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Space Kings: The Book

An improvisational playing card based role-playing game. #RecognizeKSRU

Space Kings: The Book

An improvisational playing card based role-playing game. #RecognizeKSRU

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Space Kings supports Kickstarter United unionization efforts!

Hello! We're SuperTry Studios and we're making a rule book for our tabletop game, Space Kings. If you back our campaign, you can pre-order the book, get a beta copy before anyone else, and help us bring our comedic spacefaring antics to print!

What Is Space Kings?

Space Kings is an improvisational tabletop roleplaying game. Players and Hosts use decks of 54 standard playing cards to fight evil space governments, thwart unethical corporations, host fancy dinner parties, and overcome other devious challenges.

We made Space Kings for our group of longtime friends who wanted to play a tabletop game every week and not have to plan too much or do a lot of math. We started playing Space Kings in the Summer of 2013 and we've played it nearly every week since then.

Though a lot of the content in the book fits a comedic science-fantasy campaign, a game of Space Kings can be whatever you want it to be! We've twisted the rules and set games in sword and sorcery and suburban horror settings.

If you're interested in learning the basics, check out Pretend Friends! It's a podcast where I (Kevin Cole, from the video) play Space Kings with my friends from the indomitable web show Continue? and it's now in its third season.

What Are The Rewards?

SECRET UPDATES - If you back us at the Space Friend tier or above, you can come along for the ride! You'll get access to our top-secret backers-only posts and our gratitude for helping to make Space Kings a thing.

BETA ACCESS - Backing at Space Monarch or above will get you access to our most current draft of Space Kings as soon as it's ready. Your feedback will help us shape Space Kings into its best version of itself.

DIGITAL BOOK - The digital book will be an uncommonly pleasant, full color, DRM-free PDF distributed through itch.io. It will have lots of lovely art and it will be nice to read on handheld digital devices. For Space Monarchs and above!

PHYSICAL BOOK - Our main goal is to print hardcover, full color copies of Space Kings on real nice paper. Your pledge at the Space Ace tier or above will help us put our book in your hands or on your coffee table.

YOUR NAME IN THE CREDITS - If you participate in the beta we'll put your name in the credits of our book. If you back at Space Joker tier, we'll put your name in there EXTRA BIG.

WE'LL SIGN YOUR BOOK - Also for Space Jokers, Kevin, Hadley, Bryan, and Brian will sign the physical copy of your Space Kings book if you want us to!

NEW! CAMPAIGN GUIDE - Because of the overwhelming response to the Kickstarter, we're going to make a PDF full of ready-to-play sessions and other fun stuff. Everyone at Space Monarch and above gets it!


What's the Plan?

The book is already 95% written, but we want feedback from you before we commit it to immortal paper. As soon as possible after the Kickstarter (probably, like, a month?) we'll release a beta version of Space Kings to anyone who backed at the Space Monarch tier and above. You'll get to play the game early and your feedback will help make Space Kings the best book it can be.

His name is Buzz Pawldrin

When Hadley and Kevin are satisfied with the text, when Bryan finishes all the art and when Brian is pleased with the layout, we'll print the books. It's our goal to get all of this done in a year. We hate waiting.

What's In The Book?

Everything you need to play Space Kings will be in the book, including:

  • How to play! Basic rules for players and hosts
  • Character creation and character generation tools
  • In depth rules and amusing descriptions for each Attribute, Skill and Stat
  • More than 30 Ultimates, special abilities and rules for player characters
  • Helpful guidelines for establishing settings, conflicts, antagonists, and bonds between players during play
  • Story generation tables for Hosts who need an idea right now
  • Evocative and challenging combat NPCs and the tools to make your own
  • Lots of Items ranging from absolutely legendary to questionably useful
  • A few starter adventures to get you playing as soon as possible
  • A whole bunch of sidebar notes gathered from six years of Space Kings playtesting

How Do You Play?

The outcomes of actions in Space Kings are determined by flipping standard playing cards. Faces and Aces represent success in an action and Jokers represent catastrophic failure or twists of fate. The amount of cards flipped for each action is determined by a character's Attributes and Skills plus whatever items or abilities might apply.

Each character has more or less the same number of successes and failures waiting for them in their deck. Characters who fail early have more successes to look forward to and characters who are succeeding early know that fate will catch up with them.

Check out Pretend Friends, Goosebuds, or our collaboration with M-Class Podcast for a more in-depth explanation of the rules!


Who Is This?

Kevin Cole (writing and game design) is a Host and player on Pretend Friends, an actual play tabletop roleplaying podcast that features Space Kings and its more elf inclined counterpart, Fantasy Hour. He successfully Kickstarted, designed, programmed, and released Project Maiden (2015), a puzzle platformer where you lose everything and Haque (2017), a roguelike die 'n try adventure. He also made a bunch of free games that you can play in your browser. One time he made a thing that generates really bad D&D 5e races.  He tweets.

Hadley St. Clair (editing and excision of exclamation points) is a writer and Host of Pretend Friends Season Two. They wrote Haque (2017) and The Traveller and the Mountain (2019). If you catch them at the end of a rainbow, they are obligated to give you as much gold as you can carry, so definitely be on the lookout for rainbows. Find them on Twitter or on their website.

Bryan Shepherd (illustrations and character sheet design) is a long time fan of Space Kings and friend to Kevin Cole. Wow this blew up. Check out his soundcloud, or If you are looking to commission or hire him go here.

Brian Townsend (layout and graphic design) has played Space Kings for a long, long time. He's a beautiful mystery. A poem of a man. He also did some sprites for Haque!

Paul Ritchey shot and edited the Kickstarter video.

Allen Jenkins made the motion graphic of the Space Kings logo.

The music in the video is Liftoff by Amie Waters from her upcoming full length album “Cosmos of the Soul.”

Marc Boutin and Steve Mavroides were in the Kickstarter video and they've both been Space Kings playtesters for years.

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Risks and challenges

A lot of the hard work of Space Kings is already done but we are a very small team and something as small as one of us getting sick for a few days could throw our schedule off. Delays are annoying but they're probably the only annoying thing you'll have to put up with.
We budgeted for the physical version of this book very carefully. We will do everything in our power to make sure you get every reward you've backed for in a reasonable amount of time. We've done two successful Kickstarters before and, as always, we'll be shipping all the rewards ourselves.

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