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$17,606
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134
backers
10days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, October 6 2018 4:59 AM UTC +00:00.

About

Kickstarter Update #7: Back in 2004, we released the C&C White Box Set. The first 300 were signed and numbered! We called them, as we still do, the Spartan 300. They sold in the first few weeks. Like the Spartan 300, the Advanced Classic Set ($99) will be limited in number! We'll make enough for the backers here, and a few extra for the library and various trolls, but precious few, if any will be for sale from us. NOW is the time to get them. Don't miss out!

From a sketch by Jason Walton for Characters and Magic, from the Classic Box Set.

Classic Castles & Crusades. A Role Playing Game.

Castles & Crusades is a rules light fantasy RPG, powered by a simple mechanic called the Siege Engine. First published in 2004, the game quickly became a staple in the RPG market, leading the way and influencing a whole generation of RPGs. The Castles & Crusades Players Handbook, the cornerstone of the game, is on its 7th printing and headed toward an 8th. The line itself consists of a host of source books, monster books, setting books, and adventures. (For a brief overview of how to play, see the bottom of this page).

Today, more than ever, people are enjoying the pure joy of role-playing games. New players by the scores, and older players who are rediscovering the fun of role-playing games.

We want to introduce them, and you, to Castles & Crusades. To do that we want to make an affordable, fun to use, and fun to have entry point into the game.

If this project funds we’ll produce Classic Castles & Crusades as an affordable introduction to the genre and the game, bringing you the true spirit of Role Playing, in a simple, fast-playing and fun attribute-check-based rules system. 

 In this Kickstarter we are offering up THREE special collector's products for fans of the game. These three products are as follows: 

  •  C&C Classic Basic Boxed Set: This digest-sized boxed set is an "old school" presentation of the game, in a white box just like the original D&D rules, with saddle-stitched booklets containing a complete, but streamlined version of the game, with four character classes, four races, and magic to take your game all the way to level 10. Plus, a complete introductory adventure module! This box will be different than the Advanced and it will not be exclusive to the Kickstarter, it will eventually land in retail shops.
  •  C&C Classic Advanced Boxed Set: A True Collector's set, this limited, signed and numbered set will include everything from the Basic set, plus two additional books of character classes, equipment, monsters and gods; a full set of dice; character sheets; a pencil and more. This box will be different than the Basic box, sporting  a wood grain cover similar to the original OD&D box. It will be available in this Kickstarter and any left over from the very limited print run will be put in our store.
  •  C&C Complete Digest Rulebooks: These are the complete rulebooks for our seven core books: the Player's Handbook, Monsters & Treasure, Castle Keeper's Guide, Codex of Aihrde, Player's Guide to Aihrde, Adventurer's Backpack, and Monsters & Treasure of Aihrde. Each is the complete rulebook, exactly as you'd see it in full-size hardcover, but shrunk to digest size, softcover and printed in black and white. You can build your own set or buy all 7. 

Here's more information about each individual product, in detail. 

PRODUCT ONE: Classic Castles & Crusades Basic Box Set

Each book in the set is 5.5 x 8.5 saddle stitched (stapled) with b/w covers and interior. Each book below includes streamlined extracts from the full, complete version of the game. Much of the flavor text will be removed for space reasons, and options will be limited, but it will still present a complete game that you can campaign with for years. Each book will be laid out in a fashion that best fits its size. The box will be a standard white box and eventually it will be available in retail stores.

  •  Characters & Magic: a book that teaches you how to create a character and advance that character to 10th level
  •  Eldritch Enchantments: a book of magic rules and spells through the 5th level
  •  Monsters & Treasure: a book filled with monsters and treasure
  •  Adventures in the Wilderness and Underworld: a book on how the game plays and the famed Siege Engine
  •  An Adventure: a new, if presently unnamed adventure.

The below picture is of the C&C Black Box we did a few years ago. The Basic Box will look similar to it, final cover and image to be determined. The books as well.

PRODUCT TWO: Classic Castles & Crusades Advanced Box Set

Each book in the set is 5.5 x 8.5 saddle stitched (stapled) with b/w covers and interior. Each book below includes streamlined extracts from the full, complete version of the game. Much of the flavor text will be removed for space reasons, and options will be limited, but it will still present a complete game that you can campaign with for years. Each book will be laid out in a fashion that best fits its size. The box will sport a wood-grain print cover that pays homage to the original D&D box set. It will be available in this Kickstarter only, aside from any unsold from the limited print run, which will eventually be available on our store.

  •  Characters & Magic: a book that teaches you how to create a character and advance that character to 10th level
  •  Eldritch Enchantments: a book of magic rules and spells through the 5th level
  •  Monsters & Treasure: a book filled with monsters and treasure
  •  Adventures in the Wilderness and Underworld: a book on how the game plays and the famed Siege Engine
  •  An Adventure: a new, if presently unnamed adventure.
  •  Adventurers Backpack: excerpts from the recently released ABP, some classes, backpacks and other material
  •  Of Gods & Monsters of Aihrde: A second look at the gods of Aihrde.*
  • Character Reference Sheets
  • Dice
  • Pencil

*This book will contain different material than that which appeared in the original Black Box.

The below picture is the wood grain look that we will strive to replicate.

PRODUCT THREE: Castles & Crusades Complete Digest Rulebooks

BUT that’s not all! We want to pay homage to the full and complete game. And what better way to do that than to release digest sized complete rulebooks for the game! In the pledges to the right you’ll see digest versions of each of the core C&C books as well as the Setting material and books written by Stephen Chenault (CEO and lead author at Troll Lord Games…. Jason Vey might dispute the lead author title).

Each of the digest books is a shrunk down version of the hardcover copy of the latest printing (the CKG will sport the new cover). They are printed in black and white. Each set will be cut and trimmed to match a perfect set for your book shelf.

We’d love to redo each of these books with special layouts for digest form, but that is two steps from impossible. If we took this approach, each of the books would require three times the pages, which would make the larger books like the Castle Keeper Guide unwieldy and weak in the spine. 

So do keep in mind that these highly collectable books are shrunk down versions of our wonderful game. They are the same books, same page counts, same layout, etc. They are just smaller. On the left you'll see the regular Players Handbook, on the right the digest size Players Handbook.

The titles in the set include:

  • Castles & Crusades Players Handbook (7th Printing)
  • Castles & Crusades Monsters & Treasure (5th Printing)
  • Castles & Crusades Castle Keepers Guide (3rd Printing Cover)
  • Castles & Crusades Adventures Backpack (1st Printing)
  • Codex of Aihrde (2nd Printing)
  • Castles & Crusades Players Guide to Aihrde (1st Printing)
  • Castles & Crusades Monsters & Treasure of Aihrde (2nd Printing)

PLEDGE LEVELS

We are offering several pledge levels. The first is a simple show your support level, the second allows you to build your own pledge and after that it's the package deals!

$5.00: Show your support. This pledge allows you to pitch in by showing your support for the game that is truly the storytellers RPG.

$20.00: With this pledge you secure 1 digest book of your choice. You can now build your pledge with add-ons! For each book you want, simply add 15 dollars to your pledge. When the campaign is over, we'll hook up with you and determine what books you want!

$50.00: This pledge lands you the Castles and Crusades Collector's Box Set Basic and includes the following books: Men & Magic, Eldritch Enchantments, Monsters & Treasure, and Adventures in the Wilderness & Underworld and an adventure!

$99.00:  This pledge lands you the collectors box set for Castles and Crusades Collector's Box Set Advanced and includes the following books: Men & Magic, Eldritch Enchantments, Monsters & Treasure, Adventures in the Wilderness & Underworld, an separate adventure, character reference sheets, a complete set of dice and a pencil! As a throw back to the original C&C White Box, these will be signed and numbered.

$100.00: This pledge lands you the entire seven books in the digest set. Any books that are added after funding through stretch rewards are likely to land in this pledge.

$200.00: You receive both the C&C Digest Collector's Set and the C&C Classic Advanced Box set, signed and numbered.

As this Kickstarter grows, so will the rewards. Follow below on the map and find out what treasures you can help us all unlock. Rewards are explained below the map.

$4,000 Collector's Set Funded: FUNDED! We will send the Players Guide to press!

$7,000 Magnifying Glass: UNLOCKED! Those digest books are pretty cool, but the text is small! Every order for the digest books will include a credit card sized magnifying lense! 

$10,000 Beneath the Canopy Green: UNLOCKED! We will add Beneath the Canopy Green adventure series to the Digest Collection! It will be added to the $100 and the $200 level and included as an add-on.

$13,000 Reference Sheets: UNLOCKED!Like the game of old, we'll include C&C Reference sheets for equipment tables, monsters, character references, etc.

$15,000 Amazing Adventures: UNLOCKED!We will add Amazing Adventures RPG Core Book to the Digest Collection! It will be included in the $100 level and the $200 level and included as an add-on.

$18,000 Towers of Adventure: What would an RPG game be like without adventure to play! We are going to release the small box booklet sized PDFS (5.5 x 8.5) of the original Towers of Adventure by James M. Ward. These three books were released in a small box form years ago and include: Vol 1: Illustrations and Maps, Vol 2: Hooks, NPCs & Monsters, Vol 3: Treasures & Traps. Each of these PDF will be made available for all backers $20.00 and above.

What is Towers of Adventure??? Its a fantastic resource that lists towers, room, NPCS, monsters, Treasures and more, that allows you to interchange them and make any number of thousands of scenarios.  Towers of Adventure is the ultimate adventure on the go resource. Designed by James M. Ward for the Castles & Crusades Role Playing Game, Tower of Adventures offers the Castle Keeper a marvelous set of interchangeable tower levels, rooms, monsters, NPCs, traps, and treasures. Originally published in small box in three booklets.

$20,000 Towers Vol. 1 Printed: We are going to print Vol. 1 to Towers of Adventure and include it in the $99 and $200 packages! These books will fit in the box!

$22,000 Towers Vol 2. Printed:  We are going to print Vol. 2 to Towers of Adventure and include it in the $99 and $200 packages! These books will fit in the box!

$24,000 Towers Vol 3. Printed: We are going to print Vol. 3 to Towers of Adventure and include it in the $99 and $200 packages! These books will fit in the box!

$26,000 Towers Combined Digest Form: Digest version of the all three Jim Ward books. We are going to bind them into one book and release them in digest form! These will join the other digest size books!

Below is a list of items that we are offering as add-ons. These include all the books from the digest version as well as extras of the C&C Classic Set.

  • Castles & Crusades Players Handbook: $15.00
  • Castles & Crusades Monsters & Treasure: $15.00
  • Castles & Crusades Castle Keepers Guide; $15.00
  • Castles & Crusades Adventures Backpack: $15.00
  • Codex of Aihrde: $15.00
  • Castles & Crusades Players Guide to Aihrde: $15.00
  • Castles & Crusades Monsters & Treasure of Aihrde: $15.00
  • Castles & Crusades Classic Collector's Box Set Basic: $50.00
  • Castles & Crusades Classic Collector's Box Set Advanced: $99.00

How Castles & Crusades Plays

It’s simple, elegant rules system allows you to develop your own stories, to take control of the game like never before. There are six main attributes: strength, intelligence, wisdom, dexterity, charisma and constitution. There are standard classes like wizard, fighter, rogue, etc. and races like human, elf, dwarvf, gnome and halfling.

When designing your character, you roll 3d6 six times for your attributes (this is one method) and assign the totals to each of the six attributes however you desire. You then assign each attribute a primary or secondary status. Humans have three and demi-humans 2. These attributes are the cornerstone of the Seige Engine. You will use them to solve any problem or overcome any challenge except for combat. To do so the Castle Keeper will ask you to roll an attribute check. You will roll a d20, add your level and you attribute bonus to the number rolled and tell the CK the total. THAT number determines whether you succeed or fail. Primary attributes have a base chance to succeed of 12, secondary attributes a base chance to succeed of 18. The CK will adjust that with a level of difficulty, or challenge level, and you must beat that number. 

Example: You want to swim a river. The CK asks you to make dexterity check. Dexterity is a prime, you are 3rd level and have a +1 due to attribute bonus. You roll a 14+level+attribute bonus. You inform the CK that you rolled an 18 prime. Because it’s a prime, she knows the base is 12. She has assigned a challenge level of 4 to it. Meaning you need 12+4 for a total of 16. You made it. HAD dexterity been a secondary ability you would have failed, as the base chance to succeed is 18+4=22. You would have missed by several points.

That’s the Siege Engine in a nut shell. Its very versatile, easy to use and adapts to ANY style of play. The true hidden joy of the SE is the CK controls what attribute you roll. Swimming a river? That can be ANY attribute the CK desires: dexterity, intelligence, strength etc. 

The mechanic is designed to tailor to YOUR game.

Play it. You’ll love it.

Risks and challenges

It's always difficult to create collector's material. Items meant to be displayed, not used. Determining whether enough people are interested or not is no easy matter. Kickstarter offers the perfect vehicle for that.

However, creating digest books is always a challenge. Their size alone makes managing the production process time consuming and difficult as we must balance a readable manuscript with a small one, all the time making certain it is useful to the end user, as many will want to play using these books.

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