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Stewpot: Tales from a Fantasy Tavern

Stewpot: Tales from a Fantasy Tavern

Stewpot: Tales from a Fantasy Tavern is a collection of small games for groups of three or more players. You play a retired adventurer running a tavern and settling down in a town. Put down the sword and pick up the ladle.
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Stewpot: Tales from a fantasy tavern. 16 cozy mini-games of life in a fantasy tavern


The adventurer’s life is tough. It's time to call it quits. For years you stumbled through hostile lands, living off stale rations, and struggling to get a few hours’ sleep. Now it’s time to hang up your weapons, sell off your armor, and settle down. If only it were that easy...

Stewpot: Tales from a Fantasy Tavern by Takuma Okada is a collection of cozy mini-games that tell the story of a tavern run by former adventurers. Gather your dice, pick up a deck of cards, set aside a shiny coin, and get ready for a new set of challenges. Only this time… your adventures start behind the bar.

An illustration of stew cooked in a hollowed out pumpkin. Text: NOTE: As soon as you back the project, you get immediate access to the current, fully-playable draft of the game. Back today, and start playing tonight.

Stewpot is divided into a series of slice-of-life scenes, with a different set of simple rules and prompts helping adjudicate each scene. You might be scrambling to cook something edible with random ingredients, bartending for troubled souls, calming down a tavern brawl, going shopping for all the things a tavern needs, and more! Work to upgrade your tavern's cuisine, atmosphere, and service. In the process, you might just learn a little bit about yourself - and your fellow party members.

A cute anime-style illustration of a group of patrons sitting around a table eating noodles.


Whether you're looking to play a chill pick-up session or provide a campaign epilogue to your heroes' epic adventures, Stewpot: Tales from a Fantasy Tavern will serve you well.

Text: Not sure if Stewpot is for you? Download the Sampler Platter Edition and Roll20 Quickstart absolutely free!

A drawing of a woman in an apron spooning stew from a heavy iron pot hanging over the fire in a fireplace. Text: I remember the moment I walked in, how warm it felt in there. There was a crackling fire with a huge pot hanging over it. I ordered soup because that was all I could afford, and the biggest bowl I had ever seen in my life was set down in front of me with a whole loaf of bread, too. It was the first meal I’d eaten in a long time where I didn’t feel so alone.

Stewpot. Unlace those heavy boots. Put down that shield. Hang up your sword. And pull up a seat.
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The Book

This crowdfunding campaign will fund production of a digest format (6" x 9") hardcover version of the book. The current page count is targeted at 112 pages, although artwork and layout is not yet final. We will also produce PDF, Print On Demand, and Roll20 versions of the game.

On the left, an inset illustration of a tiefling serving a steaming pot of stew. On the right, a 3D mockup of the hardcover version of the game.


As part of this crowdfunding campaign, we're offering an exclusive Limited Edition version of the game. The content will be identical but the Limited Edition will feature an alternate cover with special foil design flourishes, unique endpapers, and UV spot gloss enhancements.

Whether you want something extra special at the table or on your shelf, the Limited Edition will provide a handsome addition to your gaming collection. It will not be reprinted or released in stores.

Limited Edition includes UV spot gloss design and unique endpapers


Finally, we are also offering a special collection of exclusive play aids to enhance your Stewpot game: a custom deck of cards, unique six-sided wooden die, and a commemorative 40mm metal coin.

The mini-games in Stewpot are deliberately designed with straightforward, easy-to-pick-up mechanics. So you can spend less time thinking about the rules and more time playing the game. These custom play aids incorporate the stylish artwork we've commissioned to help create the chill, rustic vibes you'd expect from being nestled in the cozy corner of your character's tavern. These items will not be released in stores.

The decks of cards and exclusive die & coin are available as separate add-ons or get them included with our deluxe Chef's Bundle ($65) and Golden Years Bundle ($105).

custom deck of cards featuring Stewpot art

This custom deck of cards will be made with premium casino grade linen playing card stock. The card faces will feature Stewpot-specific design elements for the numbers and suits, and we're commissioning custom art for the face cards and joker (a total of 13 custom art pieces). The mockup above is for illustrative purposes only and does not represent the final design. The cards will be made using premium casino grade linen playing card stock.
Stewpot 40 mm coin and 16 mm wooden die
Featuring a stewpot icon on one side and the game logo on the other, this commemorative coin will be 40mm (approximately 1.5 inches) in diameter with a rustic copper finish. It's being produced by our friends at Campaign Coins

The 16mm wooden die will be crafted of cherry wood, with custom engraving on each face. The die will feature numerals on the 1-5 faces and a stewpot icon on the 6 face. Finally, it will be given a wax finish.

These aren't just memorable keepsakes: the mini-games within Stewpot use a deck of cards, a die, and a coin toss.
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Pledge Levels

Before we get into the various pledge levels and rewards available in this campaign, we want to take a moment to acknowledge something. We realize how frustrating crowdfunding efforts can be when you are struggling with your finances. That’s why every pledge also funds at least one extra PDF which we will add to our itch.io page when the book is finalized. This pool of Community Copies will be available for anyone who’s experiencing financial hardship -- absolutely free, no questions asked.

Also:
Between post-Brexit shipping, various customs and VAT charges, and ongoing upheaval around the world, the cost of individual shipping varies wildly by region.

That means we will not be able to offer a shipping option during this campaign that will service everyone. We're frustrated by this, but the alternative is charging some customers $40 or more (not including VAT or import fees) on a $25 book.

If we do not offer shipping to your country, consider backing at the PDF or Roll20 level and picking up the physical book once it reaches your FLGS. It's a much, MUCH more affordable option.

PDF and POD Edition: $15

$15 PDF + POD edition

All backers at $15 and up get immediate access to the fully playable Backer Preview PDF, plus get the final PDF (with all updates and full artwork) when it's done, a code to print-on-demand an at-cost copy with DriveThruRPG, AND get PDFs of all funded stretch goals.

  • Immediate access to the fully playable Backer Preview PDF
  • Final PDF with all updates and full artwork when it's done
  • Purchase code to get an at-cost softcover print-on-demand copy
  • PDFs of all funded stretch goals
  • Community Copy of Stewpot

Hardcover + PDF: $25

$25 Hardcover + PDF

You get one physical copy of Stewpot plus the PDF at no additional cost. In addition you get all the rewards from the $15 digital level. Shipping to be billed separately via pledge manager after the campaign. ONLY SHIPS TO: USA, UK, CAN, AUS, NZ, IE, and NO

  • Shipping to be billed via pledge manager when books are ready
  • Immediate access to the fully playable Backer Preview PDF
  • Final PDF with all updates and full artwork when it's done
  • Purchase code to get an at-cost softcover print-on-demand copy
  • PDFs of all funded stretch goals
  • Hardcover copy of Stewpot
  • Community Copy of Stewpot x2

Roll20 Bundle + PDF: $25

$25 Roll20 Bundle

You get the Roll20 Stewpot Bundle plus the PDF at no additional cost. In addition you get all the rewards from the $15 digital level.

  • Immediate access to the fully playable Backer Preview PDF
  • Final PDF with all updates and full artwork when it's done
  • Purchase code to get an at-cost softcover print-on-demand copy
  • PDFs of all funded stretch goals
  • Roll20 Module and Compendium Bundle
  • Community Copy of Stewpot

Limited Edition Hardcover + PDF: $40

$40 Limited Edition Hardcover + PDF

You get one physical copy of Stewpot Limited Edition hardcover plus the PDF at no additional cost. The Limited Edition will feature an alternate cover & endpapers, plus two ribbon bookmarks. It will not be reprinted after this campaign. The interior text and artwork will be exactly the same as the standard edition.  In addition to these rewards, you get all the rewards from the $15 digital level. Shipping to be billed separately via pledge manager after the campaign. ONLY SHIPS TO: USA, UK, CAN, AUS, NZ, IE, and NO

  • Shipping to be billed via pledge manager when books are ready
  • Immediate access to the fully playable Backer Preview PDF
  • Final PDF with all updates and full artwork when it's done
  • Purchase code to get an at-cost softcover print-on-demand copy
  • PDFs of all funded stretch goals
  • Hardcover Limited Edition copy of Stewpot
  • Community Copy of Stewpot x2

Retailer Copies x4: $50

$50 Retailer Copy

Confirmed game store retailers (you'll be asked to provide proof of store after the campaign, before we ship) can jump in here for 4 copies of Stewpot at a standard retailer discount. Ships free, only to a USA address (your store or a freight forwarder). If you want additional copies beyond 4, add $12.50 to your pledge for each. We recognize that now is a particularly difficult time for game store retailers, and appreciate your support!

  • 4x Hardcover copy of the game
  • Ships free, only to USA addresses.
  • Immediate access to the fully playable prototype PDF
  • Final PDF with all updates and full artwork when it's done

Chef's Bundle: Hardcover, PDF, Coin, Wooden Die, Deck of Cards: $65

$65 Chef's Bundle

You get one physical copy of Stewpot Standard Edition, a Stewpot wooden die, Stewpot deck of cards, a Stewpot campaign coin (all used in various games), and all the rewards from the $15 digital level.

ONLY SHIPS TO: USA, UK, CAN, AUS, NZ, IE, and NO

  • Shipping to be billed via pledge manager when books are ready
  • Immediate access to the fully playable Backer Preview PDF
  • Final PDF with all updates and full artwork when it's done
  • Purchase code to get an at-cost softcover print-on-demand copy
  • PDFs of all funded stretch goals
  • Hardcover Standard Edition copy of Stewpot
  • Roll20 Module and Compendium Bundle
  • Stewpot custom campaign coin
  • Stewpot custom wooden die
  • Stewpot custom deck of cards
  • Community Copy of Stewpot x3

Golden Years Bundle: Hardcover, Limited Edition Hardcover, Roll20 Bundle, PDF, Coin, Wooden Die, Deck of Cards: $105

$105 Golden Years Bundle

You get one physical copy of Stewpot Limited Edition, Stewpot Standard Edition, the Roll20 Stewpot Bundle, a Stewpot wooden die, Stewpot deck of cards, a Stewpot campaign coin (all used in various games), and all the rewards from the $15 digital level. The Limited Edition will feature an alternate cover & endpapers, plus two ribbon bookmarks. It will not be reprinted after this campaign.

ONLY SHIPS TO: USA, UK, CAN, AUS, NZ, IE, and NO

  • Shipping to be billed via pledge manager when books are ready
  • Immediate access to the fully playable Backer Preview PDF
  • Final PDF with all updates and full artwork when it's done
  • Purchase code to get an at-cost softcover print-on-demand copy
  • PDFs of all funded stretch goals
  • Hardcover Limited Edition copy of Stewpot
  • Hardcover Standard Edition copy of Stewpot
  • Roll20 Module and Compendium Bundle
  • Stewpot custom campaign coin
  • Stewpot custom wooden die
  • Stewpot custom deck of cards
  • Community Copy of Stewpot x4
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Community Copy

$7.50 Community Copy - For every pledge, we'll add one or more community copies of the PDF in itch.io. Additional community copies can be purchased at half price!

Custom Coin and Wooden Die

$15 - Custom Coin and Wooden Die

Custom Deck of Cards

$25 - Custom Stewpot Deck of Cards

Roll20 Bundle

$25 - Roll20 Module and Compendium Bundle

Hardcover standard edition

$25 - Hardcover copy of the game

Limited Edition Hardcover edition


$40 - Limited Edition Hardcover copy of the game
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Stretch Goals
30K Goal - Project Funded

40K Goal - Printed endpapers, spot gloss on the cover, and epub version
Takuma will create a new game: A Funeral. As an adventurer, you said farewell many times. Sometimes it was only temporary. Most of the time, it wasn't.

Takuma will create a new game: Retracing. You've left town for something: an errand, a vacation, an old favor. Suddenly, you recognize the route you're traveling. You've been this way before.

Takuma will create a new game: A Fleeting Moment. Something about the way the fire flickers lingers in your mind. The smell of hay and clover brings a tear to your eye. A fading memory resurfaces.

Takuma will create a new game: A Familiar Face. An old friend you haven't seen in a while has stopped by. Why not show them around the town and the tavern?

New Jobs and Journal entries. Soup, Aaron Lim, Kevin Nguyen, and Charu Patel will create new Adventure Jobs, Town Jobs, and Journal Entries for Stewpot (release as a separate PDF).
New Jobs and Journal entries. Thomas M, Logan Timmins, Viditya Violeti, and Sasha Reneau will create new Adventure Jobs, Town Jobs, and Journal Entries for Stewpot (release as a separate PDF).

New Jobs and Journal entries. Brandon O'Brien, Maria Mison, and Lyla Fujiwara, and Rae Nedjadi will create new Adventure Jobs, Town Jobs, and Journal Entries for Stewpot (release as a separate PDF).

Krista D. Ball, author of What Kings Ate and Wizards Drank: A Fantasy Lover's Food Guide, will create four custom recipes for Stewpot!

Tavern Improvements (10%). When we hit this stretch goal all core book and stretch goal contributors will get paid 10% more.


Tavern Improvements (20%). When we hit this stretch goal all core book and stretch goal contributors will get paid 10% more.


Tavern Improvements (30%). When we hit this stretch goal all core book and stretch goal contributors will get paid 10% more.

Tavern Improvements (40%). When we hit this stretch goal all core book and stretch goal contributors will get paid 10% more.

Tavern Improvements (50%). When we hit this stretch goal all core book and stretch goal contributors will get paid 10% more.

Tavern Improvements (60%). When we hit this stretch goal all core book and stretch goal contributors will get paid 10% more.

Tavern Improvements (70%). When we hit this stretch goal all core book and stretch goal contributors will get paid 10% more.

Tavern Improvements (80%). When we hit this stretch goal all core book and stretch goal contributors will get paid 10% more.


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Reviews and Media

"Players create archetypal fantasy heroes, and then guide them as they adapt to life in the kitchen, the garden, the market, and the town. It’s a little melancholy, very cozy, and easily the most charming game I played this year."
-Austin Walker, Polygon

"...very much a slice of life game. It often feels like playing Animal Crossing or Harvest Moon. [Y]ou take turns picking minigames, each about one scene long, which are largely about chilling around your tavern. They have titles like “Market Day” and “Romancing a Stranger” and “A Distinguished Guest.” They’re all chill as hell. Basically you just vibe." -Sam Dunnewold, Dice Exploder

"For anyone into wholesome fantasy content, I can't say enough good things about Stewpot!" -Ash Kreider, interviewed in Dicebreaker.

"This game is cute as shit!" -Meredith Gerber, DriveThruRPG.com

Podcast episode:
Dice Exploder's Sam Dunnewold sits down with Takuma Okada, designer of Stewpot!

They chat about Ribbon Drive by Avery Alder and making music playlists as a game mechanic. If you haven't been following this terrific podcast about indie game design and its various influences, start subscribing now.

Find the full transcript here or subscribe to Dice Exploder wherever you get your podcasts.

"Stewpot is a game with a very strong batch of evocative scenarios and prompts, each one providing a great jumping off point to explore your tavern, your town and its people, and most importantly both who your characters are and who they become." Seamus Conneely, Cannibal Halfling Gaming.

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Shipping

First, a note: Various world events continue to disrupt shipping. Pricing and delivery schedules remain extremely volatile. Our intention is to deploy shipping options that minimize risk and expense for both ourselves and our backers. That means we will not be able to offer a shipping option during this campaign that will service everyone. We're frustrated by the situation, but the alternative is charging some customers $40 or more (not including VAT or import fees) on a $25 book for a delivery that may be delayed by weeks or months. 

All shipping fees will be charged separately, AFTER the campaign, during pledge management. The prices below are estimates. Actual shipping prices will be determined after production is finished and we're gearing up to send out the books. Also, if you add-on additional physical copies of the game to your order, your shipping cost may increase.

Estimated shipping costs (for a single book):

  • $10 USA
  • $20 UK
  • $25 Canada
  • $30 Australia, NZ, Ireland, Norway

If we do not offer shipping to your country you may consider:

  •  Backing at the PDF + POD tier. In prior campaigns, the POD version has been ready weeks or months before the physical books have been produced. If you place your POD order as soon as the codes are ready, it's very likely you'll have a physical book in your hands before our print run reaches your local game store.
  •  Waiting until the book reaches your local retailer (online or neighborhood). Our PDF guarantee means that any time you buy one of our books new in a physical form, you get the PDF for free.
  •  Backing at the Roll20 Bundle tier. We make sure our Compendium offerings on Roll20 contain all the text from the source game, we create customizable backgrounds, full sets of tokens and clocks, handouts, and more. If you use Roll20, there's an immense amount of functionality in our modules and it's an easy way to share the game with your entire group. This level also gets you the PDF and POD copies so it's really your best bet all around. 
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Timeline

Our expected delivery date for all rewards: March 2025

We have a great team on this project. Evil Hat is an experienced RPG publisher. We've run over twenty successful crowdfunding campaigns and we've printed many roleplaying games in a variety of physical formats over the past few years.

This puts us in a fine position to take on the risks and challenges that will arise. Experience tells us that things don’t always go as planned.

Here's what we can anticipate as potential problems.

The Text: While Stewpot is largely done aside from the  artwork and layout, it's possible backers will identify some glaring issue that we need to address before we take this fully to publication. That can add time, for sure. We may also require some design time based on which stretch goals get funded. Takuma has the outlines for those extra stretch goal games sketched out but if they get funded there's the possibility that we'll need extra time for design polish and to commission artwork.

Printing: We have a strong, established relationship with our printers. We’ve got them on tap to print the books in whatever quantity we end up needing. But printers can run into problems all the same: supply shortages, unexpected delays due to company holidays or industry events, shipping problems, printing errors, and so on. We’ve got the experience to stay atop those potential problems and the flexibility to pivot and address them promptly. In the event of defective product, we will send a replacement at no cost to you. We print our books in the USA so shipping time from the printer to our fulfillment center is both speedy and reliable.

Shipping: Packages get lost. We'll send replacements. Shipping can take longer than expected. We won't put the book on sale until all backer copies are shipped out. As noted in the Shipping section above, we regrettably can't offer delivery to every country as part of this campaign. We will release the book into retail distribution overseas  soon after the delivery of the campaign rewards and for most (if not all) fans in areas where we can't ship directly this will be your most affordable option.

Finances: Although various world events continue to throw curveballs into production and shipping, we're solidly profitable and well-positioned in 2024 and for the foreseeable future.

One final note: We often run two or three crowdfunding projects per year. Each one is a carefully planned process based on our 20+ successful campaigns in the past. We pride ourselves on fulfilling rewards quickly, but even so, different crowdfunding efforts can sometimes overlap. We have not had an issue tackling that. We make space for each campaign and work to ensure that resources are available to take each of our projects across the finish line. If, on the rare occasion something does go wrong, we're committed to being upfront and transparent about the issue and what we're going to do to fix it.

If there's any risk or challenge YOU can think of that we haven't mentioned here, please write in and ask. We love to answer questions, and we do our best to provide an unparalleled customer service experience whenever possible. We intend to impress you.
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Our Team
It takes a village to make... a village! So many folks have contributed to make Stewpot possible!

Core Team

Takuma is a game designer creating tabletop games and music under the name No Road Home. They like to design games about strange and magical places, the everyday moments that occur there, and the sublime.
Basil Wright (he/they/xe) is a Game Designer and Cultural Consultant who loves puns, fantasy novels, and more bananas and cheese than one person should consume in a lifetime. His game design philosophy is to create games that promote community and have the lowest barrier of entry, so that everyone can enjoy playing games together!
Jacky is an ENNIE award-winning Chinese American TTRPG writer and editor based in Florida, sometimes camouflaged as a cryptid. He is also the Creative Manager for Unbreakable Publishers, seeking to uplift Asian creators to tell their stories in their own voices. He has worked on various projects for Paizo, Modiphius Entertainment, MCDM, and others. He's a big-time foodie, sampling cuisine from around the world whenever the travel time permits.
Jenn is a game designer and editor living outside of Chicago, IL. Her editorial credits span over a million words of game text, including editing Apocalypse Keys, Girl by Moonlight and The Zone, consulting on Jukebox, and proofreading Thirsty Sword Lesbians, For the Queen, Band of Blades and more. She is a proud member of SFWA and IFT/AFT local #604.
Lucia Versprille is a TTRPG content creator, the woman behind Seersword, and Lead Director for all things Sina Una. Lucia likes to work in everything, from writing, to illustration, and more. She's hoping to keep making art, from the silly to the heartfelt stuff, all in pursuit of friends, stories, and community.
Hello everyone! I'm more known as Xylica and I enjoy drawing sapphic experiences mostly for my personal work!  For my commissions and projects, i absolutely enjoy drawing couples and fantasy themed illustrations! As a game of thrones nerd, being part of these kind of projects makes me really happy! I hope everyone will get to enjoy our work for this project
Linden is an LA based illustrator and comic artist who enjoys cafe hopping with friends. He also enjoys his share of both slice of life romance and horror/thriller manga!
A creative artist based in SEA. I draw and paint pieces ranging from character illustrations, concept art, and design!
Rhie is a PH-based artist doing illustration on the side as they fight their through university. They love stories, storytelling, and being able to merge that with visual art.
Hello, I'm Kelsey (aka "keymintt"), an Arizona-based illustrator and comic artist who specializes in monsters, people, and everything in-between. If I'm not drawing, I'm often teaching k-12 students how to draw dragons, anime characters, and desert wildlife.
Lorne Colt is a nerd with a voracious appetite for information and a distinct love of character acting, world building, and random generators. They've worked for more than a decade as a general artist and animator, largely for rad indie projects and creators.
Grown in the US Southeast, Elemei likes drawing and dislikes being cold.
Illustrator based in India. Enjoys listening to ambient music and drawing mechs.
Arthur is a Filipino illustrator and comic artist who tells stories about furious trans kids with the gods and animals from his backyard. He has illustrated for projects with Evil Hat, Darrington Press, Gubat Banwa, and Sina Una.
As vibrant as the tropical paradise of the Philippines and a heart as warm as the Filipino sun, Jasper's illustrations reflect his deep connection to the vastness of nature and his fascination towards animals around the world. The twenty-seven year old digital illustrator resides within the provincial towns of Polomolok, South Cotabato. Drawing inspiration from diverse sources during his childhood, Jasper's creation evokes a sense of wonder & curiosity that continues to push the boundaries of his creativity.
Meguey Baker (she/her) is at heart a playful storyteller, and her hope is to share the tools to tell stories. Over the last decades, her work toward this end spans teaching sex ed, teaching LARP at the local high school, designing curriculum to support parents through postpartum depression, curating museum exhibits, designing role-playing games like the award-winning Apocalypse World and the brand new Under Hollow Hills, game design projects with The Girl Effect for reweaving friendships and the University of Pittsburgh for helping people communicate, and most recently, accepting a fellowship with the Center for Transformational Play at Carnegie Mellon University. She lives in New England with her husband and frequent co-designer Vincent Baker, their three children, and rather a lot of books, costumes, and craft supplies. You can find her on Twitter at @nightskygames, on discord @Meguey (she/her)#7591 at the Apocalypse World server, and follow her creative work through the Baker Patreon

Vincent Baker has been creating and publishing independent role-playing games since 2001. With Meguey Baker, he co-created Apocalypse World and kicked off the Powered by the Apocalypse boom in ttrpgs. The games he's worked on subsequently include Murderous Ghosts, Mobile Frame Zero: Firebrands, The Wizard's Grimoire, and Under Hollow Hills.

Evil Hat Staff

Cris Viana is a Brazilian Graphic Designer specialized in Editorial Design and Typography. She has been in love with TTRPGs since high school, and now she works with it, layouting TTRPG books for Brazilian publishers and abroad! When she's not working, she plays Arabic percussion, drinks lots of tea, invents crazy makeup to use on RPG streams, and her Changeling Brazilian world-building is famous countrywide and has unofficially been named "Crisverse." You can find her online at www.crisvianastudio.com and on Twitter @crislv.

Fred is the President of Evil Hat, and does much of the company's book layouts and Roll20 character sheet code-work. Pursuing a life-long ambition to become a dinosaur, he works a little harder every day on his obsolescence so room can be made for new voices in the hobby. He's talked enough already. Bring on the big meteor already.

Sophie Lagacé has been gaming for so long that she thinks of THAC0 as “that new-fangled acronym.” She likes playing, game-mastering, organizing, reviewing, tinkering with, and writing about tabletop games, especially role-playing games. She has written for several publishers and is currently the Digital Content Manager for Evil Hat Productions.

Sean is the Director of Projects for Evil Hat Productions, Steward of Big Bad Con, and co-author of AGON. He's done developmental editing for Blades in the Dark, Apocalypse Keys, and more. He started gaming at age 12 and he’s never stopped. Sean’s passion is bringing people together to play games, explore identity, build rapport, and learn.
Tom Lommel (he/him) Since 2015 Tom has helped Evil Hat shepherd games to market and represent the signature Evil Hat brand on social media. A life-long gamer, Tom is currently enjoying sessions of Fate of Cthulhu and Scum & Villainy.
Colonel Mustard: And are you the host?  Hanrahan: Me, sir? No, I'm just the humble business butler.  Colonel Mustard: And what exactly is it you do here?  Hanrahan: I buttle, sir.


Stretch Goal Creators

Soup is a California-based, nonbinary trpg author and freelancer who is coming up on 5 years of working in the space! Recently, they've been working on mysterious super secret personal projects that may or may not ever see the light of day. When not writing, they are almost invariably playing a certain critically acclaimed MMORPG with a free trial that now goes up to level 70.
Aaron Lim is a designer of tabletop games and games educator based in Malaysia. His work ranges from board and card games to story games and tabletop RPGs. Most of his work is self-published at ehronlime.itch.io and crowdfunded through Kickstarter.
Kevin Thien Vu Long Nguyen is a writer and designer in Southern California with work featured in Unbreakable, Slayers, and Pathfinder 2e.

Charu Chandni Patel (she/her) is a South Asian American ttrpg designer, writer, editor and stream producer. Her work focuses on her curiosity with curating and forging identity, the complications of building community, and experimenting with atypical game mechanics. She draws on magical girl anime, 90s teen media and 80s/90s Bollywood to inspire her narrative design. She has designed her own games, Kick Rocks! and Kick Garlic! and has worked on Unbreakable Revolution, Slayers Almanac, Grasping Nettles, Babes in the Wood: All Hollows EP, and BUTT&HEAD.

Thomas is a playwright, journalist, and game designer from India. He's the host of the Yes Indie'd podcast and the writer of the weekly Indie RPG Newsletter.
Logan is a queer and trans tabletop game designer, consultant, and mentor living on Wurundjeri Country in Australia. Logan makes games about connection and self-reflection, including ARPIA Award Winner LOGAN: An Autobiographical Tabletop Game. When he's not writing or playing games, Logan is often walking by the wetlands or planning a camping trip.

Viditya (he/him) is a several award nominated interactive artist and game designer who loves to mess with play and interactive media. His own games are never the same, always iterating or trying out new ideas and approaches to what TTRPGs can be. He primarily loves making collaborative worldbuilding games and explorations into GMless and GM-Agnostic design.
Sasha is a Californian cryptid of minor repute whose ttrpg footprint has been all about saying a lot with a little. They have been spotted deep underwater off the coast, gnawing on whalebones with all the other hagfish and isopods you know and love.

Brandon O’Brien is a writer, performance poet, and game designer from Trinidad and Tobago. His fiction and poetry has been published in Uncanny Magazine, Fireside Magazine, Strange Horizons, Reckoning, and New Worlds, Old Ways: Speculative Tales from the Caribbean, among others. His debut poetry collection, Can You Sign My Tentacle?, available from Interstellar Flight Press, is the winner of the 2022 SFPA Elgin Award. He has also written tie-in fiction and poetry for brands such as Pathfinder, Magic: The Gathering, and Blue Rose RPG, and has contributed game content to games such as Wanderhome and The House Doesn't Always Win. He is also a co-host of the actual-play podcast Speculate!

Maria is a multi-diciplinary artist-piece of sunshine from metro manila! They have a strong constellation of experience around theater, pedagogy, somatics, and ritual play. TTRPGS, lyric games hold a special place in their heart as a potent place of self-reflection and birthing. They're known for games likes "I EAT MANTRAS FOR BREAKFAST" and and the golden cobra honorable mention "Forgetting Your Touch" and essays on "how to make your ttrpgs more healing". They've done layout and writing work for several international game releases such as "Capitalites", "My Body is a Cage", "Necronautilus","Campfire" and many more. Their favorite "stewpot" is siningang na hipon by her grandma.
Lyla McBeath Fujiwara (she/her) is a Massachusetts-based TTRPG writer, game designer, and the project lead for the Stormlight Archive TTRPG. She's had many past lives, from teaching high schoolers in East Africa to eight years in tech, where she worked as a developer for Google News and created mobile programming online courses that taught hundreds of thousands of students. Her TTRPG work includes freelancing for Gamehole Con, Bob World Builder, and Jeff Stevens Games and designing Jukebox: The Karaoke Musical TTRPG. She was a Storytelling Collective Creative Laureate, Big Bad Con PoC Scholar, and the author of Project Management for TTRPGs, a Substack series about project management and leadership for newcomers in the TTRPG space. In her off hours she can be found throwing lopsided ceramics.

Rae Nedjadi (he/they) is a Filipino queer designer of the Himbo persuasion, and the creative force behind Sword Queen Games. Rae is best known for their games Apocalypse Keys, BALIKBAYAN: Returning Home, and Cozy Town. Rae is an active contributor to numerous tttrpg projects, and their work inherently centers queer and anti-colonial themes. They are currently developing Tomb Raider: Shadows of Truth as lead designer with Evil Hat.
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