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Hardback, full-colour Collector's edition of the Crypt of the Vampire gamebook by Dave Morris. Illustrated by Leo Hartas.
Hardback, full-colour Collector's edition of the Crypt of the Vampire gamebook by Dave Morris. Illustrated by Leo Hartas.
113 backers pledged €6,470 to help bring this project to life.

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Golden Dragon 1 : Crypt of the Vampire Collector's Edition

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STRETCH GOAL #1 : ALMOST REACHED (see below and Update #2)
STRETCH GOAL #2 : STILL LOCKED

Only a few hours left to back the Crypt of the Vampire gamebook reboot! with colorized original illustrations, new illustrations and additional gameplay and story content. Please pass the word or share this Kickstarter page, or pledge if you can, we need more help since we have almost unlocked our first stretch goal (the additional content) but not yet the second one (the colouring of Golden Dragon 2 : Temple of Flame).

The original 1984 drawings have been colourized exclusively for this Collector's Edition we are funding here.
The original 1984 drawings have been colourized exclusively for this Collector's Edition we are funding here.

In the middle of a lonely wood, as night falls, you come upon a half-ruined mansion where dwells the undead Lord Tenebron among his servitors – depraved mortals, creatures of darkness, and luckless adventurers enslaved to his will.

The original 1984 drawings have been colourized exclusively for this Collector's Edition we are funding here.
The original 1984 drawings have been colourized exclusively for this Collector's Edition we are funding here.

Your only hope of escape is to prevail against the dangers that beset you and battle your way to the very heart of the catacombs. There, in the deepest chamber of the vampire’s crypt, you must face him and try to end his reign of terror for all time.

This is fantasy adventure with a difference: YOU are the hero! A pencil, an eraser and two dice are all you need to embark on your quest. Success and vast riches - or failure and savage death – will depend on the decisions you make!

Crypt of the Vampire was originally published in 1984 as the first in the classic Golden Dragon gamebook series, and as a pocket paperback black & white book.

Old paperback edition, with black and white illustrations only and without all the new 2016 content we are trying to fund here!
Old paperback edition, with black and white illustrations only and without all the new 2016 content we are trying to fund here!

Now, more than 30 years later, Golden Dragon 1 : Crypt of the Vampire is back with this deluxe, enlarged, full-colour hardback Collector's edition by Megara Entertainment we hope to fund on Kickstarter.

Another colourized drawing from our Collector's Edition
Another colourized drawing from our Collector's Edition

And that's not all!

This edition will be enhanced (under the supervision of original author Dave Morris) with 100 additional sections written by David Walters (the gamebook author behind the successful Way of the Tiger prequel and sequel) and 5 brand new illustrations by Leo Hartas, should we reach stretch goal #1 (see below).

And should we reach stretch goal #2, a Collector's Edition of Golden Dragon 2 will be in the works!

Here is the new Crypt of the Vampire Collector's Edition cover :

Our Collector's Edition cover
Our Collector's Edition cover

This deluxe gamebook will have the following features:

  • Large book size (same than for our other gamebooks previously published on our webstore or on Kickstarter) : 17 cm x 24.4 cm 
  • Hardcover
  • 105 gsm inside paper
  • All the black-and-white original inside illustrations are being coloured by the same artist from 1984, Leo Hartas. Including fillers!
  • New hand-made character sheet by Leo Hartas (see below)
  • +100 additional sections written by David Walters under the supervision of Dave Morris, and +5 new colour illustrations by Leo Hartas if stretch goal #1 has been met.

GOAL AND STRETCH GOALS

At 2000 euros collected, the book will happen. Our goal is low because Megara Entertainment SARL made an effort already to pay Leo Hartas all the colouring of the old Crypt of the Vampire art with its own cash last year (Thank you, Megara!= ), in order to have an accessible goal for you guys on Kickstarter, and that's less pressure on our backers.

Now, our stretch goal mechanics for this campaign is a bit different this time. We will only have 2 stretch goals, whatever happens.

The money for stretch goal #2 will only start to collect when stretch goal #1 has been met, in this particular order. All pledges (except the original art ones) will allow the stretch goals to fill up and eventually be unlocked, starting with stretch goal #1.

Example. When you pledge 15 euros for the PDF, 10 euros will start collecting for the 2 stretch goals completion (starting with stretch goal #1, or being allocated to stretch goal #2 if stretch goal #1 has been unlocked already). If you pledge 45 euros for the hardback gamebook + PDF, 10 euros will automatically be assigned (out of your 45 euros) to the 2 stretch goals completion, starting with stretch goal #1. Also, if you manually pledge more than 45 euros when you buy the (book + pdf) reward or more than 500 euros when you buy the artwork reward, then all the money in excess of your pledge will also go to the stretch goal pool for the purpose of our 2 stretch goals completion.

If both stretch goals are unlocked, we will of course continue to welcome new backers until the end of the campaign, the pledge levels won't change, and any money in excess or previously allocated to stretch goals will instead raise the profitability of Megara for this campaign, helping us to finance all our other projects.

I will inform you with project updates (and also on the story page) when stretch goal #1 and #2 are completed.

Now, the details:

First stretch goal : collecting a stretch goal budget of 1500 euros (see above how). If that happens, it will unlock +100 additional sections written by David Walters under the supervision of Dave Morris, and +5 new colour illustrations by Leo Hartas. Both David Walter and Leo will get paid for the work, using this stretch goal budget.

Another colourized drawing from our Collector's Edition
Another colourized drawing from our Collector's Edition

Second stretch goal : collecting a second stretch goal budget of 1500 euros (see above how). If that happens, Megara will, immediately after this campaign, commission and pay Leo Hartas to colourize all the Golden Dragon #2 old b&w artworks and a Collector's Edition of Golden Dragon #2 will happen in 2017! There will be a separate Kickstarter campaign for it in 2017, but the colouring of the artworks will be already paid, which will allow us to have a lower goal for the next campaign and our customers to get the book faster and for the campaign next year to look better.

Thank you for your support which will be beneficial not only to Megara Entertainment, but also to authors Dave Morris and David Walters, and illustrator Leo Hartas!

Yours,

Mikaël Louys
General Manager & Founder, Megara Entertainment

Here are, to finish with, the 1984 original b&w drawings by Leo Hartas (each artwork is available for a 500 euros pledge level)

Original 1984 drawings - Priced at 500 euros each
Original 1984 drawings - Priced at 500 euros each
Original art - buy one or more for 500 euros each
Original art - buy one or more for 500 euros each

Risks and challenges

Megara Entertainment has a solid experience of publishing Collector's hardback gamebooks, with already many released gamebooks and more soon. Therefore the risks are low for this project if we reach our goal. Furthermore, Megara has already paid and commissioned Leo Hartas to colorize the 1984 Crypt of the Vampire black & white drawings. We just need some additional time until August 2016 for David Walters to write the 100 additional sections under the supervision of Dave Morris, for Leo to draw the 5 additional illustrations (if the first stretch goal has been met) and for Megara to complete the layout of this Collector's edition, then manufacture the books and ship them to the backers. Please note that we have a small staff and we are managing several projects at a time, so we do our best but sometimes a delay can happen. In which case we always try to inform our backers the best we can!

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    The full-colour PDF of this Crypt of the Vampire Collector's Edition.

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    Hardback full-colour Collector's Crypt of the Vampire gamebook, worldwide shipping included + PDF.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: Pledging at this level allows us to collect 10 euros out of the 45 euros you are pledging, for the purpose of the 2 stretch goals completion (see the story page for explanation)
    To help us collect more money in order to complete the 2 stretch goals faster, you can also decide to manually pledge more than 45 euros, selecting this 45 euros reward. In that case, if you pledge an amount of X in addition of the 45 euros, that amount will be collected in order to try to complete the 2 stretch goals (see story page). If you do so, we ask you to please not lower your pledge before the end of the campaign if the 2 stretch goals are reached.

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    Original 1984 interior drawing from Golden Dragon 1: Crypt of the Vampire. Worldwide shipping included in this level, with tracking for your original drawing. For this reward you get any 1 original drawing from Golden Dragon 1: Crypt of the Vampire (you choose which one from the story page of this campaign where you can see the ones available, then message us on Kickstarter to inform us of your choice) drawn by Leo Hartas. Size of an original drawing from 1984 for Golden Dragon 1: 90mm x 145mm on a 160mm X 225mm card. If you want to pledge for more than one original artwork, just select this reward but add 500 more euros for each artwork in addition. And message us on Kickstarter to tell us which are the ones you selected.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: Pledging at this level does NOT allow us to collect money for the purpose of the 2 stretch goals completion (see the story page for explanation). The 500 euros will directly go to Leo Hartas - Megara will not take any commission. The price has been set up by the artist. If you DO want to help us reach our 2 stretch goals, you will need to pledge an amount of your choice of X euros in addition of buying any art piece, while selecting the 500 euros reward. That amount in excess will be collected for the purpose of the 2 stretch goals completion.

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