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An epic fantasy tabletop RPG.
An epic fantasy tabletop RPG.
223 backers pledged $8,424 to help bring this project to life.

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JUNE 7th UPDATE: We're in the final stretch! Bonus gift: Blade Raiders wallpaper

Click this link for all the various wallpaper sizes and download links:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/165903443/blade-raiders-fantasy-roleplaying-game/posts/242039

MAY 31st UPDATE: 1st look at the Limited Edition hardcover

MAY 26th UPDATE: Initial goal reached! A Gift & Stretch Goal

A big thanks to all of you who've pledged! We've reached our initial goal -- and with over two weeks left to go! :) Thank you so much for being part of this project and for helping to make my RPG game a reality. I have two exciting announcements:

1) As a "thank you" gift, I'm immediately including a new reward for everyone who's pledged $10 or more -- Creature Cards!

2) And we now have a Stretch Goal of $9,000. If we hit this new amount, everyone who's pledged $25 or more will receive an "Adventure Folder."

Please click on the "Updates" tab above and check out my latest update (#3) for more information on the Creature Cards, Stretch Goal and Adventure Folders. And thanks again for all of your support!

MAY 21st UPDATE: 1st look at the character sheet, and exciting new Pledge Rewards!

As I write this, we're about 60% funded, which is amazing. Thank you so much to everyone who's pledged! :) As a little "thank you" for your support, I thought I'd offer a first look at the character sheet. Keep in mind, this is the working version. As I flesh things out and do some game testing, details and design elements are sure to change. But at least this gives you a pretty solid idea as to what you can expect. Click here for a bigger version: http://grantgould.com/art/brcs.jpg  Also, I added new Pledge Rewards: ORIGINAL ARTWORK from the book at the $200 level (limited to 30) and a PDF at $15. So please check those out. Thanks!

What is Blade Raiders?

Blade Raiders is an epic fantasy tabletop roleplaying game. Swords and sorcery, high adventure, creatures and quests -- All of the elements you crave, but presented with a unique spin you've never experienced before. The game will be written, assembled, and fully illustrated by me (you can check out my full bio on the right side of this page), and I'm confident people will enjoy the end result. I've been playing and running tabletop RPGs for over 25 years, so I know what makes a fun game and a great social experience. I look forward to sharing my vision with you and your gaming group. :)

Can you tell me more about the actual book itself?

This first book is the core rulebook. It contains everything you need to play the game, aside from dice -- World overview, character creation, combat rules, monster stats, and everything else needed to begin your adventure. The book will have an 8.5"x11"/magazine-size format (like many RPGs: Dungeons & Dragons, Palladium, Pathfinder, etc.), softcover, perfect-bound, featuring black-and-white interior pages and full-color covers. **A limited-edition hardcover version is available as well. See the rewards section for more info.**

When will the book be done?

If I reach my goal, I plan on having the book completely done by September and back from the printers by late October. If I don't reach my goal, then the project will be shelved. I just can't afford to spend the time needed on this unless I have some help. So, please, if you want this game to happen, make a pledge and tell your friends.

So what do I get if I pledge?

Rewards! :) Along the right-hand side of this page, you'll see the list of rewards based on the various amounts that you can pledge.

What does my money pay for?

Your money (assuming I reach my Kickstarter goal -- if the goal's not met, then you don't pay a penny) will make it possible for me to pay bills while I work on Blade Raiders. Being able to set aside a large chunk of time to illustrate the book and put it together is a huge part of making it happen. Additionally, your money will help pay for printing, rewards, and shipping costs.

Will there be more Blade Raiders books coming after this?

I certainly hope so! If the goal is reached, you can be sure that the first Blade Raiders sourcebook will be coming in early 2013.

If you have any other questions, be sure to check the FAQs below -- and if you don't find an answer there, feel free to message me. Thanks!

- Grant

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    All of the above AND a signed limited-edition hardcover version of the book. This particular hardcover featuring exclusive variant cover art will be available only to Kickstarter backers.

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    All of the above AND one random original drawing used for one of the characters or creatures in the book (pencil & ink on 8.5"x11" cardstock, signed by the artist).

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    All of the above AND you can become part of Blade Raiders history by naming a location, magic item, or magic weapon in the book. Your name will appear on the credits page as the creator of the name, along with a special thanks.

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    All of the above AND you can become a huge part of Blade Raiders history by appearing as (or having one of your human RPG characters appear as) a prominent character/NPC in the book. Your character will have an accompanying illustration based on information you give me, and your name will appear on the credits page as the creator of the character, along with a special thanks.

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