$2,026
pledged of $2,500 goal
30
backers
7days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, July 28 2018 4:22 PM UTC +00:00.

$2,026
pledged of $2,500 goal
30
backers
7days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, July 28 2018 4:22 PM UTC +00:00.

About

Of Drow Origin is a story-centric D&D module that challenges role players, power-gamers, and new players in ways not typical for most one-shot D&D adventures due to its PVP nature without resorting to an arena-style brawl. I wrote the basics of the module before 5E officially launched and fell in love with the way different people played the characters and the immediate requests by the players to play in it again. With the way each group embodied the characters with personalities and quirks different than the last, I knew I had a hit. People encouraged me to publish the module and in 2016 I ran a Kickstarter project to do just that. 

After my success with the module, and with so much focus on the characters, I felt compelled to take them to the next level by creating their likenesses as metal miniatures. I lined up some of my personal favorite sculptors in the industry and started the process.

There are some projects you back because the name of the manufacturer is familiar and comfortable; this is not one of those projects. This project is created as a work of passion by "some guy with an idea" and that passion is reflected in the quality seen in the product. If you're looking for a way to encourage creative endeavors and the artists behind them then this is one of those projects you shouldn't pass up. 

I recorded a 4-player version of the game with my friends at One Shot podcast. You can check out this link to give it a listen!

Part 1 http://oneshotpodcast.com/podcasts/one-shot/260-of-drow-origin-part-1/

Part 2 http://oneshotpodcast.com/podcasts/one-shot/261-of-drow-origin-part-2/

The core sculpts for this project were completed by Bobby Jackson, Micah Nichols, and Jason Wiebe. All miniatures are cast in 28mm high quality lead-free pewter. Taken within the context of the story, these characters are remarkable additions but easily stand alone as cast members of your own story.

 All miniatures come unpainted, but I asked a fantastic painter and friend, Dan Engle, to put his talent to use. Below are a few of those results. 

 A few years ago a friend of mine asked me to run Of Drow Origin for his bachelor party (yes, fellow nerds, you should be jealous) and I built a version of Sorn Manor (the setting for the game) out of Hirst bricks for the occasion. Unfortunately we didn't have these miniatures at the time but I was very excited to use it as a backdrop for these pictures today!

Your funding and support is what makes Kickstarter a successful venue for creative types to inject new ideas into the world. Below are the tier levels and what you should expect from each. All backers will have the option to purchase the minis or printed copies of the map and module as add ons. 

Supporter: This is the tier if you are not interested in any physical rewards or just want access to purchase single items as add-ons.  

Gamer: This is the best tier if you love to paint or play your games with minis. You will receive:

  • one copy of every miniature produced in this project including the Core Set and all unlocked Stretch Goals
  • a pair of dice made for this proejct

Collector: This is the perfect tier if you missed the last Kickstarter and want to participate at the highest level. You will receive: 

  • one copy of every miniature produced in this project including the Core Set and all unlocked Stretch Goals
  • a printed copy of the Of Drow Origin game module signed by the author, Character Profiles and Item Cards (these make great player aides!), a pair of dice made for this project, and a beautifully printed vinyl map of Sorn Manor (48 x 33")
  • your name added to the backer list of the second printing of this module 
  • the opportunity to submit an NPC as one of the wedding guests in the second printing of this module (an exclusive reward for this tier)

After unlocking the Core Set, Stretch Goals will be unlocked. 

Hooch: The lovable Mastiff has been best friend and protector for Mahari her whole life. In either a devious manipulation, or an unfortunate accident Hooch becomes transformed into a gruesome nightmare abomination.

Malistra's Pet: A cleric of the Underworld, Malistra's preferred companion is this hideous spider that draws fear into minions and enemies alike. 

 These are available for purchase by any backer. Please add the total amount of your add-on rewards to your pledge. These will also be available in the Pledge Manager after the project ends. 

The Costs

The funding goal goes to pay the artists and designers that helped create the project as well as production costs and other promotional expenses.

Shipping and Fulfillment 

Shipping will be collected through the pledge manager and will be based on actual costs. Please do not include funds to cover your postage payment in the pledge. Since Kickstarter and other fees are based on the total pledges adding this money means you would end up paying about 10% more for shipping than necessary.

I'm thrilled to be using Effincool Miniatures for casting and fulfillment of the miniatures, DriveThroughRPG for card and print on demand services, and Maps by Mars for the beautiful vinyl maps. 

Risks and challenges

I have already created three Kickstarter projects, of which only one has funded. You might even realize that this Kickstarter looks remarkably like the one started and not funded back in 2017. So then why do I expect this project to be successful?

After funding the Of Drow Origin module, I was excited to get the minis launched purely because of my love for this game. A lot of my own money had already been invested in paying for sculpts and I thought a quick launch would keep the emotional momentum going. Unfortunately, it was really just bad timing for me personally.

At the same time I was working on fulfillment of my last project my wife and I were knee-deep in the process of launching a real business that follows a dream we've had for many years to make our own unique small-batch loose-leaf tea blends. Within days of launching this project my wife put her office job behind her to start this new adventure.

The transition from two incomes to one fixed income and a new business income was scary but we were committed to making it work. A lot of attention was devoted to learning about permits, licensing, taxes, inventory management and customer demand - all things that we had no practical experience with that research could not fully prepare us to handle in the real world. As a result of the whirlwind of change set upon us, the fact that I had even launched a Kickstarter project was all but forgotten.

With the initial bumps overcome, we found our groove. Now she does all the hard work and I get to taste test and come up with nerdy names. For the last year and a half we have built this business successfully and the path to reaching that goal is well on its way. If you are so interested we'd love for you to check us out at Casting Whimsy on social media and at www.castingwhimsy.com.

So what makes this time different?

1. I don't have the distraction of major life changing events going on presently.

2. I continue to run Of Drow Origin at gaming conventions with wild success and raving reviews. I even had the opportunity to record the session with One Shot podcast, which is airing concurrent with the relaunch of this project. I have met so many wonderful people in various parts of the gaming industry that have offered me advice and beyond.

A special thanks goes out to John Popson who been an invaluable friend and adviser. Though his company, EffinCoolMiniatures, he has run several successful projects. I am partnering with him for direction as well as casting and fulfillment of the miniatures. Furthermore, these will be available in his store after successfully funding here.

3. One of the big feedback elements I received after the last project was that I was making the reward tiers too complex. I have slimmed them down to ensure simplicity and, with fewer levers to pull, I was able to see the costs more clearly. The result is that the project is now easier to fund and still allows room for some really great stretch goal rewards.

The nine core characters are already sculpted, molded, cast and test models have been painted. Even the planned stretch goals are very much within reach or already under way.

In addition, the first printing of the adventure module around which this game is based is already written and published and available for sale on DriveThroughRPG. The second printing that will be offered with the Collector tier will provide the opportunity to enhance the already existing product to become even better than it was.

With laser focus and solid planning I am ready to launch another successful project!

Since the sculpts are already done, why do I need a kickstarter?

I am exceptionally passionate about this game. I run it as often as I can and believe the only reason it isn't more popular is because people have not heard of it before. Those that have played it understand why I love to run it and how replayable the adventure really is.

I have more ideas to make projects like this regularly but I cannot afford to self-fund all my ideas. The money from this project will be used to pay for more art and sculpts within the scope of this project and beyond.

Thank you for your support! Maybe one day this little hobby can become something more.

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