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Dave SharrockBy Dave Sharrock
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Dave SharrockBy Dave Sharrock
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, May 2 2019 4:00 PM UTC +00:00.

About

Nemesis of the Nin Witch is a Woven Paths fantasy gamebook and the second book in the Scythe-Bearer trilogy, continuing the tale from book 1, Malice From the Middle Vale.

A gamebook, sometimes called interactive fiction, is a book you read and play at the same time and a story in which you become the hero of your own epic adventure. Each short section provides you with a choice of ways forward. The options you choose determine how your personal story unfolds.

Woven Paths incorporates elements of both traditional gamebooks (Choose Your Own Adventure, Fighting Fantasy, Lone Wolf etc.) and roleplaying games (influences include Dungeons & Dragons, Runequest, Dragon Warriors and Dungeonworld). Certain aspects of MMORPG have also been drawn upon to give a contemporary and immersive experience (World of Warcraft, Morrowind etc.)

Meanwhile, the Woven Paths game system incorporates a variety of unique mechanics which both support and enhance the story.

The fantasy realm of Yarnia and the continent of Ereth are worlds underpinned by a unique mythology, history and canon, providing you with an experience quite unlike any you've explored before. 

An example of the quality of colour maps (a signed print of this map is available with some of the pledges.

When you first peel open your brand new copy of Nemesis of the Nin Witch you will be faced with your first choice. Do you roll up an entirely new character? Or will you continue playing the same character sheet from book one? 

That's right. All your hard won stat bonuses, gear, spells, Soul Stones and talismans can be carried over into Nemesis, allowing you to keep playing the same character. You will also be able to continue using the same character in the third book, Quest For the Quintessence.

If this is your first visit to the land of Yarnia, on the other hand, character creation rules have been tweaked to give you the head start you'll need to face the more challenging foes and situations in book two. A full recap of the events of book one are also provided for newcomers to the story.

In order to ensure postage costs are both fair to all pledgers whether they live abroad or in the UK, postage is not calculated into your pledge. 

Where you pledge on more than one item we will be able to combine those items and reduce the postage cost to you. Each final postage cost will be calculated based on your total pledge including add-ons etc. We will always do our best to give you the best possible postage quote and do NOT intend to make profit on postage as is often the case on Kickstarter. We feel the risk of underquoting for post within pledges is a major factor in many Kickstarters failing to be fulfilled, or floundering in the distribution stage, hence we have made the difficult decision to add postage at the end.

That would be telling! But in a nutshell, the hunt for the Nin Witch continues in another high quality, full colour, illustrated A4 gamebook format, this time with 800 entries! As with book one, replayability is paramount, so paths through the book are both varied and will result in a very different experience depending on where you choose to go.

Enemies, allies and familiar faces alike await your coming with eager anticipation. Return once again to the merry surrounds of Brighd's Warming Hearth, there to sup Ambrosia, collect and trade items, make copious quantities of Wealth in the Emporium then lose it all gambling with ne'erdowells in shadier parts of the tavern. 

Perhaps more importantly, ramp up those stats, bulk out your gear and make the Scythe-Bearer the very best they can be before returning to reality to face your enemies.

Nemesis introduces an entirely new and optional rule system called Totems. This provides the experienced reader with the ability to further improve and enhance the Scythe-Bearer, acquiring and honing skills which will undoutably aid you in your quest to defeat Malice.

The book also includes a new Rules-Lite section for younger readers, newcomers to the gamebook milieu or readers more interested in the story than the game system. 

One reason for running this Kickstarter is to fund a series of beautiful old-school artwork which will illustrate both Nemesis of the Nin Witch and the bonus Wyrd Pandemonium bestiary (more about that below!).

Nemesis will feature 25 stunning old-school illustrations by Johan Tieldow and (provided Stretch Goals are achieved), another 10 illustrations plus at least two hand drawn maps of the Yarnian realm by Malcolm Barter (acclaimed artist behind the illustrations for the famous Fighting Fantasy book, The Forest of Doom).

The Wyrd Pandemonium is the first book release for the up coming Woven Paths RPG and will feature twenty illustrations by Huargo Illustrador along with full colour plates by Tithi Luadthong and a series of black and whites by the author, David Sharrock. If stretch goals are achieved a further 20 monsters will also be illustrated by Huargo Illustrador. The bestiary contains more than 100 monster entries.

Nemesis will be thoroughly playtested both by the author David Sharrock and editor Kashif Sheikh. The book is designed to be playable and challenging to both established readers who bring their previous character sheet to the table and new readers alike, so ensuring sequencing logic, game balance, combat tests and that new rules work with the old rules is all crucial. 

All books, whether paperback or hardback, are printed in full colour throughout using high quality paper, well glued spines and affordable print prices. The author is personally familiar with the local quality-assured printer being used and will have the full order shipped to their office in order to sign each and every book before distribution. 

All books available through this Kickstarter are full colour inside and out, A4 size (hardbacks are slightly smaller than A4). Novel sized green-spines will be available through the Forever People website once the Kickstarter is fulfilled. The larger format A4 books lend themselves well to gameplay. Character sheets are generous and text is easy to read, of a good size and flows coherently across a four column double-page spread. Why not consider one of our exclusive Woven Paths messenger bags to carry and play your book collection when you're out and about!

Nemesis of the Nin Witch is complete and first edit drafts are currently with both the author and the editor. April will be playtest month, so while the Kickstarter runs thumbs will not be idle!

The Wyrd Pandemonium - the Woven Paths bestiary - is also complete and will require combat tests which will take place at the end of April.

e-Book versions of both books and the digital character sheets will be finished and ready for distribution as soon as the Kickstarter is funded.

Add-on items, such as the bookmark, dice, carryalls and printed artwork have all been ordered and checked for quality.

Nemesis of the Nin Witch will be available as a non-signed A4 colour paperback and as a novel sized green-spine via the Forever People website. Hardback copies will be available sporadically on the FP website but in limited runs.

The bestiary (Wyrd Pandemonium) will not be available again until the full release of the Woven Paths Roleplaying Game. While this is currently in development we, as yet, have no official release date.

The following goodies can be acquired by adding the amount shown to your pledge. If you've already pledged you can simply increase the amount of your pledge. Otherwise, select the pledge level you'd like then add the price of the item you want to include. Please note the postage costs for add-ons when increasing your pledge.

Please be sure to check the add-on item isn't already included as part of the pledge level you've chosen!

Increase your pledge amount by £15 (please add an extra £2.50 for postage in the UK or £6 for postage overseas) to receive a pair of green gem-d6 with the Woven Paths moon logo in place of the 1.

Increase your pledge by £15 (please add an extra £2.50 for postage in the UK or £6 for postage overseas) to receive a Woven Paths notebook. The notebook contains extra character sheets, exclusive artwork and 100 pages for you to keep tabs on combat rolls and other notes you make during your adventure.

Increase your pledge by £25 (please add an extra £2.50 for postage in the UK or £6 for postage overseas) to receive a signed, A4 full colour paperback copy of the Wyrd Pandemonium bestiary. Please be sure that this isn't already included with the pledge level you've chosen.

Increase your pledge by £25 (please add an extra £2.50 for postage in the UK or £6 for postage overseas) to receive a signed, A4 full colour paperback copy of Malice From the Middle Vale. 

Increase your pledge by £58 (please add an extra £6 for postage in the UK or £15 for postage overseas) to receive an exclusive messenger bag with stitched Woven Paths logo, perfect for carrying your collection of Woven Paths books if you like to play on the move (or to show off at conventions!)

We have three stretch goals, each of which will add a bunch more quality art to each of the two books available as part of this Kickstarter.

x2 MALCOLM BARTER MAPS

This stretch goal, when unlocked, will pay for two A4 map illustrations by acclaimed fantasy artist Malcolm Barter - to go at the front of Nemesis of the Nin Witch. 

x10 JOHAN TIELDOW ILLUSTRATIONS

This stretch goal, when unlocked, will pay for 10 additional black and white illustrations by Johan Tieldow to enhance the pages of Nemesis of the Nin Witch.

x20 HUARGO ILLUSTRADOR ILLUSTRATIONS

This stretch goal, when unlocked, will pay for 20 additional black and white monster illustrations by Huargo Illustrador to enhance the pages of the Wyrd Pandemonium.

Risks and challenges

As the books are already written and will be in the process of being edited and playtested during the Kickstarter, there is no possibility of failing to fulfill. The only risk associated with the project is the ambitious amount of art we are attempting to include, which has increased the funding goal substantially. If we fail to meet our funding goal, Nemesis of the Nin Witch and The Wyrd Pandemonium will be available without art as print-on-demand books through the Forever People website but we will be forced to compromise quality and price and the lack of great art would, in our opinion, result in an inferior product. It is, therefore, a fingers and toes crossed kind of time. Please pledge your support and help us to release the books to the very best of their potential!

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    Overlord of Yarnia

    The Voltium level pledge level for the true connoisseur. This pledge not only gives you beautiful, handmade hardback copies of Nemesis of the Nin Witch *and* the Wyrd Pandemonium (the hardback version of this book is only available at this pledge level), you will also be able to create a monster for inclusion in the bestiary! If you become an Overlord of Yarnia you will be co-credited as author on the Wyrd Pandemonium credits page and your monster will be immortalised forever in the menagerie of Woven Paths horrors, given its own stat block and even illustrated! Please note: the deadline for your monster submission (by email) is the end of May 2019. Failure to observe the deadline could jeopardise your pledge.

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