I wasn't going to back any more games on Kickstarter, but Spectaculars simply looks like an amazing system, jam-packed with ideas for emulating comic book tropes without sacrificing any of the excitement of old school gaming.
And it comes in a box... jam-packed with "bits" to use at the table: cards, sheets, funky dice etc
And it comes with added Steve Kenson - surely an indication of the game's pedigree!
The fundraising campaign, which runs until November 21, is looking to raise $65,000 to produce a great-looking product.
As soon as your back the campaign you're entitled to a free download of the rules, complete with print-and-play cards and a couple of scenarios to give you a taste of the system.
Rodney Thompson, creator of Spectaculars and founder of Scratchpad Publishing, explains on the campaign's site:
"Each box set of Spectaculars represents a unique comic book universe, one that the players craft and evolve during play.Seriously, as well as watching the guide to character creation below, you need to read the Kickstarter page to get the full Spectaculars effect, and you will fall in love with the set-up that is being offered.
There is no assumed setting for the game; instead, Spectaculars provides materials and guidance that help players craft the universe these comic book stories take place in.
Each copy comes with a book filled with pages of important, iconic elements that make up the foundational elements of the setting.
These include entries for your setting's powerful, alien artifacts, your setting's supervillain prison, your setting's government agency that deals with superpowered conflicts, and important background characters like the head of your setting's most important news media empire.
As you encounter these elements for the first time in the game's scenarios, you and your players will define these elements, and then from that moment on they become a permanent part of your setting."
This is my birthday present to myself this year - so I hope it funds!