Threadbare RPG

Created by Stephanie Bryant

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

Latest Updates from Our Project:

April Update! Surveys!
over 1 year ago – Thu, Apr 06, 2017 at 03:55:00 PM

Kickstarter Surveys are Here!

The Kickstarter survey is now LIVE! 

In it, I ask you to provide your name as you want it to appear in the credits for this project. 

Please answer the survey by April 30th so we can get your name into the credits section of the book. If you miss the print deadline, you can still answer the survey late, but you'll miss getting into the print book and will only be in the PDF.

Backerkit Surveys are Coming!

I'm sending the Backerkit surveys out in the next few days!

I'll be setting a lock-down date of May 15th for the Backerkit surveys, so you have about 5 weeks to decide on any add-ons or tell your friends they can pre-order the game!

Backerkit is optional, but it greatly helps me manage the orders. However, if you are dead set against using it, please message me privately and I will manually process your pledge.

You do not need to create a BackerKit account to fill out your survey, just click on the survey link when it comes to your email inbox, fill it out, and you’re all good to go! You can answer questions about your rewards preferences, provide shipping information, and pledge for more “add-ons” if you'd like. If you decide later that you want to edit your survey response, you can go back to your survey and change it any time before we lock down the surveys for processing.

If you need to review your information or pledge status, you will be able to recover your survey here. If you use your Facebook login for your Kickstarter account, the BackerKit survey will be sent to the email you used for your Facebook account. If you have another email address that you would prefer to use, you can contact support at and we'll get you sorted out!

Current Schedule: On Track for May

Our current schedule has us editing and revising this month, while layout progresses. We have a drop-dead date of May 15th as well (it's going to be a busy day around here!) to ship by end of May (as mentioned in the January update).

March Update
over 1 year ago – Tue, Mar 21, 2017 at 07:32:09 PM

Sorry this update is late going out, folks!

Scheduling Pow Wow

Vivian (the editor) and I had a scheduling pow-wow earlier this month and figured out what we can do to hit that May shipping deadline. It'll be close, but I am hopeful that we will make it. I'm sending all the unedited text to the layout editor for preliminary layout this week. As I mentioned last month, I've been the main holdup, but I have been plugging away, and we're now at the "wrap up some details" stage of the main text. Most of the artwork is in, and all the stretch goals contributions are in.

Breakout Con!

Eric P. ran Threadbare at Breakout in Toronto 2 weeks ago and it went great! I heard some great stories from the players, and it sounds like a blast.

Alas, poor sock! So many holds from trying to "help someone!"
Alas, poor sock! So many holds from trying to "help someone!"

GenCon 50: Contessa Wants GMs

The Contessa GM block is looking for GMs (women, PoC, non-binary, and/or queer) and volunteers (everybody) for Gen Con 50! The "bite sized" time slot needs GMs on Thursday-- each time slot is 2 hours long, and the Threadbare starter adventure Furry Road easily fits into that time. You know I'd love to have more sessions of Threadbare at GenCon, and Contessa's a good organization that really helps diversify gaming! 

Volunteer for 10 hours and earn a free badge! Deadline is March 26th to sign up as a GM. 

February Update
over 1 year ago – Tue, Feb 07, 2017 at 09:31:36 AM


This will be quick, since I updated you in mid-January! As you may remember from that update, Juan is back and worked very quickly to submit artwork for all the playable character types. We've got everyone from puppets to socks to transformers to bunches of little guys, illustrated and ready to drop into the book!

Christmas sock!
Christmas sock!

Meanwhile, my writing continues apace. I'd probably say at this point I'm the main holdup in production, so I'm going to spend the next couple of weeks cracking down and getting my part done so we can get this thing ready and out!

Naomi and the Dragon - 2 days left!

My Make:100 comic book, Naomi and the Dragon has 2 days left in its campaign! It's a cute little family-friendly comic book about a woman who goes dragon hunting in the modern world. If you're a parent, check it out-- we're guaranteeing delivery by Christmas 2017! You can pledge here for Naomi and the Dragon.

December Update!
almost 2 years ago – Mon, Dec 05, 2016 at 10:44:31 PM

I'm so excited about this update, even though it's a very light update with not a whole lot to talk about. But since the past 3 weeks have been really, really quiet around my house, I'm just so happy to login and say hello to you all and wish you all a happy holiday season! The surgery was very successful, with no complications! Hooray!


Our artists have been hard at work on Threadbare, and I have a lovely preview from Evan Rowland of the "caverns," a subterranean location inspired by SubTropolis outside of Kansas City.

Threadbare Caverns art by Evan Rowland
Threadbare Caverns art by Evan Rowland

We also now have "border art" for the page borders, which I think will be a really nice addition to the book.


I've been writing a bit here and there (when not napping), and I'm unduly proud of this particular upgrade because of its simplicity:

Pocket How many Things you can carry doesn't really have hard rules in Threadbare, but by default, you can only either have or not have Stuff. With this upgrade, you have secured a pocket where you can keep an extra complement of Stuff, which is handy if you do a lot of repairs! Add an extra checkbox to I Have Stuff. If this Part is damaged, the second checkbox (and its Stuff) is lost.

Editing and Further Progress

We're heading into the final couple of months where we do a ton of editing work on everything, I finish writing up the new move options, and things start to really come together. Nothing is overly delayed at this point (fingers crossed), and I think we're going to hit our Spring deadlines, or pretty darn close to them.

November Update
almost 2 years ago – Fri, Nov 04, 2016 at 12:14:43 AM

Great Convention Games

I ran a great game at Big Bad Con in October, and I heard things went well at IntrigueCon as well! Graeme also had some terrific player feedback about the game at Intriguecon, and the kinds of characters people want to play.

IntrigueCon players
IntrigueCon players

Submissions Incoming!

This month's incoming submissions are on their way to the editor, which means all the texts of the stretch goals are in editing!

  • Grab Bag - the nano-game by Josh Jordan
  • Electric Avenue - by Toby Strauss
  • My Boogie Shoes - by Alex Roberts
  • The Senate of Toys - by Elsa S.J. Henry

This is really exciting, because it means that all of our stretch goals will ship in the same book with Threadbare! When you sit down to play, you'll have it all in one book!

We also have incoming artwork! Here's a sneak peek at a sketch from Emily Riggs!

Chibi sketch art by Emily Griggs
Chibi sketch art by Emily Griggs

Crummy Personal Stuff

So, you know how a lot of Kickstarter projects eventually go completely dark and then posts an update like "I ran into some health issues and the project was delayed...." And sometimes health issues are unknowable and unavoidable because we're made of gooey biology instead of thread and stuffing. And sometimes, health issues are known and you can kind of plan around them.

Well, I have an upcoming health issue this month which will have me out of pocket for about 2 weeks. It's delaying my part of Threadbare while I recover, but in the meantime, the graphic artists are plugging away on sketches and art. 

I do not anticipate this delaying delivery of the book, but if it looks like that might happen, I will let you know in December how recovery is going and whether any launch or ship dates have been affected.