Longtime readers know that I like games with interesting premises. I see thousands of games every year, and so I feel I've often "seen it all." I have to say, that I've never seen a game about going out and finding a mystical, wish-granting, ancient fish. However, that's just what you're doing in Rod, Reel, & Fist, a new anime-inspired RPG that's up on Kickstarter now.
From the campaign:
Rod, Reel, And Fist is a tabletop roleplaying game in which the players take on the roles of fishers attempting to save their village. To do so, they must navigate the obstacles of the Old Region, catching fish and defending themselves against hostile animals, until they finally come face to face with the Fish Of Legend.
Guiding them on the journey will be the SWAMP BEING, or SB. The SB is a player too, but instead of taking on the role of one of the fishers they take on the role of the rest of the setting. The SB narrates the parts of the game-world that the players interact with, showing how they change and respond in reaction to the players' actions. To put it another way, the players take on the roles of the Fishers, whereas the SB takes on the roles of the fish, animals, anglers, and obstacles that oppose them.
The SB's goal isn't to be adversarial. They're not trying to win. Or at least they're not trying to win by beating the PCs. Instead, the SB wins if the story is interesting, the obstacles are engaging, and everyone has a good time.
Honestly, everyone wins if everyone has a good time.
The game's more than 2x funded (though, being fair, they only wanted 600), with 28 days left to go.