Advanced Lovers and Lesbians
In November 2020, over 8,000 backers pledged nearly $300,000 to bring Thirsty Sword Lesbians to life! April Kit Walsh explicitly designed this RPG to celebrate the love, power, and existence of queer people and the community responded with overwhelming passion. The kickstarter blew through almost fifty stretch goals. This outpouring of support enabled us to bring on a host of talented designers from across the indie tabletop scene to create even more content for this innovative game of narrative drama, found family, and emotional connection.
At Evil Hat Productions, we pride ourselves on delivering a quality Kickstarter product, fast. Rather than delay delivery of Thirsty Sword Lesbians by waiting for all the stretch goal content to come in, we went forward with production and backers received their core copy of TSL five months ahead of schedule.
Now, one year after the original campaign closed, we’re proud to say that the stretch goal material is not only in, but we’ve finished the art, editing, and layout to complete a massive 272-page, full-color expansion we’re calling Advanced Lovers & Lesbians.
Ten new playbooks offer players an expanded roster of rich, conflicted characters to explore:
- The Bloody by Erin Edwards. When a problem can no longer be solved amicably, when a threat to the community demands violence, the Bloody stands ready to do that violence on behalf of others.
- The Dream Mirror Be the person of her dreams—and theirs, and hers, and that other person’s too. The Dream Mirror knows how to be just what others want. The one thing they don’t know? How to be themself. Created by Christie R. Fremon.
- The Ensemble by April Kit Walsh. A pair of individuals who can be more than the sum of their parts together, or so deeply into each other that they're lost to the world.
- The Hologoddess They are will, made synthflesh. A machine who fights, and loves, with mathematical precision. Created by Katherine Cross.
- The Investigator by Ash Cheshire. Clever, inquisitive, and hot on the trail of mysteries relating to the Toxic Powers. Slow to trust others, with a strong desire for truth and justice.
- The Legion A soldier chosen by destiny, the latest to bear the name and powers of their legacy of past incarnations. Do they remain true to their present self or to the many “thems” that came before them? Created by Pam Punzalan.
- The Matriarch by Alexis Sara. Warding over a gang, kids, or partners who look for their help to stay alive, the Matriarch must weigh their family’s needs versus taking care of their own.
- The Naga: Hunted for their magic crest jewels, the shapeshifting Naga live in hiding, hoping to find moments to share their true selves while passing in a society that would do them harm. Created by Mariam Ahmad.
- The Sun Hand by Jan Martin. Obsessive in their pursuit of skills and knowledge, The Sun Hand uses their mastery of baking magic to support friends, empower themself, and defuse bad situations.
- The Troubadour They live to entertain and have a good time, but that often takes a back seat to earning a living. Keeping everyone happy is both their blessing and their curse. Created by Bryanna Hitchcock.
Twenty-one new settings featuring signature setting elements, core principles, detailed adventure hooks and more. No matter what genre your group yearns for you will find a setting inside to delight and entice.
- Battle Bards of the Sol System by Bryanna Hitchcock. From the jungles of Venus to the dark mines of Pluto, the Battle Bards wander performers the solar system righting wrongs and bringing factions together for peace.
- Crystalia by Ash Kreider. Centuries of battle come to a fevered pitch as the Archon Alliance battles the evil Lich Prime and his Necrohorde. The fate of Crystalia lies in the balance!
- Era’s End by Emily Care Boss. Peace in the Land of Dalmeya was balanced on a marriage bond now severed by death. You and your Spiral Walker Sisters, a band of fighters, seekers, and diplomats, have been entrusted with helping to calm the flames of conflict as powerful factions scheme and vie for the throne.
- Gala.exe by Katherine Cross. Centuries into the future, matriarchal machines unite the galaxy under a luxurious banner of fully-automated cybernetic democracy. But this beautiful facade has begun to crack amid sinister plots and quiet machinations. Can your sword cut through a web of intrigue?
- Gaylords by Lucian Kahn. Abandon all subtlety, restraint, and good taste, Gaylords is a fantasy setting about gay male warlords of rival Fagtions. Embrace the high camp of the Wilde Flamingo Regimes in a comedic and exceptionally homosexual pairing of melodrama and farce, rooted in self-parody.
- Greasy Dock Goblins by Avery Alder. Up in High Town, noble society ladies mix with imperious gentlemen but down here in the docks, everything is sooty, strange, mercurial, and mercenary. Dock work is dangerous and cheap, but it's what the goblins, queers, and weirdos are left with. Do you dare believe in a better world for yourself and your sisterhood of thieves?
- Hyenas by Alex Roberts. You’re hyenas. Yeah you read that right. Lesbian hyenas. Trust us.
- The Last Love Songs on Earth by Pam Punzalan. The world spins towards oblivion. Sink into the skin of a Heavenblade: soldiers chosen by fate, the last line of defense against Nightborne the Void Sword, the Closer of Doors. Draw your sacred weapons, face off against the Hellsingers, and prepare yourself for the noble sacrifice necessary to push the apocalypse back step by step.
- The Lesbians of Avalon by Kira Magrann. Take your favorite Arthurian legend and MAKE. IT. GAY. This romantic fantasy setting features dashing long-haired butches in shining armor, sensual earthy magicians, metamorphosing wood nymphs, and regal femmes.
- The Mani Missive by Mariam Ahmad. South Asian folktales and myths come to life in this world where powerful elementals manifest in godly ways, humanoids and animalfolk exist alongside each other, and the shapeshifting serpentine Naga are hunted to near extinction by the infamous Gehna Gang.
- The Monster Mash House Party by Ash Cheshire. B-movie tropes and good-natured sass mix in the ultimate Halloween party hosted by the vampire spider Queen October at zir mysterious and twisted Gothic mansion!
- Queen Pins Queen by June LaLonde and Sean Nittner. In the simmering world of the 1960s, chess is a metaphor for life and vice versa. Conflicts that might be resolved by arguments or fights are often settled instead over the chessboard. Head to head, queen to queen, you carry on a conversation that only those who know the subtleties of your style can understand.
- The Rainbow Scarab Circus by Christie R. Fremon. Step beyond the fortune teller and breathers, past the mirror maze, and through the flaps of the biggest tent, into your home: the Land of Dreams. People from the waking world come here thirsty for change, romance, and adventure. But your life as a performer is full of unexpected twists—in the waking world and the dreaming.
- A Sea of Pink, White, and Blue by Maria Fanning. Across the sea of Bunús the transgender pirates of the Tuath Alliance smuggle supplies to their oppressed siblings and sail on raids against the facist marines of the Imperium Navy. A nautical setting featuring queers who bash back.
- Shinsei Galactic Puroresu by Allie Bustion. War is becoming a distant memory, now conflicts on Yvaga IV are settled in the square circle of Shinsei Galactic Puroresu, the universe’s premiere pro wrestling league. In the distant future, the ring is both the final arena of conflict and a fun house mirror where you change or be changed.
- Sundew Garden Bakery by Jan Martin. On the bog planet Kalmia, sword lesbians of the Sundew Garden Bakery work to save an environment where the more the ecosystem suffers, the more dangerous it becomes. To survive, it will take more than a hero, it takes a community willing to sacrifice together.
- Super-Science Sapphics by Amr Ammourazz. By day students come to Waeha University to study STEM, trying to make the world a better place. By night, the Super-Science Sapphics club uses their knowledge to handle immediate threats, save people from disasters, and of course, show off their awe-inspiring tech.
- To Lay Down One’s Life for Another by James Mendez Hodes. During the late Heian period, the established nobles of Japan devoted themselves to elegance and erudition. But you belong to a new class of nobility - one that expresses its power by the way of the horse and bow. Unrefined but gallant, your clashes with the Imperial court will define the ideals of Japanese chivalry forever.
- To Light A Fire in My Soul by Soup. The mechs of the Genesis Kingdom rumble across the surface world, enforcing the Queen’s tyrannical rule. What will you do when you stumble on a mech of your own? Will you spend your days cruising the vast and endless horizon? Or will you point your sword at the crown and beyond?
- The Tragedies of Waldon Hall by Yeonsoo Julian Kim. Journey into the 19th century and enter the arms of a haunted estate where queer monsters reign and the shadows seduce you. Melodrama, terror, and temptation mix as you lend aid to phantoms, fend off righteous monster hunters, and entertain the most scandalous propositions the house has to offer.
- Wastelands Roller Derby by Libby Horacek and April Kit Walsh. Carnivorous cacti, flying jackalopes, and cute little fishrats inhabit the Shattered Wastes. Strap on your skates, the communities here settle their differences not with violence, but through roller derby. You are a champion on wheels, and you will need all the ingenuity and resilience you can muster to survive life in the wastes.
Four detailed adventures make it easy to quickly pick up and play a game of Thirsty Sword Lesbians:
- Break into the Meta Gala and steal the Dream Diamond as characters have to pass themselves off as multiple different characters of varying genders and social roles in the fantasy heist hijinks of Fashion & Slashin’ by Vylar Kaftan.
- The Empress seeks a new consort and the Imperial Palace hosts the event of the decade as eligible bachelorettes meet and mingle in Romancing the Throne. Did you get an invite or did you crash the party? An adventure by Misha Bushyager.
- Talented performers from throughout the galaxy gather at Lunapalooza to vie for the coveted Starlight Trophy. Play as a performer looking to showcase their talent or take a more investigative angle as you delve behind the scenes of the festival in Starlight of the Lunar Realm by Banana Chan.
- Years ago, you discovered a magical realm and undertook an epic quest with your queer companions. Now, a decade later, the shimmering portal to that place appears again and the fantastic land you cherish so much needs your help. Old foes, best friends, and new threats await you in Through the Looking Glass by Lauren McManamon.
Options for two-person play and a plethora of random tables help you tailor the game to a more intimate experience and provide loads of inspiration for characters, settings, and storylines. A set of Friend, Threat, and plot tables tailored to each and every one of the game’s nineteen playbooks helps your players detail the particular relationships and entanglements of their PC.
Throughout this 272-page book, you’ll find beautiful, full-color artwork that captures the full spectrum of characters you can play as part of the diverse, expansive, and unabashedly queer worlds found within.