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A fantasy role playing game starter-pack book for people of all ages. Includes rules, character creation, & a ten night campaign.
A fantasy role playing game starter-pack book for people of all ages. Includes rules, character creation, & a ten night campaign.
A fantasy role playing game starter-pack book for people of all ages. Includes rules, character creation, & a ten night campaign.
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Hello!  My name is Kevin Sherry, author and illustrator of many popular children's books, including The Yeti Files series and I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean.

 What I have made here is a brand new 104-page book, filled with fun illustrations, that is a Fantasy Role Playing Game Starter Pack

 Scales & Tales is a rule book, an easy instruction manual and an activity book all in one!

The book itself
The book itself

 Table of Contents include: Classic pen & paper, Tabletop gaming, Terrain, Miniatures & Figurines, Snacks, How to Fantasy Role-play, Create a Character, Leveling Up, Personality Generator, Weapons and Gear, Range, Spell Casting, Combat, and Bad Guy Glossary. 

 When I was young, I wasn't allowed to play the classic D & D role playing game.  I think a lot of kids were in the same boat.  Either their parents didn't allow it, or it was just too complicated to get started.

So many years later, after I had already published many children's books, my friend asked me to participate in a role-playing campaign that he wrote, and it opened a whole new world for me!

I realized Fantasy Role Playing was the game I had always wanted to play!  I loved the brainstorming, the collaborative storytelling and the simple joy of having a group of people around a table telling jokes and coming up with a story together.

HERE'S the THING:  I think difficult gameplay is a real barrier to people who would have a lot of fun in a role playing game, but find some of the rules complicated and difficult to decipher.

So with my background in children's books, I've used simple, precise language and hundreds of illustrations to take what I've learned from classic role playing games and present it in a very fun a graphic way.

What's Inside the Book?

-The first 50 pages are the instructions, the users guide.  Think of it as the Player's Manual and the Game Master's Guide in one.  Scales & Tales explains everything from basic gameplay to character creation , to setting up your DIY game board, to a monster glossary, an armory, spellcasting and more.

You start with seven books of magic in Scales & Tales
You start with seven books of magic in Scales & Tales
Includes a personality generator to spice up your characters
Includes a personality generator to spice up your characters

-The Second half of the book is a campaign I wrote made of ten one-night quests.  There's instructions and maps for each quest, and the quests I wrote are all great examples of classic role-playing tropes, like: Exploring castles and dungeons, navigating deep forests, a town setting, a quest on a boat, a rescue scenario, a chase scene, all culminating in a grand battle atop the highest castle.

What sets Scales & Tales apart?

While there is a lot of traditional combat in the book, sometimes fighting bad-guys all day gets a little redundant.

That's why Scales & Tales contains ways of augmenting your traditional "End-Boss Combat" with fun drawing games and party puzzles.  Games like: Telephone, exquisite corpse, blind contour drawing, and Pictionary-Like games.

Also, Players learn early in the book how to use a drawing game to summon one of 24 different familiars, Each with their own unique stats.  So each Player can have a little animal companion-who doesn't love that?!

Shown here are half the familiars included in Scales & Tales
Shown here are half the familiars included in Scales & Tales

This book, Scales & Tales, was a self-motivated project for me.  I really needed to write this book to share the joy of role-playing with people who just don't know who to get into it.  

It took me two years to write and illustrate, but THIS BOOK IS DONE!

I put so much of heart and soul into this book, Scales & Tales, so if you've read this far, I hope you will please consider supporting this Kickstarter campaign, and ordering a book.  There's also a lot of really cool Kickstarter Incentives and I'm looking forward to painting some of my supporters hero characters for sure!

Fantasy role playing has opened up a whole new world of creativity and imaginations for me and I'd love to share that with you and everyone with my new book, Scales & Tales.

Here's a look at the t-shirt incentive:

Screen printed tank top
Screen printed tank top
Screen printed T-Shirt
Screen printed T-Shirt

Risks and challenges

This book is fully finished, ready to ship. During the Kickstarter campaign, I will be completing the screenprintined t-shirt and the illustrations for the deck of cards. I'm also looking forward to painting some of my supporter's Hero characters.

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    PDF of Deck of CARDS

    I will email you a PDF of the 58 full-color cards: 21 Spell Cards, 24 Familiars, 10 Bad Guys, 3 Blank Cards. Add 7$ to add pledge for the Card PDF.

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    Your Support gets you a drawing

    You don't really care about Fantasy Role Playing but you want to say, "good Job" Well, thanks! I'll send you a quick drawing of anything you want.

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    PRINTABLE PDF

    A printable PDF of the full Scales & Tales book will be sent to you on JUNE 30. Also, anyone who already pledged or pledges any other amount will get this reward. Thanks!

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    Screen-Printed T-Shirt

    A cool "gradient" two-color screenprint on a white t-shirt or tank top. Please specify t-shirt or tank and size, S, M, L or XL.

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    Printed by the artist in his house :^)

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    Just the Cards

    Just a deck of the 58 full-color cards: 21 Spell Cards, 24 Familiar Cards, 10 Bad Guy Cards, and 3 blank cards. Add 15$ to any pledge for the cards to be added to your order.

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    All PDFs- Book and Cards

    Get both PDFs - the Scales & Tales Book and the 58 cards- in PDF form sent to your email.

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    ORIGINAL:::One Scales & Tales book

    You will receive one Autographed (with quick sketch) copy of the paperback Scales & Tales book.

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    T-Shirt and PDF

    WoW! The best deal ever!

    I will send you a hand-screen printed shirt (specify t-shirt or tank top, and what size)

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    I will email you a printable PDF of Scales & Tales on June 30th, 2018

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL

    Get a signed Scales & Tales book, two d20 dice, ten d6 dice, and 10 blank character sheets, for $5 off the normal incentive.

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    HUNDRED BACKERS! Book, Dice and Digsby

    Wow! Thanks for 100 backers! From May 29-31, You can get a Scales & Tales book, a dice pack, 10 Character Sheets AND a 4.25 X 5.5in color character card of SIR DIGSBY, Sylvan Hound for 5$ off the normal incentive.

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    HUNDRED FIFTY BACKERS--Book/Dice Pack

    Wow! 150 supporters of Scales & Tales! Amazing! But I still want to introduce role playing to more people! So tell your friends, the next two days you can get the (signed)Scales & Tales book, and the Dice pack (two d20 and ten d6) for 5$ off the normal incentive. Thanks, everyone's support means so much to me!

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    BRONZE:::Book and Dice

    Get a Scales & Tales book, two d20 dice, and ten d6 dice of assorted colors. Also come with 10 blank character sheets.

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    Scales & Tales book and T-shirt

    One paperback Scales and Tales and a hand screen-printined t-shirt

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    FAMILIARS- Book & Deck of Cards

    Special Offer to go with the reveal of the Familiar cards!
    Get the signed Scales & Tales book and a deck of 55 cards, including the familiar cards.

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    Bad Guys Cards SPECIAL

    With the reveal of the Bad Guys cards, I'm putting up a special right now, get a Scales & Tales book and a deck of 55 cards (24 Familiars, 10 Bad Guys, 21 Spells) for this special rate!

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    Bad Guys Cards-LIMITED SPECIAL

    With the reveal of the Bad Guys Cards, get this special offer of the Scales & Tales book, the PDF and a Deck of the 55 cards in this special package!

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    LAST 2 DAYS! Book & DECK of CARDS!

    Alrighty! Now that all the cards are done, I am having one last special. Get the Scales & Tales Book, Deck of Cards ( 21 Spells, 24 Familiars, 10 Bad Guys, 3 blanks, 58 total) and a Sir Digsby character card.

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    Book and B/W Character Drawing

    One paperback Scales & Tales book and Kevin Sherry will draw you a custom 5X7 inch, pen and watercolor drawing of any character.

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    Book and original book art

    One paperback Scales & Tales book, and one random piece of original art from the book, painted with Waverly paynes gray watercolors.

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    Scales & Tales Book, Deck of Cards

    One paperback Scales and Tales book and a deck of 55 full color playing cards containing 21 spell cards, 24 familiar cards, and 10 bad guys cards.

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    DELUXE:::Book, Deck and Dice

    Get a Scales & Tales book, two d20 dice, ten d6 dice, 10 blank character sheets and the Deck of Cards (21 Spells, 24 Familiars and 10 Enemy Cards)

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    Book and full color Character painting

    One paperback Scales & Tales book and one player's game character, 5X7in, painted in full color acrylic paint on wooden board by Kevin Sherry

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    GOLD LEVEL::: Everything

    Scales & Tales Book, Deck of Cards, two d20 dice, ten d6 dice, 10 character sheets, a screen printed tee-shirt, and a 5X7 watercolor painting of any hero character.

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    Retailers! Ten Books

    If you order ten books, I will give them to you for only $15 each.

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    Custom Quest & Four Books

    Get everything in the Gold level, plus 3 books, plus I will write you a custom 2 page Scales & Tales quest that can incorporate any elements you want.

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    Author Visit

    Kevin Sherry will come to your school/ store/ game dojo/ birthday party/ event/ bar/ etc. and be your Game Master for the night. This also comes with 8 books, many dice, character sheets and extras, and I will even write a quest especially for your event. (*UP TO 4hrs from MD. If distance is further, more travel expenses may apply)

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