Annotated Sorcerer's art and printing is funded - now let's celebrate!
If you aren't familiar with Sorcerer, the following video is for you.
The new Sorcerer is offered in the form of two PDFs and corresponding books.
Book #1. The anniversary update for the Sorcerer core book, double the original word count and laid out as annotations, like so (core book, first chapter):
Book #2. All three supplements, bundled together: Sorcerer & Sword, The Sorcerer's Soul, and Sex & Sorcery. These needed no annotations.
At the first goal, at $5,000, we funded the amazing cover art by Thomas Denmark. Which is totally cool!
By passing the $10,000 stretch goal, we made it possible for me to send every pledger both the PDFs and the two books, except those choosing the pledge specifying otherwise. You can add funds for more books if you want; see the FAQ below.
Everything else comes in the form of the pledge rewards. Please notice that all but one of the $50 rewards "stack," which is to say, add $10 for each one you want beyond the first! (You can tell me which ones later.) One of these features art by Trollbabe veteran Ed Heil! Check out Heillustrations, which is mostly sketches, but you can see how fun they are and also in a few cases what a knockout a full-rendered Heil piece is.
The higher rewards include artwork by Thomas and dedicated game-design work by me.
Here's the preliminary footage for a couple of videos about the system. I will chop it apart and add some dice footage throughout the Kickstart period.
The goals are accomplished, but come by and visit every so often, to see new stackable pledge rewards, modifications to the videos, and more.
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Hey, if it's about producing RPG books, and if it's about things going wrong, you can be sure I have suffered in its clutches. But seriously folks ...
The layout's done, so that's not a risk. As for the art, Thomas is one of the most reliable and remarkable gaming/RPG illustrators in the business, so any risk on that end is strictly theoretical. (He says this has been a dream project for him for almost a decade, so I'll call that a win.) If something bad were to happen, making the work impossible, I have backup lined up too.
You can. Upgrade your pledge by $31 for orders in the U.S., and by $40 for orders elsewhere, and you can get another set of the books. Make sure to let me know that's what you want, during the survey step at the end of the Kickstart period.
No. For purposes of this Kickstart, Sorcerer = both volumes, and all mention of "the books" is a single entity. If you feel very strongly about only owning the core book (for instance), then you may purchase it's when it's commercially available. At that time, however, the two books will be priced considerably higher than their current pledge value.
Those were the first versions for early adopters, and didn't do a good job distinguishing between PDFs vs. books/PDFs. There are two because I was trying to edit something and I screwed it up, producing an unnecessary clone category, although it does no harm aside from cluttering up the joint.
Actually not many people have asked me this. I'm answering in case anyone is thinking it but hasn't spoken up.
Truly true: this isn't a standard Kickstart in a lot of ways, not least in its creator's fumbling around the interface creating hassles. But the $50 pledge thing is pretty cool! It's basically a smorgasboard for you, so you can pick and choose among a bunch of equivalent options without having a hierarchy enforced on you. If you want more than one, pledge for one of them, and add $10 for each one you want in addition.
To inform me of which extra(s) you want, wait for the post-Kickstart survey, which will be very clear about what you get per official pledge reward, and allows you to tell me what else you have paid for and want to get too. Until then, relax and enjoy.
All of the $50 pledges can be stacked like this except for one, the conversation with James Raggi; that's a full-on $50 pledge no matter what. But you can pledge for that one and add others if you want, with $50 for the first addition and $10 each after that.
I know! It's different! But breathe deep, 'cause it's cool. Be different today.
Yes! Make sure to let me know that's what you want, during the survey step at the end of the Kickstart period. There is no reduction of pledge level for doing this, however.
Yes. On page 18 (7 in the pdf), the numbers are correct but the alphabet letters aren't.
G: 10 10 8 7 7 5 vs. H: 10 5 5 5. A wins with four victories. That would be G winning.
I: 9 9 6 6 4 vs. J: 9 9 6 6 5. H wins with one victory. That would be J winning.
Ten! I changed it at one point, but the text can't be altered. (Note to self: in the future, such text should refer to "the number below," not a value.)