The Peasants' Fell Bargain is a zero-level adventure compatible with the Dungeon Crawl Classics™ Role-Playing Game. Available in print or PDF and featuring twenty-eight action-packed pages, this fully-illustrated adventure inspired by classic horror tales will put your peasants to the ultimate test as they search for the Lord Stenorian's missing son.
A Bargain of Fire and Blood
For generations your village has lived and worked in the shadow of the Stenorian estate, which sits perched like an ancient bird of prey on a promontory at the edge of the mountains. You eked out a hard living through logging, mining, or planting the rocky Stenorian lands. Each year you made the three-mile trip up the mountain to pay rent and tribute to the men-at-arms standing watch at the keep’s gate….The years went by, and nothing changed.
Now the Lord Stenorian himself has come, begging for your help. “My men are slain, my father is missing, and I have nowhere else to turn. My son! My son Michael is still hiding somewhere in the keep. Find him! Save him! Do this for me, and I will reward you beyond your wildest imaginings.” His eyes burn with a frightening intensity. “Hear me. Return my boy to me, and ask what you will. I promise you, if it is in my power, I will grant it.” These last words seem to echo inside your minds as visions of a new future for you and your family float before you.
Meaningful Choices and Motivations
The Peasants’ Fell Bargain invites you to be a hero—you are ten-year-old Michael’s only hope—or a mercenary. After all, Lord Stenorian promises you rewards beyond your imaginings: all you have to do is find the boy. No matter the motive, agreeing to serve Stenorian will bring you power you’ve never known.
But as the stories tell us, power always comes at a price, promises can be impossible to keep, and even the purest motives can lead to unspeakable evil…
An Adventure of Mayhem and Mystery
In the best tradition of Dungeon Crawl Classics™, Goodman Games’ incomparable system of classic RPG adventure, The Peasants’ Fell Bargain pits hapless gongfarmers and blacksmiths against monsters from their worst nightmares. You will test your pitchforks and slings against new and deadly adversaries.
At the same time, you will need to examine clues in the Stenorian manor to uncover the horror hiding behind the keep’s high stone walls. The mystery of the Stenorian family unfolds as your party explores the scene and pieces together the evidence. Handouts allow you to discover the story as you go—and what you learn may very well force you to reconsider your assumptions, your plans…
And perhaps even your promises.
Deals with the Devil: A New Game Mechanic
Like many classic tales, The Peasants’ Fell Bargain turns on a pact made between the PCs and a figure of awesome power. Adventurers who choose to strike a bargain with Lord Stenorian will be rewarded with powers determined by a d20 roll on the custom “Fell Bargain Table.”
This funnel also provides an alternate “Monkey’s Paw Table” for use in other adventures and campaigns. Like the story from which it gets its name, the “Monkey’s Paw Table” can extract a high price for the boons granted.
It is not for the faint of heart.
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A Module Crammed with Content
The Peasants’ Fell Bargain is packed with 28 pages of adventure, illustrations, and game supplements, including “Encounter Cards” that judges can photocopy, cut out, and use to run combats.
Back our Kickstarter, and see what surprises await. With your help, The Peasants’ Fell Bargain will be a funnel you and your party will never forget.
So what do you say?
Do we have a bargain?
Say, what is this Dungeon Crawl Classics™ of which you speak?
Dungeon Crawl Classics™ is the amazing role-playing game from Goodman Games that takes you back to those all-night odysseys in your parents’ basement, when all a good adventurer needed was a map, a sword, and some guts, and all a player needed was paper and pencil, some dice, and imagination. Magic is mysterious and powerful, monsters are menacing and unpredictable, and Luck matters—A LOT more than min-maxing and statistical analysis. DCC takes the best parts of the game you remember and combines it with the wisdom gained from over fifty years of role-playing to create the one-of-a-kind experience that got you rolling dice in the first place. If you haven't checked out the rulebook, what are you waiting for?
We are committed to making a memorable adventure. If we meet our funding goal, then we are going to express our gratitude, enhance and expand the story, and give you some additional flexibility. That's right; we are "altering the deal," and not in a lousy cloud-city kind of way!
ACHIEVED! $750—Free Gaming Honors Knight Decal: Thanks for signing on the dotted line! Now you can be the first on your block to sport our classy Gaming Honors steampunk knight on your favorite notebook, laptop, or guitar case! Not available in stores!
VANQUISHED! $1,250—Enhanced Book Quality: We will be making this the best kind of bargain—one where everyone wins! If we can successfully raise $1,250, we will improve the quality of the book, including a #100 cover with UV coating. This is one deal that will be worth the paper it’s printed on!
And another stretch goal has been reached! Thanks to the growing number of backers, The Peasants’ Fell Bargain will be a sturdy document in both style and substance. But what comes next, you ask? How about some additional content to appease those players who simply insist on poking their noses where they don’t belong? (Can't they just take a hint?) This next goal is a real stretch: it's the moment in negotiations when someone says, "I'll have to ask my manager...."
PROVISO SATISFIED! $2,250—Additional Caverns Encounter: Deep below the mountains lies a hidden passageway leading to the Stenorian manor. If we reach this stretch goal, we will send an additional page (or more?) as a supplement to all backers of The Real Deal and above, providing players with an additional option for exploring the secrets hiding in the Stenorian estate. That’s right: it's an extra opportunity for your poor peasants to wander where they don’t belong.
SEALED THE DEAL! $3,250: “The Peasant’s Fell Bargain”: The Secret History of Henry Stenorian: Every story begins with a story, and those featuring deals with dark and powerful forces usually aren’t happy ones. If we reach this goal, all backers of “The Real Deal” and above will receive a PDF of an original short story by the module’s author, Martin Buinicki, telling the tale of the fateful bargain the first Henry Stenorian struck generations ago, and the terrible price he paid.
TERMS MET! $4,250 The Peasants’ Fell Bargain Commemorative Bookmark As a token of our appreciation, all backers of “The Real Deal” and above will receive a Peasants’ Fell Bargain bookmark, commemorating Gaming Honors’ first project! This bookmark will feature our company logo with our custom steampunk knight on one side, and the Stenorian family crest on the other. This will definitely come in handy as you read the stories that form the legacy of the fell bargain!
SIGNED AND SEALED! $5,250 Blank "Fell Bargain" Contract Sheet. All backers of "The Real Deal" and above will receive a blank "fell bargain" contract sheet for use in other adventures. Lance has promised to add extra foreboding and despair to the drawing: you just add the legalese! What conditions will your players have to meet? How will this diabolical instrument determine their fate? Make your own addition to the legacy of the fell bargain!
Help us spread the word, and let's conclude our bargain!
Anticipated Delivery Date: September 2018
We are writers, artists, and entrepreneurs. Most importantly, we are gamers. Gaming Honors was formed so that we could share our passion for enhancing gameplay, sharing stories, and building community.
Honor Your Players. Honor Your Game.
Martin, Lead Writer: Martin is a writer, professor, and go-to DM for his kids. He’s published twice in Knights of the Dinner Table as Role-Playing Dad. (firstname.lastname@example.org) Lawful Good, because the kids are always watching.
Thad, Lead Designer: Thad is a film-maker, CEO of his own company, writer, and graphic designer. He once played a pacifist monk, forcing the rest of the party to literally run away from him in order to fight. Sheesh. (email forthcoming) Neutral, because you just never know.
Lance, Lead Artist: Lance is an artist, CEO of his own company, guitarist, and avid mini painter. He once drove two hours after a five-hour flight to make our game. Wimp. (email forthcoming) Chaotic Good, but don’t test him.
Andrea, CEO, Queen, and the one on social media: Andrea is a fundraiser, entrepreneur, eminently patient spouse and canny businesswoman. Baker of the Cookies. She also plays a mean cleric when called upon.(email@example.com) Lawful Good, but with attitude.
Risks and challenges
The content for The Peasants’ Fell Bargain is largely complete, although the exact form of the module will depend on the final funding level and achieved stretch goals. We will be able to finalize the product shortly after the conclusion of the Kickstarter.
While this is our first Kickstarter, our team has considerable experience in business and publishing, and we are using an established US-based printing company to produce the module. We look forward to sharing this adventure with you, so we will provide regular updates on our progress.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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