Cam Banks is creating Tabletop RPG Settings and Stories
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My name is Cam, and I write and design tabletop roleplaying games.
By day, I'm the RPG director at Atlas Games, managing and overseeing various game lines from Feng Shui to Unknown Armies. By night—and most weekends—I tinker with my own worlds and designs, and contribute to numerous RPG projects as a freelance designer and writer.

I've worked on a lot of games for other people.
In the last twenty years I've designed or worked on RPGs based on popular properties such as Marvel Comics, Dragonlance, and Dungeons & Dragons. I co-created the Cortex Plus system for Margaret Weis Productions, and the Demon Hunters: A Comedy of Terrors for Dead Gentlemen Productions. And I've been a contributor to over a hundred books and supplements.

It's time I worked on games for myself.
I have a thousand worlds in my head. My wife says I'm plugged directly into the story dimension, and I want to channel some of that creative energy into settings of my own design. I want to take these ideas and turn them into RPGs and RPG supplements, playtest them, polish them, and publish them. And I want to involve you!

I can't do this alone.
I've never been a solo act. I've always valued co-designers, collaborators, and colleagues. I love playtesters and promoters. I want to give the folks who want to support me a seat at the production table, so I can put food on my family's table and let everyone else roll dice at their game tables. Help me use my powers for good and create the content that I've always wanted to make!

With your help, I'm going to create new worlds for RPGs.
My goal is to spend my time and effort creating settings and supplements, both digital and (with some luck) print, for game systems that I am familiar with and love to work on. The focus is on bringing to life original content that feels comfortable but at the same time strikes out along a path I'm excited by.

Here are some examples of worlds I've got in mind for the future:

SWORDBRIDGE is a mannerpunk setting centered around a smoke-filled city of intrigue, politics, and witchcraft that also happens to be the site of the only reliable gateway into the lands of Faerie.
  • Swords, villains, magic, cults, the oppressive Church, the devious Kings and Queens of the faerie courts
  • Hectic carriage rides through dark streets lit by musket fire.
  • Magical battles for control over elemental flotsam from the Elfwars.
  • Inspired by Neil Gaiman, Mary Gentle, Martha Wells, Scott Lynch, and other urban fantasists and my love affair with crow-people.

EIDOLON is a neo-Classical fantasy setting in which countless small gods and divinities are worshiped in hearths, shrines, and temples everywhere but only a chosen few have the power to embody them for their own purposes.
  • Draw on the power of a great eidolon such as the Chimera, the Hydra, the Gorgon, or the Minotaur.
  • Manifest awesome powers in order to gain wealth, fight crime, overturn kingdoms, or attract followers.
  • Inspired by Final Fantasy's summoners, games like Scion, Mythender, Godbound, and Birthright, Jim Butcher's Codex Alera, and one of my Wizards of the Coast setting searches.
  • Think of it as myth-powered super heroes and villains in a larger than life world filled with spirits and gods.

Sound good? I've got a hundred others, fragments and seeds and kernels of ideas. Help me make them all a reality, one world at a time.
Rewards
Pledge $1 or more per month
56 patrons
Creative Fan
This level recognizes folks who want to pitch in and help me achieve my creator-owned dreams of design and development. As a reward, you get access to my patron-only feed, with news, updates, and links to my stuff.
Pledge $5 or more per month
90 patrons
Creative Supporter
This level represents my ground crew, the folks who're providing me with inspiration and ideas. As a reward for pledging this amount per month, you get access to playtesting documents, feedback forms, and previews of works in progress.
Pledge $10 or more per month
15 patrons
Creative Hero
This level is for those who want to have a say in my goal setting and story direction. At this pledge amount, you get everything from previous levels as well as input in my monthly call for direct input. You get access to any hangouts, chat forums, or other rewards that I unlock by meeting goals. You also get a special thanks in all of my creations!
Pledge $25 or more per month
2 of 5 patrons
Creative Champion
This level is for folks who want regular story access in my brain trust, and feedback from me on your own creations and ideas. It includes everything in the previous pledge levels as well as gets you premier access to my consultation services! I'll provide feedback and design input as you give me your own thoughts on the worlds that I'm creating.
Goals
$500 – reached! per month
Data Dependability!
If I make this goal, my cable & cellphone bills are covered each month and my creative energies are super-charged. In return for this phenomenal support, I'll not only maintain a weekly design journal on top of the behind the scenes posts, but I'll create an archive of older material that's unfinished, in process, or otherwise just gathering dust on my hard drive and open it up for folks to mine for ideas and mechanics.
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My name is Cam, and I write and design tabletop roleplaying games.
By day, I'm the RPG director at Atlas Games, managing and overseeing various game lines from Feng Shui to Unknown Armies. By night—and most weekends—I tinker with my own worlds and designs, and contribute to numerous RPG projects as a freelance designer and writer.

I've worked on a lot of games for other people.
In the last twenty years I've designed or worked on RPGs based on popular properties such as Marvel Comics, Dragonlance, and Dungeons & Dragons. I co-created the Cortex Plus system for Margaret Weis Productions, and the Demon Hunters: A Comedy of Terrors for Dead Gentlemen Productions. And I've been a contributor to over a hundred books and supplements.

It's time I worked on games for myself.
I have a thousand worlds in my head. My wife says I'm plugged directly into the story dimension, and I want to channel some of that creative energy into settings of my own design. I want to take these ideas and turn them into RPGs and RPG supplements, playtest them, polish them, and publish them. And I want to involve you!

I can't do this alone.
I've never been a solo act. I've always valued co-designers, collaborators, and colleagues. I love playtesters and promoters. I want to give the folks who want to support me a seat at the production table, so I can put food on my family's table and let everyone else roll dice at their game tables. Help me use my powers for good and create the content that I've always wanted to make!

With your help, I'm going to create new worlds for RPGs.
My goal is to spend my time and effort creating settings and supplements, both digital and (with some luck) print, for game systems that I am familiar with and love to work on. The focus is on bringing to life original content that feels comfortable but at the same time strikes out along a path I'm excited by.

Here are some examples of worlds I've got in mind for the future:

SWORDBRIDGE is a mannerpunk setting centered around a smoke-filled city of intrigue, politics, and witchcraft that also happens to be the site of the only reliable gateway into the lands of Faerie.
  • Swords, villains, magic, cults, the oppressive Church, the devious Kings and Queens of the faerie courts
  • Hectic carriage rides through dark streets lit by musket fire.
  • Magical battles for control over elemental flotsam from the Elfwars.
  • Inspired by Neil Gaiman, Mary Gentle, Martha Wells, Scott Lynch, and other urban fantasists and my love affair with crow-people.

EIDOLON is a neo-Classical fantasy setting in which countless small gods and divinities are worshiped in hearths, shrines, and temples everywhere but only a chosen few have the power to embody them for their own purposes.
  • Draw on the power of a great eidolon such as the Chimera, the Hydra, the Gorgon, or the Minotaur.
  • Manifest awesome powers in order to gain wealth, fight crime, overturn kingdoms, or attract followers.
  • Inspired by Final Fantasy's summoners, games like Scion, Mythender, Godbound, and Birthright, Jim Butcher's Codex Alera, and one of my Wizards of the Coast setting searches.
  • Think of it as myth-powered super heroes and villains in a larger than life world filled with spirits and gods.

Sound good? I've got a hundred others, fragments and seeds and kernels of ideas. Help me make them all a reality, one world at a time.

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Rewards
Pledge $1 or more per month
56 patrons
Creative Fan
This level recognizes folks who want to pitch in and help me achieve my creator-owned dreams of design and development. As a reward, you get access to my patron-only feed, with news, updates, and links to my stuff.
Pledge $5 or more per month
90 patrons
Creative Supporter
This level represents my ground crew, the folks who're providing me with inspiration and ideas. As a reward for pledging this amount per month, you get access to playtesting documents, feedback forms, and previews of works in progress.
Pledge $10 or more per month
15 patrons
Creative Hero
This level is for those who want to have a say in my goal setting and story direction. At this pledge amount, you get everything from previous levels as well as input in my monthly call for direct input. You get access to any hangouts, chat forums, or other rewards that I unlock by meeting goals. You also get a special thanks in all of my creations!
Pledge $25 or more per month
2 of 5 patrons
Creative Champion
This level is for folks who want regular story access in my brain trust, and feedback from me on your own creations and ideas. It includes everything in the previous pledge levels as well as gets you premier access to my consultation services! I'll provide feedback and design input as you give me your own thoughts on the worlds that I'm creating.