The Guidebook to the City of Dolmvay is a Labyrinth Lord™ supplement for the Chronicles of Amherth™ campaign setting that details the people, layout, and government of the City of Dolmvay. The city was specifically designed to give Labyrinth Lords a convenient city setting to place their adventures.
The Guidebook will be largely Open Game Content and will be offered for free under RPGNow's Pay What You Want Program.. My goal is to provide professional and amateur publishers with a simple to use common city setting to publish their city-based OSR fantasy adventures.
The Guidebook to the City of Dolmvay is packed full of useable content. The current book includes:
1. Map of the City of Dolmvay designed by Tim Hartin of
2. History of the City of Dolmvay
3. Overview of the Government (Banner, Power Structure, Military, etc.)
4. Overview of the People (Social Classes, Style of Dress, Customs and Attitudes, etc.)
5. Overview of the City Including Descriptions of:
-Other Features (Bridges, Gates, Islands, etc.)
-Interesting Locales (Taverns, Towers, Temples, etc.)
-Shops and Businesses
-Major Factions and NPCs of Note
-Random Tables (Names, Shops, Random City Encounters, etc.)
All descriptions are painted in broad strokes and are designed to be easily adapted to your campaign. All NPC entries are fully statted for the Labyrinth Lord system.
All money earned from Kickstarter pledges will be put towards artwork and maps (with a bit held out for printing/shipping/handling), so the more backing I receive the prettier the product will look. I expect the look of the product to be a factor when attempting to get other publishers on board, so the more professional it looks, the better.
Stretch Goal: $1000
A full length city-based adventure for 3-6 characters of 1st-3rd levels entitled Oak Grove Whispers. This adventure will be available for sale on RPGNow at the usual price of $4.95 (PDF) or $7.95 (softcover). The PDF will be free to backers who pledge $20 or more to the Guidebook to the City of Dolmvay.
Stretch Goal: $1500
A special edition hardcover of the Guidebook of the City of Dolmvay that includes the adventure Oak Grove Shadows. This edition will be available for sale through RPGNow in PDF and softcover format. The special edition hardcover and PDF will be free to backers who pledge $50 or more to the Guidebook to the City of Dolmvay (this special edition hardcover will replace the standard hardcover that is offered to backers who pledge $50 or more).
Risks and challenges
This is my first experience with Kickstarter, so I want to make sure everyone knows that up front. However, this is not my first experience with publishing. I have been publishing Labyrinth Lord™ products (particularly adventures and a campaign setting) on a steady pace for the past three years and I have recently been managing the release of the Brave the Labyrinth fanzines. Hopefully that helps to set your mind at ease.
If not, let me assure you that the Guidebook to the City of Dolmvay will be released. There is no question of that. The writing is about 85% complete. I plan to be finished with the entire project by the first quarter of 2014 at the very latest---quite possibly much sooner. A lot of it will depend on how quickly I get the art and maps back. I've also included a full-length adventure module as a stretch goal which will have to be fleshed out if that goal is met (it is currently in outline form).
Progress reports will be sent out weekly to interested backers (I'll create a mailing list for those who wish to participate). The initial report will be a detailed summary of the product's contents. Future reports will describe my overall progress and include select pieces of artwork and/or maps. I will also be available to answer questions and respond to feedback.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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