Kickstarter Tips for Role Playing Games

Links last updated Sat Sep 24 11:40 PDT 2016
Top 10 RPG Kickstarters by amount funded last updated Mon Oct 27 17:00 PDT 2017 .
I also track Top 10 RPG Kickstarters by number of backers.


 

Keeping an eye on these Active Kickstarters ( last updated Tue Nov 14 20:17 PST 2017 (UTC -7) )

Kickstarter offers a list of all ongoing RPG-related kickstarters.


If you know of other good articles on Kickstarter for table top Role Playing Games (RPGs) I'd like to hear about them at cdr AT telemancy.com.

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RPG Kickstarter Tips


General Kickstarter Tips

These aren't about RPGs but have very interesting information anyway:


Useful Books on Crowdfunding

I also recommend these books for anyone interested in crowdfunding:


Other useful advice on Kickstarter

CrowdFunding Dojo has some excellent advice:
Avoid talking about donations. They're backing you, unlike a donation people are getting (hopefully awesome) stuff.
Second, NEVER talk in the third person on the campaign page ("Katie is...") People back people. ALWAYS First or second person.
Third, Backers are making your dream come true. They need to empathise with you. Share WHY this is important to you in DETAIL.
The last image of a Kickstarter video stays up when done. Remind people to share and pledge on it.


Advice from other successful kickstarter creators: When planning your funding goal remember that Kickstarter takes 5%, and Stripe takes 3-5%.

One tricky bit of the Kickstarter interface: you to use the same button you use to make proposals to go ahead and set up/launch an approved project.

For people who haven't done Kickstarter before, here are some useful things to know about the surveys you do at the end to gather information from backers. These are courtesy Steven Long from Hero Games' Book of the Empress Kickstarter:


You can only send out a Kickstarter survey to each tier once, so be sure to ask for everything you need. And all questions must be answered (other than the optional bits of address) so make sure you give backers a way to answer "none" or "n/a" for not applicable or what have you.

An interesting thing Zombie Orpheus did for their Hands of Fate kickstarter was direct the backer to a survey on Survey Monkey, which at the end gave the backer a code to enter in at the Kickstarter survey, as the answer to the only question. That gave them much more flexibility in asking what additional rewards people wanted.

If your project expenses are in a different currency than you're fundraising in, think about impacts of exchange rate changes between getting the funds and spending them. For instance, if you're raising Canadian Dollars but paying US Dollars (or vice versa) this can bite you. 10-20% moves can happen within the time frame of a project.

Update 2014-02-10: Kickstarter now permits backers to change their addresses after the initial survey, if you select "Let backers change their address".

Update 2014-10-29: Kickstarter has improved its handling of shipping: https://www.kickstarter.com/blog/weve-made-shipping-rewards-a-lot-more-flexible . You can set shipping costs per-country (or "rest of world") for each tier (although it may get tedious). It still counts the shipping cost vs. the funding goal, unfortunately, but at least now one can charge a different price for US, Canada, Europe, and Australia, without needing 4x as many reward entries.

Update 2015-01-06: Kickstarter is switching from Amazon Payments to Stripe.


Potentially useful places to tell about your RPG Kickstarter other than your own fanbase. (Podcasts, blogs, etc that would like to hear about RPG kickstarters, feel free to email me at cdr AT telemancy.com if you'd like me to add you to this list.



 

Top 10 RPG Kickstarters

Here are the Top 10 RPG Kickstarters I know of. If you know any I missed, please let me know via email or twitter (@carlrigney). This list is by amount pledged, but I also track Top 10 RPG Kickstarters by number of backers.

Kickstarter's Most Funded Tabletop Games includes all kinds of table-top games, not just RPGs, and doesn't show games that pre-date the division of games into Video Games and Table Top Games at Kickstarter.

RankPledgedBackersEndedProject
1$1,316,81311,4832016-03-137th Sea: Second Edition
2$845,2584,1852017-10-27Numenera 2: Discovery and Destiny
3$684,7554,3682013-06-08Deluxe Exalted 3rd Edition
4$672,8993,9262014-04-02Deluxe Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition
5$664,2741,8462016-09-16Invisible Sun
6$617,2664,3522016-03-20Robert E. Howard's Conan Roleplaying Game (£436,755)
7$561,8363,6682013-06-29 Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition
8$534,9573,4942015-10-18Corvus Belli's INFINITY Roleplaying Game (£346,330)
9$517,2554,6582012-09-17Numenera
10$438,0764,2382016-05-19Rifts® for Savage Worlds

Honorable Mention

                   
PledgedBackersEndedProject
$433,36510,1032013-01-29Fate Core
$418,4782,8832013-11-22The Strange, a Tabletop RPG by Bruce Cordell & Monte Cook
$417,5603,3172015-09-07Numenera: Into the Ninth World
$406,4005,6002016-12-15Tales from the Loop - Roleplaying in the '80s That Never Was (SEK 3,745,896)
$380,0582,6842016-01-12Deluxe Changeling: the Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition
$380,0152,1082012-11-01Deluxe Werewolf the Apocalypse 20th Anniversary Edition
$362,3242,5332015-10-29Delta Green: The Role-Playing Game
$355,9622,2812017-06-30Torg Eternity
$348,6415,1122015-05-18The Planet Mercenary Role Playing Game
$346,9073,3992017-10-12Forbidden Lands - Retro Open-World Survival Fantasy RPG (SEK 2,828,267)
$341,3314,3802014-12-03Paranoia RPG (£217,517)
$336,7242,7332016-03-31KULT: Divinity Lost - Horror Roleplaying Game (RPG) (SEK 2,746,655)
$334,7144,0852016-10-22Scion 2nd Edition Tabletop RPG
$313,7933,2732016-10-02Trudvang Chronicles (SEK 2,709,837)
$304,4302,4562016-04-01Worlds of the Cypher Systems
$295,6452,2482015-01-06Deluxe Wraith: the Oblivion 20th Anniversary Edition
$294,6282,0852012-07-01Traveller 5th Edition
$286,5651,9852014-12-12Exclusive Numenera Boxed Set Edition
$281,3922,1412014-11-06Deluxe V20 Dark Ages
$268,3241,9722013-04-02Achtung! Cthulhu (£177,557)
$266,0842,8192016-04-29Unknown Armies Third Edition Roleplaying Game
$260,9621,2762012-12-18The Guide to Glorantha
$246,5411,0032012-07-02Rappan Athuk
$244,9601,1992014-03-09Mutant Chronicles 3rd Ed. RPG (£151,072)
$243,9451,5462013-01-10Through the Breach: A Malifaux Roleplaying Game
$217,4602,2882017-07-21The Yellow King Roleplaying Game from Robin D. Laws (£167,341)
$215,3692,2592015-11-24Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG 4th Printing
$207,8041,3742012-09-30Horror on the Orient Express: Call of Cthulhu by Chaosium
$207,6462,5532017-11-127th Sea: Khitai
$206,8192,1762015-12-21RuneQuest: Classic Edition
$206,8062,3112016-07-19Mutant Crawl Classics RPG (MCC RPG)
$203,5032,3282016-04-06Sandy Petersen's Cthulhu Mythos for Pathfinder
$193,4043,2392016-03-08Pugmire Fantasy Tabletop RPG
$192,0363,1432017-08-30Stars Without Number: Revised Edition
$191,4281,9332017-02-24Midgard Campaign Setting: Dark Roads & Deep Magic
$189,7424,2412016-12-08Dialect: A Game about Language and How it Dies
$187,3072,5332017-05-17Eclipse Phase, Second Edition
$187,1711,8382017-04-25DCC Lankhmar
$185,1373,4022014-10-17Feng Shui 2: Action Movie RPG by Robin D. Laws
$181,3591,8422016-09-29Deadlands Classic 20th Anniversary Edition
$179,2803,9252015-04-09Blades in the Dark
$176,4501,5872016-09-30Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game, Powered by GURPS
$173,6841,1602016-11-18Shadows of Esteren - A Medieval Horror RPG: Dearg
$170,5092,2692015-01-27Grimtooth's Ultimate Traps Collection
$165,4683,0912017-10-16Mini-Dungeon Tome for 5th Edition or Pathfinder RPG
$162,8191,0112017-03-17A Strange Box
$154,1552,0482017-02-28Dusk City Outlaws
$149,6814,3322016-03-01Apocalypse World 2nd Edition
$147,7697532013-12-12Cthulhu Britannica: London - Call of Cthulhu RPG boxed set (£90,412)
$147,5121,6192016-06-02The Dark Eye RPG—English Edition
$147,4391,1302017-08-05Traveller RPG: The Great Rift & Deep Space Exploration (£113,782)
$145,9501,9152016-08-11Coriolis - A Sci-Fi RPG from the makers of Mutant: Year Zero (SEK 1,233,574)
$140,12214982015-04-10Shadow of the Demon Lord
$137,9571,4202014-12-03The Dracula Dossier by Pelgrane Press (£87,935)
$137,6021,0532014-04-06Shadows of Esteren - A Medieval Horror RPG: Tuath
$137,0249512013-08-11Shadows of Esteren - A Medieval Horror RPG: Travels
$131,3571,6532017-03-23Mutant: Mechatron - Rise of the Robots Roleplaying (SEK 1,178,366)
$129,8201,7452016-11-20Bluebeard's Bride
$129,7541,0662015-01-21Shadows of Esteren - A Medieval Horror RPG: Occultism
$129,6401,7042012-09-16Tenra Bansho Zero
$128,2902,0302015-02-28World of Darkness Dark Eras Prestige Edition
$126,1091,2842015-09-02Ernest Gary Gygax Jr.'s Marmoreal Tomb Campaign Starter
$126,0311,9272013-07-11Deep Magic: A Tome of New Spells for Pathfinder RPG
$125,4401,6382013-02-05Deluxe Tunnels & Trolls
$125,0641,4372017-03-24LexOccultum - Role Playing Game (SEK 1,121,760)
$123,4531,2512017-11-08Symbaroum - Monster Codex (SEK 1,031,062)
$123,1681,9462017-07-27Top Secret: New World Order - the espionage roleplaying game
$121,3017952016-01-17The Lost Lands: The Blight - Richard Pett's Crooked City
$118,5341,9702017-06-15Monarchies of Mau Fantasy Tabletop RPG
$117,9651,8982013-05-22Transhuman: The Eclipse Phase Player's Guide
$117,6481,1402012-06-14Deadlands Noir
$116,7061,1182016-07-23Deluxe V20 Beckett's Jyhad Diary
$116,3831,6232015-07-02Beast: the Primordial Prestige Edition
$116,1501,2492014-10-1313th Age in Glorantha
$115,3483,0462014-09-09Designers & Dragons history of RPG industry 1970-2010
$115,1128742016--04-05Judges Guild Deluxe Collector's Edition
$112,7661,0252013-08-25Space 1889 - SF Role Playing in a More Civilized Time (£72,379)
$112,0802,3192013-06-17OVA: The Anime Role-Playing Game
$111,7501,5142015-06-17No Thank You, Evil! a Game of Make-Believe for Families
$110,7646352014-09-16Joe Dever's Lone Wolf - The Lone Wolf Adventure Game (£68,005)
$109,5961,0192014-02-12Earthdawn 4th Edition
$108,3622,1092016-02-05The Burning Wheel Codex
$107,3282,3712015-10-25Masks: A New Generation
$106,2571,1932017-03-08Elite: Dangerous Role Playing Game (ED RPG) (£86,913)
$106,1441,2652014-08-02Fragged Empire: Tabletop RPG (AUD 113,975+)
$105,9416352014-09-16Joe Dever's Lone Wolf - The Lone Wolf Adventure Game
$105,8811,9802014-02-21TimeWatch: GUMSHOE Investigative Time Travel RPG
$104,8311,7672013-01-10Mummy: The Curse Core Rulebook
$104,3131,7622016-11-24City of Mist, a noir RPG of modern-day legends
$103,1351,3592014-07-03Deluxe W20 Book of the Wyrm
$98,6238682017-05-22Sigil & Sign - Cthulhu Mythos RPG where you play the cultist (£76,034)
$97,9602,0562012-12-15Ryuutama - Natural Fantasy RPG
$96,3261,1342012-03-16V20 Companion Deluxe Edition
$93,8452,1852012-11-02Hillfolk: DramaSystem roleplaying
$93,3311,1092015-10-22Savage Worlds: Rippers Resurrected RPG!
$91,9501,4832017-08-17Spire RPG (£71,708)
$91,5541,7472017-06-23Cthulhu Dark (£71,835)
$90,0811,0822013-07-14The Chuubo's Marvelous Wish-Granting Engine RPG
$89,2275582017-06-29Western - the Roleplaying Game (SEK 751,530)
$89,0941,0102016-03-04Mutant: Genlab Alpha (755,002 SEK)
$87,8681,5262015-12-15Shinobigami - Modern Ninja Battle Tabletop RPG from Japan
$85,8501,5132015-07-20Blue Rose: The AGE Roleplaying Game of Romantic Fantasy
$85,2662,3502013-05-21Golden Sky Stories
$85,1617262016-07-08The Lost Lands: Bard's Gate for 5E, Pathfinder, and S&W
$85,1309652014-04-23City State of the Invincible Overlord
$85,1107192016-04-05Polaris RPG (EUR 74,645)
$84,4302,7562017-05-29Cortex Prime: A Multi-Genre Modular Roleplaying Game
$83,2646242014-04-27Metamorphosis Alpha Deluxe Collector's Edition
$82,8792,4552012-06-30Dungeon World: A Game with Modern Rules & Old-School Style
$82,7691,5162017-08-25Paladin: Warriors of Charlemagne
$80,6818102012-11-01Monster Hunter International Employee's Handbook and RPG
$80,4601,7132017-08-24Legacy: Life Among the Ruins 2nd Edition (£62,258)
79,6847032017-05-23Aces & Eights: Reloaded, a Wild West role playing game
$77,1866872017-04-20FAITH: The Sci-Fi RPG Core Book and miniatures (EUR 70,577)
$75,2328222013-08-01Primeval Thule
$75,1369932015-05-18Fall of Magic - a role playing game of profound fantasy
$75,0452,0782014-03-01Project: Dark
$74,1009652015-12-20Mindjammer - The Roleplaying Game The City People (£50,045)
$74,0335072014-12-15Masks of Nyarlathotep Prop Set for the Call of Cthulhu RPG
$73,9579952014-05-08What's O.L.D. Is N.E.W. - Two Crunchy Roleplaying Games (£43,707)
$73,4719152013-04-01Freeport for Pathfinder
$73,3572,0742016-02-10Fate More: From Bits to Books
$72,2481,4482016-06-22Red Markets
$71,0342,4162016-11-30Monsterhearts 2 (CAD 95,085)
$70,1018462012-09-2213th Age expansion book: 13 True Ways
$69,8891,1032017-07-04Fragged Empire RPG: Expanded (AUD 92,156)
$69,1461,9632017-04-30Talislanta: The Savage Land
$68,8286872017-04-10Symbaroum: Karvosti - The Witch Hammer (SEK 616,263)
$67,7311,0172016-02-02Scarred Lands--FRPG setting in both 5e & Pathfinder editions
$67,8568972016-11-20Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea 2E
$67,3239782015-06-25The Sixth Gun RPG for Savage Worlds
$67,2841,1172015-05-06Phoenix: Dawn Command - a card based role playing game
$66,2548232013-08-23Red Aegis
$65,9935632015-07-21World War Cthulhu: Cold War for the Call of Cthulhu RPG (£42,607)
$65,8171,1902013-04-03Kobolds Ate My Baby in Color
$65,1541,7452013-05-31Torchbearer
$64,5451,2112015-01-01Shotguns & Sorcery RPG
$62,8068312015-11-21Deluxe Werewolf 20th Shattered Dreams
$62,7231,5552012-10-01Tremulus: a Storytelling Game of Lovecraftian Horror
$62,5851,6612017-10-06Tiny Dungeon 2e - Minimalist fantasy roleplaying is back!
$62,0437032017-05-04Alternity 2017 - A Science Fiction Roleplaying Game
$61,3788072014-08-11Dungeon Crawl Classics: Peril on the Purple Planet
$60,5931,0372017-08-05Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras 2
$60,2691,2452016-09-04Ultimate Bestiary: Revenge of the Horde! New 5E Monsters!
$57,7071,0122016-10-27Salt in Wounds Tabletop Setting for 5th Edition & Pathfinder
$56,1231,0642016-09-29Deadlands: Good Intentions
$55,8905182016-07-05Symbaroum: Thistle Hold - Wrath of the Warden (479,637 SEK)
$55,8251,0822017-05-07Journey To Ragnarok: A Norse Mythology Adventure for 5e (EUR 51,369)
$55,6291,6742015-08-04Microscope Explorer
$55,6087052012-07-30Shadows of Esteren - A Medieval Horror RPG
$55,3911,1362013-12-10Advanced Bestiary for the Pathfinder RPG
$54,6431,0102016-05-08Fragged Empire RPG: Protagonist Archive and Miniatures (AUD 74,818)
$54,1929522016-08-26Prince Valiant® Storytelling Game by Greg Stafford
$53,8546142017-03-04Wearing the Cape: The Role Playing Game
$53,2651,0672016-03-08Baby Bestiary Volume 2 & Vol. 1 Reprint
$52,9877712015-03-10Masks of Nyarlathotep Companion for Call of Cthulhu (£35,937)
$52,8118702015-08-18Primeval Thule 5e
$52,2096602015-11-22Aethera Campaign Setting
$51,0407972015-05-17Advanced Races Compendium for Pathfinder Roleplaying Game
$50,4611,3102016-10-31Demon Cults & Secret Societies: 5th Edition & Pathfinder RPG
$50,2546192015-09-01Metamorphosis Alpha: Epsilon City
$49,5001,1952016--04-21Unbound RPG (£34,547)
$49,3247172011-08-25Far West: Western/Wuxia Mashup adventure game
$48,8061,3342014-11-18Night Witches
$48,7561,0232012-04-14Dwimmermount: An Old School Fantasy RPG Megadungeon
$48,5166962016-11-21Aventuria Almanac - The Dark Eye RPG
$48,0882842016-10-19Lovecraft / Cthulhu based Spell Book & RPG / LARP Game
$48,0735152016-10-03Inheritance
$47,7749562017-11-05Rider of the Black Sun: A Fantasy Gamebook (EUR 41,228)
$46,8058312013-08-29Weird Wars Rome - Savage Worlds
$46,7136742017-07-03The Lost Citadel - Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy Roleplaying
$46,6791,0972013-03-24Wicked Fantasy by John Wick.
$46,2354582017-07-14Warring Kingdoms - The Dark Eye RPG
$45,6091,2132016-11-06Swords & Wizardry Complete Rulebook 3rd Printing
$45,1988792016-09-18Villains and Vigilantes™ 3.0: The Mighty Protectors™ RPG
$44,8918932017-02-02Middarmark
$44,2305072013-07-31Revelations of Mars
$43,8861,5642016-03-30Godbound: A Game of Divine Heroes
$43,7751,2882013-02-09Cortex Plus Hacker's Guide
$42,8591,0582014-10-15Karthun: Lands of Conflict
$41,9599182017-03-02Cold Shadows - Narrative Espionage Roleplaying
$41,5161,2022017-08-11Parsely Games: Featuring ACTION CASTLE and Other Adventures
$41,4227832013-12-02Call of Catthulhu
$40,7521,6222015-08-11Downfall
$40,6016722016-02-29Aaron Allston's Strike Force
$40,3757932014-10-31Chill 3rd Edition: A Horror Roleplaying Game
$39,9987062017-09-19SINS - The Roleplaying Game (£29,498)
$39,4201,0532015-08-04The Warren
$38,3888852017-10-19Cavaliers of Mars, a tabletop roleplaying game
$38,7845442015-09-10Vurt: The Tabletop Roleplaying Game
$38,6986442017-01-12Harlem Unbound, a Cthulhu roleplaying game sourcebook
$37,6758462014-10-02Spirit of 77 - a Funky 1970's Tabletop Role-Playing Game
$37,2595552015-02-14Skybourne: A Pathfinder Campaign Setting
$37,0808632015-05-03Epyllion, a Dragon Epic RPG
$36,4241,5542016-11-16Follow
$36,5486392014-10-28Five Moons RPG by Sean K Reynolds
$35,6529882017-07-27Misspent Youth RPG: Sell Out with Me
$125,4563,2472017-Feb 14How to Write Adventure Modules That Don't Suck (RPG-related)