Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Kickstarters: Mermaid Adventures and Kaiser's Gate

Hey guys...I just wanted to toss a couple of newsbits out there.

My friends Eloy Lasanta and Mike Lafferty have each written a couple of books that are up on Kickstarter right now. First up: Mermaid Adventures by Third Eye Games.


Mermaid Adventures is geared towards bringing kids into role-playing, a notable digression from Third Eye Games' normal works. There are four races of Merfolk - Fishfolk (classic mermaids), Eelfolk (slippery pranksters), Octofolk (who are apparently quite magical) and Sharkfolk (the big bruisers). As the image shows, this isn't all undersea tea parties. Eloy has been revealing details of the system over at the Kickstarter page, so pop on over and check it out. The Kickstarter is a little less than halfway to the goal with 24 days left to go, and some perfectly good reward levels: The PDF is $10, the print is $20, you can get a t-shirt at $45 and so on. Eloy says on the Kickstarter page that he's gearing the game for anyone from ages 8 to adult.


This one is actually already funded, though you have time (32 days) to jump on board and help push it to its stretch goals. Co-written by Mike Lafferty and published by Battlefield Press, Kaiser's Gate is a Weird Wars-ish World War I setting for Savage Worlds, in which the Tunguska event has re-awoken magic in the world. Just a few blurbs from the Kickstarter page:

* Sorcerers of the German Imperial Army - fueled by the magic of red dragons - bulldoze Allied defenses and push deep into France.
* Heroic griffin riders of the French Air Service fight to free their nation from the daily terror of zeppelin bombing raids
* British golems squads fight alongside tanks to turn the tide of battle against the Central Powers
* In the darkest days of the war, in desperation, the Kaiser makes a Faustian bargain that unleashes an invasion of legions of creatures from Faerie onto the European continent.

$10 gets you a PDF (or ePub or Mobi), $25 gets you a physical book, and some bonus art opportunities are available. The Kickstarter is less than $50 away from unlocking a soundtrack as well! I actually have a copy of the manuscript in hand, and a full review will be coming shortly, so stay tuned for that!