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A collection of system agnostic heists with maps and essays!
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Heists are some of the most fun you can have during an RPG session - the in-depth planning, the nail biting execution, the thrilling escape and the glorious payoff! What's not to love?

But heists can be hard to write and even harder to pull off properly. They take almost as much work as the real thing to plan, and that can bring your campaign to a grinding halt. Lucky for you, The San Jenaro Co-Op is here to help.

The Roleplayer’s Guide To Heists is a system agnostic collection of around 25 heists ranging from your standard bank jobs, to space-based sci-fi capers, to fantasy smash-jobs into a wizard’s mind-realm. If you like stealing stuff (in games) and getting away with it (again, in the game), this book will have everything you could want!

Each heist comes complete with a detailed map of the joint for you to properly case; oodles of scene hooks, enemies and traps, ideas for the getaway and of course the loot itself. As if that wasn’t enough, you can also look forward to essays on the finer points of thieving, heists and their narrative function.

The Rouge Theater from Lights, Camera, Action!
The Rouge Theater from Lights, Camera, Action!

We put together a small 3 heist taster of what you can expect from the project that you can download for free right here! It contains The Shuttle Game - a thrilling modern day mission to steal a space shuttle, A Wizard Did It - a fantasy heist set inside a  dimension-shifting  Wizard’s Tower, and Lights, Camera, Action! - a retro robbery set during a film premiere in the golden age of Hollywood!

It also contains the essay Making Your MacGuffin Matter, one of many essays we intend to include in the final book to make sure you're fully equipped to run the very best heists in TTRPG history!

This preview contains placeholder graphics and layout and is designed to give you an idea of what we’re making, not to represent the final product.

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"This book looks cool as hell!" - Illennials 

"I'll be backing it" - John Rogers, creator of Leverage

This is our first Kickstarter project as a group, so we want to keep the it as streamlined as possible. With that in mind our first priority with Stretch Goals will be to offer better pay for everyone on the project, followed by adding more heists to the book.

$15,100 -  We’ll be paying all the writers on the project about 25% more.

$16,500 -  We’ll increase the pay rate of our in-house artist.

$17,000 - We'll increase the pay rate of our editor team by about 25%

If we get more than $17,000, we’ll have made out like bandits, and we’ll start offering additional heists in the book for every $600 per heist to a maximum of 10 additional heists!

Bonus Heists Unlocked So Far: 10! We're done folks!

Additionally, as a special promotional stretch goal, if we get over 500 retweets on this tweet, we'll release all the art produced for the project under a open license for commercial use. Want to write the heist of your dreams using one of our beautifully realized maps or loot images? Let the world know about the project!

Mockup of the book
Mockup of the book

This project will be using DriveThruRPG PoD Coupons to deliver the final product, please remember to factor in the print and postage costs of the final product when you pledge! We expect the printing costs of the hardcover to be between $20-25! 

The San Jenaro Co-op is 100% creator owned and profit shared, we focus on people first, equitable money distribution, creator ownership and making kick ass games. We are:

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Click the image for a text version of the credits!

 Music for the Kickstarter video courtesy of Kevin MacLeod; https://filmmusic.io:

"Hitman" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)

Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)


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"Deadly Roulette" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)

Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Risks and challenges

We’re a new organization still finding our feet, but we have some really experienced people alongside us with a bunch of Kickstarter experience. Combined with the PoD option we’ve opted for, and the experience we gained publishing the Short Game Digest Volume 1 (A #1 Best Seller on DriveThruRPG), the risks we face are minimal.

Art will take some time, and rallying so many artists and writers to produce a single book will make for some interesting editing challenges, but we’re up to the task.

With a team this size, the obvious primary worry is if someone drops out - one of the great parts of a co-op is that we’re very fluid and able to distribute work as needed. If someone drops or gets sick, we’re perfectly capable of taking on their workload with minimal, if any, impact on the project.

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    Not only do you get the hardcover code and a PDF copy of the book, you also get to appear in The Roleplayer's Guide To Heists yourself. Send us your heistsona, a description of what they look like and their greatest crimes, and the ineffable Andi DiSpirito will bring it to life in the book!

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