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Matt CorleyBy Matt Corley
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Matt CorleyBy Matt Corley
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About

Lamp’s Light Sanitarium deals in subject matter that may be upsetting, disturbing, and/or a trigger for certain readers. Prior to using the material contained within please be sure to discuss with your group what you plan to include in your game. 

Lamp’s Light was written for mature audiences. It is designed to portray a gritty, unsettling, and evocative setting so you and your players can delve into aspects of the game that are not typically explored. Our intent is not to shock, offend, or demean anyone. That said, this supplement explores many behaviors and situations that may not be suitable for all audiences. 

The classic tropes and creatures of horror are widely used within the 5th edition of the world’s most famous roleplaying game and yet few would consider it a “horror” game. Why is that? The heroes are larger than life, their actions do not generally have long-term consequences, and a horde of flesh-eating ghouls is little more than a momentary distraction. Clearly copious amounts of blood, violence, and gore do not make a game a horror game. To instill a sense of horror — or more accurately, dread — in a 5th edition game, other modalities should be explored.

Lamp’s Light Sanitarium

Lamp’s Light as a setting focuses primarily on two things: the horrors that are inflicted upon others, in particular the mentally ill, disadvantaged, and forgotten; and the slow loss of control of oneself as psychic, intellectual, and emotional scars accumulate over a lifetime of conflict. 

Within the walls of Lamp’s Light Sanitarium, you will find all manner of medical marvels. The sick will be healed, the lame made to walk again, the mute will regain their voices, and miracles are seemingly an everyday occurrence. The facility’s reputation amongst the wealthy is spotless. The staff is educated, knows their place, and most importantly are discreet. The academic elite view Lucien Prosper’s legacy as the pinnacle of research and cutting-edge treatments for maladies that cannot be cured by other means. The poor know that Lamp’s Light helps them when it is able, taking in ailing children and afflicted adults who have nowhere else to turn. The religious orders of the city publicly praise Lamp’s Light for their philanthropy, while privately condemning them for their reliance on the arcane arts of science and technology. 

These wonders come at a price, one that Dr. Orson Renwick has paid countless times over his tenure. Dr. Renwick has been experimenting on his patients since shortly after the asylum opened its doors. All in the name of science, progress, and the greater good. With each success, and failure, his perception of acceptable evolved, twisted, and expanded to until no depredation was too taboo. The horrors he’s inflicted upon countless patients all began with the best intentions.  

In the course of a lifetime of adventure, intrigue, and exploration our heroes face challenges that would break a normal man or woman. Luckily, they are made of sterner stuff and weather the storm to fight another day. The heroes have been a part of countless battles, exposed to effects that cause direct injury to their mind, met creatures whose very presence instills primal terror, and are targets of mind-affecting magic. Like anything exposed to the elements the small chips, cracks, and erosion wears away the outer shell until all that’s left is the exposed, raw core. The psychic scars left behind change a character. 

The Book

Lamp’s Light is a fully realized horror sourcebook for the 5th edition of the world’s most famous roleplaying game. This black and white campaign guide has an expected page count of 130+ pages. As stretch goals are met additional content will be added and the book expanded to accommodate. 

Lamp’s Light Sanitarium is a sprawling estate beautifully detailed in hand drawn maps by Toby Lancaster of Dark Realm Maps. The asylum is charted with six individual maps each of which has dozens of fully described rooms. The asylum is equally at home as an oasis in an urban environment or as an idyllic country estate. The characters, themes, and setting are distinctly Victorian with Gothic and steampunk elements.

Map excerpt from Dark Realm Maps
Map excerpt from Dark Realm Maps

Lamp’s Light Sanitarium is, above all else, a framework that can generate dozens of adventures, full campaigns, and countless hours of roleplaying. Adventure hooks are included throughout the book to fire the imagination of DMs and players. Sections include:

  •  Lamp's Light in Your Campaign: How to incorporate Lamp's Light into an existing campaign such as those available Wizards of the Coast, Kobold Press, and other publishers.
  •  New adventures: Discordant Scriptures (a Lamp's Light adventure for mid-level PCs). An alien intelligence has been drawn to the confluence of dissonant minds contained within Lamp’s Light. Administrator Rose, at the behest of her patron, has urged the residents of the facility to record their mad dreams within the pages of a dream journal. Rose believes that the collected journals contain within them the knowledge needed to release her patron from its imprisonment on another plane. Tabula Rosa (a Lamp's Light adventure for low level PCs) begins with the players as unwilling patients and subjects of test experiments. They are quickly drawn into the intrigues of the asylum and must make difficult decisions if they are to escape.
  •  Story frameworks: In additional to Discordant Scriptures there will be half a dozen 2-3 page story frameworks ready for you to customize and build upon for your individual campaigns. 
Patient 11 and Dr. Orson Renwick by Matt Ray
Patient 11 and Dr. Orson Renwick by Matt Ray
  • Key staff, patients and other inhabitants of Lamp’s Light are detailed with statblocks, backgrounds, illustrations, and everything needed to incorporate them into your sessions. Dr. Renwick, Administrator Rose, and the man known as Patient 11 are but a few of the NPCs walking the halls of Lamp’s Light. Orderlies, Patients, and other creatures are covered in the same level of detail.  

 New Rules for Managing Sanity 

art by Samantha Darcy
art by Samantha Darcy
  • The sanity and madness rules presented enhance role-playing, create challenges for the players, and bring more color to your game. 5th edition characters are, above all else, exceptional. They are capable of winning virtually any fight, overcoming epic challenges, and creating miracles. These rules keep that spirit in mind. 
  • The 20 pages of new rules build upon the framework provided by the DMG. There are expansive tables for transient, short-term, long-term, and indefinite madness, with nearly 50 different entries describing the narrative and mechanical effects on the character. 
  • For DMs looking for more color without the added mechanical crunch the narrative descriptions provide ample fodder for you and your players to role-play.
  • Last, but not least, there will be a custom form-fillable PDF character sheet fully compatible with the sanity rules. 

The Pledge Levels

$1 – Visitor’s Pass: Thank you and access to backer only updates

  • DM Screen Insert of New Sanity Rules (PDF)

$5 – Curious Observer: You get a copy of the Sanity Rules written for Lamp’s Light and a custom form-fillable PDF character sheet for 5e

  • Lamp’s Light Custom Character Sheet
  • Sanity and Madness Rules
  •  DM Screen Insert of New Sanity Rules (PDF)

$15 – Frenetic Patient: as above, you also get a PDF of Lamp’s Light Sanitarium, and your name in the book

  • DM Screen Insert of New Sanity Rules (PDF)
  • Your name will appear in the book
  • Lamp’s Light PDF; DRM-free and indexed
  • Lamp’s Light Custom Character Sheet
  • Sanity and Madness Rules
  •  DM Screen Insert of New Sanity Rules (PDF)

$21 – Devoted Alienist: as above, and POD (backer pays for print cost + shipping) through DriveThruRPG

  • Physical book (POD, backer pays print and shipping costs)
  • Your name will appear in the book
  • Lamp’s Light PDF; DRM-free and indexed
  • Lamp’s Light Custom Character Sheet
  • Sanity and Madness Rules
  •  DM Screen Insert of New Sanity Rules (PDF)

$40 – Faculty Consultation:  As above, and Dr. Renwick will write a psychiatric evaluation for you on one of your characters or one of your player's character. The evaluation will be written on Lamp's Light letterhead delivered electronically (ANY locations) and mailed to you (US backers only)

  • Psychiatric evaluation by Dr. Renwick
  • Physical book (POD, backer pays print and shipping costs)
  • Your name will appear in the book
  • Lamp’s Light PDF; DRM-free and indexed
  • Lamp’s Light Custom Character Sheet
  • Sanity and Madness Rules
  •  DM Screen Insert of New Sanity Rules (PDF)

$50 – Taste of Madness:  As DEVOTED ALIENIST, a Lamp's Light session run by Lamp's Light Creator, Matt Corley, on Roll20, and credit as a playtester. 

  • Lamp's Light Game Session on Roll20 with Matt
  • Physical book (POD, backer pays print and shipping costs)
  • Your name will appear in the book
  • Lamp’s Light PDF; DRM-free and indexed
  • Lamp’s Light Custom Character Sheet
  • Sanity and Madness Rules
  •  DM Screen Insert of New Sanity Rules (PDF)

$70 – Lamp's Light Session at Gary Con:  As FACULTY CONSULTATION, a Lamp's Light session run by Lamp's Light Creator, Matt Corley,  at Gary Con on Friday March 8th from 8a to noon, game swag, and credit as a playtester.  THIS PLEDGE DOES NOT INCLUDE LODGING, TRAVEL EXPENSES, OR A GARYCON BADGE

  • Lamp's Light Game Session at Gary Con Friday March 8th from 8a to noon with Matt
  • Psychiatric evaluation by Dr. Renwick
  • Physical book (POD, backer pays print and shipping costs)
  • Your name will appear in the book
  • Lamp’s Light PDF; DRM-free and indexed
  • Lamp’s Light Custom Character Sheet
  • Sanity and Madness Rules
  •  DM Screen Insert of New Sanity Rules (PDF)

$150 – Lamp’s Light Inner Circle: as above, and you get to design an NPC (alienist, staff member, or patient) with Matt for inclusion in the book. This will include a full stat-block, background, and portrait. (Limit 8)

  • Physical book (POD, backer pays print and shipping costs)
  • Your name will appear in the book
  • Lamp’s Light PDF; DRM-free and indexed
  • Lamp’s Light Custom Character Sheet
  • Sanity and Madness Rules
  • Design a custom NPC (alienist, staff member, or patient) with statblock, custom art, and background
  •  DM Screen Insert of New Sanity Rules (PDF)
Otto Keller, handyman and janitor - art by Gyodragon courtesy of Encounter Roleplay
Otto Keller, handyman and janitor - art by Gyodragon courtesy of Encounter Roleplay

The Team

Matt Corley – Matt lives in St. Louis, MO with his daughters. Matt has been writing professionally since 2012. Matt was the lead designer for Kobold Press’s tremendously successful Kickstarter, Tales of the Old Margreve. Matt’s next release from Kobold Press, another sourcebook in the Deep Magic series, is slated for publication this winter.

Dark Realm Maps – Dark Realm Maps draw fantasy maps for a range of settings and they pride themselves on the fact that each map is hand drawn. Toby Lancaster is the front man and in fact the only man as DRM is a one-man operation. Toby is a professional illustrator with decades of experience under his belt, fueled by a love for fantasy and sci-fiction. Currently DRM are working on a number of projects including Lamp's Light, a Monster and Lair compendium, and a new book called Dungeon Room Printables. Toby is very active on Twitter and Patreon and can be found at:

JL Giles – JL Giles is a pro comic book artist. He´s worked for Marvel Comics for more than 4 years, doing the art for The Avengers, Captain America, and Black Panther, and the comic book adaptations for the films The Incredible Hulk and Thor-The Dark World, and also the exclusive comic for the Spider-Man Homecoming BluRay/DVD. He is currently working on his own adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft´s "Herbert West - Reanimator." You find more about JL at:

Matt Ray - Matthew Ray is an “old school” RPG illustrator who has contributed to several OSR products, including the Back to Basix ‘zine covers. He likes to try to recreate the look and feel of early edition RPGs. While primarily working in black and white, he also illustrates in color. His biggest influences are David Trampier, Russ Nicholson and Moebius. While illustration is a part-time endeavor, his goal is to switch to full-time illustration at some point. He can be found at:

JourneyMan – JourneyMan’s recent works include illustrations for Obscene Serpent Religion 2 and Punchline, both from Lamentations of the Flame Princess. He is currently working on several projects of his own including: The Post-Human Condition, a near-future RPG of mutated people and strange realities, The Burlap Daughter, a graphic novel, and Godkillers, an RPG scenario, all of which are set in the world of The Post-Human Condition. To find more of JourneyMan check out:

Samantha Darcy – Samantha Darcy produces art for RPGs, TCGs, illustrative products and more. Her clients include: Roll20, RPG supplements, novel covers, BattleMat Fitness, Tabletop Loot, comic book concept art, and numerous individual commissions. To support Sam and/or contact her for commissions she can be found at any of the links below:  

Craig Judd - Craig lives in Tasmania, Australia, with his partner and two cats. A graphic designer by trade, he’s been freelancing for the last few years with a focus on small-press RPGs, doing everything from illustration and design to editing and layout. Craig has also released several games and products under PowerFrame Games including the PowerFrame Roleplaying System and Blade Bind. He’s always on the lookout for new projects.

Donathin Frye - Don lives in Columbus, Ohio, where he’s worked for a decade as a playwright, stage actor, and director. He recently wrote and designed The Blood Plague, a dark fantasy 5th edition campaign book published by EncounterRoleplay and successfully funded on Kickstarter. He is also a professional talent for several popular RPG podcasts and live streaming series. Don and EncounterRoleplay have graciously included Otto Keller, from the Tomes and Tentacles podcast, as a staff member of Lamp's Light Sanitarium.

  • $5,000 – Two additional half-page illustrations by JL Giles
  • $5,500 – One additional half-page illustrations by JourneyMan
  • $6,000 – 3 additional PC portraits by Matt Ray
  • $6,500 – 2 additional pieces of art by Samantha Darcy
  • $7,000 – Pay the creators better!! Everyone involved in the project will get a bonus for their hard work and contributions to the success of this project
  • $7,500 - All POD backers will have the option of Hardcover and/or Softcover books
  • $8,000 – Dark Realm Maps will be commissioned to create a map of the attic of Lamp’s Light. The attic will be fully detailed and include new art

Where Are We Now?

Lamp’s Light Sanitarium is my first solo Kickstarter and as such I wanted to ensure that the product was as close to completion as I could afford prior to launch. My goal is a timely and efficient turn-around after successful funding. To accomplish this contracts and collaborations with other creators have already been initiated and in many cases completed. This is where we’re at now:

  • The manuscript is in editing. 
  • The cover is complete. 
  • Cartography for the three main floors of the asylum is complete. 
  • Story art is completed. 
  • Portraits and NPC art are 50% complete.
  • All artists have been identified and are ready to begin their commissions.
  • Layout has been contracted and is ready to go.

Shipping: Print Book Fulfilled by DTRPG

The backer tier price is low for the print version because you will be paying DTRPG directly for base print cost and shipping. DriveThru RPG can ship to you from a nearby distribution center, which equals better shipping costs for you, especially outside of the United States.

When you back the print version of Lamp’s Light Sanitarium you will receive a redemption code that gets you the complete book; you only pay the cost of printing and shipping through DriveThru RPG.

How Much Will the Print Book Cost?

We won't know until the final version is submitted to DriveThru RPG for approval, but their cost calculator says a 130 page softcover (large, black & white) comes to ~$4.50 USD. https://www.drivethrurpg.com/pub_pod_cost.php

How Much Will Shipping Cost?

This will vary by country, the final page count, and the final weight of the book. Their shipping estimates indicate ~$5 USD for standard shipping within the US. https://support.drivethrurpg.com/hc/en-us/articles/209936893-Estimated-Shipping-Costs-For-Printed-Products

Risks and challenges

Lamp’s Light Sanitarium is Saturday Morning Scenarios’ first Kickstarter. The biggest challenges for most Kickstarters is completing the project and getting it to the backers in a timely manner. To mitigate those risks the book has been written, editing started, art has been contracted, and professionals with a wealth of experience have been enlisted in all areas to bring this project to you on time. All printing and shipping of physical product will be handled via DriveThruRPG. This is a very low-risk Kickstarter for you to back.

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