In 1981 the Basic and Expert game for the world's greatest fantasy RPG was released. Written by Tom Moldvay, David "Zeb" Cook, and Steve Marsh, these two comprehensive books created a complete fantasy game system that exploded on the gaming scene and made it into mainstream game markets. This game system is alive and well some 38 years later! This pioneering game was later revised into similar old school game systems. But even as those systems further expanded the game, Basic and Expert (B/X) retained a huge following - one that still thrives today. It is with this history in mind that we have decided to create two new books, the B/X Player's Guide and Dungeon Guide. Instead of merely retro-cloning this system, we have separated the player rules and game master rules into separate books. We have also expanded the character classes, added spells, weapons, monsters, magic items, and much more. All the while, we have steadfastly maintained the simplicity and elegance of the original game. We have done all of this with one thing in mind; we are not replacing the Basic and Expert books, we attempting open the game up for more opportunity to new and old players alike. You no longer have to search for those beat up copies of the rule books - it's all here and more!
The B/X Player's Guide contains all the information needed to create and run a character throughout the game. It includes rules for characters up to 18th level as well as spell charts and descriptions, weapon and equipment tables, and complete character class descriptions. In all, there are 13 character classes in the game (and yes, race is class). Rules for every facet of your character are included.
The B/X Dungeon Guide is designed for the game master. This book includes rules for running the game, creating your own adventures, magic-items, monsters, and more. It includes tables for all the various adventure options. The Dungeon Guide has sample encounters included for combat, role-playing, and even miniatures. It is your one-stop reference for all things in the dungeon, wilderness, or urban adventure.
Best of all, both of these books are completely finished with the exception of some possible stretch goals. But even the stretch goals are complete; just not added to the books. We are committed to getting you these books as soon as possible; in fact, we plan on sending the PDFs as soon as all of the stretch goal work has been finished up and edited into the final lay out.
Pacesetter Games & Simulations has been producing old school adventures and supplements since 2008. We have produced more than 50 products in print form including several boxed sets. In general we produce content for the world's most famous fantasy RPG system (first and fifth editions) but also for game systems including Swords & Wizardry, the DCC RPG, Top Secret: New World Order, and soon Call of Cthulhu. In addition, Pacesetter produces a large line of miniature figures for all of these game systems. We attend several game conventions every year and operate one of the longest-running old school RPG tournaments in the country. Pacesetter has brought back the solo module as well as cross-platform adventures (The Red Queen series). Bill Barsh has worked in the gaming world since 1978 and produced material for Task Force Games and Hero Games. Ben Barsh started working at Pacesetter in 2015 and produced his first KS project, Rise of the Nefarious (a 5e mini-campaign) in 2018. Ben's title at Pacesetter is Operations Manager - that means he is the driving force behind how we get things done. His first major project, Rise of the Nefarious was resounding success and run flawlessly. He will do the same with this project!
The Gnome - $15 - You will receive a PDF copy of B/X Player's Handbook and B/X Dungeon Guide plus all other digital rewards.
The Fighter - $20 B/X Player's Guide - You will receive a softcover copy of the B/X Player's Guide. You also receive a PDF version of the B/X Player's Guide. You will also receive all stretch goals assigned to this pledge level. SHIPPING IS NOT INCLUDED. Shipping fees will be calculated and charged via Backerkit. Domestic shipping will be approximately $5 via Media Mail. International shipping will be at cost.
The Magic-User - $20 B/X Dungeon Guide - You will receive a softcover copy of the B/X Dungeon Guide. You also receive a PDF version of the B/X Dungeon Guide. You will also receive all stretch goals assigned to this pledge level. SHIPPING IS NOT INCLUDED. Shipping fees will be calculated and charged via Backerkit. Domestic shipping will be approximately $5 via Media Mail. International shipping will be at cost.
The Elf - $35 B/X Player's Guide and Dungeon Guide - You will receive a softcover copy of the B/X Player's Guide &B/X Dungeon Guide. You also receive a PDF version of the B/X Player's Guide & B/X Dungeon Guide. This reward level includes all digital stretch goals for the entire campaign. SHIPPING IS NOT INCLUDED. Shipping fees will be calculated and charged via Backerkit. Domestic shipping will be approximately $5 via Media Mail. International shipping will be at cost.
The Thief - $60 Box Set - You will receive a softcover copy of the B/X Player's Guide, B/X Dungeon Guide, and complete dice set in a beautiful box set! The box is approximately 9x12x2. You also receive a PDF version of the B/X Player's Guide & B/X Dungeon Guide. Also, you receive all stretch goals as well as Boxed Set specific stretch goals, including ALL digital and print stretch goal rewards. SHIPPING IS NOT INCLUDED. Shipping fees will be calculated and charged via Backerkit. Domestic shipping will be approximately $7 via Media Mail. International shipping will be at cost.
The Cleric - $100 Bundle - You will receive 5 softcover copies of the B/X Player's Guide and 1 softcover copy of the B/X Dungeon Guide. This pledge level is intended for you to share with your gaming group! You will also receive a PDF copy of the B/X Player's Guide and Dungeon Guide. This reward level includes all digital and print stretch goals for the entire campaign. SHIPPING IS NOT INCLUDED. Shipping fees will be calculated and charged via Backerkit. Domestic shipping will be approximately $7 via Media Mail. International shipping will be at cost.
The Ranger - $120 Retail Bundle - You will receive 6 softcover copies of the B/X Player's Guide & B/X Dungeon Guide. One complete set of stretch goals is included. This pledge level is for US retailers only. SHIPPING IS NOT INCLUDED. Shipping fees will be calculated and charged via Backerkit.
The Necromancer - $240 Retail Bundle - You will receive 12 softcover copies of the B/X Player's Guide & B/X Dungeon Guide. One complete set of stretch goals is included. This pledge level is for US retailers only. SHIPPING IS NOT INCLUDED. Shipping fees will be calculated and charged via Backerkit.
Stretch Goal #1 - $2,000 - Character Sheets & Pregenerated Characters (Unlocked!)
This stretch goal is absolutely free to all backers who have pledged for the PDF level or higher. Once this goal is hit, we will add in character sheets to the appendix of the Player's Guide. Also, we will include printed copies in the Thief Box Set level. These character sheets are personalized to fit all character classes. Also, we will add in a pregenerated character for every character class in the game system. These characters will begin at first level.
Stretch Goal #2 - $3,000 Felhorde: Eruptor's Vengeance (Unlocked!)
We will insert a complete sample dungeon (BX1) in the Dungeon Guide; this replaces the partial sample dungeon already in the book.
In a forest glade a horrific battle has ended in a draw with all the combatants lying in ruin. A red dragon and its attackers have all fallen in glorious battle. Now, the race is on to recover the dragon’s treasure horde. But tangling with a dead dragon can be a dangerous enterprise.
This B/X adventure is designed for 4 to 8 characters of 1st to 4th level.
Stretch Goal #3 - $4,000 - BX2 The Haunted Keep (Unlocked!)
A 24-page printed adventure module for first level characters! Print copy for all $60 level backers and above; Magic-User and Elf levels receive a digital reward.
Stretch Goal #4 - $5,000 - BX3 Temple of Mercy Module (Unlocked!).
Print copy for all $60 level backers and above; Magic-User and Elf levels receive a digital reward.
Many years ago, a fanatic cult claimed a sanctuary as a base for plotting their wicked ways. They named their redoubt the Temple of Mercy because it is where new followers would journey to repent of their sins and be granted mercy. It is unclear how the cult was defeated, but they vanished nearly 120 years ago. The temple has been quite since the disappearance of the vile clan. Recently, a religious order of holy priests has been interested in claiming the temple as their own. They are looking for bold adventurers to slay sinister monsters, evade treacherous traps, and bring glory to the forgotten Temple of Mercy!
Temple of Mercy is designed for six, third level characters using the B/X game rules. This adventure will advance the characters to fourth level by the conclusion.
Stretch Goal #5 - $7,000 - Magic Items & Monsters! (Unlocked!)
Once unlocked, we will add in an additional 20 magic items and 10 monsters to the Dungeon Guide. This stretch goal is absolutely free to all backers as it will simply be added into the book. The magic items and monsters will be spread out over all 18 levels of play. This way, you don't just get an additional 20 magic items and 10 monsters that are unusable once you pass a certain level.
Stretch Goal #6 – $11,000 - Monk Playable Class (Unlocked!)
Once we hit $11,000 raised, we will add in the Monk class to the Player’s Guide. Get ready to catch some projectiles!
Stretch Goal #7 - $12,000 – Random Dungeon Generator (Unlocked!)
Once we hit $12,000 raised, we will add in a random dungeon generator to the Dungeon Guide! In the Dungeon Guide we outline how to create your own dungeon; however, these charts can be used for gaming on the fly! We will have the monsters, magic items, and traps necessary to create your own dungeon at random!
Stretch Goal #8 - $13,000 – Three true SOLO B/X Modules as Add-ons (Unlocked!)
Once we hit $13,000 raised, we will make three solo modules as add-ons through Backerkit! These are true SOLO modules that only requires a single player to play. They read like a pick-your-own-path adventure but as an RPG! They will be compatible with our B/X system. They are currently available on our website but for 1st edition.
I1 - Grave of the Green Flame
It was the oldest trick in the book. A man on a dark road asked for directions and you let your guard down. You awake in a nearby inn with a bruised skull and ego. All your possessions are gone, but your courage endures. Helped by the kindly and concerned innkeeper, you are equipped and the chase is on. The bandits fled into the forest, but you will have your vengeance. Yet there is more to the old forest than some petty bandits. Somewhere inside lies the secret of the Grave of the Green Flame.
I2 - Beyond the Black Wall
Your hunt for the fabled Green Flame, a jewel of unparalleled beauty and value, has led you deep into the wild. Guided by unreliable research and gut instinct you search for an ancient city that has been dead for centuries. Your only clue is that the city is guarded by a towering black wall. Somehow, you know the city must exist and that it surely harbors the Green Flame. Undaunted, you set yourself to face the horrors and dangers that lie beyond the black wall!
I3 - Ruins of the Red Moon
Trapped deep in the mountains and besieged by a snow storm of raging power, you desperately search for safety. The mountains are steep, their sheer walls offering no protection against the biting cold. On entering a valley you find something indescribable. It is a massive thing, colored dark grey and shaped like nothing you have ever seen. It seems to be made of metal, but while it is strong, it makes no ringing sound when tapped. A flight of stone stairs, obviously not part of this thing, rise to the top of the strange structure. What appears to be a small, stone temple rests on the mammoth object. There is no other place to go.
These adventures take each character through 1-4th level.
Stretch Goal #9 - $15,000 – G1 Fog of War (Unlocked!)
We are adding digest module G1 Fog of War to the project as our final stretch goal ($15,000). A print copy (including a PDF) will be included for all pledges of $60 or more. All other pledges receive a free PDF.
This is not something entirely new, but an adventure we published in 2012 as part of a limited release (100 numbered copies) to go along with a new miniature figure. We have been working on a full re-release and now seems like a great time to get it out. It has been expanded from the original; so more encounters, art, and fun!
From the cover:
The giants are planning war. They are searching for something hidden deep in their past. Something that will unite the races and tribes. Something that has been hidden in history but waiting to be found.
Fog of War is a BX RPG dungeon adventure for four to six characters of 7th to 9th level.
All digital rewards will be send via email after the Backerkit and production is completed. We will notify you by updating the Kickstarter when the emails have been sent.
When the Backerkit site for this project is ready, you will receive an email. This is a separate communication than the Kickstarter survey. We will update you through KS that Backerkit is live. In that email you will receive the link to the site where you will be asked to verify your shipping information, your pledge rewards, and checkout through their system. Your Kickstarter pledge amount does not include shipping. It is during Backerkit checkout that your shipping cost is calculated and charged.
Pacesetter Ben (Barsh)
Risks and challenges
With any crowdfunding program, there is the risk of being late on delivery. This project is subject to various risks such as supplier failure, production company disruptions, and damages to books during the shipment process. Any and all prevention techniques will be implemented such as constant communication and updates, a strict and organized schedule, and working hard to be ahead of an unforeseeable curve to limit any issues that make come to be. In addition, to mitigate logistical delays we are using a US-based printer.
With all of that said, the design of this project is complete. Stretch goal artwork is either completed or in production. As the Kickstarter moves along, we will be posting sample pictures of the books and their content.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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