A humble but very good Kickstarter success in 2015 was Legacy: Life Among the Ruins from UFO Press. Ed Gibbs called it ” Legacy: Life Among the Ruins serves as an elegant re-exploration of the trail first blazed by Vincent Baker in his revolutionary Apocalypse World.”.
Author James Illes is back on Kickstarter to do a second edition. We’re tweaking the rules, adding some oomph and getting enough budget to do better than print on demand.
News of the end of the world has clearly spread. At the time of writing Legacy: Life Among the Ruins 2nd Edition has 26 days left on the clock and has nearly doubled its £8,000 goal. Impressive.
A backing of £8 (which is about $10) gets you immediate access to the current draft, a PDF of the book and a credit. Step up to £15 and you’ll get that, unlocked content and a £10 discount on the physical copy. An interesting tactic. The top tiers have sold out.
This time around UFO Press are getting logistic support from Modiphius Entertainment. This is a good move. Modiphius know Kickstarter well and I’m sure they’re helping to advertise the project. A case in point is the detailed shipping cost chart that lets you work out just how much a paper book will cost if you pledge £30 and get a physical copy.
The thing about Legacy: Life Among the Ruins is the players control families. You have to think about the long term. You’ll face the fallout of your actions for generations to come if you’re unlucky and you’ll benefit from successes for years. This helps turn the post-apocalypse genre into something broader than just staying alive in the ruins. In this game you can see if you can make a difference.
Got 80 minutes? Here’s playtest of the chargen!