Children are the most creative of people. Many inventions like earmuffs, crayon holders, and underwater talking devices have been created by children. Unfortunately, in the creative world of tabletop RPG gaming, the writers of the rules make the game inaccessible to many. The language in the Pathfinder Core Rulebook is written at 1300L, similar to first year college textbooks according to the Lexile Framework for Reading. Atlas Kings will make OGL-style rules more accessible to kids both in the language used and the simplification of the rules set.
The Atlas Kings rules are written at 570L, something that a typical 3rd grader reader can understand easily.
World of Atlas.Com is working with the team from Blue Popcorn Magazine to make the rules vibrant, beautiful, and easy to read. This team consists of children's book author Lesley Ouellette, copy editor Ashin Ashraf, and illustrator Joel Rose.
The rulebook will consist of the following chapters:
- Playing the Game,
- Magic Lists for Clerics, Wizards, Elves, Halflings, and Goblins (think Yoda).
- 10 character classes with unique powers that improve up to 10th level. (Fighter, Wizard, Cleric, Thief, Knight, Scout, Dwarf, Elf, Halfling, and Goblin.
- Monster Lists (2 Monsters per level for each of 10 levels with the possibility of expanding this list based on stretch goals. (If we hit $5000 we will include close to 40 monsters.)
- Treasure Lists (Level appropriate treasure suggestions to put in a monster's hoard)
- Tips for Good Play: Tips on how to be a good player, how to be a good game master, and how to create a fun adventure.
- A sample adventure called A Dark and Scary Night based on The Rowan Series written by Lesley Ouellette based on an original movie written by Hal Burdick and Edward Case called Lights Out Rowan.
The rules, lists, and tips are already written and play-tested. The remaining work is the layout and illustration of the source material. Here is an example of character class and a page from the monster list that Joel has drafted.
Rewards will be ready by the first week of December. Get your Secret Santa shopping done early....
Risks and challenges
Joel will start finishing the layout as soon as the project is funded. The team is experienced and has produced similar-sized Blue Popcorn magazine issues on a monthly schedule. We'll definitely hit this. All the rewards are based on the production of the magazine, so there should be few fulfillment issues for the rewards.
We hope to have everything available in early December so that Atlas Kings can appear under the trees of all the future gamers out there dreaming of dragons and magic swords instead of sugar plums on Christmas Eve.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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