No Soul Left Behind, the supervillains in high school campaign for Better Angels, has a backers-only PDF out in the ether as of yesterday afternoon. It’s five months overdue, and communication from the organizers felt way too sparse, but it’s gratifying to get something as real as a proof PDF. Some day there will be an actual book in my hands!
I want to say it’s no worse than Mage‘s slog toward print reality, but Mage was always an inevitability. It was only a question of how grotesquely over-funded and how many stretch goals, and whatever knock-on effect they would have on the delivery timeline. No Soul Left Behind was a much smaller, more intimate affair. We didn’t know if it would fund — though it was a very reasonable initial goal — and then it wasn’t clear how many of the modest quality upgrades would receive funding. And in a way, I already got No Soul Left Behind, thanks to the actual play series from Role Playing Public Radio.
Anyway, I’m glad this is moving forward. Now, in the tradition of Kickstarter backers everywhere, I can declare, “No time to read the PDF in depth, but it looks real nice!” I leave you with this selection from the book’s introduction:
The setting of Better Angels is intentionally vague, anticipating the endless ingratitude readers show towards an artist’s pure and glorious vision.
Kudos to No Soul Left Behind for making their crowning stretch goal of a full color hardback! After the campaign launched last month, they had a strong start. As GenCon approached, it seemed that the energy of backers and the campaign organizers got diverted toward the convention. It was only in the last couple days that communication picked up and I realized the final stretch goal was significantly closer than I had estimated it would be.
So congratulations to Caleb at Hebanon Games and Shane at Arc Dream Publishing. Now please hustle that book through the final stages of creation. 🙂
Imagine you are a simple educator, working in a struggling charter school. Further, imagine you are unexpectedly possessed by a demon from Hell. This psychic invader grants you amazing powers — impossible beauty, transmutation of matter, laser eyes, any number of possibilities — but at the same time, demands that you commit all kinds of evil with those powers. So naturally, being a mostly decent person, you appease the demon as best as possible by concocting ridiculously grandiose acts of largely hollow villainy that also happen to benefit the struggling school in which you are deeply invested.
Congratulations! You’ve just devised a character for No Soul Left Behind, the campaign for Greg Stolze’s Better Angels role-playing game. Written by Caleb Stokes, author of the No Security horror scenarios, No Soul Left Behind is currently raising funds on Kickstarter. The material is written, playtested and edited, so the money goes toward book design and publishing.
If you’re not sure whether this mix of infernal villainy and public education is up your alley, check out the actual play recordings of the playtest campaign, run by Caleb for the Role Playing Public Radio crew. They’re pretty spectacular, featuring a debate team turned cult of personality, a grackle cannon and a sinister horse with laser eyes.