Paul Mitchener’s Kickstarter for the Liminal RPG looks like it does everything wrong. Like Summerland we have a vertical video, just the author dialogue and in this case shaky cam footage from Mitchener’s lap. Easy to give a miss? Right? Stick with it. You’ll be able to tell that Paul Mitchener isn’t reading off a script, it’s this easy for him to talk intelligently about the game. He seems smart, in a flattering British sterotype sort of way, and (at the time of writing) Liminal has 24 days stil to run and has pretty much tripled target. You can follow progress here.
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While you might be underwhelmed by the video a quick scroll down the campaign page should improve your spirits. Great art and a great team; Becky Annison, Jason Behnke, Neil Gow, Stephanie McAlea and Guy Milner.
This won’t be an expensive RPG. Liminal feels more like a labour of love rather than an aggressive commercial play. £8 will get you the PDF. £15 gets you the PDF with the option to print. £20 for the PDF and all stretch goals. There are black and white options available but this blogger is eyeing up the £50 pledge level for the premium colour hardback.
Let’s take a quick look at some of the factions in the game.
- The Council of Merlin, Britain’s oldest, richest, and most traditional magical order. It dates back to just after the end of Roman rule in Britain, and regards other magical groups as unworthy of note.
- The Court of the Queen of Hyde Park, who claims to rule over all Fae in London, and to be influential in other Fae Courts throughout Britain. And her chief rival, The Winter King, exiled in the highlands of Scotland.
- P Division, an obscure division of the UK police force handling paranormal crimes in the mundane world. Those in the mainstream police regard P Division as cranks, and a posting there as a career dead end. But P Division knows how vital their work is.
- The Sodality of the Crown, a cabal of vampires who work behind the scenes to influence both national and international politics.
- The Order of St. Bede, a church organisation who not only act against supernatural threats to ordinary people, but labour to cover up all evidence of the supernatural, especially magicians who perform their magic too blatantly.