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By Austin-James Longstreet
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About this project

Welcome to the DREAME,

     a place where you aren't bound as you are in this world, and your creative limits can be extended and boundless as you go through each page, learning and developing your own characters, adventures, and stories that you can play out on the table-top, in a novel ,or tell your grandchildren as a bedtime story.

 

      The DREAMEngine project has been ongoing for the last year, always seeing slight adjustments and massive makeovers, inspired by over 350 pages of downtime content that I have been making over the last few years. The DE itself is still fairly new, and only a few select people currently know of it, and that is why I want to pursue this Kickstarter- to get its name out, and to give people not just eBook copies of its content, but eventually Print copies as well- which is the main directive of this event.

What to Expect?

     Within the DE I am in the process of creating and refining one of three book series. The first is my Starter Edition to the game and guidelines, a miniature book in print and digital format. This is DE Omicron, available on my website after the end of this campaign. The second is my current large undertaking, and I call it DE Alpha, the true first of the DREAMEngine series. Within the DE Alpha book series, you can expect to find roughly 160+ pages filled with content that can be used in a variety of ways, making this not just a game rules book set. It features the following;

     - In the first section, you will be introduced to the DE layout, featuring not just guidelines on creating content but also multiple pages of examples that you can build from or use as a template/ inspiration for your own.

     - You will be shown how to create your own character. The creation process includes but is not limited to; making a foundation race/ species, creating and playing out a personality with several traits, cosmetics and customization, and finally how to use it for your own works or for the Role-playing game described in the book.

     - You will be shown to not just create a single character, but also hundreds of other characters that are primarily seen as background characters, or notable/ significant characters that drive story forward. You will also be shown how to create enemies, including monsters and animals, to fight against or alongside your protagonist(s). 

     - What is a character without a setting or story? You will be walked step-by-step when creating your own story, which will include filling up a map with notable locations, developing plot hooks and quests, utilizing your already made characters to fit in each story role, as well as some extra tips that saves your hours of time using a "story generation" technique- which works the best when using it in the game format.

     - Want to spice up your characters? You will find content for giving them Adventure Classes, Professions, Equipment and Items, and more

     - The main point of the DE is Universality. The content that you create or what is already in the book are meant to be adaptable to literally any genre you can think of. With the simplicity of the various game rules, it also isn't difficult to make your own variant rules to fit your custom adventure. 

The Three Books

     The DE Alpha book series consists of three books containing the content described above. The first book, called DE Alpha; The Essentials, contains all of the rules, guidelines, and some exemplar content. The second is a book for players of the DE Role-playing Game. The third is a book for Gamemasters and Creators, containing world content, adventure settings and pre-built characters for a compelling journey.

     I want to make this content more readily available for everyone, so I plan on raising these funds so I can properly complete the DREAMEngine, and get it into a physical book copy that maybe one day you will find in stores! I devote hours of my time daily towards this project because it is my true hobby and passion, will you make it yours as well?

What Am I Helping With When I Pledge?

     All funds raised are used to cover the start-up of the business, including all programs to be used, materials covered, website and advertisement costs, the costs of the books themselves and the legal documents for registering trademark/ copyright protection, tax filing and accounting.

     https://pledgewithashare.com/thealphacreator

Risks and challenges

There have been some delays and setbacks in the past when it came to creating the concepts of the DREAME.

- File corruption. My initial problems were when all work was done on computer since I moved away from paper writing for better formatting. I have two solutions that work to prevent this problem again. First of all, I now hand write all concepts and information- which takes time and much more effort. Second, when transferring to a digital format, I have multiple backup storage devices so it can always be repaired if a file went corrupt.

- Materials. It is always a problem when you do not have sufficient materials to work on or complete a project, which is why I have already purchased and acquired needed materials, and the kickstarter will aim to reimburse those costs, as well as provide completed content to those who decide to pledge.

Technical Difficulty. I am working with two separate computers as well as physical pencil and paper, so if anything happens to one of them, I will always have another two fall back on. More devices are also available as I have extra copies via thumb-drive.

Lack of Time. I am very busy, undergoing 7 part time jobs to make up funds to pay for my University tuition. I am lucky to get a full days worth out of the week to get content done and created, and this is why I plan on getting the completed release ready for May of 2017. I have reacted to this problem by creating my "Starter Edition" DE Omicron, available to basic pledge backers so they can get a hint into the grand scheme of the project. Other pledges such as additional content will also be used so I can get that extra time to work on the Alpha book series and my backers can still play and create in the process with the basic guides and game rules I provide. However, a huge emphasis is placed on time management and efficiency, and I will update when major sections and breakthroughs are completed. These will also be posted on the Facebook Page and Website.

I am still getting more information and tweaking game rules and guidelines with my local players, to ensure that you get the best information to expand your creativity and excite the imagination!

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    The Tavern

    Cheers! All adventures begin here, around the table. Enjoy this PDF of several fun dice games, great for at a party, at the dinner table, or just on your own to relieve boredom!

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    The Basics of Heroism

    Alright, so you went to the guild with the rest of your quest earnings to learn the ways of the warrior. As a result, you will be given a eBook of DREAMEngine Omicron, the "Starter Edition" of the Alpha series. Enjoy!

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    The beast lies ahead...

    Outstanding. The dungeon doors open as you now have access to the Twilight Tower, a shifting dungeon that keeps you on your toes! This downloadable eBook includes dungeon notes, monsters, and some maps for this large-scale dungeon adventure! You still get access to all above tier rewards!

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    ...and then it was slain.

    You have defeated the horror of the tower, and now a true reward is bestowed upon you. Upon completion of this Kickstarter you will receive via mail a printed copy of DREAMEngine Alpha, included is "The Essentials" Handbook, and the dual Adventure book for Players and Gamemasters! You still get access to all above tier rewards!

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    The Hall of Honour

    You have dared to venture above and beyond, granting you the great reward of fame! You get access to all above rewards, but as well, send me some stories about you and a picture via email, and I will turn you into a character personally! Each character will be featured within the back of "The Essentials" finished book, along with a personal thank you.

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    The Loremaster's Archive

    You have been written down in history! Your support has brought to you the pleasure of receiving all reward tiers, and your personal character put into the cover design of one of the three Alpha series books, along with a dedicated thank you when you open the cover.

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