The Other Roleplaying Game (aka Torg) was first published back in 1990 by West End Games. Written by Greg Gorden and Bill Slavicsek the game casts players as Storm Knights, who to try and defend Earth from the pan-dimensional entities known as High Lords.
The game is currently owned by Ulisses Spiele and has been taken to Kickstarter. You can follow the Campaign Here
It was back in 2015 when we first reported Mark Plotz, Torg fan, and president of the German publisher Ulisses Spiele, had picked up the rights for the game. Greg Gorden had been co-opted into high level involvement. The game is cinematic and brings you a mashup of cultures and genres.
Greg’s mentioned in the Kickstarter. If the campaign hits $200,000 then Greg returns to Orrosh. At $220,000 Bill Slavicsek makes a return via the Possibility Wars. Right now the highest quoted target is $310,000 which will unlock a set of punch-out sheets with all the threat blips going into every Cargo Box. Those figures rather suggest at the ambition of the relaunch. Right? And what’s a Cargo Box?
The first Cargo Box is known as “The Delphi Council Cargo Box” and needs a pledge of $200. Think that’s high? The $1,000 tier to get a seat on the Delphi Council has sold out.
The good news is you don’t need to go that high. The basic digital backing pledge is $30 and that gets you PDFs of the Torg Eternity Rules, Drama Deck, 16 Character Archetypes, Status Tokens, Status, Shock, and Wound Counters plus any digital stretch goals. At the time of writing 155 gamers have gone for that option.
Want a print copy of the game? You have to hit $70 for a Torg Eternity rule book, dice pack, print and PDF Status, Shock, and Wound Counters, all the original books in PDF form and digital stretch goals. Fewer gamers, only 85, at the time of writing, have taken that option. Instead you’ll find most people up at $120 for the Torg Print Game Master tier adding in the Drama Deck (which you need!) and the GM Screen. 270, right now, have gone for that.
So with at least one person in your group needing to hit at least $120 how is the Kickstarter campaign going? The goal is only $8,000 and they’ve smashed that. As this blog goes live there’s some $204,150+ in the pot (so one of the original authors has returned) and over 1,200 backers. I’m not surprised. There’s still 25 days on the clock.
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