Josh Heath of High Level Games has launched a Kickstarter for a tabletop RPG that’s described as nostalgic and hard-hitting. You’re also playing the role of a plastic soldier in a war-torn world.
Army Men, designed by Neal Litherland, has dozens of backers and about a month to hit the campaign goal. You find out more about the living plastic battles at Kickstarter.
The nations of the Plastos Federation are in a desperate struggle against the plastic monsters known as Vespoids.
The inspiration beyond playing on the bedroom floor with plastic soldiers seems far-ranged, as Heath cites Poe.
The colour of your plastic soldier is akin to classes, species or creed. Here’s a breakdown;
- Green – Persistent fighters who endure.
- Gray – Leaders, at times, and tacticians.
- Blue – Slightly odd warriors who can sometimes perceive things others do not.
- Red – Grounded fighters with loads of common sense.
- Tan – Independent and often marine-styled soldiers.
There are guns, equipment options, a modified take on the 5e system and a whole world, albeit a battle, to explore.
Deep dive back into when you were little, knees on the kitchen floor or backyard as you moved your tiny plastic people across barren wastelands under the fiery night sky. Reimagine a world with a sense of that wonder and create stories that keep tables coming back for more. Using the new Creative Commons license for 5E we have created a book with great tactical combat, story hooks, and a world of plastic.
The indie project can be helped by spreading the news or offering cash. A pledge of $1 is enough to buy into the project add-ons.
The PDF edition of Army Men unlocks at $15, with DriveThruRPG involved. It’s $40 for the physical copy of the RPG to be added in.
There’s a limited $200 tier which lets you name an NPC as well and one at $225 which lets you put your very own face into the RPG.
Alternatively, $250 will have you help design a foe that’s significant enough to appear in a sourcebook. Tactically, this also means Josh and team do not need to wait for backers to hand in their contributions for the main rules to be out on time.
Except for the retailer tier, the last one is $300, which includes Josh running 3 sessions for you and up to four friends. That’s $100 a game or maybe even only $20 a head.
The team estimate an April 2024 release for the PDF but a January one for both the PDF and physical copy, which is odd.
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