Kickstarter is quickly becoming a favorite place for us here at Castles and Cooks to mine for our next great game or piece of cooking equipment. While the risks are well established, the chance to discover something truly unique is one of the things that keeps us coming back for more. From time to time we’ll aggregate our favorite Kickstarters here and tell you why they are worth supporting.
Methodology: We do not actually back every project listed in this round-up (though we do specifically indicate those projects we have helped fund). The projects that we choose are based on several factors, but we tend to gravitate toward projects that have low risk, great value, and where there is excellent communication about the economics. It also helps for the product to just be awesome, something that we would want to play or use.
Transhuman: Eclipse Phase Player’s Guide
What is it: A player’s guide for Eclipse Phase (check out our review for more information) providing alternative character generation, expanded rules for tricky morphs and backgrounds, and lots of new player options to fill needed gaps in the existing rules.
For fans of: The Eclipse Phase sci-fi RPG, or of gritty sci-fi horror roleplaying in general.
Why we love it: Eclipse Phase is an awesome setting which does not shy away from difficult concepts or take the easy way out of a theme. There are plenty of elements to the game universe that make you scratch your head, and this sourcebook has answers to a lot of the trickier questions.
Where are memories stored in a gestalt swarm of mechano-bugs? How different is an uplifted chimp’s psyche from a human’s? What rights do bodiless infomorphs have? The alternative caracter generation is also a great addition for when you don’t want to tackle the complicated-but-detailed standard generation method. This is especially good for new players but probably the biggest sell for GMs in need of fast NPCs.
In addition to the original content of the book, the Kickstarter has been run extremely well. The stretch goals (almost all of which have been met so expect more soon) are really compelling and interesting for backers, and are actually improving the whole game, not just this sourcebook. Also, much of the material is being openly playtested at the Eclipse Phase forums so the fans are really getting a lot of input into this book.Read More
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