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Remember those old 'Choose your own Quest/Fighting Fantasy books where YOU were the hero? Join the revival for a new generation.
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I am author and creator of "The Castle on Blackwood Moors", a fighting fantasy/Lone Wolf - style book series that is to be released in February 2015. This book can be played as either a solo gamebook like Final Fantasy or as a solo supplement to your favorite OSR ruleset that uses 3d6 for character creation (and quite possibly D&D Next once my copy of it comes so I can validate this claim).

The Fighting Fantasy books of ages past always had a dark feel to them and this book is no different. The inhabitants of the castle are Vicious, hungry and will do everything in their power to put an end to your life. There will be monsters to fight and treasures to grab! Be careful which skill you choose, since choosing the right one could mean the difference between life or death!

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The Story: In the City States of Middenlund, lies the small hamlet of Argax. A very nondescript place that most people would have forgotten about completely if not for one thing; it is the closest pocket of civilization to a castle of a bygone age. Now lost deep within the tangle of the Blackwood Moors, adventurers come from far and wide to delve into its secrets. None have returned. 

As a youth of Argax, you recently trounced some local bullies and with more than a little false bravado, the idea gets stuck in your head that you will able to defeat the castle when so many others have been engulfed by it. When the castle is finally reached, you discover that it is already occupied, but not in the way that you thought...

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Found myself a great artist! Welcome Luigi Castellani!

He is not only incredibly talented, but he is very understanding and helpful as well, since this is my first project.

Speaking of which, let's show off some of his artwork for the project.

The Spider Cult Assassin charges toward you...
The Spider Cult Assassin charges toward you...

Here is rough sketch #2!!

The candle you hold has a terrified look on it.
The candle you hold has a terrified look on it.

You should head to his webpage and give him some great feedback on his work!

http://artikid.deviantart.com/

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Curious about what kinds of things you will find in the castle? Of course you are! Here are a few writing samples! NOTE: This is before editing or page layout so its crude but I wanted to put some samples here.

606 Being extra careful as you climb down the uneven steps, you begin to feel a slight breeze brushing against your face and soon you understand why. The stone staircase you are on enters into a large natural cavern. Below, you can see your light reflecting on some kind of large pool or lake, taking care not to lean too far over the sides of the stairs for there is nothing to hold onto on either side.  The only other thing your light is touching besides the stairs is the uneven natural cavern ceiling. You continue your careful descent and soon you become aware of the fact these stairs come down almost in the middle of this underground lake for you do not see any shoreline at all, just inky black water in all directions.

Occasionally, a stark white fish can be seen swimming through the water and you audibly gasp when you see what monstrosities they are. Not because of size, the longest you have seen isn’t even the length of your forearm, but their appearance! Some of the fish have up to six eyes in various locations all over their bodies, others have no eyes at all, while the most horrific have the eyes of human beings which look up out of the water at you and you cannot help but think they are looking at your with a sort of sadness or even envy. A few you have seen even have human or animal like arms or legs jutting out of their bodies at obscene angles. Yet others still have such oddly located fins that when they move through the water you could hardly call it swimming, it is more like they are jerking in pain and with their mouths open it gives the appearance they are constantly screaming in pain, though no sound can be heard from their underwater domain.

As you are standing on the lowest step before entering the water, you notice something. Most of the dripping water sounds are to your right, while hardly any come from your left.

Taking note of this, you decide you must move on.

Do you:
Jump in the water and swim to the left? Turn to 702.
Jump in the water and swim to the right? Turn to 510.
Decide you had enough of this place and go back upstairs to the main prison chamber? Turn to 601.

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Stretch Goals: 

$2500 - 10 more pieces of art for the book.

$3000 - 50 more 'entries' in the book bringing the total up to a whopping 800! Add "Magic-Using" apprentices to the world!

$3500 - 10 more pieces of art for the book.

$4000 - 50 more 'entries' in the book bringing the total up to a whopping 850!

$10,000 If by some miracle, we hit this level there will definitely be a novel and an app based on the book in the works.

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-- S what will funding cover? The book is written and it is sent off to the editor as you read this. The main thing the Kickstarter is for is to raise funds for the artwork, and printing (finding someone to do page layout etc.).

$500 for the Editor
$800 for the Artist
$450 For Layout
$250 For Kickstarter

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--Why should you help out? With the digital age upon us, as well as the rise of 'geekdom' (Thanks to shows like "The Big Bang Theory") the genre of "Choose your own Quest" books have returned with a vengeance! It is my goal to create something those longtime fans will enjoy but also help bring new gamers into the fold. Something that has a touch of horror to it like those old Fighting Fantasy/Lone Wolf Adventures had. An epic tale that spans several books from a lowly farm hand to ruler of a kingdom!

Thank you for your support!

Risks and challenges

The main risk will be is once the book is completed, how to get it to everyone? I am currently planning on using DrivethruRPG.com to print and distribute since many people have told me they are great for small time projects like this one.

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    Help design a building in the castle. Put on your best creative thinking cap and grab a hammer and some nails, we are putting you to work! Design a building for the castle and it will show up in the final book!
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