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You're a superstar athlete in a death sport dungeon live-on-pay-per-view! The Pathfinder update of the Ennie-nominated "Best D20 Game."
You're a superstar athlete in a death sport dungeon live-on-pay-per-view! The Pathfinder update of the Ennie-nominated "Best D20 Game."
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Fabulous prizes! Cars, wealth, and a year’s supply of furniture wax! All of these – and much, much more – can be yours... if you survive. Of course, you are going to have to kill the monsters to get the treasure, and you aren’t the crowd favorite today, and the cameras are very unforgiving. But there are no second takes, and if you die... YOU DIE!

Summary of Kickstarter:

  • The return of Xcrawl, now powered by Pathfinder, in a hardcover format! You are a superstar athlete taking your chances in a live-on-pay-per-view death sport dungeon. This new edition includes all-new art and completely new writing, building on the core game concepts of the original 3.5E publication, which was Ennie-nominated for “D20 Game Of The Year” upon its original release.
  • The 160 page hardcover includes everything you need to play. The basic pledge includes both print + PDF edition.
  • The original 3.5 edition of Xcrawl is a wealth of material for the game. Depending on stretch goals achieved, this Kickstarter will also fund Pathfinder conversions of various early Xcrawl adventures.
  • Additional stretch goals include a GM screen, a pad of statistics sheets, adventure modules, more creatures and NPCs, a book of handouts, and more, including conversion of some Xcrawl modules to DCC RPG stats!
  • We are also producing two adventures as add-on items. Dungeon Detonation and Studio City Crawl are available to increase your pledge and help us reach our stretch goals!

Update 7/20: We have officially closed out all stretch goals! These include the 11x17 map of the North American Empire and cover art, plus the swimsuit edition: the dust jacket featuring Oni in her swimsuit. Great job everyone! This is in addition to the free book of character / NPC portraits, free GM screen, the four free adventure modules converted to Pathfinder and DCC RPG stats (IndyCrawl, Dungeonbattle Brooklyn, Las Vegas Crawl, and The Inaugural Celebrity Pro-Am Crawl), plus a 12-16 page PDF of bonus NPCs to be used in your games, the full-color end sheets, a pack of free character folios, and a pad of Xcrawl statistic sheets! Awesome!

Brave hazards to gain fame and fortune!
Brave hazards to gain fame and fortune!

About Xcrawl

In Xcrawl, the players are superstar athletes taking their chances in a live-on-pay-per-view death sport. It’s a modern-day world with a fantasy twist, and the game is simple: the Dungeon Judge, or DJ, creates an artificial dungeon under controlled – but lethal – conditions. He designs the maze, and stocks it with monsters, secret doors, magical traps, treasure and prizes. The players must go through the dungeon and fulfill whatever conditions the DJ puts forth in order to win. 

Xcrawl is a sport and the challenges are created, but the danger is no less real. If you die, you die. There are no second chances. Citizens of the North American Empire tune in every week to watch their favorite celebrities get eaten, paralyzed, turned to stone, and ripped apart. The nation’s hunger for blood and mayhem grows with every contest. How will you fare? 

Defeat monsters and win fabulous prizes!
Defeat monsters and win fabulous prizes!

The Xcrawl Core Book 

The Xcrawl core rulebook includes everything you need to start playing Xcrawl, including background material, equipment, character options, and new rules for Xcrawl, including rules for mojo, fame, signature moves, and more! This new edition has been completely converted to Pathfinder rules. The Xcrawl rules additions have been thoroughly playtested for more than three years in home games and at conventions. 

The core rulebook is complete. The manuscript is written, playtested, edited, and laid out. All art is complete. This Kickstarter is about putting the final touches on the project, deciding just how awesome we make the final print job, and funding a number of exciting stretch goals. 

Format: The book is 160 pages long, 8.5”x11”, and will be printed in hardcover format. The cover is full color. The book is compatible with Pathfinder rules. Aside from the Pathfinder core rules, everything you need to play is included. 

Previews: Here is a preview of the core rulebook table of contents (click to enlarge): 

Table of Contents (click to zoom in)
Table of Contents (click to zoom in)

Interested in learning more about the Xcrawl core rulebook? Here are previews of several sections:

For even more information on Xcrawl, you can visit the Goodman Games web site

Prepare for victory in your crawl! Earn more sponsors with every win!
Prepare for victory in your crawl! Earn more sponsors with every win!

Add-On Items

We are producing two add-on adventures to expand your Xcrawl campaign! The higher pledge levels let you include two new Xcrawl adventures, which have already been written for the Pathfinder system. Studio City Crawl and Dungeon Detonation were both released as Free RPG Day previews, and are now available in a single volume. 

Become famous! Give autographs to your groupies!
Become famous! Give autographs to your groupies!

Stretch Goals 

Update 7/20: We have officially closed out all stretch goals! These include the 11x17 map of the North American Empire and cover art, plus the swimsuit edition: the dust jacket featuring Oni in her swimsuit. Great job everyone! This is in addition to the free book of character / NPC portraits, free GM screen, the four free adventure modules converted to Pathfinder and DCC RPG stats (IndyCrawl, Dungeonbattle Brooklyn, Las Vegas Crawl, and The Inaugural Celebrity Pro-Am Crawl), plus a 12-16 page PDF of bonus NPCs to be used in your games, the full-color end sheets, a pack of free character folios, and a pad of Xcrawl statistic sheets! Awesome!

Xcrawl has been played for nearly 10 years, and we have many great ideas on how to expand the core book. With your help, we can make these happen! 

Stretch goal #1 at $5,000: FUNDED! All pledges of the core book will include a free PDF of the module The Inaugural Celebrity Pro-Am Crawl, which was originally published under 3.5E rules and will be converted to both Pathfinder and DCC RPG stats. This level 5-6 adventure is a great one for furthering your campaign. 

Stretch goal #2 at $6,000: FUNDED! The endsheets on the core book will be printed in full color! They will show the four-panel image originally used for the Xcrawl GM screen. The first two panels will be printed on the inside front cover, and the second two panels will be printed on the inside back cover. 

Stretch goal #3 at $7,000: FUNDED! All pledges of the core book will include a free PDF of the module Dungeonbattle Brooklyn, which was originally published under 3.5E rules and will be converted to both Pathfinder stats and DCC RPG stats. This short level 1 adventure is a great starting place for your campaign. 

Stretch goal #4 at $8,000: FUNDED! All pledges of the printed core book will ship with a pack of Xcrawl character folios! The 3-page character sheet will be combined with a notes page and printed as a 4-page folio. Each copy of the book will ship with a pack of 20 of these character folios.

Stretch goal #5 at $9,000: FUNDED! All pledges of the printed core book will ship with a pad of Xcrawl statistic sheets! Just as in modern baseball, Xcrawl is a televised sport, and all players have stats. Use these stat sheets to track your PCs’ stats!

Stretch goal #6 at $10,000: FUNDED! All pledges of the core book will include a PDF of 12-16 pages of bonus NPCs to be used in your games. These will be a mix of DJs (Dungeon Judges), rival crawlers, and enemy leader-types. This material will be provided as a PDF download.

Stretch goal #7 at $11,000: FUNDED! All pledges of the core book will include a free PDF of the module IndyCrawl, which was originally published under 3.5E rules and will be converted to Pathfinder stats. This level 6-8 adventure is a great one for furthering your campaign.

Stretch goal #8 at $12,000: FUNDED! All pledges of the core book will include a free GM's screen!

Art for the Xcrawl GM screen
Art for the Xcrawl GM screen

Stretch goal #9 at $13,000: FUNDED! All pledges of the core book will include a PDF book of character portraits. Suitable for the player characters in your campaign or for competing NPC crawlers, these portraits bring characters to life! There will be at least 30 portraits, and all of them will be specially commissioned to reflect the specific classes, equipment, and faiths of Xcrawl.

Stretch goal #10 at $14,000: FUNDED! All pledges of the core book will include a free PDF of the module Las Vegas Crawl, which was originally published under 3.5E rules and will be converted to Pathfinder stats. This level 6-8 adventure is a great one for furthering your campaign.

Stretch goal #11 at $15,000: FUNDED! All pledges of the printed core book will include a 11”x17” poster, featuring the book’s cover art on one side, and a full-color map of the North American Empire on the reverse! PDF purchasers will receive a PDF version of the map.

The original cover to Xcrawl: Sellout. Can you spot Oni in her bikini? Prepare for the Xcrawl swimsuit edition - our ultimate stretch goal!
The original cover to Xcrawl: Sellout. Can you spot Oni in her bikini? Prepare for the Xcrawl swimsuit edition - our ultimate stretch goal!

Stretch goal #12 at $16,000: FUNDED! The Xcrawl Swimsuit Edition will finally be realized. When Xcrawl: Sellout! was published years ago, astute readers noticed a fun feature hidden in the cover illustration: a magazine pinned to the wall in the background of the image, showing the beautiful X-crawler Oni in a swimsuit on the front cover. It’s time for Oni to finally get the airtime she deserves. At this stretch goal, all printed copies of the Xcrawl core rulebook will ship with a dust jacket showing Oni in a swimsuit. Inside the dust jacket will be the “normal” Xcrawl rulebook. PDF backers will receive a PDF version of the art. It’s the Xcrawl Swimsuit Edition! 

But watch out. The Dungeon Judges are out to kill you. And the monsters are professionals. They're studying up...
But watch out. The Dungeon Judges are out to kill you. And the monsters are professionals. They're studying up...

About the Creator 

Xcrawl was created by mad genius Brendan J. LaSalle, who has been writing and publishing in the game industry since 2001. He has written for Goodman Games, Fat Dragon Games, Troll Lord’s Games, Pandahead Publishing, and Hand Made Games. His publication credits include many adventures and source books, including the award-winning Age of Cthulhu: A Dream of Japan. He is the creator of Xcrawl, which will be reintroduced in its new edition with this Kickstarter. He lives in Salem, MA, with his wife, dog, and cat. 

Give the folks back home someone to root for on Friday nights!
Give the folks back home someone to root for on Friday nights!

Delivery Timing and Shipping Charges

Gen Con pickup: The core Xcrawl book is complete and ready for printing. It will be sent to the printer the moment this Kickstarter funds. Our goal is to have advance copies of the book available for pickup by backers at Gen Con. Assuming that happens, backers who pick up at Gen Con will not have to pay shipping charges for the core book. Depending on the level of stretch goals funded, Gen Con backers may have to pay shipping charges for some stretch goals. If we have extra copies at Gen Con after fulfilling all backer requests for pickup, we will offer those for sale to the general public. Backer copies will ship before/after Gen Con depending on when the main shipment arrives from the printer. The PDF edition will be available as soon as the book is printed (potentially as soon as 1-2 weeks after Gen Con.) 

But watch out for monsters! Xcrawl is one wild ride!
But watch out for monsters! Xcrawl is one wild ride!

Shipping charges: Shipping and handling charges will be invoiced at the end of the Kickstarter. This allows us to give you the best price for your order. For USA orders, orders will be shipped via media mail at an expected cost of approximately $8-10, depending on final weight of product. International orders will be invoiced at actual postage cost plus $5 for handling. International postage requires hand-written customs forms, and waiting in line at a post office. International postage also has long transit times, and depending on the destination can be very expensive. If you are unsure how expensive international shipping can be, please ask us for an estimate. 

See you in the crawl!
See you in the crawl!

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    Print+PDF edition of Maximum Xcrawl. You’ll receive the 160-page core rulebook in print and PDF edition, along with all stretch goals. Print copies will hopefully be available at Gen Con for pickup (fingers crossed) or will be shipped after Gen Con. Please note that shipping costs are extra and are assessed based on weight of final product (see main Kickstarter text).

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    "I played myself in the TV show!" You or your character of choice will be featured in an upcoming Xcrawl adventure, as an NPC or monster. We'll include your name (or an anagram), plus an image featuring your likeness. (Possibly being killed by an adventurer!) In addition, you'll receive the Print+PDF edition of Maximum Xcrawl plus the two adventures, as the $80 pledge level.

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    "I played myself in the movie!" You or your character of choice will be featured on the cover of an upcoming Xcrawl product, as an NPC or monster. (Possibly being killed by an adventurer!) Inside the product, we will also include your name (or an anagram). In addition, you'll receive the Print+PDF edition of Maximum Xcrawl plus the two adventures, as the $80 pledge level.

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