This project will create a book of 100 fantastic dungeons, complete with art and maps, for use in fantasy gaming.
-- Don't overpledge! I like your money, but see this update and/or read the "Whats with this extra cost in each tier" section below! --
Lee's Lists started in 2012 as a joke. I looked at the number of people selling lists of 100 things on sites like drivethrurpg and thought that someone must be buying these stupid lists if there are so many of them.
It started as a joke, but is has proven to be profitable, and kind of fun. Not just for myself, but for the many others that have been involved in writing the lists and other content.
Lee's Lists creates finely crafted lists of mostly historically accurate and verisimilitudinous things for use in mostly role-playing games. Our bread and butter is lists of 100 things. Sometimes they are silly (100 Euphemisms... if you know what I mean) or useless (100 Dog Breeds), but a lot of them also have a lot of effort and research behind them (like 100 Fortune Telling Cards and 100 Polearms). Some defy enumeration, having millions of options (1*10^12 Scientists, Insidious Trap Generator). We have also expanded into non-list things, particularly Maps, Pathfinder supplements, and Dungeon World playbooks in particular.
One list, 100 Dungeons, by Andri Erlingsson, was a list of unique and slightly abnormal dungeons. Just a paragraph each, enough to start some brainstorming or build some adventure hooks from. It proved to sell well, and it seemed to be a neat idea to have each one be a little more detailed, maybe even with art and maps.
Enter Justin Gardener. I was looking for a simple style for illustrations for the 100 Dungeons, something with a modern cartoonish style (à la Adventure Time), but still retaining some of the charm of old school D&D. Justin was a great fit.
Dungeons cannot exist on art alone, and so Gill Pearce was enlisted for help in creating maps for each of the entries. Gill is no stranger to maps for gaming products, having done amazing work for Moon Designs, Mongoose Publishing, and Cubicle 7, to name a few.
So with Andri's expanded descriptions, Justin's illustrations, Gill's maps, and my layout and editing, 100 Deluxe Dungeons began to come together.
1. $2500 - Additional Lists: Our first stretch goal, at $2500, is four additional lists to help give even more life to the 100 Dungeons. We aren't quite sure what they will be yet (other than the usual Lee's Lists quality and verisimilitude), but they will be included in your final product, whether it is print or pdf-only, and they will help you to decorate, dress, and populate your dungeons. Goal met!
2. $3000 - New Cover:The next, at $3000, is new cover art by Miguel Santos . Don't worry! Your book will still have a cover if we don't get that far, but if we do make it, it will be that much better. Goal met!
3. $4000 - Dungeon Generator: At $4000, a Dungeon Generator in multiple formats by our king of generators, Jon Reeves. Goal met!
4. $6000 - More Dungeons: Andri, the writer of the original dungeon list and the expanded content in the deluxe list, is going to give us an additional 30 dungeons. Of course, because we are trying to keep the book at a certain size to give correct cost and shipping estimates, these will be in pdf only, and they are descriptions only - no art or maps, but the good news is, they are for everyone who backed and they will be a Kickstarter exclusive. You won't find these extra dungeons for sale anywhere.Goal met!
5. $6500 - More Dungeon Maps: The additional 30 dungeons will include maps, by Gill! Goal met!
6. $7000 - More Dungeon Art: The additional 30 dungeons will include art, by Justin! Goal Met!
Why do I have to pay you, and then pay again to get the book -OR- Whats with this extra cost in each tier -OR- How much is international shipping?
Rather than take all of your pledges and order a pile of books and have all sorts of trouble shipping and dealing with international shipping rates and losing your orders, print fulfillment will be handled through OneBookShelf (DriveThruRPG, RPGNow, etc). Their system allows me to create a discount for a product down to the minimum cost of the print. For a 108 page softcover, this cost is $3.76. For example, for the softcover option, this means you pay $12 through Kickstarter to our team, then $3.76 to OneBookShelf, plus whatever shipping method you choose.
See OneBookShelf's Estimated Shipping costs for details for your country. Prices subject to change, currency fluctuation, etc.
Risks and challenges
How am I gonna get my stuff?
Rewards will be delivered through OneBookShelf. Digital rewards will be be in the form of free downloads through their system. Physical copies will be "at cost" codes through their print on-demand service. It does mean you will have to pay shipping and a small fee (see above), but that way we can keep the overhead low and keep fulfillment quick.
Why are you only asking for $750?
Work on the book is nearly complete. Funding is being sought to accelerate the pace at which the final pieces of art can be created, and to cover some of the project overhead.
Who are you people?
In addition to Lee's Lists, I have done layout work for Funhaver Games' Last Stand. Andri Erlingsson also worked for Funhaver on Last Stand, as well as Inverse World and his own projects. Gill Pearce has 15 years experience in the industry and has done a ton of cover and interior art for Moon Designs (Glorantha), Funhaver Games (Last Stand), Mongoose Publishing (Slayer's Guides), Cubicle 7, Chaosium, Savage Mojo, and more.
What if your computer melts?
A long history of IT work has given me many painful lessons in the importance of backups. Everything, from final art submissions to text to the working layout documents, is stored in multiple online backups.
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