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
$1,084.00 / 570 backers

Latest Updates from Our Project:

$10,000!! Let's elect a SENATE!
over 1 year ago – Tue, Jun 07, 2016 at 12:51:12 AM

$10,000 Funded!

Hooray! Thank you all so much! That means we've unlocked a ton of custom moves and character forms for you to play! 

$11,500: Senate of Toys is Next!

Our next stretch goal is $11,500, funding the Senate of Toys, by Elsa Sjunneson-Henry!

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.

This will be a great adventure framework for players and groups who love social/political campaigns!

Partnering with BackerKit

I've decided to use BackerKit for the pledge manager and pre-orders. That means you'll be able to add-on extra copies after the project finishes and your friends can pre-order if they missed out on the campaign!

I'll let you all know when the BackerKit invitations are ready for you, but I wanted to let you all know now that that's the platform we'll be using for fulfillment.

Thanks for Spreading the Word!

Thanks for spreading the word about the campaign, and also for letting your artist and layout friends know! I've had a few good contacts as a result, and I'm very excited about moving forward with the next stages of the project.

Final Week! Progress, Senators, and Podcasts!
over 1 year ago – Sun, Jun 05, 2016 at 12:07:35 PM

We're in the final week of Threadbare's Kickstarter, and I am so excited about how well it's gone! Thank you to everyone who shared the link with your friends, talked about it on social media, played it at conventions, and generally have shared your enthusiasm for this project with the world! It's made a huge difference, and I thank you so much for coming along for this amazing journey!

Playtest Progress

At Gamex over the weekend, I ran a couple of playtests of a new adventure I'm writing for you all, which was excellent and gave a lot of great feedback to work with.

My playtests also revealed a pretty major weakness in the game-- you can't successfully play a character who is both dumb and friendly! Most of the friendly moves rely on Smarts. Which is cool, but let's face it-- intelligence doesn't always mean you're great at building strong friendships. We discovered this weakness when a player put -1 in the Smarts for his otherwise very likable and friendly dinosaur.

So, I'll be looking at that as well this week.

I also got some useful feedback on Jury Rig/Finding Stuff. If you've struggled with that in the playtest, know that you're not alone. Those are Very Important moves in Threadbare, and I know they need some work to make them flow more smoothly.

New Stretch Goal!

I know we're kind of languishing around $9K, and we're in the final week of the Kickstarter, so I thought it'd be good to post the next stretch goal!

At $11,500, 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.

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.

+1 Forward Podcast

The new +1 Forward Podcast by The Gauntlet did an interview and short playthrough with me! The recording went live yesterday, and is about 25 minutes long. If you're looking for another "how does it play," give this one a listen!

$9K: Achievement Unlocked!
over 1 year ago – Tue, May 31, 2016 at 03:01:07 PM

Woo hoo! We've unlocked the $9,000 stretch goal, which means Crafting Tutorials for Doll Head Dice Bags and the Mekka Castaway!

Up next, at $10,000, we have expanded content with lots of NPCs, upgrade moves, and new character forms. I know something like "Buncha Little Guys" can be used for playing a set of building blocks, but wouldn't you love to have something unique to that type of toy, too?

Awesome Video Review

Backer Gareth H. Graham posted this 3 1/2 minute video review of Threadbare-- it's a wonderful shout-out, and much appreciated!

Gamex this Weekend

I'm in Los Angeles this weekend at Gamex, running Threadbare on Saturday at 2 and 8 PM. I may be able to do a pickup demo game somewhere during the weekend, but I know from experience that I won't have a lot of time to post updates to the project. So, have a great weekend, and I'll see you all on the other side!

Steadily Climbing towards a $10K Expansion!
over 1 year ago – Mon, May 30, 2016 at 01:39:31 PM

We're steadily climbing towards our $9000 stretch goal to get the Dice Bag Doll's Head and Mekka Castaway tutorials into your hands, but I'll bet you'd like to know what the plan is for the big $10K!

I'd already planned to add some more character forms to the game, as well as some upgrade moves and adversaries to use. But at $10K, all that gets expanded! If we hit $10K, we'll add (and illustrate):

  • 9 new character forms, bringing the total number of character forms to 18! Including various types of puppets, vehicular characters, and hybrids (like sock monkeys and china dolls.)
  • A gallery of 20 new adversaries and allies to populate your Threadbare stories, including who they are, what they want, what they care about, and how players can connect with them. Some of them will have ties to adventures and settings already being written, while others will be easy to drop into your own ideas and stories.
  • A crafter's almanac of 30 upgrade and device moves to inspire you when you make a successful Jury Rig or Make a Thing move.
  • And finally, a humorous list of 10 broken upgrades for when you succeed at a Jury Rig move, and choose to take a new move but don't actually fix the thing.

Shout Outs! 

Some exciting shout-outs in the past few days! Thanks to everyone spreading the word and playing Threadbare out in the wild!

ENWorld has a new column on crowdfunded projects, and gave us a shout-out in their first post!  

The Gauntlet posted a description of the game they played at Camp Nerdly, starting at 13:40.

And Eclectic Gamers Podcast interviewed me about the game, starting at 1:07.

We're Off to See a Clockmaker, Doll Dice Bags, and More!
over 1 year ago – Mon, May 23, 2016 at 09:45:17 PM

$7500 - Stretch Goal Unlocked!

This weekend, we blew right through the $7500 stretch goal, which means we've unlocked the Off to See the Clockmaker stretch goal by Bryanna Hitchcock!

$9000 Stretch Goal

In honor of Maker Week (and Maker Faire), I decided it's time to put a little more "makercraft" into the project! There's a sly little rule in Threadbare called the Threadbare Avatar rule. In longer campaigns, if you bring your own "avatar" (a toy that looks like your character), you get one reroll per session. Threadbare has always had a direct, mechanical reward for out-of-game creativity, and there will always be some kind of Avatar Rule in this game. So let's give you some tools and suggestions for making those avatars!

At $9000, we have two exciting tutorials for you! The Doll's Head Dice Bag by Liz Chaipraditkul and a Mekka Castaway tutorial by Brian Dirk.

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!

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 find more information about her games at and follow her developer exploits @angryhamsterrpg. 

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.

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.

Softies and socks: don't despair! I have plans for softie and sock patterns, and am already lining up contributors for those tutorials as well!