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Kickstarter Promotion Time


Righto, I think that’s enough of a break after the epic undertaking that was RPGaDay. Where was I? Right, Kickstarter. I’ve got some projects I’d like to share with you that I think are well worth backing, or at least taking a look at.

CarnevaleFirst up, Carnevale: the narrative miniatures game. This is Spanish company Vesper-on’s second attempt at running Kickstarter for their skirmish wargame set in a supernaturally infused 18th Century Venice. The game is a fantastic mix of historically inspired models with more weird and wonderful aspects like vampires, magic, and the fishy Cult of Dagon.

Vesper-on’s first attempt was to publish an add-on book for the game focussing on two new factions – the Strigoi Vampires and Forces of the Vatican – but it wasn’t well setup and they pulled the project when it was clear it wasn’t going to make its target. They took some time off, inspected their efforts, and decided to do a full relaunch of the game, new rule book and all. There are only a couple of days to go, and they’ve made over three times their goal, unlocking many new goodies in the process.

This is only the beginning of a new era for the game; Vesper-on have plans to expand the game into other parts of the world. In the meantime, there’s plenty of adventure and excitement to be had in and around the canals of Venice. For more details on how the game plays, check out Carnevale Week on Beasts of War’s YouTube channel.

Second, The Minister of Chance Movie, Episode 1. This is a bit of an odd beast. It’s a sci-fi podcast featuring some big names in the genre, that’s trying to turn itself into a movie. Seems like risky proposal, but check out who’s involved: Paul McGann, Sylvester McCoy, Tim McInnerny, Tamsin Grieg, and Jed Brophy. If that’s not enough to get you interested, I don’t know what is.

They’re asking for a lot of money – £100,000 – but it’s not cheap to make a something full of costumes, CG, and well-known actors. They’re sitting at around 25% with 20 days left to go. It seems like the odds are stacked against them, but if enough people can chip in they might just make it. If a guy in America can get $55,000 for potato salad, then anything is possible. If, like me, you grew up on great British sci-fi, you really should check it out.

The Minister of Chance

The third Kickstarter project is a card game, Rocket Race:  A Steampunk Rocket Building Card Game by Triple Ace Games. While they are better known for their awesome roleplaying games, this game looks like a lot of fun. Don’t take my word for it, though. Let the guys from Grim Tree Games take you through how the game plays…

How can you resist a game that includes cards like Trained Monkeys, Volcanic Eruption, and One Hundred Hungry Mice. Part of the fun of playing will be trying to figure out how exactly your fabulous contraption actually functions.

Rocket Race has 24 days left to run, and is sitting at just under 50% funded. Yeah, the shipping may hurt if you’re outside of the UK, but I get the feeling the game will be well worth it. The guys at Triple Ace Games are not known for turning out boring product, unless you’re allergic to fun.

API 2E CoverLast, and certainly not least, Apocalypse Prevention, Inc. 2nd Ed. This one is particularly important to me as I’m part of the team making this a reality. That alone is a little scary, but hearing about how much people enjoy the game when it does release will make it all worth while. But enough about me.

As the name suggests, this is the second edition of Apocalypse Prevention, Inc which has been around for about six years now. This new edition features updated rules, more races (called Demons in the game), and even more setting material. If things go well enough, the existing supplements will get upgraded to second edition, giving players and GMs even more options and awesomeness to play with. If I’m really lucky I might even get my wish of API Worldwide: New Zealand.

If you’re wondering how the game plays, think of it as Men In Black meets Joss Whedon’s Angel with a splash of Office Space. Humour is just as important as horror and action in this game. It comes with its own rules system, but there are also plans to release a Savage Worlds version of the game. To be honest, you could probably adapt the game to your preferred system as well. There’s enough setting material in the book to make it worth getting on that alone.

Like Rocket Race, Apocalypse Prevention, Inc. is sitting at around 50% funded with 28 days left. Of all the projects in this post, this is the one you should back first, but then I would say that, wouldn’t I…

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