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Race to the forgotten city of Macandire where glory and treasure awaits! Make haste to prevent the Rise of the Nefarious!
Race to the forgotten city of Macandire where glory and treasure awaits! Make haste to prevent the Rise of the Nefarious!
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Cover Art: Lloyd Metcalf
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Your adventuring party is on the way to the mystical yet forgotten city Macandire. The road you are traveling is uncharted; however, you know you are supposed to travel west until you pass the mountains. The path is going in the correct direction to the city, so you continue to follow it. The lands surrounding Macandire are fabled to contain treasures beyond measure. However, with treasure comes the likelihood of hazard. Other than great treasures, not much is known about Macandire and the land surrounding it. While traveling along the path toward the city, your party comes across a small village. It came as a bit of a surprise due to the thick mist that surrounds this area and the darkness overcoming the sky due to dusk approaching. As you approach the town, it seems to have little life to it. It is hard to find a sociable person, and the majority of people do not seem welcoming; however, after a little digging you find out the name of the village is Mistwood. Since it is late, you decide to stay at the inn for the night. Your party gets a nice room with a warm hearth, and you quickly drift off to sleep. Once you wake up, you find a note slid under the door that reads, “Please help us”. Once you open the door, you are surprised to find another note pinned to the front of the door by a dagger that reads, “Go away”.

The evil around Mistwood has been eradicated. Once all loose ends are tied up, you journey to Macandire. As you pass the mountains and approach the city, a man and a woman are running towards you on the same path you travel. As they grow closer, they explain that the city is still somewhat functional; however, dark overlords have made the remnant's their home. The city is now split up into three factions: the Legion of Fury, the Spectral Order, and the Clan of Misfortune. All three heads of the organizations refer to themselves as the Apocalypse Council. Each head member is a descendant of the dark men and women who were a part of the ruination that took place in Macandire. Long ago, high mages were practicing new kinds of magic. The city funded this research as they thought the mages were attempting to discover new magic that would make Macandire more prosperous; however, all of the members that were assigned to this special project were eventually corrupted by an unknown evil. They kept experimenting, and eventually caused the destruction of the city. They created a spell that sent Macandire more than 300 feet into the ground. However, they did not stop there. They corrupted many people and monsters to eliminate anyone who would not swear allegiance to them. It is now up to you to make right by the city of Macandire and explore this once great city!

The unique part of this books is that it will contain in-line monster stats so the DM does not have to be using multiple different books, print outs, or a laptop/tablet for combat. With out current estimate, the softcover and hardcover books will be approximately 120 pages; however, this is subject to change as we move closer to final layout. I will be posting updates with more information on the size of the book as we continue to approach final layout!

Rise of the Nefarious (N1) is a 1st - 6th level campaign optimized for the 5th edition rules set. 

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, and I finally feel more than prepared to release my first campaign. 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 accepted into the Disney College Program! Working for Disney has always been a dream of mine, and I take the first step this fall as I work in the parks in Disney's Walt Disney World in Orlando.

$20 Digital Defender - You will receive a PDF copy of Rise of the Nefarious and all free stretch goals will be available to you.

$30 Softcover Savior - You will receive the limited edition softcover version of Rise of the Nefarious. The softcover book is a Kickstarter special and will not printed again. 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.

$45 Hardcover Hero - You will receive the hardcover version of Rise of the Nefarious and a PDF version. 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.

$70 Best of Both Worlds - You will receive a softcover AND hardcover version of Rise of the Nefarious. The softcover book is a Kickstarter special and will not printed again. You will also receive a PDF version of Rise of the Nefarious. The content of the books is the same. The only difference is the material of cover and the price. 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.

$125 Retailer Ranger -  You will receive 5 hardcover copies of Rise of the Nefarious. SHIPPING IS NOT INCLUDED. Shipping fees will be calculated and charged via Backerkit.

$250 Retailer Ranger - You will receive 10 hardcover copies of Rise of the Nefarious. SHIPPING IS NOT INCLUDED. Shipping fees will be calculated and charged via Backerkit.

 Stretch Goal #1 - $5000 - New Magical Item Cards (Unlocked!)

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 in my first publication because new magical items are always exciting for DMs 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. I have included an example below! The picture of the cover will be one side, and the picture of the description of Kizziwink's Ever-Changing Crossbow will be on the other side. The Pacesetter miniatures card is just for a visual example. Each card will be 4x6 inches with rounded corners. The book is still going through final cuts; however, I estimate 5-8 new magic items to be included. I will get an exact number once we hit final 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. 

Stretch Goal #2 - $6,000 - Book Expansion to 8th Level! (Locked!)

I am very happy to announce our $6,000 stretch goal! If we hit $6,000 before the Kickstarter ends, the campaign will expand to 8th level! The book would then become levels 1-8. I have taken the time during the Kickstarter to expand this adventure, and in my humble opinion, the story arc deserves the additional content. This will in no way delay the fulfillment process. This stretch goal is available to digital and physical copy backers!

 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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I will be uploading videos containing updates of the Kickstarter as well as other D&D content. I will still be sending updates to Kickstarter itself, but if you are a person who prefers watching videos for explainations, subscribe to my channel! Thank you in advance!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoKcJasGsZYnkqYjphsehyQ?view_as=subscriber

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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