Welcome to Ramen Sandwich Press’ third Kickstarter campaign in support of Places by the Way. This campaign offers one last chance to pre-order copies of the Limited Edition of Places by the Way #3: Secrets of Oyster Cove.
Places by the Way
For those of you who missed our first two campaigns, Places by the Way is a series of short modules that I’m creating for use with Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition. They work fine as short stand-alone adventures, but each Places by the Way module is meant to be a kit for creating a memorable interlude in a larger campaign. Each entry in the series consists of two versions sold separately but similar in content. One version is set in the Forgotten Realms, so Ramen Sandwich Press sells it exclusively through Dungeon Masters Guild. The other version assumes a generic setting and complies with WotC’s Open Game License. It’s available through DriveThru RPG, RPGNow and Dungeon Masters Guild, and a print version is available through Amazon and other online outlets.
For purchase links and product information, check out the Ramen Sandwich website. We also post news, announcements and random musings to our Facebook page.
Places by the Way has two inspirations. One is the line of mini-adventures that AEG published as part of the D&D 3rd Edition open license boom. I recall that the word count for those modules was only 5,000 words. I wrote a few of them, and they suggested to me that the short form could be made to work in adventure modules as it does in fiction. That is to say, if the typical folio-sized module is the novel, and the hardcover campaign books that WotC is publishing for 5th Edition are epics, there should be also be a place for the module equivalent of short stories.
The other inspiration is the strangely important role that side quests play in what we now recognize as standard CRPG structure. Side quests are those little tasks that you can find throughout the game world, and while they have no direct bearing on the main story, they allow you to accumulate XP, money and items, and meet memorable NPCs. If they’re done well they can add real flavor to the game experience. Fallout remains one of my very favorite CRPGs. One of the first things that jumps back into my mind is Tandi, the Shady Sands girl voiced so perfectly by Cree Summer. Her wistful musing about what lies beyond her little village convey the fallen melancholy of that world so beautifully that it made me forget all about finding that water filter. My goal for Places by the Way is that somewhere in the series, I will create an NPC encounter that has an effect like that. My disadvantage is that I won’t have a talented voice artist to help. But I’m going to try to create a moment in a campaign that you will find memorable out of proportion to its role as a diversion.
Places by the Way modules average about 15 numbered locations, each of which offers an encounter, noteworthy items, noteworthy NPCs or an opening into which you can hook your existing campaign. For a rundown on Places by the Way to date, check out the Ramen Sandwich website.
We’re on to Places by the Way #3: Secrets of Oyster Cove, which describes a remote fishing village with more going on than meets the eye. You can use it as a stand-alone, or as a sequel to Places by the Way #2: A Treasure on the Rocks.
Secrets of Oyster Cove is almost ready for publication. The manuscript went into layout this past week. But Ramen Sandwich Press could use a little extra funding to make sure we can pay for stuff like layout, art and maps in a timely manner. So we’re turning to the Kickstarter community once again in the hope that you’ll help us keep this series going.
Our rewards focus on a special, “Limited Edition” of each OGL Places by the Way module. It contains an Easter Egg of additional content that is not part of the version that is sold to the wider public, and we will not offer it outside of Kickstarter campaigns. Think of it as an inside joke between me and the good folks who back Places by the Way.
The rewards for this campaign focus on Secrets of Oyster Cove. [Please note: If you purchased Secrets of Oyster Cove as part of your pledge for our previous campaign, you’re good to go; you’ll get it when it’s ready without any further action needed.] Our previous campaigns reached into the future and pre-sold two Places by the Way modules in advance (the next one and the next one after the next one), but this created too many possible rewards configurations to keep straight. Places by the Way #4: Sylvanhome (working title) is on the drawing board, but we’ll run another campaign later this fall to support it. I've learned my lesson: KISS.
$10 Secrets of Oyster Cove PDF: PDF of Secrets of Oyster Cove Limited Edition.
$17 Secrets of Oyster Cove cover art t-shirt: The cover art for Secrets of Oyster Cover is almost in its final form. We're using it as the iconic image for this campaign. Ramen Sandwich Tees will put it on a t-shirt in full-color glory and offer it through Amazon's Merch by Amazon PoD service for $20. But as a courtesy to you good Kickstarter folks, we’re going to pre-sell it here for $17 + shipping. If you'd like to combine this reward to another reward, pick one and pledge the combined amount, then send me a message so I know what you're up to.
$25 Secrets of Oyster Cove print: Print copy of Secrets of Oyster Cove Limited Edition, signed to you by me, author Douglas Sun. $30 PDF + Print combo: You’ll get both the signed print version and the PDF version. No need to choose one or the other.
$75 Catch-up special: We overprinted the Limited Editions of Places by the Way #1: The Village of Darkharrow and Places by the Way #2: A Treasure on the Rocks, to allow for accidents while signing copies — like my hand slipping, or the pen exploding, etc. Fortunately, this only happened a few times. So we have some spares and I’m happy to sign and sell what we have left. Unfortunately, our printer misprinted the copies of Darkharrow and the title is flush against the top edge of the front cover, so they’re slightly nerfed. This reward includes signed print copies of all three Places by the Way modules, and we’ll throw in PDF copies to boot.
Risks and challenges
The risks associated with this project are minimal. Secrets of Oyster Cove has been written; we just need to pretty it up. We anticipate being able to ship the rewards in October. But we could use some material support to make sure we can cover our bills.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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