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The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, March 31 2019 3:00 AM UTC +00:00
$406
pledged of $750pledged of $750 goal
41
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, March 31 2019 3:00 AM UTC +00:00

About

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Thieves have always been my favorite part of a fantasy world, and so I decided to begin writing a city dedicated to thievery. Everyone is the thief! Those kids are thieves. This shopkeeper is a thief. Even the cook in the back is a thief! How do you think he gets those rare ingredients...?

At baseline funding, this Half-Letter size zine will include 7 unique and occasionally humorous Thieves Guilds, each with its own 2-Page Spread describing its charismatic leader, the guild's methods, preferred targets, hideouts, and a unique test of skill to be completed if you wish to gain audience or perhaps even membership.

With this zine in your hands (or on your computer), you'll have unscrupulous NPCs to drop into your game, guilds to steal, and hopefully have inspiration for the many different ways you can use Thieves in your tabletop campaign.

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UPDATE: In addition to pledge level rewards, backers at the physical level will be receiving a printed bookmark of their choice featuring the art of a guild leader on one side, and their role-playing tips on the other side! Backers at all levels will also be receiving download-and-print versions of all the bookmarks. I want to get as much use out of the beautiful artwork as I can.

I want to also let all you wonderful people in on what I'm working on next! I'm submitting an idea to the Umbra Zine (pending approval), about treating High-Level Magic Users like air masses that cause magical weather events,  and it's gonna be really cool, and hopefully make it into the zine. Once I have a rough draft of that, I'll send it out to backers at all pledge levels, along with a short, story-like idea I have about a Warlock Patron that doesn't want any warlocks.

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(Cover Art Below by @tabsterblaster)

Cover Art by @tabsterblaster on Tumblr
Cover Art by @tabsterblaster on Tumblr

Current Table of Contents:

0. Cover (Seen Above)

2-3. Description of the city, its layout, and the factions at play.

4-17. 2-Page Spreads of Each Guild: The Dove's Shadow, The Fire of the Night, We Daring, The Quick Hand, Cutpurse Clan, Youth of the Rooftops, The Ebony Daggers.

18. Event Roll Table

19. Chaos Index

20. Back Cover: Thank Yous!


Inspiration:

I love tabletop gaming, and want to take inspiration from different sources when designing this zine. The Guild Leader descriptions are based on the format of 'Masks - 1,000 Memorable NPCs', by Gnome Stew, which is a great resource for lots of unique NPCs. I want to add in the zine a modified roll table for randomly assigning relationships between the 7 guilds based on the quick NPC relation table found in Vornheim, but with more of a Fiasco twist, where each guild is connected to 2 others, rather than all of them to each other (unless you want to keep track of 36 relationships?). I'm also making my way through Hydra Cooperative's Hill Canton series (Slumbering Ursine Dunes etc.), and want to write a chaos index which changes how much control the city guard has, and much power they can muster to crack down on the thievery of this city. Or perhaps on the other end of the spectrum, the consequences of thievery getting totally out of control?


Stretch Goals!

$800 - I'll buy a custom-made stamp and a red ink pad, and stamp the inside cover of each booklet with a dagger logo.

$900 - Physical Bookmarks of every guild delivered with the zine!


UPDATE: Progress with one of the guilds has reached a point I feel comfortable showing it off as a rough draft, so if you're wondering what the book will look like, this should give you an idea:

Risks and challenges

The writing was started before this kickstarter started, but I'm a full time student, and have a part-time job, and I'll be moving at the end of May, so I'll need to buckle down in March to finish the writing and do the lay-out to ship out in May as predicted. The people doing the artwork are also students. Luckily, the place I'm printing the zines is local, and also takes care of shipping, so when that happens it will happen quick. If everything falls apart, this ships out in July.

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    Digital Filch Zine

    You will get either an email containing an attached copy of the zine, or a DriveThruRPG download link, if I can get that figured out!

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    Get your very own probably-hand-assembled indie Black and White Filch Zine in print and pdf!

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    You're an NPC

    The leaders of each guild have right-hand-folks, and one of them can be named after you! Or your RPG character! You also get a print copy and a digital copy and I'll write 'THANK YOU' in the front cover.

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    Guild Leader

    Lead a guild into villany, thievery, and victory! Plege at this level to be artistically portrayed as a thieving leader of one of the city's guilds!

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    Member of the Triumverate

    Work with the author to devise an up-and-coming 8th guild of your creation! Artwork of the leader will of course be of you, as in the previous pledge level.

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