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16 Comic book stories from over 30 creators about our favorite RPG characters... and how they died.
16 Comic book stories from over 30 creators about our favorite RPG characters... and how they died.
16 Comic book stories from over 30 creators about our favorite RPG characters... and how they died.
437 backers pledged $13,178 to help bring this project to life.

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DEATH SAVES: Fallen Heroes of the Kitchen Table

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"Death Saves: Fallen Heroes of the Kitchen Table" collects 16 all-new comic book stories about what happens when fantasy gaming characters run out of hit points. This book will be a 132 pages, full-color, perfect bound hardcover(!) printed in digest format (5.5" x 7.75") and features an original cover by artist Jared Morgan.

Update #1: Stretch Goals Added 1/27
Update #2: Hardcover and USA Printing Goals 1/30
Update #3: Stickers, Posters, Bonus Story 2/24

The Adventures

These 16 stories feature a worldwide assortment of talent. With many years of combined gaming experience between the creators, each comic explores the time-honored tradition of killing player characters in a unique, and often unexpected way.

"They Just Don't Get It" by Ryan Little & Tomasz "Spell" Grządziela
"They Just Don't Get It" by Ryan Little & Tomasz "Spell" Grządziela
"Roll of the Die" by Michael Sebastian & Cecilia Latella
"Roll of the Die" by Michael Sebastian & Cecilia Latella
"Blood Lust" by Jeremy Wetzel & James Kersey
"Blood Lust" by Jeremy Wetzel & James Kersey

Some of the tales in "Death Saves" are funny, others tragic, others something else entirely. Every gaming table is different. However, one constant is that the real relationships between players impacts the fantasy characters’ fate as much as the dice.

(Note: Some artwork not yet final.)

The Players

Our contributors are some of the brightest up-and-coming talents in comics: Travis Ames, Tara Madison AverySteven BagatzkyMatthew BlakeKevin Budnik, Matthew DiggesTomasz "Spell" Grządziela, Rob Hebert, Austin HamblinJames KerseyJonathan Lareva, Cecilia Latella, Ryan Little, Keith McLean, Dijibril Morissette-Phan, Ryan Nichols, Chris Northrop, Timathy Quam, Michael Schisler, Michael Sebastian, Ayşegül Sinav, Josh Trujillo, SM Vidaurri, Andrew WeissJeremy Wetzel, and Josh Zingerman!

This collection was edited by Josh Trujillo (Love Machines, The Reason for Dragons). Josh's work has been featured in successful Kickstarter projects such as "The Provider" "Unlawful Good: An Anthology of Crime" and "Anything That Loves: Comics Beyond Gay & Straight."
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Special Introduction and Illustrations

"Death Saves" features a special introduction by noted game designer Adam Koebel! Adam co-created Dungeon World, which in 2012 was named Indie RPG Game of the Year. We are very excited to have him and his passion for rpgs be a part of "Death Saves".

In addition, some super talented fans from the world of comics and gaming have pitched in to do special illustrations, and maps.

This includes: Ben Bishop, Kevin Castaniero, Shawn Daley, Jake Myler, Bill Roundy, Sam Schultz, Kevin Jay Stanton, Jason Thompson, Jesse "Zeus" Toves, and Tim Utsler

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The Loot

[Note: Because we have met so many of our stretch goals each level will receive a copy of DEATH SAVES TOTAL PARTY KILL GUIDE, as well a die-cut sticker featuring the Death Saves emblem by Jared Morgan! Physical vs. Digital rewards vary based on backer level.]

  • $1: An exclusive set of "Death Saves" avatars for your social media and gaming needs. Plus: An online thank you from our "Death Saves" Twitter and Facebook pages. Thank you for supporting independent comics!
  • $5: You (or a beloved rpg character of yours) will have their name and character level listed in the "Epitaph" pages of the actual Death Saves book! Your "level" in the book will correspond with your level of contribution. Includes avatars.
  • $6: A "Death Saves" wallpaper featuring art by cover artist Jared Morgan! Includes epitaph and avatars.
  • $10: A downloadable PDF version of "Death Saves." Includes wallpaper, epitaph & avatars.
  •  $25: A physical, hardcover version of "Death Saves"! Includes PDF book, wallpaper, epitaph & avatars.
Choice of 11" x 17" poster prints featuring the work of Kevin Castaniero, Bill Roundy or Jesse "Zeus" Toves.
Choice of 11" x 17" poster prints featuring the work of Kevin Castaniero, Bill Roundy or Jesse "Zeus" Toves.
  • $30: Your choice of one of three poster prints by Kevin Castaniero, Bill Roundy, or Jesse "Zeus" Toves. Includes real book, PDF book, wallpaper, epitaph & avatars.
  •  $35: A digital comics bundle featuring over 400 pages of comics from DEATH SAVES contributors! This includes books like Love Machines, Captain Ultimate, Invisible Sam, Chickenfoot, The Adventures of Punk and Rock, Footprints, and many more! Includes choice of prints, real book, PDF book, wallpaper, epitaph and avatars.
  • $45: All 3 of the poster prints by Kevin Castaniero, Bill Roundy, and Jesse "Zeus" Toves. Includes digital comics bundle, real book, PDF book, wallpaper, epitaph & avatars.
  •  $60: You will receive a one-of-a-kind "Death Saves" sketch card (2.5" x 3.5", black and white), featuring the work of one of our talented artists. Includes all the prints, digital comics bundle, real book, PDF book, wallpaper, epitaph & avatars.
  • $75 - Retailer Reward: 6 copies of "Death Saves" to sell in your store! Includes 6 poster prints of your choice and a downloadable copy of "Death Saves."
  • $100: "Death Saves" editor Josh Trujillo will edit your comic script or gaming adventure, providing corrections, suggestions, and commentary. Includes sketch card, prints, digital comics bundle, physical and digital copies of "Death Saves", wallpaper, epitaph, avatar set and a thank you!
  • $150 - Retailer Reward: 10 copies of "Death Saves," 10 poster prints, as well as a downloadable copy for the retailer!
  • $175 - Southern California Exclusive: Editor Josh Trujillo and other "Death Saves" contributors will appear at your store to do a signing and run a demo game of your favorite dice-based fantasy RPG!

    Includes 10 copies of "Death Saves," 10 poster prints, as well as a downloadable copy for the retailer. [The date of the signing/demo are to be mutually agreed on by all parties.Limited to stores located within 200 miles of Los Angeles.]
  • $500 - GET KILLED IN THE BOOK!: Have yourself (or a beloved fantasy character of yours) killed in the actual "Death Saves" book in a custom illustration! In addition, you will be mailed the original art to the piece to display in your game room, dungeon, or stronghold!

    Includes sketch card, 5 prints of your choice, digital comics bundle, 5 books, a digital PDF of "Death Saves", wallpaper, avatar set and a thank you!

Stretch Goals

  • $4,000 - EVERYONE GETS A STICKER - UNLOCKED!!! If we reach this total every backer that receives a reward in the mail will also receive a die-cut sticker featuring the now-iconic Death Saves emblem by Jared Morgan! If you are only receiving digital rewards we'll send you a PDF so you can make your own sticker!
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  • $4,750 - DEATH SAVES' TOTAL PARTY KILL GUIDE - UNLOCKED!!!  For the spiteful game master on the go, "Death Saves' Total Party Kill Guide" is a little primer on how to kill off your players in unique and inventive ways. Designed with all complicated fantasy rule sets in mind, this black and white booklet will draw from the experiences of Death Saves contributors, as well as the stories featured within the main book. (Printing size 5.5" x 7.75")

    The book will also feature an original full-color cover by David Zissou. This bonus reward will be available to all levels of pledge. Those receiving digital-only rewards will be able to download their own copy.
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  • $5,500 - HARDCOVER EDITION - UNLOCKED!!! We can print the book in a glorious hardcover edition! If you ordered the softcover edition your order will automatically be upgraded to the hardcover!
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  • $6,250 - LOCAL PRINTING - UNLOCKED!!! We can work with a domestic (USA) printer rather than an international one. This will allow us a greater degree of quality control over the final product and significantly reduces the time it takes for you to receive your copy of Death Saves.
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  • $7,000 - ADVENTURE MODULE FOR TPK GUIDE - UNLOCKED!!! This will allow us to get a designer to expand on and beautify the content of the Death Saves Total Party Kill Guide! We'll also be adding a brand-new adventure module that guarantees even the most inexperienced Game Masters a Total Party Kill. [As with the rest of the TPK Guide, this module will be written so it can be adapted for a variety of tabletop RPG systems.]
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  • $7,750 BOOSTED DIGITAL COMICS BUNDLE - UNLOCKED!!! We'll be increasing the amount of comics in the digital bundle, adding more recent titles from our talented creators. [This reward will be available for Level 7 backers and above.]
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  • $8,500 EVERYONE GETS A POSTER - UNLOCKED!!! All copies of the book will include an exclusive poster print featuring the Death Saves: Total Party Kill Guide cover art by Dave Zissou! Digital-only backers will receive a high-resolution version of the image so they can print their own.
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  • $9,250 - EVERYONE GETS ANOTHER STICKER - UNLOCKED!!! If we reach this total every backer that receives a reward in the mail will also receive a SECOND die-cut sticker! If you are only receiving digital rewards we'll send you a PDF so you can make your own sticker!
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  • $10,000 - BONUS STORY - UNLOCKED!!! An extra, multi-page comic story will be added to the Death Saves collection, written by editor Josh Trujillo and drawn by Kendall Goode

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Where does the money go?

Most of the money will go directly to our US-based printer. The remainder of the funds will allow us to fulfill our pledged Kickstarter rewards, cover miscellaneous production/promotional fees, and cushion us in case shipping costs go over (they often do!)

After the campaign to get "Death Saves" in print, we fully intend to have a charitable component as part of the book's future. This is first and foremost a passion project. The 30+ creators involved have sacrificed considerable time and energy from their lives to make "Death Saves" a reality.

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Thank you!

A thank you to everyone who made this project possible, either through their talent or through their support of the book and its' contributors. Also a special thank you to all of the game designers, game masters, and players that breathe life into these fictional worlds.

Risks and challenges

This book is mostly completed and the final pages will be complete before this Kickstarter campaign ends. That means the greatest uncertainties lie in printing. We are working very closely with our printer to ensure quality and timeliness for this project. As soon as this campaign ends we'll be able to go to press immediately.

Despite what you have heard, this book will not turn your children into Satanists. Please show your love of gaming and/or independent comics by contributing towards Death Saves: Fallen Heroes of the Kitchen Table! Thank you!

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