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Mischievously fun role playing with an old school flair!
Mischievously fun role playing with an old school flair!
Mischievously fun role playing with an old school flair!
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Mischief, Inc. Adventure Modules

Remember playing the fantasy role playing adventures of the 1980s? Are you interested in the style of play common to the inception of modern day fantasy role playing games? If you answered yes to either of those questions, we have something of interest to you.

The products are 8.5 x 11 saddle stitched booklets in black and white. The cover (unattached) is full color and wrapped around the booklet. Both come in a sealed polybag. For those who pledge at a level that includes illustration booklets, those will also be in the polybag.

Who Are We?

The origins of Mischief, Inc. go back to the 1980s when a small, tight group of friends and role-playing gamers came up with a name for a fictional company under which they would someday publish their endeavors. Today Mischief, Inc. is the realization of that dream. We are publishers of adventure modules for the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons® rule system.

Mischief, Inc. is a very small company based in Pittsburgh, PA USA. Originally founded by two people Alex Karaczun and Bob Pennington, the company now consists of three people Co-Founder/President/CEO Alex Karaczun, Creative Director Matt Ray and Art Director Karen Henery. We have produced two adventure modules to date. The Tomb of Rakoss the Undying (which is being updated and revised in this Kickstarter) and The Inheritance.

The Adventures

A Forgotten Evil

In ages past nations fought great wars with the aid of terrible powers from fiendish allies. Much has been forgotten since then, but sometimes that which is forgotten can be the greatest danger of all.  

Goblins are raiding the small villages near Caer Carega. Is it just the depredations of a few desperate tribes, or is there something more sinister behind the night raids?

A Forgotten Evil is a starting adventure for character levels 1-3.

The Tomb of Rakoss the Undying

Rakoss was a great wizard of ages past who served the Emperor of Maere. Tales tell of his prowess as a military strategist, but they also tell of his fall. It is said that although he won campaign after campaign for his emperor, just one failure brought about his doom. Defeated by the King of Cadarn, Rakoss was followed back to his refuge where he, his generals, strategists and personal guard were entombed. Somewhere in the Ganlaw Mountains they remain sealed in by powerful magic.

Who knows what treasure was buried with Rakoss and his retinue, or what horrors remain to test any who might enter the tomb. Certainly only a brave few would dare seek out the final resting place of Rakoss, and even fewer can survive the terrors of The Tomb of Rakoss the Undying!

The Tomb of Rakoss the Undying is a low-to-mid level adventure for character levels 4-6.

This module is only available in print form via this Kickstarter.

The Maps

True to the classic adventure modules of the 1980s, our modules include blue and white dungeon maps, or full color overland maps on the inside of the cover (unattached). Maps found in the interior of the booklet are in a similar style, but black and white in presentation.

The Illustration

We have engaged illustrators whose work calls to mind the illustration of the golden age of role playing game adventures. Spread out through these adventures you will see the work of Jeff Dee, Storn Cook, Bruno Balixa, Jordan Worley, Karina MacGill and Matt Ray as well as many others.

Exclusive to this Kickstarter at the $20+ and $40+ backer levels are illustration booklets for A Forgotten Evil and The Tomb of Rakoss the Undying respectively that provide illustrations to be shown to the players for key encounters. These are separate saddle stitched booklets that are very similar to those found in the classic adventures The Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan, and Tomb of Horrors.

sketch for illustration booklet
sketch for illustration booklet

Additionally, at the highest pledge level ($50) and limited to 100 copies is a Kickstarter exclusive lithograph of the full color, front cover illustration of A Forgotten Evil "Street Fight" by Jordan Worley. These high quality lithographs will be signed and numbered by Jordan.

The Characters

Each of our adventure modules comes complete with 10 pre-generated iconic Player Characters suitable for immediate play as the main PCs of the adventure, or to replace the occasional dead PC. Each comes with full statistics including equipment, magic items, spells and race/class abilities spelled out. A character portrait bust is included with the write up, and you will see these characters portrayed in action illustrations throughout the module in which they appear.

Compatibility

Our adventure modules are designed to be fully Advanced Dungeons & Dragons® compatible. Monster statistics are culled from many official and unofficial sources and displayed in a manner that should be recognizable to all those familiar with AD&D®

     Orc (4): AC 6; MV 9”; HD 1; hp 8, 7, 3, 1; #AT 1;
     Dmg axe (1-8), spear (1-6); AL LE; SIZE M; XP 59;
     MM p.76. Their treasure is a total of 33 ep.

Mentions of rules will also occasionally reference the book and page number where useful expansion on the subject can be found.

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons and AD&D are trademarks of Wizards of the Coast, and are used without permission. Mischief, Inc. and its products are not affiliated with Wizards of the Coast.

The Layout

Layout as seen in Adobe InDesign
Layout as seen in Adobe InDesign

The layout of the adventure modules is similar in many respects to what you would expect from a 1980s classic adventure module. Keyed encounters contain boxed "read-aloud" text and all monster stats are located at the bottom of the encounter description for ease of use.

The detached cover can be used as a screen between the Dungeon Master and the players. Important maps, or other important information will be printed on the inside of the cover for easy access.

The Rewards

(Note: the rewards to the right, at the $40 level, do not reflect the illustration booklet PDF which we have added to that level.)

Pledge $1 or more
VETERAN: Receive our eternal thanks for a gift donation of as much as you are willing to give.

Pledge $5 or more
WARRIOR: Receive a PDF copy of A1 A Forgotten Evil.

Pledge $10 or more
SWORDSMAN: Receive all rewards at the WARRIOR level, plus a print copy of A1 A Forgotten Evil.

Pledge $20 or more
HERO: Receive all rewards at the SWORDSMAN level, plus an encounter illustration booklet for A1 A Forgotten Evil in print (Kickstarter exclusive!), and PDF.

Pledge $30 or more
SWASHBUCKLER: Receive all rewards at the HERO level, plus a print copy of F1 The Tomb of Rakoss the Undying (Kickstarter exclusive!).

Pledge $40 or more
MYRMIDON: Recieve all rewards at the SWASHBUCKLER level, plus an encounter illustration booklet for F1 The Tomb of Rakoss the Undying in print (Kickstarter exclusive!), and PDF.

Pledge $50 or more
CHAMPION: Receive all rewards at the MYRMIDON level, plus a signed and numbered print of the A1 A Forgotten Evil cover illustration by Jordan Worley (7.5"x4.5") (Kickstarter exclusive!).

Shipping

All orders will be shipped via the United States Post Office First Class Mail in Size 4 Bubble Mailers. Shipping for both U.S. and International orders takes into account all costs for materials and shipping supplies. Actual postage per item will be less, and vary by location.

PDF copies will be distributed via DriveThruRPG. Single use coupon codes for free copies will be sent out to all backers receiving PDFs. One coupon per item will be necessary, so multiple emails may be received. Backers should attempt to make sure these emails have not been delivered to their Spam email folder if they have not received them within a short time of the Update saying the codes have been sent.

Risks and challenges

Both A Forgotten Evil and The Tomb of Rakoss the Undying are written, laid out and nearly ready to send to the printer with all illustrations and maps. Only the additional illustration booklets need to have the illustrations created and the booklets laid out. As such the risks are extremely low. We expect to be able to fulfill orders very soon (contingent on the printer's schedule) after successful funding of the project.

Challenges include making sure the illustrators meet their deadlines for the illustration booklets and providing a quick turnaround of the proofs back to the printer.

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