You're in line at the Ghost Processing Bureau, waiting to be sent to your eternal reward. It seems to move at about 2 ghosts per month. As one of the masters of heisting of your time, you've got different plans. It's time for you to lie, cheat, and steal your way back to life.
Play solo, or with your friends using our Heist Crew variant. Replayability allows you to play again and again to meet the whole cast, comedic and otherwise.
In this game, you play as the ghost of a criminal mastermind, the leader of a criminal heist ring. After an unexpected betrayal, you wake up as a ghost in line at the Ghost Processing Bureau. It turns out that for several centuries, the government has eliminated and replaced the Grim Reaper with a department of their own design.
As a ghost with some serious unfinished business, you'll heist your way back to life, or die trying (for real this time). You'll deal out a spread of cards to represent the GPB's layout, and navigate its many hazards with a combination of your quick wits and your new ghostly powers. You'll grapple with human bureaucrats, other ghosts, and your own memories as you try to escape. Will you be clever and sneaky enough to find your way out, or will you pass into the light?
This game is inspired by such prestigious studies of the afterlife as Beetlejuice, Ghostbusters, and The Frighteners, as well as hardboiled crime documentaries like Ocean's Eleven and Catch Me If You Can.
The game is currently content complete with amazing layout, art, writing and editing and we want to be able to be paid for our work. You'll be getting a wonderfully complete version! However, in addition to all that we would love to be able to give it even more development as well as additional content/lore in addition to the game that is already there: more art, more writing, more flavor and lore, and a modest expansion based on the secret basement of the Ghost Processing Bureau. If we somehow go beyond that, we've got SO MANY IDEAS and will even consider a printing run if we get high enough!
$500 - This is the funding goal to pay for the current, amazing, beautiful color copy of our 33-page PDF (layout, art & writing). This is ALREADY what you'll be downloading!
$750 - Once we've amassed this level of support, we'll add some extra sizzle to the game. We'll be adding some additional art, some exclusive alternate covers and a playlist for the game! We really want to get some Character Art of some of the amazing cast of characters and this is the level where we can get a few commissioned!
$1000 - Should we reach this rarefied and hallowed number, Two Guys, a Clipboard and a Hardhat Construction Company will unearth the entrance to a secret vault set into the floor underneath the Administrator's office in an amazing ADDITIONAL area you can explore. Within will be even more harrowing encounters, relics pried from the hands of Death himself, and an alternative way to return to life. Included will be rules for how to play the vault with tarot cards as well as a standard playing card deck.
$1500 - Things continue getting more serious as we make play have new layers of mechanics. Now we're going to develop a character sheet, along with character archetypes that will change the way the game is played. We'll be adding in a special, rare resource that can only be gathered under certain circumstances and an addition deeper layer of prompts to learn the SECRETS of the Ghost Processing Bureau. Why IS there only 1 animal ghost in the entire GPB? And why does Chris, the intern, seem to know EVERYTHING?
$2000 - At this level, we're going to develop more complex rules for cooperative play. This will require tweaking of prompts, an additional layer of rule systems and some serious playtesting to make sure it works! Do you want to help us? Get in touch! In addition, we'll be developing more lore to build out the world of the Ghost Processing Bureau to a point where you can play your own games within this incredible location. In addition, a set of goals that you can either achieve together... or apart.
$3000 - (The "just in case" level) - In the event we are favored with this level of support, WE WILL BE AMAZED and realize it is time to get a print-run going. We will create a limited physical edition print-run and give all purchasers up to this point the ability to buy their physical copy at cost.
Orpheus Press is a tiny but mighty games publishing team that produces silly, elegant and beautiful ttrpg games and adventures - with lots of credits in the industry, and lots of passion for what we do - we're excited to be doing what we love!