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The Magical Land of Yeld: Mermaid Hunters! (Canceled)

A box starter set for the all-ages RPG The Magical Land of Yeld!

The Magical Land of Yeld: Mermaid Hunters! (Canceled)

A box starter set for the all-ages RPG The Magical Land of Yeld!

$8,137
pledged of $17,000pledged of $17,000 goal
132
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Sep 16 2019

About

Hi. My name is Jake. In 2016 my brother Nick and I launched a Kickstarter for our all ages tabletop role playing game The Magical Land of Yeld, based on my  webcomic  Modest Medusa. The project took us over two years to finish and deliver, but since its release last year Yeld has been a big success with players all over the world. Now we're back with a brand new boxed starter set for Yeld called Mermaid Hunters!

Mermaid Hunters is designed to be a perfect introduction to the all ages Yeld RPG. We know that starting a new role playing game can be difficult, so the Mermaid Hunters set gives you everything you need to get your adventures in Yeld started!

The cast of Mermaid Hunters!

In Mermaid Hunters you and your friends will create child characters and discover a secret door leading to The Magical Land of Yeld. Explore the strange new world, discover treasure and help the people of Lake Town fight off a wicked Mermaid Gang!

Just a mock up. The real version will look much better!

The Mermaid Hunters box set includes:

- A full color 36 page Yeld Rule Book, including rules for creating characters, planning adventures, solving conflicts, fighting monsters and more! This Rule Book is easy to understand and packed full of instructional comics to help new players get started fast!

- A full color 36 page Guide Book, including a 3 part adventure to get you started in Yeld, as well as new monsters, spells, items and weapons, characters, comics and more! Play the Mermaid Hunters adventures, then create your own stories as you explore Yeld!

- An 18 x 18 fold out paper Action Board for fights!

- 10 high quality double sided thick Card Standees representing your characters and the Monsters you'll face! These standees are big (between 2 and 4 inches tall) and durable, and come with plastic bases. See photos of our standees here!

- Full color Character Sheets, Monster Cards and Cheat sheets! Plus a set of dice!

Some of our standees!

The Magical Land of Yeld (we just call it Yeld for short) is  a multi-session game focusing on adventures, 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. Mermaid Hunters is your starting point for adventures in Yeld!

Nick and Jake recently sat down with the Babies with Knives podcast for a developers round table to talk about the rules of Yeld. Check out the interview here!

Discover the magical door to Yeld!

Creating Characters: In Mermaid Hunters your 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 you move beyond Mermaid Hunters and start to explore the full Yeld RPG (available in this Kickstarter too!) you’ll get to take on Heroic Jobs like Witch, Soul Thief and Oathbreaker. These Jobs will give you powerful abilities that allow us to face down dangerous monsters and take on difficult adventures. As you explore Yeld you may decide to switch Jobs, taking some of what you learned from your last Job to your new Job. You may even go on special quests to learn powerful Advanced Jobs like Vampire Hunter and Drudge Angel! Or you may be doomed to take on a Monster Job like Deep Mage and Serpent Oracle!

Check out this great Yeld Character Creation video with Alice Peng and Brandon Powers of Babies with Knives!

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 since the Mermaid Hunters set is designed for new players we've made sure to show you exactly how to make fun adventures! 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.

Nick and Jake recently ran a Yeld adventure for the Babies with Knives podcast, and it was a lot of fun! You can check out the whole adventure here!

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:

Plenty 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 Monsters!), 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 Heroes! In Mermaid Hunters you'll be facing a wicked Mermaid Gang led by a spell casting Mermaid Boss, as well as Scuba Snakes, Zombie Mermaids and even a Werewolf! The Magical Land of Yeld rule book is also full of weird and scary Monsters that you can meet, fight or even make friends with! 

Lots of comics! We like to present our rules visually. While Mermaid Hunters 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:

Do you have a question? Please send us a message or leave a comment!

What age range is Mermaid Hunters for? Mermaid Hunters and The Magical Land of Yeld are meant to be enjoyed by both kids and adults. We've designed our game to be easy to learn but complex to master, and that means that both kid and adult players can learn the game at their own pace. In both the Mermaid Hunters and Yeld rule books you'll find instructional comics that teach the game rules. We know that different players, whether they are adults or kids, learn in different ways and at different speeds, but we think that many kids as young as 8 or 9 can learn and enjoy Yeld, especially with the help of an older friend or parent.  

Its worth pointing out that adventures in Yeld can involve some grim themes, including violence and death. Nick and I grew up reading books like Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings and watching shows like Avatar: The Last Airbender and Inuyasha, where characters have to make difficult choices and solve what sometimes seem like impossible conflicts. Those are the kinds of stories we want you to tell with Mermaid Hunters and Yeld.

If I already own Yeld do I want Mermaid Hunters? We hope so! Over the last year so many of you have told us about how hard starting a new RPG is. We've designed Mermaid Hunters to be a super easy and exciting starting point for adventures in Yeld. Even if you already own the Yeld rule book you'll find new adventures, monsters, items, comics and more in the Mermaid Hunters set, plus a cool Action Board and a great set of standees to use in your games!

Do I need The Magical Land of Yeld RPG book to play Mermaid Hunters? You don't! Mermaid Hunters is a great starting point for adventures in Yeld, but its also designed to be a fun self contained game that includes everything you need to play. You can continue playing Adventures in Mermaid Hunters for as long as you like,and then when your ready for bigger adventures move on to the Yeld RPG book! In this Kickstarter you can get Mermaid Hunters by itself or in a discounted bundle with the Yeld RPG book!

Is Mermaid Hunters finished? Yes! Mermaid Hunters is done! If you supported our last Kickstarter you may remember that it took us over a year longer to deliver than we expected. Mostly this was because completing the Yeld RPG book took a LOT longer than we thought it would. We learned our lesson and have spent the last 8 months working on Mermaid Hunters and making sure its complete.  As a result Mermaid Hunters will be heading to the printer as soon as the Kickstarter ends, and digital rewards will be delivered in October!

Can we buy Yeld now? Yes you can! The Magical Land of Yeld RPG book has been available for sale since December 2018. If you don't want to wait for the Kickstarter to end you can buy it right now from our Yeld Stuff Store, DrivethruRPG or Indie Press Revolution! Of course the Mermaid Hunters set won't be available until after the Kickstarter ends.

Where can I learn more about Yeld? Thanks for asking! You can visit the Yeld site to find out more about our game and the world of Yeld, chat with other players on the Yeld Discord, or join the Yeld Facebook group to keep up with updates. You can also learn more about Yeld by reading the Modest Medusa webcomic! And if you're curious about our last Kickstarter you can find it here!

If you prefer you can watch these videos we recorded with the Babies with Knives podcast. Alice Peng and Brandon Powers sat down with us for a great Yeld adventure, an in depth rules discussion and a character creation session!

Where will the money go? Producing a big, high quality box set 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 launched late in 2018 and has so far been a big success!

How will digital rewards be delivered? We'll be fulfilling digital rewards through DrivethruRPG.com. We have a log history with DrivethruRPG and are very comfortable with how their services work!

Lets take a look at all the different rewards, in detail. If you have an questions about rewards please send us a message or leave a comment!

$10 Reward: Mermaid Hunters Digital Starter set! Get started on your adventures in Yeld with this digital starter set. This PDF set includes everything you need to play: The Mermaid Hunters Rule Book and Guide book and printable Character sheets, Monster Cards, Cheat sheets, an Action Board and a set of easy to cut and assemble Paper Monsters.

$20 Reward: Mermaid Hunters Digital Starter set + Digital Yeld RPG Rule Book! Get the Mermaid Hunters set plus The Magical Land of Yeld RPG book. This 240 page+ full color PDF  is a full guide to adventures in Yeld, with rules for extended campaign play, Heroic Jobs, creating Monsters and more! 

 $35 Reward: Mermaid Hunters Box Starter Set! This box set includes everything you need to start your adventures in Yeld! Includes a pair of full color booklets (Rule Book and Guide Book). Character Sheets, Monster Cards, a Cheat Sheet, dice, an 18 x 18 inch folded Action Board and a set of 10 Friend and Monster standees. All in a cute box! (This pledge includes the digital version of Mermaid Hunters)

 $55 Reward: Mermaid Hunters Box Set + Monster Pack! Get the Mermaid Hunters box plus a special pack of 18 Monster standees.  Extend your adventures by facing off against Skelbats, Broccoli Lobsters, Ant Gods, Slim Slimes and more of the weirdest Monsters in Yeld! This set includes 18 new high quality Monster standees and a PDF with rules for each Monster! (This pledge includes the digital version of Mermaid Hunters)

$75 Reward: Mermaid Hunters Box Starter Set + The Magical Land of Yeld RPG Rule Book! Get the Mermaid Hunters box plus The Magical Land of Yeld rule book. This 240+ page full color softcover is printed on high quality paper and includes everything you need for exploring Yeld! (This pledge includes the digital versions of Mermaid Hunters and the Yeld rule book)

 $100 Reward: Name a Monster, Spell or Item in Mermaid Hunters! We love to create weird and unique Monsters, weapons, magic items and spells that you can collect and use as you adventure through Yeld. This is your chance to name one of the Monsters, Items or Spells that will appear in Mermaid Hunters! You can choose a PG rated name and we'll include it in the game for everyone to see!We'll also send you a small  original illustration of that Monster, spell or item by Jake! We'll even list your contribution in the Mermaid Hunter's rule book! (This pledge includes both the signed Mermaid Hunters box set and digital version)

 $150 Reward Jake draws your Mermaid Hunters character! Yeld artist Jake Richmond will create a 9 x 12 color illustration featuring your Mermaid Hunter character! (This pledge includes both the signed Mermaid Hunters box set and digital version)

 $250 Reward: Play Mermaid Hunters with Nick and Jake! Nick and Jake will host a 4+ hour Mermaid Hunters game for you and up to 4 friends on Discord. We'll help you create characters and teach you to play as we guide you through your first adventure in Yeld! (This pledge includes both the signed Mermaid Hunters box set and digital version)

$300 Reward Jake draws your Mermaid Hunters party! Yeld artist Jake Richmond will create a 9 x 12 color illustration featuring you and your friend's Mermaid Hunters characters (up to 4 characters)! (This pledge includes both the signed Mermaid Hunters box set and digital version)

We're offering a small selection of extra items that you can add to your pledge. Just increase your pledge by the amount listed below for the item you'd like to add on (You can edit your pledge at any time). After the Kickstarter is over we'll send you a survey and you can tell us exactly which extras you purchased. Please don't add these items to digital-only pledges without asking us about extra shipping costs!

Extra Mermaid Hunters box set ($35) Get an extra copy of the Mermaid Hunters box set! Makes a great gift!

Monster Pack ($20) Get a pack of 18 Monster standees to use in your Yeld games. Extend your adventures by facing off against Skelbats, Broccoli Lobsters, Ant Gods, Slim Slimes and more of the weirdest Monsters in Yeld! This set includes 18 new high quality Monster standees and a PDF with rules for each Monster! This is the same pack found in the $55 Reward, offered here separately)

Yeld: Town's & Territories ($10)   This expansion focuses on smaller adventures in Yeld! Each town you encounter on your travels is filled with townsfolk who want your help and simple problems that need to be solved. This expansion allows you to become a local hero by spending time getting to know the people of Yeld as you help them make their lives better and their towns safer. OR... become a notorious outlaw and work with the agents of the Crimson Ministry to terrorize towns and hoard wealth for yourself! Its up to you! Towns & Territories is a 30 page full color magazine sized expansion.

Deluxe Action Board ($15) Mermaid Hunters comes with a nice paper Action Board, but if you want something more durable we're offering this 18 x 18 inch folding Action Board printed on thick 2mm chipboard. Its a sturdy board game style board with big 2 inch spaces perfect for long term continued use!

If our project passes our goal we have a number of neat stretch goals planned, including free content and cool add-ons! Check back here once we meet our goal!

Risks and challenges

Nick and I have done about a half dozen Kickstarters in the last few years. They've all been successfully delivered, but we've learned that sometimes a project can take longer than we expect, or simply cost more than we anticipated. We believe that we can deliver this project early next year, but there is a chance it will take us longer than that. Our last project took over a year longer than we anticipated! We've learned a lot from that protect and we're more prepared this time, but if we do end up taking longer than anticipated I hope you'll have patience and trust that we'll do our best to get this project to you as fast as we can. Thanks!

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