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 We're funded! Great job everyone!

Now it's time to climb towards all those Stretch Goals that will add more content to The Beast Below module and supplementary materials. Currently we are working towards Stretch Goal #3: Custom 5E Character Sheets! All backers receive a PDF of these custom sheets with original artwork. Includes a primary sheet for use by all character classes, a sheet for spell casting information, and a supplemental sheet to list extended capabilities.

Are you a gamemaster looking for an interesting and challenging adventure to begin a new campaign? Or maybe you just want a scenario you can run for your players that can be completed in one session? In either case, I have just what you want: The Beast Below is a fantasy role-playing game mini-adventure module designed for a band of 6-8 5th Edition DnD characters of 1st to 3rd level.

Shops in the town of Barrowash report being ransacked by a terrible Beast that appears from apparently nowhere. A few of the shopkeepers have even gone missing! Those who have learned of the attacks have offered wild guesses to the cause: the malignant effects of an ancient curse, or a new cult infiltrating the town seeking victims for sacrifices, or it’s all just part of a petty squabble between feuding guilds.

A party of fledgling adventurers becomes embroiled in these events after trying to assist a shopkeeper. Can these bold characters unravel the mystery of The Beast Below and defeat the forces arrayed against them? What is the story behind the ruins that can be found under Barrowash itself? And finally, what is the proper attire for an informal gala… featuring treachery!

As noted wizard and resident Pi Rathos says, “If you wanted to live a simple existence, you should have thought better then come here. City life is not for the weak!”

 

The author of the module is Joe Pearce, who has been running and writing RPG adventures for over 20 years. This is his third fantasy RPG funding drive, the first two being the successfully funded and produced Temple of the Dragon Kin and Befouled Maze of the Demi-Lich. Joe is also a video game developer and writes a webcomic.

The module’s design is based on an adventure Joe ran for his own players awhile back, and only needs expanded descriptions of the encounters, final stat blocks, playtesting, and artwork for it to be complete. I expect it should be available for delivery to backers by March of 2018.

The module will have the following features as a base goal:

  • 20-24 pages in length
  • Over 15 encounter areas
  • 4 black & white interior illustrations drawn by Brian McCraine, Joshua LH Burnett, Bradley K McDevitt, Jacob Blackmon (based on availability)
  • A color cover illustration by Ed Lacabanne
  • 2 new monsters available as Open Game Content
  • Maps of buildings, tunnels and ruins to be explored
  • A summary of the most interesting locations in the town of Barrowash, the module’s setting

By the way, "Barrowash" is pronounced băr•rō•wăsh.

The Museum Curator Is Thrilled to Death to Give You a Tour!
The Museum Curator Is Thrilled to Death to Give You a Tour!

 

 

Here is a closer look at the 6 color tarot cards available at the $38 pledge level:

 

Once the base goal is reached, I would like to make The Beast Below even better by adding more content!

#1 ($600): Color Back Cover Illustration! The module gets 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 ($1500): Custom 5E Character Sheets! All backers receive a PDF of these custom sheets with original artwork. Includes a primary sheet for use by all character classes, a sheet for spell casting information, and a supplemental sheet to list extended capabilities. LOCKED.

#4 ($2100): A Second Large, B&W Illustration! This B&W illustration is provided as a player’s handout, in PDF format for backers receiving only PDF Modules, and as a print for backers receiving Softcover Modules. LOCKED.

#5 ($2800): To Be Revealed when Stretch Goal #3 is reached. LOCKED.

 

Why did it have to be rats?!?
Why did it have to be rats?!?

 

As a backer of this Kickstarter you can increase your pledge amount to receive an extra copy of The Beast Below, and/or a copy of one of our previous modules, Temple of the Dragon Kin and Befouled Maze of the Demi-Lich.

Here are the cover and an interior page from Temple of the Dragon Kin.

 

Here are the cover and an interior page from Befouled Maze of the Demi-Lich.

 

Here is an example monster stat block page.

$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 to your pledge.

$5 / PDF Copy of Befouled Maze of the Demi-Lich: 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 to your pledge.

$12 / Softcover Copy of Temple of the Dragon Kin: If you are backing at the Softcover Module reward level or higher, you can add a printed copy of Temple of the Dragon Kin for $12 plus shipping ($1 for US and Canada, $2 for other countries). Just include this extra amount to your pledge.

$12 / Softcover Copy of Befouled Maze of the Demi-Lich: If you are backing at the Softcover Module reward level or higher, you can add an additional printed copy of the module for $12 plus shipping ($1 for US and Canada, $2 for other countries). Just include this extra amount to your pledge.

$12 / Extra Softcover Copy of The Beast Below: If you are backing at the Softcover Module reward level or higher, you can add an additional printed copy of the module for $12 plus shipping ($1 for US and Canada, $2 for other countries). Just include this extra amount to your pledge.

The brigands have uninvited guests whose initials are "PC"
The brigands have uninvited guests whose initials are "PC"

 

Thanks for your interest in this project. I hope you will become a backer and help make The Beast Below 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.

Short link to this Kickstarter project page: http://wyrmkeep.com/beastbelow

Wyrmkeep Dungeons Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/wyrmkeepdungeons

Wyrmkeep Entertainment RPG Products: http://wyrmkeep.com/rpg

Wyrmkeep Entertainment Twitter: @wyrmkeep

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 two fantasy RPG modules, and based on that we know that the 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 drafts, 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!

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