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Tabletop role-playing game set in an alternate 1970's that combines over-the-top action, kung-fu films, glam music and classic sci-fi.
Tabletop role-playing game set in an alternate 1970's that combines over-the-top action, kung-fu films, glam music and classic sci-fi.
846 backers pledged $37,675 to help bring this project to life.

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Can You Dig It?
Can You Dig It?
                                                                   

Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll... The best parts of a bad decade.

Spirit of 77 is an over-the-top, pedal-to-the-metal, nitro-burning, action adventure role playing game about an alternate history 1977. Richard Nixon has made a deal with aliens, and is still in the White House; renegade rock gods from another galaxy have shared with us the power of Glam; kung-fu bad-asses wander the city streets righting wrongs, and everyone is trying to stick it to The Man.

Spirit of 77 is about recreating all the classic action and adventure TV shows, movies, and comic books of the 1970's. It draws inspiration from movies like Shaft, Smokey and the Bandit, The Warriors, Barbarella, Rocky, and Enter the Dragon; TV shows like The Dukes of Hazzard, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Rockford Files, and Charlie's Angels; and music like James Brown, KISS, David Bowie, Jerry Reed, and Isaac Hayes. 

Powered by the Apocalypse

Spirit of 77 uses the Apocalypse World engine created by D. Vincent Baker, like a classic hot-rod we've made a number of modifications to amp up the horsepower. The basic mechanics consist of rolling two six sided dice adding a modifier and then narrating the success or failure.

Easy to pick up for novice role players, and with plenty of options for the experienced, the rules of Spirit of 77 are geared towards encouraging over-the-top, pedal-to-the-metal action. You know the type: leaping cars, swinging from rooftops, blowing up tanker trucks, and punching bigfoot right in his hairy face.

Look at him, he's totally asking for it.
Look at him, he's totally asking for it.

Story, Role, and Buzz

Characters in Spirit of 77 are made up of three basic components: Story, Role, and Buzz.

  • Your Story describes where you're from. It's the source of your abilities. Stories can include things like being a War Vet, a Former Badge, or having a touch of the Glam.
  • Your Role describes what you do. It covers how you interact with the world around you. Roles include things like hard hitting Tough Guys, funky Rockers, and fast driving Good Old Boys
  • Your Buzz describes your motivation. It's why you're out fighting the good fight. Buzz includes things like seeking Vengeance, looking for Love, or just being out for the Thrills

This system lets you describe nearly every classic character from 70's cinema and TV, such as:

  • Billy Jack is a Tough Guy and Former Vet, looking for Peace of Mind.
  • Foxy Brown is a Vigilante who's One Bad Mother, looking for Payback.
  • The Baseball Furies are Boppers with Glam, looking for Respect.
  • Jim Rockford is a Sleuth who's an Ex-Con, looking for Cold, Hard Cash.
  • The Bandit is a Good Old Boy with Humble Beginnings, looking for Fame and Glory.
Mock ups of the Core Book and the Expansion - Subject to change.
Mock ups of the Core Book and the Expansion - Subject to change.

The Core Book and the Expansion

This Kickstarter is to fund the printing of our core rulebook and first expansion.

The Core book will be a digest sized (6in x 9in) softcover, 250-300 pages, with full color cover and black and white interiors.  The Core book will cover everything you need to play the game, rules, character creation, and setting information. Post Kickstarter the core book will retail for $30.

The Expansion (final name to be determined) will be a digest sized (6in x 9in) softcover, approximately 120 pages, with full color cover and black and white interiors.  The Expansion will include additional character stories, character roles, custom moves, and three complete adventures. Post Kickstarter the expansion book will retail for $20.

Still not convinced? Well then, check it out for yourself! Download our demo package, which includes the basic rules, an exciting adventure on a celebrity-filled cruise ship, and a set of pre-made characters.

Come Aboard... We're Expecting You...
Come Aboard... We're Expecting You...

You can get the demo here.

We have a variety of pledge levels to fit into everyone's budget. Unfortunately, international shipping rates make some of the levels a little complex, so please be sure to fully read the descriptions and ensure you're pledging the correct amount.

$5 Pledge level includes:

  • Your name in the book
  • A Spirit of 77 vinyl sticker mailed to you

 $20 Pledge Level includes:

  • Your name in the book
  • A PDF version of the Core Rulebook
  • A PDF version of the Expansion book
  • All future digital stretch goals

 $25 Pledge Level includes:

  • Your name in the book
  • A Spirit of 77 vinyl sticker mailed to you
  • A physical copy of the core rulebook shipped to the United States
  • A PDF Copy of the core rulebook
  • All future digital stretch goals
For Backers in UK/Canada
For Backers in UK/Canada

$30 Pledge Level includes:

  • Your name in the book
  • A physical copy of the core rulebook shipped to the UK or Canada
  • A PDF Copy of the core rulebook
  • All future digital stretch goals
For backers outside the US/UK/Canada.
For backers outside the US/UK/Canada.

 $40 Pledge Level includes:

  • Your name in the book
  • A physical copy of the core rulebook shipped to anywhere in the world
  • A PDF Copy of the core rulebook
  • All future digital stretch goals

$50 Pledge Level includes:

  • Your name in the book
  • A physical copy of the core rulebook
  • A physical copy of the expansion book
  • A PDF copy of the core rulebook
  • A PDF copy of the expansion book
  • All Digital Stretch Goals
  • All Physical Stretch Goals
NEW!
NEW!

$100 Pledge level - if you want a bit of a personal touch, or if you're so excited that you want to get your books as soon as humanly possible this level is for you. We'll personally sign your books (we promise not to draw anything obscene inside... unless you ask) and get your books shipped out expedited so you should get the before everyone else.

This level includes:

  • Your name in the book 
  • A signed physical copy of the core rulebook 
  • A signed physical copy of the expansion book 
  • A PDF copy of the core rulebook 
  • A PDF copy of the expansion book 
  • All Digital Stretch Goals 
  • All Physical Stretch Goals
  • Expedited Shipping

$175 Pledge Level includes: 

  • Your name in the book
  • 5 physical copies of the core rulebook
  • 5 physical copies of the expansion book

 $250 pledge level includes:

  • Everything in the $100 pledge level
  • An online game with you and your friends run by the designers.
    We will schedule a time for you and run the game through Roll20. 

 The $1000 pledge level includes:

  • Everything in the $100 level
  • Schwag bag of Custom Spirit of 77 goodies. (exact contents to be determined ,but they'll be good)
  • Dinner and gaming at Gen Con (you're responsible for getting to the show and must have a valid badge). After dinner, we’ll run a special game of Spirit of 77, and then engage in an informal discussion of game design, 70's music and whatever comes to mind (until the bars close). Dinner is on us (We'll sort out where well in advance). And Dave will give you a hug... if you really want one.

 The $2500 plege level includes:

  • Everything in the $100 level
  • Schwag bag of Custom Spirit of 77 goodies. (exact contents to be determined ,but they'll be good)
  • Custom Adventure design - Have you ever wanted to create your very own RPG adventure? Well now you can.  We will take as much or as little input as you want to give and create a Spirit of 77 adventure package for later release. We retain the rights, but you get a design credit!
We're kidding, but if you really want to give us 25k let's talk.
We're kidding, but if you really want to give us 25k let's talk.

One book not enough for you? Want to buy some extra adventures for your friends? We've got you covered.

Shipping included
Shipping included
Physical Core Rulebook and PDF
Physical Core Rulebook and PDF
Physical Expansion book and PDF
Physical Expansion book and PDF

What kind of Kickstarter project would this be without funky stretch goals? 

We've got a ton of goals planned, and we're also open to suggestions! Post them in the comments section.

Stretch Goal Reached
Stretch Goal Reached

Double Features will consist of a package containing two pre-made adventures along with a couple of new roles or stories to go with them.
The first double feature will tentatively consist of Women's Prison of the Apes and Disco Ambulance, but that is subject to change.

Extra Double Feature PDFs will be available as an Add-on for $5.

Stretch Goal Reached
Stretch Goal Reached

We will be producing custom Spirit of 77 custom "Casino like" dice (translucent red) with our logo on one side. Use them for playing Spirit of 77, craps, or add a little funk to your family game night.

One pair of dice will be added to each One Bad Mother(and higher) Pledge. Extra dice will be available as an add-on for $7 per pair.

Our second Double feature adventure package will tentatively include Beast: Bound and Down and Jukebox Villains.

Extra Double Feature PDFs will be available as an Add-on for $5.

Our next stretch goal is a big one, and it's going to allow us to absolutely fill the books with awesome high quality artwork.

 Everyone will receive a full set of reference cards as a PDF, One Bad Mother and higher pledge levels will receive a printed set of cards.

At $40,000 we will be expanding our art budget to really fill both books with excellent high quality art. This will allow us to commission a new full color cover for the expansion (instead of reusing existing art) and create more black and white interior art for both books.

People have asked for it and we're going to deliver. Conversion documents for Fate, and Savage Worlds. These documents will be provided at a date after the launch of the game, and will be available to the public for no cost.

Most of our items will be drop-shipped directly from the printer. Drop shipping allows us to offer the most affordable shipping options to as many backers as possible. The only draw back to drop shipping is that not everything will arrive simultaneously. 

Digital items will be delivered via Drive Through RPG.

Post Kickstarter fullfilment will be processed via Backerkit.

Monkeyfun Studios

Bob and Dave are two knuckleheads in Southern California with a lifelong affliction of writing stuff and arguing about role-playing games. They've written stuff for White Wolf, Marvel Super Heroes and The Mittani.com and have contributed to Blizzard Entertainment products. In his spare time, Dave makes beer. But Bob won't drink it because he doesn't trust him whatsoever.

Risks and challenges

Experience - This is our first Kickstarter project, and we'll be honest, it's pretty ambitious. Fortunately, between us, we've got a lot of experience delivering professional projects, and we've got a lot of friends who have experience with successful Kickstarters who've offered their help and advice. We've left ourselves reasonable margins of error in our budget, and have planned out every detail possible.

Completion - The writing for the core book is finished and ready to go to our editor. The expansion book is currently being written. Additional stretch goals will require additional writing. We're confident that we'll be able to complete all of these by our shipping date.

Shipping - Shipping prices have skyrocketed in the last few years. While we have a good idea as to how much it'll cost in the near future, there's always a chance that things will change drastically. To account for any unforeseen price changes, we have intentionally over-estimated our shipping costs.

Communication - We realize that post-funding communication to our backers is very important. We will be committing to providing bi-monthly updates both here on Kickstarter and through our social media presence (Facebook, Twitter).

Events Outside Our Control - Monkeyfun is a two-man operation. If one of us gets hit by a bus, the other will be able to carry on and complete the project (after seeking street vengeance against the bus). If both of us get hit by a bus, things might be in trouble, and this is why we only ever meet in secret locations at unannounced times under heavy guard. Usually away from buses.

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    CIVILIAN - Just want to show us some love? We appreciate it! You get listed with our thanks in the Core rules, and we will send you a sticker! Thanks for visiting the Spirit of 77!

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    SLEUTH (aka ALL DIGITAL) - Just the facts, ma'am. You'll get the core book and expansion book as PDFs as well as all Digital stretch goals that are part of this initial KS Campaign. Your name will be listed in the back of the book as SLEUTH.

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    TOUGH GUY - Up close and personal, you want something to put in your knuckle-busted hands. You get a physical copy of the core Spirit of 77 rules (including a PDF version), all digital stretch goals, and a sticker (perfect for closing up any wounds). Your name will be listed in the back of the book as TOUGH GUYS.

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    TOUGH GUY (INTERNATIONAL) - Just because you're not local doesn't mean you can't be groovy. You get a physical copy of the core Spirit of 77 rules (including a PDF version) shipped anywhere in the world and all digital stretch goals. Your name will be listed in the Back of the book as TOUGH GUYS.

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    ONE BAD MOTHER (aka ALL PHYSICAL) - You like getting physical? Are you a lover AND a fighter? Then you get the core book, the expansion (as well as PDFs of both) and any physical or digital stretch goals that come as part of this initial KS Campaign. Your name will be listed in the back of the book as ONE BAD MOTHER.

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    ONE BAD MOTHER (PREMIUM) - You want the personal touch? Here you go. You get the core book, the expansion (as well as PDFs of both) both signed by the creators, and any physical or digital stretch goals that come as part of this initial KS Campaign.
    Plus Expedited shipping so you'll get your books before all your friends. Your name will be listed in the back of the book as ONE BAD MOTHER.

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    BOPPER - Bring the whole gang. You'll receive five copies of the core rule book and five copies of the expansion. You, your gang or your business name will be listed in the back of the book as BOPPERS.

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    ROCKER - Rock on, brothers and sisters! You get everything in the ONE BAD MOTHER level plus we'll run an online game for you and 4 friends. You and your friends along with your group name will be listed in the book as ROCKERS.

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    HONEYPOT - Someone that groovy deserves a night out. Everything in the ONE BAD MOTHER level, a bag of extra schwag, plus we have a date at Gen-Con. We'll provide dinner at Gen Con (you're responsible for getting to the show and must have a valid badge), courtesy of Colonel Rosco's Chicken Shack (or somewhere just as good.) At Gen Con, we'll run a special game of Spirit of 77 for you and up to four of your friends, and then engage in an informal discussion of game design and whatever comes to mind (until the bars close). Dinner's on us. (We will sort out where WELL in advance.) You're responsible for your bar tab but Dave will give you a hug... if you really want one.

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    VIGILANTE - Taking it into your own hands! You receive everything in the ONE BAD MOTHER level, a bag of Spirit of 77 schwag plus you get to work with us to write your own adventure. You'll work with us to develop a custom playset for eventual release. We retain the rights, but you get a design credit! And we'll either ship you a Spirit of '77 schwag bag or present it to you in person at Gen-Con (Remember, you're responsible for getting there and having a valid badge).

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