Inverse World is a Dungeon World-based product featuring a unique new setting and many new playbooks. Inverse World has a few design tenets that separate it from common fantasy RPG tropes – for example, flight is not a feared, game-breaking ability, and there is no weird undertone of racial determinism like there is in a lot of other games, where your race will determine what roles you do well in. Instead, the races of Inverse World are all one people but with different appearances, but it doesn’t look as though it will play a role in mechanically pigeonholing you. While the Game was originally for Dungeon World, it’s now also offering a FATE system product that you can also pledge for, if you’re not interesting in Dungeon World.
There’s several levels of rewards you can go for. At the $10 level you get your pick of Dungeon World or Fate Inverse World PDFs, while at $15 level you get both at once. The $30 level is the first physical tier, though it also includes the PDFs. For $50 and $70 you get some physical goodies like post-cards, design commentary, thank-you notes and custom content for your own game. $100 gives you everything plus some artwork. A special $125 bundle intended for a group of four people comes with multiple copies of the game and some of the goodies, and baked-in international shipping, which is a good idea considering how much international shipping can be a bummer for both kickstarter backers and for the creators.
Inverse World is already funded, so you don’t have to worry about whether or not you’ll get it – now it’s all about what you’ll get out of it. The Kickstarter has currently accrued $9000 worth of donations. A number of stretch goals have been reached, such as an additional post-card and new Adventure Locations for the game. The next Stretch Goal at the $10,000 level adds an Instant Islands guide for DMs to quickly create new, interesting places; a $13,000 stretch goal adds vehicles and mounts to the game. Both sound like great values that could vastly improve the play experience.
If you’re a fan of Dungeon World or FATE and want a unique and tasteful new take on fantasy, you’ll want to back this. Already even the smallest tier is looking like a great deal, so give it a look.