NerdBurger Games is the game design imprint of award-winning RPG designer Craig Campbell. Craig has done a whole bunch of RPG design freelancing in the past. Several years ago, he dove into designing his own RPG. Now NerdBurger Games has multiple RPGs and is showing no signs of stopping.
NerdBurger Games endeavors to create games that explore corners of the RPG landscape that haven't been explored...or haven't been explored very often. These games forgo dense gaming mechanics in favor of lighter rule sets that allow players to focus on telling fun, engaging, memorable stories.
NerdBurger Games was founded in 2015 by Craig Campbell.
CAPERS Noir Contributors
Craig designed this first supplement for the award-winning CAPERS RPG, but he had a whole bunch of help. Here they are.
Additional Design: Elizabeth Chaipraditkul, Sharene Gilchrist, Vincent Harper, Chris Sniezak
Editing and Proofreading: Vincent Harper
Cartography: Michael Brock
Cover and Interior Art: Beth Varni
Graphic Design and Layout: Owen St.Gelais
Die Laughing Contributors
Craig designed Die Laughing, but he had help. Here are the fine folks who helped Craig make Die Laughing super-cool.
Editing: Vincent Harper
Art: Beth Varni
Graphic Design and Layout: Todd Crapper
Kickstarter Video: Michelle Owczarski
The award-winning CAPERS RPG was designed by Craig, but a whole bunch of people lent their expertise to making the game a real thing. Here they are.
Additional Design: Brandon Aten, Tim Eagon, James Introcaso, Derek Kamal, Kevin Kulp, Matthew Orr
Editing and Proofreading: Karen Franklin
Art: Beth Varni
Graphic Design: Owen St.Gelais
Cartography and Layout: Michael Brock
Kickstarter Video: Michelle and Jim Owczarski
Murders & Acquisitions Contributors
Murders & Acquisitions is designed by Craig, but many people brought their time and expertise to the game to make it a real thing. Here they are.
Additional Design: Tim Eagon, Dale A. Gaus, Ray Franklin
Editorial Assistance: Carol Darnell, Chris S. Sims
Proofreading: Karen Franklin
Front Cover Art: Beth Varni
Interior Art: Michael Brock, Becca Gowdy, Ben Herrera, James McLaughlin, Quinn McSherry, Jason Moser, Jen Sorrell, Beth Varni, Lindsey Wagner
Graphic Design: Jen Sorrell
Additional Graphics: David A. Lupo, Andy Madsen, Matthew Sulhoff
Layout: Michael Brock
Fiction: Jim Owczarski
Kickstarter Video: Michelle Owczarski
Craig Campbell - Lead Designer
I’ve been playing, GMing, and designing RPGs for two and a half decades.
In 2001, I wrote my first paid freelance RPG piece, a convention module for D&D's Living Greyhawk titled, “Winter Tears.” Over the next several years, I published a feature article in Dragon Magazine and wrote a few adventures for the RPGA. In 2009, I began doing more freelancing, racking up over thirty freelance credits for Dungeons & Dragons, Gamma World, Pathfinder, and Iron Kingdoms.
A few years back, I ramped down my freelancing to start work on my own game, Murders & Acquisitions. M&A went to Kickstarter in May of 2016 and was successfully funded. Murders & Acquisitions went up for sale at DriveThruRPG.com in December of 2016.
Now I'm working on the next RPG from NerdBurger Games. CAPERS is a super-powered game of 1920s gangsters. It's set in the 1920s Prohibition era of the United States. The game is complete and was Kickstarted to great success in March of 2018. It's now on its way to being published by the end of 2018.
What Else is Craig Up To?
When I’m not designing RPGs (or playtesting or planning or blogging or…you get the picture), I’m working as an architect, watching all manner of fantasy, sci-fi, and horror TV and movies, reading satirical non-fiction, playing RPGs and board/card games with my friends, and co-hosting a weekly podcast.
NerdBurger Games Titles
CAPERS - NerdBurger Games - A super-powered game of gangsters in the Roaring Twenties. CAPERS won a Judge’s Spotlight Award in the 2018 BAMFsies, awards for the best in supers gaming.
CAPERS Noir - NerdBurger Games - The first supplement for CAPERS, featuring 1940s cops, criminals, mystery, and monster.
Die Laughing - NerdBurger Games - A short-play, GM-less game where players portray characters in a horror-comedy movie.
Murders & Acquisitions - NerdBurger Games - A fun, light RPG of espionage, subterfuge, intrigue, theft, and murder set in an absurd corporate world.
Select Freelance Game Design Titles
"Eye of the Night" - Dragon Magazine 340 - Feature article for D&D.
"Pathfinder Society #18: The Trouble with Secrets" - Pathfinder Society adventure featuring some trouble and some secrets.
"Coaxing the Flame" - Living Forgotten Realms - Convention module for D&D.
"Nightmares Unleashed" - Dungeon Magazine 177 - Side trek adventure for D&D.
"Class Acts: Warden" - Dragon Magazine 386 - Flavor and rules for the Warden class in D&D 4E.
"Hometown, Gamma Terra" - Wizards of the Coast website - Guidelines for creating the Gamma World version of your hometown.
"Pedal to the Metal" - Wizards of the Coast website - Gamma World rules for vehicles - co-written with Ray Franklin.
"Baba Yaga's Dancing Hut" - Dungeon Magazine 196 - Mega-adventure for D&D.
"A Rhyme Gone Wrong" - Dungeon Magazine 217 - A short D&D adventure.
"Deserts" - Iron Kingdoms Unleashed - I wrote the desert chapter of this hardcover rule book.