Anime Inspired RPG Kickstarter Raises Over $110,000

Crowd funding effort initially sought $7,500

The campaign to crowd source the funding of tabletop RPG OVA: The Anime Role-Playing Game closes this evening having raised over $110,000 in an effort that originally sought $7,500 in pledges. Beyond funding the 156 page print edition of the newly revised game, the nine stretch goals were reached, funding supplementary efforts such as additional eBooks forms and a companion mobile apps.


As the Kickstarter explains: 

OVA: The Anime Role-Playing Game is exactly what it says in the title, a tabletop RPG lovingly crafted to capture the diverse worlds of Japanese animation. Save the princess (or prince!) from a fire-breathing dragon, tackle invading squadrons of giant robots, or find true love amid campus hijinks—everything you need is inside!

That's because when you create a character in OVA, you define what is important. You pick which attributes matter by choosing the abilities and weaknesses that match your character concept. There are no long lists of hard-coded statistics to fill out and no classes to sift through. If it's not important to your character, you don't write it down!

Character creation takes minutes, and the rules are quick, consistent, and easy to understand. This makes it perfect for novices and newcomers. But if you're an old hand at gaming, there's room for boundless customization. You could give your character a simple bonus to damage, or you can stick around and detail each and every flashy move with unique perks and flaws. Or you could eschew having any combat attributes at all. OVAlets you play the story you want to create, not a predefined notion of what an adventure should entail.


This is actually a revised edition of the original OVA first published in 2005. While it was popular and garnered many glowing reviews—don't take my word for it, just click here,here, and here!—I felt it was time to take another look at the game and decide how to make it even better. I've spent the last few years tweaking and refining what makes OVAwork, and replaced what was inconsistent or clunky. So even if you already own the original game, there's lots of new stuff here to make your games smoother and more fun. Complications make failed tasks more than just awkward stop signs, the new Attack ability consolidates several old ones in a way that's elegant and makes sense. This tuned-up edition of OVA simply plays better and smarter!

So where do you come in? I wanted to do more than revise the game itself, I wanted to rebuild the book from the ground up to be as beautiful as possible. Graced with a new logo, organized by a clean, fresh layout, and filled cover-to-cover with never-before-seen full-color artwork, OVA will be as fun to read as it is to play.

With such measures taken to make the content itself look great, I want to make sure that nothing is lost in the transition to print. And I need your help to produce a book with 156 beautiful, full-color pages.

Want to see how the game works? Download a copy of the Player Book by clicking one of the banners above. This is a super-condensed version of the rules to introduce new players to the game. There are three characters to choose from!



Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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