The Session Zero System

Created by Mythic Grove

What parts of this world do you call home? Who are the people you come from and call family? What figures have you met along the way that have made the biggest impact on your life so far...was it for good or ill? What events, great or small, have led you to take the path you now find your feet walking on? The Session Zero System is a storytelling game focused on helping adventures build their backstories to be as lively and vibrant as the characters they make them for.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

29 days ago – Thu, Mar 02, 2023 at 02:51:31 PM


We are thrilled to say that by the end of this week, each and every one of the 60 art pieces Dakota has been working on will have been completed to their finished Stretch Goal time!

The difference has been incredible to watch unfold and we wanted to share a few of our favorite ‘Before and Afters’ so you can all see what your support has helped make possible!

(from Left to Right) Legacy: Transcend, Bond: Fanatic, Catalyst: A Cage Broken/ A Trap Sprung

We are also excited to say that we are releasing a d10 Playtest Document for All Backers today! Very shortly you will find a link to that document in the email connected to your Kickstarter Account as well as a Google Form to fill out with feedback and impressions on the progress of The Session Zero System so far.

Since the Early Access release we’ve added more on:

  • House Rules
  • Expanded Expectations section
  • TTRPG Saftey Tool
  • How to Use the Story Path
  • Examples for each Fragment Path
  • Expanded Amalgam Phase Text
  • Uses for this system Beyond a Session Zero

Please Note: This playtest material is intended for Backers only, so while we encourage you to share it with folks at your table and in your games we ask that you do not largely distribute this document!

We’re also adding one more round of Playtesting with more Art, sections, and fragments revealed!


We aim to have this released Mid March before all files go out to our manufacturers and Quality Control test prints start getting made.

We also wanted to give a special shout-out to a few Backers whose Early Access comments have inspired us to expand on a few elements of the game. Alex (#1171), Chris & Carol (#1180), and Jesse (#1225) we can’t wait to share more about what your feedback helped us create!


Current Project Timeline

As of now we are moving on to finalizing our edits and have been diligently compiling all documents into their print format with graphics, spot art and so much more.

This next month is going to be an incredibly busy one as it feels like the developmental home stretch for our game. We will share more over the next month as we work to put the final touches on everything!


Mythic Grove

about 2 months ago – Fri, Feb 10, 2023 at 12:05:12 PM

We are thrilled to launch our first 'Early Access Playtest' for anyone who backed at the ALL-IN Pledge Level or above! This document includes 18 new Fragments and their Illustrations and a d10 PDF ready to bring to your table and will be live for the rest of February.

(( Early Access Backers, you will be seeing a message to your Kickstarter account with directions on how to access everything!))

To celebrate we wanted to share something with all our backers and so we've chosen 3 new Fragments to release!

[From Left to Right] LEGACY: "Query", BOND: "Fanatic", CATALYST: "A Curse Awakens/ A Blessing Given"

Once we are complete with this round we will be expanding and adding Playtesting to include all Backers, more prompts, and art! 

We are now officially halfway complete on all illustrations ahead of schedule and are truly looking forward to showing you all that Dakota has been able to accomplish. 

More to come very soon. 


Mythic Grove

about 2 months ago – Wed, Feb 01, 2023 at 02:19:07 PM

January has been a busy one for us and we are looking forward to sharing the progress we’ve made with you all in this February Update!

On the Illustration front,  Dakota Curry has been working diligently and as of today, we are over ⅓ of the way done with all the art your stretch goals allowed us to flush out!

We wanted to share a few of those here so you can see what a difference that additional time will make in how beautiful each piece is!

'Anew', 'Liar', and 'A Leader Dies/ A Life is Spared' illustrations side by side with the old (left) and new (right) versions!

We are also finessing layout and formatting styles for each of the different ways you can play the Session Zero System and working with our Manufacturing Team at GPI to make sure all files are print ready! So far that's where overall development is sitting right now!

We are in the editing phase for the 5 Episode Actual play with Gabe Hicks and friends @AshleyRoboto, @blizzb3ar, and @Katskratchh! One More Multiverse is collaborating with us to produce the cinematic cut scenes and we love how it's looking so far. When we know more about a release date we will let you know!

We’re continuing to work with Backerkit to finalize the Pledge Manager Surveys as well! We were lucky enough to get access to some Beta tested settings on their end and are having the details checked by their team so our backers have a seamless experience with everything that will be offered there! That will be live in the next few weeks and we’ll send out another update when that lands.

And lastly, we’re going to be releasing the first of our Early Access Playtesting documentsto Backers at the All-In Tier level and above on February 10th! This will be a d10 selection, previewing more art and more prompts for you to get your hands on and bring to your table. There will be a feedback survey included and we’d love to hear about your experience with a small slice of the full toolset!

Gabe and I are excited to be bringing the whole vision together. As more puzzle pieces are built and fall into place we’re able to see more and more of the whole picture we envision from the start.

As always we appreciate your support in helping us make this system and you will be hearing from us again before the month is over!

Cheers, Mythic Grove

Happy New Year's to all from The Grove!
3 months ago – Sun, Jan 01, 2023 at 10:16:46 PM

We are feeling very refreshed now that we’ve had some time to recuperate after the Crowdfunding Campaign and PAX Unplugged. We are ready to hit the ground running with next steps so I thought this would be a  good time to share the Development Road Map as it is currently with you all!

FIST UP: We are going to be organizing the last things needed to get everyone's surveys out in the next two weeks so expect another update and an email in your inbox from Backer kit shortly!

And then...

You’ll be hearing from both of us very soon! Until then have a great start to your 2023!

Mythic Grove

PAX UNPLUGGED and Opportunities for Late Backers!
4 months ago – Fri, Dec 02, 2022 at 12:24:41 AM

We are set up for PAX Unplugged!  

This is our first convention booth (#3951!) for Mythic Grove and we are so thrilled to have it full to the seams with Dakota Curry’s work!   

We wanted you all got to be the first to see the prototype Art Prints.  

All 12 Art Prints form 'The Session Zero System'

 Art Prints are not up for purchase outside the convention yet but will be available in our add-on Market Place once all the Illustrations have been upgraded!

Also for folks who missed the Kickstarter but want to join in before games are available in retail we are thrilled to let you know that we are opening up our Pre-Order store for Late Backers tomorrow!!  


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Expect a photo roundup from throughout the convention once we are back!

Both of us are looking forward to getting back in the Development seat once we wrap things up and appreciate all of you coming along with us for the ride!


Mythic Grove