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Arcana Academy - A Magic School RPG

A magic school RPG about students learning magic, solving mysteries, and forging lasting friendships or bitter rivalries.

Arcana Academy - A Magic School RPG

A magic school RPG about students learning magic, solving mysteries, and forging lasting friendships or bitter rivalries.

$25,689
pledged of $4,800pledged of $4,800 goal
568
backers
54hours to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, November 15 2019 4:00 AM UTC +00:00.

About

Arcana Academy is a tabletop role-playing game where you get to play as students attending a magical school. Solve mysteries, get into trouble, learn magic, and forge lasting friendships or bitter rivalries.

If you've ever wished you could attend a magical school like Hogwarts or Brakebills, this is the game for you. We wanted to focus on the core experience of what it meant to attend school for the magically gifted and focused all of the rules on these elements. Players will get creative with  spells, wander the halls after dark trying to solve mysteries, and explore a world unlike any they've yet experienced.

The game is designed to create these kind of stories whether you have experience with the genre or not. There is a default world filled with characters and their own motivations, locations to explore, and artifacts to discover for those that just want to jump in and start right away. There are also rules for creating your own setting and story. Guided questions will help your group set up their own unique school and story!

The game is inspired by wildly popular Powered by the Apocalypse style of games with a few twists to better fit the tone and theme we wanted to create. Arcana Academy uses a tag based system that lets you choose what's important to the story. Along with the spells you've mastered, your character's personality or talents are what drive the action forward. 

The game uses free-form spell creation, allowing you to customize the spells your character knows. Using the spells at your disposal creatively can totally change the way you approach a challenge. Spells do one specific thing, but have an endless amount of uses. Finding clever ways to use the spells you have at your disposal is part of the fun of playing the game.

A big part of the story revolves around the central mystery. As you look for clues to help you uncover the strange happenings at your school you will get to ask questions the Game Master will answer honestly, however the mystery is working behind the scenes to ruin things for the characters. It's up the the players to work out what's going on before it's too late.

The game also has a strong emphasis on making connections with the side characters. Who you admire and who you hate, how you interact with them, and the way your relationships evolve have a big impact on how the story and the game progresses. 

There's so much more to the game then we could put here. If you'd like to learn more, or test the game for yourself, download the Quick Start we've put together.

There are a few different rewards that backers can choose from. Backers can receive the game as either an interactive PDF for easy navigation or a hardcover gamebook. You also have the option of getting a deluxe bundle with a bunch of extras to take your game to the next level. This bundle will get more and more content as more stretch goals are reached! All extras are dry-erase friendly so that you can customize or take notes with them as you see fit! In this bundle you will receive the following:

  • Gorgeously illustrated spellbook box that fits the book and all extras
  • GM screen for hiding mystery elements and a rules quick reference
  • Two different styles of large 16" x 10" school maps to use
  • Four sets of player aides for character and rules references
  • A deck of unique spells players can choose from
  • All reached stretch goals

Last, there is the option to have yourself added to the game! If you select this reward you will get to send in a picture of yourself that the artist will use as a reference for one of the game's iconic characters. If this game sounds like something you'd love to have, back this project and add it to your collection!

extras shown do not represent the final artwork

Backers have been messaging us with some awesome ideas they'd like in the game and we've decided to include some of them as stretch goals! We've reached a few already and more will be added as the campaign goes on!

Six Pre-Created Mysteries - Reached 

Book Art Upgrade - Reached 

Four Extra Mysteries - Reached

Risks and challenges

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As with all projects there are some risks, but we have done this before. All costs for art, manufacturing, shipping, and layout have already been taken into account.

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    Our artist will draw you as one of the characters in Arcana Academy! Backers will also receive a hardcover copy and all extras. Includes free worldwide shipping.

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