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This project is a story-based RPG “adventure” infusing elements of fantasy and horror.  Interior features full-color art.
This project is a story-based RPG “adventure” infusing elements of fantasy and horror. Interior features full-color art.
74 backers pledged $6,415 to help bring this project to life.

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Thanks for taking at look at my very first Kickstarter project! My name is Todd VanHooser, a teacher in Arizona, author of The Laughing Moon Chronicles, and the designer behind the tabletop RPG, Adventures Under the Laughing Moon. 

This is the very first stand-alone adventure module for my table top role-playing game.  The game itself is a good old-fashioned RPG with an emphasis on story-telling, character creation, and figuring out how to shape the world around you through luck, skills, and the roll of your favorite dice.

The Ragged Man is the first stand-alone adventure for the Laughing Moon tabletop role-playing game, and is designed to be both a supplement and an expansion. The story is a blend of fantasy and horror where players are able to enter the Laughing Moon world and affect the outcome of the story through dice rolls and decisions based on the characters they have chosen to play. The adventure is written with all player types in mind. Whether this be a first-time player, or an experienced veteran gamer, there is something for everyone to enjoy. The idea was to create a game that would be fun to play, and a story that would be fun to read.

The Ragged Man adventure opens with the player characters trapped in a gypsy camp, surrounded by a mysterious bank of fog. During the night they hear the legend of the ragged man, as told by one of the gypsies and discover the tragic origins of this tale. For centuries the Ragged Man, a vengeful spirit that appears in scarecrow form, has haunted these lands in a mindless search for his lost children. The adventure takes players on a chase to save the gypsy camp by battling hideous creatures that are part man, part raven, a coven of vampires known as the Sullen Ones, a treacherous enemy masquerading as a friend, minions of the powerful and mysterious Raven Duchess, and the Ragged Man himself. The interior of the book will feature artwork by Scott Alan Gregory. His unique style will bring to life characters and creatures in a way never before seen. Designs include new monsters, gypsy fortune tellers, the Raven Duchess, specific scenes from the story, and of course the Ragged Man himself.

The final 8 1/2 x 11 bound product will be around 50 pages, full color.The interior will also feature numerous full-sized pages of Scott Alan Gregory’s art to really show off the spectacular designs he has created. Along with the adventure story, stats and write-ups for new characters and monsters will be included for Laughing Moon players to add to their collection.

If we can hit a Stretch Goal of $2,400 or more, we'll increase the number of pages in the adventure to 60+ and make room for additional art and content. 

If we hit a Stretch Goal of $3,000 or more, I will include 6 additional playable characters in the back of The Ragged Man book, plus increase the content of the book to 60+ pages.  These new characters will include unique items that have not previously been published in a Laughing Moon product. 


If we hit a Stretch Goal of $5,000, we'll include everything mentioned above PLUS allow each backer the opportunity to name a gypsy character in the book.  The names of ALL backers will also appear in the final printed product on a special dedication page.


And lastly, if we hit a Stretch Goal of $10,000, I'll include all of the above mentioned items in the publication, a unique art commission will be signed and mailed to all backers, and I will include all stats, information, background, and secrets of members of the infamous "Carrion Court" which is referenced heavily in the Ragged Man story, but manages to remain off the gaming radar and therefore safely in my sole keeping...for now. 

The cost of printing each full color book is expensive on us, but if we have the backers that want to see this product take life, then we will happily offer up even more for you to enjoy!

1) An adventure story like this invites a group of friends together to spend some time laughing, rolling dice, and generally enjoying each other's company.  It just so happens that the story I'm offering with the Ragged Man is also a fun, creepy, and compelling one that will help to heighten the entertainment level of that gaming night with friends.

2) Laughing Moon is a small, independent fantasy series & game with aspirations to be so much more.  Sure there's a lot of fantasy out there, but those who play Laughing Moon tend to fall in love with it.  The focus is on story, character, and finding your place in a dangerous world.  Gamers have asked for more, and this is our very first attempt at taking a big step into a broader world.

I've been independently pushing the Laughing Moon titles since 2008.  This particular project takes the work that I've done and literally puts a fresh story into the hands of gamers allowing them to leave their own footprints in the sand of the Laughing Moon world.

3) The book is beautifully designed, the artwork is absolutely stunning, and the story itself has all the elements of a campfire horror story blended with a fantasy adventure. 

Ultimately I'm very proud of the work that has gone into this project both on my end, and from our artist, Scott Alan Gregory.  I'm excited to see this become a reality and get some dice rolling with the Ragged Man story!

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge will be possible production and printing delays with this project. Although the artwork and writing will be complete, there is always the possibility of unforeseen obstacles hindering the layout or printing of the book, and therefore impact out intended timeline and roll-out. To avoid these delays, the plan is to finish everything early enough to have The Ragged Man sent to the printer with plenty of time to spare. Barring natural disasters, abduction by aliens, or being offered a major role in the recently announced Star Wars movie, everything should be ready to go off to the printer by mid-April. Regardless of any potential delays, I am committed to seeing this project through to publication and getting this into the hands of supporters, gamers, fans, and anyone who enjoys great artwork and a good ole-fashioned adventure tale.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!

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    "Adventurer Level"

    Your donation has earned you a unique Laughing Moon player character PDF. This character will be of adequate skill base, and equipped with the goods to take on anything encountered in The Ragged Man adventure!

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    "Bundalin Level"

    As a reward for your donation, you will receive the PDF copy of The Ragged Man adventure module plus a unique Laughing Moon player character PDF. This character will be of adequate skill base, and equipped with the goods to take on anything encountered in The Ragged Man adventure!

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    "Chronicler level" So you're not a big gamer, but you like a good story and you want to show your support. This is your level! With this pledge level you get a signed copy of TWO Laughing Moon Chronicles novellas. "The Mind's Eye" is the prequel to the first book in the series, The Barren Twelve. And "Garden of Fire" tells the origin story of The Burned Man--one of the most infamous characters in the Laughing Moon world. Show your support and get a good read out of it too!

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    "Paperless Scribe" Level You will be equipped with all of the Laughing Moon RPG related PDFs including Adventures Under the Laughing Moon core rule-book, the Book of Arcane Spells, the Book of Divine Powers, the maps, the GM screen, the Ragged Man adventure, and our pre-generated player characters.

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    "Rogue Level"

    You will be the first to receive a printed copy of The Ragged Man adventure, signed by author Todd VanHooser AND artist Scott Alan Gregory. In addition to the printed copy of the book, you also receive a PDF copy of The Ragged Man adventure module, a PDF copy of Adventures Under the Laughing Moon RPG core rule-book, plus a unique Laughing Moon player character PDF designed specifically for the Ragged Man story!

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    "Seer Level"

    You will be the first to receive a printed copy of The Ragged Man adventure, signed by author Todd VanHooser AND artist Scott Alan Gregory. Additionally, you will receive a signed print of artwork from this book. To keep you digitally equipped, you also receive a PDF copy of The Ragged Man adventure module, a PDF copy of Adventures Under the Laughing Moon core rule-book, the PDF of the Book of Arcane Spells, a PDF of the Book of Divine Powers, plus a unique Laughing Moon player character PDF designed specifically for the Ragged Man story!

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    "Cameo Level" We'll mail out a signed copy of the Ragged Man adventure to start off. The real treasure with this donation level is that you have the opportunity to NAME a character in an upcoming Laughing Moon publication. You can base this cameo appearance on a character you have created for the game, or it can be a completely fresh idea. The character of your choice will be mentioned by name in a "cameo" style encounter with one of the main characters from the Laughing Moon Chronicles. (You'll have the chance to brainstorm potential ideas with author Todd VanHooser to get the ball rolling. Note that the Ragged Man will ship in May, but the publication including your character will be announced later. Laughing Moon, LLC will retain all rights to the character.)

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    "Mystic Level"

    You will be the first to receive a printed copy of The Ragged Man adventure, signed by author Todd VanHooser AND artist Scott Alan Gregory. Additionally, you will receive a signed print of original artwork from this book AND a signed copy of the most recent edition of the Adventures Under the Laughing Moon RPG core rule-book.

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    "Worldly Sage Level" Available worldwide, this level offers everything from the "Mystic Level" plus the two supplement books -- the Book of Arcane Spells and the Book of Divine Powers. These supplements will provide everything a gamer needs to enter the Laughing Moon world. All books come signed.

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    "Oracle Level"

    You will be the first to receive a printed copy of The Ragged Man adventure, signed by author Todd VanHooser AND artist Scott Alan Gregory. Additionally, you will receive THREE signed art prints from this book. As a special incentive, you will be the LAST to own an original first edition signed copy of Adventures Under the Laughing Moon RPG core rule-book, originally printed in fall of 2010. These two books are the last to feature our character-based photography.

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    "Qualen Level"

    You will be the first to receive a printed copy of The Ragged Man adventure, signed by author Todd VanHooser AND artist Scott Alan Gregory. In addition to the adventure, you receive a FULL set of signed Laughing Moon RPG resources, including Adventures Under the Laughing Moon RPG core rule-book, the Book of Arcane Spells, the Book of Divine Powers. At this level, you also have the chance to see where the adventure began in the Laughing Moon fantasy series with signed copies of The Barren Twelve novel, The Mind’s Eye novella, and Garden of Fire novella. And lastly, you will be able to describe your VERY OWN character to artist Scott Alan Gregory and receive a personalized commission based on your description.

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    "Titan Level"

    You will be the first to receive EVERYTHING listed at the Qualen level, PLUS a full weekend attendee pass to Phoenix Comicon (May 23rd -26th 2013) for the release of the Ragged Man adventure module, AND dinner with the Laughing Moon crew on Saturday night during the PCC event. (Only the convention badge and Saturday night dinner are covered for the event—no other travel expenses are included.)

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    "God Level"

    You will forever be a part of the world under the Laughing Moon. First, you receive EVERYTHING listed at Reward #8. And as the ultimate reward for backing this project, you will have the opportunity to brainstorm a unique character and story with author Todd VanHooser for a novella length publication centered on the character of your creation. Actual printing and publication date will be discussed during the brainstorming meeting, including concept ideas for potential cover art. (Todd VanHooser and Laughing Moon Productions, LLC, retain all rights to any printed material, including characters, setting, story, etc. Final character concept will be considered property of Laughing Moon Productions, LLC.)

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