Andrews McMeel Publishing Launches Blackbirds RPG Kickstarter Campaign

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Kansas City, MO (September 15, 2021) – Andrews McMeel Publishing (AMP) announces the launch of a Kickstarter campaign for Blackbirds RPG, a horrific dark fantasy horror tabletop role-playing game, effective September 15 – October 14, 2021. Backers of the campaign will enjoy gaining early access to the game materials, hearing exclusive short stories narrated by Joe Manganiello, and, at the Servant of the Gods and Super Premium backer levels, receive custom merchandise and exclusive accessories from legendary purveyors, including Death Saves streetwear, a Death Saves collaboration with Norse Foundry for cat’s eye dice, Dog Might Games luxury wooden screens, and Campaign Coins amulets and tokens.

Powered by ZWEIHÄNDER RPG, Blackbirds RPG is set in a fantasy world inspired by Europe during the Hundred Years’ War, and places its players in the midst of a war that has ravaged the kingdom of Erebos. A cabal of power-hungry Oligarchs have murdered the gods and stolen their divinity. Their blasphemous acts are rending the very fabric of reality, drowning the world in unfettered magic, and upending the natural order. Soon, the Oligarchs themselves will return to the mortal plane and remake it in their own image.

Blackbirds RPG is a hybrid of classic stylism and modern storytelling systems. Offering cinematic moments to players of all skill levels, users will play as one of the eponymous Blackbirds: outcasts and would-be heroes fated to fight against the Oligarchs. Within the book, players will find everything needed to survive the world of Blackbirds, including: a player’s handbook, a Fateweaver’s guide, a sinister magic system rife with dramatic tension, and a massive bestiary overflowing with monstrous threats. The Kickstarter campaign will enable players to enhance their experience with exclusive, one-of-a-kind game elements like tarot-sized technique and injury cards, die-cast amulets and fortune tokens, and folding gamemaster screens, among others.

Created by Ryan Verniere and supported by an exceptional roster of award-winning artists, developers, and editors renowned in the comics, film, and gaming industry, Blackbirds RPG is based on the ENNIE award-winning grim and perilous fantasy hit, ZWEIHÄNDER RPG. A horrific dark fantasy awaits: The thrill of Blackbirds will set players on a journey of redemption and glory.


About Andrews McMeel Publishing
Andrews McMeel Publishing is a division of Andrews McMeel Universal, a global, independent and integrated media partner to creators of inspirational content, comics, and illustrated humor. It distributes creator content through global syndication; book, calendar and greeting card publishing; digital consumer experiences; and entertainment licensing. For more information, please visit


Founded in 1970, Andrews McMeel Universal is an independent, multi-faceted, global entertainment company. Distinguished by a creator-first approach and the uncanny ability to tap into the zeitgeist of popular culture, Andrews McMeel specializes in comics, illustrated humor and inspirational content distributed across multiple platforms, with a remarkable roster of talent across syndication, book, calendar and greeting card publishing, digital consumer experiences, and entertainment licensing, including dozens of New York Times bestselling authors and Pulitzer Prize-, Reuben Award- and Emmy-Award-winning creators.