I want to provide you with awesome and upgraded OSR 1E gaming content, while also giving you the option to enjoy the new landscape of 5E if you choose. My goal is always to quickly and efficiently deliver our products so that you can enjoy them without getting into a slog. I mean, remember, no 1980s module was more than 35 pages, and a classic like G2 Glacial Rift of the Frost Giant Jarl was only 8 pages, but it was pure genius! Plus, all backers have the option of getting PDF versions as well for easy reference on their computers!
I’ve already created & fulfilled the initial four modules, The Folio #1 Beneath Roslof Keep, The Folio #2 Tremors in the Machine, The Folio #3 Curse of the Violet Corruption, and The Folio #4 The Burning Dead right here on Kickstarter. Now I want to put The Folio #5 & The Folio #6 in your hands just as fast to complete the epic campaign. At AotG, we are about quality, content, and speed, and I like to think of myself as a time machine that can bridge the gap between things I loved in the past and what technology can bring us today.
Instead of making gaming anvils, I’ve drilled the artistry of the game down, found the gems of an extended campaign, and delivered it in such a way that both new and old gamers alike can enjoy and play without taxing their 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 #5 & #6 are 1st Edition & 5th Edition combined gaming modules. Each will be produced as an 8x11”, removable cover [11x17" once removed], adventure with mostly b/w interior artwork. There are two interior booklets, The Gazetteer and The Dungeon, with the final size being roughly 40 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 with 5th Edition insets, but I’ve designed it to be readily modified to any fantasy game, and don't forget the PDF!
What’s in it? All original content. It has been written by myself and my OSR compatriot Mark Timm, with incredible cover art from Dragon Magazine cover artist legend David Martin and OSR legend Jeff Dee, and interior artwork by skilled black and white illustrators Brian 'Glad' Thomas, Chet Minton, Matthew Ray, Michael Wilson, and Jeff Laubenstein. I'm even going to throw in at least one interior illustrations by 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. These Folios will contain a 3-D map, a Gazetteer, a new monster or race unique to the setting, DM’s notes and guides, and a full adventure.
When? The bulk of The Folio #5 is complete, we only need to be funding so we can begin the full printing process. We've also begun work on The Folio #6 in design, so each is coming along but as this is a 'combo' campaign we've set delivery for both in January 2016, although as always my goal is early delivery.
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.
I can’t do this without you! We here at Art of the Genre need your help! We've trimmed out all excess costs and have a break even amount of $5,000 per Folio.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 on new stretch additions for the campaign as well as the next adventure in the series [as we did with The Folio #1, #2, etc KS campaigns], and our hope is to find enough support along the way to create supplemental mini-adventures for each Folio and compile the entire six part Roslof Keep Campaign series into a single hardcover volume. 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 physical SWAG steals from the overall content of the project, the product, and the backers, as well as slowing the process of getting the module into your hands!
"G2 Glacial Rift of the Frost Giant Jarl" and "B2 Keep on the Borderlands" and "D&D" 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
As a fantasy fiction imprint working exclusively on Kickstarter, Art of the Genre has produced and fulfilled seven novels using this platform as well as delivering The Folio #1, #2, #3, & #4 early to all backers. One thing that all backers should understand is that although we will provide The Folio #5 & #6 by January 2016, 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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