Hyper Light Drifter: Tabletop Role-Playing Game

Created by Andreas Walters

A tabletop role playing game based on the award-winning video game: Hyper Light Drifter.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Backerkit Going Out!
about 1 month ago – Fri, Mar 06, 2020 at 06:11:42 PM

Hey Drifters!

Some good updates to come down the pipe! v4 of the playtest is out (with a v4.1 going out this weekend) Download the playtest on our website, or on DTRPG. In this update we fully implemented the landscape layout, which took a little longer than I would have liked, This was mostly due to messing with the align-to-grid text, so that all of the rows match up, but are not terribly spaced out (headers were a pain to get right).  I am currently working on v4.1 which will fix a few UI aspects that I had missed, as well as expand Corruption and Woe (which are briefly touched on in v4) 

Also, upon the release of v4, we were able to get Adam Koebel to do a first look of Drifter. If you haven't looked at the playtest yet, this is a great introduction to the rules


Alas the time has come, to finally get all of you into backerkit. For those who don't know, backerkit is a pledge manager, and how we will administer our surveys, allow you to upgrade and add-on to your pledge, and allow us to charge shipping.  Its a powerful tool, but its a fiddly one with a lot of levers, and if you have any issues, need help, or messed up, we're here to help (just send us a message).

Starting today, and throughout this weekend you will get an email invitation to backerkit. If you do not receive this email you can get to your survey from this address:


Now once, you're in, you'll see this screen. Here, there is an opportunity for you to switch your pledge tier. This will allow you to change to a different pledge tier. I highly recommend you play around with changing tiers to find the best shipping prices. I recently just implemented some changes that make shipping a bit easier to calculate, but if anything looks super wrong, send me a message and let me know.

As you go through, you'll answer a few pledge questions. This is where we collect your names to credit you in the Corebook. 

Setting and Corebook costs - We have made these books cost the same ($45), and we have provided credit to the pledge tiers (Delvers) who's math does not add up, this should credit towards your shipping. 

 After the pledge questions, you'll see the pre-order store. There you can add anything as you see fit. We included a few of our other core products as well. 

Charging Cards

If you are paying via credit card, you will not be charged immediately. This will likely happen in May as we start to lock down the surveys and pre-orders. 

And finally

if you have any, questions, feel free to ask. Discord is a easy place to quickly reach me, but messaging us here on KS will work as well. 

This weekend, I want to do an update this weekend to talk about some of the mechanical design, if there is something you want me to talk to  (esp now you can watch Adams vid to get a sense of the game), let me know. 

Thank you and all the best, 


January Update
2 months ago – Wed, Jan 29, 2020 at 03:24:33 PM

Hey Drifters!

I hope the new year is going well for everyone. This is more of a check-in post. Most of my work has been coordinating the start of setting development with our creative team, composing the art specs for our future pieces, and most importantly whittling away at the basic rules and it's layout. 

Also, I have a good selection of sound effects from Akash that are nearly ready to share and Disasterpiece has begun work on the Fragments EP.

Here are my favorite sound effects from Akash so far (wow those are giant) 


Progress on the basic rules have been going very well, I've been meaning to publish a new update to the playtest however I've been suffering from a little bit of scope-creep in getting it out. 

Currently the patch notes on it are almost two pages long, and I think they're all for the better. Little things as wording improvements, ability clarifications, and organization are certainty there. With bigger updates such as, switching to a Landscape layout, removing ability scores from character creation, and the addition of Woe and Corruption as new mechanics (which also warrant a character sheet redesign). 

The decision to go landscape is so that we can put a solid emphasis on the art. Also, in doing so, a landscape book should be easier to read in both tablet formats and at the table. 

Chapter Page, illustrated by Daniel Riise
Class Page

As I push out the next playtest udpate, I'll make a post about Corruption (your sickness mechanic) and Woe (a stress mechanic), I don' t think it'll be too long until that update, given that the ball is really rolling now,.

And finally, we've got an amazing discord server that you're welcome to join. In addition, I'm fairly active on twitter if you want to hear my design musings. 

If you have any questions feel free to hit me up at any time.

All the best. 

Drifter Andreas

Oh! and Backerkit!

Almost forgot, I'll be opening up backerkit in February, Probably around when i push the next update. 

Happy Holidays Update
4 months ago – Mon, Dec 02, 2019 at 12:58:58 AM

Hey Drifters! 

I apologize for the silence, its been a busy two months. So far, I've cranked a lot out on the drifter design, sat down and had some conversations with the Alx and the Heart Machine team about lore, scope and setting. I've also had conversations with both, Disasterpiece (musician) and Akash (sound designer) about what we can get on the musical side of things (both are promising). 

I don't like making long updates, so I'll summarize them here;

  • In addition to music, we may get background tracks and sound effects.
  • I've sent out emails to each of the Design a Boss/NPC backers to talk about their contributions. 
  • The continent of Drifter will happen closer to the continent of HLD. 
  • Our discord community, is an amazing community and the best place to chat about the game, mechanics, suggestions, or even HLD in general. 
  • I'm just about to post another decent-sized update to the playtest, if you don't have the PDF you can pick it up here, you'll get notified right when I push an update. You can also check out the website when I push updates.  
  • I want your opinions on when to put everyone into Backerkit.

Backerkit Question

I know I stated that we were going to bring you into Backerkit right away so you could manage or upgrade your pledge. We've been holding off on sending the surveys out because Backerkit dosent elegantly handle charging for shipping later and I have been searching for a decent solution.  So far they've provided us with two options

  • Wait to import you until we're ready to charge shipping.
  • Let everyone in now, but remind everyone alot when the shipping charges get updated. 

Currently, I'm leaning towards just waiting until we have all the costs figured out. This way there is little to no confusion about how much your final bill is going to be. As of current, there is nothing I need from backerkit this early on in the process. 

Anyways, I'd be interested to hear what you guys have to say about it. Next updates will be more about specific mechanics that we're putting into the game.

Thank you and stay awesome drifters


We made it!
6 months ago – Sun, Oct 13, 2019 at 02:10:17 AM

Hey Drifters!

We just finished up the stream, and I want to thank everyone who stopped in and joined us for the last minutes of the campaign. 

We did it!! 

Now is the time for us to bring this amazing Tabletop RPG and setting to life!! It wouldn't have been possible without your help, enthusiasm, and support.

Join the Community

To start off, we've got a vibrant Discord Channel where most of the game chatter is happening. It's a great place to go to reach me, hang out, give feedback, or ask any questions about the world/rules or game design. Everyone there is a drifter fan, amongst other things and a great place to connect with the rest of the community! 

What happens next?

Well, we go into full-steam ahead in putting into place our development and art plans. 

For you, starting now and in the next two weeks Kickstarter will try to charge your credit cards and collect the pledged funds. Once all payments are processed, we'll invite you into Backerkit, where you can manage your shipping address, do addons or upgrade your pledge. We'll be posting updates when this happens and you'll get emails.

For backers who are A Familiar Friend or Sights Unseen (the character/boss creation tiers) we'll be reaching out to you in the coming months for details about your characters. But feel free to start thinking about what you want to have created. 

We'll continue to update the PDF and Codex with updates and keep you, the backers, in the loop with the newest designs and art we'll be making. 

Thanks, everyone again, and we're excited to embark on this journey with you all.

Drifter Andreas

70k + 1000 backers!!
6 months ago – Sun, Oct 13, 2019 at 01:01:35 AM

Hey Drifters!

Super excited that we're in the final stretch. We've unlocked the ReRoll app and are working towards the White Covers goal.

To celebrate, I'll be streaming HLD again to continue our game from 7:30 pm PST all the way up to the end of the campaign (10pm). Feel free to hop on in and join us https://www.twitch.tv/metalweavegames/.

Thank you soo much for the support and we'll see everyone at the finish line!

Drifter Andreas