TALOC: MAYAN - a tabletop RPG with miniature terrain & dice
With a basis in mythology and fact, this tabletop RPG explores ancient south American history with miniature terrain, maps & adventure!
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, December 9 2018 7:16 AM UTC +00:00.
The peoples of the ancient Maya began to polarize, forming two primary factions, the clan Kukul and clan Tezca. Named the EagleBearers and the Jaguars respectively, their totems and animal familiars gave them untold amounts of power in their death throes against each other.
The Below is not immune to the dealings of those in the Above, and as their genocidal struggles continued, a great imbalance was created that must be satisfied before the End of Days.
You will choose a side, and work to re-balance the inequities created by this epic conflict. In doing so you will travel amid rough jungle paths, swim through dripping cenotes, and even traverse the Below yourself in your quest to set things right.... but the days are numbered and the dangers are real. It's a race against the calendar as you take advantage of the Mayan peculiarities of the day count, their namesakes, and the powers that are granted you as time goes on.
We are big believers in "Theater of the Mind" roleplaying at the game table. Our RPGs are designed to support your favorite rules systems (5e, Pathfinder, Savage Worlds, Swords & Wizardry, BECMI, Cthulhu and more). We also feel that miniature terrain adds to the suspension of disbelief that enables quality storytelling. This is why our books support the AnySystem enhancement where QR codes throughout the book allow you to scan and download the stat blocks and rules of your choice, while you system independent folks can just use the book right as it is! For an example of the AnySystem at work, you can visit www.DwarvenEpics.com and click on the Delverr's Keep adventure module.
With custom dice, immersive storytelling, excellent DM props, quality terrain and solid design, we think your roleplaying games using the Taloc: Mayan setting will be a big hit on game night.
We also enjoy developing game systems that lean toward free range storytelling. You are welcome to download our Evolve RPG character sheets for the Taloc: Mayan game which have a unique feature where your character starts with 0 for all ability scores and zero skills, feats, or hindrances. Using the Evolve RPG method of play, you earn your abilities and skills through excellent roleplaying demonstrated to the gamemaster. As you perform, the GM will reward you with FATE tokens which you can spend to level up your character and earn your abilities and skills. Try it out and let us know what you think! We will post a free character sheet with a 2 page quickstart rulebook if you'd like to try it out.
We are so pleased you would support our Taloc: Mayan campaign so we can deliver the best RPG sourcebooks for the ancient Mayan world. Who knows what tales will emerge from the sunken cenotes of this jungle covered setting? This sourcebook is one of many that we hope to deliver over the next few months so please support this first one and we will bring you even more content for this expansive realm.
Rich illustrations from leading artists will be included in the production of this storyline to deliver the best quality for you RPG group.
We have spent a lot of time investing in new creatures, archetypes and characters that you can play in the game. These are available as 2D minis with stands for this kickstarter but in the future we hope to do so much more with them! With your support we can. Here are some of the archetypes we are working into the setting:
We are pleased to celebrate the wonderful artwork of the inimitable Freddy Lopez who was the inspiration for all of our monsters and character archetypes. Please support him and buy his prints!
We are also pleased to have cover artwork by the inestimable Patrick Blaine who really set the tone for the project. Please support him and his comics at Top Cow and other places where his art is featured.
We love quality terrain. We have made some of our own Mayan terrain and we have partnered with Ian Lovecraft for his amazing 3D skills in carving out digital terrain assets as well. Want the STL files? Feel free to visit his website to do just that. We however will be casting non-interlocking pieces in tough Jaredite resin which is durable and paintable and is sized to be compatible with your favorite terrain systems.
We are also pleased to load you up with excellent terrain tile options to expand your tabletop collection. These exclusive terrain tiles for jungle floors and mayan walls will truly spice up your miniature gaming table:
All terrain is cast in durable resin, without interlocks, and unpainted. We will be posting tutorials on how to get your terrain painted up or you can ask us for pricing on how to do that for you if you'd like. The wall tiles will be cast in a grey resin to save you a basecoating step. Floor tiles will be cast in a brown / tan to similarly save you a basecoating step. Just drybrush and you're on your way!
Not a fan of 3D? We also have epic 2D maps for the cost-conscious gamer including printed poster maps with grids and VTT digital assets:
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Risks and challenges
This is our second Kickstarter and we are very open about the risks that this could pose. With that said, we operate very successful monthly subscription boxes for Mythoard.com, CthulhuCrate.com, DwarvenCrate.com and many more which require on-time monthly delivery of a variety of in-house manufactured merchandise. By leveraging our existing distribution center, our manufacturing facilities in the US and our strategic partners we believe that we are worthy of your pledge investment and we will deliver to the best of our capabilities. Because we value our reputation we will work hard to be responsible in our commitments and delivery of the products.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter