This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, November 19 2018 7:59 AM UTC +00:00.
The Mystery of the Moon Stone is the second full-length adventure module made up of five quests and two encounters that follows the second volume of the continuing Sidekick Quests webcomic (now on its twelfth chapter). It can be played as a continuation of the first adventure module (Volume One: The Secret of the Sewer Wizard) or as a brand-new starting place. Likewise, all of the quests and encounters can be run as individual one-off games or strung together to create a full story arc.
This book also doubles as a graphic novel collection of the webcomic's second chapter which can be enjoyed separately from the game, or together!
This book is supplemented with a digital bundle that includes everything you need to print and play the game including:
· Character Sheets and Map Markers
· NPC Sheets and Map Markers
· Three Brand New Maps
· Trap Tiles
· Enchanted Woods Travel Tiles
· Loot Cards
In addition to the Mystery of the Moon Stone adventure module, this Kickstarter will fund the publication of the first full-length Sidekick Quests rule book. So far, all of our rules have been made available in an abbreviated quick-start format that can be downloaded on the Sidekick Quests website. Now, for the first time ever, we have a fully fleshed-out book that covers character roles, advanced mechanics, character advancement, the ins and outs of the Kingdom of Chivel setting, and more.
Finally, we have some beautiful pieces planned for stretch goals that will be rewarded to everyone who pledges at and above the $30 level. This includes heavy duty punch-out cards for the shifting map mechanics in two of our quests, a Sidekick Quests GM screen, and even a reprint of our first adventure book: The Secret of the Sewer Wizard for those who may have missed our first successful Kickstarter.
Sidekick Quests is an all-ages role-playing game designed to be an introduction to the genre for those who have never played before, specifically children and student as young as kindergartners! This is the second volume of Sidekick Quests. It tells the adventure of the Mystery of the Moon Stone as both a full length graphic novel and as a roleplaying game campaign! The story and game are both created with families in mind, so adults can read the comic with children and then play together through the quests and encounters detailed within. The GM and players can read the story, get a first-hand look at what their characters can do, and then sit down and relive the events themselves.
Sidekick Quests introduces all the standard mechanics like movement, initiative order, abilities, combat and drama you'd expect in a roleplaying game. Players protray character roles featuring a diverse cast of adventuring sidekicks that are pre-made for quick play but with room for enough customization to truly make them your own. Abilities and skills are clearly labeled with a system of colors and icons for quick and easy reference, and advancing your character’s strengths is a simple matter of exchanging gold stars earned in-game.
Sidekick Quests the RPG is meant to introduce younger players to the world of roleplaying games in hopes that both children and adults could play together and still have a fun and unique experience. Many of the rules in Sidekick Quests are simplified specifically for ease of play with younger players.
Thousands of players of all ages have already enjoyed the print to play versions available for sale at the sidekickquests.com online store. But don't take our word for it, check out the game for yourself. Download our free quick-start PDF by clicking here!
We are so confident you will enjoy playing Sidekick Quests we are making all of our PDFs available for free download to everyone who checks out this Kickstarter. We believe that after you see what we do you will want to back these brand new print volumes.
We have eight different levels to meet all of our backers interests.
$1 – Donate at this level to follow our progress and receive all project updates!
$10 – Choose a PDF download of either the Mystery of the Moon Stone adventure module or the Sidekick Quests Rule Guide, as well as the digital bundle.
$15 – You will receive a PDF download of both books as well as the digital bundle
$30 – You will receive a physical copy and a PDF download of one book of your choice, the digital bundle, and all unlocked stretch goals.
$50 – You will receive a physical copy and PDF download of both books, the digital bundle, and all unlocked stretch goals.
$75 – You will receive a physical copy and PDF download of both books, a sketch of your favorite Sidekick Quests character, the digital bundle, and all unlocked stretch goals.
$125 – You will receive a physical copy and PDF download of both books, a piece of Sidekick Quests lore named after you, the digital bundle, and all unlocked stretch goals.
$150 – You will receive a physical copy and PDF download of both books, a custom character sheet in your likeness, the digital bundle, and all unlocked stretch goal rewards.
$300 – You will receive a physical copy and PDF download of both books, a piece of Sidekick Quests lore in one of the two books in your likeness, the digital bundle, and all unlocked stretch goal rewards.
Sidekick Quests is one of the great joys of the internet. Part roleplaying game, part web comic, it's unique, and delightful. Kids and parents alike will love James Stowe's lively, wonderful creation - as my daughter and I already do. - John Kovalic, cartoonist and illustrator
[James Stowe’s] world and characters captures imaginations in young and old alike. Sidekick Quests is doing a huge part to seed the next generation of tabletop gamers with positive messages and healthy table habits that encourage inclusiveness and fair play. You cannot go wrong laying down your hard-earned dollars on this campaign. - Brian Patterson, cartoonist and creator of d20Monkey
[Sidekick Quests] feels like the best game of DND you played as a twelve year old indoor kid, in all the best ways. - Chris O’Neil, Kobolds Ate My Baby and 9th Level Games
Sidekick Quests is engaging, dynamic, and everything that a kid's RPG should be. It's got old-school charm, indie sensibilities, and is just plain fun. - Tracy Barnett, Exploding Rogue Studios
James took what could've been a one-off internet meme and turned it into an earnest love letter to fantasy adventure. - Daniel Solis, award-winning game designer
Risks and challenges
Every publishing project carries risks. Sidekick Quests is written, illustrated, developed and directed by King Octopus Games; two dedicated game makers, James Stowe and Anna Izenman. If either James and Anna are to be struck by lightning or encounter personal emergencies it will have a bigger impact on the completion of this project than a larger company might see.
This is the second Sidekick Quests kickstarter for James Stowe. The first, The Secret of the Sewer Wizard, was a success but there were delays in production. We learned a lot from that first kickstarter. First, both books involved in this kickstarter are over 75% written already. The writing is intended to be completely finished by the end of this campaign. Also all the stretch goals add to the quality of the finished product. We intend to use a fulfillment service to handle distribution. Sidekick Quests is no longer a one man operation either. Now development is handled by the small team of King Octopus Games.
King Octopus Games uses outside suppliers and shippers for printing and manufacturing, which involves possible risks and delays that we can’t foresee or control.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter