It isn’t every day you get the opportunity to work with someone like Stefan Pokorny of Dwarven Forge on a project, especially one that combines his incredible talent for sculpting and my penchant for spinning an epic adventure. The past few months just happen to be filled with those kinds of days as Art of the Genre gets to dive into the Dwarven Forge world of Mythras and flesh out a part of Valoria, the world’s greatest city.
This campaign blends Stefan’s already established mastery of his city with my own desire to find a particularly cool part and make it my own. The Folio #9 is the second installment in a trilogy of adventures that feature The Patina Court, a neighborhood inside Valoria. Alongside Stefan, I’ve crafted the story while also physically building encounter points using his incredible terrain. Included below are various videos of me ‘learning the ropes’, so to speak, of what a Dwarven Forge build looks like, as well as detailing exactly what I’ve used to get there.
Now any of you that have gotten our Folios before, not to worry, we are still giving you all the goodies that have made us what we are. Adventures feature removable covers (to act as DM screens and give good views of maps), 3D maps detailed with an artist’s flair, standard OSR ‘blue’ maps so you can see exactly how big things are, a standalone Gazetteer booklet that provides features to the setting, and a standalone Adventure that will open the door to Valoria itself.
I certainly hope you will join us on this epic adventure, and as always, AotG will deliver our product with blinding speed, initial physical deliveries are in June, THE MONTH AFTER THE CAMPAIGN ENDS! Thanks again for taking a gander at this campaign, and as always, great gaming!
What are we hoping to achieve? Easy, we want to provide everyone with the Hidden Valoria experience, and that means creating the entire trilogy if possible. We’ve already begun work each Folio, and we’ve also developed some really fun and fast stretch goals to take us not only to the full trilogy, but also really bring The Patina Court to life. For this campaign, we are seeking $5000 for Folio #9, but as you can see, we’ve geared things to let everyone enjoy the full trilogy, so look at the reward levels closely!
What game mechanics are these set in? Well, they will be in OSR 1E as well as the newly developed 5E rules. These are combined in each module, so you can choose to play either with ease.
Do I need Dwarven Forge terrain to play these? Nope, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t fun to build alongside the adventure. I’ve designed these to go hand-in-hand with Dwarven Forge terrain sets, but if you aren’t a miniatures player, the Folios are set up just like all those before, ready for a full imagination adventure.
What is Dwarven Forge? Well, Dwarven Forge is a fantastic fantasy terrain company out of Westport Connecticut that has run some of the most successful tabletop gaming Kickstarters in the history of the platform.
Some of the most incredible things about The Folio art the maps. Designed by me and then rendered in full for by the talented Andrew Rodgers, these maps, printed on removable covers, really help flesh out the campaign for players and GMs alike.
And not only does Andrew do maps, but his design work carries over to interior work and stretch goals. Just check out his design work on my Iconic NPCs from Folio #8 stretch goals.
Whenever I am really interested in something I like to see video, so here are a view that might interest you, the first being what a physical Folio looks like, and the latter some Dwarven Forge builds for encounter points in the modules.
Patina Court Places: Expand on places of interest in the Patina Court with maps, terrain builds, and more detailed information concerning each local!
Patina Court Iconics: Want to see that stats for the immortalized NPCs from the Hidden Valoria Trilogy, then look no further than these detailed 1E & 5E builds.
Patina Court NPCs: Get deeper into the Patina Court with full stats blocks and background information on the interesting movers and shakers of the neighborhood.
Mini-Adventures: Enjoy experience building and magic gathering mini-adventures that help flesh out stories inside the Folios and bridge gaps between each adventure.
$6000: UNLOCKED! Patina Court Places #5: Helicrium Bathhouse! Home to the Teller Gang, get the insider info on this back alley prostitution house and the headquarters of the greatest gang of the Patina!
$7000: UNLOCKED! Patina Court Places #6: The House of Flying Daggers! If you like your blade small and sharp, then this is the place for you. Known far and wide, now you can enter the shop with full knowledge of all that it contains.
$8000: UNLOCKED! Patina Court Iconics #3: Alexa Ravina! Elves are supposed to be nice, but Alexa breaks the mold, now you can find out why her temper is as sharp as her rapier!
$9000: UNLOCKED! Patina Court Iconics #4: Procyon Lotor! Meet your first Black Eye, a magically crafted race that has lurked in the shadows of the Patina for two generations.
$11000: DF1.5 Mini-Adventure ‘Ratmen of Dead Oak’! You haven’t truly visited Valoria unless you’ve had a run-in with the mysterious Ratmen, so don’t miss this chance!
Risks and challenges
As a fantasy fiction imprint working exclusively on Kickstarter, Art of the Genre has produced and fulfilled 7 novels using this platform as well as delivering 8 Folios early to all backers!
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 possibleLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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