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Fat Magic RPG - 5e Campaign Setting

Created by Fat Magic RPG

A fantasy adventure about food, community, and spaghetti wizards for 5th edition.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Fancy Maps, Broken Hearts, & the Big City
over 1 year ago – Sun, Mar 05, 2023 at 10:18:56 AM

Hey there, snack goblins!

This update is going to be a quick one. With my focus on finishing the book, there’s not much in the way of updates except “writing is happening.” That said, I have some specific updates on the format and flavor of ACT IV, new maps drawn by one of my favorite D&D map artists, and I want to give a shout-out to my friends at Cloud Curio, who just launched their first Kickstarter.

Act IV: Boiling Point

The final act of Fat Magic will take your players to Lefton Burner, the capital of the Bouillabaise. An immense black cauldron surrounds the once-great city of Lefton Burner. The colossal pot-bellied walls rise like a black onion over the sprawling farmland, announcing the city as an indomitable force with a penchant for a bit of theater. Only on its sea fairing side does the pot-bellied barricade give way to the natural world, spilling out through an enormous crack in its belly onto the capsicum red waters of Ye Olde Bay.

Leftonburner is a city built on the backs of its workers, a monument of civilization carved with sweat and blood and vegetables shaped like tiny hammers. The city’s working-class district, The Marrows, was once the beating heart of Lefton Burner. They used to say, “if you could swing a carrot, you could make it in Lefton Burner.” Today, overcrowded tenements and dilapidated wrecks choke the winding streets of the city’s oldest burrow.

Of course, Lefton Burner is not without its wealth and opulence. You’ll find plenty of that in Salmon Ladder’s colleges, the Wintergreen’s banks and financial institutions, and the Sweetmeat’s markets. Even the Mariner’s Lunch has some cash to throw around since Amaretto Blacktea took over the Salt Guild.

Act IV is the least structured act in Fat Magic. Armed with the information they’ve learned in ACT II and III, your players will be dropped into a massive sandbox to explore and do what they please. They’ll need to find a place to hang their cloaks, rig an election, meet the spirit of the city, and (hopefully) save the world. Maybe they’ll go up against the Knights of Mint, rob a bank, or befriend a secret society of vampires. It’s entirely up to them.

Much of last month’s writing has been spent fleshing out that world, so it feels alive and full of things to do and places to go. Places like Smelly’s Deli, Cafe Austere, and the Devil’s trashcan.

Smelly’s Deli. Goblin proprietor Yurga Cornmush serves up a sandwich that tastes as good as it stinks. Smelly’s sandwiches are stacked high with cured meat, aged cheese, pungent pickles, and slatherings of Smelly’s secret sauce. Just one of these sandwiches improperly wrapped has evacuated an entire hospital ward with its potent yet appetizing aroma. Food critic Misha Gildenberry once compared eating a Smelly’s sandwich to getting smacked in the face by a sweaty sock stuffed with rotten meat, desire, and the entire works of ogre playwright Gurgle Mouthwash.

Cafe Austere. Austerity is the guiding philosophy of every decision at this subdued fine dining establishment. From the lean and simple menu to the rugged handmade furniture, Chef Antoinette Bonk has crafted a truly humbling experience just steps from Gimlet Street. The only component of Cafe Austere that strays from this philosophy is the price. A single bowl of peasants' soup and rye bread will put you back $65.

The Devil’s Trashcan. Probably the most famous high-concept eatery in the world. Chef Donkeysauce’s first restaurant is notorious for its outrageous, magic-infused stunt dishes. From the Singing Meat Mountain of Complicated Lies to the Shrinking Glazed Donut Waffle Taco, each dish screams for your attention. Note: The Screaming Exhibitionist Salad is no longer on the menu.

Once the city has been fully fleshed out and polished, I’ll be moving on to the major events of ACT IV, namely the election, the search for the ancient lipidator, Titan Arum, and the show-stopping finale.

Broken & Sleeping Hearts

This is my friends at Cloud Curio’s first-ever crowdfunding project! Broken Heart of the Castle and Sleeping Heart of the Garden are homebrew-ready, system-neutral adventures full of exciting story beats, intriguing NPCs, fascinating locations, and menacing threats.

The Kickstarter contains two stories, one of which I wrote a long time ago. This is an existing story I had in my back pocket and hasn’t interfered with the production of Fat Magic. In fact, in a roundabout way, it’s been a huge boon to the book. I’m forgoing payment on this project in return for some maps for Fat Magic drawn by the incredible Kyle Latino and inked by the fabulous Amber Seger.

You might know Kyle from his youtube channel, Map Crow, where he dispenses invaluable advice for drawing D&D maps and creating new and inspired versions of classic monsters. Amber (also running the Kickstarter and writing one of the stories) is a veteran TTRPG graphic designer and artist, and is doing the layout and design for Fat Magic!

You can see a WIP sample of their work together below:

Map of a walking castle with a chained heart in the dungeon.

Broken & Sleeping Hearts was funded in just 48 hours, but you have about seven days left if you still want to support them. For $30, you get a hard copy of both my story and Ambers.

LINK: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cloudcurio/broken-and-sleeping-hearts

That’s it for this month’s bag. I’ll be back in April with production updates and fresh art.

Cheers,

Shane

Pact of the Celebrity Chef 👨‍🍳RELEASE👨‍🍳
over 1 year ago – Sun, Feb 05, 2023 at 04:23:49 PM

Hey there food goblins,

This is the big one. The release of the most anticipated subclass, the Pact of the Celebrity Chef Warlock. It’s bigger and better than I could have hoped, with stunning art by Carlos Sánchez Polo (@CSPstuff) and beefy mechanics by Lex Kim Bobrow (@titanomachyRPG). Before we dive into the main course, let’s whet our appetites with a cheeky little production update.

  • Production Update
  • OGL News
  • Pact of the Celebrity Chef Warlock

In the Footsteps of the Charcuterie Titan

Things have started looking up since my diagnosis, and production on the book is picking up steam again. Act III is officially done, dusted, and sent to my editor – it's going to be an absolute doozy. I’m going to divulge some of the spicy details of ACT III here, so if you’re hoping to go into this adventure with clear eyes and a full heart, skip straight past this section.

🍔FOR DM EYES ONLY🍔

Act III takes place in the red wasteland of the Sopressata desert, halfway between Caketown and the capital of Leftonburner. Players meet with the Van Folk, a nomadic community of food truckers who share a special bond with the magical machines that ferry them across the red dunes.

Art by Jess Kuczinski (@AngryArtist113)

The food truckers open their campfire to the players and offer them a ride to Leftonburner in exchange for helping them investigate the destruction of the Boba Tea Oasis. Their investigation may lead them to a strange town of Melonfolk, the Fondue Pits, and inside the belly of the Charcuterie Titan.

Art by Elijah Forbes (@paintedturtleco)

The Charcuterie Titan is a colossal food construct formed by Lev, a member of the dimension-hopping Franchise. Lev used his advanced understanding of all magic to split his consciousness across thousands of pieces of cured meat, aged cheese, and dried fruit, forming the Titan as a weapon of destruction. Within the Titan functions an entire society of charcuterie people, all of whom contain a fragment of Lev’s splintered mind. And if that wasn’t confusing enough, every single one of these creatures is named Lev.

The party can stop Lev by attacking his real body in the left eye of the titan. But if they sabotage the Titan’s five core body systems first, they can slow the progress of the beast and weaken Lev before the battle.

Art by Kinley Raftery (@Kinley_R_Art)

🍔FOR DM EYES ONLY ENDS HERE🍔

OGL News

If you’ve been keeping up with the OGL news, you’re probably sick of hearing about it. But if you missed it, here’s a recap: Wizards of the Coast planned on changing their third-party license, which would have sucked for us. After backlash from the community, they walked back their proposal and released the fifth edition SRD into the creative commons.

It was touch and go there for a while, but now we’re in the clear. Fat Magic will be released as planned, as 5e compatible. We are, however, discussing shifting future projects to an alternative system or adapting elements of FM to Pathfinder 2e. All this is up in the air right now, but no major decisions will be made until your book has shipped.

Pact of the Celebrity Chef Warlock

We’re finally releasing the celebrity chef warlock class, and it's a huge moment of relief for me. Since we announced the game, there’s been a lot of buzz around this subclass in particular, and more than any other, I think of it as representing the project as a whole.

Yes, it’s a silly food-themed magic subclass. Yes, it references real-world celebrity chefs. But there’s much more to it than cheap jabs. With this subclass, we tried to create a vessel for the earnest love of food and the allure of the celebrity chef. But we topped up that vessel with the complicated feelings we have for the commodification of rage, abusive work environments, and the complex relationship between food and capitalism.

Your mileage with this subclass’s themes may vary. Much like Fat Magic in general, those themes are there to engage with if you wish to. But if not, it can just as easily be a silly food-themed magic subclass. Lex Kim Bobrow (@titanomachyRPG) did an incredible job with the mechanics. There is a staggering amount of choice and variety baked into this class. And Carlos Sánchez Polo (@CSPstuff) absolutely killed the illustration of Three Aspects and their dirtbag orc chef.

LINK: https://bit.ly/CelebrityWarlock

That’s all for this update. There’s only one act left to write and then your books will be on the way. Once the big important stuff is done and dusted, I have at least one great one-shot idea set in the universe that I’d like to write. That will be a few months away yet, but I will say it’s inspired by a classic Muppet plotline.

Cheers,

SC

Links to All Released Content

Subclasses

Pact of the Celebrity Chef Warlock: https://bit.ly/CelebrityWarlock

Truffle Hunter Ranger: https://bit.ly/TruffleHunterRanger 

Path of the Cold Brute Barbarian: https://bit.ly/CoffeeBarb

Oath of the BBQ Paladin: https://bit.ly/BBQPaladin

Domain of the Golden Hive Cleric: https://bit.ly/HoneyCleric

Circle of the Domestic Root Druid: https://bit.ly/RootDruid

Order of the Salted Pot Wizard: https://bit.ly/SpaghettiWizard

Path of the Fermented Grain Monk: https://bit.ly/BeerMonk

Player Ancestries

Habgoblin: https://bit.ly/Habgoblin

Magic Items

A Regular Chef’s Hat: https://bit.ly/RegularChefsHat

Sugar Coat: https://bit.ly/ABSugarCoat

Rind of the Spiced Vangourd: https://bit.ly/PumpkinPlate

One-Shots

Beyond Bunderdome: https://bit.ly/Bunderdome

Get Jjigae With It: https://bit.ly/GetJjigae 

Night of the Living Bread: https://bit.ly/TheLivingBread

Trouble Brewing: https://bit.ly/TroubleBrewingOS

Hamburger Heist: https://bit.ly/HamburgerHeist

For Whom the Bean Tolls: https://bit.ly/ForWhomBeanTolls

Encounters

Bonnie Scotch and the Celery Stalkers: https://bit.ly/BonnieCelery

Quickstart

Act One - The Porkening: https://bit.ly/Porkening

Fat Magic Schedule News
over 1 year ago – Tue, Dec 13, 2022 at 02:15:57 PM

Hi folks,

A few backers have messaged us asking for schedule news, so I said I’d hop on Kickstarter and make an official update.

We are a little behind our original schedule, in part due to some health issues of mine. I was struck with the dreaded Kickstarter curse at the beginning of the year and have been juggling the production of Fat Magic with a perpetual rotation of doctor’s visits.

I won’t bore you with details, but my illness made writing difficult, but not impossible, so progress was still being made. Production should return to normal now that I have an official treatment plan.

I’m currently finishing off the finale of Act 3: a vertical dungeon inside a Charcuterie Titan.

I expect the writing of the book to be finished early next year. As soon as it’s done, we’ll get that big old tomb into design and send everyone their PDF. After that, the book will be printed and shipped to your doorstep.

In the meantime, I’ll keep sending out updates every month with progress reports, art, one-shots, enemies, and subclasses.

Thank you for your support and patience.

All the best,

Shane

BEYOND BUNDERDOME
over 1 year ago – Sun, Dec 04, 2022 at 05:01:18 PM

Howdy folks,

We’re just back from this year’s PAX Unplugged, where we bonked noggins with some of our favorite TTRPG creators, recharged our creative juices, and consumed an ungodly amount of soup dumplings.

The update goblins have a special treat for you this holiday season: a tournament one-shot written by the wonderful Daniel “Drakoniques” Oleh (@Drakoniques). Beyond Bunderdome will thrust your adventuring party into the cutthroat world of competitive baking. So, grab your whisk, put on your punniest apron, and kiss your mother dough for luck.

Every five years, the best bakers and pastry chefs of the Bouillabaise come together in the city of Bakersbury to compete in the Ultimate Food Fight. When one of the teams in this combative baking tournament suddenly drops out, you’re invited to take their place. Will your party rise to the occasion? Or fall shortcake of victory? Be careful… Some people will stop at nothing to be this year’s champions.

Beyond Bunderdome is suitable for 4-5 characters between 5th and 7th level. You and your party will enter the Bunderdome and compete for the coveted title under the watchful eye of celebrity judges Mandy S’more, Adanna Fudge Jr, and Leonardo Dicabrioche.

Your party will be going bun to bun with two of the best bake squads in the Bouillabaise, crowd favorite Holy Cannoli and three-time reigning champions Pretty Little Bakers. To go the distance in this year’s competition, you’ll have to harvest cream of tartar from tartar elementals, bake a sentient angel cake, and maybe even solve a mystery.

LINK: https://bit.ly/Bunderdome

Art Update

This month’s art update is a coterie of cuties illustrated by the greatest little guy artist of our time, Kinley Raftery (@Kinley_R_Art). After the Melraiser Melon knight, Kinley went back to her roots to create several of fat magic’s cutest and most chaotic little guys.

Eugene on the Cob
The Notorious Dango Bros
Dumpling Boy
Gary the Burger Knight

That’s everything in the goblin’s update sack right now, but I’ll be back with more updates and bonus content at the end of the month.

Best,

sc

Under the Harvest Moons - 5e Halloween Kickstarter
over 1 year ago – Mon, Oct 17, 2022 at 08:20:12 AM

Hi folks,

This is just a quick check-in to highlight an extra spooky Kickstarter for the Halloween season.

Underground Oracle Publishing just launched Under the Harvest Moons, a 50-page supplement packed with archetypes, creatures, creepy rules options, cursed magic items, and a plethora of original lore for both players and game masters.

In addition to fully remastered versions of award-winning Patreon content, this book includes never-before-released materials and items, like the Terroborn lineage and its four different nightmare ancestries. 

Under the Harvest Moons includes:

  • Haunted world options like new festivals, cults, guilds, and rules. 
  • Eerie new player options including a new lineage, archetypes, and spells.
  • Terrifying monsters and stand-alone creature features to up the ante of your horror encounters. 

Under the Harvest Moons will be available as a digital PDF or as a premium softcover book and every tier from the PDF level up will also include the Shard Tabletop and Roll20 versions of Under the Harvest Moons at no additional charge!

This spooky project funded in just 30 minutes! But there's still time to get in on those early bird deals, including big discounts and a set of creepy digital map packs. 

Click here to check out their awesome Kickstarter page and stretch goals.