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A roleplaying storygame about a Company of heroes facing the Titan!
A roleplaying storygame about a Company of heroes facing the Titan!
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“We are the Company. Hunters, warriors, mages, scholars, nobles, barbarians, we have been brought together for one purpose: to put an end to the reign of the Titan. This gigantic being has caused only ruins and desolation to our world for generations and generations. Progress and wonders are constantly at the mercy of the Titan’s whims. Despite their differences, an agreement exists between nations. The Company. Us and others. We have each followed a mystical teaching, a physical training, a spiritual journey or all at once. The decisive day is approaching. The one where the Company will be reunited. The one where we will stand up to the Titan. We have been preparing for this confrontation, but we must not neglect our instincts in this battle. Let us get to know each other and rediscover each other after all these years. Tonight, let’s share our experiences so that tomorrow those who will survive can tell the stories of those who will succumb.”  

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Facing the Titan is a GM-less roleplaying game in which you’ll play as the Companions, the ones who will face the Titan that reigns over the world. It’s a story-game set for one-shot games. Each game will feature a different cast of Companions, a different Titan, a different Setting. This game is a discussion, and as the Companions, you will recall your journey before facing the Titan.

Facing the Titan is not a game of tactical combat. It doesn’t feature a riddle to solve in order to win the fight. It’s a game to tell the stories of the Companions and the Titan. And the epic fight that will ensue. The Companions are set to win this fight, but at what cost, with what consequences?

Facing the Titan will be released as a PDF and as a Print-on-Demand softcover book. The book will feature the rules for running the game, advice on how to play the game and six Titans. Each one of the six Titans will be illustrated by Roger Heal and will be included in a micro-setting, ready to play. The book will be around 160 pages, in a 6''x9'' format.

Facing the Titan is a game Descended from Monkeydome, and share some rules and principles with Monkeydome, by Epidiah Ravachol, as well as with other games that followed it: Swords Without Master, Sorceress Bloody Sorceress, With Great Power, Invisible Empire. Other games that inspired me to create this game are Fiasco, Protocol, Death of Legends, Summer Camp.

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Kickstarting this project allows me to purchase the art and cover by Roger Heal. It will also cover expanses for the software and graphic resources needed to get the look I want for this game.

Roger Heal is an artist and game developer from New Zealand who has worked on various projects. Check out what he's currently working on with his team at their game company Whistling Wizard (Twitter/Instagram).

Lofituina, by Roger Heal
Lofituina, by Roger Heal

The game will be available in English and French. French is my main language, but all communication during the campaign will be made in English here, and in French on my blog.

If the funding goes well, I planned additional content for the project as Stretch Goals. The list will be available below. Some of these include external contribution with new Titans, and also articles about the game and how to get something else with it.

The game will be available after this Kickstarter, as a PDF a POD book. This kickstarter gives you the opportunity to get PDF & POD at a lower cost, and also to contribute to the game with the higher rewards.

Bystander Level

You’ll be featured in the Hall of the Companions. Learn more about the Hall of Companions in the Update #1.

Companion Level

You’ll be featured in the Hall of the Companions.

In addition, you’ll get access to the PDF of the game via DrivethruRPG. You’ll also get a coupon for an at-cost print of the game, as a softcover book. You’ll need to pay print production fees and shipping to DrivethruRPG in addition to get the book. See below the DriveThruRPG section for further information and cost estimation.

All unlocked Stretch Goals will be available for the backers at the Companion Level.

Noble/Barbarian Companion Levels

You get everything that is offered in the Companion Level.

In addition, you’ll get to pitch me a character that will be included in the book, in a list of pre-made characters. Your character will be introduced in the Noble/Barbarian Tone, and will have a Name, a Description and a Question to start his/her story. Learn more about the pre-generated Companions in the Update #2.

I will have the final word on this creation, as it will need to match the tone of the game. There will be a delay of one month at the end of the campaign to submit your proposition.

Company Host Level

You get everything that is offered in the Companion Level.

In addition, you’ll get to pitch me a Reunion Site for the Companions to gather, that will be included in the book. Your reunion site will match the Noble or Barbarian Tone, and will have a Name and a Description. Learn more about the Reunion Site in the Update #3.

I will have the final word on this creation, as it will need to match the tone of the game. There will be a delay of one month at the end of the campaign to submit your proposition.

Archivist of the Order Level

You get everything that is offered in the Companion Level.

In addition, you’ll get to pitch me a Company Name that will be included in the book, in a list of Companies to be played. You’ll give me a Company Name and a short Description that stays generic enough to be used in various settings. Learn more about the Company Names in the Update #4.

I will have the final word on this creation, as it will need to match the tone of the game. There will be a delay of one month at the end of the campaign to submit your proposition.

Titan Level

You get everything that is offered in the Companion Level.

In addition, you’ll get to pitch me a Titan that will be included in the book and illustrated by Roger Heal. Together, we will define its Tones and the Threats & Mysteries related.

I will have the final word on this creation, as it will need to match the tone of the game. There will be a delay of one month at the end of the campaign to submit.

Vamakaskan, by Roger Heal
Vamakaskan, by Roger Heal

The funding goal for the game is set at €900 (roughly $1000). If we get to this goal, the game will be published and available in both PDF and Print-on-Demand!

But there is more…

If we exceed the planned goal, there is much more to be added to the core book. Here are the first stretch goals to get to:

  •  Unlocked! €1000: Epidiah Ravachol, author of Dread, Wolfspell, Swords Without Master and more will write a new Titan, illustrated by Roger Heal.
  •  Unlocked! €1111: What if we don’t slay the Titan? This first article of a “What if ?” section will explore other endings for the game. Not everyone wants to slay the Titan, do they? Some want to tame it, others to get it somewhere else…
  •  Unlocked! €1250: Manuel Bedouet will write a Titan for the game! Manuel is a French game designer that works both in RPG and video games.
  •  Unlocked! €1400: What if we create our own Titan? This article will guide you into creating your own Titan.
  •  Unlocked! €1550: Rafu will write a Titan for the game! Rafu is an Italian RPG author, and I've known him by translating Enter the Avenger.
  •  Unlocked! €1750: What if we play with the Setting? This article will explore new ways to generate your game world by using the Settings differently.
  •  Unlocked! €1984: The example of the article "What if we create our own Titan?" becomes a full Titan with its own Setting and an illustration. Meet Jagganath. Superhero. Indestructible. Endlessly beautiful. 
  •  Surprise Unlocked! €2000: I will look to create a hardcover version of the book, which will be available at-cost on print-on-demand to all backers. 
  •  Unlocked! €2200: What if we share the spotlight? An article with rules variants about sharing the spotlight and using the dice differently will be added to the book. It will add a new level of cooperation to the game.
  •  Unlocked! €2500: A new Titan by Manuel Bedouet will be added to the book.
  •  Unlocked! €2700: What if I play solo? An article with rules to face the Titan alone and to play solo will be added to the book.
  •  Unlocked! €2929: A new Titan by Rafu will be added to the book.
  •  Surprise Unlocked! €3000: An exclusive cover for you, the backers of the campaign.
  •  Unlocked! €3200: A new Titan by Khelren will be added to the book. Khelren is a french creator and translator. He brought us The Sprawl in French, translated Swords Without Master and created Dominion. Among other projects...
  • Unlocked! €3400: What if you ask leading questions?
  • €3600: Extra illustrations by Roger Heal
  • €3800: "What if we hack the game?"

€4000: New Titans! Cthulhu and The Wall

A first draft of the game is available. Some changes have been made since its release due to some live play tests, but it’s still a good preview of the full game. Get the Draft.

Here’s an overview of what you will find inside the book:

  • A presentation of the game, what GM-less means, what you need to play.
  • Principles & Agendas for the players. Follow them to get the original feeling intended for the game.
  • How to build a micro-setting from the Settings provided, in order to get a unique world for your game.
  • A list of famous Company. Play one!
  • The Companions Phase. Where characters are introduced. Rules & Examples. Featured in Update #5. 
  • The Titan Phase. Where the Titan is made alive. Rules & Examples 
  • The World Phase. Where the Companions talk about their journey. Rules & Examples 
  • The Preparation Phase. Where the Companions show what they have to deal with the Titan. Rules & Examples 
  • The Clash Phase. Where the fight is on. Rules & Examples 
  • How to tell an Epilogue for your game
  • How to teach the game (with warm-up workshops!)
  • Six Titans with each their unique Setting and a full-page illustration by Roger Heal!
  • … more if the campaign is successful

An additional PDF with gaming aids (Motifs Sheet, Titans Sheets, Settings Sheets, Rules & Tones reminder) will also be released with the game. 

The fulfillment of the game will be made by DriveThruRPG. In order to get the PDF of the book and the Print-on-demand coupon, you will need to provide an account on DriveThruRPG.

The PDF will be made available as soon as possible, and will be updated regularly if needed. The gaming aids will also be provided by DriveThruRPG.

The print-on-demand book will also be fulfilled with DriveThruRPG. When the book is ready, you will get a coupon to buy the book at-cost. It means you will need to pay an additional fee to the platform for printing and shipping the book.

Right now, I’m looking at a softcover book, color cover and black-and-white interior. The page count will go between 160 and 200 pages (estimation can change due to layout and stretch goals). The size of the book will be 6'' by 9''.

Here is an estimate of the additional costs:

  • Print of a 200-page softcover book: $4.31/~€3.85
  • Shipping to the United States (Standard/Premium): $4.63/$17.75
  • Shipping to France (Standard/Premium): €4.97/€12.97
  • Shipping to the UK (2nd class/1st class): £5.82/£6.55

 Note that you can add your book to an existing basket in order to save on shipping!

Who am I?

My name is Nicolas Ronvel, also known as Gulix on various communities. I’m French, living near Nantes. I’m a player of all sorts: roleplaying games, board games, miniature games, videogames. And also a father and husband. I’m 35 years old, and been in RPG since I’ve discovered Hero Quest and the Fighting Fantasy books at the age of 12.

Outside games, I like to watch sports, have been a soccer player for 20 years and a fan of Liverpool since almost ever. I like to read fiction and sports/explorer biographies. Also a big comic book reader. I like being outside, walking in the nature. I enjoy good beers (IPA, Stouts, Crafts…).

I always created stuff for the RPG I played (and for other games too). During the last years, I started releasing translations (in French) of story games and micro-RPGs. I also started to work on my own stuff, like Fiasco playsets, Monster of the Week mysteries, and one-page RPG (Gangs of Mutants of New York, Crime Scene Investigators, You are all Duncan!). I also joined RPG-Creation contests (Game Chef, French ThreeForged Challenge, 200-Word RPG…).

Facing the Titan is my first attempt to get a full RPG in a neat book and PDF. It’s auto-edited, tested in various French conventions, and revised, and revised.

Risks and challenges

The text of the game is almost done in its primary language (French). The only things that are still left to include in the book are a big example and the elements that you, backers, will create. Companions, Reunion Sites and Company Names. They will be fast to add. The Titans will require some more time, but having all the rest ready before the campaign free that time.

Translation is already under way and each time a section of the game is said "done", it's going into translation.

The main illustrations are also done, and Roger Heal will work on the additional art as soon as the campaign finishes. Each additional Titan added to the game will be illustrated. Roger proved to be able to make awesome Titans in schedule by the past.

The layout of the book is already in the work. The main templates are done and already used in the promotional material. Some parts are already done, and this is a work that will be continued during the campaign.

I already made a physical proof of the book to try out the DriveThruRPG process of printing. I know what I need to care for and what needs to be corrected.

Some stretch goals are already planned and partially written. It will save time to have them included in the book. I have a list of Stretch Goals ready to be added to the book, and other ideas if we go very well. In this case, I will plan a later release of a second PDF/book with later stretch goals for late 2019/early 2020. Thus it will maintain the estimated date of delivery for the main game.

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