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A lost innocent needs your protection, sinister pursuers search for it, and danger threatens everyone. How do they tie together?
A lost innocent needs your protection, sinister pursuers search for it, and danger threatens everyone. How do they tie together?
A lost innocent needs your protection, sinister pursuers search for it, and danger threatens everyone. How do they tie together?
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Home by Dark - A Story Game of Hope and Fear

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WATCH A SESSION OF HOME BY DARK BEING PLAYED ON THE TWITCH SHOW ONCE UPON A GAME!!!

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!

Stretch Goals

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...

Social Goals

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!

Rewards

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.

Prototype version of reusable cards
Prototype version of reusable cards

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.

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    With both the PDF and an autographed copy of the book, that curiosity door won't stay closed for long! It also includes a Kickstarter credit in the book.

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    You Have to Pay For Those

    Stocking your store with copies of Home by Dark is a lot easier than stealing Eggos! This tier comes with 4 copies of the softbound book! You can purchase more copies of this book exclusively at this tier for $10 per copy. Contact before pledging for extra copies to determine extra shipping to add.

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    Champ, Chief, Slugger

    With an autographed copy in addition to your digital PDF copy, your name in the book credits, in addition to reusable story pillar cards AND custom character point counters, people will constantly be asking you where you're going and why you're not playing HBD with them!

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    Scrap and Art

    What you currently have -- in your mouth -- is ART! This is the perfect all in one Home by Dark kit! This tier has an autographed copy of the book, an early release PDF copy, your name in the credits, reusable story pillar cards, dice, a custom dice bag, and custom character point counters!

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    Phone Home

    Receive everything from the Scrap and Art tier. On top of all that, we've added an online session of Home by Dark with the creator and up to 3 of your friends! It's a reward to phone home about!

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    Okay Turkey, YOU Fly It!

    You'll get everything from the Scrap and Art tier. In addition, you'll collaborate with the creator of Home by Dark to create a custom playset to be eventually released! We retain the rights, but you get a design credit!

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    Production Value!

    Everything we have to offer. In addition to everything in the Scrap and Art tier, you'll get a custom playset, and an online session with the creator and your friends! If you choose this tier, we're officially out of things to offer you!

    Includes:
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    • Digital (PDF) copy
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