City of the Lich: A system-neutral adventure-from OSR to 5E
Fully Funded, and Half Way to Our Stretch Goal!
We have shot past our initial funding goal, and are half way to the Stretch Goal, with roughly 36 hours to go! Did I mention you are the best folks in the world? My previous project, Ryubix Manor, ended with 99 backers. I'd love to surpass that number with this project (we're currently at 91) by just one more. As a stretch goal with a stretch goal, if we can send this project off with 100 backers or more, I will do a second drawing using your Backer numbers for a signed soft bound copy of Liber Elixirium to be included as another 'Thank You' to one lucky winner. Just like the first drawing, this will be open to all Backers at every level. Again, my heart felt thanks to each and every one of you for making City of the Lich a reality!
An Extra 'Thank You' to my Backers:
Your enthusiasm for my project means a lot to me, and as an extra 'Thank You', I'll be putting your Backer number into the hat after the project ends for a copy of Liber Elixirium from our most recent project (you can view that project here). This will be open to Backers of ALL levels. I'll video the drawing and post it at the conclusion of this project.
Welcome to Osgurith, a sun drenched city of sultry warmth and light. Where smoky eyed women with raven hair sing as they harvest oranges from the trees. Where olive-skinned men are as quick to laugh as they are to challenge you to a drinking match. Your appearance in this fair city is cause for celebration; its not every day they receive visitors such as yourself! Look around you--no hunger, no illness, no crime--a community where your name is on everyone's lips. Speak with any citizen and you'll see, Osgurith is a little slice of paradise!
Or is it?
Every paradise has its price...
In May 2014, I released Ryubix Manor, a haunted house adventure successfully funded right here on Kickstarter. As part of that Kickstarter, a future module was offered, to more fully detail one of the room encounters in the Manor--literally a small enclosed city within the Manor itself!
As writing progressed on the module, it became apparent by its very design as a self-contained, self-sustaining environment that City of the Lich could be run as a stand-alone experience.
A free preview of the first 10 pages (GM Notes, Customs & Etiquette, Properties & Side Effects, Inhabitants of Note, and the Stand-Alone Adventure Guide) can be downloaded below:
What You Can Expect:
This is a completed module, 36 pages in length, with a full color city map produced by the talented Robert Altbauer (You can see more of his work here, and here). Written in a system-neutral style, City of the Lich can be used with any Fantasy RPG system. Great attention has been given to creating a setting with internal consistency: its history, NPC personalities, and local flavor. As written, this is a fully realized location for players to interact, explore, potentially exploit, and eventually escape from. Combat encounters are left in the GM's hands--the reasons for this are explained in the free preview available above. As a GM, if you are strictly in the market for page upon page of creature descriptions,stat blocks and loot tables, this may not be a module to your taste. For GMs wanting a vivid stage with detailed supporting personalities for their players to interact with and experience, while giving you free rein to challenge your players as you see fit, City of the Lich will be of interest to you.
The map/writing of this module has already been completed and sent out to those original backers as promised, but there are some additional flourishes I would like to add--namely illustrations and the option for a printed copy. To this end, I've enlisted the talents of Clarence I. Hall and Rodger Francis to supply artwork for City of the Lich, and I've contacted the printer of Ryubix Manor for pricing on a 250 copy print run.
What the funds are for:
Layout and Editing: $150
KS/PP Fees: $200
As with Ryubix Manor before it, I've already invested monetarily into the creation of City of the Lich, which is only fair--how can I ask you to back me if I'm not willing to back myself?
In my experience, Stretch Goals are a two-edged sword. Stretch Goals by their very nature generate excitement, because who doesn't want more for their investment? By the same token, too many additional bells and whistles can delay the fulfillment of the project to a point where the backer's frustration outweighs the original benefits they had expected to receive.
In the spirit of trying to keep things simple, attainable, and meaningful, I have but one stretch goal in mind. Our printer offers a sturdier gloss laminated version of the detached cover for the module, at an additional cost of course. If we exceed our funding goal and reach $2500, the detached cover for City of the Lich will be automatically upgraded for all backers of the physical copy. As this stretch goal is part of the printing process, fulfillment time will not be affected.
$2,000: City of the Lich Funded!
$2,500: Upgraded Gloss Laminated Cover
I know, I know. Not the most exciting Stretch Goal ever to grace a KS, but then, you know you won't have to message me a year from now wondering what the hold up is!
Local (Within the U.S.) shipping is free!
My last Kickstarter used a set price for international shipping, which didn't accurately reflect the final cost to get the module to you. I realize shipping cost is a deciding factor for many backers outside the U.S., so we're trying something a bit different. When the module is ready to deliver, you'll be invoiced for the actual shipping amount, rather than an arbitrary amount beforehand.
If you've come this far, my sincerest thanks for your time and attention. I trust you will choose to make City of the Lich your own.
Osgurith awaits you!
Risks and challenges
As mentioned above, City of the Lich is a completed module, ready to be run as-is. This project's primary focus is to pay for artwork and offer my backers a professionally printed version of the module for their pledge.
As with Ryubix Manor, the only risks involved with this project are delay, either by the artist, or from the printer. I've worked with both before, and have based my fulfillment dates on my previous experiences.
Having successfully fulfilled two projects already, and backed a number of other creator's projects myself, I know you want to be kept informed through regular updates. I make every effort to walk that fine line between keeping you well informed and inundating you with minutiae.
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