About this project
Home by Dark is a roleplaying game for three (3) to five (5) players. You and your friends will play kids and adults that are trying to save an innocent being with fantastic powers from mysterious pursuers while attempting to stop a daunting danger that threatens everything! It's inspired by movies such as E.T., The Iron Giant, Flight of the Navigator, Super 8, and the series Stranger Things. Every game is a unique story.
Only you can save this innocent being from peril!
Home by Dark is a story game, which means that it's collaborative storytelling. Everyone builds the story together. It doesn't require a game master to prepare or run the game. It is inspired by story games like Fiasco and Our Last Best Hope and is designed to be played as a one-shot game. By the time you're done, you'll have a great story that you'll remember and talk about for years to come.
The funds we're raising will be to finish up a professional quality release that will be available via DriveThruRPG in both digital PDF and softback book formats!
If we reach $5500, we’ll release one free playset per month for a year. Each playset will either pay homage to one of the game’s inspirations or show a unique approach to setting up a Home by Dark game.
These playsets will be available publicly on our website for free. The first one will be released after the completion of all rewards being shipped for this campaign.
If we reach $8250, we will create the Home by Dark Companion Book, which will feature tips, variants, story and mechanics hacks, and playsets to make the most out of your game.
All backers who have pledged at the "Curiosity Door (Early Bird)" level or higher will get the PDF of the expansion. Backers who have pledged at the "Champ, Chief, Slugger" level or higher will get a physical copy of the book.
More stretch goals will be revealed as each goal is completed...
If you complete 3 backer unlocks, you will get the rough draft of Home by Dark in PDF format once the Kickstarter campaign is completed. Play the game sooner!
The rough draft will be available to everyone who pledged to at least the Cloak and Dagger tier. It will be available within one week after the conclusion of the Kickstarter campaign.
If you complete 7 backer unlocks, we’ll create tutorial videos for game play.
The videos will be available within a month after public release of the softbound edition of Home by Dark.
More social goals will be revealed as each goal is completed...
Here's the 5 ways you can activate backer unlocks:
- Twitter Followers - Spread the word about Home by Dark and follow our Twitter account!
- Facebook Likes - Like our Facebook page to see upcoming news about Home by Dark!
- Home by Dark Mini Playsets - Using the information found here, create unique mini playsets and post them to the hashtag on Twitter!
- Funding - Help us get funded by backing Home by Dark! The more we're funded, the more goals unlock!
- Backing - The more backers we get, the more copies of Home by Dark we can get out there! Help us get this book out to as many people as we can!
- HBD Art - Create art inspired by Home by Dark! Got an idea for a supernatural creature? A malevolent person or organization? A dangerous threat? Tweet your creativity to @protag_ind!
In addition to the books, we have many awesome rewards:
Custom Character Point Counters - Why use leftover poker chips when you can use our super awesome custom counters? These character point counters have the Home by Dark logo on them and are small enough that they take up less space than poker chips.
Reusable Story Pillar Cards - Every game of Home by Dark focuses on the three Story Pillars. These reusable Story Pillar cards can be written on with a marker, erased, and used again.
Custom Home by Dark Dice Bag (dice included) by CustomDiceBags.Com - This official Home by Dark custom dice bag has 3 compartments for your dice, a slot for index cards, and space for markers. It comes prepacked with 10 white, 10 black, and 30 colored dice. It's your all-in-one dice bag!
Post-Kickstarter Add-Ons Supported!
If you're interested in adding an extra book or other item, you can do so after the campaign via our fulfillment partner, BackerKit! More details will be sent to backers after the campaign closes!
Who are Protagonist Industries?
Protagonist Industries is a tabletop roleplaying and gaming company based in Redmond, WA. Our mission is to create cinematic character-driven games that provide minimal mechanics and memorable stories. You can find us on our website, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.
This will be our first game and we're very thankful to the people that have playtested this game before the Kickstarter. The response was amazing and really helped motivate us to get the game to the public as soon as we could!
Risks and challenges
The risks are minimal for completion. The primary goal of this Kickstarter is to afford the art for the book. The manuscript is already complete and currently being edited. Layout is also already in progress.
There are potential risks to shipping on time. If our sample book doesn't meet the quality we desire, this may potentially push out our ship date. This will be our company's first book, but we have a few veterans of the publishing process helping out to ensure minimal delays.
If any of the rewards take longer for the vendors to assemble, this may postpone shipping of your rewards as well.
We've integrated two months worth of buffer into our deadlines for these exact reasons. We will also be using a fulfillment company to ensure that shipments are done as quick as possible once everything is ready.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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