Oliver McNeil is back on Kickstarter again with project 33 and another in The Storymaster’s Tales hybrid series. These are part game book, part RPG and part board game.
Mysterious Islands has a pirate theme, but the solo to the five-player game is a fantasy with magic and monsters. It suits players from ages eight and up, and it’s funded, and you can find out more on the pitch page.
Based on the grim style of 18th-century fairytales, the world of Mysterious Islands is one that characters from previous The Storymaster’s Tales can be imported into.
More than a “mere book”, this adventure has integrated soundscapes and narrations and uses QR codes.
Written to entertain ages eight to adult, the Storymaster’s Tales has become a wonderful introduction to RPGs around the world. It’s even being used into schools and libraries to teach cooperation, decision-making, and reading confidence.
Enjoyed by solo players, couples, and families of all ages, it really is unusual for an RPG to have such broad appeal.
The game uses cards, and backers get those as a reward at the £12 tier.
Hardbacks of the game, which include rules, story areas, encounters and treasures, are unlocked at £30. However, the campaign only ships to certain countries.
At £42, backers can get the hardback and cards or get the signed hardback and cards. Yeah, really, there’s no price hike, but the signed copies are limited to only 250 copies.
There’s even a £100 tier that includes a Zoom-run adventure for a family of three.
Oliver estimates a May 2023 delivery for the project.
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