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A giant, playable D&D poster that is both a dungeon map and the complete rules for generating random dungeons from the 1e DMG.
A giant, playable D&D poster that is both a dungeon map and the complete rules for generating random dungeons from the 1e DMG.
1,098 backers pledged $27,789 to help bring this project to life.

$15k goals met! $20k reward: dungeons from Mike Mornard and Sly Flourish!

We hit $15,000, so we have some presents to distribute!

  • I'll be programming an online, interactive version of the Dungeon Generator map that creates a dungeon for you as you explore it! That'll be a bit of work, so my guess is that it'll be done in May.
  • I'll be adding Epic Level to the DM notebook! The DM notebook is getting out of hand, by the way: between rules, advice, adventures, and art, the first chapter alone is about 15 pages long. At this rate, I'll be writing a 100+ page sourcebook. Hey, if it's worth doing, it's worth overdoing. It's looking more likely that the notebook will be PDF only, though. I'll continue to think about print options.

    Finally, now that we've hit $15k, we need a

    $20k reward!

    If we hit $20,000, every $17+ backer will get PDFs of never-before-published dungeon adventures from a couple of D&D masters.

    Mike Mornard is familar to old-school players as the only guy to play in Gary Gygax's, Dave Arneson's, and Professor M.A.R. Barker's campaigns. He's thanked in the first page of the Greyhawk supplement and the Player's Handbook. He's also one of the most terrifying DMs I've ever played with. (Check out my series of articles about playing in his game.) He's contributing a harrowing low-level OD&D dungeon crawl, along with DM notes about how he created the adventure. I've played in this dungeon before, and made it out with 1 HP and a sack full of gems. I'm interested to see how you all do.

    Mike Shea is the guy who writes Sly Flourish. As a 4e blogger and DM myself, I'm a little in awe of him and honored that he's helping me out. He's providing an epic-level 4e dungeon he used for his home game: "Valley of the Crypt Things", along with photos of the dungeon constructed with Dwarven Forge tiles. He's also providing DM design notes and monster references.

    From low-level OD&D to epic-level 4e, this should provide a snapshot of how some really good DMs make dungeon adventures. I really hope we make $20k because this is the coolest backer reward ever!


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        Kendall on March 28, 2012

        If you are planning to do that extra money for extra rewards idea, you should probably go ahead and announce it soon, since that'll doubtless raise more funds.

      2. Paul Hughes Creator on March 27, 2012

        Yeah, that sounds like a good idea, Celine. I'm thinking of doing something like that where an extra $5 or so gets you an extra reward.

        Using the offline dungeon might be a possibility depending on the technology I use; I'll keep it in mind that you'd like to use it that way.

      3. Céline .S. Sauvé on March 27, 2012

        Would it be possible to just add a bit extra for the print version? (Sorta like how OOTS dealt with the Sticky cards and extra colouring books?)

        Meanwhile, will we be able to use that dungeon offline as well, or will it be something that's hosted somewhere? (I ask mainly because I no longer have internet access at home due to costs :p )

      4. Kyle Simons on March 26, 2012

        You should add the 20k update to the front page as well for future backers to see!

      5. Paul Hughes Creator on March 26, 2012

        Yeah, that's the question that's going through my head too ;-)

      6. Kurtis M. Trimbo on March 26, 2012

        Do both! I think it would be a great item for non-backers to get but I would also trade one of my posters in for a printed notebook in a heartbeat. As I was reading through the update all I could think was "How am I going to print all of these pages?!".

      7. Arnim Sommer
        on March 26, 2012

        I'd go for the lulu option - this way you give the non-backers the chance, too, to get the notebook.
        And you are free to give vouchers for printed versions to the backers...

      8. Pembleton on March 26, 2012

        I'll trade my bonus poster for the notebook anyday!
        (But paying a little extra wouldn't hurt me either..)

      9. Paul Hughes Creator on March 26, 2012

        I'd like to make print versions available. I was considering making them available as a) wholesale-price lulu books, or b) having a printed version be an optional reward instead of a bonus poster. What do you think?

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        Kendall on March 26, 2012

        @Pembleton - I agree, though I understand not wanting to spend a lot of money printing a bonus item.

        My 4e campaign, all my players use laptops and the character builder to play. It's kinda frustrating.... I much prefer a good old fashioned character sheet, but I'm not going to ban laptops at the table, unless they get too distracting.

      11. Pembleton on March 26, 2012

        DM notebook PDF only?! :O noooooo!!
        I understand printing this notebook is not your hobby, but.. DnD needs paper IMHO.