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The town of River's End has lost its mage, Mortimer. Rumor has it he has fallen into the dark arts. Aid the people to save River's End!
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The town of River’s End has always been a quiet sanctuary for those outcast by society. These exiles share one thing in common: wither rot. This disease relentlessly withers the body down to a corpse in a short period of time. However, with the help of magical healing properties provided by the Ravenscroft River and an advanced mage named Mortimer, the people of River’s End have been able to create a fruit called Dragonberry. This fruit stops this ailment from running its course. However, Mortimer has recently fled the town leaving nothing but an ominous note of revenge. Without him interacting with the crop and river, the upcoming Dragonberry harvest will be incomplete leaving the people to once again suffer the full consequences of their wither rot. It is up to you to help the vulnerable citizens before Mortimer and this malicious disease successfully destroys the respite of River’s End.

Cover Art by Josh Stewart
Cover Art by Josh Stewart

Reaping at River’s End (R1) is an 8th – 10th level adventure module optimized for the 5th edition and Swords & Wizardry rules sets. 

This adventure module is meant to be a strong challenge to those who attempt it. I was raised in the old school gaming community, so I do enjoy the challenging aspect that RPGs provide. The player characters (PCs) will be up against a strong enemy and his forces. They will also have to resolve the mission in a timely manner because the harvest of the Dragonberry is soon approaching. If they do not successfully track down Mortimer and either learn his secrets or get him to help, the people of River's End may all die. Since this is being written for two separate game systems, certain encounters, traps, and/or mechanics may be subject to change to fit the system well. However, all content, story, and missions will be the same.

 This book is currently going to clock in at around 30-40 pages. It will also depend on if we hit stretch goal #3. This book will also have a color interior.

The Dragonberry by Raven Metcalf
The Dragonberry by Raven Metcalf

Hello, friends! My name is Ben Barsh, and I have been an aspiring author and game designer for some time now. I have worked for Pacesetter Games & Simulations for almost 5 years now. Not counting helping my father package orders when I was younger. As I have grown, I have learned how the game production industry functions. In 2018, I successfully funded and released my first campaign book called "Rise of the Nefarious". Thank you again to all the amazing adventurers who supported my first project. Every year I attend Gary Con, North Texas RPG Con, Gen Con, Gamehole Con, and ZiegeCon! I would be happy to meet all of you and talk about our shared love of fantasy games!

Aside from the table-top gaming industry, I have gained business knowledge from school and other work. I am going into my junior year of college, and I am studying Business Finance. I have also been apart of many growing businesses in my community, some owned by friends and some owned by family. Recently, I have been an intern for the Walt Disney Company! I can certainly say working for this company has enhanced my imagination and creative spirit. 

$10 Digital Defender (Single PDF) - You will receive a PDF copy of Reaping at River's End in either 5e or S&W, and all free digital stretch goals will be available to you.

$15 Digital Defender (Both PDFs) - You will receive a PDF copy of Reaping at Reaping at River's End in BOTH 5e and S&W, and all free digital stretch goals will be available to you.

$20 Softcover Savior - You will receive a softcover version of Reaping at River's End in either 5e or S&W. You will choose which edition when the Backerkit survey is sent out.  You will also receive a PDF version of Rise of the Nefarious. 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.

$35 Best of Both Worlds - You will receive a softcover version of Reaping at River's End in BOTH 5e and S&W. 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.

$50 Champion Collector - You will receive the special softcover version of Reaping at River's End for BOTH 5e and S&W. The first 29 printed copies of River's End will be signed and numbered by the author (#2-30 available). Copy #1 of each will be submitted to the 2020 North Texas RPG Con charity auction. Additionally, you will receive a PDF copy of Reaping at River's End in both versions. 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.

$60 Retailer Ranger -  You will receive 6 copies of Reaping at River's End. You may pick if you would like 5th Edition of Swords & Wizardry. Mixing and matching is accepted :) SHIPPING IS NOT INCLUDED. Shipping fees will be calculated and charged via Backerkit.  This pledge level is for US retailers only. 

$120 Retailer Raider - You will receive 12 hardcover copies of Reaping at River's End. You may pick if you would like 5th Edition of Swords & Wizardry. Mixing and matching is accepted :) SHIPPING IS NOT INCLUDED. Shipping fees will be calculated and charged via Backerkit.  This pledge level is for US retailers only. 

Stretch Goal #1 - $2,500 - Party of Pre-Gens (Unlocked!)

This stretch goal is absolutely FREE to all backers who back at least the PDF level. Once we hit $2,500 raised, we will add in a party of 6 pre-generated characters to the appendix of the book. The characters will begin at level 8. Each of these characters will also have a hand drawn portrait.

 Stretch Goal #1.5 - 200 Backers - Alternate Ending (Locked!) 

If we hit 200 backers, I will add in an alternate ending to the module! The alternate ending just needs to be edited, and it was originally one of the paths I thought the adventure could take. It will not influence the overall arc of the book, so do not worry, you are still getting the same promised story line; however, in the alternate section, there will be some ideas you can add into the book that will lead smoothly to this change of final destination. I know every group has different tastes and interests, so having as many options as possible is important to me! Again, we will unlock this at 200 backers! 

Stretch Goal #2 - $5,000 - New Magical Item Cards (Locked!)

This stretch goal is absolutely FREE and will be shipped to all backers who have pledged for a physical copy. Once we hit $5,000, this stretch goal will be unlocked. For hitting the stretch goal, you will receive new magical item cards! With nearly every Pacesetter product, we include new magical items. I wanted to include this for this project because new magical items are always exciting for GMs and players. On the front cover of the card, the book cover will be displayed. On the back cover, there will be the item description and statistics. Each card will be 4x6 inches with rounded corners. The book is still going through final cuts; however, I estimate 2-4 new magic items to be included. I will get an exact number once we hit final edits and layout. Again, this is absolutely free to all physical book backers and retailers. The statistics for each new magical item will appear in the appendix just in case you lose the cards. There will be 2 different sets of cards based on what edition you select. If you back at Best of Both Worlds or Champion Collector, you will receive both sets.

Stretch Goal #3 - $7,500 - Extra Dungeon Level (Locked)

This is another free stretch goal to all backers. Once it is hit, I will add in another level to the dungeon of Mortimer, the mad. This will include a new map and artwork. This will still put the players at 10th level by the end of the adventure; however, if the GM sees it fit for the campaign, leveling up to 11th level would be sensible. 

Stretch Goal #4 To Be Determined!

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. 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. 

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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 nearly complete. Artwork is either completed or in production. As the Kickstarter moves along, we will be posting sample pieces.

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