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The first of three books set in the City of Dolmvay. A must-have for Game Masters running OSR adventures in the White City.
The first of three books set in the City of Dolmvay. A must-have for Game Masters running OSR adventures in the White City.
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Time of the Dying Stars: Book One is the first of three books set in the City of Dolmvay. It is a collection of interlinked short stories that follow the events leading up to an ancient prophecy. This novella provides insights into the city's politics, religions, and the lives of everyday citizens. It also features cameos of favorite NPCs such as Tenkar the Tavernkeep, Dyson the Cartographer, and others. Time of the Dying Stars: Book One is a must-have for OSR Game Masters running adventures in the City of Dolmvay.

Book One will be offered under RPGNow's Pay What You Want (PWYW) Program.

Note: The City of Dolmvay was fully detailed in the Guidebook to the City of Dolmvay, a Labyrinth Lord™ city sourcebook that detailed the people, layout, and government of the City of Dolmvay. It can be downloaded for FREE here:

http://www.rpgnow.com/product/125884/Guidebook-to-the-City-of-Dolmvay-PDF

Adventurers of Amherth

This Kickstarter Exclusive is a PDF collection of new Labyrinth Lord™ classes designed by Barrel Rider Games. These classes include: Friar, Inquisitor, Undead Slayer, Archer, Explorer, Swordmaster, Acrobat, Bard, Watchman, Assassin, Death Knight, Goblin, Burglar, Sylvan Elf, and Half-Elf. This PDF collection will be free to backers who pledge more than $60.

More information on Barrel Rider Games's classes and other products may be found here: 

http://www.rpgnow.com/browse.php?manufacturers_id=4417

Stretch Goal #1: $1,000

An 8.5" x 11" illustrated Special Edition of Time of the Dying Stars: Book One to be offered for sale in PDF and print format at RPGNow upon its release. This special edition will contain game stats of all major NPCs, new magic items, new monsters, and descriptions of major locations found in the novella, as well as six mini-adventures inspired by the events of the novella. The mini-adventures will include mapped locations and game stats, and are written as free-standing adventures, not railroads that force the characters to follow the course of the novella's story. 

Almost all of this content will be Open Game Content. Those familiar with Small Niche Games products can expect the same type of "drag and drop" modular content found in the Guidebook to the City of Dolmvay

The PDF will be free to backers who pledge more than $10. The print version will be free to backers who pledge more than $60.

Stretch Goal #2: $1,500

A full-length city-based adventure for 3-6 characters of 1st-3rd levels entitled "The Tower of Dead Thieves". This adventure is set in the city of Dolmvay and will be offered for sale in PDF and print format at RPGNow upon its release. The PDF will be free to backers who pledge more than $20. The print version will be free to backers who pledge more than $60.

*Alternate Rewards

Small Niche Games would like to offer a set of alternate print product rewards for backers who already possess the following products in print format: Chronicles of Amherth campaign setting, the Guidebook to the City of Dolmvay city sourcebook, and/or the Ghoul Keep and the Ghoul Lands setting sourcebook. Eligible backers may opt to receive any two (2) Small Niche Games adventures in print format instead of one of those products (i.e. Blood Moon Rising and Inn of Lost Heroes instead of the Guidebook to the City of Dolmvay). (Note that the Atarin's Delve adventure is not available in print format.) 

Risks and challenges

The writing for Time of the Dying Stars: Book One is about 95% finished and clocks in around 100 pages. I'm estimating a December 2014 release for the PDF version of the novella. If Stretch Goal #1 is reached, I'm estimating a June 2015 release for the Special Edition novella/sourcebook (see Stretch Goal #1 description). If Stretch Goal #2 is reached, the Tower of Dead Thieves adventure should be ready by July 2015 (see Stretch Goal #2 description). All print products will be shipped together on the date of the last Stretch Goal.

If the Stretch Goals are reached, progress reports will be sent out monthly to interested backers. These will describe the project's status and contain select illustrations, sample NPCs, maps, new monsters, snippets from the novella, and other items. All money earned from Kickstarter pledges will be divided between writing, artwork, and maps (with enough held out for printing/shipping/handling), so the more backing it receives, the prettier the products will look and the more content they will contain.

This is my second experience with Kickstarter. My first experience was the Guidebook to the City of Dolmvay. That Kickstarter was a HUGE success that funded almost instantly and shipped on time.

Details of that Kickstarter can be found here:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/665143704/guidebook-to-the-city-of-dolmvay

Review links for the Guidebook to the City of Dolmvay can be found here:

http://www.goblinoidgames.com/forums/viewtopic.php…

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    CITIZEN: There are no special rewards at this level. Time of the Dying Stars: Book One will be released as a free (PWYW) novella, so this would just be a donation to help out a small press publisher.

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    APPRENTICE: At this level, you get PDF copies of the Chronicles of Amherth campaign setting and the Ghoul Keep and the Ghoul Lands setting sourcebook. If Stretch Goal #1 is reached, you also receive a PDF copy of the Special Edition novella/sourcebook combination (see Stretch Goal #1 description).

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    JOURNEYMAN: At this level, you get all of the perks from the previous levels as well as PDF copies of the Blood Moon Rising, Inn of Lost Heroes, Pyramid of the Dragon, Atarin's Delve, Stealer of Children, Shrine of St. Aleena, and Oak Grove Whispers adventures. If Stretch Goal #2 is reached, you also receive a PDF copy of the Tower of Dead Thieves adventure (see Stretch Goal description).

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    MASTER: At this level, you get all the perks from the previous levels as well as a print copy of the Guidebook to the City of Dolmvay* and a 5.5" x 8.5" trade paperback copy of the Time of the Dying Stars: Book One novella.

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    NOBLEMAN: At this level, you get all the perks from the previous levels as well as the Kickstarter Exclusive entitled Adventurers of Amherth, a PDF collection of fifteen (15) new classes designed by Barrel Rider Games. If Stretch Goal #1 is reached, you get the 8.5" x 11" Special Edition novella/sourcebook combination instead of a trade paperback (see Stretch Goal description). If Stretch Goal #2 is reached, you also receive a print copy of the Tower of Dead Thieves adventure (see Stretch Goal description).

    In addition, Small Niche Games will work with you to create an NPC to be included in Book Two or Book Three of the Time of the Dying Stars Trilogy. This can be an entirely new NPC or a former character whose name you'd like to see in print. This NPC can be an important NPC such as a nobleman, the head of a wealthy merchant house, a guild master, or even a member of the royal family. Plot hooks and adventure seeds surrounding the character will also be created. If Stretch Goal #1 is reached, this NPC will be fully statted and may even be illustrated.

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    HOLY MAN: At this level, you get all the perks from the previous levels as well as a print copy of the Chronicles of Amherth* campaign setting and the Ghoul Keep and the Ghoul Lands* setting sourcebook.

    In addition, Small Niche Games will work with you to create a venerated saint of the Church of Law and Order or a dark saint of the Church of Chaos and Destruction, complete with his or her own holy day, religious symbols, and festival description. This saint will be included in Book Two or Book Three of the Time of the Dying Stars Trilogy. The saint can be an entirely new creation or based on a former character whose name and deeds you'd like to see elevated to sainthood. If Stretch Goal #1 is reached, this saint may even be illustrated.

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