A Crisis threatens to wipe out Humanity. You are our last best hope to save the Earth. Are you willing to pay the ultimate price?
Our Last Best Hope is a game about a crew of people on a mission to save Humanity from a terrible Crisis.
***UPDATES ABOUT THE PROJECT***
Our Last Best Hope is tabletop roleplaying game for three (3) to five (5) players that takes about two hours to play. During the game, you and your friends will play through a classic disaster movie, like Sunshine, Deep Impact, The Core, or Armageddon, where your characters are the stars. Each game is unique, as your group confronts a new Crisis with a new set of characters and a new plan to save the Earth.
While playing Our Last Best Hope, you might:
...launch into space to stop a meteor from destroying all life on Earth.
...drill to the center of the Earth to restart its molten core.
...navigate zombie filled cities to stop a nuclear holocaust.
Regardless of the Crisis, you, and your crew, are our last best hope.
Our Last Best Hope does not require a GM, nor is there any preptime required before the game starts. Inspired by roleplaying classics like Fiasco and Polaris, Our Last Best Hope is designed to be played as a one-shot epic game that will leave your gaming group with incredible stories.
We're raising funds to produce a professional version of our entry into the Game Chef 2012 contest. With the help of our layout staff, the final version of Our Last Best Hope will feature revamped rules, new resolution mechanics, and three distinct mission profiles for use in the game (The Arctic, Space, and Zombie Apocalypse). Back our project and help make this unique game a reality!
Since we got to $6,000, we are creating the Our Last Best Hope Expansion Book, featuring new Playsets for use with the game, hacks of the game that alter the mechanics in order to create new styles of play, and advice for your group about how to make the most of your play together.
All backers who have pledged at least $25 will get the PDF of the expansion, while backers who have pledged at least $50 will get a physical hardcopy. We've also opened up a new reward level at $15 called MISSION CONTROL STAFF for our $10 backers who want to get both PDFs.
THANK YOU FOR HELPING US REACH THIS GOAL!
Since we reached $10,000 in pledges, we'll also publish "We Are Dust," a collection of short stories set during various Crises. Our writers, including EDDY WEBB, JR BLACKWELL, JASON CORLEY, CRYSA LEFLAR, WILL HINDMARCH, FILAMENA YOUNG, DAVID HILL, MONICA VALENTINELLI, MATTHEW MCFARLAND, and ROBERT WIELAND will craft a selection of stories set in various apocalyptic scenarios, exploring what it means to be human at the end of Humanity.
The PDF of "We Are Dust" will be available to all backers who pledge at least $15, and we'll mail a softbound copy of the book to all backers who pledge at least $50.
THANK YOU FOR HELPING US REACH THIS GOAL!
We've got a ton of awesome rewards available for our backers, including:
Custom "Our Last Best Hope" Mission Patches
Custom Dice, Flash Drives w/exclusive digital products, and Story Points
Captain's Jacket (Male / Female)
Who We Are:
We're Magpie Games, a tabletop roleplaying game company based in Cambridge, MA. We hope to inspire a new generation of roleplayers to create emotional, expansive stories…without rolling too many dice. You can read more about us on our website, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Google+.
This year we released our first game, The Play's The Thing, with the support of our awesome Kickstarter backers. We are so thankful for the community that sprang up around that game, and we're hoping to build the same kind of community around Our Last Best Hope. We hope you'll join us!
Story Points are tokens that you get in the game for playing out the relationships you define in the first phase of the game. For example, you can define that another character "makes you crazy" and get a few story points when you have a scene with them in which they frustrate you.
Story points can be turned into dice during the game when you are rolling to defeat threat. You might, for example, turn in a story point to use an asset (like "A Swarm of Nanobots") to help you fix a broken airlock on your ship.
Story points are a huge part of the game and the Magpie Games issued ones are a perfect fit for your gaming table. They are lightweight, a nice size, and easy to toss around from player to player.
Absolutely! While we will probably send out drafts of the game to our backers to get feedback and show progress, the "early release PDF" will be a finished copy of Our Last Best Hope, delivered to you before it goes on sale!
The custom flash drive will house all of the PDFs this Kickstarter generates, original art we don't have room for in the main books, and exclusive video. We'll be shooting, documenting, and recording everything we can as we put this project together, and we'll put all those files on to the flash for you to enjoy. If there's something specific you'd like to see, let us know!
Domestic shipping is covered for all backer rewards. Canadian backers should add $10. All other international backers should add $15. Don't worry about adding anything extra for the SUPPORT STAFF rewards; we'll cover shipping those stickers. Thanks!
Our Last Best Hope will be roughly 100 black and white pages with a color cover. It will contain everything you need to play the game, with the exception of dice, index cards, and a sharpie. If we reach $6,000, the Expansion Book will be roughly the same size.
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SUPPORT STAFF: You'll get an early release PDF copy of the game and a set of Magpie Games stickers. We'll also list your name in the Mission Register as Support Staff.Estimated delivery:
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MISSION CONTROL STAFF: You'll get an early release PDF copy of both Our Last Best Hope and the Companion Book + a set of Magpie Games stickers. We'll also list your name in the Mission Register as Mission Control Staff.Estimated delivery:
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CORE CREW: You'll get a softbound copy of Our Last Best Hope, an early release PDF, a custom mission patch, and a set of Magpie Games stickers. We'll also list your name in the Mission Register as Core Crew.Estimated delivery:
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MISSION SPECIALIST: You'll get a set of custom Magpie Games dice + a numbered and signed softbound copy of Our Last Best Hope + a custom mission patch + a set of Magpie Stickers + your name in the Mission Register as a Mission Specialist.Estimated delivery:
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SUPPLY DEPOT (Retail Level): Get four (4) copies of Our Last Best Hope for your retail game store and a 11''x17'' poster to promote the game. Add $10 per additional if you want more copies. Please contact us for international shipping for this reward.Estimated delivery:
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WARRANT OFFICER: You'll get a set of custom Magpie Games Story Points + a set of custom Magpie Games dice + a numbered and signed softbound copy of Our Last Best Hope + a custom mission patch + a set of Magpie Stickers + your name in the Mission Register as a Warrant Officer.Estimated delivery:
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SUPPLY OFFICER (Retail Level): Get eight (8) copies of Our Last Best Hope for your retail game store and a 11''x17'' poster to promote the game. Add $10 per additional if you want more copies. Please contact us for international shipping for this reward.Estimated delivery:
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COMMS OFFICER: Place a full-page ad in the PDF and Print copies of Our Last Best Hope for your gaming product, game store, etc + all Warrant Officer rewards + your name in the Mission Register as a Comms Officer.Estimated delivery:
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LIEUTENANT: You get to be (or name) an example character in the game + a Magpie Games dice bag (from Dragon Chow Dice Bags) + a custom Flash drive filled with exclusive production notes, videos, and an Our Last Best Hope PDF Playset available only to backers at this level (check the FAQ for more details) + all Warrant Officer rewards + your name in the Mission Register as a Lieutenant.Estimated delivery:
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CAPTAIN: Get an exclusive Our Last Best Hope Mission Jacket with preapplied patches + all Lieutenant rewards + your name in the Mission Register as a Captain.Estimated delivery:
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COMMANDER: Mark Diaz Truman will meet up with you at GenCon 2012 (or another Con in the Northeast) to run a private session of Our Last Best Hope with a Playset created just for you and three of your friends + all Captain rewards + Your name in the Playbill as a Commander.Estimated delivery:
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CREW KIT: Get four (4) sets of all the Captain rewards for you and three of your friends + Mark Diaz Truman will fly to your town (in the US) to run a private session of Our Last Best Hope with a Playset created just for your gaming group. Your group will be listed in the Mission Register with a Crew Name of your choice.Estimated delivery:
- (19 days)