You know, I love games that have a slightly different angle on them. So many stories exist out there, but so many games boil down to "murder hobo in Tolkien-land" or "murder hobo in space." The Forest Hymn & Picnic is different. It's about oddballs and missfits living in a strange wood, and is much more something like Peter Rabbit than Lord of the Rings. The game's up on Kickstarter now.
From the campaign:
Hi, Hello, and Hooray! Dear Reader,
The Forest Hymn & Picnic is a forthcoming tabletop adventure game set across the backdrop of a very absurd, unending and often haunted forest. Players take up the lives of oddballs in The Forest Hymn—precocious Animal Folk, lost People, or costumed Ghosts—as they stumble upon trouble in the strange woods. Take on work in town and get to know the neighbors, investigate the supernatural, take a spot in the brass band, explore the ruins that litter the woods or even win a dance marathon at the county fair! This role playing game is best played in 2 to 4 hour sessions by folks ages 13 and up.
This RPG is heavily inspired by the following sweethearts:
- The illustrations and literary works of Arnold Lobel: Frog & Toad, etcetera
- The Wind In The Willows by Kenneth Grahame
- The more outlandish bits of the 100 Acre Wood as told by A. A. Milne
- Over The Garden Wall by Patrick McHale
- A certain animated film from 1949 based on Washington Irving's The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow
- The Skeleton Dance by Ub Iwerks—specifically the 1929 version in both black and white!
- Stories allegedly told by the Greek fabulist Aesop
- The music of The Decemberists
The campaign's about 3/4 of the way to its goal with still 13 days left to go.