Shanty Hunters on Kickstarter

The TTRPG Shanty Hunters went live on Kickstarter the morning of November 2nd. Shanty Hunters is a game about collecting magical sea shanties in the year 1880!

In Shanty Hunters, you play sailors and scholars traveling the world’s sea lanes to document the dying art of the sea shanty. Commercial sail is obsolete in the face of new steam technologies, and its majesty is fading from the world. Shanties will surely vanish unless someone writes them down. But a wicked spirit doesn’t like shanties falling into the hands of landsmen. It manifests the imagery and events from each song to oppose you, threatening the very ships you sail aboard. Can you anticipate these dangers before they strike? Can you safeguard the ship and her crew? Sing shanties with your friends, then overcome the perils hidden in these wonderful old songs of the sea!

Shanty Hunters is powered by the award-winning GUMSHOE engine.

The designer, Tristan Zimmerman, is the author of the twice Ennie Award-nominated RPG blog at He’s also a trusty shellback, having crossed the equator off Somalia aboard USS Essex. He went to sea before his first birthday and has circumnavigated the globe. This is his fourth book.

The Kickstarter campaign runs through December 2nd. You can find it at

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