Shinobigami – Modern Ninja Battle Tabletop RPG from Japan

Kotodama Heavy Industries, who have already crowdfunded and translated Japanese RPGs Tenra Bansho Zero and Ryuutama, are now looking to bring over the RPG Shinobigami God of the Shinobi by Adventure Planning Service from Japan.

Shinobigami is designed as a one session RPG with possibilities of reusing characters for future games.  The game features six warring ninja clans with their own goals and abilities, yet have to work together for the game.  Each player will have their Secret to deal with as well.

The core rule book will contain the rules for play and a replay (or an entire session of play) written in screen play format printed in format similar to a volume of manga and has everything you will need to play the game.  They will also release a supplement/advance rule book as well in the same format.  It will include extra charts, sub-clans, rules for “normal humans”, and more to add variety to your games.

They are also working on expansion material for the game that will be coming out a well.  These include new scenarios to play,full color quick play guide, a Weird West reskin of the game, theme run scenarios, guidebook to writing scenarios, a behind the scenes book with interviews with the creators and translators, printer-friendly versions, Roll20 package, and print and play cards.  The highest level of backing gets you a limited edition version of both the core book and supplement book.

Instead of just dollars for expansion goals, they are looking for actual number of backers even if they back at lower numbers, so that the more who back the more the backers.  The first backer milestone at 1,00 Backers was release with a reskin of the game with everyone as magical girls, a second set of three interconnect scenarios, and ten new and unique ninja character illustrations for the game.  At 1,5000 Backers they will create a one player one GM game set in a noir setting.  At 2,000 Backers they will release a 1800’s Regency Era setting and one where everyone is a different phase of David Bowie’s career.

It looks like a fun game to play.  They are way pass their goal so this project is a go, but they only have a little over 1,100 backers.  Meaning they have a way to go before you can play as David Bowie.

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