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A dungeon delving role-playing game about helping your friends and keeping your promises.
A dungeon delving role-playing game about helping your friends and keeping your promises.
A dungeon delving role-playing game about helping your friends and keeping your promises.
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The Deep Dark is a minimalist role playing game designed with modern theory principles to invoke an old school, or OSR feel during play. 
The Deep Dark is a role-playing game played around a table among a group of friends. Anywhere from 2 to 6 will do, though usually 4 - 5 is the best. During the game most players take control of a character and describe how their characters descend down into the depths of dungeons to fight monsters, overcome traps, and loot great treasures by using the rules provided in this book. 

One player takes on a special role: that of the Game Master. They set the pacing of the game, and act as an arbitrator of these rules. 
This book covers the rules of play for The Deep Dark.
By William McAusland
By William McAusland

 The Deep Dark is my love letter to games PBtA and OSR. At its core, its about adventurers and dungeon delving, over coming obstacles, and working together as a team. It features heavy role-play and narrative propelled action, to interact with the world deep in the earth. 

The Deep Dark features 'fiction first' design with heavy emphasis on player narration. I call this, 'Describe to Survive'. With this, player's narration factors heavily on their character's success in the deep. 

By William McAusland
By William McAusland

 Roll 1d6 + Modifiers

Its simple. Roll 1d6 and add modifiers from your character's Attribute, Lineage, Tools, and Alignment. Its up to you as the player to position your character in the fiction in order to be able to accrue these modifiers. 

If the result of this test is 6 or higher, you succeed. 

The game encourages you to dig deep into it. The more you play, the more you discover through time, the better you become at positioning your Lineage, or the Tools on your back to grant you the modifiers you need. 

But this isn't as easy as it seems as you'll have to fight against the very darkness that crawls forth from the deep crevices and ancient places of the earth.

By William McAusland
By William McAusland

 The Deep Dark comes in three versions: A digital PDF, a 62 page softcover, and a 124 page hardcover. All fully illustrated by William McAusland.

The PDF

The PDF is a digital copy of the 62 page softcover version of the book.

The Softcover

The softcover is a 62 page perfect bound paperback, black and white interior, printed on 60# cream colored paper. 

It features the entire game, and all you need to play including: rules for character creations, test resolution, exploration, camp, combat, spells, orisons, game mastery, town, the wilderland, and bestiary.

the softcover
the softcover

The Hardcover

The Hardcover is a 124 page case wrap bound, black and white interior, printed on 50# white colored paper. 

It features the entire game just as the softcover and also features an adventure, as well as a 'notebook' section featuring an area for GMs and players to keep notes and chart maps.  

By William McAusland
By William McAusland

 This is where I come to you, the backers. I need your assistance in order to print my first small run of The Deep Dark. I will use these funds to print several copies of both the soft and hard covers, to send to you, and to supply for retail sale. 

I've already put a good share of work into this project. I've taken just over a year to write and refine these rules over multiple playtest sessions and multiple playtest groups. I've put my own funds into licensing art for the book, as well as ordering proofs of the book from the publisher. 

Together though, we can make this game a reality. 

Thank you for looking over the campaign, have a look at the rewards. Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks so much!

Risks and challenges

I have to admit, this is my first kickstarter. This is also my first time publishing a product and handling the logistics of supplying it to backers.

However, the game is done. The writing and layout is complete. I've already contacted the publishing printer and have file set up ready for me to push the button. The adventure is currently being play tested and is on its way to completion as well.

This may be my first kickstarter, but I have over 15 years working in management positions dealing with finances, ordering, stocking, and logistics of running a retail and medical business, and I feel my experience has prepared me to bring this product to you in a timely manner.

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