If you follow this blog, you’re probably at least vaguely aware that I’m involved with a Kickstarter campaign for a forthcoming tabletop roleplaying game called The Strange.

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You may also know, if you’re into tabletop games at all, that Monte Cook and Bruce Cordell are two of the most imaginative and admired designers of RPGs in the business. And perhaps you are aware that they’re the creators of this game. (You might even know that the two are childhood friends who reached the heights of their careers without ever working on a major project like this together.)

And you might know that Monte Cook Games, the company I helm and which is producing The Strange, recently released the critically acclaimed Numenera roleplaying game. Numenera was also funded via a Kickstarter campaign, which, a year ago, blew away all previous crowdfunding records for an RPG.

But here’s something you might not know: While several other RPGs have crowdfunded at levels approaching Numenera’s (and a few have even beaten that record), not one of them—not a single one—was a new property. Every other major RPG Kickstarter has been for an established brand that had a built-in audience eager for new product. Cthulhu. World of Darkness. Exalted. Shadowrun. All venerable names with decades of brand-building behind them. Until now.

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Every Kickstarter is different, and we’re four days away from closing this campaign. The last days often see a huge spike, but I’m not willing to prognosticate. One thing is already clear, though: We’ve done it again. Even if we don’t raise another penny, The Strange will still stand next to Numenera, head-and-shoulders above any other new crowdfunded RPG.

If you haven’t checked it out, you really should. In addition to being the masterwork of two of the greatest RPG designers of all time, it’s a hell of a deal: It’s one of those Kickstarters where the stretch goals have snowballed, growing a great set of rewards into an incredible deal. And we’re hitting new ones every day.

If there’s one comment we’ve heard over and over again about Numenera, it’s “I missed the Kickstarter campaign, and I really regret it.” Don’t let that happen to you!

And don’t dawdle: The campaign ends Friday!

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