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The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, January 19 2018 3:50 PM UTC +00:00

About

Greetings explorer, welcome to our domain!

We are Windmill Slam Games, a tiny Dutch company dedicated to writing and producing content to enrich your roleplaying experience. You have found our very first project on Kickstarter: The On the Shoulder of Heroes campaign setting. On The Shoulders of Heroes is intended for use with the 3.5 edition of the world's most popular roleplaying game and systems based on it, but due to its informative nature it could easily be used with any fantasy RPG-system. It is inspired by old school roleplaying games, traditional fantasy, Germanic and Japanese mythology. It is based on the idea that the world was built by the great deeds of great people – both good and evil.  

Most art (including the cover) by the talented Eoghan Kerrigan
Most art (including the cover) by the talented Eoghan Kerrigan

The complete book is close to 230 pages. It features 12 new and redesigned races, class descriptions, new feats and language rules, a whole continent with 8 countries in great detail, 19 new and redesigned deities, trade rules, new items and weapons, 23 new magic items and artifacts, new and redesigned monsters, 9 specially crafted NPC heroes and suggestions on how they might fit into your campaign. It is beautifully illustrated in gray-scale by 4 talented artists and is bound in a sturdy hard cover. We've uploaded some previews for you here: http://bit.ly/2Bd4b78

The book is designed to teach you everything you need to know to about the continent of Bellög and its inhabitants, its history and state of affairs. Everything is designed to be intuitive, to make you feel right at home, but with small twists and redesigns that keep you wondering. It pays homage to the rich history of fantasy and D&D. 

Your support will help us to cover printing and production costs and to get started on future projects (that will further expand on the setting). We want to publish materials on a regular basis and for multiple gaming systems. If worlds are being explored we want ours to be among them! By supporting us you are making an investment in a company for gamers by gamers.

Production and Distribution

Large companies print immense batches of books in low-income countries. We print and produce in the Netherlands, not in low-income countries, so we spend more on printing and production. This a deliberate choice on our part, as it allows us to monitor the printing process from up close. We deal with reliable people who deliver high quality products. Our books will be delivered on time and, if treated with care, will last a lifetime. We value quality and reliability above all else: you will get what you have paid for, on time!

Everything is processed and shipped locally from our HQ in the Netherlands. For now we want to keep our enterprise small and avoid having to deal with third parties that could complicate things. Shipping costs are included in the price stated in the tier list. We ship worldwide and with insurance.

Stretch Goals

We introduce the following stretch goals as free digital downloads on our website:  

1. Gamlelaw & Calendar – The ancient law of the continent in splendid detail and a calendar with all notable OTSOH holidays and festivities. (5.500€)  

2. Introduction adventure – An introduction adventure by OTSOH's creators. (6.500€)  

3. Art book – Digital compilation of art featured in the book, with designers notes. Includes some art that didn't make it to the final version of the book. (7.500€)  

Stretch goals might be available/delivered at a later time than other products.

Are you ready to begin your journey?
Are you ready to begin your journey?

Risks and challenges

This is our first Kickstarter project and we've gone through great lengths to ensure that you will receive products of the highest quality. Work on our book is completed and the final product will be printed by a local printing company in Amsterdam. Test prints of the book have come out great and we are certain that the final print of our book will grace your table for decades to come. We have not been able to receive test product from other suppliers, but as they are local as well we are confident of their ability to deliver materials that meet our expectations. Orders will be placed as soon as possible to allow for an ample time margin for delivery.

We are situated in the Netherlands and we have access to top quality infrastructure and worldwide shipping. That being said, the end of the year is the busiest time for postal services. We have therefore decided to start shipping in February of 2018. As these are more quiet times for the postal services we hope that this will ensure a safe and quick journey for your book and goodies.

Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any specific questions regarding our product or company.

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    Pledge €1 or more About $1.15

    Hireling

    You've made a useful contribution to our adventure. Thanks for your help!

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    Pledge €15 or more About $17

    Young Hero

    We will put you on the front line and you'll probably have to volunteer for watch duty. Get ready to explore the continent of Bellög!

    You will receive a digital (pdf) version of the book.

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    Pledge €55 or more About $63

    Hero

    You'll receive a full share of treasure and we will not encourage you to use your familiar to test for traps.

    Your rewards: a hardcover copy of the book and an A3 poster map of the continent in full color. Includes insured shipping worldwide.

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    Pledge €80 or more About $92

    Viking

    You will travel with us as an honored guest. We'll look for traps and monsters and we'll keep watch so you can relax and take in the amazing scenery.

    If you come along with us on this tier you'll receive all previous reward tiers, a t-shirt and a unique set of 4 wooden D6 to roll up your character in style. Includes insured shipping worldwide.

    Includes:
    • Pdf download of the book
    • Your hardcover book signed by authors
    • A3 campaign map in full color
    • Your name included in the backer-list in the book
    • A special set of four wooden d6 to roll up your character
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    Pledge €100 or more About $115

    Jarl

    You bow to no man. You have proven yourself in battle time and time again. The people sing songs about your accomplishments and drink to your health.

    All previous reward tiers and an optional 20 minute Skype session with the creators. In this session you may ask us your questions or ask us for advice. Share your suggestions for expansions and upcoming projects! Or just talk to us about RPGs and gaming. Includes insured shipping worldwide.

    Includes:
    • Pdf download of the book
    • Your hardcover book signed by authors
    • A3 campaign map in full color
    • Your name included in the backer-list in the book
    • A special set of four wooden d6 to roll up your character
    • A cool t-shirt in your size
    • 20 minute Skype call with (one of the) creators
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    Pledge €125 or more About $144

    Minor Deity

    You have surpassed the limits of a mortal being and may count yourself among the immortal gods. People will gaze upon your visage and recognize your contribution.

    Includes an optional a 2 hour long session GMed by Joran and set in the OTSOH setting. At your preference the co-writer of the book, Daan, will play along as well. The setting will be hosted on Roll20. In addition and at your discretion a character based on your likeness or that of someone of your choice (within reason) will be featured in our next book (with special thanks). Includes insured shipping worldwide.

    Includes:
    • Pdf download of the book
    • Your hardcover book signed by authors
    • A3 campaign map in full color
    • Your name included in the backer-list in the book
    • A special set of four wooden d6 to roll up your character
    • A cool t-shirt in your size
    • Character based on your likeness in our next book
    • 2 hour online D&D session with the creators
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    Deity

    We applaud your dedication to our cause and wish to honor you with a great gift:
    A private 6-8 hour long session for you and up to 4 of your friends. At your preference the co-writer of the book, Daan, will play along as well. The session can be digital, or in person. We can travel in the Netherlands, but will only travel abroad if you are willing to provide lodging and will pay for our travel expenses. If the game is to be played digitally we can split it in two separate sessions. The language spoken during the session can be English or Dutch, whichever option you prefer.

    In addition, and at your discretion, a character based on your likeness or that of someone of your choice (within reason) will be featured as a full-page art piece in our next book on a full page (with special thanks). Includes insured shipping worldwide.

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    • Pdf download of the book
    • Two signed books with maps, two sets of dice and two shirts
    • Your name in the book (with special thanks)
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    • Private day long D&D session
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Funding period

- (30 days)