13. Andy Kitkowski 3-time creator
      on March 20, 2017

      Hey Martin: Unfortunately, I'm suffering the same fate: Some of the projects I have open have responsibilities of other writers/artists; and unfortunately I'm waiting for some parts to be complete so that I can myself assemble, edit and publish.

      Let me see what I can get together by the end of the month/first week of next month, then put out another status with details.

      Charles: Unfortunately, we're not going to be doing Tenra War (it's a bit older at this stage); the rules are a totally different platform, and the setting is very different as well.

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      Martin Costello on March 12, 2017

      I guessing Tenra got put on the back burner again...

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      Charles Starr on May 2, 2016

      Pardon the prodding, but just checking to see what the status of the remaining bits and pieces of supplements are.

      Also, I read that there's some new Tenra crossover material from FEAR named Tenra War. Very speculative asking here, but any plans to tackle those anytime in the future? Just curious.

    16. _Journeyman_
      on March 23, 2016

      I seem to remember that there's still something out...

    17. Andy Kitkowski 3-time creator
      on November 26, 2015

      Hey Charles: We'll have the edited version of the WAR supplement by the end of the year, though it might take a few more weeks to ready the laid out version.


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      Charles Starr on November 23, 2015

      Hello, sorry if I am unduly prodding, but what's the current word on the remaining supplements and the like?

    19. Andy Kitkowski 3-time creator
      on October 11, 2015

      Hi it looks like Google Docs was having an issue for a day (many people reported issues online). Can you check again now?

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      mike kelley on October 9, 2015

      I'm having trouble getting Google Docs to let me connect and download the files. I keep getting a connect error.

    21. Andy Kitkowski 3-time creator
      on September 15, 2015

      Apologies, it's still on my list here, been beaten down a bit by work. Thanks for your patience.

    22. Neotemplarvellum on September 13, 2015

      *pokes with the reminder stick*.
      No worries though if you have a time crunch.

    23. Andy Kitkowski 3-time creator
      on August 31, 2015

      Update: Will need another day or two to get this together. Thanks for your patience!

    24. Andy Kitkowski 3-time creator
      on August 27, 2015

      Hey Shane, thank you very much for keeping me on task (very fair, as I've been pulled in three directions with work and life and stuff). I alluded before to the fact that if I can't get stuff together in Final Form fast enough, the least I could do is share some of what we already have, to inspire and stuff. I was aiming to have one side-project complete per month, but I'm not meeting that goal, so this weekend I'm going to put together quick and dirty packs of what exist thus far (the bare rules and stuff for the other supplements, and the bare setting material and story for Demimonde) and make it a secret downloadable for the backers this weekend. Still totally dedicated to it, but while progress *IS* being made... it's not as fast as I want or you derserve, so allow me to take a few hours this weekend and share the awesome we have already.


    25. Shane Phillips on August 26, 2015

      Suppose it's about time to check in again. Anything happening with Demimonde lately?

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      David Comer on April 28, 2015

      Thanks for the update.

      I'll have to search some more info about Shinobigami. The name alone sounds intriguing.

    27. Andy Kitkowski 3-time creator
      on April 23, 2015

      Hey David, sorry about the wait. Check this out:

      My reply:

      "Apologies for the late reply, I've been in work hell for a few days here (and tonight, but that's another story).

      But lo, friends, there is a great reckoning on the horizon: That reckoning has a name. It is called Golden Week.

      Golden Week is a holiday in Japan that lasts about a week (a little less, with some days scattered around, look it up). I'll be hitting a super sento or two, and visiting the Tokyo Game Market ( ). Beyond that, I'll be relaxing and focusing my attention to some real closure on some of the open supplement items. Not "slam them shut, kick it out the door!", but rather taking the hours of time they need to get actually capital-F Finished.

      I imagine that by the second week of May, at least three of the supplements will be done and either fully published or nearly so. Starting with Mass Combat and Extra Archetypes, and then likely Mythos Hunters.

      Demimonde will take some more time, but I'll be sharing some of what we have with everyone, because it's too cool not to reveal it. It's seriously blowing my mind. +Steven Siddall is that good.

      I'm also putting together a quick package of all the "Rules Manga" into one easy-to-print file, for ease of bringing new people into play. Because if you read those manga, you've got 90% of the rules Down. There's no reason not to bundle those together. It'll be like a supercheap $2 download, but I'll give it free to all the original KS backers.

      There's even more things for Tenra on the horizon, but first things first.

      And indeed, Ryuutama is polished from my end, and on the last round of layout, so I can focus on other things.

      On the side, folks have been asking about our next project, Shinobigami. Indeed, we'll see more about that this year, but I want to assure folks that all the Tenra rewards will be fulfilled, and the Ryuutama book out and supplement on its way, before we start drumming up support for the Next Thing."

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      David Comer on April 19, 2015

      So any news as of late? I'm looking forward to mythos hunters still.

    29. Craig Judd on January 14, 2015

      Thanks Andy. Wishing you a speedy recovery!

    30. Andy Kitkowski 3-time creator
      on January 14, 2015

      Hey Craig: These are definitely always on my mind. Currently battling a nasty fever, when I have a few days to breathe I'll take stock, drop a mini-update and then start pushing hard to completion. Thanks!

      BTW: Ready-to-Play: Yes, Lotus Blossom, and there are two more coming as well (they are complete, just need editing). Three total.
      Names List: Sams as the book, just in an easy-to-DL and print format (free)
      Against the Tide: Same; just pulling from book and reorganizing to make it easy to DL and print (free)

    31. Craig Judd on January 13, 2015

      I know some draft DLC was sent out a while ago, but I'm more interested in the final versions for completeness' sake. Since there's a lot of updates to hunt back through, would you mind providing a summary update for the following items?

      * the illustrated Tenra Bansho Zero replay
      * the ready-to-play scenario (Did this become Lotus Blossom's Bridal Path?)
      * the Mythos Hunters Zero campaign reskin
      * Against the Tide campaign setting
      * Tenra Bansho Zero Japanese name list (Is this any different to the lists in the book?)
      * A Set of scenarios and scenario seeds by designer Jerry Grayson
      * Tokyo High-School Demon Hunters campaign reskin
      * Extra Characters DLC (Looking forward to the ninja dog!)
      * Mass Combat Rules DLC (Looking forward to the final version very much!)


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      David Comer on October 29, 2014

      I'm really looking forward to the mythos hunters add on coming out afore too much longer. Any thoughts on when that might be?

    33. Andy Kitkowski 3-time creator
      on October 6, 2014

      Hey Shane: Sorry about the delay. I'm writing up the rules (I'm hoping for a shareable playtest of the rules by the holidays), and Steven is kicking ass with the background fiction. Seriously, microfiction in games is one of the weakest elements normally, there's only a few games that stand out. Steven is one of those greats. So utterly evocative, it's kicking my own ass to finish my elements that much faster!

    34. Shane Phillips on September 24, 2014

      Anything going on with Demimonde (the Persona-esque)?

    35. Alberto Camargo on September 2, 2014

      Cool beans. Thanks! Anything we can help you with?

    36. Andy Kitkowski 3-time creator
      on September 2, 2014

      Yep, I'm still on my goal of "done by the end of the year" (at least in text if not in full). I'm actually about to post an update with a new (and awesome) Tenra scenario for all backers. Still on target, and will have the actual fruits of that wait soon.

    37. Alberto Camargo on September 2, 2014

      Just wondering how the alternate settings, the war book, the adventure and all that was going... it's been a while.

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      on July 14, 2014

      So, Tenra Bansho Zero is an Ennie nominee for the Best Production Values category. Nice to see recognition of just how beautiful these books are.

    39. Andy Kitkowski 3-time creator
      on June 18, 2014

      Heya, I... wow, yeah I said that on May 8 didn't I. Apologies. Currently (and I mean **nearly daily**) Jason is skillfully lining the errata out/fleshing it out, we're hammering it together and almost done. Promise!

    40. Jeremy Puckett on June 15, 2014

      Hey Andy, it's been a little bit more than two weeks at this point, and I was wondering how the errata and other goals are coming along. Hope you're enjoying Japan!

    41. Andy Kitkowski 3-time creator
      on May 7, 2014

      Note that the last official update was more recent than the comment below. :-)

      But yes, I'll have another Update in approximately two weeks, with the Errata complete and progress postings/summaries on the other goals. Currently Jason and I are settling the roadmap for getting the rest of the deliverables done by the end of the year. Will have real progress noted soon!

    42. John Fiala
      on May 7, 2014

      Any news? It's been almost two months since your last comment.

    43. Andy Kitkowski 3-time creator
      on March 12, 2014

      Hey, very sorry: Truly not out to snub anyone. However, just landed in Tokyo a few days ago, and since then internet is extremely limited: I basically can only browse the internet (incl here) with my iPhone (internet service is installed in another week or so). I should have better access in the next few days (even before I have the internet installed in my own house), and I promise I'll post a real update as soon as I can.

      Sorry about that; this situation sucks for now, primarily because I can't do my "real job" either because it relies entirely on a fast connection...

      In the interm, if there's any specific questions folks had (other than "what's happening?"/"are things on track?", which I'll definitely answer), please hit me up here and I'll absolutely roll those into the next update I post.

      Sorry about saying 48 hours: At the time I thought I'd have that time, but then between work, packing, getting visas issued/readied/etc for my move to Japan (which I did after that last post of mine), I ended up having no time. My sincerest apologies for setting an update time and not meeting it: It's not something I normally do, but this is definitely a "this will only happen once" time (as I immigrated to Japan over the last two weeks). Please accept my apologies, and bear with me for just a few more days.

      (all this: Written in my iphone, currently my only data access to the internet)

    44. Neotemplarvellum on March 11, 2014

      Soooo how about that update?

    45. Andy Kitkowski 3-time creator
      on March 3, 2014

      Heya! Will be posting a general update in the next 48 hours! Progress is happening! It's a little slower than I hoped, but it is happening!

    46. Imban
      on March 1, 2014

      OoOoooOo I am the spooky ghost of stretch goals...

      (standard poking and prodding for an update on how those are going)

    47. Andy Kitkowski 3-time creator
      on November 3, 2013


    48. Glen Green on November 2, 2013

      just backed the other project

    49. dingopirate3000 on October 29, 2013

      Yeah, I'm the Geomancer guy. (If anyone is curious as to what we're talking about, check out the Tenra Bansho Zero G+ page, people, including me, share our fan work there) Thanks for the update, this is some exciting stuff!

    50. vytzka on October 29, 2013


      If anyone gets confused about stratagems, "Defeat the enemy by capturing their chief" should be 18 according to my research, not 28 (there are two 28s in a row haha). Otherwise, more than solid.

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