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Quick-and-easy 5-minute character creation. Tactical combat rules. Three dozen professional settings so far . . . !
Quick-and-easy 5-minute character creation. Tactical combat rules. Three dozen professional settings so far . . . !
Quick-and-easy 5-minute character creation. Tactical combat rules. Three dozen professional settings so far . . . !
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d6xd6 CORE Role-Playing Game

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This is your chance to get a Kickstarter-exclusive copy of the game, with bonus settings included, for a special price! After the Kickstarter, the main book and bonus settings will be sold separately. It's also your opportunity for specialty dice!

Did you miss the Kickstarter? Visit www.corerpg.com to learn how you can be involved after this party is over.

EXTRA! EXTRA!

  • Join our Countdown Party online Aug. 2, 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. CST!
  • Dice and cards are available world-wide as add-ons.
  • Pledge levels now get twice the dice! 
  • 160 pages unlocked!
  • View a draft of the rules here.
  • Read playtester testimonials here.
  • Listen to playtest recordings here.

Create a Character

The d6xd6 CORE RPG centers on a quick-and-easy system for generating characters for any setting in five minutes or less. 

Just pick a name, gender, and age. Then choose one personal attribute—Brawn, Grace, Wits, or Will—to be your strength and one to be your weakness. 

Next, declare an occupation—any occupation you can imagine—to serve as your main skill. Then choose up to eight secondary skills from a list of 15 to 20, depending on the setting. 

Business card character sheets unlocked! (See the "Mini Goals" below.)
Business card character sheets unlocked! (See the "Mini Goals" below.)

Find Your Focus

Add up your number of skills, plus one for occupation, and the total is your Focus number, the only number you’ll need in the game. Characters with just a few skills are very "Focused," which improves their success with those things. Characters with many skills are less "Focused" in any, but they have a better “Jack of All Trades” chance when trying unknown skills. 

Fight It Out

Layered onto this central set of rules is a fast, tactical combat system that can be played either as pure storytelling or with map and miniatures.

Explore Countless Worlds

As a final layer, you can choose any setting, representing three dozen worlds so far from more than 30 professional authors. (More authors are waiting in the wings, finalizing details with their publishers.) 

Each setting chapter will provide its own skill list, from fantasy magic to starship piloting to ghostly powers, along with any special rules for creatures in that world, as well as an example adventure. 

The CORE RPG is a great system for one-off adventures, but it also stands up well to campaign play. A draft of the main rules is online at www.corerpg.com, where you can also find my game-design credentials.

Why Kickstarter?

The purpose of this Kickstarter is to pay authors of the settings chapters, plus an illustrator and editor, and to fund print copies of the book. The game will also be available in multiple ebook formats. 

The more stretch goals we reach, the more settings will be included, and we also have some special electronic rewards planned, which will be revealed later. 

So please, scan the backer levels in the right sidebar, pick something that appeals to you, and spread the word to all your friends. The better our success, the more everyone will receive for their backing. 

And if you have any other favorite authors whose worlds you’d like to see included, please point them our way. We’d love to provide an opportunity to role-play in their settings too. Thanks!

$1 - Basic Success - UNLOCKED!

The one buck minimum is just a placeholder. We're committed to publishing at least a 64-page set of core rules with four settings:

  • "Anthill" – Lewis Anderson: sci-fi adventure in a telepathic underground society
  • "Blood Type" – J.A. & K8 Smith: a dystopian future in which your blood type affects your fate
  • "Ghost of a Chance" – Lester Smith: play the ghosts of people dead before their time
  • "Dragon Dice" – The World of Esfah: fantasy adventure in SFR, Inc.’s Dragon Dice world (playable with actual Dragon Dice)
Also at this success level, every backer will receive a free Business Card Character Sheet PDF, ready for printing on pre-perforated business-card stock!

$2,500 - Fantasy Pack - UNLOCKED!

At this level, we'll bump the book to 88 pages and include four special fantasy settings:

$4,000 Mini Goal - Character Sheet - UNLOCKED!

At this level, every backer at the $9 "Rock and Roller" level and above will receive a free, professionally printed "character sheet" business card in the mail.

$5,000 Sci-Fi Pack - UNLOCKED!

At this level, the book will be 112 pages and include four unique science-fiction settings:

$6,000 Mini Goal - More Character Sheets - UNLOCKED!

At this level, every backer at the $21 "Paper Pal" level or higher will receive 5 free, professionally printed "character sheet" business cards in the mail.

$7,500 - Horror Pack - UNLOCKED!

At this level, the book will grow to 136 pages and include four chilling horror settings: 

$8,000 Mini Goal - Twice the Character Sheets - UNLOCKED!

At this level, every backer at the $21 "Paper Pal" level or higher will receive 10 (ten!) free, professionally printed "character sheet" business cards in the mail.

The Basic Goal and packs above are only a start! We've lots more settings planned once those are reached. Each new setting adds six pages to the book. 

UNLOCKED! – $8,125 – Psionic Pentalogy: A series in which a boy whose psychic powers are beginning to waken finds himself caught up in a secret war, by Adrian Howell .

UNLOCKED! – $8,750 – Jessie Shimmer: A rollicking series of modern magic, in which a fledgling witch travels to hell and back to save her lover, by Lucy A. Snyder .

UNLOCKED! – $9,000 Mini Goal – Printable Posters! At this level, all backers will receive a free high-resolution poster-sized file of the game cover AND of the Blood Type cover, suitable for printing at your local photo shop or drug store! (We've had good success with Staples and Walgreen's, for example.)

UNLOCKED! – $9,375 – Dark Angel: A series in which a young, earthbound angel warrior discovers that her archangel masters have made a deal with the devil, by Hanna Peach .

UNLOCKED! – $9,500 Mini Goal – Judy of the Jungle & Newshounds #1: For backers at the $21 "Paper Pal" level and above, Steve Miller of Neulow Games has offered a free PDF of both Judy of the Jungle: Murder Goes Native and Newshounds #1, the first published products to include d6xd6 CORE RPG stats!

UNLOCKED! – $10,000 – Gargoyle Knight: An ancient Celtic king who sacrificed everything to save the world from gargoyles, by becoming one, awakens in modern New York to carry on the fight, by William Massa.

UNLOCKED! – $10,625 – Athena Voltaire: In the vein of Indiana Jones and Lara Croft, femme fatale Athena Voltaire battles Nazis and the supernatural alike to save the world, by Steve Bryant.

UNLOCKED! – $11,250 – Baker Street Irregulars: Join the ranks of Sherlock Holmes' informants in this adaptation by novelist J. Robert King.

$11,850 – Big Trouble in Little Canton: Explore a dark modern mythology burgeoning in Canton Ohio, by Jason Daniel Myers

$12,500 – Empires of Steam and Rust: Adventure in a world of steampunk and spies, by master storytellers Stephen D. Sullivan and Robert E. Vardeman

$13,125 - A Cowboy of Mars: Play a Western hero transported to Mars, in the vein of John Carter, by Dungeons & Dragons veteran Steve Winter

$13,750 – B-Movie Madness!: Experience the life of a struggling B-movie actor facing dangers beyond bad scripts, by artist and game designer Bradley K. McDevitt.

$14,375 – The Corpse: Battle crime in Al Capone's Chicago, with a supernatural twist, by James Lowder.

$15,000 – The Yog-Sothothery of H.P. Lovecraft: Risk your sanity in the dark universe of the Great Old Ones (Yog-Sothoth, Cthulhu, and their kind), by Kenneth Hite

$15,625 – Chambers & Chimaeras*: Help He-Darr the Barbellian battle the evil Skele-Mat in this tongue-in-cheek pastiche of 1980's Saturday morning cartoons, by Lester Smith. (*Yes, it's mispronounced.)

$16,250 – Goblin Girl: Explore an innovative fantasy setting in which goblins are the heroes, by Scott Hungerford

$16,875 – Emergence: Play a super-powered hero in this gritty modern setting, by novelist T. Mike McCurley

$17,500 – Monster Academy: Enroll in a school to rehabilitate fantasy monster children, by novelist and game designer Matt Forbeck.

$18,000 – Masked Avengers: Revisit the Golden Age of comics, by Neulow publisher Steve Miller.

$18,500 – Brothers Barbarian: Join dimwitted brothers Art and Russ in comedy adventure based on the laugh-out-loud Web video series starring fantasy legends Margaret Weis and Larry Elmore, among others, by Ken Whitman.  

$19,000 – Nightmare Tours: Journey beyond madness in a surreal horror setting by novelist J. Robert King

$19,500 – The Sun Moon Hoax: Adventure on a science-fantasy version of earth's moon, as described in the Sun, an early 1800's penny press, by Steve Winter

$20,000 – A surprise package yet to be announced! 

You asked, and we listened! We're now able to accept orders for promotional dice, commissioned character illustrations, and CORE RPG-related Dragon Dice packs.

  • To include these items with a new pledge, simply choose a backer level from the right sidebar and add the appropriate amount to your pledge value.
  • To add them to a previous pledge, click "Manage Your Pledge" atop the right sidebar, and add the appropriate amount to your pledge value.

In either case, you will be able to indicate your exact add-on choices when the backer surveys are sent at the project's end date.

A. CORE RPG Dice & Fanged Smiley Dice

$3 per die, shipping included, worldwide! 

B. Dragon Dice Two-Pack

$20 per two-pack. The Dragon Dice setting in the book includes rules for using a d8 (terrain) die and a d4 (magic item) die in place of the normal d6xd6. We've made a deal with SFR, Inc. to offer you a Battlefields box (terrains) and a Battle Chest box (magic items) for $20 total, with shipping included for US backers—a savings of more than $5 off the normal price. 

Customers outside the US please add $10 for added shipping costs.

For other Dragon Dice packages, please visit the SFR, Inc. Web site.

C. Commissioned Character Illo in the Book

$95 per illustration, by your choice of professional artists Len Peralta, Otakatt, or Lenka Šimečková. This price both places your character illustration in the book and provides you a separate hi-resolution image for your own computer desktop, Web page, and printer.

Sample Len Peralta Images
Sample Len Peralta Images
Sample Otakatt Images
Sample Otakatt Images
Sample Lenka Šimečková images
Sample Lenka Šimečková images

D. Business Card "Character Sheets"

$10 per 50shipping included, worldwide!
 

Risks and challenges

Every Kickstarter project has its challenges. We've succeeded with five others over the past two years and know how to bring them to a satisfactory conclusion.

The one new challenge we face with this project is managing the writing of three dozen very busy creative people. But we're confident in a December delivery date—ideally even earlier.

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    GAME STORE SPECIAL: Three ebook copies and signed print books of the rules and every setting stretch goal reached, your character somewhere in the text, your game store somewhere in the text (with contact info), three Kickstarter-exclusive CORE RPG dice, and three promo fanged smiley dice (and your name in the credits, of course).

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    VOYEUR: The "Vampire Rocker" package with twice the dice, and a slot in a monthly online preview playtest of settings in development, from August through the end of November, with playtest credit in the book.

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    GAME HOST SPECIAL: Five “Vampire Rocker” packages and I’ll design and run a bonus online adventure for you and four friends, plus five Kickstarter-exclusive CORE RPG dice and five promo fanged smiley dice.

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    YOUR WORLD HERE: An ebook and signed hardbound print book of the rules with interior color, every setting stretch goal reached, a Kickstarter-exclusive CORE RPG die and a promo fanged smiley die, your name in the credits, AND we'll professionally write, edit, and illustrate a world of your own imagining for inclusion in the book (subject to Popcorn Press approval).

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    SUMMON GAME DESIGNER: The “Game Host Special,” plus I’ll drive anywhere within ten hours of Milwaukee to spend a day playing every current Popcorn Press game with you and your friends, including at least one as yet unreleased secret project, and will leave them all with you when I depart.

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    VIRTUAL SUMMONING: A signed full-color hardbound and ebook of the game; your character somewhere in the text; your name in the credits; six Kickstarter-exclusive CORE RPG dice; six fanged smiley promo dice; one online role-playing playtest session for yourself and up to five friends; one copy of every book, ebook, and card game currently in the PopcornPress.com catalog; and my used 4th gen 8GB iPod Touch--with my name and Web site URL engraved on the back--to carry all those ebooks in!

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    GREATER SUMMONING: As per “Summon Game Designer” but I’ll travel anywhere within the continental US and leave a copy of everything currently published by Popcorn Press.

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    COMMAND PERFORMANCE: As per “Summon Game Designer” but I’ll travel nearly anywhere in the world (let’s talk first) and spend three days gaming with you (barring sleep time) and advising you on whatever writing or game design project you may have in the works. Plus for a full year, I’ll run a twice-a-month game session online for you and up to six friends, and will keep a running journal of your adventures at www.LesterSmith.com.

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