Marcus L. Rowland (ffutures) wrote,
Marcus L. Rowland

Another RPG bundle offer - Darkfast Dungeons

This is a product I'm not familiar with - basically, printable paper miniatures games / RPGs:

"Designer-artist David Okum's Darkfast Dungeons is a print-and-play boardgame designed to provide a fun and varied dungeon-crawl experience in a couple of hours. Perfect for kids or novices, Darkfast Dungeons is also great for experienced players with limited time, because you need no gamemaster or preparation. A typical dungeon crawl lasts 2-3 hours, every game feels different, and you can play solo. With its hundreds of printable full-color miniature figures, the Darkfast Dungeons line is an affordable alternative to those big dungeon-crawler boxes full of plastic miniatures -- games like DungeonQuest, Clank!, Descent, and Warhammer Quest -- and you can store all your minis in a three-ring binder. (The Okumarts Games YouTube channel has Actual Play videos and crafting tips.)

Okumarts Games funded Darkfast in a July 2014 Kickstarter campaign, then followed it in April 2015 with a Kickstarter for a companion superhero RPG, Save the Day. This all-new collection presents all the rulebooks and adventures for both Darkfast Dungeons and Save the Day, along with more than two dozen .PDFs of paper miniatures, for an unbeatable bargain price.

We provide each file in .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to this offer's designated charity, Ocean Conservancy.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer is US$126. Customers who pay just US$9.95 get all fifteen titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $60) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks:

  • The complete Darkfast Dungeons Basic rulebook, along with five Darkfast Paper Minis sets: New Heroes, Dungeon Monsters Sets 1 & 2, and Mice & Rats Sets 1 & 2
  • Both Save the Day rulebooks -- the Basic Rules and the Advanced Rulebook -- plus four sets of Heroes & Villains Paper Minis
  • Three Eldritch Mythos Paper Minis sets: Monsters, Innsmouth, and the always-useful Loathsome Fishmen

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $24.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with fourteen more titles worth an additional $66:

  • Five Darkfast Dungeons rules expansions, supplements, and adventures: Realm of Shades, Steam & Sword, Dragons & Dwarf Mecha,The Ghost Woods, and The Kingdom of Richard
  • Two rogues' gallery supplements for Save the Day: Vile Villains One and Two, plus all four Vile Villains Paper Minis sets
  • The northerly Save the Day adventure Team Canada
  • Two Darkfast Dungeons Props Sets of papercraft props, walls, and doorways: Set 1: Forgotten Tombs and 2: Lost Treasures

Note: The layering feature in the Paper Mini .PDFs requires the free Adobe Reader.

I tried printing a couple of pages of the figures and the results are pretty good, since the images are vector graphics, not bitmaps. They have thick black borders which I'm not especially keen on, and the scale (30mm) feels a bit on the large side, but tastes differ. I suspect that they would be brighter on an inkjet printer than on my laser. My main reservations are that printing this stuff in colour will get expensive fast, and that the pricing seems a little on the high side. But if you want lots of fantasy and/or superhero minis and don't want to lug around heavy plastic or metal figures this is a reasonably good option. The game system is OK and the single player option is a nice touch, but I could live without it.

This isn't something I particularly want, but I can see the appeal. What I'd strongly suggest is that potential buyers check the market first - there are a LOT of printable figures and scenery PDFs available, depending on your needs one of the others may be a better deal or more suitable. And don't forget that there are lots of affordable plastic figures - for example, I run most SF games with some of the Wizards of the Coast Star Wars collectible miniatures, which are pretty cheap from secondary sellers if you avoid the more collectible ones (which in any case are the personality figures you probably don't want for a generic SF character), have a nice 1940s-50s look and aren't ridiculously over-armoured.

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