Nekomimi revision for our Savage Worlds Art of War setting.
A recent update from our Art of War Kickstarter for Savage Worlds Adventure Edition.
Think of Kemonomimi in Art of War as the Faunus found in RWBY.
Nekomimi are blessed with the blood from the cat spirits. Often viewed as lazy, capricious, and vain, nekomimi are creatures dedicated to exploration of luck in all its forms like their yokai antecedents. To truly understand them, one has to know they consider luck to be a living, sapient cosmic force (much like Chi). It is capricious and unpredictable, twisting events and coincidences according to its whims, sentiments, and desires. A nekomimi life is shaped by this understanding—they know the well deserved fruits of hard work can be taken away in a blink of an eye, the lazy can prosper, and the true love can be found and lost on the same night. This sense of impermanence and undeserved consequences of life makes nekomimi either detached and distanced from the life or passionately grasping the life as it comes.
While some nekomimi choose one of those stances over the other, many oscillate between those two philosophical paths (with the most extreme and the most stereotypical ones doing that on a moment’s notice). The more detached nekomimi respect the stoicism of the akaimimi, while the more hedonistic ones feel particularly aligned with the curiosity and joyfulness of araiguma and tanukimimi. Their opinion of inumimi and usagimimi tend to be less respectful, finding their communal spirits too restraining.
Like other kemonomimi, nekomimi are almost human, except for a pair of ears and a tail, resembling ears and tail of a cat. They are usually slender and lithe in build. Their skin colors ranges from pure black, through various bronzes, to reddish, orange,various tones of pink, to almost white, while their hair can be of any color seen in humans plus tones of green and blue. They can also have unusual combination of hair and skin color, such as orange hair and brown skin.
Fortune’s Agents, Fortune’s Playthings
There is a common sentiment among nekomimi that, despite all their supernatural power and command over the world, the deities are no less playthings at the mercy of the Fortune than the mortal beings. Heroes live with the blessing of the Fortune and die at the Fortune’s slightest whim more so than most other people. It is no wonder that mischievous nekomimi are attracted to adventuring life.
Low Light Vision: Kemonomimi are born with the optic inheritance of their animal ancestors. They ignore penalties for Dim or Dark illumination.
Playing with Fortune: Nekomimi have a natural aptitude towards games of chance. They start with d6 Gambling.
Lucky: Fortune giveith. Nekomimi draw one additional Benny per game session. This may be combined with the Luck and Great Luck Edges.
Unlucky: Fortune takeith. They have the Unlucky Hindrance.
We have (had) a kickstarter
After a too long of a hiatus, I’m back for another riveting rendition of the things we have been working on at Amora Game.
As many of you may or may not know, I have been publishing material from our Xeno File series here and on the Open Gaming Store under this moniker. My last article was November 2 of last year. What have I been doing with myself? What have you been doing without us?
This Tentacle has been busy working on a little project called Art of War. We are currently in the last 48 hours of our Kickstarter, and I have learned on this project.
- Political Correctness: Very briefly we had someone perform their due diligence and say our project was appropriation. One thing to check during a PC environment is to make sure you do your best not to offend anyone. Having an anime Eastern fantasy setting can bring up such a challenge. While I having taken great pains to make sure nothing of the sort has incurred, I could see where one backer was a little offended saying, this was cultural appropriation. I get it. I do. While I could say it is actually appreciation, admiration and love for the history and countries that I have personally visited, that coming from a middle aged, middle class, white American gringo it sounds like just an excuse. But big companies like Paizo or Wizards or Fantasy Flight Games can introduce an Eastern setting without the internet proclaiming Orientalism. I get it. I can lay before you, saying this project is a love affair. The 1000 of artists and game designers out there are inspired by such rich and deep tradition, are wounded when things are said. All you can do is reassert your love, and continue with the project. Luckily we have been okay.
- Backers Cancelling pledges: It’s very interesting the answers you get from former backers if you reach out to them after they cancel their pledge. I never honestly assume a truthful answer is coming, but if I have offended someone, I want to do my best to correct it (see #1). Change your mind, awesome, I get that. Can not afford it, I get that too. I ask them if there is anything I can do to change their mind, or ask what they would like to see and sometimes we’ll get feedback. Then the random sort of “I don’t think your project will get funded, so I am canceling my pledge. I might back it when it has more funding.” If you cancel your pledge, that means that a kickstarter will not get funded. But if the kickstarter isn’t doing well and the time runs out, you don’t get charged. You are not out any money. Maybe it’s a way to save face, so they can say, “I didn’t back that project, I knew it was going to fail”. You see where my statements of not getting charged if it fails comes in.
- My complete lack of advertising: This is my fault. I didn’t advertise too much before the Kickstarter. I did a small Facebook and Tweet blast when it launched spontaneously without really thinking about it. I did not use all the tools at my disposal. This is my failing. However, I did do a small circuit around the web with two articles on OGN, Pinnacle put us in the Licensee Spotlight, the podcast Wild Die gave us a shout out, we released both a 5e and a Savage Worlds intro adventure South of the Wall Savage Worlds adventure pdf; South of the Wall 5th Edition adventure pdf; a teaser here Art of War Savage Worlds teaser PDF and we made an old Kemonomimi product free: Kemonomimi Race preview for 5th Edition; and an interview article is here.
We are sitting at over 50%, but will it reach a new height. We’ll see.
Check us out if you want. Back if you love it. Once the KS is over, I’ll have time to start blogging again. 100s of anime to cover.