Heartbreak & Heroines: Feminist RPG Kickstarter project

Edit:

It has come to my attention that a post has come out declaring that the starter of this project, Caoime, is someone who has sexually molested a transgender man.  At this point, it is probably best that you read through the post and make your own choices and decisions about whether to fund or support this project.

 

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A new tabletop RPG is in the works, that is, if enough people help to fund the project on Kickstarter.  Heartbreak & Heroines is “a fantasy roleplaying game about adventurous women who go and have awesome adventures — saving the world, falling in love, building community, defeating evil. It’s a game about relationships and romance, about fairy tales and feminism.”

In case you’re not familiar with how Kickstarter works, it’s a website that allows people to post independent projects — everything from books, films, video games, charity non-profit work, businesses, and more — that require funding in order to begin or complete.  People can then fund the projects by donating a little bit (or a lot) of money to help the project see the light of day.  The creators of the projects are obligated to provide benefits to the financial backers based on terms they lay out broadly for all potential backers to see.  It’s a neat idea that has supported lots of interesting and creative projects, such as Womanthology, an all-female comic anthology that has raised over $62,000 so far.

Heartbreak & Heroines has a bit of information about the proposed game mechanics and also an FAQ that helps answer some questions such as this one:

Wait, isn’t it sexist to say that women adventurers are only motivated by broken romances?


Sure, that would be pretty sexist if that’s what we were saying. But it’s not. “Heartbreak” here doesn’t refer exclusively (or even primarily) to romantic relationships, and H&H characters are not limited to women. The concept of “heartbreak” can include the death of a best friend, the destruction of one’s ancestral homeland, being denied entry to the school of your choice, or having your cat change into a giant were-dragon-lion thing that you have to kill before it eats your neighborhood. “Heartbreak” is about why you leave behind the life of a peasant, a farmer, a cook, a princess, a soldier, or a student, and become an adventurer — when you’re likely to die a horrible death from risking your life against terrifying monsters.

Anyone who donates $15 to the project will get a free PDF of the game when it has been released; $25 will get you a hard copy.

Check out the project here!

Edit: It has come to my attention that a post has come out declaring that the starter of this project, Caoime, is someone who has sexually molested a transgender man.  At this point, it is probably best that you read through the post and make your own choices and decisions about whether to fund or support this project.

9 thoughts on “Heartbreak & Heroines: Feminist RPG Kickstarter project”

  1. Took the opportunity to kick it over the finish line :) I wanna see lots more projects like this out there, and Kickstarter seems to be working pretty well for that sort of thing. Thanks for the heads up!

  2. I think it’s great that the project has been funded. I personally am amused to no end that I’m sure part of the reason why it managed to get to the funding goal in day 3 is that huge fail thread on rpg.net where all the trolls came out to complain about the game.

    I’m looking forward to seeing the book when it’s out.

  3. Aaaargh! I really want to back at the $125 level, but at the moment, I’m too much in debt on credit cards (No job, careless purchases), and if I can justify backing at all, I’m not sure I can really go higher than $35.

    1. Aaaand now I’m glad I didn’t. That story that broke since sounds disgusting, and puts into severe question just how genuinely feminist or how appealing this game would actually be.

        1. It’s in the original post in the “Edit” part, but someone has apparently come forward with an account that the creator of the RPG has raped and sexually harassed a trans man.

          Also accusations that they’re not a genuine progressive and just use it as an excuse to tear into people, but if the former accusation is correct (and I have little reason to doubt it at the moment), the latter is sort of a given.

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