I’ve been thinking of putting Hari Ragat up on Kickstarter for funding, so I can finally start going after that make-or-break ingredient – art. This exotic setting needs art, lots of it, and good art at that. Art that I think can best be provided by Filipino comics artists.
So this is what I’m thinking of doing with the concept:
- Hari Ragat Playtest
a one-shot adventure with pre-generated characters and just enough of the rules to run the game (free PDF);
- Hari Ragat Players’ Guide
Epic roleplaying in a setting inspired by maritime Southeast Asia;the full core rules and setting (PDF)
- Hari Ragat Deluxe Edition
Epic roleplaying in a setting inspired by maritime Southeast Asia; the full core rules and setting, plus exclusive additional content such as war game and empire-building rules (PDF)
- Trials of the Godborn
experience the world of Hari Ragat from a radically different perspective – as one of the giant, sorcerous Raksasas! (PDF)
- God-Kings of the Volcanic Plains
travel to the world of Hari Ragat’s past, for intrigue and jungle warfare with elephants and chariots in the legendary realm of the Nayyalinga kings!
Why all PDF? Considering my circumstances, and the fact that I’ll be producing the books here in the Philippines with most buyers likely to come from the USA or Europe, going all-electronic media for now is probably the best option. As I can do the layouting myself, my only out-of-pocket expenses should be the art and the initial playtesting. I’ll consider a POD option later, if demand is good enough.
If I do go POD though, I’ve thought of a possible way to sweeten the deal; I can leverage my shutting back and forth between Manila and Davao to produce some goodies for buyers or higher-end backers. Maybe something along the line of handcrafted ‘tribal dice’ with shell/mother of pearl/brass pips. Hmmmm ….
One big hurdle to pass though; as of now Kickstarter will only take projects from US residents. Wonder if they’ll let me ask a relative to open a project account/proxy for me?