So when he read “Watership Down,” an adventure novel about intelligent rabbits living in south-central England, he knew he had to combine his love of animal fiction with his love of gaming.
His first big tabletop role-playing game, called “The Warren,” is set to be published by Chapel Hill gaming company Bully Pulpit Games in about six weeks.
Jason Morningstar, UNC School of Nursing webmaster, and business partner Steve Segedy, applications anaylist at UNC Libraries, both run Bully Pulpit Games.
Morningstar, a 2001 graduate of the School of Library and Information Science, said playing role-playing games like “The Warren” is a very natural activity.
“It’s sort of like playing cops and robbers, except that there’s some rules to adjudicate and act as an intermediary because we’re not kids anymore and can’t figure it out for ourselves,” Morningstar said. “It’s sort of at the intersection of improvisational theater and playing a board game.”
Although Morningstar and Segedy had the means to publish “The Warren” already, they still decided to set up a Kickstarter for $5,000 on July 14 to fund the publishing of the game primarily to reach a different audience than they have before.
As of the end of the campaign on Aug. 4, the Kickstarter campaign has raised almost $40,000.
“By putting (“The Warren”) into the Kickstarter ecosystem, lots of new people are going to discover it,” he said. “So in that way, it’s a really valuable marketing tool and a way to get some exposure.”