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Disposable Heroes

A card based tabletop RPG with roguelike elements and a funky fresh setting!

Disposable Heroes

A card based tabletop RPG with roguelike elements and a funky fresh setting!

$14,610
pledged of $14,500pledged of $14,500 goal
373
backers
16hours to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tue, October 15 2019 2:06 PM UTC +00:00.

About

Disposable Heroes is a Powered By The Apocalypse Tabletop RPG set in a electro-slick neon futurescape known as Neo-Francisco. This is a future fantasy world where demons, liches, dragons and monsters live in floating pyramids, deep underground lairs and holographic obelixs deep in the heart of a vibrant, pulsing city of music and lights.

You play as employees of Disposable Heroes, the latest gig economy app to hit the scene. Your job is to deliver packages to these powerful and terrifying beings - they don't like to go out much, you see. Their lairs are deadly, full of traps and monsters that don't really care if you have a package for Draxxus Bombastus the Lich king - they get paid to stop intruders, and that's you.

But don't worry, for every one of you they kill, another dozen eager (broke), hardworking (hungry) and dedicated (late on rent) heroes are ready to take their place. 

Early prototypes

Utilizing a modified version of the Powered By The Apocalypse engine, Disposable Heroes offers a fast paced, lightweight TTRPG that can be played by 2-10 players, where high lethality and rapid deaths just means you get to cycle through a huge deck of incredible and exciting characters. Here's how it works.

You begin play with a deck of cards, each card is a character, with a name, an animal, stats, a weapon and one special ability. The GM deals these cards to the players (with special rules for one or two players playing several characters), and whenever the character would normally take damage (which is often), the character is instantly killed and the card representing them is discarded. The player then draws a new one, immediately putting them right back into the game with a new set of abilities. Some of these abilities even mess with the deck itself, such as a fire mage discarding cards to empower their spells, or the Chef who lets you recycle cards to draw new ones, for an experience unlike anything else out there!

As mentioned, the game runs on a core PbTA system, and is heavily inspired by Dungeon World in particular. This means you'll be rolling 2 D6s plus a stat to solve problems, with a tiered success system - 6- is a miss, 7-9 is a success at cost, and a 10+ is an unmitigated success. You can learn more about Powered by the Apocalypse here, and read the Dungeon World SRD here.

As well as being a perfect one-shot game, these features make it one of the best 1-on-1 TTRPGs out there, with one player being able to take on the role of a whole party, moving through the dungeon and cycling through characters in an almost deck-builder style.

We have a PnP preview pack you can check out, right here!

You can also download the Disposable Heroes track by dog[friend] here!

 Check out our AP of the game, right here!

Disposable Heroes isn't like most other TTRPGs. Instead of a book, what you're getting is a deck of tarot-sized cards, with several rules cards that explain the setting, the basic moves and the rules of the game and around 60 character cards. This makes the game ultra portable, and the cards do an incredible job of showcasing some of the coolest artwork in tabletop RPGs.

This also makes the game really great for new players, and is an excellent way to introduce people to the hobby!

The base game will have 65 cards, including rules and setting cards and comes in a lovely two piece box, all you'll need to play are some dice.

Due to popular demand, we've added a Print and Play tier. Our plan originally was to produce a free PnP PDF for everyone after the campaign wraps, but everyone asked for a way to support the game internationally, and here it is! Backers at that tier will get the PnP PDF early, plus a bunch of free bonus downloads - templates for making your own heroes, art assets and more. The PnP PDF will remain free for everyone.

Sandy Pug Games is a huge believer in collaboration and uplifting other artists, and our stretch goals often reflect that goal - this time is no different! We've reached out to some of the coolest, most badass artists in the biz and got them on board. For every $500 over our goal, we'll add 5 new cards, each with art designed by our radical team of guest artists.

Lets meet these cool cats and take a look at their art styles.

Andi

A comic artist, illustrator, and full-time appreciator of throwing weird dice around.

Andi Art Sample

Zeshio

Zeshio is an artist and ttrpg content creator from the Pacific Northwest.

Zeshio Art Sample

AL

AL is a storyteller and designer who loves bringing thoughts to life in bright and vivid colors, and probably draws samurai and wuxia too much but nobody's stopping him.

Art Sample for AL

Leah Mitchell

Leah Mitchell is a Canadian Artist who can't pick a single medium to settle down with.

Art Sample for Leah

Kamapon

Hello, this is Kamapon. I draw a lot and I like kittens, cooking and sushi. Thank you so much for your support! Follow me on Insta (@kamapon_art) or Twitter (@kamapon).

Art sample for Kamapon

If we manage to hit this stretch goal 5 times, that'll bulk the deck out by a whopping 25 new characters. Are you ready for that?

Check out what the gaming press has to say about Disposable Heroes!

Thoughtly had an excellent Five Or So Questions with us! 

The formidable +1 Forward had us on to talk first time gamers and show off the system a little!

Having a blast with our GenCon showcase!

We were the first interview over at the Sponsored By Nobody Podcast! 

Sandy Pug Games is a tight knit team of designers, artists and creatives making amazing games and innovating in the tabletop space. You probably know most of us by now, but we have some new faces this go around - say hello.

 [Disposable Heroes Paper Minis is a Precis Intermedia trademark for its line of paper miniatures (www.pigames.net). Disposable Heroes is a Sandy Pug Games trademark for its card-based tabletop game]

Risks and challenges

This is the third Kickstarter SPG has run, and the fourth that Liam has headed up. We have a strong team, a well researched goal and realistic expectations for what we can achieve. We've learned a lot the last few years, and we've become one of the best groups making games out there, in our own elevated opinions.

However.

This is the first real physical product we've produced using anything other than PoD. We've read up on the risks, we've created a plan that mitigates the issues and we're confident we can deliver, but there are often hiccups, mostly related to shipping, that can cause problems with a project like this. To offset this, we've given ourselves ample delivery time, and spent the last few months talking to other creators and doing some test runs of the process ourselves. We're confident that we got this.

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