We want to play this upcoming Avatar: The Last Airbender TTRPG and so do you
I’ve already been really excited for the Avatar Legends TTRPG, because both Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra are among my favorite animated series of the past decades, with Korra one of my favorite characters in animation. The project has been in development for a while, and last heard about it, the game was still in development from Magpie Games. Since Magpie made Masks, one of my favorite RPGs in recent memory, I was pretty much already on board. The Company has proven they already know how to do a good mix of story and gameplay, with a real facility for younger heroic types and coming of age action.
And now the project is live on Kickstarter. A quickstart guide is already available so you can get into the game even before the rulebook and playbooks are available.
Play in multiple eras as young heroes out to save the world
Wisely, Avatar Legends isn’t limited to the time frame of either The Last Airbender or Legends of Korra, but instead offers you the opportunity to play in the world of the Four Nations at several distinct points in its history:
- Play during the life of Avatar Kyoshi to face a more lawless era with bandits and raiders to be dealt with and brutal Warlords to be faced down.
- But if you prefer, you can instead choose the time of Avatar Roku, a few years after Fire Lord Sozin came to power, and many years before these two old friends had a falling out. If you want to play in the period before war ravaged the land, this is the time period for you.
- Likewise, if you would rather not play with the possibility of an Avatar in the world at all, the Hundred Years War era gives you the chance to stand up and oppose the brutal expansionism of the Fire Nation, taking on perhaps insurmountable odds in a world without balance, without an Avatar to defend it or bring it back into alignment.
- Or you could well play during the era of Avatar Aang and see the world after the war struggling to center itself and discover the future.
- And iinally, the period of Avatar Korra is one where the spirit world has more fully manifested among the Four Nations than it has since the time of Avatar Wan, while technology has gotten positively steampunk.
If you think of Aang’s Boomer-Aang Crew (yes, Sokka, I’m doing the branding) or Korra’s Team Avatar, it’s like that, only with your characters.
The Quickstart playtest is free
If you’re as curious about this as I am, there’s always the Quickstart, allowing you to dive in and take the system for a spin. Using the Powered by the Apocalypse variant that Magpie has already used in games like Masks, but customized for the Avatar setting, it seems pretty fun and robust to me on an admittedly short glance.
And if you’re worried this won’t make its goal and get funded, well… it started with a $50k goal and has raised $2.6 million USD already, with a month to go before the Kickstarter ends. There are only three stretch goals left, one of which is the NPC Legend Asami at $2.8 million USD, which I’m sure this can hit by the time the Kickstarter ends on September 2 — and they’ve been adding new stretch goals as the project has rocketed through its funding goals, so there may be more extras to come. There’s also an Actual Play of the game in progress on the High Rollers YouTube channel, if you’re into that kind of thing. Appa knows I am.
So head over to the Kickstarter if you’re interested in seeing the pledge levels, getting an idea of the stretch goals or want to pledge. The Kickstarter campaign lasts until September 2, and the game is set to be released in January 2022.
I am so excited for this game, and I very much hope I get to play it here on the site with the crew of usual rapscallions.
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