About this project
Greetings, everyone! My name is Andrew. Welcome to my 3rd Kickstarter campaign, a Make 100 project.
My project is to create music -- 13 songs -- inspired by character backgrounds listed in the D&D 5E Player's Handbook.
I've hosted games both with and without music, but have found the atmosphere to be most realistic when music is present. Whether characters are exploring an area, speaking with a NPC or fighting for their lives, music has always enhanced the experience. My goal is to create music that DM's / GM's everywhere can use in their tabletop experiences.
What character backgrounds are you creating music for?
The music I'll be making will be for the following character backgrounds:
- Folk Hero
- Guild Artisan
Here are some sample tracks from recent Kickstarters & other projects (to give you a general idea of what my compositions sound like):
Whirlpool Galaxy (from Ambient Music Inspired by Charles Messier)
A Hired Coachman in Winter (from Chill-out inspired by Winter)
Gulls by the Bay (from Apache in Concord, 2015)
Logic Drives Me Crazy (2014, single)
There are two stretch goals for this campaign, one that unlocks at $150, and one that unlocks at $300.
If more than $150 is pledged by the time the campaign ends, Sunshinesrain, who created an acrylic painting (shown below) for my first Kickstarter, will be creating a KS exclusive pen & watercolour sketch. If unlocked, every backer will receive a digital copy of her final art. I'll be using a slightly modified version as cover art.
If this project is completely backed (100 backers) or more than $300 is pledged by the time the campaign ends, all backers will also receive (as a digital download) an original D&D 5E campaign with hand-drawn maps & a detailed adventure. All backers will have their Kickstarter handle listed in the campaign credits. The campaign will comply with D&D's SRD OGL and will be a non-exclusive reward.
Not only will you have music for future campaigns, you'll be able to use some of it in this campaign, wowing your friends, family and other Dungeonees!
Where will my funds be going?
The following outlines how received funds will be allocated:
$1-$149 in total pledges
- Kickstarter Fees: 8-10% (up to about $12-$15)
- Recording Expenses: 60% (up to about $90)
- Publicity/Promotion: 20% (up to about $30)
- Taxes: 5% (up to $7.45)
- Office Expenses: Remainder (up to about $7.55-$10.55)
$150-$299 in total pledges (First Stretch Goal Unlocks)
- Art (KS Exclusive - First Stretch Goal): $50 CDN
- Kickstarter Fees: 8-10% ($12-$29.90)
- Recording Expenses: $50.50-$150
- Publicity/Promotion: $25-$30
- Taxes: 5% ($7.50-$14.95)
- Office Expenses: Remainder ($0-$25.15)
$300 or more in total pledges (Second Stretch Goal Unlocks)
- Art (KS Exclusive - First Stretch Goal): $50
- D&D 5E Campaign (Second Stretch Goal): $25
- Kickstarter Fees: 8-10% of total ($24-$30)
- Recording Expenses: $150
- Publicity/Promotion: $30
- Taxes: 5% ($15)
- Office Expenses: Remainder ($0-$6)
What can you tell me about your timeline?
I've decided to set the reward delivery date at May 2017 just to allow extra time to make sure the compositions get sufficient time and attention before finalizing them.
Aside from that, the project timeline is as follows:
- January-February - Actively running & promoting the campaign
- February-April - Composing, mixing & mastering music; posting updates (1-2 times / month)
May - Delivering music files (WAV & MP3) via Dropbox link in a backer's only post)
As always, thanks very much for your consideration, and please... tell your DM friends & acquaintances.
Risks and challenges
I'm experienced in composing, mixing and mastering music tracks & distributing them. I've also run two small scale campaigns and have a current track record of delivering rewards on time or ahead of schedule.
I don't anticipate or foresee any roadblocks at present, but all backers will continue to receive regular updates with revised timelines should that occur.
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