Baz Stevens lowballed it, asking for only £300 for his tabletop RPG The King of Dungeons and now, with 23 days still to go, he has nearly £4,000 raised from over 300 backers. You can see the progress the campaign makes on Kickstarter.
It’s an elementary pledge tier; £6 for the PDF, £12 gets you the PDF, and an at-cost (so not free) voucher for DriveThruRPG printing and £18 gets you the PDF and the same at-cost deal for the hardback.
In the game, adventurers are professional dungeon raiders. You’ll have competitors. If you’ve watched any anime series around dungeon crawling, then you’ll be familiar with this troupe. I think it works well.
The King of Dungeons probably isn’t for newcomers to the hobby. Baz makes this assumption in the campaign introduction and gets straight to the point. He’s been playing for ages and has spent years working his own version.
This isn’t an OSR game, Baz stresses it’s not from any school. It’s “dungeoning and dragoning through a modern lens of systems”, and it is presented with passion and a sense of humour.
It’s based on The 13th Age Roleplaying Game’s Archmage Engine, though. Baz describes it;
The system is to 13th Age what Basic D&D was to AD&D; compatible, but stands up on it’s own.
What do you think? Tempted or does The King of the Dungeons not do enough to earn a space on your (virtual) shelf?