So you are probably asking, what exactly is The Storyteller's Arcana? Well, when I was 14 I managed to get my hands on a newly printed copy of TSR's Unearthed Arcana and AD&D was forever changed for me. That book introduced me to so many great wrinkles in the system, and over the past thirty-five years I've tried to translate my own gaming knowledge into a series of notes and rules that I think can resonate with all gamers, be they OSR die-hards or newly minted 5E campaigners. By compiling and expanding on everything I've addressed during my time around a table, it is my hope that this new 'Arcana' will hold a special place on the shelves of gamers just as those old Orange Spine hardcovers do.
Is that a Larry Elmore cover? YES! Now I know that all the previous Orange Spine covers were done by Jeff Easley (as were the 2 Folio orange spines), but knowing how much Elmore has meant to the OSR community I thought it was high time to get him onto a classic hardcover.
What exactly comes in this book? Well, obviously I can't lay out all the details here, but I've broken this 128 page book down into three distinct parts and below you'll be able to get a glimpse of some of the topics I'll be covering.
Who can use it? Well, anyone can use it! It's both a reference for DMs and players alike, and it will have special reference for both 1E AD&D and 5E D&D rule-sets.
When? As this is a completely new project for AotG, and I'll be working on files and files of notes that I've taken over the years as well as designing new encounters, classes, and all other manner of stuff in 2 rules-sets, it will take us some time to get it all together, printed, and shipped, so we've set a delivery date for April 2018.
We 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 $10,000. This covers the printing, shipping, & redesign, to create this incredible OSR tribute. 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, we hope to be able to continue to add in refinements and bonus material to the book. Remember, this is thirty-five years in the making, so the more we can expand the content, the more fun is available to you and your players.
$12,500: Internal Story Arc (Unlocked); featuring two new Trope NPCs as well as their 'Iconic' stat blocks included in the book!
$13,500: Guild One (Unlocked); we will be adding a guild to Section Three for use with a city campaign.
$15,000: Color Section Plates (Unlocked); for each of the three main chapters of the book, plus 2 new named monster encounters for high level characters!
$16,500: Guild Two (Unlocked!): we will be adding a guild to Section Three for use with a wilderness/rural campaign.
$18,000: Myth & Faith: Expanded Religion section, including my own use of Saints, medicine, and elemental faith magic to give more 'bite' to your divine classes.
$20,000: Dwarven Forge Lair! Stefan Pokorny brings his world of Mythras to The Storyteller's Arcana with a brand new boss monster lair, original Mythras spell, and original Mythras magic item!
$22,000: Dwarven Forge Dungeon! Stefan expands his boss lair with an original DF compatible dungeon design using existing product tiles to go along with the lair. This will be released in PDF only, but ALL backers will receive a copy.
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