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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, December 12 2018 2:59 PM UTC +00:00.

$38,330
pledged of $20,000pledged of $20,000 goal
665
backers
67hours to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, December 12 2018 2:59 PM UTC +00:00.

About

Since 2015, Shadow of the Demon Lord has reached across our world to darken game tables everywhere. In this game, players assume the roles of desperate people who come forth to fight against the imminent apocalypse promised by the dreaded Destroyer of Worlds, the Hunger in the Void, the being known as the Demon Lord. Since the first Kickstarter campaign three years ago, Schwalb Entertainment has revealed the hidden kingdoms, the terrifying vistas of Hell, the madness of the Void, and has even taken you to a post-apocalyptic world in which the Demon Lord has already won. Now, though, is the time to arm your heroes with even greater weapons so that you can take the fight to the darkness and triumph. 

Occult Philosophy, the first major expansion to this sinister game, offers 800 new spells divided between forty traditions of magic. Whether you are calling down a mountain to shatter the armies of the Witch-King or opening a portal to the ancient past before the troubles began on Urth, Occult Philosophy ramps up the magic in the game. Each tradition receives a considerable expansion, with spell offerings for rank 0 to rank 10, each of which has been tested for use in your campaigns. If you want to master the secrets of Battle magic or plumb the depths of Forbidden magic, Occult Philosophy has you covered.

Want to learn more about Occult Philosophy? Check out these interviews with Mud & Blood, Tales of Blood and Stone, and TabletopBabble.

Shadow of the Demon Lord is a horror-fantasy tabletop adventure game that presents a world standing on the brink of annihilation. In this game, you and your friends play characters charged with fighting back against the spreading evil, whether that involves tracking down potent relics, exploring ancient faerie ruins, journeying into Hell to bargain with the Devil, or battling demons and the cultists who summon them. 

If you’re new to this game, check out some of the great reviews about Shadow of the Demon Lord here, here, here, and here, and some live-plays of the game: here, here, and here.

Finally, you can grab a copy of the quick start rules and a starting adventure for almost free, right here.

The book is written and extensively tested, so we’re ready to move to the next stage of production, which involves editing, layout, art direction, and the rest. Given the size of the book and the expenses involved, I’m asking for your help to bring this project over the finish line. The best way to help is to choose a pledge level found below and back the campaign. The level you choose determines the rewards you get in return for your support. If the project funds, your dollars go toward purchasing art, paying for editing, and covering the other production costs. Of course, if the project doesn’t fund, you pay nothing and everyone becomes quite sad. If you can’t help out by backing at a pledge level, we’d be mighty grateful if you spread the word to those who can. 

[NEW!] Digital Spell Cards

On DriveThruRPG, I've been selling spell cards for most of the spells presented in game. Now, backers at the $50 or higher pledge levels automatically gain digital spell cards for every spell presented in Occult Philosophy to make using this awesome project even easier. How much value does this pledge add to your game? Well, each deck includes at least 18 spells and MSRP is a $1 per deck. At 42 decks, that's a $42 bucks worth of content you get for free!

Over the last few years, we’ve released a ton of great content for the game. From dozens of adventures to optional rules to new paths, spells, monsters, and more, Shadow of the Demon Lord has the support you need to tell the stories you want to tell. To celebrate the Kickstarter campaign, we’re offering bundles of products at a discounted price so you can catch up on releases you have missed and see what all the fuss is about.

Poisoned Pages Bundle $12 (normally $22.77)

For the sake of completeness, here's the Poisoned Pages bundle. It includes all of the following products: Battle Scars, Children of the Earth, Do We Not Die?, Fever Dreams, Flesh of the Fallen, Insupposable Instruments, Power in a Name, Price of Evil, Riders of the Wind, Tooth and Claw, Unhinge the Mind, Vine and Willow, and Dark Passages.

Character Sheet Pads ($20 US/$35 International)

Pads of sexy new character sheets designed so you can keep track of everything that pertains to your character. Price includes shipping.

Demon Lord Dice ($25 US/$35 International)

A set of 9 dice with the Schwalb Entertainment logo featured on the 6. Dripping with evil, the dice set includes 3 white dice (boons), 3 black dice (banes), and 3 red dice (damage).

Digital Spell Cards ($15)

You can complete your collection of digital spell cards, getting all the decks released for the game until this KS for a low price of $15. These decks include all card sets from the core rulebook, A Glorious Death, Demon Lord's Companion, Demon Lord's Companion 2, Exquisite Agony, Godless, Hunger in the Void, Terrible Beauty, and Tombs of the Desolation.

In addition to the above add-ons, you can also pick up Demon Lord Turn Tokens and Demon Lord Fortune Tokens.

Shadow of the Demon Lord Turn Token (1) - $10

This large 50mm token is 4mm thick, and brings real weight to the table. It can be used to track the Fast and Slow combat rounds, and the token features white enamel letters and red enamel sigils and glowing eyes. Not for the faint hearted. Designed by Lee Smith and made by Campaign Coins under license from Schwalb Entertainment.

Shadow of the Demon Lord Fortune Tokens (6) - $10

These tokens are emblazoned with the word Fortune. The top side features the Demon Lord symbol in magnificent 3D, while the reverse has the design in 2D, making it naturally lie flat on the table. Comes as a pack of 6 tokens. Designed by Lee Smith and made by Campaign Coins under license from Schwalb Entertainment.

Shadow of the Demon Lord Dice Tray (1) - $14.99

The Demon Lord approaches... your hands are shaking... your character has one chance to live... now would be a bad time to lose your dice.

This deluxe pleather dice tray will keep your dice where you need them during your sessions of Shadow of the Demon Lord.

The dice tray packs flat with your rulebook and is easy to snap together for play.

It features the legendary Demon Lord design by Schwalb Entertainment, printed in stark bone white on jet black pleather. The dice tray is vegetarian-approved (Hail Seitan!)

Approximate assembled dimensions: 9.5" (24cm) Length x 6.75" (17cm) Width x 1.5" (3.8cm) Depth

Shadow of the Demon Lord dice not included.

The dice tray is manufactured by Campaign Coins, as part of their licensed range of products for Shadow of the Demon Lord. C

Shipping

For any and all of the Campaign Coins accessories, add $5 to your pledge for US, Canada, and the Rest of the World. Add $3 to your pledge for Asia/New Zealand/Australia.  

For now, you’ll pay shipping for printed copies of Occult Philosophy directly to the printer when you redeem your at-cost coupon. If we hit a funding level that allows us to do an offset print run for Occult Philosophy, you’ll pay shipping after the campaign closes through Backerkit. Doing so allows us to avoid distorting the funding levels to give us an accurate estimate of how much money we've raised, and it allows us time to find the best shipping options for the campaign. Typically, I can ship out a book to US customers for about $6 (includes shipping, box, and tape). 

For international backers (under 4 lb.), we’re in $40-50 range, which sucks on so many levels. Since international shipping rates keep climbing, I’m offering the print-on-demand coupon, so you can receive the book for the cost of glue, paper, and binding. I’ve ordered plenty of hardback books from Lightning Source, and the quality is good. Best of all, Lightning Source has a printer in the UK, which cuts the world-wide shipping costs way, way down. So if you’re not wild about paying $50 for shipping, please, please, please avail yourself of the at-cost print-on-demand coupon. Hail!

Normally, I’d hide all this stuff, but I think it’s worth getting some of this info out early so you know what you’re getting for your hard-earned bucks. I intend to use this campaign to fund the production of a whole host of new products that I’ve been wanting to design. If you back at the 50 dollar level or higher and funding exceeds the goal, you’ll get the stuff unlocked at no extra cost! Here are the starting stretch goals:

 Legal

Shadow of the Demon Lord is © 2015–2018 Schwalb Entertainment, LLC.

Risks and challenges

This is my third Kickstarter campaign. In the previous two campaigns, I have delivered on time or early and the product received was in almost every case bigger than what I promised it would be. I learned the hard way about how to ship over a thousand boxes and I’m confident we’re not going to run into any trouble now, having taken significant steps to cover those costs. However, things happen. I might die. Art might come in late. Aliens could abduct my manuscripts. The hobo might finally catch me. These are all possibilities, but rest assured that I am doing everything in my power to mitigate risk as I would never do anything to violate your trust. Because the book has been written and a good chunk of the art is done, we’re way ahead of schedule.

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