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The Last Will and Testament of Obediah Felkner (for DCC RPG)

A 1st-level, horror-themed western adventure for Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG. (DCC RPG)

The Last Will and Testament of Obediah Felkner (for DCC RPG)

A 1st-level, horror-themed western adventure for Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG. (DCC RPG)

$4,065
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184
backers
17days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, October 7 2019 3:39 PM UTC +00:00.

About

1869 California

On a cool evening in the town of Los Castores, a lawyer summons a small group of strangers into his office. Obediah Felkner, a prominent resident and claim owner of a nearby quicksilver mine, has recently passed away from a mysterious illness. Surprisingly, a group of complete strangers have been named as his beneficiaries. The claim to Felkner’s mine could become theirs.

However, Felkner’s last will contains a peculiar condition: in order to claim the deed to the mine, the party must collect a holy relic known as the Hand of San Roque and deliver it to Felkner’s grieving widow before dawn. The artifact is rumored to be hidden somewhere in the old Mission San Roque, abandoned by the Spanish almost 40 years ago.

And should they refuse? The lawyer points out they, too, have contracted the same disease that claimed the life of Mr. Felkner, and the retrieval of the relic is their only hope if they wish to survive the mysterious deadly affliction.

The Last Will and Testament of Obediah Felkner - Standard Cover (FRK Pyron)

Summary

The Last Will and Testament of Obediah Felkner is a horror-themed western adventure designed for 4-to-6 1st-level characters. This product is compatible with the Dungeon Crawl Classics Role Playing Game. The adventure contains pre-generated western-themed DCC RPG characters, so no additional supplements are required. That said, it has been playtested with both David Baity's upcoming Dark Trails RPG and Stormlord Publishing's Black Powder, Black Magic DCC supplement with delightful results. There is an appendix “Running this adventure with Dark Trails” providing the judge ideas on how to fully leverage the Dark Trails ruleset with this adventure.

This full-length, standalone adventure will be between 24 to 28 pages in length. The adventure is completely written, edited, and thoroughly playtested. It currently contains art from some of your favorite DCC RPG artists including FRK Pyron, Stefan Poag, Danny Prescott, Sonya Prince, and Aaron Robinson. The adventure will be released as an 8.5 x 11 booklet with color cover and black and white interior pages.

But wait, there’s more! A limited-edition alternate foil-cover will be released and made available for sale only to Kickstarter backers. For an example of the foil cover, check out the one released for Children of the Fallen Sun.

And finally, you will have the option to receive a  Dark Trails Quick Start Guide PDF discount code! See below for details.

Spoiler Details

The adventure is loaded with goodies. Filthy spoilers ahead so if you’re planning on enjoying this adventure as a player you may want to skip to the next section.

Only judges here? OK, here’s what goodies you’ll get in the adventure:

  • The bulk of the adventure takes place in a fictional California Mission. Despite being a western, like many of my adventures there’s a strong horror theme where the players will eventually discover there’s a mystery going on at the old Spanish Mission and not everything is quite what it seems…
  • The adventure has approximately 12 keyed encounters, as well as starting and ending events.
  • A full-page black and white mission map illustrated by Stefan Poag.
  • The appendix includes descriptions of 3 new magic items (including the artifact The Hand of San Roque), at least 3 illustrated player handouts, and 10 pre-generated 1st-level PCs which can be used as-is or as examples on how to modify a standard DCC class into a western-themed PC.
Stefan Poag illustrates why PCs should be careful when poking around haunted grave yards

Project Status

The project has already reached the following milestones:

  • Writing of the adventure is complete, the core adventure has been edited, and the adventure has been playtested by multiple judges at several conventions.
  • Cover art and most of the interior illustrations are complete.
  • A deliciously illustrated map by Stefan Poag is complete.
  • The art for the foil cover by FRK Pyron is complete.
  • Amazing new interior illustrations from some of your favorite artists including FRK Pyron, Stefan Poag, Danny Prescott, Sonya Prince, and Aaron Robinson.

The Kickstarter funds will be used to fund the printing of the adventures, and potentially include 2-3 additional pieces of art.

Limited Edition Foil Cover (FRK Pyron)

Stretch Goals

Given that the adventure is almost entirely complete, I will be keeping the stretch goals modest, as I’d like to get the adventure in your hands as soon as possible. Still, I wanted to offer a little something as a thank you to Kickstarter backers.

  • At $3000: Stickers for print backers! Each print copy of the adventure will include  two 3"x3” stickers: one of the Thick Skull Adventures logo (see below), and another with a new design which will be inspired by one of the pieces of art within the adventure.
  • At $4000: Four additional pages. The adventure is currently 24 pages, but you can help make it 28! The new pages would most likely be a combination of new pieces of art as well as some more background material write ups of the prominent NPCs encountered in Los Castores.
  • At $5500: A full patron write up. Spoiler alert: within the adventure, there is an otherworldly entity meddling with humankind in nefarious ways. At this level, I will do a full write-up of this entity as a patron and include an accompanying piece of art.
Thick Skull Adventures Sticker!

Dark Trails Quick Start Guide PDF Discount Code Offer

To get your Weird West campaign started right, David Baity has generously agreed to provide discount codes for the PDF copy of the Dark Trails Quick Start Guide when it becomes available to backers of this Kickstarter. (“PDF Copy” and above level to qualify). When it comes time to fill out your rewards survey for this product, you will have the option to also share your email information with David Baity so he can deliver a discount code when purchasing the Dark Trails Quick Start Guide PDF from DriveThruRPG. when it becomes available.

About Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG

You’re no hero.

You’re an adventurer: a reaver, a cutpurse, a heathen-slayer, a tight-lipped warlock guarding long-dead secrets. You seek gold and glory, winning it with sword and spell, caked in the blood and filth of the weak, the dark, the demons, and the vanquished. There are treasures to be won deep underneath, and you shall have them.

The Dungeon Crawl Classics Role Playing Game returns you to the glory days of gaming, allowing you to adventure as 1974 intended you to, but with modern rules grounded in the origins of sword & sorcery.

About Dark Trails

The forthcoming Dark Trails RPG by David Baity is a game which pays homage to the popular Weird West genre.  Dark Trails can be used as a standalone game or as the perfect complement to a growing line of products that all utilize the rules found in the Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG. While Dark Trails is not required to play The Last will and Testament of Obediah Felkner, the two go together like dust and boots.

About Stephen Newton

Stephen has been publishing adventures for both Thick Skull Adventures and Goodman Games for over seven years. Stephen has garnered a bit of a reputation for his unique style of horror contained with his DCC adventures. He is the author of three of Goodman Game’s Halloween (now Horror) line of adventures including They Served Brandolyn Red, The Corpse that Love Built, and Creep, Skrag, Creep! As the primary author behind Thick Skull Adventures, Stephen has authored the Best Selling Attack of the Frawgs, The Haunting of Larvik Island, Stronghold of the Wood Giant Shaman, and Children of the Fallen Sun (for the Mutant Crawl Classics RPG).

Shipping Costs

Each adventure will ship either in a cardboard envelope or bubble pack via Media Mail. Per Kickstarter recommendations, shipping and handling costs ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THE PLEDGE LEVELS. This is to protect everyone involved in case there is an unforeseen rate increase in postal costs between funding and final shipping. At the time of launch, shipping and handling is planned to be an economical $5 per book shipped which is charged separate from the pledge levels. Rest assured that we will do everything within our power to ship your books to you the cheapest and most economical way possible.

Any changes beyond our control to the expected shipping costs resulting from postal rate increases will be fully announced in updates if such a situation arises.

All shipping for this Kickstarter is to the USA ONLY, so please pledge accordingly. 

But what about international orders? If you’re outside the US and want a copy, the standard cover will eventually be available through the Goodman Games and Game Kastle online store(s). If you are outside the US and want a foil cover, please send me a direct message and I will try to determine the most economical way to accommodate the request – most likely as a special order.

PDF Fulfillment

PDF copies will be fulfilled through DriveThruRPG.com. A survey will be sent out requesting you submit a copy of your DriveThruRPG email address and that will be used to ship a code in order to download the adventure.

Risks and challenges

Thick Skull Adventures has been publishing RPG adventures in both print and PDF format for over seven years, and this is our second Kickstarter campaign, following the successful fulfillment of Children of the Fallen Sun. As the initial adventure is largely complete, the only foreseeable risks are minor delays in receiving pieces of art or unforeseen snags with the printer. The estimated delivery dates could be modestly impacted if the stretch goals are unlocked. Any estimated impact to delivery dates will be communicated via Kickstarter campaign updates.

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