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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Nov 17 2015
Last updated November 17, 2015

Mÿd'Realm (Canceled)

Mÿd'Realm is a high-adventure fantasy role-playing game and setting, stream-lined and refined for new and old-school gamers alike.

Mÿd'Realm (Canceled)

Mÿd'Realm is a high-adventure fantasy role-playing game and setting, stream-lined and refined for new and old-school gamers alike.

CA$ 451
pledged of 12.550 CA$ pledged of 12.550 CA$ goal
5
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Nov 17 2015
Last updated November 17, 2015

About

Greetings Kickstarter community!  This is my very first Kickstarter project, and the first project for 5Realms Publishing.  I and my colleagues are very excited to be joining the community, and we look forward to both creating future projects, and backing the great ideas of others.  So, cheers to everyone here, and thank you for stopping by.

Welcome to Mÿd'Realm, a fantasy tabletop role-playing game set in a savage medieval world!

A long forgotten homestead in Dorigen Fold.
A long forgotten homestead in Dorigen Fold.

This project is a labor of love for me and the other staff.  Glorious battles have been fought against many enemies like Class Abilities and Spell Lists; even the mighty Attribute System, but we have completed them all and persevered!  Huddled around a table in the wee hours of the morning, fending off sleep with pencils, dice, and flickering laptop monitors.  We subsisted on only the bare necessities (take-out and coffee), for we knew that we must complete this quest!  And so it is with the greatest appreciation for everyone involved that I present to you, The Mÿd'Realm Manifesto!

Draft Copy
Draft Copy

Our main goal in the creation of the game/setting was to provide a platform for both new and old-school gamers alike, while giving them more choice when it comes to character creation, and what kind of session(s) they wish to play.  Perhaps you enjoy hack and slash, or engaging role-play; maybe a rules lite experience is what you're after, or maybe you even like to crunch numbers, and play by the book.  Mÿd'Realm has been designed to accommodate various types of game play with a stream-lined, and highly adaptable rules system. 

Somewhere along the southern borders of the Valen Hills.
Somewhere along the southern borders of the Valen Hills.

Penning a short essay as part of the introduction to the game manual, Ed Greenwood gives his thoughts on role-playing games; "And the fun of it all, the getting together around a table to compete and cooperate (the special forté of role-playing games) in never-ending adventures together, in which our imaginations run wild as we imagine together, rather than having a “winner” when the box is closed up at the end of a game; that never changes."  This brief quote from the introduction summarizes why we play, and why I, and the staff at 5Realms Publishing created this game.

In making innovation one of our most important goals for this project, we also took great care in maintaining a 'traditional feel' for the game that hearkens back to the golden age of tabletop RPGs.  We all went into this with a strong desire to create something that was more than a game, something that awakens those same feelings in us now that we had when we sat down to our first game session as kids.  A dash of awe, a pinch of mystery, 2 tablespoons of anticipation, and a cup of wonder.  That recipe guided our journey, and we thought that one of the best ways to bring that to the game was through the setting.

Original Map (non-converted)
Original Map (non-converted)

The world of Mÿd'Realm is a beautiful and largely untamed wilderness inhabited by various cultures and races, from 'stone age' savages and 'medieval' knights, to tribal dwarves and sea-faring gnomes.  The Realm is filled with languages never before heard, and strange creatures never seen, hitherto.  But in traveling The Realm, one sees many familiar sights, and even the most removed locale seems somewhat like home.  So come, gather round the fire, gaze up at the two moons, and tell us your tale.

The Greywake on the outskirts of the Forests of Silverleaf
The Greywake on the outskirts of the Forests of Silverleaf

The Mÿd'Realm Manifesto consists of 3 books; Player's Book will guide you in the creation of your character as you choose your race, skills and class.  Here you will also find spell and equipment lists alongside all the rules you need to journey The Realm.  The Storyteller's Book includes a treasure trove of techniques to bring any adventure to life, various templates to help make the task of Storytelling easier, and The Mÿd'Realm setting.  This setting comes complete with grided game maps, gazetteer, adventure ideas, and the Book of Beasts, which details many of the encounters players might have in Mÿd'Realm.

We have put all of this into a single game manual, The Mÿd'Realm Manifesto.  We have done this for two reasons.  Firstly, this allows us to keep binding costs down considerably.  Secondly, we wanted to make it easy to jump right in and play, with no worrying on what books you need to start. 

Mÿd'Realm d20, Preliminary Design.
Mÿd'Realm d20, Preliminary Design.

The funds raised here will help cover the cost of additional artwork, more color, a final edit, and the costs associated with formatting, printing, and binding along with the shipping costs in getting the finished product to us.

Stretch goals will include increased over-all quality of the game manual, much more color for the artwork, additional maps, and conversions for other popular RPG systems.  These and other stretch goals will by laid out in detail as we approach or funding goal.

We would like to thank our supporters (with a special thank you going out to Mr. Ed Greenwood), whether you have backed The Mÿd'Realm Manifesto, or simply 'liked' or 'shared' this Kickstarter project, every effort matters  We believe in this game, and we hope each of you comes to love it as much as we do!

Please stay tuned for frequent and future updates!

Coming Soon:  A sneak peak at the REALMS Rule Set™; gaming rules for walking the Realm!

Risks and challenges

The bulk of the text is complete. The system has been play-tested thoroughly. All that remains is a final edit, additional artwork, the formatting, printing, and the binding of the game manual. With an open release date for some time in Aug. 2016, we have allowed ourselves enough time to compensate for any issues or irregularities that may occur with regard to the printing and binding. If things go as planned, an earlier release date is very likely.
Should something unforeseen occur with the printing or the binding company we have chosen, we have alternatives in place so that we will still be able to release the game manual on time, regardless of any complications.
If this project is not funded, an in-print version is unlikely in the near future. However, a PDF version will be made available once the additional artwork and formatting is complete. Publishing through a small press or publishing house is an option we have left opened, as well. Thank you.

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    Level 1 INITIATE:
    At this level, you wish to support Mÿd'Realm and expect nothing in return, though for donating $1 or more, your name will forever be known throughout the Realm, and our thanks to you will be inscribed within the first few pages of the Mÿd'Realm Manifesto!

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    Level 2 NOVICE:
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    Lo, there brave traveler! Along with the previous rewards, the adventurers who choose to donate $5 will be granted a PDF copy of the Mÿd'Realm Manifesto!

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    Level 4 ADEPT:
    If you have chosen to donate $10, you now hold the hearts of many throughout the Realm. The boon you will be granted over and above the rewards listed above, comes in the form of a signed print of one of the original art pieces found in the Mÿd'Realm Manifesto!

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    Level 5 EXPERT:
    You have come a long way and sacrificed much. As well as the above rewards, you will receive the sacred trade paperback tome, the Mÿd'Realm Manifesto! You will also be granted a Special Editon Mÿd'realm d20!

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    Level 6 ELITE:
    So much have you done, and so much does the whole of Mÿd'Realm owe thee in return. To that end, we entreat you to these gifts in addition to the rewards listed above; your copy of the sacred Mÿd'Realm Manifesto, signed by all the good people involved in its creation You will also receive a handwritten 'thank you' Mÿd'Realm postcard, signed by all the staff!

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    Level 7 SAVANT:
    Without you, the entire Realm would surely perish. Your aid allows us to grow and prosper, and so we bestow these gifts upon you in addition to the rewards above; we will transmute the paperback Mÿd'Realm Manifesto into a Special Edition Hardcover! With what magic we have left, we will also send you 2 Mÿd'Realm d10s!

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    Level 8 MASTER:
    More than simply helping, you are guiding Mÿd'Realm to its true destiny. We ask you to receive these tokens of appreciation as well as the previous rewards; we shall use the very essence of the Realm to transform the Special Edition Hardback to a Limited Edition Hardcover, complete with an alternate cover, special artwork, a full preview of an upcoming game manual, and more. This, and a Kickstarter exclusive poster-size, full color map of Mÿd'Realm to help you on your journey 3 Mÿd'Realm d6s will also be given along side a Mÿd'Realm bookmark, use them well!

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    Level 9 IMMORTAL:
    You are a true patron of the Realm; its protector, and hence we bestow upon you a rare treasure. In addition to the rewards above, you will receive a high-qulaity Special Edition Storyteller Screen, available only to Kickstarter backers at this level or higher. Also, you will be granted a Limited Edition Mÿd'Realm Dice Bag, large enough to fulfill all your dice needs. And lo, there will be all the remaining Mÿd'Realm dice inside (9 rpg dice in total).

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    Level 10 DEMI-GOD:
    Your power will transform Mÿd'Realm forever! Along with the previous rewards, you will help shape the future of the Realm. Preview unreleased game material in the form of Quick Guides, and give us your opinion and advice. These hard copy Quick Guides to unreleased products will be yours to keep and come signed by the staff...and don't forget this lovely Mÿd'Realm d100!

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    Level 11 DIVINE:
    All of Mÿd'Realm looks to you for guidance. At this level of support, our gratitude cannot be matched. For this, you will receive all of the above rewards, a personal phone call from the staff, an ORIGINAL art piece by the artist of your choice, involved in the Mÿd'Realm Manifesto. You will also get a Kickstarter backer exclusive Mÿd'Realm wall-poster and t-shirt. Your name will also appear on Page 1 of the Mÿd'Realm Manifesto under 'Special Thanks'!

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