Kickstarted game most pleased you backed?
Sean Preston’s tremulus (Reality Blurs).
I wanted to like Fate at that time. I liked the aspects idea and the „metagaming approach“ of the system. Accordingly, some Fate books where on the top of my reading and play list.
Then came tremulus. For me this game opened the gate to the wonderful Powered by the Apocalypse games. I bought Vincent Baker’s Apocalypse World when it came out. For yet unknown reasons, I never got really into the game. I like Dark Future stuff, but Apocalypse World is in my opinion „difficult to access“. Then I played Sean Preston’s interpretation and I loved it from minute one. Playbooks, easy rules that support/require some improvisation and a Cthulhu setting. ’nuff said.
I only regret that I backed G. M. Skarka’s Far West and Monte Cook’s Numenera. In my opinion, an awful mix of classic Dungeons & Dragons tropes with pseudo weird Science Fantasy. No, I don’t want to collect techno-magical Numenera in a lame Ninth World. Beside Pathfinder my most „hated“ roleplaying game. In recent years, Far West was ridiculously often promised. I have some serious doubts that this Wuxia RPG will ever come out. It sounded so good. Very sad story.
Honorable mentions – other Kickstarter game stuff I’m (very) happy with:
Guide to Glorantha (Moon Design Publications)
The Dracula Dossier (Pelgrane Press)
Feng Shui 2nd Edition (Atlas Games)
Chill 3rd Edition (Matthew McFarland)
Shadows of Esteren (Agate Editions)
Dungeon World (Sage Kobold) and other Powered by the Apocalypse World interpretations like Spirit of 77 (Monkey Fun), Urban Shadows (Magpie Games), etc.
Vampire: The Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition (The Onyx Path) No kidding, two days ago they announced Vampire: The Masquerade 4th Edition. Maybe VTM4 will have something to offer, but it’s probably time to focus on other systems. (Urban Shadows?)
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