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!
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.
-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?!
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:
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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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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