Dark Streets & Darker Secrets
A old-school inspired urban horror and modern fantasy roleplaying game from Diogo Nogueira & Gallant Knight Games
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, March 20 2019 2:10 PM UTC +00:00.
The streets of the city were always dangerous, as far as Sarah could remember. But now, after discovering the sinister truth behind reality, even her own shadow could give her the creeps.
Dark Streets & Darker Secrets is a Street & Sorcery Rules Light Role-Playing Game with an Old School spirit, just like its predecessors: Sharp Swords & Sinister Spells and Solar Blades & Cosmic Spells.
It’s a game about modern adventures in the world we live today, only with a layer of supernatural weirdness and horror. Characters are people who have found out about the mysteries and horrors that exist in the world and have decided to do something about it, be it battle it, join it, or simply explore its possibilities in any way they see fit. They will battle evil cultists, corrupted ghosts, bloodsucking vampires, and frenzied werewolves, or maybe they will be the horrors of others. The game was inspired by TV shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Supernatural, Grimm, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, X-Files and others.
This edition of the game assumes the reader knows the principles of what role-playing games are and how they are played. This is a complete game, containing everything you need to play sword and sorcery adventures in the streets of a corrupted city of a fantastical and horrific version of our own world.
Powered by the same simple and flexible system as Solar Blades & Cosmic Spells, Dark Streets & Darker Secrets core rules revolve around rolling a d20 die and getting a result equal or below the character stat, but above the Difficulty set by the Referee. There are other nuances that may apply depending on the situation, but that's the main type of die roll that is made in the game.
Characters in the game have a defined character Archetype like The Tough, The Nimble, The Smart or The Gifted, which determine the main role of said characters and their most special abilities. However, the game also allows players to define a character Concept, which is completely free form and allow each character to be customized anyone players want. The Tough could be a "Honest Ex-Cop", "Vindictive Biker" or "Zealous Vigilante" for example. The character Concept affects rolls, giving characters better chances at accomplishing deeds related to them, but hindering them when some activity would be harder for them to execute because of it.
Game play is very fast and focused on freedom and flexibility. Referees will find dozens of tools to help them create scenarios, locations, NPCs, monsters and complete adventures.
If you are curious and would like to take a deeper look into the game, you can find the complete text of the game right here: https://oldskulling.blogspot.com/2018/12/dark-streets-darker-secrets-complete.html
The game is written, the art is done, the editing is finished and layout is done (the book has 220 pages!). This game is ready to go. We just need your help to get the word out about it, and help make sure everyone gets paid! Once the campaign is finished, backers will receive their rewards in a few days (except for some of the stretch goals, which might take a few months to finish).
This is a fast campaign to help recoup some of the expenses incurred in making the game. The day the funds are delivered to Gallant Knight Games you'll get your PDF and your codes for print-on-demand.
This will be a very straightforward campaign. We need funds to pay everyone who worked on the game and any extra money will help finance further products for the line and maybe for other games from Old Skull Publishing.
US$ 1,000.00 - The book is completely funded and we can pay our editor, artists and other people involved on it. - REACHED!
US$ 2,000.00 - We will make a Referee's Screen with great tables to improvise events, locations, NPCs and much more during the game. We will also make a Compatibility License for Dark Sreets & Darker Secrets just like the one we made for Solar Blades & Cosmic Spells. - REACHED!
US$ 3,000.00 - We will produce a small adventure to be delivered in PDF to all backers. - REACHED!
US$ 4,000.00 - We will turn the small adventure into one of the contents on the first issue of Old Skull Zine, a on going zine focused on the games created by Old Skull Publishing, such as Sharp Swords & Sinister Spells, Solar Blades & Cosmic Spells and Dark Streets & Darker Secrets. Every backer will receive the number 1 in PDF and a Print At-Cost Coupon from DriveThruRPG. The zine will be delivered a few months after the Dark Streets & Darker Secrets book is released. - REACHED!
We will see what we can produce if the funding goes beyond the last stretch goal.
The goal is to make this as streamlined as possible for the Gallant Knight Games team, so we're putting fulfillment duties into the capable hands of DriveThruRPG.
Immediately after Kickstarter delivers the funds, backers will receive an at-cost code to print their books on DriveThruRPG.
They can order the codes they pledge for and get them shipped directly to them. Please keep in mind: backers will still need to pay for shipping costs and the at-cost price of the book.
Printing costs are estimated at around (or under) $8 USD for the softcover, and around (or under) $12-14 USD for the hardcover.
We've hosted our products on DriveThruRPG for over a year now, and have only ever received excellent service and support. We're confident they can help us deliver a beautiful book to all our backers on time.
This is something we wanted to do and get in front of backers, but we also have lots on our plate with more projects coming (including other games from Old Skull Publishing), so we're doing this as easily as we can.
Kickstarter is invaluable for a small company trying to get some reach and marketing, so here we are!
Gallant Knight Games is an indie game company run by Alan and Erin Bahr. This is our 13th GKG Kickstarter!
Our previous Kickstarters (Tiny Frontiers and Tiny Frontiers: Mecha & Monsters) delivered early to backers (4 months in the case of Tiny Frontiers), and Tiny Dungeon 2e was on time! While we've hit some hurdles on a few projects, we've always delivered as much value as we can!
Old Skull Publishing is a one man game design small company run by Diogo Nogueira, from Brazil. They are the company behind games such as Sharp Swords & Sinister Spells and Solar Blades & Cosmic Spells, which has recently been delivered to backers.
These companies have partnered up to make great games and put them on the hands of avid gamers who are looking for something different and refreshing.
Risks and challenges
Q: Can Gallant Knight Games handle this project?
Gallant Knight Games' has successfully delivered many Kickstarter projects, and we learned a lot from the first all of them. We've been early or on time every time, but once (due to a death.) We have two projects that are not out to backers yet, but one is currently printing and preparing for fulfillment, and the other is exactly on track and this project will not impact that one. This is a straightforward project with no nuances.
Q: What if the text or art isn't finished?
A: The game is already laid out, and proofread! We just need to generate the funds to cover the cost of the game and putting it into backers hands!
Q: What if the complexity of the project overwhelms GKG?
A: We deliberately built this project to avoid being complex.
Q: What about delays in art?
A: All the art is in!
Q: Increase in shipping costs?
A: DriveThruRPG operates all over the world, and we're confident they'll get our backers the best shipping cost!
Q: What if something happens to the principals?
A: All that will have to happen is loading the game into DriveThruRPG, and we've got a back up plan for that!