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Are you a gamemaster looking for an interesting and challenging adventure for your players that can be completed in one session? Well, I have just what you want: Befouled Maze of the Demi-Lich is a fantasy role-playing game mini-adventure module designed for a band of 6-8 5e DnD characters of 10th to 12th level.
A common saying among the wise is “Curiosity kills the rogue,” but sometimes interesting possibilities seek you out instead of the other way around. And so it is with a party of adventurers who decide to veer into the forest to investigate some strange lights. They find a small shine inhabited by a old, wizened man in grey robes.
He greats the travelers and reveals to them, via a tarot card reading, an intriguing side quest: saving a demigoddess’ beloved companion, who was kidnapping by a lich named Ulsus Malachite and held in a bewitched hedge maze.
The party is a little apprehensive about contending against a lich, even if the undead fiend is in a weakened state, but the old man’s hint of priceless rewards for a successful rescue, including one heart’s desire, makes the endeavor seem worthwhile.
Of course, this maze will surely be full of terrible beasts and devious traps ready to destroy the unwary, but such is way of the adventurer. Will the party survive to claim the prize? And what exactly does the lich gain by this kidnapping? So many mysteries…
The author of the module is Joe Pearce, who has been running and writing RPG adventures for over 20 years. This is his second fantasy RPG funding drive, the first being the successfully funded, produced, and shipped Temple of the Dragon Kin. He is also a video game developer and writes a webcomic.
Illustrations by the following artists will appear in the module (based on stretch goals met and availability): Jacob Blackmon, Brian McCranie, Ed Lacabanne, Peter Saga, and more!
The module’s design is finished and only needs expanded descriptions of the encounters, final monster stat blocks, playtesting, and artwork for it to be complete. I expect it should be available for delivery to backers by October of this year.
The module will have the following features as a base goal:
- 16-20 pages in length
- Over 12 encounter areas, plus a prologue and epilogue
- 3 black & white interior illustrations
- A color cover illustration
- 3 new monsters available as Open Game Content
- Map of the Befouled Maze of the Demi-Lich
- Pre-generated, ready-to-run, PCs as PDF supplement
We are also including an additional printed reward beyond the module -- a set of 6 tarot cards, just like the ones mentioned in the module's prologue to introduce the adventure to the players. The set will tentatively include THE FOOL, STRENGTH, THE MOON, THE EMPEROR, THE TOWER, and DEATH.
All backers at the PDF Module pledge level or higher receive these in a B&W PDF file, while those who select the Tarot Cards, Dedicate a Bench, or Executive Producer pledge levels receive printed color cards. These cards are also available as an add-on (see below).
Once the base goal is reached, I would like to make Befouled Maze of the Demi-Lich even better by adding more content!
#1 ($600): Color Back Cover Illustration! The module gains a color illustration for the back cover. UNLOCKED.
#2 ($1000): Full-page B&W Illustration! A full-page B&W illustration is added to the module. UNLOCKED.
#3 ($1600): Color Tarot Cards (and More)! Those receiving the printed tarot cards will now get them in glorious color! Plus, anyone pledging at the PDF Module reward level or above will receive a PDF of the B&W tarot cards. UNLOCKED.
#4 ($2000): Another Full-page B&W Illustration! A second full-page B&W illustration is added to the module. UNLOCKED.
#5 ($2600): Double Dose of Lich! The module expands by 2-4 pages (plus one illustration) to allow for an epilogue where the lich escapes and then is (relatively) quickly hunted down by the player party. Another battle ensues with more sweet, sweet experience points available. Or death. Whatever. LOCKED.
$6 ($3200): 2 Bonus Tarot Cards. Every backer at the PDF module pledge level or higher gets two more tarot cards (probably THE CHARIOT and WHEEL OF FORTUNE) in the same format as the other six (B&W PDF or color printed). These appear in the epilogue mentioned above. LOCKED.
#7 ($4000): Surprise! This stretch goal will be revealed when the $2600 goal is unlocked. LOCKED.
As a backer of this Kickstarter you can increase your pledge amount to receive an extra copy of Befouled Maze of the Dem-Lich, a copy of our other module Temple of the Dragon Kin, or add the set of 6 tarot cards for those reward levels that do not include them.
Here are a couple interior pages and artwork from Temple of the Dragon Kin.
$5 / PDF Copy of Temple of the Dragon Kin: If you are backing at the PDF Module reward level or higher, you can add a copy of Temple of the Dragon Kin in PDF format for $5. Just include this extra amount in your pledge.
$12 / Extra Printed Copy of Befouled Maze of the Demi-Lich: If you are backing at the Printed Module reward level or higher, you can add an additional printed copy of the module for $12 plus shipping ($1 for US, $2 for other countries). Just include this extra amount in your pledge.
$12 / Printed Copy of Temple of the Dragon Kin: If you are backing at the Printed Module reward level or higher, you can add a printed copy of Temple of the Dragon Kin for $12 plus shipping ($1 for US, $2 for other countries). Just include this extra amount in your pledge.
$16 / 6 Tarot Cards: If you are backing at the Printed Module reward level or higher, you can add a set (or second set) of 6 printed, color tarot cards for $16 plus shipping ($1 for US/Canada/Mexico, $2 for other countries). Just include this extra amount in your pledge. Set will tentatively include THE FOOL, STRENGTH, THE MOON, THE EMPEROR, THE TOWER, and DEATH.
Thanks for your interest in this project. I hope you will become a backer and help make Befouled Maze of the Demi-Lich a reality for gamers to enjoy. Regardless if you can donate, please share a link to this project with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or any other forum that you think people would like the module.
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One final note: As a backer of Kickstarter projects myself, I have one request for you: even if you don’t support this project, please find another project today and donate at least $1 to them. That way they will be excited, you will feel great, and it will help us further everyone's creative and artistic goals on this site.
-- Joe Pearce
Risks and challenges
We have already successfully funded and shipped one fantasy RPG module, and based on that we know that the project risks are pretty minimal for a project of this kind. We don't anticipate any delays or issues, but once in a while they happen due to the detail level of an encounter or two.
I want to create a top-notch module, so extra updates, testing and final tweaking may be required. Backers will be kept up-to-date on these issues. If and when this causes a delay, it will be for making the best product that I can on budget!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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