The Melsonian Arts Council is a micro press publishing house which specialises in short works that startle and entertain us. Its output is by turns erudite, lucid and beautiful, or dumb, obtuse and ugly. We have previously and are still releasing peculiar zines, games and adventures.
Master Gearing is a local boy with dreams of big lights and tall cities. His works have appeared in Britain's favourite RPG periodical, The Undercroft, and as stand alone moments of inspiration in the form of his collaborative Broken System #000.
Andrew Walter is an illustrator whose work has been featured in The Undercroft, Wormskin, and various other OSR products, as well as on underground metal and punk releases. He likes schlock horror and loud noises.
Fever Swamp is an adventure, compatible with Lamentations of the Flame Princess and most other Dungeons & Dragons clones.
The result of this fundraising effort will be an A5, saddle stitched, 30-something page book containing a geographically linked series of vignettes that explore the particular palette chosen by the author. Flavours of nihilism, questions of inherent evil, and the abject failure of civilisation. And dampness, so damp.
Thanks to the marvellous generosity of the patrons of our last Kickstarter project, Crypts of Indormancy, we have been able to fund the production of this book right up to the point of printing. Here is where the money runs dry and we need to approach you fine fellows once again.
Barring some form of catastrophe the project will be sent to the printers the moment the money comes in. Depending on who we end up affording to use this typically takes 2-3 weeks if all goes well. From there we hope to have them in everyone's hands within 2 more weeks. Lessons have been learned from previous projects and will be applied here.
If we meet our basic requirements we will print the book. Hooray and so on. However, if you want us to make a book to the standards of Crypts of Indormancy (famously well printed and all round handsome book-thing), we'll need to get fancy.
Do note that we aren't going crazy here. There are no shirts or buttons or other table junk to pad this out, it's a project for a book with the remainder being used to make more books in future.
On to the goals:
If you want a truly desirous object to be made we will need to send Fever Swamp to a fully equipped printing house. Most likely the excellent people who produce our previous book, Crypts of Indormancy.
At this lofty goal we will be able to immediately start our next adventure without KickStarting it. We'll be able to afford to pay the illustrators, layout artists and editors and possibly even writer. If we're obscenely lucky we might even be able to print it, but let's not hold our breath on that one.
Risks and challenges
Since the project is 90% complete there are few points of failure left. If we use the fine, fine, printers of our previous project it might take a little bit longer, since they are in demand, but we won't know who we will be able to afford to use until the final total is in.
After that we have distribution to contend with. Lessons have been learned from the previous project and we anticipate things going much smoother this time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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