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Video of the Map of the world of Aihrde...er, Lands of Ursal
UPDATE: Davis finally settled on the brew mug for this kickstarter. And he had to go all out. A ceramic tankard! We've put this up as an add on, so you can scoop it up at your leisure. The mug will SHIP separately and the shipping charge is figured into the price. So you pay 20 bucks, that is with shipping included. UNLESS you are overseas. If you live outside the United States, pledge the 20.00, then email Todd at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get you a balance of shipping if there is any or try to fit it into your large pledge package!
UPDATE: If we hit 500 backers, every backer who has pledged $25.00 or more will receive a digital copy of the Amazing Adventure Ashton and the Augments and learn what horrors are raining down on New York City! All the rules to get you started are here. Learn the value of the Siege Engine (that drives C&C) and what a really cool pulp game Amazing Adventures is.
Spread the word and let's all enjoy this Adventure!
BEST BANG FOR YOU BUCK: the $99.00 package. It includes all three books in color (print & digital), Character Reference Sheets, 5 adventure modules, Jim Wards Elemental Magic, a complete set of Castles & Crusades dice (10), a custom flash drive, Arms and Armor Resource Guide, a C&C poster, Levels 1 and 2 of the megadungeon Aufstrag, a printed index guide, and the dice cup!!
Castles & Crusades is celebrating its 10th year in print. By a twist of fate our three central books, the Three Sisters as we like to call them, the Players Handbook, Monsters & Treasure and the Castle Keepers Guide have all sold out. We have to get them back into print and do it now. To do this, we need your help.
WHAT IS CASTLES & CRUSADES? Want to know more about the game? Check out this page on our website.
Funding Goal: If we hit our funding goal of 15k, we'll print the Players Handbook in full color and the Monsters & Treasure and the Castle Keepers Guide in black and white.
What we want to do is print all Three Sisters in full color. To do that we are going to have to unlock some major stretch Rewards.
Stretch Rewards Two of the many stretch rewards are to print the M&T and CKG in color. To do this, we'll need to unlock stretch goals.
This is an ambitious project for TLG, but one we hope you'll help us overcome. This printing of the Players Handbook stands at 192 pages, includes full color art and a much more reader-friendly layout. To get this printed in the best format possible, we've set the goal at $15,000. This gives us a deep print run and a much better looking book.
Doing the sister books is going to be as challenging. We established those printings as stretch goals. If we hit 25K, the MT comes out in full color. If we hit 45k, the CKG comes out in full color!
It's the way the game should be presented!
SHIPPING OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES: If you are ordering from anywhere other than the United States we will work with you on shipping. After your pledge has been settled we'll email you about shipping options and the cost. Keep in mind that the US Post Office requires us to ship any shipment over 4 lbs as a priority package, which drives the package up considerably. We will work with you as best we can to explore all available shipping options.
Need help adding up all your pledges and add-ons? Robyn Nixon has created this nifty little calculating spreadsheet to help out! Just click: File, then click: Make a copy, then you can use it to choose and add up your pledge. Thanks Robyn!
Want to know just what is in each pledge level with stretch rewards? You can view this spreadsheet that explains it.
Check the graphic below -- put together for us by Fat Dragon Games --to find out where in this wild dungeon of Rewards the KS is. For more on each individual level, see the descriptions beneath the graphic.
STRETCH REWARDS EXPLAINED
$17,000: A 12 x 18 Castles & Crusades Poster! For all pledges $45 and above.
$20,000 Fantastic Adventure Module, Autographed: Troll Lord Games started business in 1999. In 2000, we released four products. The Fantastic Adventure -- written by Mac Golden, co-author of the Players Handbook -- was one. We are bringing this classic back! Personally signed by Mac Golden. For all pledges $99.00 and above. NOT AVAILABLE as an add-on.
$21,000 Secret Door Unlocked: If you've pledged $99.00 or more you just found ONE d20 dice. Way back when we handed out 2000 d6s, these little black dice with distinctive orange pips sported the words "Troll Lord Games" where the six lies.You've just found a d20, black, with orange numbers...though no logo.
$22,000 Vakhund Adventure Module Autographed: Vakhund Into the Unknown, written by Davis Chenault -- co-Author of the Players Handbook -- was another of the four original releases. Its been out of print for years! Its back! Personally signed by Davis Chenault. For all pledges $99.00 and above. NOT AVAILABLE as an add-on.
$23,000 Secret Door Unlocked: If you've pledged $99.00 or more you just found ONE d8 dice.
$25,000 MONSTERS & TREASURE IN FULL COLOR: The game just hit a milestone, the Monsters & Treasure is delivered to you as a FULL COLOR book! Available to pledge levels $45.00 and up.
$27,000 Mortality of Green: Rounding out our trilogy of original release, we'll revise, clean up and expand this wild adventure into the heart of Steve Chenault's adventuring stomping grounds: The Darkenfold! Like the previous two, Mort will be formatted as it originally appeared in 2000. Personally signed by Stephen Chenault. For all pledges $99.00 and above. NOT AVAILABLE as an add-on.
$29,000 2 Dice, d6s: If you've pledged $99.00 or more you'll receive two d6s in your package. These d6s will carry a special logo!
$30,000 The C&C Index: We will compile a massive Index of all three main books. This no-frills digital index will be available for everyone who pledges $25.00 or more.
300 Backers The C&C Index in Print: IF we hit 300 backers, everyone who pledges $99.00 or more receives a print copy of the Index.
$33,000 Dzeebagd: This famed dungeon, the follow-up to Vakhund, has been out of print for some time. We'll add it to the mix, but this time it will include never before printed material . . . the Charnal House, slated as too graphic for the original release. Personally signed by Davis Chenault. For all pledges $99.00 and above. NOT AVAILABLE as an add-on.
$35,000 Arms & Armor: Our present Arms and Armor is too small and crowded with material you don't need. We've been working on a massive compilation of weapons, bare knuckle, with pictures and stats only. We'll include this for every backer $99.00 and above! Page count 54-76 pages!
$35,000 By Friday for Epic Level Play!
To Arms! To Arms! Literally…to Arms and Armor.
We’re putting a call out to spread the word about our hard fighting Castles & Crusades Kickstarter. It’s already the best KS TLG has launched and we are only half way through. But let’s gather up for another charge and make it even better!
IF we hit the $35,000 stretch goal by Friday midnight PST, not only do we unlock the Arms and Armor Resource Guide but TLG will include C&C Epic Level Play!
C&C Epic Level Play includes the extended class levels from the CKG, taking your characters up to 24th level. This 20 page, saddle stitched, b/w book will be exclusive to this Kickstarter and included in every $25.00 pledge level and above!
But we have to reach 35k by midnight PST.
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$37,000 Felsentheim: This famed village battle is the conclusion to the Death in the Treklant series (Vakhund and Dzeebagd) It has been out of print for some time. We'll add it to the mix. Personally signed by Davis Chenault. For all pledges $99.00 and above. NOT AVAILABLE as an add-on.
$40,000 Castle Keepers Guide in Full Color: We've landed choice printing prices for the CKG and are able to print this massive book in full color. All we need to do is to hit 40k. Help us plunder this room! If you've pledged enough to get this book, you have it in full color.
$40,000 Custom Flash Drive: Everyone who pledged $99.00 or more receives a custom made Castles & Crusades that includes evertything form their pledge level on it. This drive does not include add on digital content.
$45,000 Aufstrag Megadungeon Part 1: This affords us enough wiggle room to at last begin producing Aufstrag, the mega dungeon. A0-A12, already in print, end at the doorstop of this massive edifice. Now if you've pledge $99.00 and up you can begin to plunder it. 20-24 pages. Includes the lower halls called the Bone Pit.
400 Backers Elemental Spell Book: James M. Ward has produced a spell book for Castles & Crusades packed with hundreds of spells and new classes. This book comes in all pledge levels $25.00 and up!
$48,000 Aufstrag Megadungeon Part 2 The Horned God's Acre: Now we are committed. This 18-24 page adventure explores the second floor of the 21+ level megadungeon. $99.00 pledge level and above.
$50,000 C&C Dice Cup: Happy dice Happy roll! Its an oft guessed partially proven factual theory that happy dice roll better! This cup keeps your dice warm and snug like until you need 'em to pull you out of the fire! For all pledges $99.00 and up.
$52,000 Fat Dragon Games The Armory: What would an Arms and Armor Guide be without an Armory. Long time partner FDG has generously offered this cool tower/armory for all pledges $99.00 and up.
$53,000 Aihrdian Coins: You Unearthed Aihrdian Coins: 2 Dwarven Gin, silver coins. Each coin is worth 10% discount at any convention you meet the Trolls. One coin usable per book. A note on Dwarven Coinage. The root word is Gin. This is the singular word In Aihrde Gin is the Dwarven word for a silver piece, minted by a dwarf. The 'g' is pronounced as the letter G in the word “get” and the “i” as the letter “e” in the word “get”. As with most nouns in dwarf you put an “e” before the word to make it plural, so two silver pieces are 2 egin. For pledges $99 and up.
$55,000 James Wards Solar Magic: Continuing the series set up with Elemental Magic Mr Ward plunges further into Practical Magic with the power of fire and the sun. New Spells, new class twists and new magic items. For pledges $25.00 and up.
$60,000 Aufstrag Megadungeon Part 3 The Gallery of Souls: Climb ever higher into the bowels of the most wicked place in all the world of Aihrde. Here the souls of the wicked and foul are harvested. $99.00 and up.
$60,000 Slip Sleeve: Also at this level everyone who pledges $99.00 and up receives a Castles and Crusades slip sleeve in their order.
$65,000 Abyss Walker Anthology: The wildly popular Abyss Walker series is coming to a C&C table near you and SOON! As a teaser, you can enjoy this complete anthology A "Walk in the Abyss," an action packed classic fantasy.
This anthology includes a short story developed on a character created for Peter Mayhew--per his request to be, "...a tall, furry character." Mayhew is widely known as Chewbacca in the famous Star Wars series and is reprising his role as Chewbacca in Episode 7. This also includes two teaser pages from the new Graphic Novel,
"The Wererat's Tale." NEVER BEFORE SEEN ART! All backers $25.00, digital copy.
$68,000 Players Handbook Posters: This full size poster of the amazing cover art by Peter Bradley will come to you autographed by Mr. Bradley himself. $99.00 pledges and above.
$70,000 Tales of AIhrde, Tales of Inzae: Six tales from the worlds of AIhrde and Inzae the cornerstones of the official Castles & Crusades Campaign setting. Written by Stephen and Davis Chenault.
All backers, $25.00 and over. Pledges 180 and 240 receive print copies. All others receive digital.
$75,000 Aufstrag Megadungeon Part 4 The Red Fort: Climb ever higher into the bowels of the most wicked place in all the world of Aihrde.The abandoned barracks of the Unklar the Horned God's first host. The halls were emptied in the long Winter Dark Wars, but since those days, other creatures have taken up residence. Tis rumored that here lie the interests of the Lord of Flies . . . $99.00 and up.
$75,000 Magnifier Ruler Bookmark: Keep your pages marked with this fantastic book mark! $99.00 an dup.
$80,000 Aufstrag Megadungeon Part 5 The Hall of Chains: Now you've entered the Klarglich. the second Ward of Aufstrag, here gather the souls of the damned. This level with full size poster art rendering the profile of Aufstrag, the mightiest fortress in the world.
With your help, more coming . . . .
ABOUT CASTLES & CRUSADES
Castles & Crusades is a fantasy role playing game with countless possibilities. Designed for use with multiple players, Castles & Crusades puts you in charge of the adventure path. Included within are all the rules of play, how to get started in your very own role playing game, how to run the game and play in it. It’s an easy to learn attribute-based rules system that allows players to choose among 13 archetypal character classes and 7 races to with which create their characters. Spells, equipment, fast-paced combat rules, and all essential information needed to play a game of Castles & Crusades are in this book.
Want to know more about the game? Check out this page on our website.
Risks and challenges
Moving a product line from black & white to color is a huge risk. The costs associated with the improvement are large. The interior pages need redesigned, the art converted from black and white to color, the whole of it needs to be integrated. Paper concerns in the actual printing play a role, as some papers absorb color better than others. The cost of printing the physical books is large as well, usually double what it costs to print in black & white.
To bring all three main C&C books out in color is a large leap for TLG and will take a pretty penny to do so. But with this Kickstarter we hope to fund the expansion and place C&C on the top shelf of retail shops across the country and to Europe, Australia and New Zealand.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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