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Mystic Lilies

A rules-light tabletop roleplaying game about vengeful witches and dark manipulation.

Mystic Lilies

A rules-light tabletop roleplaying game about vengeful witches and dark manipulation.

$4,022
pledged of $2,000pledged of $2,000 goal
130
backers
9days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, November 30 2019 12:58 PM UTC +00:00.

About

The purpose of this campaign is to raise the funds for Mystic Lilies, a tabletop roleplaying game about magic melodrama by Will Uhl. The success of this campaign will pay for commissioning professional artists, polishing the editing and layout, and producing softcover physical copies of the game.



Mystic Lilies is a roleplaying game about vengeful witches and dark manipulation. It's inspired in part by Monsterhearts, Touhou Project, Bayonetta, and Madoka Magica, as well as many other tales of magical drama. In a sealed-off region full of fantastical phenomena, the land is falling out of balance. You will play to find what people take and what people lose to regain that balance.

Mystic Lilies uses a deck of standard playing cards for resolving conflicts and casting spells. Each suit is linked to a different stat: ♣Instinct, ♠Logic, ♥Will,and ♦Special - a stat that changes for each character. Players use cards to cast spells, overcome obstacles, and clash with other characters. Choose your cards wisely.

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Mystic Lilies is a game about social conflict. The stories it tells are not about characters working together - they are stories about flawed, emotional, and impulsive characters and the drama they create between each other. There will be sad endings - don’t flinch from them. Enjoy the drama, watch your characters change, and play to see how the story unfolds.

Characters in Mystic Lilies are made to cause drama. Use magic to shapeshift, possess non-player characters, and hunt people down - even into their dreams. When you're down on your luck and looking for revenge, it's time to up the ante with your Incident - a game-changing, slow-burn spell that drives the story to a climax. Will the other player characters stop you in time?

Every character has a Sign, which gives them three magic powers, as well as character prompts to answer before the game begins. The Blank sign is all about deception, adaptation, and alienation.

Unlike their characters, players are encouraged to work together. It doesn't matter who wins and who loses so long as everyone's happy with the story in the end. After all, what better way to make a memorable character than with a dramatic death scene? Mystic Lilies comes with several tools to help everyone at the table work together to tell great stories, including a variety of ways to set up narrative boundaries and a manifesto for players & Game Masters to get everyone on the same page. 



The first two reward tiers allow you to get the game as a digital PDF or a softcover book. The PDF will come in two versions: a high-resolution version, and a lower-resolution version for mobile screens. The book will be 8.5 inches by 11 and roughly 40-50 art-dense pages.

The next reward tier also adds in a custom deck of playing cards featuring Mystic Lilies character art by Suede Lorenzo. A standard deck of 52 playing cards (jokers removed), each face card will be represented by one of Mystic Lilies' Signs.

A work-in-progress draft of the custom playing card art by Suede Lorenzo.

The final reward tier also gets you custom Mystic Lilies-themed art from Suede. Want to see yourself as a vengeful magician? Have an original character you want to see decked out in mystic garb? After his contributions to the book and playing cards, he'll begin working with backers to bring their magic ideas to life. 



Stretch goals fall into two general categories: art and Setting Starters. Setting Starters are single-page setting inspirations for Game Masters. They contain NPCs, key locations, and more. They're meant to be useful for GMs new and experienced.

$2500: Grant Howitt will contribute a Setting Starter! Grant Howitt is an accomplished tabletop designer with a swathe of releases under his belt: Spire, Paranoia, Unbound, One Last Job, Warrior-Poet, and many others. He lives in East London with his partner and a rotund ginger tom cat called The Colonel.

$3000: Suede Lorenzo will make six art pieces for the book. This art will also add to the custom deck of cards.

$3500: James Mendez Hodes will contribute a Setting Starter! James (he/him, jamesmendezhodes.com) is a writer, editor, game developer, and cultural consultant whom you might know from 7th Sea, Scion, or Thousand Arrows. His interests include religion, hip hop, martial arts, and orcs.

$4000: Suede Lorenzo will make a full set of twelve art pieces for the book. This art will also add to the custom deck of cards.

$4500: Clio Yun-su Davis will contribute a setting starter! Clio is a game designer and writer who creates larps, tabletop RPGs, interactive fiction, and card games. They are the creator of The Long Drive Back from Busan, a larp about a dysfunctional k-pop group, and have written content for games such as Kids on Bikes and FlipTales.

Risks and challenges

Simply put, this is Merry Mancer Games' first physical release, which means there's the risk of running into complications that a more experienced group would avoid. To mitigate this, a few steps have been taken. Keeping the rewards and stretch goals simple has minimized the potential for complications down the road. In addition, the research already put into the physical rewards (softcover publishing & the custom deck of cards) should make delivering rewards on time a smooth process. Lastly, several more experienced figures in the RPG crowdfunding community have been graciously offering guidance, passing on wisdom to avoid common mistakes and keep Mystic Lilies on track.

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