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The Stillfleet Core Rulebook

Created by Wythe Marschall

The long-awaited new sci-fi TTRPG as heard on Fun City: unique, flexible rules + an unforgettable game universe! If you missed the Kickstarter campaign, you're not too late! You can still order the professionally designed and illustrated, ~340-page hardback book. You can also pick up our second official venture (playable scenario), The Rain Thieves. This is politically charged eco-horror at its finest!

Latest Updates from Our Project:

The BackerKit store is live, and surveys are headed your way!
12 days ago – Thu, Sep 22, 2022 at 07:45:20 AM

AT LAST, the time of trembling is nigh—

Our BackerKit store is open for business. If you missed the Kickstarter campaign, this is your chance to grab a copy of the Stillfleet Core Rulebook along with the new full-length venture and setting sourcebook, The Rain Thieves.

If you already pledged on Kickstarter, you don't need the store, because you’ll receive a survey soon (tonight) confirming fulfillment details and allowing you to pick up additional add-ons, if desired. Note, if you're a backer who has never filled out a survey on BackerKit before, see the summary of the process below.

Up-Spin and down-, the same muffled echoes glance off of humble mycelial squaring-walls in the Canteen and exquisite tassel-doors woven of real Calay plankgrass in the Archive, said alike in the dozen-dozen languages of biologicals and the thousand-thousand bespoke code-idioms of informatics: “The Ochre Brokers are here! The Ochre Brokers are here!”

New add-ons: art prints, dice, gunch shirt

During the campaign, we unlocked 4 high-quality art prints by artist Ethan Gould: Spindle (the book cover),  the cover of the Original Soundtrack, a new size-comparison chart packed with voidminers, and the hero art from the Core Rulebook chapter, "Wires," on technology.

We are also happy to partner with porcelain artist Mart Vaarpuu and artist and teacher Eva Liisa Sepp to offer a prototype handmade porcelain dice set, specifically for Stillfleet. Handmade porcelain is an absolute pleasure to roll, and you can get this first, limited run of porcelain dice (d6, d8, d10, and d12) through BackerKit.

You can also pick up our second T-shirt, which was designed by Sunaree Paiwong using art by Ethan Gould according to the direction of our brilliant patrons. The theme is something like, "vaporwave Lucky Charms ad for psyonicks-enhancing drugs," which feels… on-brand.

TL;DR: we added additional add-ons, if you enjoy that sort of thing!

Overall, we can’t thank you enough for your support. We're very busy now, finishing up both books. Major specific shout-out to Jedd Cole and Jesse King for playtest-GMing The Rain Thieves, to Jedd for some excellent edits to that book, to our amazing GM-mods on Discord, to Leonardo Andrade for getting us some of our first coverage in the press, to Richard Cross for ongoing marketing help, to the Fun City crew for their tireless support, and to Making a Monster, One Shot Test Kitchen, and Wobblies & Wizards (forthcoming) for the pod appearances.

As crimson is the color of the Basilikon (the unhidden face of the Directorate) and moss is the color of the public Archive, ochre is the color of the tiny Guild of Right Perambulatory Brokers. These so-called “pledge-takers”—who, the rumormongers swear, dwell in the Orange Fortress deep in the Escheresque—solicit once per TSol-year from the inhabitants of Spindle all manner of requests for rare arts and wonders from across those myriad islands of life in the void that are known to but not otherwise engaged by the Co., carefully taking account of exactly what quanta of voidguilders have been exchanged for which treasures…

The BackerKit survey process

Soon, you’ll receive an email from us with a special link to your BackerKit survey.

You don’t need to create a BackerKit account to fill out your survey. When you receive the email with the survey, click the survey link to respond. Answer the questions about your reward preferences, provide shipping information, and purchase add-on items if you like. 95% of you don’t have access to this survey link yet (we completed the 5% "smoke test" last night), but it will be available soon via email!

After you respond to your survey, you can go back later and change your responses at any time before we close the surveys and get our final counts. We're aiming to do that in early November.

If you need to review your information or pledge status, you can return to your survey by clicking the link in your survey email or requesting your survey link under "Lost your survey?" on our BackerKit project page at https://stillfleet-core-rulebook.backerkit.com.

If you used your Facebook credentials to log in to your Kickstarter account, the BackerKit survey is sent to the email address you use for your Facebook account. If you have another email address that you prefer to use, please contact support at https://stillfleet-core-rulebook.backerkit.com/faq.

During the same trip to Spindle, the Brokers solicit confirmations of “fulfillment” from the scattered rare-arts-and-wonders marchands of the hundred-hundred minor market worlds—and their confirmations arrive by tachyon before the solicitations are completed. It is a dreadful-confusing choreography of exchange…

BackerKit is in the works
about 1 month ago – Fri, Sep 02, 2022 at 10:46:11 PM

Quick update: now that the campaign is over, we're setting up add-ons and then final reward surveys via BackerKit. BackerKit will allow those of you who ordered pins and T-shirts to specify which options you want (designs/sizes). You can also add art prints. We'll finalize all of the designs before surveys go out, so you'll have a better sense of what you're choosing.

Based on what BackerKit advises, we should send our survey out in two weeks. We're aiming for September 14-ish. You'll be notified by email, and you can always DM me with questions. Surveys will close by early or mid-November, when we lock in the print orders. Updates to come as we move forward.

Overall, this campaign has been a learning process, and we're grateful for your patience and support. In the future, we'll finalize add-ons earlier to clarify those choices for backers, and we'll charge shipping later, via BackerKit, to allow for more options and hopefully lower costs.

For now, we sincerely thank everyone who backed the Core Rulebook. We'll keep you in the loop as it comes together, both in PDF and hardbound form, alongside The Rain Thieves and sundry merch.

Final day / all stretch goals DECLASSIFIED
about 1 month ago – Tue, Aug 30, 2022 at 12:55:06 AM

Wild ride! Earlier today, we reached our final stretch goal—two brand-new episodes of Fun City's superfuture, Stillfleet-powered series, Float City! Thanks so much to everyone who's backed us, suggested a gunch-themed T-shirt idea, played the game, listened to Float City, and/or supported indie TTRPGs in general. Much respect.

As we enter the final day of the campaign, we cannot wait to send you high-quality, idea-packed, art-stuffed books as soon as we can. Updates to come, throughout the design, printing, and shipping process.

In the meantime, if you're interested in learning more about the design of the game, check out Wythe on Lucas Zellers's Making a Monster podcast. And join us on Discord for a game!

Stretch goal mini-venture: "Motes in the Eye"
about 1 month ago – Sun, Aug 28, 2022 at 05:55:58 PM

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Major updates ☉ continued thanks
about 2 months ago – Sat, Aug 20, 2022 at 02:47:56 AM

Final (planned) stretch goals

We just. Can't. Keep. Up. We're all working hard to make sure the books (rulebook + venture) are finished on time, develop our new series of mini-ventures, and finalize the details of printing. In the meantime, we keep hitting stretch goals!

To celebrate, we've decide to unlock both of our remaining planned stretch goals: hardback print upgrades + an all-new, 2-episode arc of Float City, over on Fun City Ventures. No joke.

We're beyond excited to make this announcement, and our fingers/antennae are crossed that we'll be able to reach these final goals.

Borough Bound crossover

We're extremely happy to have enticed our friends over at Borough Bound into bringing some elements of Stillfleet to their latest city—the flying, dieselpunk, goblyn-run free port of Gruuk Jit'Jit.

Check out the post here (tons of free content!), download some maps and music, and stay tuned for future Borough Bound collaborations.

We love well-written speculative urban planning—by turns philosophical, funny, and narratively rich—and we're looking forward to running a venture in Gruuk Jit'Jit very soon.

One Shot Test Kitchen appearance

Our friends over at the OSTK podcast were kind enough to invite Ethan and Wythe on for a quick (~2.5-hour) real-play one-shot followed by an interview about the design, politics, and future of Stillfleet. If you like actual-play/game-design chats, check out these episodes and subscribe to OSTK!

(If you want to hear more about the game's creation, check out this interview with Pod of Blunders, recorded last year.)

Stillfleet: The Original Soundtrack, Vol. 1

Last but certainly not least, update-wise, some of our musical friends have created a full-on, official OST for Stillfleet: these 11 tracks are bangers in their own rights, and they also work as vibe-appropriate background scores for different moments in your epic sci-fi TTRPG sessions. Listen on your favorite (sigh—giant, corporate) streaming service:

Would people be interested in buying the high-quality MP3s of these tracks as an add-on? Comment and let us know.

Major thanks to all of our artists—Sam Tyndall of Cuneiform, EJ Whiten, Joo-Young Kim, XeroPulse, and Will Savino/Music d20/Borough Bound—and thanks to Will for mastering the album and getting up streaming.

ZineQuest shout-out

In the spirit of supporting other game designers, we may shout-out a few other August Kickstarter campaigns to check out. First up, Ceres: The Planet That Never Sleeps. This city-planet setting feels ripe for Stillfleet-ish intrigue. And I just love the name "The Church of the Process" as a faction. Check it out.

Hope everyone has a great weekend. Happy end-of-summer!