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Goalsystem Delves provides rules and adventures for playing character-driven skirmish miniature games in the dungeon fantasy genre.

The Game

Goalsystem Delves provides rules and adventures for playing character-driven skirmish games in fantasy worlds of mysteries, magic, and monsters. These rules harken back to the days of classic dungeon crawls and the world’s most popular fantasy RPG.  Players take the roles of a group of hardened adventurers seeking treasure, glory, and the defeat of the festering evils that remain hidden in the darkest corners of forgotten dungeons.

Dungeon Skirmish?

Goalsystem Delves seamlessly blends RPG and tabletop miniature elements into a fast paced tabletop experience that provides the depth of an RPG with the fast paced action of a tactical miniatures game. Delves plays fast, allowing players to run a multi-encounter Adventure in a single session and epic campaigns over multiple sessions.

Using the proven and popular Goalsystem, Delves delivers character driven action that’s deep enough for RPG gamers and fast enough for miniature gamers. 

Delves works with any 28mm or 15mm miniatures in your collection. 

Oni Mage miniature concept art
Oni Mage miniature concept art

Fantasy Toolkit

Delves features 6 character classes and 12 sub-classes that cover all of the major tropes of the dungeon fantasy genre. In addition to a dozen player character races, we also include more than 30 monsters, 30 spells, and lots of weapons and equipment that you can use to bring your adventures to life. But Delves is your game, and we provide the tools you need to run dungeon skirmishes your way. To this end the game also includes rules for creating your own races, classes, and creatures, making Delves the ultimate fantasy toolkit!

Sample Page
Sample Page

What We Will Produce

We have a lot of great rewards that you can pledge for individually or as part of one of our great packages.

  • The Book: A 6” x 9”, 248pp, black and white, hardcover book. Made in the USA with a Smythe-sewn binding. This book will last a lifetime of gaming sessions.
  • Dice: A set of 10 custom Goalsystem dice. these are 19mm dice produced by Chessex with the Goalsystem logo replacing the six.  
  • T-Shirt: An official Goalsystem Logo T-Shirt (pictured below)
  • Figures: A set of five special edition miniatures made available especially for this project.
  • Terrain: A set of expertly painted dungeon terrain produced by our partner Tinker’s Lair. Made from recycled tires, this terrain is the next evolution in dungeon terrain.(pictured below)
T-Shirt (not finalized)
T-Shirt (not finalized)

Who's Involved

We have a lot of really talented  people from throughout the tabletop game and comics industry involved in the productions of Delves.

Scott Pyle: Game Designer - Creator of Goalsystem, Scott has a number of RPG and tabletop titles under his belt; highlights include SuperSystem and Chaos in Carpathia. Scott also contributed to the Savage Worlds superhero sourcebook, Necessary Evil.

Chris Moeller: Artist and Illustrator - Chris is the creator of the Iron Empires sci-fi universe. He has done extensive freelance work in the comic and gaming industries, including projects for DC comics (League of One) and Wizards of the Coast (D&D, Magic the Gathering).   

Enrico Nardini: Marketing/Social Media/Video Production - Rico's a regular on the US convention scene, and in addition to his work in marketing, social media, and video production, has contributed both fiction and design assistance to the Delves project. He is also the Editor of the Play Unplugged online gaming magazine.

Joe Dragovich: Designer/Illustrator - A Kickstarter veteran, Joe is coming off of of his latest Goalsystem project, The Department which was successfully funded and released earlier this year.

Thomas Scioli: Illustrator -   Tom is the fan-favorite comic book artist for Image Comics' Godland. Tom has also worked for Marvel Comics on the World's Greatest Comic Magazine Fantastic Four maxi-series. His own work includes the critically acclaimed Myth 8-Opus. Check out more of his amazing stuff at his blog.

Carrie Posing: Illustrator - Carrie is a talented, up and coming artist capable of working in multiple mediums. She also provided some excellent play-test work during rules development! Check out her work at her own web site

Joshua Dahle: Illustrator - Just finishing with his BFA, Josh Dahle can't wait to make his mark on the adventure gaming industry! He may be new to the gaming biz, but he won't remain unknown for long!  Check out his powerful work at his blog

Chelsea van Tol: Illustrator - Chelsea's a favorite artist and designer among the paper miniature community, and she's lent her wonderfully subtle lines to character designs on the Delves project. Check out more of her cool stuff at Offbeat Orc.com

Rachel Masiliamani: Illustrator - Rachel's a graphic novelist whose own RPM Comics have drawn critical acclaim. While she does not enjoy drawing fight scenes, she does love magic bookshelves!

Jan Annarella: Illustrator - Jan's a longtime contributor to Goalsystem games, with his art debuting in the first edition of SuperSystem in 2002. Jan's clean style and exacting attention to detail make his work ideal for this project.

Schuyler Hernstrom: Writer/Illustrator - Sky's nifty little line drawings help to give Delves a gritty, pulpy feel that fits so nicely with the core of the dungeon fantasy genre. His prose work possesses a painterly quality that both informs the world and entertains the reader.

Donald Gentry: Terrain Designer - One of the men behind the War Torn Worlds line of pre-painted terrain, Don and his partner have pioneered the process of using recycled tire rubber to make hyper-durable gaming terrain. Through his new venture Tinker's Lair, Don has specially produced our Cavern of Blood dungeon terrain set especially for this Kickstarter. 

Tom Mason: Sculptor - Tom runs Effigy Miniatures, and he's the designer of the Oni-Mage, one of the five miniatures available for this project.We're super-excited to have Tom and Effigy on board for this project!

Andy Dormer: AKA Soapy, this brilliant British sculptor provides awesome figures for Crossover Miniatures. He's lent his amazing talents to the Delves project for our amazing Half-Orc Monk figure reward. Stay lucky, Soapy!

Part of the Caverns of Blood dungeon set in action!
Part of the Caverns of Blood dungeon set in action!
The complete Caverns of Blood set laid out... that's a lot of dungeon!
The complete Caverns of Blood set laid out... that's a lot of dungeon!

The Money Side of Things

We're raising money for our creative and printing costs for the books. We have decided to use domestic production (in the United States) for this project. The book we are producing will be collector quality with the best available paper and binding. We'll also be stuffing the book full of excellent illustrations to inspire you to greater dungeon glory.

Stretch Goals

$13,000 - If we reach $13,000, we will produce an additional SE miniature to commemorate our spared kobold captive. That's right, Squeekik, The Kobold Retainer (the crying kobold from our advertisement "Back Goalsystem Delves Or We'll Slay This Kobold!") will be immortalized in miniature. This figure will be included automatically in any backer reward package of $100 or more and will be made available to our other backers as an $8 add-on.

$15,000 - If we reach $15,000, we will produce a complete PDF adventure, GD-4 Nightmare at Nordtown. This low-level adventure includes setup grid maps and unique adversary write-ups and will be a bonus reward to those who pledge $15 or more. 

$25,000 - If we reach $25,000 we will produce Goalsystem Delves: Myths, Magic, and Monsters, a softcover, black and white rules supplement that contains even more monsters, spells, and weapons. Released in both PDF and print versions, and the PDF version will automatically go to anyone who pledges $15 or more to the project, and print versions will go to anyone pledging $100 or more.

$35,000 - If we reach $35,000 we will produce a complete PDF adventure GD-5 Dunes of Death. Dunes of Death will be a more dangerous higher level adventure and will feature a new monster: the Cactus Golem. We will also produce two new SE miniatures, a Dust Devil and the Cactus Golem! The PDF adventure will go to all backers who pledge $15 or more and the two new SE miniatures will go to backers of $100 or more.

FAQ

  • Everything ships free within the continental USA.

    Outside the USA, non-PDF rewards ship for $10 without the Cavern of Blood dungeon terrain, and $20 with the Cavern of Blood dungeon terrain.

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  • Delves requires a GM, or it can be played competitively. We're considering adding some Solo play mechanics, but at this advanced stage in the book's development, it's not certain if those would make it into the core game.

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