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What might the world's most popular role-playing game have looked like if its creator had been allowed to continue developing it?

Adventures Dark and Deep is an attempt to explore what the world's most popular role-playing game might have looked like if its creator had been allowed to continue developing it, rather than leaving TSR in 1985.

This work is based on extensive research into Gary Gygax's public statements about his vision for the next edition of the game, using the game's 1st edition rules as a jumping off point. It's not a retro-clone, but an entirely new game with a very familiar feel.

Some of the changes and additions include new character classes such as the bard, jester, mystic, savant, and mountebank, plus scores of new spells for them. It has a new combat system that's smoother than the original and yet fully compatible with it, all at the same time. There are new monsters and magic items, including a system to allow for any sort of magic weapon to have almost any weapon power; you can have a spear of venom or a sword of thunderbolts. Plus much more.

A Curious Volume of Forgotten Lore is designed to be a rules supplement suitable for use with almost any other game that's compatible with the 1st edition rules. It's completely modular, so if you want to just take one or two of the classes, or just use the combat system and some of the monsters, or take the whole thing and plug it into your game, you're able to. It's all also compatible with existing adventures and settings, so there's almost no conversion work needed.

People who pledge $10 will receive a pdf version of the rules.

Those who pledge $30 will get the softcover version and the pdf.

Those who pledge $60 will get the hardcover and the pdf.

And, finally, those who pledge $100 will get an autographed copy of the hardcover, a copy of the softcover, and a copy of the pdf.

----- BONUS REWARD!!! -----

If we pass the $3,500 mark, each and every person who pledged $10 or more will also receive a pdf adventure module specifically designed to highlight the various character classes in the book and how they can be used in an urban, wilderness, and dungeon environment. The adventure, to be written by the same Humble Author who wrote "A Curious Volume of Forgotten Lore", will feature examples for game masters to help their players get the most out of the various character classes in the book.

Tell your friends, tell your fellow players! And thanks again to everyone who has already pledged.

----- SECOND BONUS REWARD!!! -----

If we pass the $5,500 mark, everyone who pledged $10 or more will also get a pdf copy of the map and key for Level 2A from the fabulous megadungeon Dwimmermount. A treasure map found in that legendary laboratory level can be used to lead in to the first bonus adventure. You can play the bonus adventure as a stand-alone game, or in conjunction with this masterful megadungeon level. Wow!

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  • Folks in Canada are asked to add US$5 to their pledge to help cover shipping. Those in the UK and Brazil are asked to add US$10. In another country? Just ask. It should be around US$10, though. Naturally, people who are just getting the .pdf version need not worry about shipping.

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