About this project
Hi. My name is Jake. Five years ago I started a webcomic called Modest Medusa about a 5 year old Medusa from a magical land called Yeld who finds herself stuck in our world. But even before I started that comic my brother Nick and I had been building a tabletop role playing game set in Yeld, and we’re really happy to finally present that game!
The Magical Land of Yeld will be a full color 180+ page book featuring illustrations, comics and text detailing the world and characters of Yeld. Most importantly, the book will featuring a full all-ages role playing game built from the ground up specifically for adventures in Yeld!
The Magical Land of Yeld (we just call it Yeld for short) is designed to be a multi-session game focusing on adventure hero building and shared storytelling. Like the classic console games we love, adventures in Yeld are designed to allow you to explore colorful and strange lands, seek out secret dungeons and temples and challenge powerful boss monsters as your characters grow to unlock new skills and discover more powerful weapons and treasure.
Creating Characters: Our characters start as normal children, called Friends. Each Friend is between the age of 7 and 12, and each Friend Type (like Liar, Know it all or Brat) has a different set of capabilities and personality traits. Once we start to explore Yeld we’ll get to take on heroic Jobs like Witch, Soul Thief and Oathbreaker. These Jobs will give us powerful abilities that allow us to face down dangerous monsters and take on difficult adventures. As we explore Yeld, we may decide to switch Jobs, taking some of what we learned from our last Job to our new Job. We may even go on special quests to learn powerful Advanced Jobs like Vampire Hunter and Drudge Angel! Or we may be doomed to take on Monster Jobs like Deep Mage and Serpent Oracle!
Building Adventures: Our adventures in Yeld are a story that we create and tell together. In each session of Yeld the Game Master will guide players through a story. If you’ve played an rpg before you know how this works. But once the session ends the role of GM will pass to a new player. We’ll tell that new player what we’d like to see in our next session (More sword fights! Explore the Ogre Caves! Learn to cook Snake Cakes!) and the new GM will build a new adventure for us to play, using our suggestions to continue the story where the last GM left off. Each session we’ll take turns playing the role of GM, making sure each player gets a turn. Our goal will be to work together to tell a story that we’ve all had a hand in creating, and we’ll discover that our adventures are more fun and more challenging because they’re stories we’ve created together.
Fights: You may have noticed that adventures in Yeld sound a little bit like video games like Final Fantasy or Legend of Zelda. Fights in Yeld take inspiration from classic fantasy video games to provide deep turn based, team based action! In Yeld we’ll win fights with teamwork, and every character will get a chance to shine! Here's the basics rules for fights:
Travel and time: Time and distance are important in Yeld. As we travel we’ll create a map that will show us where we’ve been and help us keep track of every town, cave and castle we discover. Traveling takes time, so we’ll mark off each day on our calendar. Yeld is full of special Holidays like the Blue Wind Kite Flying Festival and Black Opera Tournament, and if we arrive in the right town in time for these Holidays we can participate in special events to gain unique or rare rewards! We may have arrived in Yeld as children, but each day we get older, and if we turn 13 while we’re still in Yeld we’ll become a monster! We’ll be forced to take on a Monster Job (like Vampire or Deep Mage) and be stuck in Yeld forever! Our time in Yeld is a race against the clock to see if we can return home before we become monsters!
Speaking of Monsters... Yeld is full of strange and creepy creatures. Not everything you meet in Yeld wants to eat you (there are some very nice Medusas!), but Vampires, Fairy Soldiers, Mermaid thieves, Toothfacers, Tunnel Mummies, Serpent Oracles, Scuba Snakes and all kinds of horrible stuff are lurking around every corner and in every cave, and their favorite prey is young Heros! We’ll be providing a whole bunch of neat monsters for you to choose from, so you’ll be able to fill your fights with all kinds of fun challenges. But our game will also come with a Monster Formula, allowing you to easily create custom creatures for your friends to face!
Lots of comics! We like to present our rules visually. While Yeld features a full comprehensive game text it also has lots of instructional comics to help make learning the rules simple and easy! Plus, comics are fun! Here's a comic about using magic:
I'm a Modest Medusa fan. Will I want this book? God, I hope so! Ever since I first introduced Yeld in season 2 of Modest Medusa, Nick and I have been really eager to show you more of the magical land ruled by Prince Dragul. So far we've only seen a glimpse of Yeld, but this book acts as a full guide and will introduce you to the history of Yeld and the strange creatures that live there, including the wicked Mermaids, brutal Fairy soldiers, Tooth Facers, Serpent Oracles and all kinds of other stuff that we've only hinted at in the comic. If you're a gamer we think you're going to love exploring Yeld! Even if you don't game, this book is stuffed full of comics, art and info, and we think it will be worthwhile for any Modest Medusa fan!
Is the game finished? Nooooo. No, it’s not. The Magical land of Yeld is the largest game project either of us have ever attempted, and while we’ve been working on it for some time, there’s still a fair amount left to do. While the game rules are finished (aside from endless tweaking), we’re in the middle of writing a new draft of the game text. Once thats done we’ll send it to our editor, and then our proofreaders. In the meantime, Jake has a whole pile of art to finish up. Then there’s layout and book design, and lots of other little steps. We’re hoping to have the book ready to send to the printers this fall. If all goes well we’ll ship the books early next year (and send out the PDFs as soon as they're ready).
Is there anything we can look at now? We’ll be presenting you with an in depth look at different parts of our game over the next few weeks, but if you want to get a better idea of what the whole thing looks like feel free to download the last version of our playtest document (get it here). Please keep in mind that this document is over two years old, and a LOT has changed since then! The finished rules have gone through both refinements and large changes. Our playtest document hasn’t been edited or proofread either, so please keep that in mind!
Where will the money go? Producing a big, high quality full color book isn’t cheap. The money from this Kickstarter will be going toward that printing bill (and other rewards), plus shipping costs (which are also pretty steep). Extra funds (if there are any) will go toward producing additional content for the game.
Who are Nick and Jake? Jake Richmond is the creator of the popular webcomic Modest Medusa. But before he made comics he and his brother Nick Smith made role playing games. Together Nick and Jake created the games Sea Dracula and Classroom Deathmatch, both winners of Indie RPG Awards. Nick is also the creator of The Tulip Academy Society for Dangerous Gentlemen, while Jake is responsible for the sci fi/mystery game Ocean, the dating sim game GxB and and the psychic schoolgirl game Panty Explosion Perfect. The Magical Land of Yeld is the biggest game project Nick and Jake have attempted.
$5: Rank 1 Training Pack This Training Pack contains character sheets and cheat sheets, plus a special set of weapons, armor, gear, spells and items designed for Rank 1 characters. This set is enough to equip up to 5 characters with useful and interesting gear and is a perfect way to get started in Yeld! This Training pack will be provided as a PDF file.
$15: Friend’s Guide Coloring book (+ Rank 1 Training Pack) This special mini rule book contains the rules that every Friend needs to play their character, including rules for Friend Types and Jobs, Special Dice, Weapons and combat basics. Think of it as a giant cheat sheet! This book is printed on black and white and is full of line art illustrations designed for coloring. So it’s not just a personal mini rule book, it’s also a coloring book!
$20: The Magical Land of Yeld Game PDF (+ Rank 1 Training Pack) This is the full game book in PDF form, including the Rank 1 training pack. This is everything you need to play the game!
$45: The Magical Land of Yeld Game Book (+ PDF and Rank 1 Training Pack) This is the full color, high quality 180+ page game book. This is everything you need to play the game.
$55: Signed Bookplate (+ Book, PDF and Rank 1 Training Pack) This is the game book with a special full color book plate by artist Jake Richmond, signed by both Jake and Nick.
$60: Rank 2 Training Pack (+ Book with bookplate, PDF and Rank 1 Training Pack) Get the book plus a special Rank 2 Training pack! This Training Pack contains character sheets and cheat sheets, plus a special exclusive set of weapons, armor, gear, spells and items designed for Rank 2 characters and only available as part of this set! This set is enough to equip up to 5 characters. This Training pack will be provided as a PDF file.
$75: Rank 3 Training Pack (+ Book with bookplate, PDF, Rank 1 and 2 Training Pack.) Get the book plus a special Rank 3 Training pack! This Training Pack contains character sheets, cheat sheets a special set of weapons, armor, gear, spells and items designed for Rank 3 characters and only available as part of this set. This set is enough to equip up to 5 characters and is a perfect for facing off against the toughest bosses in Yeld! This Training pack will be provided as a PDF file.
$80: Book + 3 Coloring Books (+ Rank 1 Training Pack) This is the game book plus 3 copies of the friend’s Guide Coloring Book. Enough for a whole adventuring party!
$100: Yeld T-shirt! (+ Book with bookplate, PDF, and Rank 1, 2 and 3 training packs.) Get the specially designed Yeld t-shirt, available just for this Kickstarter!
$150: Original art (+ Book with bookplate, PDF, Rank 1, 2 and 3 Training Pack) Get the book, plus an original 9x12 inch Yeld illustration by artist Jake Richmond! This illustration can feature your choice of Hero or Monster from the game!
$200: Custom Pet (+ Book with bookplate, PDF, Rank 1, 2 and 3 Training Pack and original art) Get the book plus a custom in game pet created just for you! This pet comes complete with upgradable stats and special rules, and will be your companion throughout your adventures and battles in Yeld. Jake will create an illustration of your pet based on your description and Nick will write the rules. Your unique pet will be provided as a PDF file.
$300: Custom Boss (+ Book with bookplate, PDF, Rank 1, 2 and 3 Training Pack and original art) Get the book plus a custom Boss Monster encounter designed just for you. Nick and Jake will create a special Boss Monster based on your input for you and your friends to fight! This won’t just be a one time encounter, the Boss Monster will be upgradable so it can be used as a reoccurring threat in your campaign! Jake will provide custom art for this monster, and the PDF file will include all the rules for this encounter, including special treasure and loot! The backer who chooses this pledge can decide whether they want to keep their custom boss to themselves for their personal use or allow us to distribute it to all backers.
Want to buy an extra book, shirt or coloring book? Just increase your pledge by the amount listed below for the item you'd like to add on. After the Kickstarter is over we'll send you a survey and you can tell us exactly which extras you purchased (if you live outside the USA please ask about additional shipping costs).
- Extra Friend’s Guide Coloring Book: Book $15.00 / PDF $6.00
- Yeld Game Book: $45.00
- Yeld T-Shirt: $25
FUNDED! Stretch Goal 1 at $16k: The Dog Our first stretch goal is something special that we’re really excited to add to the game: The Dog, a new playable Friend Type. Play as a talking dog! If our campaign reaches $16,000 we’ll add the Dog Friend type to the Yeld rule book for everyone to use and enjoy as part of their games!
FUNDED! Stretch Goal 2 at $18k: The Chainsaw Unicorn! Our second stretch goal is something a lot of you have been asking for: The Gorgon's protector and legendary Knight of Chains, otherwise known as the Chainsaw Unicorn! If our campaign reaches $18,000 we’ll add the Chainsaw Unicorn to the Yeld rule book as a Boss Monster for everyone to use and enjoy as part of their games. This upgrade will feature a brand new scale-able Boss Monster profile (so that the Chainsaw Unicorn can be a re-occurring Monster to challenge both new and experienced characters), new encounter rules (including the option to make the Chainsaw Unicorn an ally!), new art and new Treasure and Loot to win!
FUNDED! Stretch Goal 3 at $20k: Junk Hound Yeld may be a fantasy land, but it's also an intersection of worlds, and often strange technology from both our world and others makes it's way into Yeld. Junk Hounds prefer science to magic and specialize in collecting and modifying the machines they recover. The Junk Hound is a new Advanced Job for The Magical land of Yeld. If our campaign reaches $20,000 the Junk Hound will be added to the Yeld rule book for everyone to use and enjoy as part of their games!
FUNDED! Stretch goal 4 at $22K: Pirates of Yeld! Our 4th stretch goal is our biggest bunch of extra content yet! If our campaign reaches $22,000 we’ll add the Pirates of Yeld to The Magical Land of Yeld rule book as a special Monster Gang for everyone to use and enjoy as part of their games!
FUNDED! Stretch Goal 5 at $24k: Hunter in Darkness Monster Job. When a Friend turns 13 Yeld itself will reach out and pull them into it's dark heart, sharpening their senses even as it dulls their humanity. It erases them from the light so they can hunt in the dark. The Hunter in Darkness are a brand new Monster Job that will be added to the game for all players to use if we reach our stretch goal!
FUNDED! Stretch Goal 6 at $26k: Meanest Medusa Boss Monster. Modest Medusa's oldest sister is famous throughout Yeld as a master fighter with a horrible temper! If you can beat her she'll show you all her tricks, but don't expect it to be an easy fight! Meanest Medusa is a brand new Boss Monster complete with Treasure, Loot and new Special dice!
Stretch Goal 6 at $28k: Boulder Knight Advanced Job. Boulder Knights are the toughest warriors in Yeld, tasked with guarding the magical portals that connect Yeld to the shadow realm and other worlds. If our Kickstarter reached $28,000 we'll add the Boulder Knight advanced Job to the Yeld rule book for everyone to enjoy!
FUNDED! Final Stretch Goal: Yeld Animation! All funds raised after the $26,000 mark will be put toward developing a short Yeld animation!
Risks and challenges
This is my 6th Kickstarter Project, and each of my past five have had their own complications and difficulties. I’d like to say that I have it all figured out at this point, but I’ve learned that even when you think you’re fully prepared you can still be caught off guard. I am happy to say that despite some difficulties I have been able to fully ship rewards for each of my previous Kickstarters, and even if we do encounter problems (and there’s always something) I expect that we’ll be able to fully ship rewards for this project in a reasonable amount of time. As we said above, Our game is not yet finished, and because of that our delivery date is only an estimate. Please feel free to ask us questions!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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