Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Familiars of Terra

I don’t often suggest Kickstarters on my blog but I want to point to one that’s wrapping up in the next couple of days: Familiars of Terra. This game comes from Liz Chaipraditkul (designer of Witch). Liz also oversaw Heroes & Villains and The Crescent Empire for 7th Sea 2e. I’ve reviewed the former and I’m running some fantastic sessions using the latter right now. The Crescent Empire’s hands down my favorite Middle Eastern-themed rpg supplement: smart, respectful, showcasing diverse cultures, and filled with imaginative space. You can hear my interview about her 7th Sea work here

What’s Familiars of Terra, well it’s “…an epic fantasy tabletop role play game set in Terra, a world where everyone has their very own animal familiar! You play a Seeker, someone who accepted the call to heroism and adventures through the land helping those in need. Using a standard deck of poker cards to resolve all checks and exciting familiar dueling mechanics, your familiar will evolve and change with every exciting adventure.”

The concept feels like Digimon meets Lgend of Korra. At least that’s the vibe the Quickstart suggests. That’s how I ran it for our online one-shot. Like the best settings and supplements it has hooks as well as room to find your own space. Sherri and I love how the system handles the familiars—everyone has them (ala The Golden Compass), but those of the PCs develop and grow. Add to that a strange magical-techno post-apocalypse and I’m hooked. I’m really looking forward to the final product. It is funded and they’re looking at stretch goals right now.

The interior art’s awesome too. I highly recommend it. 

If you’re interested you can check out the session I ran. I had a great time—and the players loved it to.