Know the warning about putting all your eggs in one basket? The following official tabletop RPGs all needed the first Kickstarter from brand new publisher Evil Genius Games to succeed.
Those games? Pacific Rim, Kong Skull Island, Highlander, Escape from New York, The Crow, Universal Soldier, Total Recall and Rambo. No, really. The Kickstarter wanted $15,000 to fund the 5e-d20 Modern mashup Everyday Heroes and on launch day it’s speeding towards $100,000.
Evil Genius calls Everyday Heroes the “spiritual successor to d20 Modern”. That was an official Wizards of the Coast version of D&D d20 designed to suit the modern world.
Some of the original team are back on the project, 20 years later, to mash it gracefully into 5e.
In the Everyday Heroes™ Core Rulebook, we provide everything you need to run a modern-day campaign. We have 18 classes, dozens of professions and backgrounds, and we have the gear. We have a new wealth system and rules for car chases. You’ll have everything you will need to design your own spy thriller, Navy SEAL rescue, or murder mystery.
But that’s not all. You can also step into one of our eight different Cinematic Adventures and play your own action hero within a blockbuster franchise. You can step into a Jaeger and fight kaiju. You can befriend Kong and fight terrible beasts on Skull Island. You can mow down rebellions alongside Rambo. Each Cinematic Adventure not only gives you an adventure set in the world of these movies, but also new 5e mechanics.
You can support the project by telling friends about it. If you pledge cash and can go as high as $25, you’ll reserve a digital version and a Roll20 version of the rulebook.
At $50, you’ll get a hardcover of those same core rules added to your rewards.
Pay a bit more, $80, and that hardcover becomes the autographed Anniversary Hardcover,
Evil Genius Productions will offer their settings in many ways, one of which is through a season pass. You can get the 2023 season pass added to your digital-only rewards if you can go up to $150.
The 2023 rules complication, in digital and hardcover, is there as a new bonus for backers at $250. That’s a costly but popular tier so far.
There are other tiers, including retailer offers and pledge manager buy-ins, but when will all this happen? The digital edition is slated for November 2022, but the hardcover is due after and in March 2023. Add in the season pass content, and you’ll have to wait for that to be ready. I expect that it will deliver throughout the year, as the name implies.
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