About this project
Table Titans is an ongoing online comic by Scott Kurtz that chronicles the adventures of Val Bronzebottom and her friends Alan, Andrew, and Darby as they embark on adventures at and away from the gaming table. The comic started in January 2013 and is currently in its second season. The purpose of this Kickstarter is to collect the first season of Table Titans into an elegant KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE hardcover book, for our fans who have shown us amazing support over the debut of our comic and for anyone who has just discovered us!
Table Titans celebrates the stories and memories we create with our friends while role-playing and is a love letter to the greatest role-playing game of all time, Dungeons and Dragons.
WHAT IF I'VE NEVER PLAYED D&D... OR ANY OTHER ROLEPLAYING GAME?! WILL I STILL LIKE THIS COMIC??
If you like high adventure, swords and sorcery, action, drama, comics, laughing and a whole lot of fun then Table Titans is for you! It DOESN'T MATTER if you've played D&D! No... seriously, it doesn't matter but don't be surprised if you makes you want to try it out! Whether you're a hardened RPG vet, a casual reader with a slight interest in the game, or if you think the whole thing is plain hooey, Table Titans, or any roleplaying game, is about telling good stories!
TELL ME MORE ABOUT THIS BOOK!
Table Titans Volume 1: First Encounters is already finished and ready to print. In fact, If you like, you can go read the entire story right now online! Table Titans has already started its second major storyline, with a new page being posted online every Tuesday and Thursday.
Table Titans Volume 1: First Encounters collects season one of the Dungeons and Dragons inspired webcomic in print for the first time! This will be an oversized, full-color, action packed adventure featuring KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE cover treatment. That's right, the retail editions of Table Titans Volume 1: First Encounters will look completely different than the Kickstarter editions and you can only get the Kickstarter editions by being a backer!
When we first started the comic a year ago we had no idea the outpouring of love we'd receive from fans of the comic. Ever since we wrapped up the first season we've been getting asked about a print edition. So much so that it became clear to us that we NEEDED to Kickstart this book. Because alone we could print these comics but TOGETHER we can make a tome worthy of our fans!
UMMM... THAT BOOK LOOKS PRETTY NORMAL, HARDLY A "TOME" WORTH OF MY ILLUSTRIOUS BOOKSHELF!
Notice that "Designs Not Final" asterisk at the bottom there? That's because the book isn't designed yet. You see, if we'd done a design it's be a good book but with your help we can make it a great book. Our very first stretch goal features book design by the award-winning designer of the Scott Pilgrim and Sixth Gun series, Keith Wood!
UPDATE: Standard Edition Mockup from Keith Wood! (not-final)
Because our backers are amazing we funded almost immediately and got Keith started right away. He's already sent us a 3D mockup of the Standard Edition book! Please note that the art is not final but this is very close to what the cover and interior design will look like. We're hoping to have a mockup of the Deluxe Edition soon!
UPDATE: Deluxe Edition Concept Mockup from Keith Wood! (not-final)
Keith is on FIRE! We just got the concept of the Deluxe Edition and we're floored. It's a little hard to see in pics but that's PURPLE FAUX LEATHER with GOLD FOIL. Keith is also planning on adding lots of intricate details to the cover in the form of effects, deboss, and emboss, but they're not worked into the design yet. More pics coming
Yeah, and it only gets better from there. With your help we can fill the books with extras, bonus content, and special features. Every penny we make from the Kickstarter will be going right back into the books.
BONUS CONTENT AND EXTRAS! LIKE WHAT? ELABORATE!!!
Well, we don't want to reveal all our goals at once but you might have noticed that there's a lot of content on the Table Titans website other than the comic. After all, the comic is inspired by a game. Plus, with Keith Wood potentially designing the book who knows what kinda crazy KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE cover treatments he's going to put in there. These books can only get better! We KNOW our fans can make this book amazing, let's turn Table Titans Volume 1: First Encounters from a one night adventure into a year long campaign.
SOUNDS GREAT, I LOVE BOOKS, BUT TELL ME ABOUT ALL THE OTHER LOOT!
OH HO! Adventurers after all, eh?! Well don't worry, we've got you covered with KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE tee-shirts, dice bags, even a 5" vinyl figure of Val the Barbarian, and for those Pinny Arcade collectors out there we've got a special pin just for you!
We're so fortunate to get to work directly with the folks at WeLoveFine.com and almost all of our rewards are being produced by them. Everything is in the design/prototype stages right now but we'll be posting updates, pics, and final versions on our backer blog so backers will get to see the whole process as it happens!
I'M READY FOR ADVENTURE!
HUZZAH and thank you! Take a gander at the Reward Table below and back our book on the right. Together we're going to make an amazing book and a fantastic piece of art. Chose your rewards wisely and remember: "Titans never say die!"
Scott Kurtz is an Eisner and Harvey award-winning cartoonist who helped pioneer online comics with his daily strip series Player vs Player, as well as a lifelong D&D player. Scott has been drawing in the margins of his character sheets for nearly thirty years. His love of art led him to devote his life to cartooning, but it was his love of storytelling that led him to create Table Titans.
Risks and challenges
There are always risks when publishing and producing product. Fortunately, we've got two of the biggest and best companies in print and merchandising taking care of all the manufacturing and shipping: Breadpig and WeLoveFine
"Breadpig is a sidekick-for-hire, offering a variety of handholding services to creators..." If you've backed any of the top comic or publishing Kickstarters recently chances are pretty high that they were supported by the fantastic folks at Breadpig. They've helped out with powerhouse projects like: Bee and PuppyCat, To Be Or Not To Be: That Is The Adventure, Atomic Robo, and SCIENCE: Ruining Everything Since 1543 (an SMBC Collection).
We Love Fine is one of the best known and respected merchandisers for pop culture brands internationally. They produce the merch for all our favorite stuff including: Adventure Time, Legend of Kora, Star Wars, Star Trek, TMNT, and Invader Zim.
And of course they currently make all the merch for both PvP and Table Titans!
Lots, but let’s start with what’s NOT different!
- Both the Standard and Deluxe Editions will include all the same content: Comics, Playable Adventure Module, selected Tales from the Table, etc.
- Both the Standard and Deluxe Editions are upgraded with a silk book ribbon!
Where we get the big changes is in the cover treatment! Our designer, Keith Wood, was actually our first stretch goal so he’s only been on the book for about a month but he’s already delivered some amazing not-final concepts and mockups to us! Here’s a short list of what we’re looking at along with a link to the current concepts so you can see the differences!
- Standard Edition will feature a hardcover treatment with spot gloss grid pattern
- Deluxe Edition will feature a faux leather hardcover with gold foil and plate art deboss, along with art detail deboss (not currently shown in concepts).
You can view the current concept designs and book mockups here:
Any reward tier that includes physical shipping of an item! That means any reward tier $30 and above!
NONE or WHICHEVER YOU'D LIKE! This is an old-school cardstock DM Screen for protecting the Dungeon Masters precious dice from those horribly nosey players. It will feature a brand new piece of Table Titans artwork to frighten would-be adventures and can be placed in front of rules sets/table of your choice!
NONE or WHICHEVER YOU’D LIKE! The Playable Adventure Module is intentionally being made rules agnostic so that gaming groups can play it with whatever game or rules set they choose!
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