It has been a very long time since I posted an update on what I have received as rewards from the Kickstarter campaigns I have backed. In the past several weeks, I have received multiple long-awaited and eagerly anticipated rewards. Given the breadth and scope of the three biggest campaigns I have received rewards for - Fateforge, Iron Kingdoms, and The One Ring - I will write up separate posts for each of those. For today, I will write about four smaller campaigns.
First up is the Northern Animal Tarot 2nd Edition set from Wilder Hearts. I am not a tarot user, but I thought this deck would work really well as a prop for an RPG set in a boreal forest. The cards are big, glossy, colorful, and substantial. The packaging was great as well, with lots of extra touches that really added. In addition, the artist is from the Edmonton area, so it was nice to support her. This was her second edition and I will gladly pick up the third edition if it is of similar quality.
The second package was from Eventyr Games for their Wanderer's Guide to Merchants & Magic (5E) supplement. I was a fan of Eventyr before I saw this on Kickstarter as I had purchased their "Tomb of Annihilation Complete DM's Bundle" from DM's Guild. I purchased the digital version and was really happy to receive several maps, printable cards for the merchants, and 40 really nice tokens for the characters outlined in the book.
If that was not good enough, they posted on Kickstarter they are working on a Foundry VTT module for the material from Wanderer's. Based on my interest in a post on Kickstarter, I am now playtesting the module for them. The layout and depth of their digital stand-alone product translates really well to Foundry.
The third reward was the PDF version of The Lazy DM's Companion from Mike Shea. I picked this up automatically due to how much value I received from Shea's "Return of the Lazy Dungeon Master". Where "Return" radically changed how I thought about running and creating games, "Companion" is more of a summary of ideas from Shea's website and YouTube channel.
It's not that "Companion" is bad by any means, but it just did not have the same impact on me as "Return". Flipping through it was a "yeah, yeah, read that already" experience instead of a "OMG that's a great idea" experience. That said, I will automatically back Shea's next campaign since he puts out great content on a regular basis.
Last up is a reward that has nothing to do with gaming. Dave Kellett is one of my favorite creators online. I have purchased prints, books, and films from him, largely from his online comics Sheldon and Drive. I also back Kellett on Patreon.
This campaign was for a magnet and pin set as part of Kellett's campaign to curate comic creators. (I purposely did the alliteration in that because of Kellett's and co-creator Brad Guigar's 4 C's for comics.) I am happy to send Dave money on a regular basis and this had the added benefit of being a way to encourage my younger daughter to continue with her drawing and comics.