Thursday, December 29, 2011

Improbable Tales - Kickstarter Soft Launch

Project Description

Fainting Goat Games is proposing to crowdfund a 5 issue series of fast, frantic and fun short scenarios for ICONS using Kickstarter.

They will be titled Improbable Tales and will be ideal for a quick evening's entertainment or to drop as a set-piece into a longer adventure.

The Kickstarter dates are still being firmed up. Tentatively, we're looking at a 40 day run from mid-January to early March.

The adventures will be written by Mike Lafferty (who did the line of Battlescenes ICONS adventures for Vigilance Press) and Chris McGroarty (who wrote the Gangbusters adventures for Adamant Entertainment). Art will be by Adrian Smith of Mesozoic Press and ICONS Line Artist Dan Houser.

Funding Goal


Each scenario would contain art, maps, characters and everything a Game Master would need to run the adventure.

The adventures will be published both as pdf e-books and as a printed volume that collects all 5 adventures.

Project Rewards

We would offer a variety of contribution levels ranging from $2.00 to $100.
All contributors will be thanked in the credits.
At the basic level ($2.00) the contributor would receive a pdf copy of the adventure of her choice.
At the 4.00 level -they would receive 2 pdfs of their choice.
At the $6.00 level -they would receive 3 pdfs of their choice
At the $8 level - they would receive 4 pdfs of their choice
At the $10 level - they would receive copies of all 5 pdfs

At the $30.00 level - the reward would be a copy of the Print-On-Demand compilation of the adventures and copies of all 5 pdfs (outside the US, please add $5 for shipping)

At the $50 level - we'd include everything from the $30 level as well as a Fainting Goat shot glass or T-shirt with your choice of logos - see both below. (outside the US - please include $10 for shipping).

At the $1600 dollar level, you receive all the rewards at the 50 level. In addition, ICONS Line Artist (and all-around funny fellow) Dan Houser will come to your house and run the adventure of your choice for you and your gaming group. You provide the snacks and gamers.


1) Day of the Swarm: Massive Ants terrorize the city! But who is the mysterious figure guiding their rampage?
2) Primal Power: a super-intelligent ape is on the loose in the countryside. His goal: vengeance against humanity!
3) Vampires of Red Square: The undead are storming the Kremlin! Russia teeters on the brink of chaos - the call goes out worldwide for heroes to stand against the bloodsucking legions!
4) Aqua-Zombies of the Kriegsmarine: the heroes have been contracted to retrieve a powerful artifact lost 65 years ago in a sunken Nazi U-boat. But something evil has been waiting all those years on the ocean floor..
5) The Golden Robots of Dr. Warp -the heroes are called upon to storm the HQof a time-travelling mad scientist, Dr Warp.

Check out previews of some of the artwork and covers below

Introducing Fainting Goat Games

What We Do:
We believe that more people having more fun gaming is a good thing.
Towards this end - we are dedicated to infusing our games with humor and with focusing on making the Game Master's job easy.
We can not be stopped! But we can be paused, occasionally, for pie.

Who We Are:
 Fainting Goat Games is a game development studio run by Mike Lafferty.

  • Mike Lafferty has been working in the field of small press role playing games since 2006 and has been published by Adamant Entertainment, RPGObjects and Vigilance Press. He also produces a humorous podcast focused on gaming and comics at
  • Kristen Perkins has extensive editing, experience and has previously worked in that capacity for Arizona State University, iPhysicianNet and Phipps Studios.
  • Chris McGroarty, a technical writer and recent immigrant from Shannon, Ireland is just starting out in the RPG field and has recently recently had his module Gangbusters for the ICONS game system published by Adamant Entertainment.
  • Adrian Smith - British based artist Adrian Smith of Mesozoic Press has been contributing a ton of great art and handling much of the layout for Fainting Goat's projects so far.
  • Dan Houser has rocketed to prominence in recent years with his work as the line artist for Adamant Entertainment's ICONS and we're very happy he's giving us a hand with the art for our projects as well
  • Jon Gibbons Is a self taught, UK based Freelance Illustrator who specializes in concept art and illustration for the RPG and boardgame industries.He's done work for a variety of RPG companies including Adamant Entertainment, Pinnacle Entertainment Group and Big Finger Games. Jon has contributed our back cover logo (seen below) and we're hoping to bring him on for more interior work on future projects.