They come out at night. The mononoke, creatures of pure Wonder. The michinoke who lurk on roads, the strong oni, the aquatic kappa, the spooky ghosts, and the fleeting visitors. As strange as they might look, they too are residents of the town, seeking friendship and hope.
- The Girl From the Old, Old House, an episode of the Six Feats Under podcast where Ewen runs a session of GSS for them
- The Broken Window, an original replay (a transcript of a complete game session)
- Tabletop Day 2013 Golden Sky Stories Demo: In the leadup to the original GSS Kickstarter we released this demo PDF, which has a simplified but playable version of the GSS rules and a scenario to go with it.
Twilight Tales Book: Get a printed book delivered to you.
PDF Library: This is a bundle of the PDF versions of the previous GSS books: the core rulebook, The Colors of the Sky, Faerie Skies, and Fantasy Friends.
- Golden Sky Stories is the core rulebook, with all the info you need to play any of the six basic types of henge, example NPCs, two introductory scenarios, and a sample town.
- The Colors of the Sky collects bonus material from the original GSS Kickstarter: five new playable character types (mouse, wolf, pony, and fish henge, plus the witch), two scenarios, Allen Varney's Henge Candies essay, and two prose short stories.
- Faerie Skies is an original setting, which moves the game to rural England, where you can play one of six types of fae. It adds new NPCs, story seeds, and the sample town of Westwick.
- Fantasy Friends is another original setting, which takes place in a village in a fantasy world. It has six new character types based on different kinds of fantasy monsters, 36 magic items, NPCs, story seeds, and the sample town of Grassdale.
Wall Scroll: Get a colorful wall scroll of Golden Sky Stories art. You can choose from two designs: the design from the wall scroll from the Golden Sky Stories Kickstarter (depicting the spider and centipede goddesses), or the Kappa and Oni's Excellent Adventure design we commissioned for some reason.
Custom Character Type or Scenario: For backers at the $600 Narrator level, we'll make a custom character type or scenario to their specifications (within the limits of good taste and legality of course). This will be available as a PDF to all backers, and incorporated into collections of GSS bonus material. Leave your mark on Golden Sky Stories, and do something cool for your fellow fans!
If we go over our base goal, we'll be producing some new Golden Sky Stories material that'll go out to all backers in PDF form!
Base Goal: $6,000 (UNLOCKED): It’s happening! We’ll be able to print and ship Twilight Tales to backers and get it out into the world!
$7,000: Kappa and Oni's Excellent Adventure (UNLOCKED): T.S. Luikart returns to GSS with an original scenario inspired by the wall scroll art! The kappa and oni will indeed have an excellent adventure!
$8,000: Tsukumogami (UNLOCKED): This character type is a new kind of mononoke, a man-made tool that has taken on a life of its own and become a magical creature.
$10,000: Land of Illusions (UNLOCKED): It so happens that for the Japanese version of Golden Sky Stories there is, of all things, a doujinshi book for the Touhou games. While we can’t publish the full book, if we reach this stretch goal we’ll do an English version of the character options from the book, which include new Miko and Fairy character types, as well as a library of Powers and Weaknesses you can use to customize your characters.
$11,000: Witch’s Cat (UNLOCKED): Inspired by the Witch Quest RPG released in Japan in 1991, this is an alternate cat character type that is a witch’s companion. You can play one alongside a witch PC (as featured in The Colors of the Sky) or with a witch NPC, and they have some nifty magical powers that make them a bit different from a normal cat henge.
$12,000: Story Seeds (UNLOCKED): A collection of paragraph-long story ideas that you can easily spin into a full scenario.
$13,000: Western Fox (UNLOCKED): Where the fox henge in the core rulebook are based on the fox spirits of Japanese folklore, this is an alternate fox that’s more in line with Western folk tales, good for games set outside of Japan, or if you just want a different take on foxes.
$15,000: Raspberry Sky Stories (UNLOCKED): We’ll make a Golden Sky Stories version of Ewen’s card-based schoolgirl slice of life RPG Raspberry Heaven, with character cards for the six signature henge and a set of 12 scene cards for stories around Hitotsuna Town. Backers will receive a PDF and a code for ordering the cards at-cost from DriveThruRPG.
$16,000: Raucous Night At The Tanemura Estate (UNLOCKED): In the late summer, when the last traces of dusk have fled the sky, spirits gather in the crumbling old house on the edge of town. They come together to play Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai, a game of ghost stories where each storyteller snuffs a candle when their tale is done, inviting more spirits to appear. Of course, these new spirits are quick to join in the festivities, leading to a night of supernatural merriment for all in this Golden Sky Stories scenario from Richard Kelly.
$17,000: Raccoon Henge (UNLOCKED): Outsiders from beyond Hitotsuna Town, raccoon henge love to solve problems using their creativity and big city know-how. A new character type by Rach Shelkey.
$18,000: Deck of Dreams (UNLOCKED): This will be a 54-card deck of cards you can use as Dream tokens, with appropriately colorful GSS-themed designs. It will be available to backers as an add-on item, and then put up for sale on DriveThruRPG as a POD product.
$20,000: The Colors of the Sky POD Book (UNLOCKED): If we hit this stretch goal, we’ll put together a “The Colors of the Sky” Print on Demand book, compiling all of the stretch goal material from both Kickstarters, plus some new art, and provide discount codes to all backers.
$21,000: Magical Girl (UNLOCKED): Regulars of the town by day, magical girls walk out into the wild and wonderful world of henge and mononoke as avatars of Wonder at night to help bridge the two worlds, so long as they can still get their work done by morning! A new character type by Sean K.I.W. Steele.
Risks and challenges
Especially after making it through the original Golden Sky Stories Kickstarter, which succeeded beyond our wildest dreams, we’re pretty confident we can make this one happen. The layout for the book is already done apart from some minor tweaks, and we have contacts figured out for printing and fulfillment. The major challenge for us will simply be to get things done in as timely a fashion as we’d like, especially if we hit all of our stretch goals. Luckily, we learned from last time not to let the physical shipping be dependent on too many other things, so you should get your actual books fairly quickly, followed by a series of PDFs with bonus material.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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