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Tales from The Floating Vagabond - Second Edition

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An elf, a ninja, and a carnivorous teddy bear walk into a bar…

...what happens next is up to you!

If entering your favorite tavern deposited you in a strange space bar, what would you do? Try to get home? Celebrate missing your coworker's dumb baby shower? Open "diplomatic relations" with those aliens in the corner?

In Tales from The Floating Vagabond, you can do all this and more!

In the middle of an asteroid field sits The Floating Vagabond, a bar with a random dimensional portal generator built into the door. It scoops up unsuspecting patrons from across the multiverse for a roleplaying experience like no other.

This is the RPG for you if you want to play a space western, a superhero saga, and a high fantasy quest AT THE SAME TIME.

It's the RPG Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett, and Weird Al Yankovic would have created if they designed games. It's a genre-mixing, dimension-hopping, ludicrously good time!

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Troy M January 31, 2024 8:55 pm UTC
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Hi, awesome to see this up and running. Just got this to go with my hard copy of 1st edition and modules (HyperCad and Adventure with No Name).
Is there a Discord or any pdfs of character sheets?
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Kira W February 02, 2024 6:24 pm UTC
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Here's the link to our Discord:
https://discord.gg/rtZbBBxg

There's a character sheet included with the book and a separate character sheet here:
https://preview.drivethrurpg.com/en/product/118297/Tales-From-The-Floating-Vagabond-Character-Sheets

However, I think both need to be tweaked a little bit, and we'll be releasing a revised character sheet as part of our first quarter materials.
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Kent C January 27, 2024 8:34 pm UTC
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Love, love, love this game. From what I have read so far, it is a great system that has been designed. However, I have tried every PDF reader in the world that can open up a readable version of the download and cannot find one.
Some of it will open, but a lot of the pages are blank.
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Kira W January 31, 2024 12:50 am UTC
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I'm sorry it took me a few days to get back to you Kent! Usually DriveThru sends me a notification, but with the roll out of their new system some things have been wonky. That is very strange and the first instance we've heard of. Would you mind replying with your system info (OS, version, software used)? Were the same pages blank in every PDF reader you tried?
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robert I January 08, 2024 9:18 pm UTC
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can I get a link to a fillible pdf character sheet, if there is 1?
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Kira W January 10, 2024 11:43 pm UTC
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There isn't one yet, but we will include one in the list of products to add to the lineup this year. However, I believe some of our fanbase is already designing character sheet tools. If you join our Discord (https://discord.gg/93jREj37), you can see some of the work, plus you'll be privy to the announcements for new material.

- Kira Woodmansee
Art Director
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Tidus T December 30, 2023 12:15 am UTC
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Hell. Yes.

I'm a long-time fan of the original game, and was absolutely gutted to learn of Lee's passing and the unsuccessful original Kickstarter. I adored TFTFV, and the physical copy I own still has pride of place on my shelf.

To learn that a second edition has been released and that it is based off of Lee's own notes for his second edition is beyond heartening, and buying a copy is a foregone conclusion.

I've only managed to read the first few pages, but I'm already chomping at the bit to return to my original campaign using the second edition. I'll look at throwing up a review once I've had a chance to read it fully and get the old crew together for another helping of wacky, madcap space antics.
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Tidus T December 30, 2023 1:28 am UTC
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I did have a question if anyone from the game team is available to answer.

Since race stat adjustments happen BEFORE points are assigned, and some races have negative modifiers, would this put those starting scores into the negative? Does this mean that points HAVE to be spent on them to bring them up to 0 before any positive scores can be bought?
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Tidus T December 30, 2023 12:02 pm UTC
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Last question from me: there's mention that you spend 10 XP to raise a skill per level until level 4, and from there it costs 20 XP for level 5 and 40 XP for level 6; but earlier in the book it mentions that "Cost: This is how many Skill or experience points you must spend for each level of the Skill, up through Professional (+4). You must pay twice the cost for the Specialist (+5) level and four times the cost for the Master (+6) level." As some skills cost more or less than 10 points, which entry is accurate?
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Sean E December 31, 2023 5:16 am UTC
“ Does this mean that points HAVE to be spent on them to bring them up to 0 before any positive scores can be bought?”
Yep
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Sean E December 31, 2023 5:17 am UTC
“As some skills cost more or less than 10 points, which entry is accurate?”
I’ve meditated on this for a long time and have decided: whichever the Bartender prefers.
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Tidus T January 03, 2024 9:47 pm UTC
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Thanks a bunch!
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Dan C December 28, 2023 7:37 pm UTC
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I received this as a download as a Kickstarter backer, so it doesn't look like I can leave a review, but would absolutely give it 5 stars. It's so faithful to the Tales from the Floating Vagabond I fell in love with decades ago, but cleans up a lot for a modern gaming audience. There's plenty of the wit, insuation, and 4th wall breaking that gives the game its unique charm, and the footnotes throughout the rulebook are sure to give you a giggle (very Terry Pratchett-esque).

I'll echo what others have mentioned about physical copies - I'd love a hard cover book if possible. I've waited a decade for the game though, so I'm sure I can be patient for those!
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Sven J December 24, 2023 8:10 am UTC
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Just wanted to say "thanks" for the Christmas miracle. Back in our Mage group a player told me about a game, where's the characters have funny side effects. I remembered it years later and found out it was TftFV, found the Kickstarter full of joy, was das too read of Lee passing away, then found out you wanted to continue the project which made me hopeful, then I saw the time since the last comment and this hopes dwindled, checked later und found new comments, raising his again. Now here it is, a Christmas present for myself. :D

Thanks for the work and keeping it up. Now I only have to find a group to play with. :D
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Kira W December 24, 2023 8:49 pm UTC
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You are very welcome! We have a Discord server for fans of the game, which you can join here: https://discord.gg/qtUSwWQE. This link is good for 7 days.

I am hopeful that TF2V aficionados will be able to use it to find other people to play with! I know it can take some time to find the right group.
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Tidus T December 30, 2023 10:43 am UTC
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Any chance for a new link?
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Kira W January 02, 2024 6:23 pm UTC
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Yes, this should be permanent now: https://discord.gg/Kucr7eNuMM
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Tidus T January 03, 2024 9:16 pm UTC
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Thanks!
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Chris M December 23, 2023 5:36 pm UTC
Any chance of physical books?
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Kira W December 23, 2023 9:37 pm UTC
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Yes! That is the plan! Our goal is to keep the world that Lee Garvin created alive and thriving, so we will be re-investing the profits from the sale of the PDF and Lee's other works into a print edition.
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Tidus T December 30, 2023 12:43 am UTC
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Excellent news! Please release a physical book option and perhaps a GM screen!
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Kira W January 02, 2024 2:13 am UTC
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I am back from the holidays and will be designing a GM screen within the next few weeks.
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Sam F December 23, 2023 2:30 am UTC
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Unfortunately I can't leave reviews because of Drivethru policy, but this is absolutely fantastic. Great work.
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Kira W December 23, 2023 2:32 am UTC
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Bummer, but thank you for taking the time to come here and tell us! It means a lot after months and months of hard work!
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Graeme C December 21, 2023 8:57 pm UTC
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Oh WOW!
I hadn't heard about the Kickstarter and just the other day had been idly wishing this amazing game would be re-booted. Fabulous! Though, sad to hear of Lee Garvin's death. My condolences!
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Kira W December 22, 2023 8:36 pm UTC
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Thank you Graeme! Yes, it was a tough blow to lose Lee. I first met him in 2004 and he became a good friend and client. We have formed a new company, Floating Vagabond LLC, to keep his legacy alive and protect the intellectual property for the future. I hope he would be proud of this edition, and I know he would be thrilled at how people are responding.
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Joseph V December 21, 2023 4:38 pm UTC
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Incredible. I never expected to see this completed after Lee passed. It's a Christmas miracle.
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Kira W December 22, 2023 8:38 pm UTC
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Thank you! Yes, we've been working on this mainly in secret for years, and got really close to the finish line when I myself became very ill with COVID, which delayed everything. But I really, REALLY wanted to get it done in time for Christmas as a thank you to everyone who has loved this game.
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Eddy W December 21, 2023 10:08 am UTC
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Such a pleasant surprise to see this pop up in my inbox today! I was so heartbroken when Lee passed, and I really thought it was unlikely this game would ever be made. I teared up to see that this made it into the world. Huge thanks to the team for getting this put out into the world.
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Kira W December 22, 2023 8:40 pm UTC
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You're very welcome! I wish I had been able to do more to help Lee when he was alive, but we're going to do our best to keep his legacy going.
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Andrea M December 21, 2023 7:10 am UTC
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...I just got my pdf copy. It was a wonderful surprise, and I informed my FB gaming group, because I know for a fact that many of them are fans of the old TFFV. Merry Christmas, everyone, and thank you.
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Kira W December 22, 2023 8:42 pm UTC
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You're welcome! Please do let us know how it plays! We've done some playtesting, but I think the real test will come after the game has been out in the world for some time. I want to make sure we collect player feedback so we can improve gameplay over the long run.
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Austin L December 21, 2023 4:49 am UTC
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In an irony worthy of anything that ever happened to Lee, I got the notification that the free copy for backers was available at my accidental other account (using the same email address as my KS account) several hours after buying this copy, and slightly fewer hours than that after learning that my desktop copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader DC was no longer letting me read things (though hopefully the app still works). Not complaining (though account credit would be appreciated if you can do it), just noting that one last height in low comedy.
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Austin L December 21, 2023 4:52 am UTC
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Addendum: I see in Kira's note that refunds are already planned, but since I bundled my purchase with a copy of "Scion: Once and Future", I don't know if that'll necessarily work.
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Kira W December 21, 2023 11:30 am UTC
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Oh Acrobat Reader...I don't know where to start. Yes, we will be making sure that Kickstarter backers get refunds if they've purchased the book twice. Dec. 21st is the day I traditionally take off for the holidays, so I will sort out refunds when I return to work on the 21st. Thanks for your support!
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Kira W December 23, 2023 1:21 am UTC
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Austin, I just wanted to let you know that I've contacted DriveThruRPG about getting refunds to the backers, but I don't expect to hear from them until after the holidays. Their publisher tools don't currently allow me to offer a direct refund, but I will sort it out as soon as I can. Thanks for your patience!
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Kira W January 02, 2024 6:13 pm UTC
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Hi Austin, I finally heard back from the DriveThru support team and if you would like a refund so you aren't buying the book twice, you can use their support ticket form https://help.drivethrurpg.com/hc/en-us/requests/new and mentioned that the publisher has talked with Kari Jo Freudigmann of the customer relations team. I wish I could just do it automatically for any of the Kickstarter backers, but unfortunately their publisher tools don't allow it.
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Bryan D December 20, 2023 3:12 pm UTC
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I supported the Kickstarter and never got this. What is going on with that?
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Kira W December 20, 2023 6:29 pm UTC
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Hi Bryan, thanks for reaching out! Here's what happened:

Since the original creator Lee Garvin died, four of his friends have been working to finish Tales from the Floating Vagabond. The other night, we actually finished, and I have been working to put the final pieces in place, including uploading the second edition to DriveThruRPG. We are planning to send all Kickstarter backers a code to get their copy of the second edition off this site.

However, when I uploaded the PDF last night, DriveThruRPG's tools were giving me some errors, and I thought that the book had not been successfully published. Since it was late, I decided to deal with it in the morning. I was shocked when I saw we actually had sales and the book appeared to be live!

I'm going to sort it all out today, and I will give a refund to any Kickstarter backer who spent additional money here! You don't have to pay for the same book twice. You guys have already had the patience of saints for supporting us for so...See more
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Bryan D December 21, 2023 2:10 am UTC
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These things happen Kira. It was a surprise seeing something I have been waiting for pop up like this. I am thankful for the work you all have done. It is a nice Christmas surprise.

Thank you.
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Kira W December 21, 2023 11:30 am UTC
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You're welcome, and thanks for understanding.
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Kira W December 23, 2023 1:18 am UTC
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Hi Bryan, I just wanted to let you know that I tried to find a way to give you a refund directly through DriveThruRPG's platform today, but haven't been able to. Their publisher tools only allow me to see a list of orders by customer number. I have reached out to our contact and I have no doubt she'll help me figure it out, but since it's the holidays, it'll probably have to wait until Dec. 26. Thank you for your patience!
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Bryan D December 23, 2023 8:52 pm UTC
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Whoa! Hey Kira, we're good. Sorry I think my message tone was miss read. I am so sorry about that. I really just wanted to know what was going on with this. It really was a "Huh, what" and not a "ROAR my game!" I got the email saying the file was ready for me. No need for a refund. Wow that worry during the holidays. Can get you a gift card or something Kira?
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Kira W January 02, 2024 6:12 pm UTC
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Hi Bryan, thanks for understanding! I finally heard back from the DriveThru support team and if you would like a refund or gift code as an option, you can use their support ticket form https://help.drivethrurpg.com/hc/en-us/requests/new and mentioned that the publisher has talked with Kari Jo Freudigmann of the customer relations team. Fortunately I didn't have to travel or deal with family this year so I had plenty of time and energy to work on this.
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Bryan D January 03, 2024 3:26 am UTC
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Looking forward to reading it. No doubt that it's grand.
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Maxwell T December 20, 2023 12:41 pm UTC
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Given the unfortunate passing of the author, I wasn't sure if this edition would be getting released. I'm so glad to see it out in the wild now, and I will absolutely buy a print copy if/when one is made available!
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Kira W December 20, 2023 6:30 pm UTC
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That's what we're hoping!
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