EGG EMBRY (EGG): ninth Stage Video games is bringing Kobolds Ate My Child again for its fifth iteration, appropriate? For those who don’t know, what’s KAMB?
CHRIS O’NEILL (CHRIS): So, KAMB – is Kobolds Ate My Child! Which is our now traditional roleplaying sport that flips the thought of fantasy roleplaying on its head. As an alternative of being highly effective fighters and superior wizards happening right into a dungeon to slay monsters – you play the monsters, particularly Kobolds, who need to raid out from the dungeon into the close by village to carry again meals for King Torg (All Hail King Torg!). It’s like Wile E Coyote, the Smurfs, and Dungeons and Dragons have been blended collectively. And sure, that is the fifth – Authentic Flavour, Third Version, Tremendous Deluxx Version, In Color!, and now – THE ORANGE BOOK.
EGG: All Hail King Torg! You’re utilizing a distinct, however acquainted engine with the polymorph system. What else will this crowdfunding challenge carry to the sport?
CHRIS: So, the first motive for this marketing campaign is to carry Kobolds updated with a change from the BEER ENGINE to polymorph™. Kobolds runs on a modified model of the identical guidelines from the late 90s, and we wish to get it consistent with the entire different fashionable RPGs that run on polymorph™. However, we’re utilizing this as a chance to do plenty of silliness – as KAMB goes to be 25 YEARS previous. We want to clear up years of adventures, into a whole set of modules. We’re going to have the Mörk Borg suitable – SMÖRKÅS BORG zine – totally ridiculous. Cube. I feel? Oh, and we’re are going to make a PLUSH! (We’re tremendous enthusiastic about this. The plush relies on our spokeskobold Yeet, and he is the cutest.)
EGG: I really like the polymorph engine, I’m fairly the fan of MAZES, and I used to be at Stage Up Video games in Duluth, Georgia not too long ago and virtually purchased a good friend a duplicate of MAZES from their assortment. Regardless of my love of the engine, in your phrases what makes polymorph proper for KAMB?
CHRIS: Properly, we used to assume that KAMB was straightforward to play. And, now, we’ve got these polymorph video games – which might be WAY EASIER to run and play. Our aim is to make KAMB the best, quickest, deadliest, and dumbest sport ever. And polymorph is the best way to go.
EGG: You’re producing the adventures with twin stats (polymorph and the BEER ENGINE), appropriate?
CHRIS: We’re going to produce digital adventures which have the previous system stats, in addition to the polymorph stat blocks (that are very easy).
EGG: This can be a “beer & pretzels” roleplaying sport. For those who don’t know, what does that tag signify?
CHRIS: Again within the day (I’m an previous man, lol) the time period “beer and pretzels” simply meant tremendous informal. Once we began making KAMB again within the 90s, the entire thing was that every part took itself means too critically, and we have been making a sport that sneered in any respect that. Over time, it grew from being a puckish joke right into a sport individuals loved. A part of the unique joke was simply being topical and snarky – however as time has passed by, the beer and pretzels have moved from informal enjoyable to enjoyable for casuals….
EGG: On the Backerkit web page, you point out “Alternatives for SUPER KAMB FANS to become involved”. What alternatives are these?
CHRIS: A lady has to have some secrets and techniques, Egg. You gotta come over and discover out…
EGG: Dang it, Chris! Now I’ve to learn the Backerkit web page! Kobolds Ate My Child is pushing 25 years previous, sure? Is that this like The Simpsons or Household Man and is the, uh, eaten child by no means going to develop up?
CHRIS: Totes! A part of the joke is that the Kobolds are actually dangerous at every part they do, together with consuming infants. Wile E Coyote by no means will get the Street Runner. Cartoon is the best vibe – so no, the Kobolds are by no means rising up.
EGG: This challenge is coming to Backerkit. Why that platform over, say, Kickstarter?
CHRIS: This can be a nice query. The primary time we used Kickstarter was for our 2013 KAMB marketing campaign, and as a part of that marketing campaign, we used a brand new service referred to as BackerKit (when it was only a firm of their lounge). BackerKit got here to us and wished to incorporate us within the beta launch of their very own crowdfunding platform. We’re actually hoping to make use of the entire features on the brand new platform to do some actually dumb issues as a part of the marketing campaign. I’m very proud of the backend instruments that we’re seeing right here, and I can’t wait to see the way it goes after we launch.
EGG: Past KAMB, what else is 9th Stage Video games engaged on?
CHRIS: Our main exercise proper now could be getting RETURN TO DARK TOWER Fantasy Roleplaying and VENTURE SOCIETY (different polymorph video games) to the printers and into individuals’s palms. Later this 12 months, we’ll be again to Kickstarter for BEYOND THE CITY OF SKULL for Mazes (which is gonna be rad), and we’ve got some smaller initiatives from different writers popping out by means of Zine Quest. I do love me some Zine Quest.
EGG: The place can followers be taught extra about Kobolds Ate My Child and ninth Stage Video games?
CHRIS: As all the time EGG, you could find me personally on the internets @AllHailKingTorg. One of the best place to seek out ninth Stage Video games is on our web site, or you could find us on the the entire socials (together with Instagram, YouTube, TikTok, in all places) as @9thLevelGames.
Kobolds Ate My Child Plush & New Version by ninth Stage Video games
- Finish Date: Feb 23, 2023 at 3:30am PST.
- “Kobolds Ate My Child is a cult traditional “beer & pretzels” roleplaying sport. It began WAY BACK within the late 1900’s with the first version in zine type. Quick ahead to 2013 when the then new Kobolds Ate My Child in color version dropped. Properly that was 10 years in the past. 10 YEARS MAN! Appears to us that it is time for YET ANOTHER version!”
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