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Bringing the Blessed to Life

lfneJason L Blair01 August 2013

It’s hard for me to believe it’s been two years since Book 2: Among the Missing hit shelves and that it’s been over a year since I released a new Little Fears Nightmare Edition product. I’d very much like to correct that but, to do so, I’ll need your help.

I’ve always worked on LF products from an investment point of view. I do the work and release it with no forward payment. I’m fine with that but that’s not something I can ask the illustrators I work with to do. And new products, especially a full 128pp book, needs a lot of art. So I’m turning to you to help fund the art for LFNE Book 3: Blessed are the Children.

Blessed are the Children is about the human spirit—literally. It talks about kids whose souls are gone or replaced with the spirit of a monster or who have two souls or whose souls are bolstered by the power of faith. It is about special children with special abilities—abilities that come with a severe cost. They are different than other kids but they are still very much children fighting a war against the overpowering monsters of Closetland.

I’m taking a couple routes in getting this project off the ground.

Kickstarter
I’ll be running a Kickstarter for Blessed are the Children for thirty days starting next Wednesday, August 7th. The goal will be $1500 which will cover all art and production costs for the book. The target is low and whether we hit it or not will be very telling as to whether it’s worth putting Book 3 together. (I sincerely hope it is.)

Normally, I would run a pre-order but I only do that when the art and production costs are covered anyway—that way no one who pre-orders runs the risk of not getting a book. Lacking the art budget, I can’t risk a pre-order that doesn’t cover the cost. The Kickstarter will have multiple tiers for those who wish to support it, including bundles for Books 2 and 3 and Books 1, 2, and 3 and the complete set of LFNE books and all seven Campfire Tales. For those of you who have been asking about dice, some of the tiers will include an opportunity to grab sets as well.

Throughout the Kickstarter, I’ll post excerpts and previews to help build interest. Your support, both monetarily and in spreading the word, will be crucial to the campaign’s success. But Kickstarter isn’t the only way to help support Little Fears!

New Product Line: Goodie Bags
Starting August 5th*, I’m putting out a new line of support products for Little Fears Nightmare Edition. Called Goodie Bags, these are 6-10pp one-off products that focus on new areas and groups that exist in the Little Fears universe. The first two products are about two groups, one existing and one brand-new.

The Butterfly Knights
Introduced in Book 1, the Butterfly Knights are kids in Closetland who help those who get lost within the nightmare realm. In addition to their backstory and plot lines that involve the Knights, their Goodie Bag includes stats to use them as generic or expanded GMCs as well as fully-fleshed Player Characters.

Baba Yaga’s Children
A new group, these monsters are kids twisted by the Crone to become vile, feral creatures who hunt the animals of Closetland—as well as those human children who dare to venture within. Their Goodie Bag includes their backstory, their full Monster stats, and numerous ways to incorporate them into your LFNE game.

Depending on the success of these two, I have other Goodie Bags planned that feature new areas of Closetland, more information on the In-Between World (as introduced in Book 2), and others. They’ll retail in PDF for $5.

New Campfire Tale: The House That Wasn’t There
Coming in September, this standalone episode features a house that only appears in the real world once every seven years. And when it does, it brings some very nasty guests with it.

So, in sum, after a long period of quiet (due to moving, launching Streets of Bedlam, starting a new job, etc), I’m looking to bring some new stuff to the world of Little Fears Nightmare Edition. I hope I can count on your support.

*I’ve had my days screwed up lately. I had written August 3rd originally but it’s next Monday, August 5th.

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Halloweek #4! New Monster: Punkngutz

lfneJason L Blair01 November 2012

There’s all sorts of build-up to Halloween. Weeks of decorations at the store, parties in the schools, and whole neighborhoods taken over by the symbols of the season: vampire faces, witch ornaments, ghostly drapings over barren trees, and several patches’ worth of carved-up pumpkins on stoops and sidewalks. As with any holiday though, once the day comes and goes, it’s over. Especially Halloween in the States with Thanksgiving in a month and Christmas wrapping the last two months of the year in its brightly-colored bows.

So Halloween is left in the past. Every year. And every year there’s something that doesn’t wish to go so quietly into that goodnight. A spirit of the season that isn’t too keen on slipping into the bygones so some other celebration can steal its thunder. Oh no. There’s something left behind on All Souls Day that wants to live. And it can do just that if it finds enough victims, enough spirits to suck from the living so it doesn’t dry up and blow away.

And that something is called Punkngutz.

PUNKNGUTZ is a Regular Monster

Punkngutz happens whenever jack-o-lanterns are left to rot, lawn ornaments break and fall, and discarded candy wrappers are neglected after the Halloween festivities are over. This can be after a large office party or in the dumpster behind a fly-by-night outlet store but most often Punkngutz appears in neighborhoods the day after Halloween.

Punkngutz has no human-like form. It’s a mass of discarded junk held together by the rotten remains of jack-o-lanterns. It can form rudimentary hands and feet but is weak at fighting. It has the consistency of breakfast syrup studded with random bits and clings to victims. It’s not fast and it’s not tough but it latches on and doesn’t let go—giving it enough time to suck your soul from your body.

It is scary when it starts sticking all over you. It wants to never die.

Abilities
Fight: ØOOOOO
Chase: ØØOOOO
Grab: ØØØØOO
Scare: ØØØOOO

Virtues
Terror: 7
Health: 30

Qualities
It is a mass of slime, pumpkin parts, and Halloween decorations.
It can form anywhere.
It cannot get close to freezing cold.

Stuff
Slime Body ØØØ
   Icky Sticky (Grab +2)
   Soulsucker (Spirit -1)
Mish-Mash Parts ØØ
   Sharp Bits (+2 Damage)
Bad Smell ØØ
   Makes You Gag (-2 Think)

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Halloweek #2! New Monster: Robert the Doll

lfneJason L Blair30 October 2012

Back around the turn of last century, when 18XX turned into 19XX, a young boy named Robert Eugene Otto was brought into this world. He was born into a family who was well-off and wanted for nothing, except attention. This was something his mother and father did not give him. Instead, they went on weeks-long jaunts all over the globe. They were well-traveled before the birth of their child and were loathe to surrender that lifestyle once he came along.

To help raise their son, and tend to all manners of the house, the Ottos employed a number of men and women they had met in the islands. One such woman of Jamaican descent, was Young Gene’s caretaker, teacher, and closest friend. Gene became so fond of the woman that he looked to her as an authority over his own mother. This was something Mrs. Otto would not stand. She fired the woman, forbidding her to ever see their family again. The woman obeyed but, before she left, she gifted her beloved charge with a doll made of straw. This toy was carved in Gene’s image and was even given the boy’s birth name of Robert.

Robert the Doll became Gene’s best friend. The two were inseparable. Robert had a place at the dining table. A special spot on Gene’s bed. When they went out, they often wore matching outfits. Gene confided in Robert. Gene told him all about how much he missed his caretaker. How mean his mommy was for sending her away. How his father never paid him any attention.

This filled Robert with all sorts of emotions. As time passed in the Otto household, strange things started happening. Maids found the unused guest rooms in horrible disarray. The cook found his knives and spoons scattered across the floor. Flowers were torn from their stems in the front garden. Broken dishes littered the dining hall.

Everyone looked at the young boy. The young, mischievous, angry child. But Gene would deny doing anything wrong. Instead, he offered the same answer for every crime. “Robert did it.”

The family, tired of the boy’s acting out, locked Robert the Doll in the manor house’s turret room. And there he stayed until the elder Ottos passed and Gene was left inside the house alone. He returned to Robert, once again offering him a treasured spot in the home. Even after Gene married, Robert maintained a seat at the table and a place in the bedroom.

Eventually Gene Otto passed as well. And his wife locked Robert the Doll in a trunk in the turret room. Where Robert stayed for decades until, one day, he disappeared. Reports come in of kids seeing Robert the Doll in thrift stores, attics, and antique shops throughout the United States. While surely only one is authentic, how can you tell which one?

ROBERT THE DOLL is a Regular Monster

Robert the Doll is a mischievous effigy made of straw and clay. While his actions have not been linked to any deaths (yet), he is capable of lots of household destruction. He attaches himself to a single person, to whom he builds a very strong emotional attachment, and he turns his ire to those who made his loved one mad. Once enabled, the loved one cannot stop Robert from doing whatever the doll thinks is called for to protect his charge.

Robert can change his expression, move about freely, and even speak—but he can’t do any of this if anyone is looking at him. Look away for just one second though, and watch out. He can destroy household objects, confound listeners with his hypnotic verbal suggestions, and even disappear on foot if the occasional calls for it.

It is scary when it laughs when you’re not looking at it. It wants a friend for life.

Abilities
Fight: ØØOOOO
Chase: ØØØOOO
Grab: ØØØOOO
Scare: ØØOOOO

Virtues
Terror: 5
Health: 30

Qualities
It is a wooden demon doll.
It can cause havoc quickly.
It cannot act if watched by human eyes.

Stuff
Doll Face ØØØ
   Dead Eyes (Scare +1)
   Creepy Smile (-2 Move)
Second Soul ØØ
   Says Evil Things (-2 Think)

Inspired by the true story of Gene Otto and Robert the Doll.

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