Looking for new content to spice up your game table, virtual or otherwise? Want to support Kiwi creatives? Then you should check out the two active Kickstarters below, both of which have a bit of Kiwi in them. Added bonus: they have already reached their funding goals!

Book of Devotion

Photo of the front cover of the Book of Devotion along with text reading: Project we Love Kickstarter - Funded in 4 days!

The Book of Devotion is a beautifully illustrated anthology artbook, showcasing the work of 49 artists and writers. This volume includes lore-like descriptions of 12 deities and 24 characters who can be included in any fantasy TTRPG setting. You’ll get 80+ pages of content, available in both PDF or in print. You can also get other physical items at higher tiers and as add-ons. The washi tape is unique and cute!

Kiwi creative involved: gothHoblin – writer.
Campaign ends: Friday 14 June 2024 – 6am.
By: Sleepy Wyrm Creative Guild.

HYPERBOREA: Modulistic Terror

Cultist about to sacrifice a scantily clad someone, a swordsperson dropping in to give death from above.

North Wind Adventures is Kickstarting three new adventure modules for their role-playing game of swords, sorcery, and weird science-fantasy, HYPERBOREA®. Each module is available individually as a PDF or in print, as well as in bundles. If stretch goals are met other items, like bookmarks and t-shirts, will be included if you back the physical books. So far the bookmark goal has been reached. 

The module titles include:

  • Vanishing Isles of the Summer King*

  • Thousand Eyes of Thaumagorga

  • Oblation Slab of the Hepatomancer

Kiwi creative involved: Johnathan L. Bingham – art and *adventure module writer.
Campaign ends: Wednesday 12 June 2024 – 4am.
By: Jeffrey Talanian at North Wind Adventures.

Over on YouTube we’ve set up two playlists collecting videos of KiwiRPG creators doing their thing! 

The Discover KiwiRPG channels playlist collects some videos from the wide variety of channels run by KiwiRPG creators. Lots of actual play and other interesting sorts of game things to be found here!

And the KiwiRPGers Talk playlist collects videos where KiwiRPG members are chatting about games. This is for convention panel appearances, conference talks, interviews, and other stuff.

Check them out! These lists are by no means complete, please let us know if you spot something we should add!

Now closed: The Rainbow Violence Prevention Network TTRPG fundraiser bundle

This bundle is organized by KiwiRPG to raise funds for the Rainbow Violence Prevention Network, a collaborative group of organisations that aims to reduce sexual and domestic violence against the rainbow community.

Valued at nearly $70, you can get almost 80% off this collection of 27 amazing ttrpgs for a diverse range of authors and support a great cause. All funds raised of proceeds go to the RVPN.

This bundle runs from April 18th-29th (NZT).

Thanks to Kelly Whyte for being the driving force behind this bundle!

Kia ora e hoa mā.

With the race towards the end of the calendar year, it seems appropriate for Kēmu Whakatau O Aotearoa to start thinking about the next one, and more specifically the next end of year, albeit the Māori one. Stick with me, it’ll make sense shortly.

The tent pole event in the KiwiRPG calendar is KiwiRPG week. We have done two now and they are always roaring successes. They bring eyes onto our little corner of the hobby from far and near, with media attention and community spotlights on all of the excellent creations Aotearoa contributes to our great hobby. KiwiRPG week formed the nucleus of Kēmu Whakatau O Aotearoa in many ways. It is an amazing opportunity for us all to celebrate Kiwi creations unapologetically.

When the committee sat down to start preliminary planning of the next KiwiRPG week, naturally we turned our thoughts towards when to hold it. Previously it had been in June and May before that. Dates chosen for various reasons. This year we wanted that reason to be one that is just as special to Aotearoa as it is to KiwiRPG. So we decided to coincide the week with Matariki, the Māori new year. Hopefully the opening paragraph is starting to make sense.

Matariki is a sacred time across polynesia, and for most Māori iwi. It is the time where its namesake star cluster rises in the eastern sky, and welcomes in the new year. It is a time we associate with endings and beginnings, life and death. It is a time where we come together to plan, to enjoy one another’s company and to feast upon the bounty of our harvests. To look back at the year that’s been and forward to the year ahead. It is a time to be introspective but ambitious and full of potential.

What better time for our community to come together, unite in voice and action to spring into the new year with pride, mana and something to show the world?

With this said, I would like to confirm that the official dates for KiwiRPG week 2024 are Sunday 23rd of June through to Saturday 29th of June. This obviously coincides with the Matariki holiday on Friday 28th. We will close out the year and welcome in the new one in the way only Kēmu Whakatau O Aotearoa can.

Thank you for your time to read this. As this calendar year counts down, put some mind towards how you want to welcome in Matariki next year and know we are all here with you.

Kia pai tō koutou rā
Liam Stevens
Kēmu Whakatau O Aotearoa Chair 

As KiwiRPG week 2023 comes to an end, our committee chair Liam Stevens writes to our community and also those from all around the world who have turned their thoughts to Kēmu Whakatau O Aotearoa this week.

The logo for Kēmu Whakatau o Aotearoa. The group's name is on the right hand side, along with #KiwiRPG. On the left is a K stylised to be reminiscent of Māori carving and tattooing practices.

Kia ora e te whanau!

KiwiRPG 2023 is coming to an end, and what a week it has been! We have seen a barrage of awesome KiwiRPG content, all across live streams, podcasts, game bundles, media etc. It has been an excellent week to be a part of and makes me so proud to sit within this community alongside you all. We truly are a community that performs at a world class level and can stand to get the world’s attention.

Full confession; I did not do a hell of a lot this KiwiRPG week. The joys of being a civil servant in election year has seen me consumed in work and work related travel to breaking point. Thankfully I needn’t have worried. KiwiRPG is greater than the sum of all of its parts, and so many of you stepped up to the plate and delivered throughout the week. The way everyone was able to come in and do their bit made everything come together smoothly and I am seeing all over the place nothing but positive responses to our collective celebration.

It’s hard to believe that our first KiwiRPG was just a year ago. And what a year! In that time we have organized, made KiwiRPG an actual thing as opposed to an idea, and have seen so many new people come into the fold. Hopefully that growth continues, and with it we see a more diverse range of voices and ideas enter the fold too.

So as the week winds down we are now planning to take time to consider how it went, what could be done better, what opportunities were missed and what should be further developed. We expect it will take several years before KiwiRPG week reaches its full potential so until then we will continue to analyze and learn from these sorts of event’s. I fully expect the community to be involved in that discussion. So get to thinking about what you think worked, what didn’t, what we could do better and what we missed out on. In Aotearoa we know you must look to the past to look forward, so let us all do that.

In the coming weeks here in Aotearoa we will be coming into Matariki, which is a time for reflection on the year that has been and planning for the year ahead. I encourage you to think back to where we were last year, a small discord group full of enthusiasm and hype to get stuck, and look at us now. Then imagine where you want us to be next year. Hold on to that thought, hold it near and dear but share it too. Dreams and aspirations work best when they see the light of day.

Lastly if there is anyone subscribed to this email who is not a part of KiwiRPG and you are wondering about joining; please do! If you live in Aotearoa, or are from here but live abroad, you are more than welcome. This is especially true of our marginalized communities but especially Tangata Whenua. This community simultaneously is about nurturing our hobby in NZ while also being Kaitiaki of the taonga of Aotearoa in the broader RPG sphere, a task that we have already had to exercise not long ago. So the more people we have, and the more diverse our membership, the lighter that load and the more well placed we are to make that happen.

If you subscribe to the mailing list and are not from here, welcome! Please stay subscribed to this mail list, as we are only getting started and it is going to get much bigger and better from here.

Ake ake ake kia kaha e!

Liam Stevens
Chair of the KiwiRPG Committee

 

Another epic KiwiRPG week is just around the corner! 

Starting with a bang on Saturday the 10th of June*, we’ve got exciting deals, streams, shows and events running throughout the week!

SEE THE KIWIRPG WEEK 2023 SCHEDULE

We’ve got something new and exciting this year. Every day there will be a DAILY DEAL, a KiwiRPG product with a huge discount, just for that day!

The DAILY DEAL will be advertised in the KiwiRPG calendar of course, but the best way to catch it is to SIGN UP TO OUR EMAIL NEWSLETTER! Get that deal in your inbox every time! Click here to sign up!

We’re really excited to celebrate Kiwi RPG ingenuity with you. See you soon!

* If you’re in Christchurch, the fun starts a week earlier, get along to see Dungeons & Comedians live on stage on Sunday 4th June!

 

 

Big news, everyone! 

KiwiRPG is about to happen, and YOU can apply to join RIGHT NOW!

Are you a TTRPG creative based in Aotearoa, or connected to this land? We would love you to be part of Kēmu Whakatau O Aotearoa, KiwiRPG!

After the success of KiwiRPG week 2022, the local creative community enthusiastically called for KiwiRPG to become something more than just a hashtag. 

Now we have a plan: free to join, elected leadership, simple structure, here to promote our stuff to the world & speak out when needed. 

You can see all the details in the full KiwiRPG proposal document.

Are you in?

Here’s where you can apply to join KiwiRPG

Are you curious to know more? Contact us here! 

The online hui to complete the creation of KiwiRPG will be Sunday 5 March, at 7:30pm. We’ll send invites directly to everyone who has applied!

 

 

 

This evening (Sunday 27 November) at 7:30, all Kiwi creatives in TTRPGs are invited to the first great KiwiRPG hui!

KiwiRPG week was a fantastic beginning for Kēmu Whakatau O Aotearoa, and it’s time to set ourselves up for the future.  This online hui is for all TTRPG creatives (podcasters, streamers, game designers, freelances, others) in or connected to Aotearoa NZ, and anyone else with shared interests.

Join us as we come together, build our community a bit, and make some choices for the future.

A new KiwiRPG association?

One important thing we will look at during tonight’s hui is setting up a proper association for KiwiRPG creatives. 

A short description (with a long appendix!) is in this google doc. Check out the comments too; we are working together to make sure this association takes the right shape.

Join us tonight!

Here is the link to follow:

Topic: Long Awaited KiwiRPG Hui
Time: Nov 27, 2022 07:30 PM Auckland, Wellington
Meeting ID: 829 8984 4605
Passcode: 317588