A downloadable power fantasy

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Grab your enerQi-Blaster and step through the magic gate

- there's a job for you to do!

Soul Detectives can do amazing things, but magic alone can't help them.  Sometimes they need a Team that cleans up the mess! You are a Cleaner, part of the Clean-Up Crew and you are the ones they call when things get messy.

Who are you playing?
In Clean-Up Crew, you take up the role of Cleaners, protectors of Lost Souls and the Soul Detectives that help Lost Souls to cross over - but make no mistake: the job of a Cleaner is not glorious! You hide in the shadows within a world that condemns magic!

Who are you protecting the Soul Detectives from?
Monsters! Lots of them! They come for the Lost Souls you protect - but what they want them for is still mysterious!

How are you fighting?
Clean-Up Crew is a LUMEN game - and that means fast paced combat with powerful moves! Your standard weapon is your enerQi-Blaster, a weapon that channels the Qi around you! Some look like a magic wand, others look like rapiers, sword or brass knuckles - but they all pack a Qi-punch! But your enerQi-Blaster is not your only weapon! You have access to 5 special weapons that harness the power of the 5 Elements!

Can Cleaners do magic?
Cleaners are gifted to channel Qi and trained to use Paper Talisman to combine them with the power of the 5 Elements and create awe-inspiring spells!

Where to find the 5 Elements?
You will always start your battle with some of the 5 Elements, but when you kill monsters they generate Element-Drops! So you better kill lots of monsters to get those precious Elements!


- Early Bird Version -

Clean-Up Crew is basically done. The current version is a text only version if you will. There is everything you need to play, with tons of updates already made - but there is an Artisan Version in the works with amazing artwork form a diverse team of 10 artists from all over the world and with representation from the LBGTQ+ community!


- Artisan Version -

The Artisan Version will have an Intro Mission that will introduce you to the setting and the gameplay in a breathtaking story, but also artwork for the Cleaners and Monsters, and way more details about both the setting and what you can do!


Content Warning

This is a combat heavy game, so you have to expect combat - lot's of it! But there are other themes that might be difficult for you and we want to be upfront with it, so you don't purchase something you don't like.

Themes: death, magic, monsters, killing monsters, the supernatural

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Clean-Up Crew is itchfunding! - 78% funded!

Funding tiers:

  • 100% Intro Mission Illustrations, Cleaner Artwork, Monster Artwork
  • 111% More Monsters & Weapons
  • 122% Stand Alone Adventure / Mini Campaign (5 Messy Cases)
  • 155% German Version
  • 169% Dramatic Reading of the Intro Mission
  • 175% I get to pay myself
  • 200% Artist Pay Bump

Every copy sold, every 5 star rating and every comment on the itch page contributes to the pool of Community Copies we will make available when the project is fully funded!


Lux Collective:

Clean-Up Crew is part of the Lux Collective, a loose collective of creators that itchfund their LUMEN games! Check them out!


Reviews:

@CatlingGun says:

While I was reading it, I audibly shouted "There he is!" when I got to the drop system. I've read a lot of Lumen games, but never one with this kind of drop system! Basically, in true WuDe style, enemies drop elements. Powers are free-form spells, too, based on the five elements.
Clean-Up Crew is definitely for you if you like the high-octane power fantasy of LUMEN games but want a little wiggle room to create your own magic!

@oakenboro says:

These elements are used to power spells, called Paper Talismans (which are super cool, I’ll come back to them) and to power special kinds of weapons. Weapons and spells correspond to different elements, so your character will be looking for particular elements over others. I think that’s going to lead to some fascinating gameplay as you hunt and potentially trade for the elements you need, while your teammates may want other elements.

@hessan_yongdi says:

Another interesting aspect is of the game is curses. You don’t die in Clean-up Crew. Instead, hitting 0 hp places a curse on the Cleaner based on the Yin element of the monster that downed you.

@plural_dice says:

The sample Spells section is really cool and reading it gets you excited for the possibilities.
The scope of monsters is really fun but also what I really like about the monsters is the way they have a favoured Element, an Element they're vulnerable to and unique Drop conditions.

@AtlasArcane says:

I really enjoyed this games approach to magic: The Cleaners use special devices called enerQi-Blasters. These devices help them to channel Qi and make use of Paper Talisman to perform spells, created from the elemental energy that players collect from defeating enemies.

@TheGatesofTruth says:

[C]haracters are not defenseless, and they have ways to kick some ass and survive: weapons and spells.

@caderaspindrift says:

Clean-up crews aren't SUBTLE, they go in and GET THE JOB DONE
blast your PAPER TALISMAN with ELEMENT ENERGY --wood, fire, earth, metal, or water -- and stand back and watch the fireworks go off!
i'm not saying you HAVE to use this game system to play GHOST BUSTERS IN THE SEVENTEEN FIFTIES, but i'm just saying you CAN

@ttrpgencounters says:

Awesome game by WuDe RPG. He builds on an already existing world he created in Mariann: Soul Detective and using the Lumen system makes a fast paced and fun experience butt kicking cultists and supernatural creatures.

@ickbat says:

if you think an early 19th century, elemental-themed supernatural looter shooter #ttrpg might be your thing, check it out!

Media Coverage:

Clean-Up Crew on the Cool Crowdfunding Show with Garmbreak1

Clean-Up Crew on the Wooblies & Wizards Podcast by Logar The Barbarian

Lincense:

This game is Illuminated by LUMEN, based on the LUMEN RPG system designed by Spencer Campbell, Gila RPGs. This game is in no way affiliated with Spencer Campbell or Gila RPGs.


Clean-Up Crew uses the Water Mill icon by Caro Asercion, and the Orb direction icon  and Quill and ink icon by Lorc under CC-BY 3.0.

Purchase

Buy Now$15.00 USD or more

In order to download this power fantasy you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $15 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Clean-Up Crew Landscape.pdf 16 MB
Clean-Up Crew Landscape Pages.pdf 16 MB
Clean-Up Crew - Early Bird.pdf 1 MB
Playbooks.pdf 2 MB
Clean-Up Crew A5 Cleaners.pdf 108 kB

Special Rewards

Support this power fantasy at or above a special price point to receive something exclusive.

I need some art!

Artists deserve the price they are asking for their work. In order to gain enough funds for artwork, we are itchfunding this project.

With this deal, you toss some extra coins our way, so we can get the kick-ass artwork this game deserves!

Create Your Own Weapon

Back us at this tier and get the opportunity to create your very own weapon we will put it into the game - with your name and everything!

You will get the chance sit down with us and talk about your idea and how it works with the five Elements!

This is really cool! That's why there's only 5 of them!

(if you backed us before this reward was revealed, DM me and we will figure something out!)

Monster Mania

For a limited time - you get the chance of your lifetime!

Back us at this tier and get the opportunity to create your very own monster we will put it into the game - with your name and everything!

You will get the chance sit down with us and talk about your idea and how it works with the five Elements!

This is really cool! That's why there's only 5 of them!

(if you backed us before this reward was revealed, DM me and we will figure something out!)

Play with the creator!

Throw some enormous cash at us and get the chance to play with us online! Simple as that!

You'll get to play a mini Campaign:

  • two messy cases with some downtime in between
  • 2-3 hours play time
  • 3-4 players

Community Copies

We strongly believe, that money should never stand in the way between you and a great game!

During our itchfunding campaign, we will make 2 Community Copies available for every 5 star rating we receive - on top of the Community Copies generated by each purchase!!

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What is Lumen exactly?

Hey! LUMEN is the system we use for the mechanics of Clean-Up Crew. You can find the System Reference Document (SRD) by Spencer Sample here.

LUMEN is created with the idea of simple rules and fast paced combat in mind. The idea is to bring the power fantasy style of video games like Destiny to your table and it works like a charm. You can easily have combat with waves of monsters that lasts only 1 hours of real time, because it is so simple and quick. Most sessions I played have been between 1 and 1-1/2 hours, but if you want to turn your game into multiple sessions with an overreaching arc, you can easily do that as well.

Thank you!

With every update I get more excited about the Artisan Version! Any chance we could see some teaser pictures!

You ask and we deliver!

Check out this overview over just some of the design in the book! You have every right to be excited!

This is f***ing rad!

Here is Garmbreak1 talking with Ralf (@wuderpg) about Clean-Up Crew!

I love the conceit of Clean-Up Crew: rad Cleaners burst through magical circles to rescue Soul Detectives when their latest case has turned messy! It's cool framing for action, and I can't wait to see what the itchfunded mini-campaign looks like!

I've got a little bit of a hype thread talking about some of the things I like about this game here.

Thanks for your kind words, Nick!

Love your Hype thread and the things you highlight there!

And just as you can't wait for the mini-campaign, I can't wait to work on it!

I'm a big fan of all the WuDe games but this one is especially cool. The collection of elements after defeating the monsters to be used  in play is excellent. I also was impressed that this game is a companion game to the Soul Detective game. While both can be played independently, it's a clever idea to place them both in the same game world. I highly recommend   "Kicking Ass" of some monsters as the Clean Up Crew!

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Thanks for your kind words for Clean-Up Crew and thanks for your shout-out to Mariann: Soul Detective!

Clean up crew is a game for players and a storyteller that heavily relies on a simple, but elegant, gameplay loop: a messy case happens, your crew is called to "kick ass" and after finishing the case, the characters get back to their HQ to have downtime, a much calmer sequence. 

 

Firstly, as said, this elegant gameplay loop will make the experience really clear but also makes reading the rules simple: the information is delivered in a logical order that facilitates their comprehension. 

 

Speaking of comprehension, the gameplay mechanics uses the LUMEN system (6-sided dice) with 3 different attributes: POWERS, PASSION and PATTERNS. However, what really feels like a core feature that will make the experience interesting, is the elements. 

 

There are five of them: wood, fire, earth, metal, water. Each enemy can have an element but what is cool about the game design here is the fact that when characters die, the consequence will be different according to the element. Indeed, characters will get cursed, curse that can either be controlled or not, and that bring really great complications. 

 

However, characters are not defenseless, and they have ways to kick some ass and survive: weapons and spells. The latter one feels interesting, as it requires Qi to be cast, has an element and also what I feel like a "tag»: some spells will have solo effects, other area effect or lasting effects. That make the design of the spells understandable and usable quickly!

 

Finally, because the game focuses on fights, the rules feature a content warning and safety tools at the beginning. I like this, as it clearly is a great example of how the game was designed: as a fun and enjoyable experience for all players that engage in clean-up crew! 

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Thank you for this beautiful review and your kind words!

I did a Hypeswap with WuDe reviewing Clean-up Crew. I found it interesting and an inspired mix of their Elemental Dice system and the LUMEN SRD!

Feel free to look at the full review here!

Thanks for your amazing review and your support!

A fast-paced and exciting take on another, more contemplative game! I love the pairing of this and Mariann: Soul Detective! Having a game for gently ushering souls to the afterlife and another game for kicking their asses is absolutely inspired.
Definitely pick this game up, hopefully while it's itchfunding.

Thanks for the kind words and your amazing review on Twitter!