Red Markets

Created by Caleb Stokes

Red Markets
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1,448 backers pledged $72,248.00 on Kickstarter

Red Markets is a game of economic horror, where the world has ended and the rent is still due.

Raised in Kickstarter
$72,248.00 / 1,448 backers
Raised in BackerKit
$20,626.00 / 1,563 backers

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Performance Audiobook Released and ENNIE Nomination
about 1 month ago – Wed, Jul 11, 2018 at 07:32:50 PM

Hello! Lots of good news today! 

If you bought the novel during the Kickstarter, you should have already received a message with instructions and a 100% discount code to download the audiobook from Drive-thru Fiction. People that upped their pledge on BackerKit received the same message. 

(I apologize for making the distribution of the audiobook more complicated than just sending everyone the files. Backerkit has a hard cap on file size it will allow through digital distribution. Nineteen separate mp3 chapters definitely goes over their limit.) 

I'm thrilled with the work Fae Kells did on the recording. It's a bizarre experience hearing someone read your novel back at you; even more so when they make it come alive in ways I never could have imagine. Fae did a fantastic job on Performance, and I think you'll all be thrilled with her work. 

With that, the only outstanding rewards left from the Kickstarter are stretch goals. We're picking away at them as our post-shipping budget allows, but this thing is looking dangerously close to a finish line. I can hardly believe it. Thanks again to all of you that helped this dream come true. 

Other Progress

Le Corbusier is done and edited. Chris has finished translating my shitty hand-drawn maps into something readable, and the text is currently in layout. We're just waiting on art now. I expect to have the whole supplement finished by the end of summer.

Writing contracts for the other supplements are out and budgeted. I'll edit them as their writers finish, and then I'll commission art as income allows. The shipping fiasco ate the stretch goal budget, so I can't promise a timetable. I'll commission the visual work once book sales allow me to. I don't want anyone working on credit. 

ENNIE Nomination

Perhaps the most exciting news of all... Red Markets got nominated for an Ennie! In the category of BEST GAME, no less.

Never in a million years would I have thought my first RPG would get nominated for an Ennie, not to mention in a year with so many great games as competition. For the whole RM team, this is an honor beyond our wildest expectations. But it's an honor for the backers as well. Without your generous support, Red Markets wouldn't even exist: our big beautiful book owes a lot to this community. Thank you so much.

While I can't ask more than that, I'd be remiss if I didn't point out that voting for the Ennies is open. If you are kind enough to want to throw even more support our way, the opportunity is but a few clicks away.

Remember (I can't believe I'm typing this), the category is BEST GAME.

Again, thank you so much for helping this dream come true. Have a great day, and, as always, hit me up if need anything.

Tons of Red Markets News and Releases
2 months ago – Tue, Jun 05, 2018 at 02:58:16 PM

Before we get to all the exciting Red Markets news, please check out our latest project, Party Fowl, on Kickstarter now. Hebanon Games needs more than one game to survive as a company. Party Fowl is approaching its first stretch goal and could really use your help. If you were holding off backing Hebanon's first board game, I’d really appreciate it if you gave it a look.

Check out Party Fowl here

Alright, on to the RPG stuff.

Red Markets at Conventions

I’m going to be running A LOT of Red Markets games over the next few months. Personally, I’ll be running a game at Origins from 10am-2pm on Thursday, June 14th. I’ll also be at the IGDN booth, selling Red Markets, Red Markets posters, and print copies of both the Quickstart Guide and Performance.

(I’ll be running Party Fowl demos from 2-4 Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, as well)

At Fear the Con, I’ll be running Red Markets from 2-6 on Friday, June 22nd and from 9-1 Saturday, June 23rd. There will also be Party Fowl demos available.

And for Gencon, whoo-boy, we have a staggering 22 games of Red Markets scheduled! Most are already sold out! If you want tickets, be sure to grab them soon. The IGDN will also be selling Red Markets merch to anyone interested.

Which brings me to my next bit of news…

Le Corbusier Beta

SPOILER WARNING: If you are playing Red Markets at Origins, Fear the Con, or GenCon, do not read the Le Corbusier draft. We will be testing those jobs at the conventions and reading the packet early could spoil your experience.

I’ve finished drafting the first adventure supplement: Le Corbusier. Backers set to receive the final copy should receive a message through Kickstarter with a link to all the beta-version documents. I'll be sending those out after I post this update.

Though based on The Brutalists Actual Play series, all the jobs in this packet are original and never aired. We will adding art and sprucing up my crappy maps as the summer wears on, but the packet is playable right now for groups that won’t be attending our conventions this summer. While I’ve personally run every one of the jobs included multiple times, there’s always the possibility that something got lost in translation...or that it’s just riddled with typos. If you have feedback or proofreading marks, be sure to send them to

We have other news regarding adventure supplements as well…

Quickstart Available in Print

SPOILER WARNING: If you are playing Red Markets at Gencon, I would again advise caution against reading the Quickstart Guide early. Don’t spoil your fun.

The Quickstart Guide and starter adventure put together by the talented Laura and Adam Briskin-Limehouse is available for POD at DTRPG. It’s another gorgeous effort by Kyle and Kat Carty, so I wanted to make sure there was an option for everyone that needed to get their paws on it.

Get the QuickStart Guide in print from DTRPG.

Finally, to finish off the print news…

Performance Available in Print

The audiobook is inbound, and everyone should already have their digital copy waiting in their BackerKit account. However, a lot of people prefer their books physical. I’ll be selling (and signing, when possible) print copies of Performance through the IGDN booth. If I won’t see you at conventions this summer though, you can get a dead-tree version through CreateSpace now.

Buy a print version here. 

In Conclusion

Whew, that’s a lot for one update. 

I want to end by saying thank you to everyone that has supported Red Markets. Your patience helps us ensure RM releases retain quality while steadily progressing. I also want to sincerely thank all of you that have supported Party Fowl and The Mixed Six Podcast. It means so much that so many of you are willing to support my other artistic endeavours as well as our little zombie game.

Hebanon Games Next Project
3 months ago – Tue, May 22, 2018 at 07:37:12 AM

This is the last post I will make to this effect, but if you don't already follow me as a creator on Kickstarter, I wanted to make sure everyone knew about Hebanon Games's latest project. 

Our first board game, Party Fowl: The Game of Drunk Ducks, is now live on Kickstarter. Admittedly, the game has nothing to do with Red Markets ... aside from the fact that working on this lighter fare is what enabled me to continue progress with the heavy themes of our favorite RPG. If you like board games as well as RPGs, please give it a look. My dream is to one day make this company a staple at gaming conventions around the US. A wide and diverse catalogue of games is part of that securing that "have your own GenCon table" dream, and Party Fowl is a big step towards that for Hebanon Games.

Alright, I promise there won't be any more promotion in these updates; just more Red Markets stuff from here on in. I hope you all can forgive me this little plug; you gotta hustle out here to survive. 

Red Markets Merch
3 months ago – Tue, May 08, 2018 at 01:13:57 AM

Hello all, 

It wouldn't be a capitalist enterprise without a T-shirt. I bring you...the Red Markets merch store!

Gaze upon my works, ye mighty, and pick your size.
Gaze upon my works, ye mighty, and pick your size.

I hope to add more designs to our Teepublic store in the future, but this started off as no more than a little experiment. The fantastic piece by Michael Plondaya will have to suffice for now. 

I had already made a shirt for myself out of the cover image, but I needed another design to wear at GenCon and Origins (my new con dress code could best be described as "human billboard"). I got some merch printed as a thank you to all our wonderful GMs. The samples finally came in today, and they look pretty darn good on a variety of items; I'm pretty fond of the phone case, personally. Since the quality seems good, I figured it was time to make it available to the public. 

Speaking of our wonderful GMs, 15 out of the 25 Red Markets games at GenCon are already sold out! Make sure you get to the event finder and get signed up soon. If you need the spreadsheet to the complete list of games, here it is again

Again, Allow Me To Remind You About Ducks

You're invited to the party.
You're invited to the party.

Hebanon Games is launching a Kickstarter for its first boardgame on May 23rd. Party Fowl: The Game of Drunk Ducks could really use your support. We already have a website if you want to check it out. For now, make sure to mark "Quack" on that day in your calendars.

Thanks again, everyone. Have a good week!

GenCon Schedule and Ebook
4 months ago – Tue, May 01, 2018 at 09:26:42 PM

Hello all, 

Red Markets at GenCon

It's been a crazy few weeks. Scheduling for GenCon has been...less than ideal. But it's finally all squared away! Here's where you can find us at the convention.

Some notes:

  • All times listed are EST to match the con packet
  • All events are linked to their event page in the GenCon system
  • We will be selling copies of Red Markets and other merch through the IGDN booth, but we have too many lovely GMs to fit in there. 
  • Games in Green are out in the wild; I won't know their location until GenCon sets a spot
  • IGDN games are in red. They will be in the official IGDN play room.
  • If you want to see Caleb talk at panels, seminars are in yellow.
  • GenCon's arcane guidelines require games outside the IGDN room have different descriptions and content, so we will be running two separate conventions packets
  • "Moral Hazards" is the name I've had to give to the Quickstart Guide's contents and accompanying advanced contracts I'm writing for experienced groups. 
  • "Toxic Assets" is the title I've given to the entirely separate convention packet I've had to write to fulfill GenCon's requirements. It will be an early draft of the Le Corbusier supplement (might as well get some playtesting in). 
  • All GMs will have access to both packets, so your crew can decide to switch enclaves as long as the Market is cool with it. 
  • GenCon's system does not like the way Red Markets is set up at all. It's style guide demands a single scenario per game be entered into the system, and it has little patience for RM's "pick your poison" gameplay. Rest assured that every event will have 3-4 separate contracts for players to choose from, no matter what the description may say. There might be some shepherding towards certain jobs if the majority of a crew is new (don't want paralysis-by-analysis in a 4-hour convention slot), but you could play nothing but RM all convention long and never repeat a job.

Performance: A Red Markets Novel now available through Backerkit

The ebook version of the novel is now available through your Backerkit accounts. Downloads include the cover (.jpeg) and a .mobi and .epub version. 

I haven't forgotten about the audiobook; it is currently in production by the talented Fae Kells. I'll get that out to everyone when it is ready. Print versions will be available at Origins and GenCon, and I'm hoping to have a POD option ready in the next few weeks for those of you that prefer dead trees. 

And Don't Forget...

That's it for today. Don't forget that Hebanon Games has another Kickstarter coming up on May 23rd for our first board game: Party Fowl: The Game of Drunk Ducks. It's got art by the insanely talented KC Green, and I'm quite proud of it. It's exactly the palette cleanser I needed after a heavy design like Red Markets, and some of y'all might feel the same way. If that doesn't convince you, here I am as a duck.

 As always, thanks for the support. Let me know if you have any questions in the comments, and I hope to see you all at GenCon!