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Support one of the most ambitious gamebooks ever created! Become a dragon master in the dark fantasy adventure: Rider of the Black Sun!
Support one of the most ambitious gamebooks ever created! Become a dragon master in the dark fantasy adventure: Rider of the Black Sun!
Support one of the most ambitious gamebooks ever created! Become a dragon master in the dark fantasy adventure: Rider of the Black Sun!
956 backers pledged €41,228 to help bring this project to life.

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Rider of the Black Sun: A Fantasy Gamebook

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You are a Ugarith, a master of the night, with no recollection of your origin or past life, waking up after committing a disastrous bloody deed... Being a hunted outcast, you now have to fight for your way to freedom. Meanwhile you discover your superhuman powers and eventually fulfill your sacred duty – bringing back the world from the edge of oblivion.

Whether the Ugarith is destined for a happy, neutral or bleak end depends solely on the decisions you make, for this is no ordinary novel, this is a fantasy gamebook!

With more than 1,350 sections, Rider of the Black Sun is one of most extensive gamebooks ever published. It sets new standards with a completely unique approach to section reference and replayability.

Special features include: Finding hidden bonus sections, epic boss fights taking place in their own unique chapters, detailed combats, and complex puzzles!
 

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Sorry, but what's a "gamebook"?

A gamebook is an interactive novel that allows the reader to participate in the story by making effective choices. The narrative branches along various paths through the use of numbered paragraphs, called sections. Find out more.

 

Rider of the Black Sun, developed by author Swen Harder and illustrator FuFu Frauenwahl, was originally released in Germany in 2012 by the publishing house Mantikore.

Since then, “Reiter der schwarzen Sonne” turned out to be one of the publisher’s best-selling game books and received the prestigious RPC Fantasy Award and the German Roleplaying Award.

Rider of the Black Sun as hardcover.
Rider of the Black Sun as hardcover.

Right now, it’s available in its 6th edition and was licensed for another two European languages. In 2016 Mantikore printed a small run of promotional copies in English to check the international demand for Rider of the Black Sun.

The gamebook was sold within days, so we decided to start a crowdfunding campaign to give gamebook enthusiasts all over the world the opportunity to be part of this special project. And of course we hope, with your support, to make this great gamebook even greater!
 

Sample page of the prologue, including one of FuFu's illustrations.
Sample page of the prologue, including one of FuFu's illustrations.

 

Within all the years on the market, getting feedback from hundreds readers and reviewers, we can say, that Rider of the Black Sun is a bug free gaming experience, meaning no dead-ends or misleading errors.
 

Next Level Gamebook Experience

Anyone who remembers such books from the childhood will be delighted to see these new features in this next generation gamebook:

• Over 1,300 sections on 700+ pages divided into 12 chapters, including special combat and bonus chapters
• Rules are explained step by step in an easy tutorial in each intermission of the first 4 chapters
Expert rules can easily be added to enhance the difficulty
• Many challenging riddles and puzzles to solve
• Enhanced three-page character sheet for skills, equipment, values and notes
• Ride and command a dragon!
 

Kickstarter Bonus Content

This Kickstarter campaign may be your only chance to get your hands on this special gamebook. Furthermore, your pledge may help to improve the English version even beyond the original German one in various ways:

10 additional interior illustrations by FuFu Frauenwahl
Hardcover and premium paper to make it more accessible and enjoyable
• Complete text and gameplay edits since the original book
• Extra difficulty level
Soundtrack with CD data
• Extra map
• Alternative dust jacket
Bonus chapter with another playable character
 

Special Offers for Resellers

If you're interested in re-sell Rider of the Black Sun, please take a look at our special offers DRAGON MERCHANT, DRAGON TRADER and DRAGON BARGAINER (all highlighted in blue). Those pledges will offer you a discount price, but no additional gimmicks, like signatures. Please have a look at the list below.
 

 
 
Limited Pledges and Artworks

As you can see, some of the pledges are limited. Especially the pledges with original interior artworks from the book by illustrator FuFu Frauenwahl. Only 6 small and 6 full-size illustrations (ink on paper) are available (see below).

If you’ve pledged as DRAGON ARTIST or DRAGON FRIEND, you should send us your favorite artwork number using the Kickstarter message system so we can flag this artwork as sold.

And of course, if desired, FuFu will sign your favorite artwork for you!
 

SMALL ARTWORKS (DRAGON ARTIST PLEDGE) - Click for a detailed view.
SMALL ARTWORKS (DRAGON ARTIST PLEDGE) - Click for a detailed view.
FULL-SIZE ARTWORKS (DRAGON FRIEND PLEDGE) - Click for a detailed view.
FULL-SIZE ARTWORKS (DRAGON FRIEND PLEDGE) - Click for a detailed view.

 
 

After reaching the 20K stretchgoal BLACK ADDER DAY this add-on section was unlocked.
From now on 3 unique items can be added to your pledge until the campaign ends!

Important: No extra shipping costs will be charged for adding those items!
And you have to pledge at least as DRAGON RIDER to be qualified for all add-ons.

Note: If you've pledged for DRAGON COMPANION (signed copy of the book) and take one of the add-ons, your copy will be stamped as well for free.
 

How do add-ons work?

To claim an add-on, you must first pledge to a Dragon Tier. Once you have done so, you can choose to overpledge by an amount equal to whichever add-ons you want (see FAQ for an example and more details).
When the campaign has ended, we get a backer survey in which you can specify the add-ons you wanted.

Note: Since many people had problems entering decimal digit numbers, we decided to round the add-on prices now. Sorry for any inconvenience.

 
Item 1 – DRAGON ARMOR
Rider of the Black Sun T-shirt

Add just 16 Euro to your pledged amount to get an unique Rider of the Black Sun T-shirt!
After the campaign we’ll get back to you, then you can tell us which size your shirt should have.

Rider of the Black Sun T-shirt (click for detailed view)
Rider of the Black Sun T-shirt (click for detailed view)

 

Available sizes
Women: S, M, L, XL
Men: S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL

All shirts are Fair Trade and 100% cotton made.
 

Item 2 – DRAGON ORIGINS
Original gamebook “Reiter der schwarzen Sonne

For an additional pledge of 20 Euro real collectors get the original German version “Reiter der schwarzen Sonne”, 6th edition, factory-sealed.
(Due to the Fixed Book Price Law in Germany we can’t give any discount on this item.)
 

Item 3 – DRAGON DIE!
A custom d8

Use this custom eight-sided die (just 3 Euro) with all moon phases from new moon to full moon to play Rider of the Black Sun in the most stylish way.
This die may also come in handy, when playing roleplaying settings with werewolves, vampires or other moonstruck creatures.

Moon die (tentative)
Moon die (tentative)

To play Rider of the Black Sun with physical dice, you need 3 d6 and just one d8 moon die. But, as you can see on the sample page above, all elements are printed on the left pages, so you can simulate a roll by open the book randomly.

 

Since our funding goal of € 6,000 was reached, we enabled a list of stretchgoals to give the community the chance to enhance the reading experience for each new goal achieved.

All stretchgoal awards will always add new features to the look and feel of the book itself. For example, since the € 9,000 goal was accomplished, all books were upgraded to hardcover.

Just take a look at the list below which additional features all books have now!
 

 
 

Since this is a worldwide campaign, we will ship your award anywhere you live on this planet! Shipping charges are added when you select your pledge, based on region of destination:

• Inside EU € 9,-
• Rest of the World € 19,-

However, if you choose to pledge for multiple books as a collector or reseller this will result in additional shipping costs (affects the pledges “Dragon Merchant”, “Dragon Trader”, and “Dragon Bargainer”).

If you choose these pledges, the shipping costs for them will be:

Dragon Merchant (3 books) / Dragon Trader (5 books)
• Inside EU € 19,-
• Rest of the World € 39,-

Dragon Bargainer (10 books)
• Inside EU € 25,-
• Rest of the World € 49,-

Delivery will be done by DHL international.
If you want to check the costs on your own, please follow this link.

 

Risks and challenges

Mantikore is publishing German and English gamebooks, such as “Sorcery!” or the legendary “Lone Wolf” series by Joe Dever, for over a decade now.

Nevertheless it’s our first Kickstarter and we can’t say that we would know every problem which may come across. For this reason we decided to make this project our first, because nearly everything crucial is done already: translation, layout, illustrations, and testplay! So to say, Rider of the Black Sun is nearly completed.

Sure, certain stretchgoals may enhance the workload to finish this project, like adding new drawings, but our illustrator FuFu Frauenwahl is an experienced artist who knows to handle deadlines.

We judge shipping is the biggest challenge, but we didn’t expect more than a few hundred books to dispatch – a number which even a small publisher like Mantikore could handle easily.
Even if we are reasonably confident in our projections, we cannot guarantee to ship until Christmas 2017.

Remember, you will not be charged until the campaign's end, and even then, only if the project has reached its funding goal of € 6,000.

At the end, the biggest risk is that we cannot reach enough people for our Rider of the Black Sun Kickstarter. So, whether you back the project or not, please spread the word via any social media available to you, and help to make this gamebook happen!

Thank you, Dragon Rider!

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    Dragon Follower

    Be part of the Rider of the Black Sun community and help the dragon to lift off!
    You will be credited in the book itself as Dragon Scholar and get a Desktop Wallpaper in different resolutions.

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    Dragon Rider

    Get a copy of "Rider of the Black Sun".
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    Dragon Companion

    Get a copy of "Rider of the Black Sun", signed by the author.
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    Dragon Couple

    Get 2 copies of "Rider of the Black Sun", signed by the author.
    Plus the Dragon Follower Rewards.

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    • Your name(s) in the inlay dedication
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    Dragon Merchant

    SPECIAL OFFER for collectors and resellers: Get 3 copies of "Rider of the Black Sun"!
    Plus the Dragon Follower Rewards.

    Includes:
    • 3 Books "Rider of the Black Sun"
    • Your name in the inlay dedication
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    Dragon Patron

    Besides a copy of "Rider of the Black Sun", stamped and signed by the author, FuFu Frauenwahl will draw a portrait of you which will be part of the Rider’s Gallery plus accreditation as 'Dragon Master' in the book.
    Plus the Dragon Follower Rewards.

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    • Book "Rider of the Black Sun", stamped and signed
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    Dragon Trader

    SPECIAL OFFER for collectors and resellers: Get 5 copies of "Rider of the Black Sun"!
    Plus the Dragon Follower Rewards.

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    • 5 Books "Rider of the Black Sun"
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    Dragon Chancellor

    Besides a copy of "Rider of the Black Sun", stamped and signed by the author, you will receive a very rare, factory-sealed German original of the 1st edition!
    Plus the Dragon Patron Rewards.

    Includes:
    • Book "Rider of the Black Sun", stamped and signed
    • German first edition, factory-sealed
    • Your portrait and name in the inlay dedication
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    Dragon Sacrifice

    Sacrifice yourself for the Rider's community to add another item to EVERY book!
    Be sure, your offering will be acknowledged by the gods. They will grant you two copies of "Rider of the Black Sun" (play and collect!), stamped and signed by the author!
    Additionally, you’ll enter the Rider’s Hall of Gratitude as a Saint Dragon Rider (with special portrait and your name honorably mentioned).
    Plus the Dragon Follower Rewards.

    Includes:
    • 2 books "Rider of the Black Sun", stamped and signed
    • Your portrait and name in the inlay dedication
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    • ... and the Rider’s eternal gratitude for unlocking another item
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    Dragon Priest

    You’ll enter the Rider’s Hall of Gratitude as a Dragon Priest, hewn in stone as a statue in the sanctuary and have your name honorably mentioned.
    Besides that, you’ll receive two copies of "Rider of the Black Sun" (play and collect!), stamped and signed by the author).
    Plus the Dragon Follower Rewards.

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    Dragon Artist

    Besides a copy of "Rider of the Black Sun", stamped and signed by the author, you can choose one of the original vignettes from "Rider of the Black Sun" drawn by FuFu Frauenwahl! (first come, first serve.)
    Plus the Dragon Patron Rewards.

    Includes:
    • Book "Rider of the Black Sun", stamped and signed
    • Original small artwork by FuFu Frauenwahl
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    Dragon Bargainer

    SPECIAL OFFER for collectors and resellers: Get 10 copies of "Rider of the Black Sun"!
    Plus the Dragon Follower Rewards.

    Includes:
    • 10 Books "Rider of the Black Sun"
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    Dragon Searcher

    Besides two copies of "Rider of the Black Sun", stamped and signed by the author, you get an all-inclusive ticket for the next MantiCon (August 2nd-6th, 2018) at Starkenburg Castle in Heppenheim, Germany. Meet many gamebook fans and the creators!
    Plus the Dragon Patron Rewards.
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    Dragon Friend

    Besides a copy of "Rider of the Black Sun", stamped and signed by the author, you can choose one of the full-page original illustration from "Rider of the Black Sun" by FuFu Frauenwahl! (first come, first serve.)
    Plus the Dragon Patron Rewards.

    Includes:
    • Book "Rider of the Black Sun", stamped and signed
    • Original one-page artwork by FuFu Frauenwahl
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    Dragon Explorer

    Besides two copies of "Rider of the Black Sun" (play and collect!), stamped and signed by the author, FuFu Frauenwahl will draw a scribble into the book to make your copy unique!
    Includes two all-inclusive tickets for the next MantiCon (August 2nd-6th, 2018) at Starkenburg Castle in Heppenheim, Germany. You and a friend get the opportunity to meet many game book fans besides a meet and greet with the creators.
    Plus the Dragon Patron Rewards.
    EU + SWISS ONLY

    Includes:
    • 2 books "Rider of the Black Sun", stamped and signed
    • 2 all-inclusive tickets for MantiCon 2018 (worth € 150 each)
    • Your portrait and name in the inlay dedication
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    Dragon Legend

    Besides two copies of "Rider of the Black Sun" (play and collect!), stamped and signed by the author, FuFu Frauenwahl will draw a scribble into the book to make your copy unique!
    Includes an all-inclusive ticket for the next MantiCon (August 2nd-6th, 2018) at Starkenburg Castle in Heppenheim, Germany. You get the opportunity to meet many gamebook fans besides a meet and greet with the creators.
    Additionally you get an original small and full-size Artwork of Fufu Frauenwahl!
    Plus the Dragon Patron Rewards.

    Includes:
    • 2 books "Rider of the Black Sun", stamped and signed
    • all-inclusive ticket for MantiCon 2018 (worth € 150)
    • Original one-page artwork by FuFu Frauenwahl
    • Original small artwork by FuFu Frauenwahl
    • Your portrait and name in the inlay dedication
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