Sunday, August 2, 2015

#RPGaDay2015 - 2nd - Kickstarted Game

It's August 2015, and to follow on with the success of last year's #RPGaDay event, David Chapman at Autocratik has created a new list. Each day in August, I'll be posting my "answer" to that day's topic.

I had a tougher time with this subject than one might expect—Kickstarter game most pleased I backed. I've decided on presenting a tie: Mermaid Adventures and East Texas University (ETU). As you might guess, there's a story for each.

Mermaid Adventures is a great kids game about... Mermaids! There are several cool things about it—the system is fun, it's written by my good friend Eloy Lasanta at Third Eye Games—but the main reason this one's special is that my daughter playtested it when she was eight. Consequently, I ended up running a lot. When it came time for the survey when I backed it, I did so in her name.

When Pinnacle Entertainment did their Kickstarter for Deadlands: Noir, I skipped it. I was feeling a little burned out on Deadlands and Savage Worlds at the time. To this day, it is "the Kickstarter that got away" for me. Aside from being a great game, it's one of the best values to ever grace Kickstarter. I haven't missed a Pinnacle Kickstarter since.

That in mind, there's no way I would have missed the ETU Kickstarter. I have always loved 12 to Midnight's Pinebox setting. What's more, ETU was announced in (I think) 2008, and I've literally wanted it since then. To this day it is the Kickstarter I've backed for the most money ($80), and, like Deadlands: Noir, it was a great value.