When the Moon Hangs Low is a gothic action RPG from Isolation Games, it’s been successful enough to do that rare thing for an indie RPG; it’s back on Kickstarter for a print edition.
As a special treat, Geek Native has a playlist by Rob Leigh, the game’s designer, of music appropriate to the game. It’s inspiration, background music for before or during play or perhaps even for the approach of Halloween.
First, though, let’s take a look at the Kickstarter.
The original PDF of the game is available on DriveThruRPG where it has a full-size preview and has become an electrum bestseller.
There’s also a Discord if you want to talk about the game, question people familiar with it, or hang around with fellow gamers.
When the Moon Hangs Low playlist
Thanks to Rob for putting together this Spotify compilation.
There are 25 tracks, an hour and a half of music.
The game is set in the city of Harrowmire; a decrepit, gothic city in the grip of a terrible curse. The world is similar to our own towards the end of the Industrial Revolution of the 1840s; new discoveries are beginning to revolutionise society but there is still an air of mystery and darkness. Harrowmire is inspired by early Victorian-era London, Prague, Paris and similar cities. It is an imposing and labyrinthine metropolis that reaches into the sky, with towering buildings linked by walkways and bridges that crisscross and overlap. Harrowmire was a place of both incredible decadence and crushing poverty until a series of terrible tragedies left it ruined and mired in darkness.
Once, people flocked to Harrowmire to either seek their fortune in the ancient necropolis beneath the city, or in search of the miraculous life-extending Bitter Sacrament. But now the terrible sorrow plague has ravaged the city, striking down rich and poor alike. While most victims simply die in agony, a small percentage are instead twisted into bloodthirsty ghouls. As if that were not enough, during the chaos of the plague a terrible fire swept through Harrowmire, killing thousands and leaving much of the city in ruins.
You can support the game by sharing news of the campaign on social media or by offering some cash. If you can offer £5, you’ll get your name in the book; at £10, you’ll get that and a PDF copy.
There’s a wait for that PDF as Kickstarter is also funding new art, which will need to be added; the layout changed as a result.
Backers who can find £20 to support the project will get a print-on-demand code discount. As usual, that still means there’s a printer and shipping cost.
There’s 1 slot left for anyone who wants to become an Emissary of Darkness and crate a Mark for the game, a sigil that hunters bear.
The estimated delivery for the campaign is April 2023.
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