Blackout Games are on Kickstarter with a project about training monsters, going on adventures with them and doing battle.
Take that Pokemon start and throw in a Wild West vibe, light as it is and based on the music choice and art, and you get Monster Wrangler. The campaign is asking for $10,000 to fund. Monster Wrangler has over two weeks still to run is a third of the way there. You can check out the latest total and join in at the project page.
Blackout Games has an exciting mission statement. They say the company was created to bring quality games to a world that has not yet been devoured by zombie peacocks. I imagine they’ll sometime before the zombie peacocks get here.
The creatures in Monster Wrangler can be organic horrors or mechanical war constructions, and the adventures can be adults, kids, or a mix.
It also sounds like there will be a lot of dice. Firstly, you add stat and skill together and roll that many d10. Any tens you get explode, which mean you roll more dice for each.
There are thirty different monster species in the core rules (technically thirty-one, if you count the example Loxabox). Each monster belongs to one of six overarching categories: – Beast, Construct, Plant, Scrounger, Brute, or Vermin – which serve as a general description as to what sort of monster it is. For instance, Construct monsters are all artificial machines, while Beasts are quick hunters.
Unusually, we know more about the system than the world setting after this Kickstarter. Are these friendly monster battles? Or blood sport?
A pledge of $15 is enough to unlock a PDF copy of the main rules and all the stretch goals.
A step up to support the campaign with $50 is needed for the next reward. That’s a hardcover copy of the rules, which will ship worldwide, but the postage must be found separately.
Higher levels exist, such as tournament and retailer bulk purchases. The tiers are expected to be fulfilled in June next year.
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