Listen up, puny humans! Grimtooth the Troll here. You sorry souls have been dying from my traps for decades. And in all that time, not one of you miniscule mortals has attacked me in my lair! Well, I’ve decided to take pity on you. For the first time ever, I’m going to show you my realm. You’ll finally get to see – Trapsylvania!
This Kickstarter supports the publication of Grimtooth’s Trapsylvania, a 144-page campaign setting and sourcebook! It will be available in print (softcover or hardcover) and electronic (PDF) format. It is fully illustrated, with color cover and B/W interior art. The publisher is Goodman Games, under license from Flying Buffalo. The book is written in a systems-neutral style like all Grimtooth books, with DCC RPG stats compiled in an appendix at the back.
This Kickstarter also offers a rare collectible treasure: the "lost 8th Grimtooth book." Flying Buffalo published a total of 7 Grimtooth books. At the Origins Game Convention in 1983, an independent publisher released their own unauthorized bootleg adventure called Grimtooth's Lair. Today, only a single copy of this adventure is known to exist. Thanks to collector Bill Meinhardt, we have been able to scan the adventure for publication. It is being offered as an add-on for this Kickstarter (see below).
At last – the legendary locations of Grimtooth’s Traps revealed!
For over 30 years, Grimtooth’s numerous Traps books have horrified players and inspired game masters with hundreds of dangerous devices, deadly deathtraps and hilarious hijinx! Now Grimtooth (with a little help from kid sister Grimtina) will take you on a personally guided tour of his realm and the central hub of his vast Traps empire.
Run your own Grimtooth campaign, or pick and choose locations you can use in your own adventures. Explore Grimtooth’s caverns, visit his Inner Sanctum, escape the Deathmaze Testing Center, attend Warthog’s School for Trolls, take a ride on Grimtooth’s Airship, tour Grimtina’s Petting Zoo or get lost in many more gigantic places of doom, like the Infinite Corridor of Hallways. Each of these infamous locations includes maps, descriptions, non-player character details, scenarios, and lots of art. Plus there are more traps (of course) and plenty of things with which to endanger your characters.
Like all Grimtooth books, Grimtooth’s Trapsylvania is written in a systems-neutral format, and published in a way that it is fully compatible with the Dungeon Crawl Classics Role Playing Game (DCC RPG). A series of appendices at the back provide quick and easy stats for DCC RPG games, covering all the creatures, characters and items described in the book. It’s very easy to fill a graveyard with the corpses of your DCC player characters! (Because once you enter Trapsylvania – you won’t leave! Suckers.)
Trapsylvania is written and illustrated by S. S. Crompton, the legendary “voice of Grimtooth” who has been working on Grimtooth products for Flying Buffalo for more than 30 years. We’ve rounded up the entire roster of historical Grimtooth contributors to illustrate the book, so you’ll find art not just by S. S. Crompton, but also by Liz Danforth, Micheal Von Glahn, Scott Jackson Phil Longmeier, and Jeff Dee – all the artists who have contributed to Grimtooth products over the years! The new traps are written by Grimtooth alumni S. S. Crompton, Ken St. Andre, Bear Peters, Rick Loomis, Paul O'Connor and Debora Kerr. The DCC stats are provided by Terry Olson, with editing by Jen Brinkman.
Trapsylvania is chock full of useful gaming material! How much is there? Well, here's the exact count!
- 1 whole country! (Grimtooth's, that is!)
- 15 large locations, all described and mapped
- 48 scenario ideas
- 60 traps or trapped items
- 86 creatures (with DCC stats in the Appendix)
- 26 NPCs (with DCC stats in the Appendix)
- 23 items (with DCC stats in the Appendix)
And loads of laughs!
What is Grimtooth’s Traps?
Originally published by Flying Buffalo, Grimtooth’s Traps is one of the most popular RPG accessories ever produced, with more than 250,000 copies in print since 1981. Flying Buffalo published seven Grimtooth’s books, all of them usable with any RPG. In 2015, Goodman Games compiled all of these into a massive hardcover compilation, and also published two additional DCC-compatible Grimtooth adventures. Grimtooth remains an eternally relevant character and his popularity has only grown since then.
The hallmarks of Grimtooth-style traps are wacky humor combined with deadly danger, plus, of course, extremely useful material that can be integrated into any dungeon-crawling RPG!
What’s in the book?
Everything you need to run a game in Trapsylvania! Whether a single session or an extended campaign, you can give your players a fun time. Here is a preview of the Table of Contents:
What's the Status of the Book?
Trapsylvania is written, edited, illustrated, and laid out. We are in final proofreading stages at the time of the Kickstarter. It will be ready to go to the printer shortly after this Kickstarter ends.
Pledge Levels and Shipping
The basic pledge levels are for a PDF, softcover, or hardcover edition of the 144-page Trapsylvania.
We are also offering a leather-bound edition. We have 50 copies that will also include a piece of original art by Steve Crompton. The remainder do not include that original art.
Shipping costs are as follows. International shipping is via Priority Mail International. The good news is this means international packages will arrive very quickly, but due to recent rate changes these charges unfortunately must be more more than we have charged in the past.
- USA: softcover $6.00, hardcover $7.00, both books $8.00.
- Canada: softcover $15.00, hardcover $20.00, both books $25.00.
- UK and EU: softcover $20.00, hardcover $25.00, both books $30.00.
- Australia and rest of world: softcover $25.00, hardcover $30.00, both books $35.00.
If you add on items, please use the "both books" shipping - i.e. add +$5 for additional shipping cost. The additional $5 is a flat fee whether you add one book or many.
The last time Grimtooth ran a Kickstarter, it took off like wildfire. (I love fire!! – Grimtooth) This time around, we want to keep the Kickstarter simple and easy to fulfill. But we’re still adding a couple stretch goals in case you humans want to throw even more gold at Grimtooth!
- At $20,000, the books will have fancy printed endsheets! CLEARED!
- At $40,000, we will include a poster map of Trapsylvania! CLEARED!
- At $45,000, we will include a new Grimtooth mini-comic by Steve Crompton! CLEARED!
- At $50,000 we will include cards featuring NPC portraits and stats! CLEARED!
And above that, we have other ideas. Grimtooth said he wants a sticker with his face on it, and a poster map of his airship, plus scenic postcards that can double as player handouts, an art print, and more!
Goodman Games has published many RPG products, including quite a few that are perfect additions to this project! You can add on additional funds to include these items. All add-on items count toward achieving stretch goals, and those published by Goodman Games are in print+PDF format!
To add on an item, simply increase your pledge amount to cover the cost. After the Kickstarter we will send out a survey where you can specify what the “dollars” are for. The add-on items for this Kickstarter include the following:
Add On Another Copy of Trapsylvania: You can add on another softcover (+$25) or hardcover edition (+$40) by simply adding on the cost of that pledge level.
Grimtooth's Lair ($10): This is the legendary "lost 8th Grimtooth book." It contains a tournament adventure centered around Grimtooth-style traps, originally released at Origins 1983. The adventure is systems-neutral and designed to be played with any fantasy RPG. Goodman Games has arranged access to the last known copy in existence, and we have scanned and digitally restored it for exclusive publication via this Kickstarter. The original format was a digest-sized, 12-page publication.
Grimtooth’s Ultimate Traps Collection, softcover format ($40.00): A 460-page tome collecting all five of the original Grimtooth’s Traps books! More than 500 traps in a systems-neutral format, suitable for any fantasy RPG. Also includes an extensive interview with the original Grimtooth’s creative team, a black-and-white cover gallery showcasing 30 years of editions (in English and many foreign languages), and a look behind the submissions process.
Grimtooth’s Ultimate Traps Collection, silver foil hardcover edition ($80.00): We have a limited number of these special tomes remaining from our last Kickstarter! This expanded edition of the Ultimate Traps Collection includes all five of the original Grimtooth’s Traps books plus an additional 160 pages reprinting Traps Bazaar and The Dungeon of Doom. It is in hardcover format with a silver foil imprint on the cover. It was produced as a Kickstarter item so it also includes the color cover gallery, gatefold board game, and other special extras. Please note that supplies are limited on this item.
Dungeon Crawl Classics #87.5: Grimtooth’s Museum of Death ($10.00): A level 1 adventure for the DCC RPG system. The adventurers must wend their way through a maze of traps in Grimtooth’s Museum of Death, a curated collection of the deadliest and most devious traps ever assembled in one place. Along the way, they might even cross paths with a few of Grimtooth’s allies: Grimtina, Spike the Grimdog, and Sludgeworth. Tread lightly, delver. There are no refunds for this tour!
Grimtooth’s Tomb of the Warhammer ($10.00): A level 4 Grimtooth adventure compatible with DCC RPG. Written by Tunnels & Trolls creator Ken St. Andre. Can you go where no troll dares to tread? Long ago, the elves killed Grimtooth’s father in a great battle. They hid the troll leader’s body and his mystic warhammer somewhere in the vast plains beyond Trapsylvania. After years of searching, Grimtooth has finally located his father’s tomb, but the elves have magically rigged it so that no troll can enter. Now Grimtooth is looking for a party of foolhardy adventurers to enter Grimfang’s Tomb and return with the legendary warhammer…
Dungeon Crawl Classics Role Playing Game: The core rulebook for the most popular old-school RPG on the market today! This packed tome includes everything you need to play DCC RPG. You can add on either the hardcover ($40) or the softcover ($25).
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