Inspired by the likes of Indiana Jones, Uncharted and the Mummy and boosted by success in Italy, Broken Compass is a new RPG that comes not in a glossy hardback that you might find in a library but as a rugged notebook that might be stashed away in a backpack.
For the next day, the early bird tiers are live. The cash is coming in thick and fast. Publisher Two Little Mice asked for €4,000 to fund the RPG and a day later there’s €15,000 pledged. You can see those numbers climb on the campaign page.
There’s a free quickstart currently available from Two Little Mice.net, the publishers site. A chance to see what “Best RPG Of the Year” looks like from the huge, bigger than most, Lucca Comics & Games festival.
The game by Riccardo Sirignano and Simone Formicola, illustrated by Daniela Guibellini, uses the Fortune System. That’s a cinematic engine that uses small pools of d6 when there’s a consequence of failure, and the goal is to roll pairs or better.
The early bird costs €65 (about £60) and is generous. You’ll get the Broken Compass book and PDF, the Golden Age book and PDF, LuckTales in PDF, your name in the credits, a digital soundtrack and exclusive 1999 poster and all digital stretch goals.
In contrast, the standard €29 tier gets you all three books in PDF, your name in the credits, the soundtrack and digital stretch goals.
It takes €69 to get back to the early bird level, but, of course, the exclusive poster has gone.
There’s a second €109 early bird hero level that adds the Fortune Screen, 9 dice, world map and all unlocked stretch goals, whether they’re digital or not. It’s €115 if you miss that, and you don’t get the poster.
The journal bound rules are 240 pages of colour, and the hardcover is 15x23cm. The book includes the full set of game rules, so you don’t need to buy any other Fortune System material and comes with the default 1999 setting.
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