About this project
The Womb of it All
The original inhabitants of the area now known as “The Cleave” were the Utuchekulu – a race of dwarves – and their mortal enemies, the Rom – a race of stone giants. The eons old war between the Utuchekulu and the Rom was one of the bloodiest in the history of Duniyaa (“the World / Earth”) and both sides even stormed heaven in an attempt to murder each other’s ancestors.
Daarila – the Creator of Laarees and Duniyaa (“the Heavens and the Earth”) – in his fury at the two warring races (and humanoids in general) for their assault on Laarees – decided to destroy all of Ki-Khanga.
Daarila’s wife – Eda (also called “Odu” in some parts of Ki-Khanga; considered to be Daarila in mortal flesh) – pleaded and bargained for Ki-Khanga and its inhabitants.
Daarila complied, but demanded that the Utuchekulu and the Rom be destroyed. Daarila struck the homeland of the two doomed races with His powerful spirit-axe, causing a devastating earthquake that destroyed the Utuchekulu and the Rom and carved out the island mass known as The Cleave. The raw anger and wrath of Daarila, which coursed through His spirit-axe, possessed the flora, fauna – and even corpses of the two destroyed races – creating many of the monstrosities that inhabit Ki-Khanga today.
The most powerful and miscreant of these malevolent creatures are kept bound in The Cleave by the Tyrak [TY-rahk] – a powerful race of were-orca (killer whales), were-dolphins and were-octopi. The were-dolphins rule the four islands above The Cleave (also called Tyrak). They are skilled diviners and wise administrators. The were-dolphins are also capable fighters when necessary. The were-orca are the powerful warrior class of the Tyrak. Their immense strength, incredible speed and amazing resilience augment their fearsome and brutal combat skills. The were-octopi are the psionic class. They possess great control of oceanic animals and water elementals; they also cast illusions that fool all the senses. The Tyrok inhabit all four islands above The Cleave. They patrol the island lands in their human or human-animal hybrid forms; underwater in their animal forms; and on the surface of the water with their dreaded “Black Armada” – war galleys forged from the nigh-indestructible bones and flesh of the now extinct indigo dragons, which once roamed the farthest depths of the ocean. The Tyrak keep the creatures from The Cleave in and would-be explorers of The Cleave out. Charged with their mission by Eda – their Creator – the Tyrak take their duties seriously and execute them with a loyalty and zeal unmatched by anyone – or anything – on the planet.
Ki-Khanga is a world of heroes…a world of champions…a world of gods, monsters, magic and magnificent places of wonder…and the mysterious Cleave is the womb of it all.
Found within Ki Khanga: The Sword and Soul Role-Playing Game are stories that the Cleave – and its offspring – have given birth to. Open it – if you dare – and experience the triumphs and terrors that are…Ki-Khanga!
Ki Khanga is a new Sword and Soul (African-inspired epic and heroic fantasy) roleplaying game that uses regular playing cards to resolve conflicts and to achieve feats in a fun and dynamic way that keeps the action and drama moving.
Ki Khanga: The Sword and Soul RPG contains all the tools and guidance players need to don the roles of sword, spear and bow-wielding warriors; powerful Babalawo and Nana priests, who control the forces of nature; nangas, who cast powerful magic through their nkisi statues; and countless other occupations, all creatable through our free form character creation system.
Taking many inspirations from oral history and literature, Ki Khanga gives players a unique experience, immersing them in a world of African folklore and culture. Add in some Sword and Sorcery excursions into the forests, desert, plains, rivers, seas and sprawling metropolises, along with ancient temples and powerful gods and demigods and you have Ki Khanga – classic tabletop roleplaying, with a fresh configuration of friends, fiends, foes and formidable dangers.
Why This Game?
First and foremost, because the game is created and written by two of the most popular authors of African-inspired fantasy – Milton Davis and Balogun Ojetade. Balogun Ojetade, a forty-year veteran of tabletop roleplaying games, created the gaming system and then Milton Davis and Balogun Ojetade worked together to create the world of Ki Khanga, its history, people, creatures, setting and natural laws.
Secondly, Ki Khanga boasts the superb artistic talents of Eugene R. Young, Stanley J. Weaver, Chris Miller, Bryan Syme, and Sarah Macklin.
Finally, everything you could ask for in a roleplaying game setting is in Ki Khanga: an angry Creator-God, scheming nobles, powerful, and often frightening, ancestral, nature and supernatural spirits, mighty warriors and hunters, fierce battles on the pyramid-strewn savannahs of Kamit, or in the fighting pits of Oyo.
It’s all in the world of Ki Khanga, and it’s almost ready to be enjoyed at your gaming table. The game is written and in draft layout right now. We have about a third of the art already finished and in place.
Are you ready for African-flavored fantasy gaming? Are you eager to see African-inspired characters and settings in your game’s artwork? If your answer is yes, Ki Khanga can and will give you what you want to see and experience.
Why Does This Project Need the Money?
We need the money to support the costs of artwork and graphic design for Ki Khanga. Without this funding, we would have to cut corners on the art and delay production. We want to give this great, African-inspired roleplaying game to the world. Supporting this project helps make that happen.
$7,500: The Ki Khanga Companion
The Ki Khanga Companion is a magazine-sized book comprised of high quality maps of each of the nations and major cities of Ki Khanga, with descriptions of each city’s legendary heroes, villains, intrigues and topography.
$10,000: 300 gsm premium quality custom cards; plain white tuck box
Beautifully illustrated, custom standard playing cards, featuring characters from different lands of Ki Khanga!
$15,000: 300 gsm premium quality custom cards; custom tuck box
Beautifully illustrated, custom standard playing cards, featuring characters from different lands of Ki Khanga, housed in a custom box with original Ki Khanga art!
$17,000: 330 gsm superior smooth quality custom cards; custom tuck box The same beautifully illustrated, custom standard playing cards, featuring characters from different lands of Ki Khanga printed on the best quality of cards on the market!
$20,000: Board Game Version of Ki Khanga
The land of Oyo, in the West of Ki Khanga is in danger. Enemies from the fetid bowels of the Cleave are advancing toward the aafin (“palace”) of the Alaafin (“Emperor”), Oba Rogba. Only your band of heroes stands in their way. Will you succeed in defending the castle and protecting Ki Khanga? Heroes of Ki Khanga is a cooperative board game, based on Ki Khanga: The Sword and Soul Role-Playing Game, for 2-4 heroes and/or sheroes. Each player takes on the role of a Matamban warrior, an archer from Kongo, an Oyo priest, or an elite Horo cavalry rider from Mali – each with unique skills and abilities – and all must work together to battle the ever-encroaching and fearsome forces from the Cleave. Enjoy action-packed play and intense drama as you become one of the Heroes of Ki Khanga!
$25,000: Collectible Card Game Version of Ki Khanga
Strategic Role-Playing Game meets Trading Card Game with Ki Khanga: The Trading Card Role-Playing Game. Enjoy the unique character customization and immersive story of Ki Khanga: The Sword and Soul Role-Playing Game with the fast and furious fun of Trading Card Games in this unique and dynamic Sword and Soul Trading Card Game – the first of its kind – that is sure to provide you with hours, days and an eternity of fun! Will you become a wizard of Fez? A war chief from Zambululand? A were-orca from Tyrak? Or will you be part of the opposition from the Cleave? You decide how this story tells itself. But choose wisely, for the fate of Ki Khanga lies within your hands.
$30,000: Ki Khanga Creature Compendium
Hordes of Gnaw Maws ravage Sati Baa. Onisako Mojiji, the Frog Hag, strike from the depths, and gargantuan Joka burst from dark places within the Cleave and devour the clouds. These are just a few of the creatures found in the Ki Khanga Creature Compendium, a sourcebook for Ki Khanga: The Sword and Soul Role-Playing Game. The Creature Compendium includes creatures from African folklore, full rules on creature abilities, on improving creatures, and on using creatures as heroes, villains and player characters.
$35,000: Arms & Armor of Ki Khanga
The Arms and Armor of Ki khanga manual provides a wealth of information on mundane and magical weapons, shields and armor from the world of Ki Khanga. The book includes many weapons of ancient Africa, outlining their names, history, powers, stats, how the weapons can gain power is discussed, as well as the feats with which they might be used. Also included are descriptions of traditional African martial arts and their stats for play in Ki Khanga: The Sword and Soul Role-Playing Game.
$40,000: Hard Cover Game
All the goodness of Ki Khanga: The Sword and Soul Role-Playing Game, wrapped in a beautiful hard cover that is sure to last you through years of adventuring.
$50,000: Dice Version of the Game
This version of Ki Khanga: The Sword and Soul Role-Playing Game uses a percentile dice system where checks are made by rolling two 10-sided dice, with one representing the “tens” and the other representing the “singles” digit (d100 for short). Players aim to roll under their appropriate skill in order to pass their skill test. Of course, the higher the roll obtained, the better the result (while still keeping under the skill level).
Risks and challenges
The only risk to this project is in managing the production of the artwork. However, we are in active communication with all of the artists and pieces are expected to be produced within the given time frames.
As the Co-Chairs of the wildly popular State of Black Science Fiction Convention (aka “Blacktasticon), we know how to make big things happen and how to creatively and effectively overcome obstacles. Thus, Ki Khanga will meet and overcome all challenges and we will assess and eliminate all risks to bring you this fun, exciting and dynamic fantasy roleplaying game.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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