Rundown #15: Thank you all for participating in the Tome of the Unclean Kickstarter! You have made the book far more than we ever had hoped! Trollzah!
WHAT IS TOME OF THE UNCLEAN?
Tome of the Unclean is a monster source book for Castle & Crusades that includes a host of evil creatures. Divided up along the traditional lines of demons and devils, the Tome includes all your favorites and more. From the Demogorgon to Asmodeus and all the cohorts of hell and the abyss. Also included are a host of devils and demons from the world of Aihrde.
All with the amazing art of Jason Walton and Peter Bradley.
Specs: Right now the book stands at 112 pages, with about another 10 pages of monsters forthcoming and will eventually retail, in hardcover format, for $29.99.
PURPOSE OF THE KICKSTARTER
Right now, we intend to print this book in house as a softcover book. However, we would love to see this book join the rest of our books in the C&C line as a full hardcover book and expand aspects of the book we never intended, turning it from a simple monster book into something much more (see below).
WHERE WE ARE TODAY
The book is largely written and much of the art is finished. We have only a dozen or so monsters to add. Creatures like the Lemure, the Solicitor and others. These will all be added to Tome regardless. One a day for each day of the Kickstarter (weekends might get muddled).
WHAT WE WANT TO ADD
Steve took up work on the Tome about mid-stride, while he was re-writing the Codex of Aihrde. What unfolded in the Codex opened up new vistas for him while thinking about the Tome. It occurred to him that the Twin Planes need to be more approachable, to allow players to dig into them and CKs to run them like never before. With that in mind, he's penned notes on just how to do that:
- The Twin Planes both need to be expanded, with appropriate descriptions and the role of demons and devils that dwell there. We would like to expand on the roles, armies, designs and fortifications of the major devils and demons of both planes.
- Just surviving in the Twin Planes is never easy. How does one find food, water, or shelter? What are the mundane physical aspects of the Twin Planes.
- The Flora of the Twin Planes, with a discussion on druids.
- Climate and Environs.
- How encounters might unfold and what it's like to adventure there. How to bring the chaos, madness, and suffering of hell to the game table.To include effects on the abyssal chaos.
- It was suggested to him by multiple people, including Mark Sandy and Torsten Olafi, that the book needs a random demon generator, allowing for the chaos of the Abyss.
- With another great suggestion, Torsten Olafi suggested expanding on the role of demons/devils in the campaign, what are their motivations, how to integrate these highly intelligent creatures into the game.
- Playable Map of hell.
ABOUT THE TOME OF THE UNCLEAN
Tome of the Unclean has been available in a digital format for some time, or at least sections of it. The book originally penned by Kim Hartsfield and was released in serial digital format. Stephen Chenault (C&C PhB, CKG, all things Aihrde) took over the writing last year, adding a host of demons and devils, some traditional, others of his own creation (echoes of his dreaded campaigns in Aufstrag). He is presently going over the Tome revising monsters (making them a little more powerful), adding content and reorganizing some of the entries.
This is the prototype of a series of downloadable miniatures designed for your 3D printer, that we are working on. They are based on monsters from Tome of the Unclean. It has a ways to go, but we will get there. This Kickstarter is the perfect place to showcase it and the other nefarious beasts of the Twin Planes! It is available in the $59 and $125 pledge levels.
We've altered our process from the previous leather versions. We are now included embossing, stamped, marker and more. Our first and recently shipped turned out beautiful. Tome of the Unclean will receive a similar treatment. The $125 level only.
SUBSCRIBERS AND OBS BACKERS
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- Tome of the Unclean, Hardcover: $25.00
- Tome of the Unclean, Digital: $10.00
- The Portal Unfolding (Adventure), Print: 5
- The Portal Unfolding (Adventure), Digital: 3
- For to Save My Soul (Adventure), Print: 5
- For to Save My Soul (Adventure, Digital: 3
- Poster Map of Hell: $8.00
- Encounter Sheets Print: $5.00
- Encounter Sheets Digital: $2.00
- Made in the Abyss T-Shirt: $20.00
- Individual Minis: $3.00
- Additional Leather: $100.00
$5,000 Planar Expansion: Achieved! We will include a planar expansion appendix. Here we will explore the 9 Planes and the Abyss with information on travel to and from, movement, encounters, time & sustenance, and magic which will include the use of spells and abilities in the Twin Planes. With art and the Twin Planes place in the cosmos. Written by Stephen Chenault. This content is included in the PDF and Print edition of the Tome of the Unclean.
$6,000, Additional Miniature: Achieved! We'll include a second miniature, delivered in a downloadable .stl file for your 3D printer. For the $59 and $125 pledge levels.
$7,000, Aihrde Expansion: Achieved! We will include an Aihrdian expansion appendix. Here we'll tackle the Wretched Planes and Aufstrag (hell) and fully discuss the Twin Planes interaction and importance. A juxtaposed discussion, allowing you to easily incorporate the 9 Planes with the 3 Domains in Aufstrag. This content is included in the PDF and Print edition of the Tome of the Unclean.
$8,000, Additional Miniature: Achieved! We'll include a third miniature, delivered in a downloadable .stl file for your 3D printer. For the $59 and $125 pledge levels.
Secret Door, Gehenna: It remains unplundered!
$9,000, The Damned: Achieved! We'll plunge into the role of the damned in the Twin Planes. How they arrived, how they are used, how they suffer for their life's evil deeds...playing evil at the table will have consequence for you character in the afterlife. This content is included in the PDF and Print edition of the Tome of the Unclean.
$10,000, Additional Miniature: Achieved! We'll include a fourth miniature, delivered in a downloadable .stl file for your 3D printer. For the $59 and $125 pledge levels.
$11,000, The Undead: Achieved! The undead will be added in their own section. We’ll cull the other books for ghosts and wights and other creatures you would find in the Twin Planes PLUS we’ll add a few expansions on the souls of evil creatures and characters and form they take. This content is included in the PDF and Print edition of the Tome of the Unclean.
$12,000, Dealing with the Unclean: Achieved! We'll expand each of the major beings, and some of the minor, with the necessary components of dealing with the evil creatures. Of course evil reaps its own and deals with these vile creatures oft go awry. This content is included in the PDF and Print edition of the Tome of the Unclean.
$14,000, Gehenna: Achieved! We'll plunge into the plane of Gehenna and unleash the unclean beasts who occupy that blasted waste! This content is included in the PDF and Print edition of the Tome of the Unclean.
$20,000 Full Color: The hardcover version will be printed in Full Color. This MAY DELAY the book's release as we'll have to take a little time to color the many black and white images.
Risks and challenges
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
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