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The first collection of Sidekick Quests! The all-ages web comic is also an adventure module for Sidekick Quests: The Role-Playing Game.
The first collection of Sidekick Quests! The all-ages web comic is also an adventure module for Sidekick Quests: The Role-Playing Game.
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Sidekick Quests: The Secret of the Sewer Wizard is James Stowe's very first Kickstarter and the first time Sidekick Quests the webcomic has been collected in a print Graphic Novel. With your help this Kickstarter will create a 96 page book that collects the first comic storyline, The Secret of the Sewer Wizard, and also provides game rules allowing you to play out Secret of the Sewer Wizard as a roleplaying game campaign adventure. The print version of the Secret of the Sewer Wizard has revised artwork throughout with updated colors, dialog and text. There will also be 10 bonus pages of never before seen comics that show what happens after the original adventure ended. The book will also serve as Sidekick Quests the Roleplaying Game’s very first adventure module. The adventure consists of three quests and two encounters that can be played together as one complete story or separately as stand alone games sessions. Anyone that backs the PDF or print versions of the book also get a digital bundle of all the Sidekick Quests rules, quests, characters and advancements that have released online already. that have released online already.

 

 

A breakdown of the adventure contents are as follows:

Clean out the Dungeon Quest asks PCs to help a down on his luck Master of Dungeons named Carl perform some Spring cleaning of a castle basement that is full of monsters and maybe even haunted. Includes: rules on running the quest, 1 quest handout, 1 Ghost NPC sheet, 1 Dust Bunnies NPC sheet, 1 Vacuum Monsters NPC sheet, and an illustrated Map of the Dungeon

The Homunculus Encounter introduces the mysterious Homunculus, servant of the Sewer Wizard. What will happen when PCs meet this foul little creature? Includes: rules on running the encounter, 1 Homunculus NPC sheet

The Search the Sewers Quest finds the PCs deep underground, trapped by the terrifying, but generally understood Sewer Wizard. Can they recover their missing doorknocker without being turned into bunnies? Includes: rules on running the quest, 1 quest handout, 1 Sewer Wizard NPC sheet, 1 Sewer Rat NPC sheet, and a fully illustrated Map of the Sewer 

The Professor Pendarva Encounter brings a full fledged adventurer to the rescue. But is this Professor friend... or foe? Includes: rules on running the quest, 1 Professor Pendarva NPC sheet

The Escape to the Surface Quest follows the action of the new 10 page comic and follows the action that happens after original comic ended. Can the PCs make it back to Fairevale? Only if they make it past pirates, trolls and a giant octopus! Includes: rules on running the quest, 1 quest handout, 1 Zombie Pirate NPC sheet, 1 Cave Troll NPC sheet, 1 Giant Octopus NPC sheet, and a fully illustrated Map of the Caverns Below Fairevale.

Now I want to make sure that everyone understands The Secret of the Sewer Wizard is just an Adventure for the already available Print and Play Sidekick Quests the Roleplaying Game but... that is okay even if you don't known a copy of the game already. Why? Because if you get a copy of The Secret of the Sewer Wizard (digital or physical) you also get everything that has ever been released for Sidekick Quests the RPG in the Digital Bundle. Now I bet you are asking yourself...

 

 Sidekick Quests is an all ages webcomic that follows children in a fantasy world and the trouble they get into when their adult mentors go off adventuring and live them home alone. Not only is Sidekick Quests a comic, it is also a roleplaying game designed to introduce kids how to play roleplaying games. Sidekick Quests the comic has been available digitally for four straight years. It has seven complete storylines and releases three times a week.

The Secret of the Sewer Wizard was the very first story, released back in 2012. In it four sidekicks, a squire, an apprentice, a scout and an amateur jester discover the existence of a monstrous wizard dwelling in the sewers underneath the dungeon they use as a clubhouse. The secret he holds about the history of their kingdom change their lives forever. The cast includes:

 

 

 

Sidekick Quests the Roleplaying Game is designed to be played by kids and adults. Children as young as 6 can play squires, scouts, wizard apprentices, jesters in training and even the Game Master. It is a simple system that can be used as an introduction to more complex roleplaying games or can be played as a rules lite alternative for adults looking for something different, colorful and above all...fun. Up until now everything you needed to play Sidekick Quests the RPG has been available online in easy to download print and play PDFs. Anyone that backs the PDF or print versions of the book also get a digital bundle of all the Sidekick Quests rules, quests, characters and advancements that have released online already. By backing the Secret of the Sewer Wizard you will get everything you will need to play this campaign and more. Like comics, the Secret of the Sewer Wizard has pages upon pages of all ages appropriate story to discover. Like games, the Secret of the Sewer Wizard tells a complete multi-session roleplaying game adventure that can be played by the whole family.

 

 

The Secret of the Sewer Wizard has several ways to unlock stretch goals, adding content to the PDF bundle that comes with every award level above $1 and adding physical improvements to physical rewards. 

  • By following Sidekick Quests on Twitter (twitter.com/SidekickQuests) Character Rewards are unlocked in the form of new equipment and magical artifact action cards that any role can use as well as new equipment and artifact rules added to the Sidekick Quests the Roleplaying Game rules included in the PDF Bundle. More Character Reward Stretch Goals will be announced once all the existing goals are achieved.
  • By following Sidekick Quests on Facebook (facebook.com/SidekickQuests) In Game Encounters are unlocked in the form of new npcs and monsters that can be used in encounters as well as new expanded encounter rules added to the Sidekick Quests the Roleplaying Game rules included in the PDF Bundle. More In-Game Encounters Stretch Goals will be announced once all the existing goals are achieved.
  • By sharing a link to the Sidekick Quests Kickstarter using the hashtag #skqks Rules Additions are unlocked in the form of new options, character advancements, and even a digital coloring book added to the existing PDF Bundle. More Rules Additions Stretch Goals will be announced once all the existing goals are achieved.
  • By reaching beyond the funding goal Book Upgrades are unlocked.

 Keep track of the progress toward unlocking stretch goals on the chart below. With your help we can make the Secret of the Sewer Wizard the best product it can be.

 

You can add funds for these as part of your Kickstarter pledge, or you can add funds later when you complete the fulfillment survey in order to get more stuff! And who doesn't like more stuff?

 

Anyone who backs both Sidekick Quests: the Secret of the Sewer Wizard and Knuckle Sammich - Kobolds Ate My Card Game for a product reward tier ($10+ backers of The Secret of the Sewer Wizard and $19+ backers of Knuckle Sammich) will receive one special one of the kind add-on to each game! As a backer of the Secret of the Sewer Wizard you will get character sheet files so that you can actually play Ninth Level Games iconic orange furred Kobolds as Player Characters in the Sidekick Quests the Roleplaying Game. As a backer of Knuckle Sammich you will receive an ALTERNATE KING TORG (All hail King Torg!) card (featuring art by me) which will provide a slightly different experience when playing Knuckle Sammich! Only people who back both projects get these add-ons! So if you are already are backing Sidekick Quests then head over to https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/9thlevel/knuckle-sammich-kobolds-ate-my-card-game and check out Ninth Level Games' Knuckle Sammich - Kobolds Ate My Card Game. Get extra rewards just for being a generous fan of fun, quality games.

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Anyone who backs both the Secret of the Sewer Wizard and Untold Tales of Bigfoot Kickstarter campaigns for a physical book reward tier (25+ backs of The Secret of the Sewer Wizard and $24+ backers of Untold Tales of Bigfoot) will receive one special print with each book (Vince Dorse will be including a Sidekick Quests print along with copies of his book and I will be providing a UTOB print along with mine)! Only people who back both projects get these two incredibly rare free prints (confirmation required). So if you are already are backing Sidekick Quests then head over to https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/vincedorse/untold-tales-of-bigfoot-graphic-novel and check out Vince Dorse's Untold Tales of Bigfoot. Now you can get extra rewards just for being a generous fan of quality comics.

 I've been involved in the roleplaying game industry for most of my career. I run my own freelance illustration company, James Stowe Illustration. Four years ago I started an online comic project called Sidekick Quests that combined my experience with roleplaying games with my love of illustration in a project that I could share with my kids and ideally other geeky parents could share with their kids.

Initially I created a simplified version of 4th Ed. DnD for my then 6 year old son’s birthday party. I had been toying around with some long form comic ideas and once people really started responding to the work I did for that party I decided to expand upon it.

And now here we are. I really want Sidekick Quests to be a living roleplaying game. I find the idea of a comic that can be played as an ever changing and expanding roleplaying game setting is something I’ve always wanted to play. And if it is also a way to introduce a new generation to tabletop RPGs, all the better. It was from the ideas and solutions I worked into those initial sheets that I developed Sidekick Quests, both as a comic and as a stand alone roleplaying game for kids. Two of the characters from the sheets (the ranger and the bard, see above) actually converted directly into characters in the comic (those being Benton the Scout and Dalea the Amateur Minstrel respectively. I have always enjoyed world building, so taking those sheets and creating an entire world around them was one of my favorite parts of the process. I have pages and pages of notes and thumbnail sketches about the World of Adventur (the setting of Sidekick Quests) and its denizens and lore.

 

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 - innovator of fantasy roleplaying comics since 1997, creator of Dorktower and Munchkin artist extraordinaire!

(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 - creator of d20Monkey  

(Sidekick Quests the Roleplaying Game) feels like the best game of DND you played as a twelve year old indoor kid, in all the best ways.

Chris O’NeilKobolds 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 - Creator of more fantastic indy tabletop games than you can shake a Kodama branch at.

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

This is James Stowe's very first Kickstarter. While the updated comic and script for the adventure are complete the 10 bonus pages, art prints, and maps still need to be created and the adventure copy needs to be edited and laid out.Every publishing project carries risks. Sidekick Quests is created, illustrated, written, game developed and directed by one guy, James Stowe (with some amazing assistance from his editor/internet guru Anna Izenman and writing/playtesting help from his family) If James were to be struck my lightning or choke on a ham sandwich, it would have a big impact on the completion of this project than a larger company might see. Sidekick Quests uses outside suppliers and shippers for printing and manufacturing, which involves possible risks and delays there James can’t foresee or control.

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