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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, May 10 2019 1:00 AM UTC +00:00.

$3,772
pledged of $1,500pledged of $1,500 goal
83
backers
21days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, May 10 2019 1:00 AM UTC +00:00.

About

The Blackest of Deaths - Dire Old School Fantasy RPG

"The Blackest of Deaths is what it says on the tin. Your character is dropped into a brutal, unforgiving world that is actively opposed to your survival. You're prey that doesn't know it's place yet. There's no character advancement, no way to pull victory from the jaws of defeat. There is you, a handful of meager items, a few minimal abilities, and the finality of defeat.

Now, that sounds like a real downer to most. Why would anyone want to play that? Isn't the point of a roleplaying game to experience some kind of power fantasy and character agency? Well, the answer to all of these questions is yes -- and that's the beauty of Blackest. Surviving to fight another day in this game feels like a genuine accomplishment. Your character will struggle like never before. Your character will fail. Your character will die. 

But not every time. And on those rare occasions when you do manage to leap from the gaping, inexorable jaws of oblivion, you'll walk away with a great story to tell your fellow gamers and a gaming experience worth remembering. You will live. You will cheat death. You will survive.

This time..."

 - James M. Spahn, Ennie and Origin Award winning author, Creator of The Hero’s Journey & White Star RPGs

Why is there no fancy Kickstarter Video?

This time around we wanted to invest our revenue in as much content as possible, so instead paying for an awesome Kickstarter Video, we put those resources into securing the best talent available to make this gaming product the best it can be.  See our stretch goals below for a list of who's contributing and how. 

And in place of an amazing Kickstarter Video, check this in depth review by The Undead Viking.  He's amazing and it's a video!

Assassin art by Dean Spencer
Assassin art by Dean Spencer

 The Core Mechanic:  Roll 1d20 & 1d6 Simultaneously.  

Add any applicable modifiers to the d20 roll for a total vs a target Difficulty Check.  If you meet or beat the target Difficulty Check you succeed.

On the d6, Ignore a roll of 2, 3, 4 or 5.  For a roll of 1 add a Hindrance.  For a roll of 6 add a Benefit.  Hindrance adds an additional challenge or difficulty that was not present before the attempt.  Benefit adds an additional convenience that was not present before the attempt.

Advantage & Disadvantage:  When rolling with Advantage, players roll 2d20 & 2d6 Simultaneously, picking the highest results.  When rolling with Disadvantage, players roll 2d20 & 2d6 Simultaneously, picking the lowest results.

Attributes:

There are Six attributes: Strength, Intelligence, Wisdom, Dexterity, Constitution & Charisma.  

To Determine your character’s Attributes:   Roll 6d6. Set any “1” to the side.

  • Any “6” rolled converts to an Attribute of “3”. Assign the “3” to your most important Attributes.
  • Any “4” or “5” rolled converts to an Attribute of “2”.  Assign the “2” to your next most important Attribute.
  • Any “2” or “3” rolled converts to an Attribute of “1”  Assign the “1” to your next most important Attribute.

Now, Re-roll any “1” that was set aside.

  • Any “4”, “5” or “6” rolled converts to an Attribute of “0”.  Assign the “0” to your next most important Attribute.
  • Any “2” or “3” rolled converts to an Attribute of “-1”.   Assign the “-1” to your next most important Attribute.
  • Any “1” rolled converts to an Attribute of “-2”.  Assign the “1” to your least important Attribute.
Example Attribute Roll.
Example Attribute Roll.

Luck:

All characters start with 1d4+2 Luck Points.  You can spend 1 Luck Point to re-roll any roll (usually a terrible roll). However, you must accept the re-roll as final, even if it is less advantageous than the first roll. You cannot spend another Luck Point to re-roll a re-roll.

Hit Points:

Character begin with a base Hit Points (HP) score of 10. Then add or subtract your CON score and any +/- received from Race and Class.  NOTE:  This game does NOT have Race as Class.

Death:

Death occurs when your character takes enough damage to bring their HP down to 0 or below.  If the character has any Luck Points remaining, they player can choose to spend a Luck Point for an attempt to roll a Natural 20 on a d20. If the player rolls a Natural 20 then the character comes back from the dead with 1 HP. The player can spend all of the Luck Points to attempt to raise a dead character. However, when the character’s Luck runs out, the character is truly dead.

Saving Throws and Skills:

While both Saving Throws and Skills can commonly be found in most old school roleplaying games, they do not exist in this one. In place of the traditional Saves and Skills, instead use the Core Mechanic adding an appropriate Attribute Score and any applicable modifiers vs a Target Difficulty Check.

Leveling Up:

While going up in levels and gaining experience can commonly be found in most old school roleplaying games, they do not exist in this one. Characters in this game start out at Character Creation more capable than 1st level characters in most old school fantasy roleplaying games but they do not advance in levels.     

Evade:

Evade is your character’s natural defense to dodge oncoming attacks. All characters start with a base Evade score of 11, then the character adds her DEX score to calculate her Evade total.   Evade replaces traditional Armor Class.

Armor Points:

All pieces of qualifying Armor (and Shields) are assigned an Armor Point value between 1 & 4 points. These Armor Points act as a damage reducer, reducing 1 point of damage per Armor Point, when the character is taking damage during combat.  Damage cannot be reduced below 1 point from a successful attack.

Playable Races:

Dwarf, Elf, Human & Goblin

Classes:

Assassin, Barbarian, Monster Slayer, Necromancer, Ranger & Street Rat

Download our free rules sampler here

Monster Slayer Class Art by Dean Spencer
Monster Slayer Class Art by Dean Spencer
Street Rat Example Art by Daniel Comerci
Street Rat Example Art by Daniel Comerci

 Pledge $9 or more - The Blackest of Deaths (Ashcan Version) 

You will receive a PDF via Drivethrupg of The Blackest of Deaths (Ashcan Version) full game in it's current completed form. 

You will also receive a POD (Print on Demand) link to purchase The Blackest of Deaths (Ashcan Version) full color softcover book from Lulu.com The Current price of the print on demand version is $14.75 +shipping (est from Lulu, subject to change) to be paid to Lulu at time of purchase and are not included in the price of this reward. Lulu ships worldwide. 

NOTE: This tier does NOT receive any unlocked or additional stretch goals.

Includes

  • The Blackest of Deaths (Ashcan Version) PDF & POD Coupon

Estimated delivery June 2019 - Ships to Anywhere in the world


 Pledge $29 or more - The Blackest of Deaths Deluxe Version 

You will receive everything from The Blackest of Deaths Ashcan Tiers PLUS . . . 

You will receive The Blackest of Death Deluxe version. The Deluxe version will include everything in the Ashcan Version + all the Unlocked Stretch Goals in both Print and PDF and will also include a high-quality full color softcover book from this Kickstarter Print Run.

Includes: 

  • The Blackest of Deaths (Ashcan Version) PDF & POD Coupon 
  • Blackest of Deaths Deluxe Version PDF & Print with unlocked goals 

Estimated delivery Dec 2019 - Ships to Anywhere in the world


 Pledge $60 or more - Limited Edition "Meat Grinder" Box Set 

You will receive everything from The Blackest of Deaths Ashcan Version and Deluxe tiers PLUS . . .

You will also receive The Blackest of Deaths Exclusive Meat Grinder version in both Print and PDF. The Meat Grinder version will only ever be sold as part of this special box set. The Meat Grinder version will be a horribly twisted amalgamation of the Ashcan and Deluxe versions of the game but stripped down, with the lethality cranked to 11. This game will be so lethal, it's almost criminal. For those who enjoy the supreme carnage of a good old DCC funnel, then this is the version for you! Like the Deluxe version this will be a softcover full color high quality print run. Inside the Box you will also get a set of Dice (because what kind of RPG box set is complete without them?) and some other goodies and surprises.

INCLUDES:

  • The Blackest of Deaths (Ashcan Version) PDF & POD Coupon 
  • The Blackest of Deaths Deluxe Version PDF & Print with unlocked goals 
  • The Blackest of Death L.E. "Meat Grinder" Box Set 

Estimated delivery Dec 2019  - Ships to Anywhere in the world

All PDF's are fulfilled by our good friends at Drivethrurpg.com
All PDF's are fulfilled by our good friends at Drivethrurpg.com

$2000 - The Lone Bards (Justin Isaac & Josh Beckelhimer) 

  • The Lone Bards will create 20 additional monsters.

$3000 – Bloat Games All Star Crew (Jodie Brandt, Jason Mabry & Matt McCloud)

  • Jodie Brandt (aka Questwise) will create a Mini-Setting inspired by Appendix N. Literature!
  • Jason Mabry will create 2 ready-to-run dungeons!
  • Matt McCloud will create 2 hand-drawn Character Sheets!

$4000 – Diogo Nogueira (Old Skull Publishing, Creator of Sharp Swords & Sinister Spells, Solar Blades & Cosmic Spells & Dark Streets & Darker Secrets)

  • Diogo will write a full adventure!

$5000 – James M. Spahn (Barrel Rider Games, Creator of White Star, The Hero’s Journey, Untold Adventures & White Box Gothic)

  • James will write a full adventure!

$6000 – Josh Palmer (Bloat Games, Creator of List Off, Co-Creator of Dark Places & Demogorgons & Vigilante City)

  • Josh will create 6 new classes and multiple random tables & charts!

$7000 – Brandon Aten (Wet Ink Games, Co-Creator of Wild Skies & Never Going Home, World War Occult Roleplaying)

  • Brandon will create a Mini-Setting!

$8000 – Alan Bahr (Gallant Knight Games, Creator of Tiny Dungeons, Eorathril, For Coin & Blood, Fallen Justice & Cold Shadows)

  • Alan will create a Mini-Setting!

$9000 – Brandish Gilhelm aka Runehammer (Runehammer Games, Creator of Index Card RPG, Junk’d & Iron Heart)

  • Brandish will create a New Cover for The Blackest of Deaths!

$10,000 – Eric Bloat (Creator of SURVIVE THIS!! & The Blackest of Deaths)

  • Eric will create a special ADD-ON Item of 120 Random Treasure Cards!
Art by Dean Spencer
Art by Dean Spencer

Crossplanes

Punverse

The Blackest of Deaths Created by, Writing & Game Design, Layout & Editing, 

Eric Bloat

Additional Writing, 

James M. Spahn

Art

  • Dean Spencer
  • Daniel Comerci
  • Jeremy Hart
  • Bradley K. McDevitt
  • Luigi Castellani
  • Nathaneal Roux
  •  Rick Hershey 

Eric Bloat is the Creator of The Blackest of Deaths and SURVIVE THIS!! Game Systems and SURVIVE THIS!! Zombies! The RPG.  He is the Co-Creator of Dark Places & Demogorgons & Vigilante City.  He is a Game Publisher, Author and Musician.

Eric a huge fans of roleplaying games and their related products.  Some of his favorites are Old School D&D, Rifts, Dungeon Crawl Classics, Lamentations of The Flame Princess, ICRPG and The Black Hack, among others.

If you'd like to follow Eric or Bloat Games on social media, you're invited to click on the links below:

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Tripwire art by Dean Spencer
Tripwire art by Dean Spencer

Risks and challenges

There are of course risks, and while I believe that I have been thorough in my research of the Do's and Don’ts while running a Kickstarter. This is my 6th Kickstarter, so I still plan for surprises and hiccups along the way. This is why the promise date is in July 2019. I feel very confident that I can deliver the rewards well before then but I recognize the need for a contingency in case problems arise. I will stay transparent in my campaign and will update the backers frequently to what is happening and the current status of things.
Some potential problem areas that I will be monitoring closely are: Printing & Shipping and Stretch Goal fulfillment.

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    You will also receive The Blackest of Deaths Exclusive Meat Grinder version in both Print and PDF. The Meat Grinder version will only ever be sold as part of this special box set. The Meat Grinder version will be a horribly twisted amalgamation of the Ashcan and Deluxe versions of the game but stripped down, with the lethality cranked to 11. This game will be so lethal, it's almost criminal. For those who enjoy the supreme carnage of a good old DCC funnel, than this is the version for you! Like the Deluxe version this will be a softcover full color high quality print run. Inside the Box you will also get a set of Dice (because what kind of RPG box set is complete without them?) and some other goodies and surprises.

    Includes:
    • The Blackest of Deaths (Ashcan Version) PDF & POD Coupon
    • Blackest of Deaths Deluxe Version PDF & Print with unlocked goals
    • Blackest of Death L.E. "MeatGrinder" Box Set
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