The lost city of Archaia - an ancient ruin sunken into the earth - lies deep in the badlands. In recent years, caravans from Eastdale have come under attack from orcs, goblins, and worse. Some say these blood-thirsty war bands have lairs in the deep caves and ruins. Still others say the ancient halls are filled with magnificent treasures left by the Archaians. Are you brave (or foolish) enough to delve The Forbidden Caverns of Archaia?
What is the Forbidden Caverns of Archaia?
The Forbidden Caverns of Archaia is a massive 5E adventure inspired by the modules published during the Golden Age of fantasy role-playing. Forbidden Caverns was Kickstarted in August of 2016 (for the Labyrinth Lord OSR Rules) and fulfilled on-time one year later.
This project is to fund the conversion and updating of the content (as well as a new layout and corresponding art) from Labyrinth Lord to the 5th Edition of the world's most popular role-playing game.
The goal is to raise $6,000 to fund the revisions outlined above and to bring the PDFs and the physical book to backers as soon as possible. The conversion of the content to 5E is already underway. I expect to deliver ahead of schedule.
What is Included?
Forbidden Caverns of Archaia is 296+ pages of 5E awesomeness and includes:
- A fully-fleshed out gazetteer of The Prelacy of Middenmark
- The detailed town of Eastdale to provide a base of operations
- 55 unique dungeon locations
- The Hellfire Furance (a ruined city below a great volcano)
- Handouts including 37 unique illustrations for players
- Pregenerated characters
- A new monster section (101 monsters all with unique illustrations!)
- A new spell system
- New spells and magic items
- A custom Forbidden Caverns 5e character sheet
- Two large poster maps
Former TSR artists include the famous Erol Otus, as well as Jim Holloway and Russ Nicolson. New old-school artists include Scott LeMien, Peter Pagano, Mark Pagano, Cory Hamel, Stefan Poag, and others.
Artwork is abundant and well-placed, picturing dozens of evocative scenes and situations. Twelve artists are at work here. There are multiple, gorgeous full-page pieces, half-page pieces, quarter-page pieces, and smaller square pieces, all scattered throughout the volume.
Sample Interior Art:
Jim Holloway Cover Illustration
This is TSR-ex Jim Holloway's original "Mummy Attack" from Barrowmaze II. This piece of art was beautifully and tastefully framed and is available as an exclusive reward level:
Who is Greg Gillespie?
I am an Associate Professor of Popular Culture at a university in Ontario, Canada. I regularly teach a senior undergraduate course entitled The History and Culture of Role-Playing Games (for realz!). I am also the author/designer of a very popular Old School megadungeon called Barrowmaze Complete. You can read widely about Barrowmaze on the internet. I have a very successful crowdfunding track-record and have completed a number of crowdfunding campaigns over the last five years either on-time or ahead of schedule.
Risks and challenges
The original Labyrinth Lord version of the product is already complete, so we know what is going into the final product. The only work that remains is the completion of the 5e conversion and the layout. I believe I can deliver this project without issue.
However, as with any manufacturing process, things can go wrong. Delays in layout and delays in printer setup could happen. Thus I have allowed additional time in the schedule as a buffer and to avoid such delays. If all goes as planned I may even be able to deliver the project a little sooner.
Conventional Kickstarter risks of fulfillment and printing are virtually nonexistent since we are using OneBookshelf's RPGnow's front end for printing and shipping on an at-cost basis for print-level backers.
No matter what problems occur I will always keep our backers and supporters informed of any issues that arise so you will be aware of the situation and how we will be handling it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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