A fantasy adventure about food, community, and spaghetti wizards for 5th edition.
Latest Updates from Our Project:
Melraiser, Beefy Shark & Production Updates
17 days ago
– Wed, Sep 07, 2022 at 04:23:29 PM
It's our first official fall update of 2022, so grab the pumpkin-spiced beverage of your choice, put up your leaf-stompers, and settle in for some cozy updates.
Backer OC Sampler Platter
The first treat tumbling out of the Update Goblin’s news sack is a sneak peek at the next round of backer OCs. I’ve got five spicy new character designs by the wonderful Carlos Sánchez Polo (@CSPstuff).
I’ve headcanoned the next adventuring party as having gone to high school together. Their lives pulled them down diverging paths but, in the end, they found their way back to each other. Now they travel the land, sampling the street foods of the world and bonking bad guys on the noggin.
Rise of the Melon Knight
This month we playtested a devilish new encounter for the book, the Melon Knight and his flunkies. The Melon Knight is a beefy melon demon with an array of unique abilities. When your players face him, he will be backed up by the balletic Onion Knight and the hulking Tomato Knight. Here’s the big guy in all his glory, illustrated by the deviant Kinley Raftery (@Kinley_R_Art).
The melon knight encounter is a layered encounter with multiple stages. It needed a little tweaking after playtesting (due to the party absolutely shredding my veg), but now it's a finely tuned machine with some adorable veggie minions.
We will be releasing the Melon Knight as a standalone encounter later this month, so keep your eyes on our Twitter.
Speaking of free content, our release calendar looks stuffed in the near term.
We’ve got two fantastic oneshots in the works, written by Kiersten Bell (@clericalcleric) and Daniel “Drakoniques” Oleh (@drakoniques).
Fat Magic Graphic Designer Amber Seger (@rocketorca) is working on a custom character sheet for your chaotic little culinary goblins.
And Lex Kim Bobrow and I have started work on the most anticipated FM subclass, the Pact of the Celebrity Chef Warlock. This is a beefy subclass with lots of moving parts, as befits a dynamic culinary caster with exacting standards.
Finally, I’ve got a quick update on the production of the book itself.
We’re about 75% done with the writing. Things are taking a little longer than initially projected, due to the post-Kickstarter expansion of content and a few hiccups in the playtesting schedule. (It turns out getting people to play D&D every week comes with its own challenges. Whoda thunk it?)
I know folks are eager to get their hands on the book, but we’ll be shipping the book in Q1 of 2023 and the end result will be a more polished and entertaining experience for your table. And let me tell you, those bad food puns are going to really sing.
In the meantime, we’ll keep churning out the free content, and I’ll keep you in the loop with these monthly updates.
All the Best,
Get Jjigae With It
about 2 months ago
– Mon, Aug 08, 2022 at 06:26:40 PM
Right now, I’m in a cabin in the woods and supposed to be unplugging from the internet and stuff so I’m going to keep this short and sweet. I have some killer stuff to drop and then I’m going to bounce and look at a tree.
OC Art - Grill Buds
Creature Art - Spawn of Frogdog
One-Shot - Get Jjigae With It by Lex Kim Bobrow
OC Art - Grill Buds
Carlos (@CSPStuff) just completed the next batch of OCs having a ghost pepper scorpion grill sesh and they are a beautiful family of misfits and weirdos. If you missed the boat on the OCs, Carlos’s commissions are open to lovingly illustrate your Fat Magic PC for your home game.
Spawn of Frogdog
From the desk of visionary Fat Magic artist Kinley Raftery (@Kinley_R_Art) is an illustration that really tests the boundaries of the food creature concept. This educational diagram shows the early life cycle of the frog dog, a creature that will play a pivotal role in the story of Fat Magic.
One-Shot - Get Jjigae With It by Lex Kim Bobrow
Finally, I’m delighted to release the all-new Fat Magic one-shot from superstar game designer Lex Kim Bobrow (@titanomachyRPG). Get Jjigae With It is a chill downtime adventure, complete with minigames, magic hijinks, and romanceable NPCs. There’s no Big Bad Evil Greg, no impeding to do. Just a beautiful night in a candlelit canyon.
Honestly, I can’t wait to play this myself. It’s more versatile and feature-heavy than our usual one-shots and has the potential to be a setting-neutral downtime adventure with a foodie flair.
That’s it from us this month. I’m going to go see what all this nature stuff is about. We’ll be back at the beginning of September with more updates and goodies.
Hunting Truffles with New Ranger Subclass
3 months ago
– Sun, Jul 03, 2022 at 12:16:12 PM
The update goblins are dragging a hefty sack this month! We’ve got a new subclass, OC designs, and long-awaited production art, so let’s crack her open.
Truffle Hunter Ranger
OC Adventuring Party 2
Critical Alliance Pin
Truffle Hunter Ranger
As we near the end of the backer-funded subclasses, we’ve gotten a little bolder in our design choices. The Truffle Hunter Ranger continues that theme by bucking convention, throwing fungus to the wind, and incorporating design elements from other games.
As always, the mechanics were designed by Fat Magic subclass designer Lex Kim Bobrow (@titanomachyrpg) and illustrator Carlos Sánchez Polo (@CSPStuff). We tried to curate a patient and quiet vibe for this subclass and I think there’s fertile ground here to build a compelling character. Check them out and let us know what you think!
The second OC adventuring party is in the works and I’ve got some early designs to show off. Definitely getting a distinctly “goth kids and misfits” vibe from this party.
Critical Alliance Pin
After much deliberation, we’ve locked down the final design for the Critical Alliance Pin, (available on your backerkit as a pre-order or addon to your pledge).
The Critical Alliance is a shadowy network of culinary scholars, heavily involved with the development and control of culinary magic in the Bouillabaisse. Membership opens all kinds of doors but there’s always a price to pay for power.
This gorgeous design is courtesy of our graphic designer Amber Seger (@rocketorca), who just launched a new TTRPG website with a group of wonderful creators.
Cloud Curio is host to treasures wondrous and strange, enough to dazzle the eye and stagger the imagination. Contained within are all manner of tabletop roleplaying game supplements: items, monsters, weapons, spells, plot hooks, adventures, and more.
Everything in the Curio is designed to be system neutral and easily adaptable to any game, but with a special eye toward D&D 5th Edition. They’ve already got some free items up on their website but there’s lots more in store for curious GMs and players.
Coming soon to an update email near you: the official Fat Magic Character Sheet, the next batch of OC designs, and a beautiful one shot that has been finalized but not designed. For more frequent updates and inappropriate food memes, follow our Twitter @fatmagicrpg.
Backer OCs Reveal
4 months ago
– Mon, Jun 06, 2022 at 06:33:24 PM
The update goblins are hauling something special in their sack this month.
Since our last tear-stained love letter/update email, we’ve gotten back the first round of player OCs, lovingly illustrated by Carlos Sánchez Polo (@CSPstuff).
Carlos took backers' descriptions and references and illustrated them with the care and detail they apply to all their work. One of my favorite additions is the hops detailing they added to the Fermented Grain Monk’s outfit.
If you missed out on the Kickstarter OC reward but would like Carlos to draw your Fat Magic character, they currently have commissions open (@CSPstuff).
We will be releasing a bunch of free stretch goal content as part of next month’s Fat Magic update.
First up is the chill downtime one-shot Get Jjigae With It, written by Fat Magic veteran Lex Kim Bobrow (@titanomachyRPG). There’s no mystery to solve or villain to beat down, just a nice time to have at a magical festival… and maybe some romance.
At the crest of the new year, when hope is as fresh and shocking as a bite of raw ginger, a carnival of spicy delights spills out over the mile-long canyon known as The Gorge. Legend has it that the first stew elemental slipped through the planar membrane at this very spot, searing The Gorge into the landscape with the essence of pure spice. The Great Jjigae Festival springs up in a similar manner every year, as the local stew elementals conjure up a mile of food stalls, games, and magical delights seemingly overnight.
Next up is the long-awaited ranger subclass, the Truffle Hunter, with mechanics also by Lex! This patient forager comes with its own unique class spell, an ability that lets them automatically crit once per rest, and a little pig friend.
Also in the hopper is never seen art for some backer rewards and a couple of bonus freebies but I don’t want to jinx THE PROCESS, so I’m keeping it to myself for now.
Backer OCs and Tasty Lore
5 months ago
– Mon, May 09, 2022 at 06:35:02 PM
Our update payload feels a little light this month, since we spent most of our time and resources finalizing Act II. But don’t worry your pretty little goblin heads none. I’ve got plenty of art and lore in the update cannon and there’ll be a tidy chunk of free content in next month’s update!
We’ve officially started the process of shooting your OCs with lightning and bringing them to life. All of the Eat-Like-A-King backer OCs will appear in the book in groups of five, as part of adventuring parties made up of your weird and wonderful player characters.
It’s been wild and emotional watching folks make their Fat Magic characters and envision themselves playing in the world that we’ve been building for two years. And because TTRPG players are the passionate, ultra creative people that they are, you absolutely know we’ve received fully realized art of those characters.
These were too good not to show off, so I got permission from some of our backers to feature them here.
(Note: All of this art was provided by backers and as reference for their character OCs and will not feature in the final book.)
The Piemaker and Her Wife
“This Pie for a Pie bakery is embedded directly into the high dirt wall that raises the Jam above the Sponge. The weather-worn facade is in need of a fresh coat of paint or two but the glass window case, full of crusty loaves of bread and golden brown pies, radiates warmth and comfort. A hand-painted sign above the door displays the words “Pie for a Pie” above a fat slice of cherry pie dripping with deep red filling.”
At long last, we have the final art for fan favorite NPCs, The Piemaker Bev Galette, and her wife, Mace Honeycrisp. Bev and Mace are a loving couple and the driving force behind Caketown’s anti-vampire resistance.
These illustrations by Carlos Sánchez Polo (@cspstuff) are based on original designs by Dar (@shutka_l). Due to other obligations, Dar was unable to complete work on these designs but I highly recommend you check out their twitter. It’s full of joyful, queer Star Wars and Disco Elysium art.
Lore Exhibition: The Franchise
To tide you over until next month, here’s a big tasty hunk of lore from the adventure. The following passage is about The Franchise, the mysterious organization that threatens to completely consume the heroes’ entire reality.
SPOILER ALERT: If you plan to play Fat Magic as a player first, it’s recommended that you avoid reading this excerpt as it contains some spoilers for the game's central mystery.
A successful business is one part discipline, one part persistence, and thirteen million parts the other businesses you consume along the way. So goes the motto of The Franchise, the intergalactic conglomerate of realities formed by the all-powerful being known as The Founder.
The Founder started out life, millions of years ago, as a reality much like any other reality. The first merger was an accident, spurred by a growing sense of loneliness and aimless curiosity. There was no way to know what would happen when he crossed into another dimension, but to go on not knowing was to live in torment.
For a brief moment, two realities occupied the same space and functioned as one. Galaxies waltzed and black holes embraced, as divergent principles of magic and science sparred invisibly. And then they started to shred each other from the inside out. Realizing that both realities were about to be destroyed, The Founder tore into the unsuspecting dimension and devoured it with a relish that surprised him.
His first meal was a classic fantasy dimension, complete with waifish elves in silver towers and centuries of dark lords dark lording it up. It was his first taste of magic and it was good.
The Founder, a mundane reality with basic scientific principles keeping its stars afloat, chased the flavor of magic with a catastrophic zeal. He dedicated his existence to invading and merging with magic-infused realities, growing in size with every unsuspecting dimension he consumed.
The change was subtle at first, but The Founder soon found that the larger he became, the more resources he required to sustain his reality-eating operation. He had trapped himself in a never-ending cycle of growth and destruction and, after millennia of growth for growth’s sake, he became too large to pass through the multidimensional threshold to enter new realities.
It dawned on him that if he persisted as a lone operator, he would starve. And so he rebranded as an intergalactic conglomerate of realities called The Franchise and had some kids.
Taking the light of conquered realities, he compressed all their life and stars and magic into the reality diamonds. Ruth was the first reality diamond, a fire-soaked dimension compressed into a flirtatious and chaotic being of raw charm. A thousand years later came the voiceless Alistair, an eldritch domain filled with unspeakable horrors. Gork was a reality without sentient life, a wild untamed expanse of beasts and monsters. Jodie and Duncan were twin realities waging a terrible endless war on one another. Lev was said to be an abstract universe formed entirely of aesthetics and vibes. And Cal… Cal was The Founder's favorite.
And that’s going to do it for this month folks. We’ve got some fresh content in the oven for next month’s update with live releases on our twitter account throughout the month (@FatMagicRpg).