Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
A hard-hitting addition for the fast paced, bare-knuckles, easy-to-learn, fun for all ages, RPG that is Castles & Crusades!
A hard-hitting addition for the fast paced, bare-knuckles, easy-to-learn, fun for all ages, RPG that is Castles & Crusades!
A hard-hitting addition for the fast paced, bare-knuckles, easy-to-learn, fun for all ages, RPG that is Castles & Crusades!
402 backers pledged $28,485 to help bring this project to life.

About this project

Castles & Crusades Adventurers Backpack project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

Castles & Crusades Adventurers Backpack

$28,485

402

Campaign Update #23 Secret Door Revealed: A mountain unlocked. See all below! Next goal is 30K! If we hit there Steve Chenault will write C6 Ends Meets, the adventure and setting. This product will come with a complete treatment of the town of Ends Meet and the environs...much inspired by T1 The Village of Hommlet (steve's favorite adventure). JOIN THE FRAY!

Here's what comes in each pledge level on this, the final day:

  • $1: Join the fun. Tainted Lands download
  • $20: PDF of the Adventurers Backpack, Tainted Lands Download.
  • $40: PDF and Hardcover copy of the Adventurers Backpack, Tainted Lands Download.
  • $59: PDF and full color Hardcover copy of the Adventurers Backpack, your name in book, 54 Card Deck of Equipment cards that act as playing cards as well, Dice Pouch, Tainted Lands Download, digital copy of Darkenfold or book of your choice, four character book marks, Beneath the Silence exclusive adventure and the FLIP BOOK!
  • $150: PDF and Hardcover copy of the Adventurers Backpack, your name in book, 54 card Deck of Equipment cards that act as playing cards, Dice Pouch, Tainted Land Download, print copy of Darkenfold or book of you choice, four character book marks, Beneath the Silence adventure with author notes, FLIP BOOK, a real Backpack, lapel pin, t-shirt, water bottle, digest version of the book!
  • $200: PDF and Hardcover copy of the Adventurers Backpack, your name in book, 54 card Deck of Equipment cards that act as playing cards, Dice Pouch, Tainted Lands Download, print copy of Darkenfold or book of you choice, four character book marks, Beneath the Silence adventure with author notes, FLIP BOOK, a real Backpack, lapel pin, t-shirt, water bottle, digest version of the book! Leather copy of the book

What is the Adventurers Backpack?

The Castles & Crusades Adventurers Backpack represents the largest expansion of the Castles & Crusades RPG since its inception with what is essentially a second Players Handbook and a deck of Equipment Cards.

The Castle Keepers Guide delivered a voluminous amount of gaming material to the CK. The Codex of Aihrde and Players Guide to Aihrde brought the world of Aihrde to life in amazing detail for all players.

But now The Adventurers Backpack is presented to the player with content to match -- if not exceed -- that of the original Players Handbook.

New classes include:  archer, avatar, oathsworn, magic user, thief, urban ranger, primal druid, milesian bard and more!

New spells, for all classes whether in the ABP or the PH, based on an old twist. Equipment revisited. Other notes and observations all designed, we hope, to speed up your game. With the main game book come the Equipment Cards, all designed to speed things up and make game play all that easier.

Funding Goals: This project has already funded and will appear as a 150+ page full color hardback book. If we hit $26,000 then we'll expand the Equipment Deck by 2 Joker Cards, these will be signed and personalized with boons and discounts on them (Kickstarter backers only). $59.00+. 

Never  Played C&C? Download Under the Blood Red Moon for a free copy of one of our Open and Play books. This one has all the rules you need to play written into the adventure. It also doubles as an Amazing Adventures Open and Play as well.

The Dice Bag

 Equipment Cards Front and back.

Here is an update video that explains a little about the backpack from the $200 level!

 project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

New to Castles & Crusades? You can purchase the whole game down below in the Ad On section! And if you request it we can make arrangements with you to ship the game as soon as the Kickstarter closes and your pledge is confirmed!

Early Bird info: Brett Bolan dove in at the last minute and closed out the early bird backers with pledge #172! Trollzah!

More on the Adventurers Backpack

The Adventurers Backpack first appeared in the C&C Black Box on the 40th anniversary of Dungeons and Dragons. In it we presented some new spells, and some new classes. This was only a teaser for future endeavors.

The future has arrived. Stephen Chenault finalized the content for the ABP September, 2016 and enlisted Peter Bradley to begin working on the art. What the book holds, and promises, is both a massive expansion of player-based content (classes, spells and more) as well as a new look at equipment and with this new look comes a new tool: the equipment cards.

What is in the Adventurers Backpack?

Back in the day, we played AD&D like there was no tomorrow, often 2-3 times a week. When the AD&D Unearthed Arcana came out, it gave our game a rush of adrenaline. The new content…classes, spells, equipment, etc…offered just what we needed, just when we needed it. That is the goal of the Adventurers Backpack. Castles & Crusades has been out for 12 years, and as good as it is, it could use a jolt of adrenaline.

The Adventures Backpack will include the following

  • 13 new classes
  • New Non-derivative spells
  • A new approach on counter spells and canceling spells
  • 34 different backpacks offerings an easier and faster way to equip
  • A fresh easier to use approach to Unarmed Combat
  • Magic Items for classes who have few to choose from
  • A look at the Archetype
  • The End Game, why old characters never die

A note on the spells. The spells presented in the ABP will be non-derivative spells (all new, not based on others) and many will follow the level-growth concept that drives the SIEGE Engine. In other words, there will be far more spells that spell-casters can use at lower levels, but that grow in power as the caster grows in power.This gives the spell-caster far spells to use when they begin, making play much more enjoyable.

What are the Equipment Cards?

During the creation process equipping a character can be a time-consuming task. To speed the process up, the ABP will include 34 different backpack options that include basic and expert dungeon backpacks, basic and expert overland backpacks and class related backpacks. Each backpack comes equipped with what your character needs to plunge into a world of adventure.

For ease of access, we’ll supply a deck of cards (34 right now) with all the backpacks and their contents set before you. All you need to do is buy weapons and armor, and a backpack and your character is equipped and ready to go! There will be multiple of some cards, allowing for repetition between players.

PLEDGE LEVELS AND REWARDS

Pledge Levels

  • $1: Join the fun.
  • $20: PDF of the Adventurers Backpack
  • $40: PDF and Hardcover copy of the Adventurers Backpack
  • $59: PDF and Hardcover copy of the Adventurers Backpack, your name in book, Deck of Equipment cards, Dice Pouch
  • $150: PDF and Hardcover copy of the Adventurers Backpack, your name in book, Deck of Equipment cards, Dice Pouch, Backpack, lapel pin, t-shirt, water bottle, digest version of the book
  • $200: PDF and Hardcover copy of the Adventurers Backpack, your name in book, Deck of Equipment cards, Dice Pouch, Backpack, lapel pin, t-shirt, water bottle, digest version of the book, Leather copy of the book

Pledge at $59.00 and above and receive this dice pouch:

Pledge $150 and above and receive this back pack and the contents within:

 

 STRETCH REWARDS

STRETCH REWARDS EXPLAINED!

$11,000 Print ABP: Achieved! We print the Adventurers Backpack.

$15,000: Funded! The Adventurers Backpack is being printed in FULL COLOR!

$17,000, More Equipment Cards: Achieved! We are going to add 9 more equipment cards to the deck (9 more after that and we can have a full deck of cards!). These will include specialized backpacks for terrain and weather! They will appear in the book as well as on the cards. So this is a 2 for 1!

$19,000 Appendix A: Achieved! Alright, backer Steven, reminded me how much I used the Pole Arms appendix in the Unearthed Arcana back in the day, so we are going to add our own Pole Arm appendix. All the particulars of type, use, damage and availability for your hard hitting, dragon slaying, ogre killing character.

$21,000, Bookmarks: Achieved! Four character books marks. We'll pick four of the most popular classes and put all the vital information you need to play the class on the book mark. Full color! Levels $59 and above.

300 Backers, Free Book: Achieved! If we hit 300 backers everyone at the $59.00 level receives a FREE digital copy of The Darkenfold Setting book (if you already have it, you can swap this out with something else of equal value). Everyone at the $110+ levels receive a PDF and Print copy of The Darkenfold book (if you already have it you can swap it out with something else of equal value).

$23,000, EXCLUSIVE ADVENTURE: Achieved! Steve Chenault will pen Beneath the Silence, an adventure exclusive to this kickstarter and available only to those who back at $59.00 and above. Backers at $150.00 and above receive a signed and personalized copy with authors notes! This adventure will not be republished, sold in the TLG store or in distribution. Beneath the Silence takes place between C5 Falls the Divide and C6 Ends Meet.

$25,000, Flip Book: Achieved: The ABP Flip Book! Everyone at the $59.00 level and above receives the ABP Flip Book that includes the ABP and the 7th printing of the Players Handbook. Perfect bound and black and white, this book is the perfect quick reference guide.

$26,000, Jokers Wild: Achieved! We'll add two more cards to the Equipment Deck: Jokers. Peter Bradley will sketch colorful caricatures of the Troll Lords for the Joker Cards. These joker cards will be personalized with some random boon or discount supplied by the Troll Lords! (exclusive to the Kickstarter).

$27,000, Complete Equipment Card Deck: Achieved! We are going to complete the Equipment Deck. 52 Equipment cards. We'll also make these deck of players cards too by including the various suits into the design.

$30,000, C6 Ends Meet: Steve Chenault brings us back to Ends Meet, the major town in the Darkenfold. With the Village of Hommlet as inspiration, he'll bring it all to life! PDF for 59 and below, Print plus PDF for 150 and above. Fat Dragon Games had included a model of the famous Cockleburr Inn and Tavern from Ends Meet! For pledge levels $59+

$33,000, C7 Castle Upon the Hill: At last you are ready to bring the battle to the Green Wizard. For too long he has dominated The Downs. It is now time to bring him to ruin...or die trying. PDF for 59 and below, Print plus PDF for 150 and above.

ADD ONS

This section will be expanded as the campaign develops! Check back frequently!  But for now we have the following:

FROM ADVENTURES BACKPACK

  • TLG80181 C&C Adventurers Backpack $25.00
  • C&C Adventurers Backpack Leather $50.00
  • Deck of Equipment (and Playing) Cards $10.00
  • 12 x 18 Print of the Cover $5.00

C&C CORE BOOKS

  • TLG80105 C&C Players Handbook (6th) $25.00 (PDF $10)
  • TLG80113 C&C Monsters & Treasures (4th) $25.00 (PDF $9)
  • TLG8015 Castle Keepers Guide $40.00 (PDF $20)
  • TLG80152 Codex of Aihrde $45.00 (PDF $20)
  • TLG8125 Classic Monsters $20.00 (PDF $9)
  • TLG81281 Players Guide to Aihrde $20.00 (PDF $6)
  • TLG80192 Monsters & Treasure of Aihrde $22.00 (PDF $9)
  • TLG81271 Rune Lore $22.00 (PDF $6)
  • TLG81301 Codex Celtarum $22.00 (PDF $11)
  • TLG81311 Codex Nordica $22.00 (PDF $11)
  • TLG81292 Book of Familiars $22.00 (PDF $11)
  • TLG80124 C&C CK Screen Portrait $15.00
  • TLG81431 C&C SlipCase Edition $125.00 

C&C ADVENTURES

  • TLG80200 A0 The Rising Knight $5.00 (PDF $2)
  • TLG80201 A1 Assault on Blacktooth Ridge $5.00 (PDF $2)
  • TLG80202 A2 The Slag Heap $5.00 (PDF $2)
  • TLG80203 A3 The Wicked Cauldron $5.00 (PDF $2)
  • TLG80204 A4 Usurpers of the Fell Axe $5.00 (PDF $2)
  • TLG80205 A5 The Shattered Horn $5.00 (PDF $2)
  • TLG80206 A6 Of Banishment & Blight $5.00 (PDF $2)
  • TLG80207 A7 Beneath the Despairing Stone $5.00 (PDF $2)
  • TLG80208 A8 Forsaken Mountain $5.00 (PDF $2)
  • TLG80209 A9 The Helm of Night $5.00 (PDF $2)
  • TLG80210 A10 The Last Respite $5.00 (PDF $2)
  • TLG80211 A11 The Wasting Way $5.00 (PDF $2)
  • TLG80212 A12 The Paladin's Lament $5.00 (PDF $2)
  • TLG80213 A13-A17 Dungeons of Aufstrag $15.00 (PDF $2)
  • TLG8075 C1: The Mortality of Green $5.00 (PDF $2)
  • TLG8076 C2: Shades of Mist $5.00 (PDF $2)
  • TLG8077 C3: Upon the Powder River $5.00 (PDF $2)
  • TLG8078 C4: Harvest of Oaths $5.00 (PDF $2)
  • TLG8079 C5: Falls the Divide $5.00 (PDF $2)
  • TLG8080 Darkenfold Expansion $5.00 (PDF $2)
  • TLG8201 U1: Shadows of the Halfling Hall $5.00 (PDF $2)
  • TLG8326 Giants Rapture $5.00 (PDF $2)
  • TLG8336 Lost City of Gaxmoor $25.00 (PDF $2)
  • TLG8337 Shadows of a Green Sky $5.00 (PDF $2)
  • TLG8341 The Long Valley $5.00 (PDF $2)
  • TLG8344 Undercaverns of Gaxmoor $5.00 (PDF $2)
  • TLG8345 Brindisium Adventures $5.00 (PDF $2)

C&C ACCESSORY PRODUCTS

  • TLG8501 Engineering Dungeons $5.00 (PDF $2)
  • TLG8504 Engineering Castles $5.00 (PDF $2)
  • TLG8507 Town of Kalas $12.00 (PDF $6)
  • TLG8513 Elemental Spells $8.00 (PDF $4)
  • TLG8514 Arms and Armor $8.00 (PDF $4)
  • TLG8516 Expanding Classes $9.00 (PDF $4)
  • TLG80901 Death in the Treklant $9.00 (PDF $4)
  • TLG82010 Inzae Primer $9.00 (PDF $4)

AMAZING ADVENTURES

  • TLG76012 Amazing Adventure RPG $25.00 (PDF $10)
  • TLG76061 AA Manual of Monsters $15.00 (PDF $8)
  • TLG76071 AA Companion $22.00 (PDF $9)
  • TLG76022 AA Landscape Screens $15.00
  • TLG7603 AA Day of the Worm $5.00 (PDF $2)
  • TLG7605 AA CRS $5.00 (PDF $2)
  • TLG76081 AA Rise of the Red God $5.00 (PDF $2)
  • TLG76111 AA Ashton & the Augments $5.00(PDF $2)
  • TLG76121 AA Book of Powers $12.00 (PDF $6)

VICTORIOUS

  • TLG77011 Victorious $25.00 (PDF $10)
  • TLG77021 Screens $15.00
  • TLG77081 Night of Jackals $8.00 (PDF $2)

CHENAULT & GRAY

  • C&G CG19401 Storytellers Thesaurus $20.00 (PDF $10)
  • CG19402 Andanuth $15.00 (PDF $5)

What is Castles & Crusades?

Castles & Crusades is one of the longest running Table Top RPGs on the market today. Castles & Crusades is a fantasy role playing game where players create characters based on the very simple easy to follow rules of the C&C Players Handbook and conduct adventures run by a game master, the Castle Keeper. It's fun, easy, and offers countless hours of entertainment from role playing to magic wielding and sword swinging...all from the comfort and safety of your dining room table!

Read more here!

SHIPPING

Shipping costs will be assessed during our survey, which will come from BackerKit soon after the Kickstarter closes. Please Note: We try to keep shipping costs at a minimum. While this is mainly a book oriented Kickstarter, any add-ons or extra books or merchandise (if any is offered) may cause the shipping price to rise, especially if the order is international (out of the US). Please contact productsupport@trolllord.com if you have any questions about shipping before you pledge. Track the Adventurers Backpack.. on Kicktraq!

Check out the progress!
Check out the progress!

 

Risks and challenges

Large books such as this one are hard to print and bind and we have to choose our printers with care.

One of the greatest challenges we face is creating such a large book and maintaining the quality of the printing and binding. In order to do this, we must find a printer with the knowledge and capabilities to execute a book of this size and have it look polished and professional, something we take great pride in. This will cost more than the usual printing so Kickstarter becomes essential in raising enough capital to give this book the quality it demands and deserves.

We are confident that with a successful Kickstarter we can bring this product to the world not only as a great resource, but also as a great looking book.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Support this project

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    Novice

    Build your own package! Pledge 1 dollar to show support or just to get in the door. You can now pick the digital or print books/cards from the ADD ON list that you’d like. *Shipping charged at end of Kickstarter if applicable. Shipping fees charged after the KS campaign through Backerkit.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    29 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $20 or more About $20

    Scout

    You receive a PDF of the Adventurers Backpack. *No shipping charges applicable.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    57 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $40 or more About $40

    Deerstalker

    You receive a hardcover and PDF copy of the Adventurers Backpack. *Shipping charged at end of Kickstarter if applicable. Shipping fees charged after the KS campaign through Backerkit.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    42 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $59 or more About $59

    Ranger

    You receive a hardcover and PDF copy of the Adventurers Backpack. Also, your name (personal or character) will be immortalized on a front page of the Adventurers Backpack. This level comes with a complete deck of Equipment Cards and a high-quality dice pouch (see picture to your left) with the C&C logo! *Shipping charged at end of Kickstarter if applicable. Shipping fees charged after the KS campaign through Backerkit.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    197 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $110 or more About $110

    Marshal of the Game

    Retailer Only! 4 hardcover copies of The Adventurers Backpack, 4 decks of Equipment cards, 1 leather hardcover copy of the Adventurers Backpack. In addition, we will ship a set of Amazing Adventures books (Amazing Adventure Core book, Amazing Adventures Manual of Monsters and Amazing Adventures Companion) on the day after the Kickstarter closes. All this ships Free.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    7 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    Ranger Lord

    You receive a hardcover and PDF copy of the Adventurers Backpack. Also, your name (personal or character) will be immortalized on a front page of the Adventurers Backpack. This level comes with a complete deck of Equipment Cards and a high-quality dice pouch (see picture to the left) with the C&C logo! You also receive a backpack (see picture to the left) to carry it all in, but the backpack itself will include a t-shirt, water bottle, a lapel pin AND a digest version of the Adventurers Backpack! *Shipping charged at end of Kickstarter if applicable. Shipping fees charged after the KS campaign through Backerkit.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    42 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    Lord of Rangers

    You receive a hardcover and PDF copy of the Adventurers Backpack. Also, your name (personal or character) will be immortalized on a front page of the Adventurers Backpack. This level comes with a complete deck of Equipment Cards and a high-quality dice pouch (see picture to the left) with the C&C logo! You also receive a backpack (see picture to the left) to carry it all in, but the backpack itself will include a tshirt, water bottle, a lapel pin AND a digest version of the Adventurers Backpack! This pledge level comes with a genuine LEATHER copy of the Adventurers Backpack. *Shipping charged at end of Kickstarter if applicable. Shipping fees charged after the KS campaign through Backerkit.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    26 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (29 days)