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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, September 1 2019 11:00 AM UTC +00:00.

£2,227
pledged of 500 £pledged of 500 £ goal
175
backers
11days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, September 1 2019 11:00 AM UTC +00:00.

About

Update:   If you’ve looked at the campaign before but were put off by the fact that the books were being delivered by via drivethrurpg.com as cost POD coupons, I’ve now added a series of pledge levels that mean you can get the books sent directly from me (just look at Shield Bearer rewards). 

What is it?

I’ve had a lifelong love of Fantasy Role Playing Games, that goes all the way back to my teenage years growing up in Britain in the 1980s. This Kickstarter will fund an OSR rule book and 5th Edition adventure that is my tribute to all the British Fantasy Role-Playing material that I was blessed to grow up with. Things like the early Fighting Fantasy books, the TSR UK adventures and the old issues of White Dwarf. 

This preview of the OSR Rulebook contains the  Contents, Introduction and start of the adventure, and character sheets. 

The main goals. the OSR Rulebook and 5th Edition Adventure are now funded and will be available immediately after the campaign ends at the beginning of Sept in pdf form and as print on demand (which all backers get access to at cost + p&p)  versions shortly after (mid-late September). 

Funded Stretch Goals

We are now funding the stretch goals, which add new content and new adventures (see Stretch Goals below) at NO EXTRA COST to backers who have backed either (or both) books.  

1. Character Portfolio. In pdf form 6 playable characters in both OSR and 5th Edition format.

2. Confessions of an OSR DM, a quick article about moving from OSR editions of the game to 5th Edition.

3. The Castle of Howls, a one on one adventure for 1st level chracters for both OSR and 5th edtion in pdf.

4. Fires from the Deep by Paul Mitchener a full adventure for 3rd level characters for both OSR and 5th Edition in pdf/print.

Currently funding two new adventures. Curse of the Emerald Swan by Neil Shaw  (£3000 ) and  The Jungles of Ruin by Guy Milner (£4000).

Monsters are People Too

These are 4-5 page Non Player Monsters, who have connections, motives, beliefs, and adventure seeds, fund every 10-20 backers. Every backer gets them as a pdf, and if we reach 10 of them the collected version wll be available as a POD book.

  • Halfling Shire Dog Riders.
  • Pugsley the Goblin.
  • Lady Gillian the Ghoul.
  • Yugress the Zithrin , a 3 HD Hawkperson. 
  • Buku the Giant Alpha Baboon (4 HD) 
  • Venka the Werewolf (5HD)

So thats 24-30 pages of content FREE to backers who have backed the books.

  • ???? (a 6 Hit Dice Monster) at 180 Backers

Sunday Dungeons

Short one-page adventures, in both 5th Ed and OSR versions. Available as pdfs after the campaign ends to all backers who have backed the books.

How the Sorcerer Under the Mountain came about

It’s been nearly ten years since I actively joined the Old School Renaissance (OSR), running games at cons and publishing adventures and rule books.

Sorcerer Under the Mountain is the name of my blog, and it was there I talked not only about my own games but other UK OSR releases as well as nostalgically writing about the old days. This was the cauldron of the ideas that eventually spawned this Kickstarter.

Five or so years ago I got hold of the Swords & Wizardry complete rule set in word doc and edited it down to fit an A5 softcover which I got printed via Lulu and took on holiday with me. The idea is to create a friendly little portable version of OD&D, which I could take with me on my travels to read and perhaps run for people. I called it Tales from the Sorcerer Under the Mountain. While it had a condensed version of S&W its 100+ pages, it didn’t have an adventure, and I quietly put it to one side for a while.

Then about three years ago I wanted to run 5th Edition Fantasy at a local games convention called Furnace, and wrote a dungeon that played heavily on the legacy of early Fighting Fantasy and White Dwarf adventures, called The Sorcerer Under the Mountain.

Then about a month ago, my brain finally put it together. Putting the adventure in the back of the OSR rule book (which now also has a section entitled What is the OSR?, and a selection of my house rules), could make a nice little all in one book that sums up my take on the OSR. And if you have no interest in the OSR, the adventure on its own is an excellent 1st Level introductory dungeon adventure influenced by British Fantasy Role-Playing games from the 80s.

So gentle people and wild things of all ages, I present not one but two books that are up for grabs in this Kickstarter:

Tales from the Sorcerer Under the Mountain, an A5 hardback OSR rule book, which as well as a concise version of the Swords & Wizardry rules, with a chapter which holds the House Rules I use in my games, and contains the adventure with OSR stats. Overall it weighs in about 230 pages, with black and white art throughout, cover by Jon Hodgson.

Cover by Jon Hodgson
Cover by Jon Hodgson

And The Sorcerer Under the Mountain, 5th Edition Adventure module in 8″ by 11″ format, black and white art throughout. 

Cover by Jon Hodgson
Cover by Jon Hodgson

Here’s the players introduction for the adventure:

In ancient times the Sorcerer Khalack Maeki established a lair under Terror Peak Mountain. Being of an evil bent, he enslaved the local Goblinoid tribes and waged war against the Elves of surrounding Scarwood. It said that he was amassing a vast army when an alliance of nearby High Elf Warlords attacked his mountain stronghold. Khalack was killed in the final assault by powerful magic unleashed by the High Elves, although the legend macabrely states that his body was never found. The Ring of the Elements, a powerful magical item which was said to be the source of his power, also went missing much to the annoyance of the High Elven Archmages.

Khalack’s dungeon lair under the mountain lay deserted for hundreds of years. Keeping its secrets and treasures, since the Elves who now controlled the woods around Terror Peak shunned its lightless corridors. Powerful magical wards left by their warlords sealed the dungeon.

Your group of adventurers have assembled in the town of Goldrush, a town of human opportunists, traders and ner-do-wells which lies on the edge of Scarwood. In a local tavern, you met a charming young Half-Elf called Melanda, who claims to know where there is a secret entrance, long hidden from prying eyes by her kin, to the Sorcerer’s Lair. She owes no allegiance to the guardians of Scarwood and is willing to show you for a cut of the treasure. True to her word she has led you through Scarwood safely and you now stand amongst the trees in the shadow of Terror Peak.

An adventure for 2-6 characters 1st to 3rd Level. 

Here’s part of Glynn Seal’s map of the Adventure, along with my original sketch map which shows why he’s an ENnie award-wining cartographer!

 (note you can see the whole thing, that is split into two A5 maps in the OSR rulebook but is a whole page in 5th Edition adventure, in the preview above)

Legal Note

Swords & Wizardry, S&W, and Mythmere Games are trademarks of Matthew J. Finch, and that D101 Games are not affiliated with Matthew J. Finch, Mythmere Games™, or Frog God Games.

Why Kickstarter?

Both books are written, art has been procured and laid out, and have been for quite some time. All is needed is a small bit of editing and a map by Glynn Seal and to pay for my time on the book so far. 

Previews of the lay out of the OSR Book. 

Pledge Levels

£1 Supporter of D101 Games So you don't fancy getting either of the books, but you want to help the campaign. This also gives you access to the D101 Games Add-Ons.

The following pledge levels give you either the OSR rule-book and/or the 5th edtion adventure.

£10 Old School Torch Bearer. Gives you the OSR rule-book in pdf with an option of POD print.

£5 New School Torch Bearer. The5th Edition adventure in pdf with an option of POD print.

£15 Head Torch Bearer. Both the OSR rule book  and 5th Edition adventure in pdf with the option of POD Print.

Shield Bearer Levels (New School £8/Old School £18/Both £25). If you want me to send you the books directly and sort out postage after the campaign ends via Backerkit, choose one of these levels. 

£100 Sorcerer Under the Mountain. This is the high tier pledge, where you get everything the campaign produces in pdf and print, signed and sent directly to you. Limited to five backers.

Stretch Goals

The campaign has a number of stretch goals which are detailed below. 

Stretch Goal 1. £1100 Pre-generated characters portfolio in pdf form for use with the adventure for both the OSR and 5th Edition versions of the Sorcerer Under the Mountain adventure. FUNDED! 

Stretch Goal 2. £1250 Confessions of an Old School DM. How I moved from DMing Old School Renaissance to 5th ed. will be included in the 5th Ed adventure book, and as a pdf for everyone else. FUNDED!

Stretch Goal 3. £1500 The Castle of Howls. An one on one adventure, which faithfully (ha-ha) recreates my first adventure as a 1st Level Elf (Fighter/Mage) adventuring alone looking for a magic ring in a ruined castle. FUNDED!

Stretch Goal 4. £2000 Fires from the Deep by Paul Mitchener for 3rd level characters FUNDED!

Something came from the underworld in a jet of hellfire. Something unique and valuable. More than one group seeks to retrieve it. Naturally, the player characters are one such group. A dangerous wilderness trek with an uncertain goal, and all sorts of room for complications, but hey, the job pays well.

A detail from Jon Hodgson's cover for Fires From Below

 Stretch Goal 6. £3000 Curse of the Emerald Swan by Neil Shaw for characters 2nd – 4th level characters

A mysterious mist shroud gallon has come into port at night and is blocking vessels leaving the narrow harbour. Brave fishermen have tried to approach and those who did flee from the mournful wailing they heard as they approached, never returned. Now the mayor is worried that if his fishing fleet cannot sail his town is wither and die.

Your group of brave adventures have been hired to board the cursed ship, brave its sinister inhabitants and finally discover the ships purpose and reason for being here.

Stretch Goal 7. £4000 The Jungles of Ruin by Guy Milner for 4th level characters

An adventure where the heroes must trek through a lethal jungle environment to find the Lost City of Bast-Ur and discover the treasures within. Explore its fearsome ziggurat! Help the Jaguar People overthrow their oppressive God-Emperor! Avoid the fearsome lizard-riding Jungle Ducks!

All adventures will have covers by Jon Hodgson and maps by Glynn Seal. Each adventure will come as Swords and Wizardry and 5th Edition versions and will be available to backers as both pdf and with the option to purchase at cost POD versions. 

More adventures are in the pipeline beyond £4000 details to follow.

Add-Ons

Being as its Summer, I’m using it as an excuse to have an excellent old Summer Sale like we used to have here in the UK in the 80s. As well as the opportunity to pick up a good part of D101’s back-catalogue (including some titles marked * that are currently not available), it has the added bonus you don’t need to get dragged around the shops in the blistering heat by yer mum :D

If you only want to pick up the add ons, back the D101 Games supporter level (£1) and then add the costs of the add-ons you want.

Otherwise back at the pledge level, you want to get the book(s) you want, then add the cost of the add-ons you want to your pledge.

I will ask during the Backer Survey, which add-ons you have bought. 

Story Telling Bundle +£5

Ye Little Book of HeroQuest Fantasy* and Worlds of Wordplay* 

Monkey! +£5

Monkey the Roleplaying Game.

Fate +£5

The Hollow West and Hunters of Alexandria

Crypts and Things +£5

The Rulebook in hardcover,+ the adventures: Life and Death Zarth Edition, Tournaments of Madness and Death, and Tombs of the Necromancer.  

OpenQuest +£5

Rulebook in hardcover, + the adventures:The Savage North, Life and Death, and Crucible of Dragons.

Treasure Chest of D101 Games - Everything +£20

All add-ons take the form pdf +POD at cost coupons which will be sent immediately after campaign backer survey is sent out via drivethrourpg.com

For more details about these books visit the D101 Games web store. 

What does Print on Demand (POD) mean?

All backers who pledge for the books at one of the Torch Bearer levels will get access to a Print on Demand (POD) copy at cost via drivethrurpg.com.

What this means is when the print version of the book is ready, I will send you a voucher via email to an at-cost version on drivethrurpg.com. You will then pay the production cost and shipping to your home as part of your order with drivethrurpg.com. 

All the add-ons in print are delivered this way.

This means 100% of the backer money goes towards the project, instead of covering unexpected increased shipping or production costs when the project is finally finished.

If you want the books sent to you directly check out the Shield Bearer or Sorcerer Under the Mountain pledge levels.

Risks and challenges

Both books have been laid out and include art. It needs a final proof and its ready to go. Any additional material funded by the campaign will go into separate books/pdf and not delay the delivery of either the OSR Rulebook or the 5th Edition adventure.

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