Late Pledge Against the Gloom

Created by Scryptid Games

It's not too late! Preorder Against the Gloom, a dice-based role-playlist-building game about music’s furious resistance to despair. Plus, order Kickstarter exclusive add-ons!

Latest Updates from Our Project:

A Missive from the Gloom
about 2 months ago – Wed, May 01, 2024 at 06:33:45 AM

It has been a little over a month since we closed our Kickstarter campaign and got to work producing Against the Gloom for you, and we are pleased to report that our publishing and distribution timeline is on schedule. After a few more playtests, Against the Gloom writer Dustin Patrick Winter collaborated closely with Editor Nat Mesnard and Developmental Designer Brigitte Winter to complete a full draft of the game. He also wrote four short fiction pieces set in the world of the Gloom, and he’s been meeting with backers at the We Built This City! reward level to listen to tunes and dream up new anchora for the book.

This month, we will be passing the game draft to Scryptid Co-Founder Tiffany Salter for copy-editing, and then meeting with Andrew Sargus Klein, our Gloom layout artist, to map out the gorgeous book we are creating for you. We will also reconnect with our Gloom artists to plan for additional illustrations for the book’s interior. We can’t wait to show you previews of the art and layout as this project comes together over the next few months.

Meanwhile, Nat is designing and ordering hundreds of oversized Gloom dice, and Brigitte is designing the Against the Gloom concert t-shirt and collaborating with the musicians contributing to the Against the Gloom mixtape. 

In short, we are VERY BUSY, but we are on track to deliver Against the Gloom and all of your rewards by the fall.

In the meantime, please keep an eye out for an email from Backerkit this week. You’ll need to complete a survey and update your mailing address to get your rewards, so be sure the email isn’t lost in spam if you don’t see it in the next week or so.

We have a rocking new website!

We’ve made some Scryptid upgrades since the Against the Gloom campaign ended! Nat transitioned our website to a new Shopify platform, which will make it a ton easier to manage our digital storefront.

The new site is really pretty and we’re proud of it, so check it out and browse our growing collection of TTRPGs and story games. 

TTRPG Book Club, Scryptid Discord, and the next Scryptid Games Kickstarter campaign, oh my!

Are you tired of owning TTRPGs that you never play? Do you want to connect with other gamers? Come out to Indie TTRPG Community Book Club!

Dustin is talking with No Land Beyond in Baltimore about starting a monthly gathering to play and discuss indie games. We’ll update you as soon as we schedule our first meeting. Once we get our Baltimore group going, we’ll be exploring a New York City TTRPG book club and a virtual club that meets on Discord.

Speaking of Discord…

Tiffany is creating a Discord community for our Extended Scryptid Universe (i.e. all of you!) Join us when it launches to talk about games, play games, make games, and generally nerd out with other great folks who love the things you do. 

By joining our Discord, you’ll also be the first to know about our upcoming game projects, including a new game we’re Kickstarting later this summer…

Stay tuned for more details as these projects develop.

In case you missed it…

Brigitte appeared on the Epic Levels Mad Dungeon podcast last month. Check out the episode to listen to a fun conversation about games, music, Against the Gloom, and the contents of podcast hosts Dragon Warrior and Tiger Wizard's trash cans.

Until next time, Gloomfarers! 


You did it! 🎸🥳
3 months ago – Sat, Mar 16, 2024 at 08:37:56 AM

You shredded the Gloom!

Congratulations on a successful Kickstarter! Thanks to you, this humble campaign to make Against the Gloom not only fully funded, but blasted through multiple stretch goals. We are so incredibly grateful!

Against the Gloom will be a glossy, perfect-bound book full of gorgeous art and fiction, alongside everything you need to play this rocking game about shredding despair with the power of music. 

We didn’t quite hit our final stretch goal, but f***k it, WE ARE MAKING A DIGITAL MIXTAPE FOR YOU ANYWAY (because that’s what our punk Gloomfarers would do)!

If you missed out on snagging extra copies of the game, you want more dice, or you’d like to grab an Against the Gloom tour t-shirt, check out our pre-order store on Backerkit for late pledges. We’ll keep the store open until we print the game and fulfill this project in October. 

We’ll have fun news soon on what’s next for this project and for Scryptid Games. The Scryptids are busy playtesting at Unpub in Maryland this weekend, so stay tuned for a more in-depth update when we’re home!

In the meantime, enjoy this playlist Dustin created to celebrate the final ten days of the campaign. He shared a daily microblog on his Instagram @neverysaydustin about each song on the list, along with insights into his game design process for Against the Gloom. The final song he shared was Go! by Public Service Broadcasting, the perfect closing message for this epic Kickstarter journey.


Last chance to shred the Gloom!
3 months ago – Wed, Mar 13, 2024 at 08:41:09 AM

This is it, friends. Only one more day to back Against the Gloom on Kickstarter.

Time is running short on this rockin' campaign, and we're narrowing in on our biggest stretch goal yet: a full mixed genre digital mixtape of songs composed exclusively for Against the Gloom.

This is beyond exciting, because it means we can fulfill our dream with this project: to design and publish a TTRPG project that celebrates music...with actual music by indie artists who love the same nerdy stuff we do.

If you’ve been considering increasing your pledge to grab extra rewards, or meaning to recommend this game to a friend, now is the moment to make your move.

Every dollar pledged in the next day will help us bring on additional musical artists to contribute to our mixtape. We’ve already heard from several incredible musicians who are interested in creating songs for this project, so please help spread the word about the campaign so we can say yes to them and produce more cool stuff for you.

Exclusive music by Bard City…

Early work is already coming together on the two songs our previous stretch goal enabled us to commission! We're giving our community an exclusive listen to the first song, Blast Off, over on the Against the Gloom Kickstarter page prior to its full release.

Composed by Baltimore-based folk TTRPG/LARP band Bard City, Blast Off is an infectious bop that features character and band cameos from the Gen Con TV Sarah's Table game. Give it a listen — just head over to the campaign and scroll down to News!

Then check out  the game sessions that inspired this song. The videos are linked under Events on the Against the Gloom Kickstarter page.

GameFace Con rocked! See you at Unpub!

Scryptid Co-Founders Dustin Patrick Patrick Winter, Brigitte Winter, and Nat Mesnard spent the past weekend at GameFace Con in Baltimore, Maryland. This first-year con took place at Peabody Heights Brewery, and featured more than 30 indie companies selling and running games, plus a delicious food truck and a custom beer brewed in honor of special guest Zeb Cook! 

Dustin ran two games of Against the Gloom for full tables, and dozens of players got their grubby hands on Psychic Trash Detectives, Ball of the Wild, and our Scryptid Games Facilitator’s Guide.

We also hung out with other cool folks in the game world like Tyler Crumrine from Possible Worlds, Andrew Bellury (Tiger Wizard) from Epic Levels, Mitch Bustillos from Penny for a Tale, Justin Sirois from Severed Books & Toys, Eric Swanson from Narrative Dynamics Press, Charles Ferguson-Avery and Alex Coggon from Ferel Indie Studio, Jamie Perez and Adam Station, the creators of An Infinity of Ships, and more! Check out their stuff! It’s awesome.

We’ll be continuing the Maryland fun next weekend at Unpub, and Dustin will be playtesting another game of Against the Gloom at 8pm on Saturday, 3/16. Come say hi if you’re there!

🎶 You unlocked Stretch Goal 4!
3 months ago – Wed, Mar 06, 2024 at 09:59:36 AM

We've got disco fever!

Oops, you did it again! Late last night, you blew through Stretch Goal 4, so we are definitely commissioning rad songs for you from Epic Levels and Bard City inspired by Against the Gloom. 

Epic Levels  is a multi-hyphenate that started as a comedy fantasy rap outfit that has moved into podcasts, game accessories, apparel, and book publishing. 

Bard City is a folk TTRPG/LARP band from Baltimore that plays music about looting liches, clearing dungeons, and the power of friendship. 

Even bigger news: the good folks at Bard City were so inspired by Against the Gloom that they already recorded their song...

Lead singer Patrick Wheltle told us all about it when he joined Against the Gloom designer Dustin Patrick Winter and Tabletopped podcast host Nick Perron on an episode of Sarah’s Table that will air this Friday, March 8th, at 8pm ET on Gen Con TV. 

In the second half of their two-episode campaign, the Fractal Mimics return to play out the rollicking conclusion to their weird and wild gig. And this unmissable episode includes an exclusive reveal: Pat shares a FIRST-LISTEN PREVIEW of the full original song composed by Bard City for Against the Gloom! Performed with the disco styling of the Fractal Mimics, this tune is a real bop. 

A few reviews from our Sarah's Table players:

From Pat: “This open ended silliness and collaborative storytelling is just what I wanna see and I can't wait to play it with my friends when it comes in.”

From Nick: “Y'all I had a ton of fun. Sarah, you make a really fun show and it was a blast meeting you. Pat, I have just been listening to the song on repeat, you are a genius. Dustin, you rock my dude. What a fun as hell game. I can't wait to run it at my table.”

Final Stretch!

With only a week left for this campaign, there’s still time to unlock Stretch Goal 5. If we are able to raise $8K before March 15th, we’ll collaborate with additional musical artists to create a whole digital mixed genre mixtape inspired by Against the Gloom. We are so determined to make this happen that we’ve already started reaching out to musicians. 

We’re pumped to share that we have our first commitment from Aven Gonzales to contribute a song to the mixtape! Aven is musician, a game designer, and graphic artist currently performing with Pick Your Poison Productions

We’ll share info on our additional musical collaborators as they sign on. 

In the meantime, please help us spread the word about Against the Gloom over the next week. Let’s end this campaign on an epic high note!

See you at GameFace Con?

We're heading to a new hometown con this weekend! GameFace Con will take place in Scryptid Co-Founders Dustin Patrick Winter and Brigitte Winter’s home city of Baltimore, Maryland, and Co-Founder Nat Mesnard will be coming down to hang out too. If you're in town, we'd love for you to join us! GameFace Con will take place on March 9 & 10, running from 12 - 8 PM each day at Peabody Heights Brewery.

This FREE con will feature 30 indie companies selling and running games, plus a delicious food truck and a custom beer to try brewed in honor of special guest Zeb Cook! No tickets are required. Just show up and have fun!

Dustin will be leading a game of Against the Gloom, plus we'll have all the best Scryptid Games goods on offer, including:

See you there?


Let's make a mixtape!
4 months ago – Sat, Feb 24, 2024 at 04:21:52 PM

You did it! In little more than a week, you’ve fully funded this project, and unlocked all of our initial stretch goals. Against the Gloom will be a gorgeous perfect-bound book filled with everything you need to play the game, plus bonus original fiction by the game’s lead writer, Dustin Patrick Winter, set in the world of the Gloom! 

Ready to get ambitious with us? We’re excited to announce a whole series of new stretch goals for this project:

$5,000 - Now things get really interesting. At this milestone, we’ll commission two original songs inspired by Against the Gloom, created and performed by Bard City and Epic Levels.

$8,000 - So you like that song idea, huh? At this milestone, we’ll collaborate with additional musical artists to create a whole digital mixed genre mixtape inspired by Against the Gloom

$10,000 - We're throwing a launch party! This milestone will enable us to throw an Against the Gloom release party at an event space in one of our East Coast cities. We'll be demoing the game and enjoying community with everyone who can make it!

Meet the Musicians

Once we raise $5k, we’ll be collaborating with Bard City and Epic Levels to create and share original songs inspired by Against the Gloom. 

Bard City is a folk TTRPG/LARP band from Baltimore that plays music about looting liches, clearing dungeons, and the power of friendship. 

Epic Levels  is a multi-hyphenate that started as a comedy fantasy rap outfit that has moved into podcasts, game accessories, apparel, and book publishing. 

Against the Gloom Liveplay 

Want to see what this game is all about? On Friday, March 1 and Friday, March 8, at 5 PT / 8 ET, designer Dustin Patrick Winter and friends will join Sarah for a two-session game of Against the Gloom on the Gen Con TV show, Sarah's Table. Tune in to see the game play and hear rad stories of fierce musicians!

Playtests and Playlists

As Against the Gloom has blasted past our funding goal and first two milestones on Kickstarter, we've been playtesting the heck out of this wild music game!

From designer-led playtests online and in Maryland, to a session with our friends at Galileo Games in NYC, playlists are building and rockers are defeating despair all across the Gloom. Listen to the music that inspired some of these games by checking out their public playlists on Spotify:

Here's what some of our playtesters have been saying about their experiences with Against the Gloom:

"Against the Gloom is a rocking good time full of hopepunk, found families, communal world building, and the power of music to heal the world."

“It’s basically gay space pirates fighting metaphorical mental illness/trauma in a world powered by music. So like OFMD where the soundtrack is the magic system. In space."

“Scryptid Games’ last game, Psychic Trash Detectives, was one of the most innovative games I’ve ever played, and having had the chance to playtest this one, it’s absolutely following in that tradition.”

Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for funding this game. It already means so much to so many people, and we can’t wait for you to play it!