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Creating a fantasy genre series of interactive role-playing game books ("Choose your own adventure" style) with amazing illustrations.
Creating a fantasy genre series of interactive role-playing game books ("Choose your own adventure" style) with amazing illustrations.
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http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/blackchickenstudios/holdfast-a-gamebook-of-dwarven-vengeance

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http://www.blackchickengames.com/holdfast/index.html

Have you ever played one of those “Choose Your Own Adventure” books?How about one of those really fun ones where you keep have to keep track of your character’s hit points, equipment, or abilities?Well, I did too.I also have loved Dungeons & Dragons and books such as those from the Lone Wolf series and have been playing since I was a kid.Since I was a freshman in high school I’ve been gradually creating a fantasy world, Shanoong, in which all of my various adventures took place when I served as “Dungeon Master” to my friends. I recently finished my Ph.D. degree and am done with school forever and have a lot more time on my hands.This was the apparent catalyst for me to finally begin funneling my years of ideas into a martial arts flavored fantasy genre role-playing gamebook series:The Shinte (accent over the “e” and pronounced like “Shin-tay”) Warrior Series.In fact, I have already written the first book, Trials of the First Moon and am half-way through with the second, The Quest for Rividia.I’m planning an icosology from this.It’s my hobby and my passion in one and I’m not doing it for the money.That’s why my funding goal is set so low.I simply want a little help paying for the illustrations being commissioned for the art (see some of them done by DAA-TRUTH on my DeviantArt page, http://sirmichaelofescrinn.deviantart.com/).

I want to “stand upon the shoulders of giants” by taking Joe Dever’s (creator of the Lone Wolf’s world of Magnamund) inspiration and all my imagination has aspired to build from the world of Dungeons & Dragons and other influences, and create something amazing!I would like you all to enjoy what culminates from these efforts.

If you pledge you can’t lose:if funding is not met is costs you nothing.If funding is met, I already have the book written 100% so you will definitely get your copy.Getting nothing is not a risk.I will continue my labor of love on this series with or without funding.Money simply greases the wheels to move things forward (with graphic designers, artists, professional proof-readers, printing costs, related promotional items, etc.).

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Please help me reach my goal!

Risks and challenges

There are no risks. I have already written Trials of the First Moon and it is being illustrated by competent artists. The challenge will be to spread word of this book series--I know that if I can simply get my book into the hands of some fantasy gamebook fans, they will love what I've created.

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