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Creating a module that's compatible with fifth edition, revealing the hidden places and peoples of a castle sunk beneath the earth...
Creating a module that's compatible with fifth edition, revealing the hidden places and peoples of a castle sunk beneath the earth...
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Hi! This kickstarter is about writing a low level (levels 1 to 3) module compatible with roleplay games of dread tunnels and fire breathing dragons - particularly the fifth edition of such things! And of course adaptable to other editions as well! A module that can be used for group play or can also be played in a simple choose your own adventure style!! So you can either run it for a group as DM, or play it by yourself - or do both!

This is a module where a dark lord has arisen. Become strong upon his slaves, the dark lord known as Steelcaparise holds his slaves in thrall and becomes strong from their works – and having become strong he now wants the castle that lies beneath the forest.
 
His thralls, he starves until they beg him to let them work for him, for pitiful amounts – then he still denies them, making them dance and do theatre before he throws them some scraps from his table…or throws them nothing at all, at his whim. Some thralls are twisted spectres – the parchment of their souls scratched and warped, bending their inner script for just a few coin from the dark lord. Coin that they needed to survive - and yet spectres they are now and dead as much, anyway.

The strange thing is this lord thinks himself benevolent for doing so – entitled even, to all his demands. He sees himself as following a code of honour – but time and again he cannot see the ways he cuts corners on it over and over. Until what he practices is a twisted mockery of the code he prides himself on. And now dark lord Steelcaparise has set his sights upon the castle beneath the forest…for it must be his…

Enticed by the promised of an old debt to be paid to the player characters, it's a delve into a strange underground castle and the concerns and conflicts of its denizens and the impending attack of the dark lord. Consisting of three to five main encounters (the amount depending on writing time (with more from stretch goals!)) and five additional area outlines to explore in addition to the main encounters, it'll be a primarily text based adventure distributed in PDF format via e-mail. Each encounter being from 600 to 1200 words each. I'm an improvisational DM with over two decades of experience and would like you to please give me the opportunity to get some of it down in module form! I've also completed the NaNoWriMo write a novel/50 thousand words in one month challenge, showing my capacity to write in a short period.

Hope my video doesn't freak you out - perhaps next time I'll hold a torch under my face for a campfire horror story style? :) My blog is here, for an idea of my various strange ideas! And the specific post on my blog for this project is here.

Stretch Goals

At $100 Becomes four to five main encounters (depending on writing time) plus one extra area outlined for exploration

At $150 Becomes five main encounters plus two extra areas outlined for exploration

At $200 Becomes six main encounters plus three extra areas outlined for exploration

At $250 Becomes seven main encounters plus three extra areas outlined for exploration

Risks and challenges

Zombie apocalypse! Apart from strange phenomena, it's just a matter of tapping into the cosmic power of the universe and the skills I've learnt over the years. Well, probably just the latter, but the former wouldn't hurt! :) Apart from getting the choose your own adventure numbers ordered and connected, it should be fairly straight forward for me. I've completed the NaNoWriMo write a novel/50 thousand words in one month challenge, so this is well within my domain.

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    Thanks for the nod of support! :) You wont get the PDF, but you get listed in the thank you section at the back of it and on my blog!

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    You get the module e-mailed to you as a PDF! Plus your name in the thank you credits/on my blog.

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    A street or landmark (your choice!) in the module is named after a character of yours! (no rude names, of course!). Plus all the rewards from above (PDF e-mailed to you and name in thank you credits/on my blog)

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    Your character is in the background of a tavern scene, as you would briefly describe them. Plus all the rewards from above (PDF e-mailed to you, street/landmark named after a character of yours and name in thank you credits/on my blog)

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    A character of your making is a quest giver in the module! Perhaps he or she traveled here overland or perhaps hopped through dimensions to get here - and now they need to get a party together to forfil a quest! Plus all the rewards from above (PDF e-mailed to you, in the background of another scene, street/landmark named after a character of yours and name in thank you credits/on my blog)

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