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Dragon Kings is a new fantasy game world conceived and presented in fiction, art, and music simultaneously by Timothy Brown.

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FEATURED UPDATE: More Crowdfunding, Add-Ons, and a Retailer Level!

More Crowdfunding: Good news Dragon Kings fans, after the Kickstarter period is over we'll be continuing crowdfunding on our website until January 1st. All money collected during the Kickstarter and our home site campaign will be combined for purposes of the stretch goals. 

This means we'll most certainly hit the 13th Age stretch goal and likely more! Pledge early for the best deals, because when the official Kickstarter campaign is over all future pledges will be subject to shipping charges for physical products.

Add-Ons: You've asked for them, so here are all physical items available for add-ons. Just increase your pledge (check out shipping charges below) and after the Kickstarter we'll send out a survey so you can tell us what you ordered.

  • World Book (Print), $39.99  
  • Game Screen with New Dune Marauders Adventure (Print), $12.99  
  • Gazetteer(Print), $19.99  
  • CD (Physical), $12.99  
  • Poster Map (Print), $7.99
  • Cover Poster(Print), $7.99  
  • Dice Set, $9.99  
  • Savage Worlds Rules Supplement (Print), $12.99  
  • Pathfinder Rules Supplement (Print), $12.99
  • 13th Age Rules Supplement (Print), $12.99

Add any of these ‘add-on’ items for the prices listed to any pledge level that already receives physical items for no additional postage charge!

To add these ‘add-ons’ to any other pledge level, please also include $9.99 for US postage, $19.99 for Canadian postage, or $29.99 for other International postage (regardless of the number of add-ons added; this postage not subject to the International Backer Rebate)

Newly added RETAILER PLEDGE LEVEL: 

  • 4x Dragon Kings World Books, (MSRP $39.99ea) 
  • 4x Dragon Kings Game Screen with New Dune Marauders Adventure, (MSRP $12.99ea) 
  • 2x The Gazetteer (print), (MSRP $19.99ea) 
  • 2x CDs, (MSRP $12.99ea) 
  • 4x Poster Maps (print), (MSRP $7.99ea) 
  • 2x Cover Posters (print), (MSRP $7.99ea)
  •  2x Dragon Kings Dice Set, (MSRP $9.99ea) 
  • 2x Savage Worlds PDF Rules Supplement (print) (MSRP $12.99ea) 
  • 2x Pathfinder PDF Rules Supplement (print) (MSRP $12.99ea) 

Total: $397.76
Retailer Pledge Level Price: $238 

Plus shipping: Domestic US Shipping $20.00 (included)
Canada Shipping: Add $40
Other International Shipping: Add $60.00

Khitus is a world in decline. New heroes must emerge to challenge the wicked before all is lost …

The benevolent Dragon Kings who once ruled over Khitus have inexplicably vanished, leaving once-powerful nations at the mercy of foul creatures unchecked. Cold Skins and Krikis grow numerous and bold. Desperate cities of the Old Countries struggle against savage marauders who stalk ever closer to their crumbling walls. Ancient wizard schools guard their tomes more jealously than ever, essential to their dark sorcerous bargains, while the followers of a mysterious prophet rekindle the magic-that-is-not-magic. The essential materials of life and civilization are being ruthlessly plundered by the mysterious Pretenders in their Black Fortress, leaving the southern lands, especially, in dire straits.

Adventurers must face the wrath of a violent world to not only survive but to right these wrongs, protect the innocent, seek the fate of the Dragon Kings, and reintroduce some semblance of justice to a world on the brink of destruction.

Dragon Kings is a new fantasy game world conceived and presented in fiction, art, and music simultaneously by Timothy Brown, co-creator of Dark Sun and 2300AD.

The Dragon Kings project is growing all the time. Listen to new song clips as they’re released, see new art and maps, and discover the expanding lore at http://www.dragonkingsproject.com

THE DRAGON KINGS TEAM

Timothy Brown, Dragon Kings’ creator, has said “this is my spiritual successor to Dark Sun.” He is a writer, songwriter, and performer on the project.

He has recruited a talented team to contribute to the project including but not limited to...

Artists and Cartographers: Thomas Babbey, Thomas M. Baxa, Brom, Diesel, Thomas Denmark, Alyssa Faden

Musicians: Frank Klepacki, Mark Stevens, Mike Stone

Game Designers and Editors: Ricardo Bianconi, Tom Cadorette, Darren W. Pearce, Thomas M. Reid

Short Story Authors and Editors: Jamie Chambers, Jeff Grubb, Shane Hensley, James Lowder, Colin McComb, Don Perrin, Jean Rabe, Steven Schend, Stan!, James M. Ward, Steve Winter

Community & PR Manager: Mathew Anderson

Social Media Manager: Robert Adducci

They have impressive resumes. Check them and others out on the Dragon Kings website at:

http://www.dragonkingsproject.com/bios

THE REWARDS

Dragon Kings World Book

This single 160-page hardcover volume (or PDF) presents Khitus, the world of Dragon Kings, as a complete role-playing game setting. It describes all the important nations and rulers, its guilds and sects, its landscapes and monsters -- everything heroes must confront and deal with as they adventure across this formidable, desert world. The book is expertly written with full-color illustrations and maps from the experienced Dragon Kings Team.

The Dragon Kings World Book is rules agnostic. The information within can be used with different gaming systems, so you can use your favorite mechanics to play! Anyone who gets the World Book (in either PDF or hardback format) also gets all the different PDF Rules Supplements – these two are available to everyone on publication, and more rules systems may become available as Stretch Goals (see below).

Any backer who receives the World Book (print or PDF) as a reward will all receive free the Savage Worlds and Pathfinder PDF Rules Supplements, as well as any other PDF Rules Supplements unlocked as Stretch Goals (such as 13th Age, Fate, and possibly others).

Savage Worlds PDF Rules Supplement

A complimentary PDF with all the rules and stats to enjoy Dragon Kings as a Savage Worlds role-playing campaign (free with purchase of the World Book).

The Savage Worlds PDF Rules Supplement will be available free to all backers who also receive the World Book (either print or PDF) reward, regardless of their pledge level.

Pathfinder PDF Rules Supplement

A complimentary PDF with all the rules and stats to enjoy Dragon Kings as a Pathfinder role-playing campaign (free with purchase of the World Book).

The Pathfinder PDF Rules Supplement will be available free to all backers who also receive the World Book (either print or PDF) reward, regardless of their pledge level.

Dragon Kings Concept Album

Dragon Kings’ 12-song CD (or set of mp3s) concept album that follows the story of one intrepid hero across the face of Khitus. Each progressive metal rock song reveals the next step in his adventures and reveals a portion of the Dragon Kings universe in a unique, epic format. Experience the world of Dragon Kings as only music can convey!

Dragon Kings Gazetteer Book

This album-sized (11.5 x 11.5-inch), softcover book brings the Dragon Kings world to life. Each two-page spread presents the details of one song from the concept album, featuring large-format art and maps connected to that portion of the story, with lyrics and additional lore. The Gazetteer is ideal as a player handout during game play and as a companion follow-along piece when listening to the album.

Exclusive Cover Poster

A beautiful 24 x 32-inch poster of the iconic Dragon Kings painting by Brom!

Exclusive Poster Map

Note: The image here is only representative; the final poster art is in progress.

An exquisite 32 x 24-inch poster map of Khitus, the world of Dragon Kings, drawn by renowned cartographer Alyssa Faden!

Dragon Kings Game Screen with New Dune Marauders Adventure

A tri-fold, hardcover stock 8.5 x 32-inch game screen featuring game tables appropriate for any role-playing ruleset on one side and terrific art from Brom and Thomas Denmark on the other, with a 16-page adventure that introduces players to several key metaplots.

Dragon Kings Dice Set

Chessex dice in Khitus-sand yellow with customized Wild Die (latter for Savage Worlds play).

DELIVERY DATES

The physical copies and PDFs of all items should ship in March 2014 and be in your hands no later than April 2014.

Most of the design and art is already done. The Kickstarter is to help with the printing and some of the additional products.

TABLE OF PLEDGE LEVELS

GRAPHIC REPRESENTATION OF PLEDGE LEVELS

Listener

CD Collector

Digital Gamer (NEW!)

Music Fan

Gamer of Khitus (NEW!)

Ultimate Music Fan

Bard of Khitus

Digital Dragon Kings Fan

Warrior of Khitus

Champion Gamer of Khitus (NEW!)

Champion of Khitus

Game Master

Complete Dragon Kings Fan, Angry Villager of Khitus, Loremaster of Khitus, Dragon King, Dragon Lord, Dragon Lord of GenCon 2014, and Bard of the Dragon Lords

Additionally, these pledge levels carry these additional rewards:

Angry Villager of Khitus: Your voice will be recorded and included as part of crowd noise on the Dragon Kings album, and you will be credited as such. (Backer is responsible for securing a professional voice recording and working within provided script.)

Loremaster of Khitus: You get to contribute a monster, nemesis, or location that will be added to the world of Khitus. (Backer must work within guidelines provided.)

Dragon King: One of our artists will create an original, digital piece of art for your Dragon Kings character. (Backer must work within guidelines provided and be approved by the art director.)

Dragon Lord: One of our artists will create an original, digital piece of art for your Dragon Kings character, plus you get an invitation to play in an online Savage Worlds game session run by Timothy Brown via Google+. (Backer must work within guidelines provided and be able to participate in one of three game events to be scheduled.)

Dragon Lord of GenCon 2014: One of our artists will create an original, digital piece of art for your Dragon Kings character, you get an invitation to play in a face-to-face Savage Worlds game session run by Timothy Brown at GenCon 2014 in Indianapolis and post-game dinner. (Backer must work within guidelines provided. Reward does not confer travel to, accommodations at, or entrance into the convention.)

Bard of the Dragon Lords: The opportunity to record a rhythm instrument or background vocal track to be included on the Dragon Kings album, including Google+ coaching session with Mike Stone (formerly of Queensryche) and Timothy Brown (formerly of Head East), including full credit on the appropriate track. (Backer is responsible for securing a professional recording and working within provided guidelines.)

Soldier-Spy retains final approval on presentation of all pledge goal contributions.

STRETCH GOALS: MINIATURES ADD-ONS & DIGITAL EXTRAS

The Dragon Kings Kickstarter has just one add-on: the miniatures sets that unlock one at a time per the schedule below.

All of the other stretch goals are digital extras (additional songs, soundtracks, and sound effects delivered as MP3s or additional adventures, rules supplements, and short stories delivered as PDFs).

You will automatically get all the appropriate stretch goal extras FOR FREE if you join the Kickstarter and when we hit certain milestones. No additional action is required on your part - we'll take care of everything.

An opportunity will be presented at the end of the Kickstarter to purchase any unlocked add-ons or additional reward items.

All Stretch Goal PDF Rules Supplements unlocked will be available free to all backers who also receive the World Book (either print or PDF) reward. That includes 13th Age and Fate, if they are unlocked, and any others added and subsequently unlocked to this Kickstarter.

Stretch Goal Unlocks for all backers (except Digital Gamer, Gamer of Khitus, and Champion Gamer of Khitus):

ACHIEVED AS OF 10/21/13: The “Black Fortress Falls” Song Trilogy. A three-song extension of the Dragon Kings concept album as MP3s only.

Stretch Goal Unlocks for Digital Dragon Kings Fan backers and for Champion Gamer of Khitus backers and above:

ACHIEVED AS OF 11/12/13 $36,000: 13th Age PDF Rules Supplement (PDF). All the rules and stats to play Dragon Kings using the 13th Age rules.

When unlocked, the 13th Age PDF Rules Supplement will be available free to all backers who also receive the World Book (either print or PDF) reward, regardless of their pledge level.

NOW $39,000: “Sorcery’s Wrath” Adventure (PDF). A 16-page adventure with rules for every unlocked rules system.

NOW $48,000: “The Bright Face of Khitus” Short Story Trio (ebook, PDF, and digital audio). Three short stories from different authors on the Dragon Kings Team, as PDFs and MP3 audiobooks, as well as e-book formats.

NOW $56,000: “Heroes of Khitus” Miniatures Set 1. An add-on set of 6 different Dragon Kings player characters, available for separate purchase.

NOW $63,000: FATE system PDF Rules Supplement (PDF). All the rules and stats to play Dragon Kings using the FATE rules.

When unlocked, the Fate PDF Rules Supplement will be available free to all backers who also receive the World Book (either print or PDF) reward, regardless of their pledge level.

NOW $66,000: “The Prophet’s Path” Adventure (PDF). A 16-page adventure with rules for every unlocked rules system.

NOW $75,000: “Tales of the Three Empires” Short Story Trio (ebook, PDF, and digital audio). Three short stories from different authors on the Dragon Kings Team, as PDFs and MP3 audiobooks, as well as e-book formats.

NOW $83,000: “Enemies of Khitus” Miniatures Set 2. An add-on set of 6 different Dragon Kings foes and monsters, available for separate purchase.

FEATURED UPDATE: INTERNATIONAL BACKER REBATE

The rebate can be taken in one of two options at the end of the Kickstarter for international backers who are getting the printed World Book as part of their rewards:

1) Cash Rebate Option. International backers get a straight rebate after the Kickstarter concludes ($10 for most, or $20 for Canadian backers) -

OR

2) Bonus Rebate in Add-Ons Option: International backers can take an additional $10 greater than that amount in add-ons (such as print versions of the PDF rules supplements, miniatures, poster maps or other products).

Risks and challenges

Timothy Brown and the Dragon Kings team have been producing roleplaying games and supplements since 1981. Like any creative project, however, something could happen to the principals that could slow or halt production of the game for a while.

Dragon Kings and the Dragon Kings logo are trademarks of Soldier-Spy LLC. Savage Worlds and the Savage Worlds logo are trademarks of Pinnacle Entertainment Group. Pathfinder and the Pathfinder logo are trademarks of Paizo, Inc. 13th Age and the 13th Age logo are trademarks of Pelgrane Press, Ltd. Fate and the Fate logo are trademarks of Evil Hat Productions. Dark Sun is a trademark of Wizards of the Coast LLC, a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc.

Dragon Kings ©2013 Soldier-Spy LLC.

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    LISTENER: The 12-song Dragon Kings album MP3s and a PDF of the Dragon Kings Gazetteer. Also includes the “Black Fortress Falls” three-song additional mp3 set if that Stretch Goal unlocks as part of the Kickstarter. Listeners (and all higher pledge level backers) will also be listed in the Special Thanks section of the Dragon Kings website.

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    CD COLLECTOR: The 12-song Dragon Kings album CD (in jewel case) as well as the MP3s, and the PDF version of the Dragon Kings Gazetteer book. Also includes free US shipping and the “Black Fortress Falls” three-song additional mp3 set if that Stretch Goal unlocks as part of the Kickstarter.

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    DIGITAL GAMER: The PDF version of the Dragon Kings World Book, the PDF version of the Gazetteer, and the PDF version of the Exclusive Poster Map, both the Pathfinder and Savage Worlds PDF rules supplements plus all other unlocked Rules Supplement PDFs.

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    MUSIC FAN: The 12-song Dragon Kings album CD (in jewel case) as well as the MP3s, plus MP3s of all 12 songs as instrumental soundtracks, and the print and PDF versions of the Gazetteer book. Also includes free US shipping and the “Black Fortress Falls” three-song additional mp3 set if that Stretch Goal unlocks as part of the Kickstarter.

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    GAMER OF KHITUS: The print and PDF versions of the Dragon Kings World Book, the PDF version of the Gazetteer, and the PDF version of the Exclusive Poster Map, both the Pathfinder and Savage Worlds PDF rules supplements plus all other unlocked Rules Supplement PDFs. Includes free US shipping.

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    ULTIMATE MUSIC FAN: As MUSIC FAN, plus the Exclusive Cover Poster, and your CD will be autographed by recording musicians Timothy Brown and Mike Stone! Also includes free US shipping and the “Black Fortress Falls” three-song additional mp3 set if that Stretch Goal unlocks as part of the Kickstarter.

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    BARD OF KHITUS: As ULTIMATE MUSIC FAN, plus the World Book PDF with the Pathfinder and Savage Worlds PDF rules supplements. Also includes free US shipping and the “Black Fortress Falls” three-song additional mp3 set if that Stretch Goal unlocks as part of the Kickstarter.

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    37 backers

    DIGITAL DRAGON KINGS FAN:

    The 12-song Dragon Kings album MP3s, as well as the MP3s of all 12 songs as instrumental soundtracks, the PDF version of the World Book, both the Pathfinder and Savage Worlds PDF rules supplements, and the PDF version of the Gazetteer book, the PDF versions of the Game Screen and the New Dune Marauders adventure, and the PDF version of the Exclusive Poster Map. Also includes any digital extras unlocked via the Kickstarter.

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    24 backers

    WARRIOR OF KHITUS: Print and PDF versions of the Dragon Kings World Book, both the Pathfinder and Savage Worlds PDF rules supplements, the print and PDF versions of the Gazetteer book, as well as the Dragon Kings album MP3s. Also includes free US shipping and the “Black Fortress Falls” three-song additional mp3 set if that Stretch Goal unlocks as part of the Kickstarter.

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    23 backers

    CHAMPION GAMER OF KHITUS: The print and PDF versions of the Dragon Kings World Book, the print and PDF versions of the Gazetteer book, plus the print and PDF versions of the Exclusive Poster Map, and the print version of the Exclusive Cover Poster, both the Pathfinder and Savage Worlds PDF rules supplements plus all unlocked Rules Supplement PDFs. Also includes free US shipping and any digital extras unlocked via the Kickstarter.

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    15 backers

    CHAMPION OF KHITUS: The 12-song Dragon Kings album CD (in jewel case) as well as the MP3s, plus MP3s of all 12 songs as instrumental soundtracks, the Exclusive Cover Poster, the print and PDF versions of the Dragon Kings World Book, both the Pathfinder and Savage Worlds PDF rules supplements, the print and PDF versions of the Gazetteer book, plus the print and PDF versions of the Exclusive Poster Map. Also includes free US shipping and any digital extras unlocked via the Kickstarter.

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    71 backers

    GAME MASTER: As CHAMPION OF KHITUS, plus the Dragon Kings Game Screen (tri-fold, hardbound, print and PDF versions) with the New Dune Marauders adventure (16 pages, print and PDF), and a set of beautiful dice in Khitus-sand yellow with customized Wild Die (latter for Savage Worlds play). Also includes free US shipping and any digital extras unlocked via the Kickstarter.

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    40 backers

    COMPLETE DRAGON KINGS FAN: As GAME MASTER, and your World Book will be autographed by Timothy Brown, your Dragon Kings CD will be autographed by Timothy Brown and Mike Stone, and your Exclusive Cover Poster will be autographed by Brom! Also includes free US shipping and any digital extras unlocked via the Kickstarter.

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    ANGRY VILLAGER OF KHITUS: As COMPLETE DRAGON KINGS FAN, plus your voice will be recorded and included as crowd noise on the Dragon Kings album.

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    4 backers Limited (8 left of 12)

    LOREMASTER OF KHITUS: As COMPLETE DRAGON KINGS FAN, plus we’ll work with you to contribute a monster, nemesis, or location that will be added to the world of Khitus.

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    DRAGON KING: As COMPLETE DRAGON KINGS FAN, plus one of our artists will create an original, digital piece of art for YOUR Dragon Kings character.

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    2 backers

    RETAILER: For qualified retailers only:
    4x Dragon Kings World Books, (MSRP $39.99ea)
    4x Dragon Kings Game Screen with New Dune Marauders Adventure, (MSRP $12.99ea)
    2x The Gazetteer (print), (MSRP $19.99ea)
    2x CDs, (MSRP $12.99ea)
    4x Poster Maps (print), (MSRP $7.99ea)
    2x Cover Posters (print), (MSRP $7.99ea)
    2x Dragon Kings Dice Set, (MSRP $9.99ea)
    2x Savage Worlds PDF Rules Supplement (print) (MSRP $12.99ea)
    2x Pathfinder PDF Rules Supplement (print) (MSRP $12.99ea)

    Total: $397.76
    Retailer Pledge Level Price: $218.76

    Plus shipping:
    Domestic US Shipping $20.00 (included)
    Canada Shipping: Add $40
    Other International Shipping: Add $60.00

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    DRAGON LORD: As DRAGON KING, plus you get an invitation to play in an online game session run by Timothy Brown (via Google+). Game sessions to occur April through June 2014.

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    DRAGON LORD OF GENCON 2014: As DRAGON KING, plus you get a seat at a face-to-face game session run by Timothy Brown at GenCon 2014 in Indianapolis (Game sessions to occur April through June 2014. Prize does not confer travel to, accommodations at, or entrance into the convention) with post-game dinner for review and discussion.

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    BARD OF THE DRAGON LORDS: As COMPLETE DRAGON KINGS FAN, plus the opportunity to record a rhythm instrument or background vocal track to be included on the Dragon Kings album, including Google+ coaching session with Mike Stone (formerly of Queensryche) and Timothy Brown (formerly of Head East), and including full credit on the appropriate track (see restrictions).

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Funding period

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