About this project
Little Fears Nightmare Edition Book 3: Blessed are the Children is the third main book in the acclaimed roleplaying game line of childhood terror. The new edition of the original game of childhood terror launched in 2009 and has gone on to sell thousands of copies and garner praise from gamers worldwide.
In 2011, Among the Missing, the second book in the game line, launched with a portion of proceeds going to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Over the years, I have published seven standalone episodes, the Campfire Tales and just launched a line of Goodie Bags mini-supplements, both in PDF.
Little Fears is a game that is very close to my heart. I have wanted for some time to release the third book in the line, Blessed are the Children. The first book introduced the world of Little Fears Nightmare Edition, the preteen protagonists and the otherworldly monster they battle. The second book talked about the various types of missing children--those taken by people, those taken by monsters, and those who slipped out of our reality into the World In-Between.
Book 3: Blessed are the Children is about another group of kids. The Blessed are those with spiritual anomalies. Some have no souls, some have multiple ones. Some have monsters trapped inside them. Some can harness the power of the soul to do things beyond belief--like turn a monster good.
I am currently working on the book and it should be finished in September 2013. But I need art. I work with some great artists, and have brought on some new ones, but I ask no one to work for free. The $1500 I'm asking for goes to pay the artists. More money equals more art and some other nifty items that I'll reveal should we get that far.
But my focus is on the $1500. Getting that gets the book illustrated, printed, and into your hands.
$8,000 - A Little Fears Novel - Pending
We blew past the initial funding in under a day! I'd love to see this continue to pick up steam so I'm announcing the first Stretch Goal: If this Kickstarter hits $8,000, I'll write and publish a novel set in the Nightmare Edition universe called Little Fears: The Wolf Pact.
For more information on the book, check out this update.
Here is the Table of Contents for Book 3: Blessed are the Children.
Introduction: A Spirited Approach
The book starts off talking about what the Blessed are, the big concepts of the book, and a breakdown of each chapter.
Chapter 1: The Gifted
This type of Blessed has not one soul but two. While this gives them incredible power it also has a price. When the child reaches 13, only one soul can inhabit their body. Which one wins?
Chapter 2: The Faithful
Some children attach their Belief to another power, an outside source, and are given extra abilities because of this connection--including the power to turn Monsters good.
Chapter 3: The Innocent
The Innocent have pure souls, ones capable of fighting off the deterioration of Belief. But that makes them a greater target for Monsters and the Spirit Eaters.
Chapter 4: The Cursed
The Cursed are the souls of children who have passed away. Like a ghost though, something holds them to this earth. Some find ways to live again--by possessing other children--while others want simply to find a way to move on.
Chapter 5: The Soulless
When most children lose their souls, they turn Dark. But the Soulless lost their souls, or were born without them, and didn't turn Dark. Instead, their Belief took over and keeps them going--but Belief doesn't last forever.
Chapter 6: The Changeling
Some Blessed are only children on the outside. The Changelings have the souls of Monsters and have to fight from turning into them.
Chapter 7: One of the Blessed
How Blessed characters are made, alternate rules for Belief, the rules for Blessings, and Questionnaire designed especially for the Blessed.
Chapter 8: Ghost World
In this chapter, we talk about how the Blessed see the world, where they can go for help, those who have their backs, and the multiple truths behind Imaginary Friends.
Chapter 9: Spirit Monsters
This chapter details those who prey upon the Blessed, including Mr. Clutches, Helter & Skelter, Yellow Man, and the dreaded Spirit Eaters.
Chapter 10: My Soul to Keep
This brand-new standalone episode takes the players on a journey to track down a monster that is stealing the souls of children and using them to create other things.
I am an award-nominated writer and game designer who works full-time as a writer in the video game field. My first game, the original Little Fears, was nominated for a 2001 Origins Award. The battle between children and Closetland remains very close to my heart. Blessed are the Children has been in development for a while and I would love to finally have it see the light of day.
Longtime Little Fears illustrator Veronica Jones will return to deliver another phenomenal cover. Her work graces the front of every Little Fears Nightmare Edition product, most notably Books 1 and 2.
Also on deck is Grumbleputty, who contributed greatly to Book 2: Among the Missing and took on all the art needs for Happy Birthday, Little Fears, the tenth anniversary edition of the original game. Here are some images he did for earlier Little Fears books:
New to the project is Koko Chou whose work is sure to excite you all. You can check out some of her samples from Blessed are the Children below.
Here's a look at all the major tiers at a glance.
Interesting the dice but can't back at the Teacher's Pet level? Or just want more sets of dice?
Want to add more books to your pledge?
Add copies of Little Fears Nightmare Edition for $25 each.
Add copies of Book 2 and/or Book 3 for $20 each.
Add copies of Happy Birthday, Little Fears* for $20 each.
US backers get free shipping for book add-ons! If you're in Canada, please add $2 per book. Outside the US or Canada, please add $5 per book.
*Happy Birthday, Little Fears is the tenth anniversary edition of the original Little Fears (that includes all the officially-released supplements, new art, errata, and commentary by me). It is an entirely separate setting and system, and is incompatible with Little Fears Nightmare Edition.
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk is slipping past the deadline due to writing issues or art running late. I ran a successful Kickstarter last year that slipped due to taking on too much and I am avoiding that by taking the lessons I learned then to use here. This is about one book. Getting that done, getting it pretty, and getting it out to you.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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