Joel Vreugdenhil is an indie game dev with an interesting urban fantasy RPG set in a supernatural world. Star and City is up on Kickstarter and has two months to collect funds, but only a few tiers for backers to pick from.
The game has two play modes, one for in conflict and another for other times, and merges mechanics from TTRPGs like Blades in the Dark and Tenra Bansho Zero with inspiration from computer games like Dicey Dungeons. You can back or follow the progress from the pitch page.
Jason says the game is done, the Kickstarter is for art, and you can join the Discord server to read it.
Amazingly, that’s the first time I’ve seen Discord used like that.
The setting has humanity in a vast walled-off city, under dead stars, a frozen sky and perhaps a supernatural time dome or a banned technology.
There’s a conflict with Abnormalities, which provide the only non-human source of meat and danger.
The sky above the city hangs frozen and unmoving. A perpetual twilight pins the stars and binds the darkened clouds in place.
Tibil seems to have been put in some strange supernatural “Stasis”. From inside the city’s borders time seems to stand still, with the blackened clouds outside sitting frozen in the sky.
The exact nature of this Stasis unknown, is the result of some old world technology, the so-called “Black Tech” the Monad has banned since Tibil’s inception? Or could the Stasis be part of some supernatural element of the city itself?
You can back the project in the usual way by telling others or offering some cash. For just CA$1, you get a Discord role, immortalising your help.
It’s CA$30 (about £19) for backers to pick up the core book in PDF as a reward for their support.
After that, the tiers are high and limited. There are only ten slots at CA$150 in which you have a name feature in the book. Alternatively, for $200 to reference or prompt for some art, that slot is limited to just 5.
The game is due this year if the Kickstarter is successful, with a delivery date of July on the cards.
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