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A longshank rascal with a mighty nose! Designer of Lovecraftesque and many future games.
A longshank rascal with a mighty nose! Designer of Lovecraftesque and many future games.

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There's about 48 hours left on the Flotsam: Adrift Amongst the Stars Kickstarter. It's already funded, with nearly 600 backers and stretch goals by Emily Care Boss and Grant Howitt already in the bag. We've just this morning unlocked a great new scenario by +Mo Holkar and we're on our way to a great new scenario by Helen Gould!

In case you missed it: it's a game where you play outcasts, misfits and renegades living in the belly of a space station, in the shadow of a more prosperous society. You play through their everyday lives, their interpersonal relationships and small-scale drama against the epic backdrop of space.

Imagine the Belters of the Expanse watching as Earth and Mars shape their lives, the civilians in Battlestar Galactica living with the decisions made by the military and the folk of Downbelow in Babylon 5, abandoned to destitution and squalor by those who built the station. This game is about characters like that.

If you're on the fence, feel free to ask a question here!

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I'm excited to announce that we're unlocking a new add-on for Flotsam : snazzy slipcases illustrated by +Anna Landin that show the station from a distance, amongst stars and space ships. As you open the slipcase you'll zoom in to the scene on the cover. They're going to be really gorgeous!

The slipcases are £10 plus £2 extra for shipping. Just add £12 to your pledge to get this add-on. I'm also planning to make them available as an upgrade via a pledge manager (e.g. Backerkit).

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Just 24 hours now!
There's about 48 hours left on the Flotsam: Adrift Amongst the Stars Kickstarter. It's already funded, with nearly 600 backers and stretch goals by Emily Care Boss and Grant Howitt already in the bag. We've just this morning unlocked a great new scenario by +Mo Holkar and we're on our way to a great new scenario by Helen Gould!

In case you missed it: it's a game where you play outcasts, misfits and renegades living in the belly of a space station, in the shadow of a more prosperous society. You play through their everyday lives, their interpersonal relationships and small-scale drama against the epic backdrop of space.

Imagine the Belters of the Expanse watching as Earth and Mars shape their lives, the civilians in Battlestar Galactica living with the decisions made by the military and the folk of Downbelow in Babylon 5, abandoned to destitution and squalor by those who built the station. This game is about characters like that.

If you're on the fence, feel free to ask a question here!

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Before I even managed to properly update about Helen Gould's scenario, it's been funded! Kickstarter does get a bit exciting in the last two days. Next up is +Tiburce Guyard's stretch goal, "Carceres".

Carceres is a prison where the scum of the galaxy is sent: space pirates, dangerous lifeforms, criminal superbeings, and mad psions. Prisoners endure the harshest of the mistreatments. During the night, they dream about getting their freedom back. But no one has ever escaped.


+Tiburce Guyard is a French indie game designer, translator and publisher. He has published The French edition of The Sprawl and several storygames/RPGs on his Tipeee (https://www.tipeee.com/khelren ). He has recently written Godsend, a hack for Legacy, and won Gamechef.

Let's make it happen! #flotsamrpg

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There's less than 48 hours left on the Flotsam: Adrift Amongst the Stars Kickstarter. It's already funded, with nearly 600 backers and stretch goals by Emily Care Boss and Grant Howitt already in the bag. We've just this morning unlocked a great new scenario by +Mo Holkar and we're on our way to a great new scenario by Helen Gould!

In case you missed it: it's a game where you play outcasts, misfits and renegades living in the belly of a space station, in the shadow of a more prosperous society. You play through their everyday lives, their interpersonal relationships and small-scale drama against the epic backdrop of space.

Imagine the Belters of the Expanse watching as Earth and Mars shape their lives, the civilians in Battlestar Galactica living with the decisions made by the military and the folk of Downbelow in Babylon 5, abandoned to destitution and squalor by those who built the station. This game is about characters like that.

If you're on the fence, feel free to ask a question here!

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There's about 48 hours left on the Flotsam: Adrift Amongst the Stars Kickstarter. It's already funded, with nearly 600 backers and stretch goals by Emily Care Boss and Grant Howitt already in the bag. We've just this morning unlocked a great new scenario by +Mo Holkar and we're on our way to a great new scenario by Helen Gould!

In case you missed it: it's a game where you play outcasts, misfits and renegades living in the belly of a space station, in the shadow of a more prosperous society. You play through their everyday lives, their interpersonal relationships and small-scale drama against the epic backdrop of space.

Imagine the Belters of the Expanse watching as Earth and Mars shape their lives, the civilians in Battlestar Galactica living with the decisions made by the military and the folk of Downbelow in Babylon 5, abandoned to destitution and squalor by those who built the station. This game is about characters like that.

If you're on the fence, feel free to ask a question here!

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There's about 48 hours left on the Flotsam: Adrift Amongst the Stars Kickstarter. It's already funded, with over 500 backers and stretch goals by Emily Care Boss and Grant Howitt already in the bag.

In case you missed it: it's a game where you play outcasts, misfits and renegades living in the belly of a space station, in the shadow of a more prosperous society. You play through their everyday lives, their interpersonal relationships and small-scale drama against the epic backdrop of space.

Imagine the Belters of the Expanse watching as Earth and Mars shape their lives, the civilians in Battlestar Galactica living with the decisions made by the military and the folk of Downbelow in Babylon 5, abandoned to destitution and squalor by those who built the station. This game is about characters like that.

If you're on the fence, feel free to ask a question here!

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Less than 4 days left to back Flotsam: Adrift Amongst the Stars! If you've been pondering backing it, but still unsure, feel free to ask me a question or two!

What do I look for in an RPG? These days, I'm looking for a sign that the game is designed to deliver more than just action, and usually some focus on people; and that its system will be more than just a bunch of stats and a combat system, and usually some focus on people. What do I mean by "people"? I guess I mean interpersonal drama, relationships, all that jazz. I'm don't really immerse all that deeply, so (for me) this isn't driven by a desire to feel emotions or identify with my character; it's just that a game is more compelling and engaging if it's about those things.

Plus, you know, setting matters too. I'm looking for a grabby setting and/or situation. Something that pushes my buttons, in terms of genre and trappings. A compelling set up where I can see there's going to be cool drama right away. It's hard to say what this means in practice other than I know it when I see it.

Other than that, I like to support independent designers and not just funnel all my cash towards big companies and big names. Likewise I like to play games that are innovative and different, and not just replay the same experiences session after session.

What gives an RPG staying power? It's not the game, it's the group and out-of-game situation that gives something staying power. Don't get me wrong, the game matters, but not as much as you'd think. If I'm enthusiastic for a group and our schedules work, we keep playing - sometimes even if the game itself isn't all that good. #rpgaday

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I'm also excited to announce two new stretch goals for Flotsam: Adrift Amongst the Stars! We have Best Served Cold by Helen Gould, which we'll fund if we hit £13,300 ($17,300) and Carcares by +Tiburce Guyard, which we'll fund if we hit £14,300 ($18,600).

Best Served Cold: Most of the people lurking belowdecks in The New Argonaut have been exiled there for political reasons. Above, a proud and ruthless cabal dictate who gets to see starlight and who has to scramble for survival. But not for much longer. After all, the enemy of your enemy is your friend - and the cabal have put a lot of their enemies in the same place.

Helen Gould is a writer and poet, as well as a cast member on The Rusty Quill Gaming podcast. She's written scenarios for Cthulhu Dark and Fear's Sharp Little Needles, and has been a part of the London indie gaming scene since 2014.

Carceres is a prison where the scum of the galaxy is sent: space pirates, dangerous lifeforms, criminal superbeings, and mad psions. There, prisoners endure the harshest of the mistreatments from guards and doctors in order to become rehabilitated. During the night, they dream about getting their freedom back. But no one has ever escaped the station.

Khelren is a French indie game designer, translator and publisher. He has published The French edition of The Sprawl and several storygames/RPGs on his Tipeee (https://www.tipeee.com/khelren). He has recently written Godsend, a hack for Legacy, and won the Gamechef.

I'm excited to have Helen and Khelren on board, and to see their great stretch goal scenarios become reality!
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