For Coin & Blood is an old-school inspired roleplaying fantasy roleplaying game, which takes the direction of playing the scum and villains in most fantasy campaigns!
Playing assassins, cult leaders, blackguards and more, For Coin & Blood is a different look at the otherside of the coin of fantasy roleplaying games. Inspired by the writings of authors such as Kate Elliot, Joe Abercrombie, Sarah Monette, Glen Cook, Anna Smith Spark, Scott Lynch, and more, For Coin & Blood is fantasy roleplaying about antiheroes, thieves and assassins, rooted in the darkest recess of mankind’s depredations.
While most roleplaying games hide their murderers under the mantle of “hero” (I mean, what “hero” invades underground complexes in search of treasure and murders the denizens because their whole species is “evil?”), For Coin & Blood makes no pretenses about what it asks you to be. You’re the villains that other campaigns fight. You’re the cult leaders, assassins, fallen nobles, murderers, mercenaries, necromancers and thugs.
Above is our Q&A with Victory Condition Gaming, where Alan talked about FOR COIN & BLOOD!
For Coin & Blood is over 100 pages and is a complete roleplaying game with seven classes, dozens of spells, magic items, and all new rules for managing criminal enterprises!
Important: For Coin & Blood does contain mature language and themes.
Powered by a modified d20 system based on some of the classic OSR roleplaying games, there's a lot that's familiar about For Coin & Blood. Classes, levels, Hit Points and Hit Dice are all here. The spells will ring very familiar, as will the magic items!
But throughout the game, you'll find subtle tweaks introduced to bring the feel of the OSR to the "grimdark" genre of storytelling. Special rules around critical hits, new lethality benchmarks, corruption and new classes designed to capture the feel of the genre.
There's new mechanics around measuring the Infamy of your character, how to build, grow and manage a criminal organization and cult, and much more!
FOR COIN & BLOOD is the first game in the new VENERABLE KNIGHT CLASSICS from Gallant Knight Games, a line of old-school RPGs in various genres and themes!
The game is written, the art is done, the fiction is turned in, the editing is finished and layout is nearly done (7 of 9 chapters!) The layout will be finished before this campaign closes, and the PDF will be uploaded to DriveThruRPG, and proof copies ordered!
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!
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.
Similar to the reason above, we have no stretch goals. We've put all the content we want to into this game, and we're ready to put it in your hands! Anything extra goes to helping Gallant Knight Games fund the next game in our new OSR line (which is already written but needs all the fun pretty pieces of an RPG!)
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) $4 USD for the softcover, and around (or under) $10-12 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 a full game on Kickstarter in February), 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!
As part of the Make/100 Initiative, we're offering a limited edition "rusty blood" red hardcover of For Coin & Blood. After this Kickstarter, this hardcover will never be sold, and never be produced again!
Designed to look like a faux-leather printing, this hardcover contains the same material as the softcover, but in a beautiful collectors edition designed by Mike Brodu!
Our standard edition hardcover is below! This is the hardcover that we will be releasing to the general populace!
Designed to look like a faux-leather printing, this hardcover contains the same material as the softcover, but in a beautiful poison green edition designed by Mike Brodu!
Risks and challenges
Q: Can Gallant Knight Games handle this project?
This is Gallant Knight Games' eighth Kickstarter, and we learned a lot from the first seven. 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 just waiting on two more chapters for layout, then we'll be proofing it and it'll be done! 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!
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