Snap Ships Tactics: Constructible Miniatures Game

There's a Game in this Book

A project in Indianapolis, IN by Mike Finkelstein

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There's a Game in this Book: A fun, funny, entertaining, fully-customizable, totally flexible, entirely breakable tabletop RPG
Backers: 250
Average Pledge Per Backer: $46

Funded: $11,414 of $3,000
Dates: Apr 15th -> May 31st (46 days)
Project By: Mike Finkelstein
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Latest News

Day Fourty Four: Last Chance. For Realsies.

May 30th - via:
We're into the last day now. For anyone still on the fence (or just coming by now in the home stretch), remember that all the "bonus" content is exclusive to this Kickstarter drive, never to be released in this form again. For $5, along with a PDF of... (Read More)

Day Fourty Three: Two Days to Go!

May 29th - via:
We're nearly to the end now. Pledges have gone up in the last couple of days, which means $12,000 might not be out of reach. We're all ready on our end to get the stuff out to the printers, so now we're just seeing how much of everything we have to... (Read More)

Day Fourty Three: Home Stretch

May 28th - via:
We're into the final hours. Less than three days to go, and we're nearing the $10,000 mark. We could very well reach even more expansion before the kickstarter is even over. For anyone still on the fence about There's a Game in this Book, remember... (Read More)

Day Fourty Two: Three Days to Go!

May 27th - via:
We're still trucking along! Almost $9500 with three days to go. We could easily get to the $10,000 mark (heck, we did nearly $500 in a single day today), which will unlock more bonus content, plus we're only 3 backers away from even more bonus... (Read More)

Day Fourty One: Triple Funded

May 26th - via:
We're triple-funded, which means all three books will have official, trade-paperback print runs. That is so amazing! I'm just floored by how well everything has gone with this Kickstarter. Thanks to everyone so far. With the books all official, now... (Read More)

Day Thirty Seven: The Cat Mage

May 23rd - via:
Yesterday we discussed making a daywalking vampire (which, during the creation process, can be a very expensive prospect). Today we'll go in a different direction and try to make the rules do something they weren't originally intended for: the... (Read More)

Day Thirty Six: More Characters

May 22nd - via:
The second character collection, These Characters are from CVRPG, is in its first editing pass. That makes it a great time to go over the content included and take a moment to further discuss character creation. Today we'll discuss converting... (Read More)

Day Thirty Five: Additional Stretch Goals

May 21st - via:
We've added a few stretch goals for $9,000 and above. As previously mentioned, along with the trade paperback printing of Monsters!, we've also added on Run! There are More Monsters Out to Kill You, a collection of Epic Encounters to really test your... (Read More)

Day Thirty Four: Even More Monsters!

May 20th - via:
As we near the end and the logistics of fitting all the content we've promised and created into the books come together, we've elected to add an additional expansion to the $9000 mark: Run! There are More Monsters Out to Kill You! is a collection of... (Read More)

Day Thirty Three: 175 Backers and Still Movin'

May 19th - via:
We've reached 175 Backers which unlocks Thornhollow, the capital city. Originally planned as a one-off city, the town of Towne has grown into a bustling little metropolis -- it has a cousin city across the river (who they are at war with); it has a... (Read More)

Create Your Own Monster! (Update)

May 16th - via:
The artist for the monster book, Jason Phillabaum, has gracious volunteered to include the original artwork he draws for the "Create Your Own Monsters" in the pledges. If you opt for the Create Your Own Monster tiers ($175 or $500) you will get to... (Read More)

Day Thity: One Month In

May 15th - via:
This kickstarter for There's a Game in this Book has been going for one month now, and we are so happy with the progress. Two and a half times our initial goal and still over two weeks to go? So awesome. We still have at just over $1500 to go for the... (Read More)

Day Twenty Nine: There's a Bookmark in this Update

May 14th - via:
There's a Bookmark in this Book (Front and Back Layout) Here's the promised demo-artwork for the bookmark. The front side has a pretty mountain scene at night (to complement the day-time scene on There's a Game in this Book), while the back provides... (Read More)

Huge Announcement: There's a Soundtrack for this Game

May 13th - via:
As promised, here's the big news for the Game: There's a Soundtrack for this Game, music for you to use during your game sessions to set a good mood. Town themes, battle themes, boss themes -- any music for the occasion. This ten song soundtrack... (Read More)

Day Twenty Eight: A Chimera. Finally.

May 13th - via:
The final monster we'll showcase (for now) is the Chimera, a beast of Greek legend. In a world of magic, just about any creature come into being. That's the best explanation we have for the creation of the Chimera (that, or there was some wild party... (Read More)

Hi Ho! And Stuff...

May 12th - via:
My artist is working on adding some detail to the Chimera drawing, so instead of the Chimera today, we'll look at the dwarves -- specifically, the forest dwarves, Although There's a Game in this Book provides details on each of the playable races in... (Read More)

Day Twenty Seven: Over $7000 and Still Chugging Along

May 12th - via:
We hit our $7000 stretch goal which unlocks There's a Bookmark in this Book. We'll have artwork posted in the next couple of days... once we've designed it. We are curious, though: What kind of reference charts would players like to see on the back... (Read More)

Day Twenty Six: Completely Demonic

May 12th - via:
While There are Monsters in this Book is off at the editors, we're going to continue looking at some of the monsters featured in the text: As you might recall from yesterday, the dragons come in three varieties that are all, arguably, strong in... (Read More)

Day Twenty Five: Dragons, Dragons Everywhere!

May 10th - via:
There are Monsters in this Book contains three distinct types of dragons: the Greater Dragons (Wyrms), Lesser Dragons (Great Beasts), and the Sea Wyrms. For today we'll take a look at the Lesser Dragons. The Lesser Dragons are actually bigger (body... (Read More)

Day Twenty Four: Bugs! Ewww Bugs!

May 9th - via:
With Monsters! and For Science! off at the printers, we felt like it was a good time to put out a couple of our monsters for you to see. We'll start with an alien from For Science! before heading back into fantasy creatures over the next couple of... (Read More)

Day Twenty Three: All the Monsters Are Ready!

May 8th - via:
Monsters! and For Science! are now both at the editors. That's a relief. Now we get to work on getting the other unlocked, remaining expansions written and ready to roll. Should only take another couple of days to catch up. With the rate we're going... (Read More)

Day Twenty Two: Monsters! Everywhere!

May 7th - via:
While Monsters! is at the editors getting edited with edits, we're finishing up the monster expansion to send off as well. For Science! There are More Monsters in this Expansion features monsters different from the ones in the main book. While the... (Read More)

Exclusiveness of Content

May 5th - via:
So we've gotten a couple of questions asking "how exclusive the expansion content would be?" In short, most of the expansion content is Kickstarter exclusive. Any physical bonus items included with the package sets will be run off at the lowest... (Read More)

Day Twenty: Monsters are Coming!

May 5th - via:
We're done with our editing pass on Monsters! The book is heading off to the editors now while we work on illustrations and preparing monsters for the possible (probable) expansion at $6000 (if and when we get there). It feels really good to have... (Read More)

Interview with Crit-Confirm

May 4th - via:
The guys behind the Crit-Confirm podcast took the time to interview us about There's a Game in this Book. Check it out and share it with people who might be interested in the game! As always, thanks to... (Read More)

Days: Eighteen and Nineteen

May 4th - via:
Just a quick update for today. There are Monsters in this Book is continuing to progress nicely. We're already expanding the number of monsters in anticipation of the expansion (at the $6000 mark), which is delaying the final editing pass a little,... (Read More)

Day Seventeen: Combat! Whoo!

May 2nd - via:
Well that happened quick. Once day after our last expansion unlocked, now we've gotten to All the Combat. Ever. as well. All the Combat. Ever. features just about every rule addition and tweak we could think of for the combat system in There's a Game... (Read More)

Day Sixteen: Over $5000

May 1st - via:
At the very beginning we weren't sure if this Kickstarter would even make its goal, and now we're over five grand and steadily on our way to six. It's fantastic! With the $5000 mark having been surpassed, we're hard at work on There's an Adventure in... (Read More)

Day Fifteen: Almost to Two More Expansions

April 30th - via:
We're nearing $5000, which is great. And we're 6 shy of 125 backers. Once those goals are met, we'll have two bonus expansions to discuss (and for the Dodeca-System team to write). All the Combat. Ever. is an expansion that will focus on additional... (Read More)

Day Fourteen: Halfway to Our Next Goal

April 29th - via:
We're over $4700, putting us over halfway to the $6000 stretch goal. Our momentum is going really well, and I want to thank everyone who has been helping to spread the word of the game. This will be a brief update while I work on game materials.... (Read More)

Day Thirteen: Shopping Montage!

April 28th - via:
One of the new unlocks is the Shopping Montage expansion. The main book in the series, There's a Game in this Book, provides a comprehensive but not detailed list of weapons, armor, and items for purchase. For instance, melee knives were briefly... (Read More)

Day Twelve: Let's Go Exploring

April 27th - via:
Yesterday we unlocked Muddevale, a town far to the south of Towne and Stormglenn (featured in the book Now What?) Let's take a brief look at this southern town. Muddevale is a coastal city on the southern edge of the continent. Featuring a land far... (Read More)

Day Eleven: Wow. Just... Wow.

April 26th - via:
We've already surpassed $4000 in a little over a day. This is just amazing. Seriously, you're starting to unlock content faster than we have a chance to write it -- and that's a good thing. Keep us on our toes! I'll have more to report on the new... (Read More)

Day Ten: Still Truckin'

April 25th - via:
Again, thanks to everyone for getting us this far! We're already just about half way to the $4000 goal, which unlocks the Muddevale expansion. As mentioned before, Now What? includes additional appendices, one of which contains the towns of Towne and... (Read More)

And We're at $3000!

April 24th - via:
Well, technically we're over it by a fair margin! We've met our initial goal! Thanks to everyone who has pledged so far! Thanks to everyone that's spreading the word of out game! This is truly awesome. Now, not to sound greedy, but let's see if we... (Read More)

Day Nine: Almost There...

April 24th - via:
We're almost to our goal. We're within 5% of our $3000 first goal, which will guarantee printing of the trade paperback edition of the first book and the release of all the extra materials. This is super exciting. But... let's keep focused on the... (Read More)

Day Eight: The Dwarf that Walks the Earth

April 23rd - via:
Today we're going to take a look at G‘ak Dra’gagchzak (Doug to his friends), the Dwarven Monk. When creating a character in There's a Game in this Book, by default your race is human -- humans receive no natural penalties or bonuses, although all... (Read More)

Day Seven: Lets Look at Characters

April 21st - via:
With the These Characters are Awesome expansion unlocked, we can take a look at character creation in a little more detail, plus it's a good illustration of the flexibility of the system. Today, as promised, we'll look at Sir Cedric the Amazing who... (Read More)

Day Six: Here Come the Characters

April 21st - via:
The character collection unlocked yesterday when we reached 50 backers. Thanks to everyone for getting us towards our goal. We can make this happen! Since These Characters are Awesome has unlocked, we're going to take the next couple of days to... (Read More)

Just a Quick Thank You!

April 21st - via:
We're 3/4 of the way there, and it's only been five days. That's awesome! Thanks to everyone who's pledged so far. I'm trying not to jinx it, but the momentum looks good to get us to our goal. ;) The Favorite Character Collection has been unlocked... (Read More)

Day Five: Now What? Locked and Loaded

April 20th - via:
We got Now What? back from the publisher yesterday. Taking the day to go over their notes (which, honestly, weren't nearly as numerous as with the first book), we processed the changes and locked down the second book. Now What? is complete and ready... (Read More)

Day Four: Almost to 50 Backers

April 19th - via:
While we head into the weekend (and I hope everyone enjoys their holiday, whatever it may be -- Passover, Easter, or maybe a late Equinox celebration), I just wanted to share a couple of quick bits of information: There's a Character on this Sheet is... (Read More)

A Most Productive Update

April 18th - via:
As mentioned before, the Gambler Rules are off at the editors. While they're going over it, though, I took the liberty of designing the title page: There's a Gambler in this Expansion features a complete reworking of the rules for There's a Game in... (Read More)

Day Three (First Update): Halfway There Already!

April 18th - via:
We're already over halfway to our funding goal, and it's only been three days. That's awesome! I just want to say thank you to everyone that's pledged so far. We hit 30 backers, so the Gambler Rules has been unlocked. I'm sending the rules expansion... (Read More)

Day Two: Picking Up Momentum

April 17th - via:
It's good to see the project picking up steam. If we can keep this pace up, we'll be assured of hitting the $3000 goal be well on our way to at least the first stretch goal. If you're on the fence about getting anything more than the first book,... (Read More)

First Day of the Pledge Drive

April 16th - via:
Thanks to all the backers so far for pledging to the project. We appreciate your quick responses to this drive! We're working on adding in FAQs, so if there's something about the game you'd like to know more about, ask away! The first FAQ is already... (Read More)

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