About this project
What The Folio is About:
I want to provide you with awesome and upgraded OSR 1E gaming content, quickly and efficiently, so that you can enjoy it without getting into a slog. I mean, remember, no 1980s module was more than 35 pages and classics like G2 Glacial Rift of the Frost Giant Jarl was only 8 pages, but it was pure genius!
I’ve already created the initial module, and want to put it in your hands, breaking a pattern of late, infinitely delayed, and cancelled KS campaigns within this platform.
Instead of making gaming anvils, I’ve drilled the art of the game down, found the gems of an adventure, and delivered it in such a way that both new and old gamers alike can enjoy and play without taxing your life schedules. In the end, isn’t gaming about being fun for everyone, not just the players? The Folio’s goal is to ensure that, and always give folks the very best quality ‘lean and mean’ adventures we can.
My Project: The Folio is a 1st Edition gaming module. It will be produced as an 8x11”, removable cover [11x17" once removed], adventure with mostly b/w interior artwork. The final size is 30 pages of content.
Who’s it for? ALL gamers, both new gamers and old gamers as it is easily expandable or playable as is.The concept is to allow gamers a starting point for adventure that can be modified to their liking while providing excellent reference content and framework.The base mechanic will be for 1st Edition, but I’ve designed it to be readily modified to any fantasy game.
What’s in it? All original content. It has been written by myself and my OSR compatriot Mark Timm, with incredible cover art from old school masters and interior artwork by skilled black and white illustrators Travis Hanson and Michael Wilson, and even a bit of Jim Holloway because I can never get enough Holloway. We are intent on providing a polished and modern design with creatively nostalgic content that transcends a particular age. The Folio will contain a 3-D map, a Gazetteer, a monster section, a new monster unique to the setting, DM’s notes and guides, and a full adventure.
When? The initial module is complete, we only need to be funding so we can begin the full printing process. This means that PDFs will go out after the campaign wraps, and the physical copies should be to you no later than February!
Why Roslof Keep? Well, because I loved gaming artist Jim Roslof, have toured his studio, and always thought he should have received more credit for his work in the dawn of RPGs. This tribute is for his work on the cover of B2 Keep on the Borderlands, and I'll be making a special limited edition run of modules that feature Jim's final color gaming art that was produced for Art of the Genre before his death.
I can’t do this without you: Art of the Genre needs your help! We've trimmed out all excess costs and have a break even amount of $5,000.This covers the printing, shipping, design, mapping, and the incredible story telling artwork we’ll be using in these adventures. We have already devoted countless hours to seeing this product come together, but to make it ‘real’ and available to all players, we need your help. We believe in this dream, and we hope you do too!
What happens if we pass the goal? If we pass the goal, it will allow us to begin production of the next adventure in the series, and our hope is to find enough support along the way to complete the entire six part Roslof Keep campaign series of modules. Bottom line, our goal is to make a truly fantastic and age-defying piece of gaming history, each penny we receive goes toward that. This ‘put everything into the product’ mentality is why this Kickstarter is so thin on ‘rewards’, as SWAG steals from the overall content of the project, the product, and the backers.
EDITION WARS? Interested in playing this as a 5th Edition module? Request a 5E PDF and you shall receive, free of charge!
"G2 Glacial Rift of the Frost Giant Jarl" and "B2 Keep on the Borderlands" are trademarks of Wizards of the Coast, LLC. Art of the Genre is not affiliated with Wizards of the Coast LLC. We make no claim to, or challenge to, such trademarks.
Risks and challenges
Risks and challenges
As a fantasy fiction imprint working exclusively on Kickstarter, Art of the Genre has produced and fulfilled seven novels using this platform. One thing that all backers should understand is that although we will provide The Folio #1 by February 2015, in physical form, further volumes achieved through stretch goals will likely require two months per issue to be completed and shipped.
Still, this is a personal passion project for all the authors and artists involved, so we are as anxious as our backers to see these volumes become a reality as quickly as possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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