Threadbare RPG

Created by Stephanie Bryant

Threadbare RPG
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549 backers pledged $11,919.00 on Kickstarter

"Plushie or plastic, mate?" In Threadbare RPG, you play a jury-rigged toy in a broken, stitched-together world.

Raised in Kickstarter
$11,919.00 / 549 backers
Raised in BackerKit
$831.00 / 547 backers
Estimated Shipping Date: July 2017

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Threadbare RPG - PDF
The final, full-color rules PDF with digital stretch goals!
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Print Rewards

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Threadbare RPG - Budget Softcover
A budget-minded softcover copy of the book in black and white format. Includes the PDF.
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Threadbare RPG - Color Softcover Book
A beautiful full-color softcover copy of the book in premium color. Includes the PDF.
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Threadbare RPG - Color Hardcover
A beautiful, full-color hardcover copy of the book in premium color! Includes the PDF.

Learn About Our Project:

Plushie or plastic, mate?

Threadbare RPG is a role-playing game in which you play a jury-rigged toy in a broke world. Caught in a world where Entropy is a constant danger, you'll patch yourself up, invent new devices, and maybe make new friends along the way.

Looking fierce!
Looking fierce!


What is Threadbare?
What is Threadbare?

Threadbare is a stitchpunk role playing game set in a broken world populated by broken toys. 

Your character starts out as a Softie (soft-filled toy), a Mekka (hard-shelled, plastic or metal toy), or a Sock (a single sock, often thought to have been lost in the laundry).

The rules mechanics are based on the Apocalypse World engine: you roll 2d6’s and add your modifiers to determine the direction your story will go.

Adventuring toys
Adventuring toys

As you progress in Threadbare, your character changes. Every time you are damaged and repaired, you change your description and even your personality!

Threadbare is a game about making and repairing stuff, and less about killing things. Combat is rare and resolves quickly without use of dice.

What is Stitchpunk?
What is Stitchpunk?

Stitchpunk is a loose term for a modge-podge aesthetic of stitching and fabrication that is exemplified in the excellent movie 9. It shares qualities with steampunk, but has a more sewn-together, hacker-space feel.

What do I get?
What do I get?

This Kickstarter will deliver one amazing, fun game where you can spend some time with your favorite childhood toys and make new friends!

This is a role-playing game you can play with adults, teens, kids, even seniors-- the game scales in terms of its "maturity rating" according to the players at the table.

All backers get:

  • Early access to the zero-art beta rules during the Kickstarter
  • Credit in the book as a Kickstarter backer
  • My personal gratitude and thanks!

In addition, if you back for $9 or more, here are the exciting rewards we're offering:

Rewards tier list: see the list to the right.
Rewards tier list: see the list to the right.

 All color books are printed in premium color. 

Early Access
Early Access

All backers of the project will get early, art-free playtester access to the game in PDF format as soon as you back the project (in Update #1). That means you get the beta version of the game to play and send your feedback during the campaign.

Build a bear
Build a bear

Playtesters help make the game better. As a playtester, you can try things out and let me know if the rules work or not for your group, even suggest ways to improve the game.

This is just one of the many ways you can contribute to Threadbare's evolution into a wonderful game everyone can enjoy.

Stretch Goals
Stretch Goals

We have some great stretch goals lined up if the project funds! Most of the stretch goals are additional material to be added to the book, such as new adventure starters, additional character forms, mini-games within the games, and tutorials for making your own socks, softies, and mekka!

  • All backers at the Sock Network ($9) level and higher will get all stretch goals in digital format.
  • All backers at the Softie Adventure ($25) levels and higher will get all stretch goals in physical format, if available.
$5000: A nano-game by Josh Jordan, of Ginger Goat Press! Josh is writing a short game for 2-5 players that Threadbare characters can play (in-game!) to build relationships, drive their story forward, and have even more fun in this broken little world! This stretch goal will be included in the core book. UNLOCKED

$6500: is a great adventure starter from Alex Roberts: Boogie Fever! The greatest dancing contest in the known world is almost here. Your toys must build the strongest, springiest, most creative dancing bodies - and the trust and harmony that every troupe needs to succeed! UNLOCKED
Bonus setting: a to-be-named music themed setting by Toby Strauss. UNLOCKED
$7500: another adventure starter, this time from Bryanna Hitchcock: Off to See the Clockmaker! UNLOCKED
Every toy needs something that only the Clockmaker can give them. Will you be brave enough to find the Clockmaker and ask? In this adventure, Threadbare players explore how they had what they needed within themselves all along... or get something dangerous with which to make their dreams come true!

$9000: Crafting tutorials for the Doll's Head Dice Bag and Mekka Castaway! UNLOCKED
The Doll's Head Dice Bag is a dice bag made from a doll's head, either plastic or crocheted. Here's one creepy-cute project you can take to any game session! 

Mekka Castaway: This tutorial shows you how to make a Threadbare Mekka character using cast off toys found in the Local Thrift stores. Along the way, I'll share insights into how you can work with the parts that you have scrounged to achieve a character that looks artful, believable: an most importantly as unique as your creativity requires. 

$10,000: Content Expansion! UNLOCKED
At $10K, we'll expand and illustrate the game to include more stuff for your Threadbare stories!
  • 9 new character forms, bringing the total number of character forms to 18! 
  • 20 new adversaries and allies.
  • 30 new upgrade and device moves. 
  • A humorous list of 10 unsuccessful upgrades.
$11,500: The Senate of Toys UNLOCKED
At $11500, Elsa Sjunneson-Henry will write The Senate of Toys!
The Senate of Toys puts your Threadbare heroes in the midst of the delicate social and political maneuverings at the heart of a community! Act as diplomats to negotiate and maneuver among the leaders of the land and get what you need.

$13,000: Open License!
At $13,000, we'll arrange for some kind of open license for Threadbare, where you can write and even publish settings, hacks, adventures, etc., to use with the system!

Keep watching this space for more stretch goal announcements!
Extra Copies
Extra Copies
If you want extra copies, add the following to your pledge when you back the project:
  • $5 for each extra digital copy from DriveThruRPG; minimum pledge is $9 before adding this on (there's a bit of a bulk discount here).
  • $15 for each additional black-and-white softcover copy (with PDF); minimum pledge is $15 before adding this on.
  • $25 for each additional full color softcover copy (with PDF); minimum pledge is $15 before adding this on.
  • $40 for each additional hardcover copy (with PDF); minimum pledge is $15 before adding this on.
  • Extra copies get extra copies of the PDF in the form of a DriveThruRPG coupon, which you can then distribute to the recipient(s) as you wish.
    You'll also be able to add on, upgrade your pledge, or pre-order later with Backerkit!
Pre-orders and add-ons will be available through Backerkit
Pre-orders and add-ons will be available through Backerkit
Who are we?
Who are we?

Stephanie Bryant is a 40-something writer, knitter, and gamer. She has written adventures and supplements for Epyllion, TimeWatch, The Baby Bestiary vol 2, and the Night's Black Agents Edom Files. An avid role player since childhood, she has made RPGs a central part of her hobby life for over 30 years. Stephanie also wrote and published Handknit Heroes, the first superhero comic book for knitters.

Eric Quigley is a 30-year-old freelance illustrator in the G+ indie pen and paper industry for the past four-ish years. Originally a graduate of VCU's Communication Arts (Illustration) department he moved around for a while before settling in Portland, Oregon where he has resided for the past two years. While always a fantasy nerd at heart he has begun working in a variety of genres, even getting into children's illustration on the occasion. Eric's clients include the likes of the Monte Cook Games, Evil Hat Productions, and the Alderac Entertainment group as well as many other smaller indie studios.

Josh T. Jordan is the designer of Heroine, The Sky Is Gray, and You Are Distressed, and other games. He is also a Global Coordinator for Game Chef and a high school teacher.

Alex Roberts is a writer, podcaster, and roleplayer of boundless enthusiasm.

Toby Strauss is an avid gamer, story teller, and self-proclaimed "Lord of the Dance." He was a finalist in the 200 Word RPG challenge this year with his seminal work, "Is the Space Pope A Lizard?"

Bryanna Hitchcock loves roleplaying games, playing music, her wife, and her cat, but not necessarily in that order. She is very lucky to have many sweet, creative friends in her life.

Liz Chaipraditkul is a game developer and writer who lives in the Netherlands. She owns Angry Hamster Publishing - a tabletop role play company and writes articles for her own personal blog on gaming. Liz’s first solo game WITCH: Fated Souls, was successfully funded on Kickstarter in 2015. When not in her own imaginary world, Liz keeps busy with crafting and walking her dog. You can follow her developer exploits @angryhamsterrpg or on her website.

Brian Dirk never grew up, his toys just got more powerful, creepy, and unique. His alter-ego is a mild-mannered Network Guru by day, and a Maker, Artist, Storyteller, and general weirdo: also by day. He forgets what he does at night.

Elsa Sjunneson-Henry is an author and disability advocate living in New Jersey. She's the creator of DEAD SCARE and The Fate Accessibility Toolkit, and has written for numerous tabletop RPG's. When she's not busy attending games conferences as either a speaker or a disability access coordinator, she's walking the streets of Hell's Kitchen with a white cane in hand.

Kickstarter Page Credits

Illustrations by Emily Block.