About this project
Welcome to Maelorum, we've been expecting you!
Even though this project has ended, you can still find Maelorum, and all that this amazing book offers. I have a Paypal site set up, as well as my regular website. Please go to either:
Maelorum will return with the launch of Volume Two.
People ask me all the time, "What is this about?" Maelorum is a Dark Fantasy novel, but interactive where you can have multiple endings. It is unlike anything that has come before. More story, more choices, more illustrations, a true top quality product. What is it about? It's really about you, and who you choose to become in Maelorum.
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Maelorum is a completed book, and this is a new project solely seeking your help so we can order and print a new batch of revised first editions, now with a new special black edition cover!
Notes: Over 60 hand drawn illustrations, 40 of which are printed in FULL COLOR. The book is 440 pages long, and includes instructions, and a ten page item list in the back full of treasure you'll find while exploring. It is printed in 8.5 x 5.5 format with 60# high quality paper and available in a perfect bound softcover OR gloss-coated Hardcover.
- Choose one of three main characters to explore Maelorum as.
- Unlock hidden achievements, and battle over ten hand-drawn creatures.
- You control the story. Your decisions will determine how the story ends, will you be a hero or a villain?
- With random events, and limitless choices, no two read-throughs are the same! Over ten Unique endings!
"In a world that has forgotten about magic and monsters, three adventurers will face an ancient nemesis, in a place where forgotten things return."
This is an interactive fantasy novel, where you actually determine the outcome of the story based on your decisions throughout the game. Many people are familiar with Fighting Fantasy, or LoneWolf. Maelorum can be compared to these types of books, except that I have taken it in a darker and new direction, with full color illustrations and an epic story arc. You will never read the same story twice!
Original backer comments:
"HOLY. CRAP. Will... my books arrived a couple of days ago... the word "epic" only begins scratching the surface."
"Your book is the best adventure gamebook I've ever EVER read... And the package was better than perfect... this is my first "received" Kickstarter, and it's a very good one, I'm really glad I helped making it real."
"I just got Maelorum a day or two ago and just about every second of my free time has been invested in it since. I'm not going to make any definite judgment yet, but this may be one of the best adventures I've seen in a gamebook yet."
"first impressions leave me impressed. The paper quality, the production values, the colour illustrations, the sheer amount of text... It truly is a labour of love."
"Got my book a week ago or so. To be honest I was really surprised (positively) about the amount of content in it! It'll take me a while to actually have enough time to complete it with my current work load, but I'm really happy already with it. Thanks for a great product Will!"
"Received mine over here in Singapore last Friday. Perfect and what a beautiful book it is!"
Funds go towards ordering the books from the book printer, and postage for shipping. Other funds will cover the costs to produce the new merchandise. That's it. If I get extra funds, I'll start throwing in more rewards. I'll detail plans for stretch funds in the coming weeks.
What reviewers say:
Tenkars Tavern Blog
Fighting Fantazine (See pg.99)
The Trollish Delver
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About the Author / Illustrator:
William Fincher is the Author and illustrator of Maelorum, an epic fantasy gamebook that seeks to keep the gamebook genre alive by creating new interest in the genre. He currently resides in Southern California with his Wife and Son. Other works include "The Revenant" and several more upcoming projects, including Maelorum, Volume Two.
Thanks to Arnold Nesis for composing the soundtrack, and Diogio Leitão for the video trailer.
Risks and challenges
This is not my first Kickstarter, and I have learned incredibly valuable lessons on how to create and fulfill project rewards. From what I know, shipping will continue to be the hardest part, but I have a system in place from my last project that has worked well so far. I will tell you that some overseas shipping carries some risk as a couple of my existing backers know, overseas shipping is subject to delays, or worst case a lost package. HOWEVER I will upgrade shipping from USPS priority mail to whatever you want if you add funds. Otherwise I have already included shipping fees in the reward.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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