Kickstart Your Week—2018.11.18

It’s time to Kickstart Your Week. Let’s review the campaigns that were still active last week.

Emberwind

Emberwind

Emberwind

A friend pointed this one out to me when he saw it a con. He said it looked like something that was right up my alley. He wasn’t wrong. First, the art is obviously appealing but it is also evocative of everything Emberwind stands for. When I look at it I can tell the world is filled with mystery and power struggles. On the surface—and this is always my hesitation when it comes to new RPGs—I don’t know how much appetite I have for learning a new set of rules. However, these rules look amazing even if unfamiliar. Take a look at this PDF for more details. You can also check out a sample foe card below.

Something that makes this campaign special is that all hard copy books come with the PDFs. Furthermore, all PDFs come with a lifetime access to revisions so you’ll never have to worry about whether you should buy version 2 of the same PDF. I like that a lot. Another focus that I appreciate is that Emberwind is a role-playing game where you don’t need a GM. This may be a great alternative for a D&D group where no one wants to rotate DMs. Dungeon/Game Masters need breaks sometimes and this is a good solution!

Rootbloom Foe Card

Rootbloom Foe Card

This campaign is 77% funded with 28 days remaining.

Link to the Emberwind Campaign

Awkward Guests

Awkward Guests

Awkward Guests

I think it’s a foregone conclusion that I love a game with storytelling as its main element. RPGs being chief among them. But I also love deduction games. One Night Ultimate Werewolf, Coup, and The Sheriff of Nottingham are some other favorites. I’m not sure what I could say about Awkward Guests that you can’t get from the videos on the campaign page. In summary, it looks like what would happen if you took your old Clue board game and put it in a root cellar to mature and age for 40 years or so. It’s more nuanced and has a lot more character. Here is a link to the rules.

I love the creators’ humor (Mr. Walton is dead…he was a jerk, but he’s still dead). A system that gives a different murder scenario each time you play means replayability should be through the roof and with no apparent downtime, engagement should be pretty high too. Those are two important factors, for me, when deciding whether to own a game. Some other factors are art and theme (check and check) as well component quality. As with any Kickstarter, it can be challenging to determine that last one. However, if this campaign hits all its stretch goals I have faith that component quality will be stellar!

If you like hard-boiled noir whodunits this is perfect for you.

Awkward Guests is already 2,757% funded and still has 18 days to go.

Link to the Awkward Guests campaign

Lamp’s Light Sanitarium

Lamp's Light Sanitarium

Lamp’s Light Sanitarium

This is a supplement book for playing Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition with a focus on horror campaigns. Rest easy, it doesn’t mean the creator has simply thrown in blood and guts and called it a day. Matt Corley has instead focused more on building feelings of dread and managing madness. Lamp’s Light highlights the horror inflicted upon others (particularly those who are powerless to combat it) and on the slow degradation of one’s own mental and emotional faculties. For all intents and purposes, this looks like a supplement for those who prefer to let combat take the back burner.

I think this is a perfect supplement for those who want to take a group of characters through a more cerebral style of play for a bit. However, I do concede that this one may not have mass appeal. Horror is already pretty niche. However, the Victorian/steampunk setting looks incredibly inviting to me. Someone buy this and invite me over!

Lamp’s Light is fully funded (115%) and still has 9 days to go.

Link to the Lamp’s Light Sanitarium campaign

Wrapping Up Kickstart Your Week for 2018.11.18

That’s all for this week’s Kickstart Your Week. Let me know if you plan to back any of these or if I’ve missed something you’re keen on seeing featured. Also, if you’re a creator and would like your campaign considered for a feature, reach out to me at patrick@nonzerosumgames.com.

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