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Noor van HoutumBy Noor van Houtum
First created
Noor van HoutumBy Noor van Houtum
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€4,277
pledged of €20,000pledged of €20,000 goal
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11days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, March 3 2019 5:57 PM UTC +00:00.

About

The Gilded Archive

I have yet to meet a Dungeons&Dragons player who didn’t own at least one tiny item that actually belonged to their character. I also have yet to meet a player who wasn’t wondering at the end of a session ‘wait, is this my rulebook or yours...?’.

I started with the same problem as many other players; the table at the end of our monthly RPG session was littered with rulebooks that were freely shared throughout the game. As every book looks the same, I could not tell for sure if I was taking my own copy home or that of my friends. 

In October 2018 I decided to design a book cover from leather I had lying around in my workshop. The cover had my character's name on it, to give my imagination a chance to go ballistic whenever I took hold of it during the game. This amused me so much that I wanted to give the same experience to other players. So I started working on designing for what I now call The Gilded Archive.

The Gilded Archive is a collection of customizable designs for leather covers to enhance a player’s and GM's 5E core book. Players can choose to insert their character’s name, their own name or a more generic title in the purposely empty spaces in the designs.

With currently 8 different illustrations, 4 colors of leather and a plethora of colors to choose from for the hand-painted details and stitching, there is no excuse to have the same 5E rulebook as your party members!

Every book is handmade by me, the Curator (yes, I will stand by my new nickname). In consultation with the player I will do my best to finish the details on the book as close to their wishes as possible. In this consult I hope to hear as much from their character as I can; playing tabletop RPG's has massively improved my life and I'd love to meet and talk to as many players around the world as I can. To me, that is the ultimate goal of the Gilded Archive; to share the joy.

The goal of this Kickstarter is to purchase a trusted CO2 laser (one that I know can deliver me the quality on the leather that makes these covers so lovely) so that I may do the engraving in-house and keep the costs of the book jackets low. I’ve been working with these machines for the past 5 years to make leather items for archers, but I’ve never attempted to do this much work to actually need my own. Renting one can be very expensive for these elaborate designs and that would make the books far to expensive to buy. 

Stretch goals include new options for leather colors, new designs and even new types of books. If all goes extremely well I can add A5 and A4 binders (to keep character sheets, spell cards and notes in) with custom leather covers to the Archive as well!

Every designs on the left is the regular/engraved version, while the one on the right displays the places on the leather that can be painted. The empty spaces in the design are where you can add your name or title. The Regular and Game Master designs even expand to the back of the book!

The inside of every cover will have the logo of The Gilded Archive engraved in them. For backers it will say 'Honorary Entry in The Gilded Archive' so you can proudly show that you were a backer for this Kickstarter!

Choose between any of these four colors for your final cover
Choose between any of these four colors for your final cover
Stitching can be done in any color you'd like!
Stitching can be done in any color you'd like!

 22K - 4 extra colors of leather to choose from

24K - 4 new designs to choose from

I have sketches ready to continue on that will apply to Rogues, Rangers, Paladins and Clerics.

26K - A4 and A5 folders will be added
Backers who chose the Lawfull Good tier and up can opt to get a folder with a leather cover instead of a core book jacket.

Neutral Evil - a thank you e-mail

Why is it evil? Because you will never know if I typed it myself, muahahaha! But seriously, the gratitude is sincere, because every little bit helps.

True Neutral - a thank you post card

You want to help out and that is amazing, so a post card with one of the final designs will arrive at your doorstep with a handwritten note to say thank you, or a blank one that you can send to someone else!

Neutral Good - an engraved, handmade leather dicebag

 The most budget-friendly option if you want to see the quality of the engravings but don't want to opt for a book cover. The more backers, the more colors I will have available to choose from in the end!

Lawful Good and Neutral - a book cover from the Gilded Archive

The right color of leather already brings a lot of awesomeness to your table
The right color of leather already brings a lot of awesomeness to your table

Of course, the thing itself; a leather cover for your 5E rulebook or guide. You get to choose from any of the designs available by the end of the Kickstarter, as well as any of the choices of leather, stitching and fonts. The open space in the designs is for you to fill in; you can choose your own name, the name of your character or just come up with something that gives you that amazing feeling when pulling your book out of your bag (World's Okayest Player is a personal favourite).

Lawful Evil and Chaotic Neutral - a painted book cover from the Gilded Archive

If you want to see that extra touch of the artist you can choose to have certain parts of your cover painted by hand. You will receive a digital sketch to see where you can add color and request any color of the rainbow to be added. Any color of leather can be painted. I will try to match the stitching as close as possible.

Chaotic Good - a unique addition to the Gilded Archive

 Do none of the Archive's current designs match your character's EXTRA personality? For five backers I will make time to live chat and hear all about their glorious adventures. From this information I will set up a number of personal sketches to choose from, with no limitations when it comes to the choices in leather (you can even get that bright neon purple leather, you monster). The final design will be yours forever; I will make only one leather cover and it will be in your possession!

Chaotic Evil - ultimate personal addition to the Gilded Archive

There's EXTRA, and then there's EXTRA. For those who are certain that their character is so amazing that you just 'had to be there' to understand their adventures, I have created the ultimate addition to the Archive. For these backers, I will fly out to you, sleep at your local inn (also know as your couch), join you and your party in a game and sketch your character's amazing life into a book cover that same weekend! When I go back to the Netherlands I will craft this into a final design, live chat with you when I go visit my tanner for the right color of leather, and make sure that I create this exclusive one-of-a-kind bookcover entirely to your liking. How's that for extra?

There are many people who pushed and motivated me to continue working on the Gilded Archive. The following of them are worth mentioning:

My party
Thank you Ingeborg, Robbert, Jelle and Eef for playing the game with me every month. The love you carry for your characters (Trixie you minx) is what gave me the idea to design more covers in the first place. And thank you Luuk, our DM and my husband, for all the hard work you put into the story. You guys all make my one sunday a month amazing.

My feedback group
Never before have I mustered the courage to ask a group of complete strangers on the internet to actively criticize my sketches. These 20 people, none of whom I've ever met, have all been honest and real with what they liked and disliked to make sure I kept my designs broad.

You
This whole campaign can not be made possible without you, the players of the world who have kept the game alive for so many decades. You are all amazing, no matter what race, alignment or class you play. Thank you all.

Risks and challenges

If (is it too optimistic to say when?) the Kickstarter succeeds I will start working on making all the rewards in the order they came in. Because each cover is made to the wishes of the backer, I am bound to how fast they reply to my questions.

After paying the Kickstarter fees, the money will be used to pay for the NASTJA lasermachine and buying supplies for building the rewards (such as real leather, colored thread and special leather paint).

Because there are no other parties involved in the making of the covers, I am the sole 'risk' of this Kickstarter; the only way I will not make these covers is if I'm six feet under. Even then I will find a necromancer to crack his knuckles and get me back to work.

Every cover is handmade by me; at reaching my goal I will be busy for 4 to 5 months to finish the covers. If this Kickstarter reaches it's stretch goals I will train someone extra to help me with the stitching. But please give me your patience: I will reward you with a piece of art I have made with my own two hands and all of my loving heart.

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    Feel a need to be extra special? Want to one up your party? As a big thanks for helping me out, I will design a completely original cover for your character. Tell me everything about them and we will make sure this cover fits perfectly! This one of a kind design will never be given or sold to anyone else.
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