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Old 02-29-2024, 01:26 PM   #1
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Default Saethor's Bane: Introduce folks to Powered by GURPS with a programmed solo adventure

Saethor's Bane: A programmed/solo adventure for the Dungeon Fantasy RPG. Backerkit Crowdfunding through March 9.

One of the more challenging things about introducing new players to the Powered by GURPS ecosystem is that the game "front-loads" the complexity and choices. Games start a substantial chunk of points - which measure decision-agency rather than any universal measure of competency. This can be navigated in many ways, the usual one being getting a helping hand from an expert, often the GM.

Even so: there are newb-traps, and a lot of technical jargon. And many ways to get something done. Many campaigns stall there, even with a ruleset tuned to one particular aspect of gaming: the Dungeon Fantasy RPG and it's gleeful and self-aware embrace of hack-and-slash gaming.

Delvers to Grow was designed to answer what I perceived as a need for a faster on-ramp to the game. While yes, with help or experience, or a really clear character concept, a new player or GM could sit down and get it all done, frequently that isn't what happens. The best way to learn the game is to play the game, and that requires getting to the table.

We built Delvers to Grow around getting to the table fast, within the context of the DFRPG license, with enough choices to make a character meaningfully different. The Dungeon Fantasy RPG answers the "genre-focused example" part of the need.

And now, Gaming Ballistic presents the last piece of the puzzle: Saethor's Bane is a “programmed” adventure, originally written by David Pulver, playable solo or with a group, with or without a GM. It walks you through combat, choices, and advancement in a focused military style fightin’ campaign.

It funded within the first eight hours, and is now less than $3,000 away from achieving the stretch goal to make the interior full color. It runs through March 9. If you've ever been curious about how the Dungeon Fantasy RPG actually plays, there's never been a better time to try it and find out. If you've been looking for a way to introduce your friends and fellow gamers to Powered by GURPS, this is a fantastic opportunity.

Join the Campaign! Saethor's Bane on Backerkit Crowdfunding.

(As an aside: it's fairly cool that about one in seven pledges are opting for starter sets of one form or another. Basically 14% of the backers are trying this out for the first time. That's a nice pickup on future players!)
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