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.
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.
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.