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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?
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?
360 backers pledged $12,620 to help bring this project to life.

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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***

- New Stretch Goals: Learn to Play Videos ($12,000) and Playmats ($14,000)

- Short Fiction Anthology "We Are Dust" (Unlocked $10,000 Stretch Goal)

- New Authors for our $10,000 Stretch Goal, New Missions for the funded Expansion, Google Air Demo Announcement

- Expansion/Companion Book (Unlocked $6,000 Stretch Goal) 

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!

Stretch Goals:

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!

Rewards:

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!

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    Pledge US$ 10 or more About $10

    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.

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    Pledge US$ 15 or more About $15

    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.

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    Pledge US$ 25 or more About $25

    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.

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    Pledge US$ 50 or more About $50

    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.

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    Pledge US$ 50 or more About $50

    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.

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    Pledge US$ 75 or more About $75

    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.

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    Pledge US$ 100 or more About $100

    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.

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    Pledge US$ 150 or more About $150

    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.

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    Pledge US$ 250 or more About $250

    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.

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    Pledge US$ 500 or more About $500

    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.

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    Pledge US$ 1,000 or more About $1,000

    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.

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    Pledge US$ 2,000 or more About $2,000

    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.

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