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Annotated Sorcerer's art and printing is funded - now let's celebrate!
Annotated Sorcerer's art and printing is funded - now let's celebrate!
708 backers pledged $26,792 to help bring this project to life.

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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): 

Chapter 1 of the Sorcerer core book - annotated
Chapter 1 of the Sorcerer core book - annotated

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!

Concept piece for the cover (one side of two-part image)
Concept piece for the cover (one side of two-part image)

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.

Footnotes

Want to know more about Sorcerer? Want to talk? Come by the Adept forum.

Direct links to other discussions: Anyway, Story Games (and this one), and RPG.net.

Risks and challenges

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.

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    You get the Sorcerer PDFs! That's the entire Sorcerer library: annotated core book and all three supplements. This is, effectively, a pre-order at a nice savings. Plus a big hug if you want one.

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    You get the Sorcerer PDFs! That's the entire Sorcerer library: annotated core book and all three supplements. All other pledge levels provide the PDFs and books, no matter what they say. This is the only PDF-specific option requiring no clarification from you.

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    $25 + $6 shipping: You get the Sorcerer PDFs and the books! That's the entire Sorcerer library: volume 1 = the annotated core book; volume 2 = all three supplements. This is, effectively, a pre-order at a nice savings. Plus a big hug if you want one.

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    You get the Sorcerer PDFs! Also, I'll post an instructional video for the Sorcerer rule of your choice, not less than 8 minutes long, to the Adept website.

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    You get the Sorcerer PDFs! Also, I add another original recipe to the Sorcerer mixed-drink menu, to be posted at the website for public ... consumption. None of it nasty, all of it with tequila. My recipe, not yours; this reward is for people who like surprises.

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    In addition to the PDFs and books, you get my detailed critique and discussion of five Sorcerer one-sheets authored by others (already in hand), the crucial starting document for play. Electronic format. * See Update #5 for certain details.

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    In addition to the PDFs and book, you get a testimony-driven manual for coping with a weird, almost Sorcerer-specific phenomenon: a group which balks. "How do I get them to play?" - answered by the people who've done it, as collected and critiqued by me. Electronic format. * See Update 5 for certain details.

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    You receive the PDFs and books. If 20 people pledge for this reward, then Jim Raggi and I conduct an unrehearsed, topic-unlimited, candid, and complete conversation to be posted on-line. (Failure to meet 20 means you may specify one of the other $50 options.) Delivery date reviews to the conversation, not the books. This is NOT an "asterisk" reward and must be pledged in full per person.

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    In addition to the PDFs and books, the pledgers receive demon artwork from Ed Heil based on a group Sorcerer character creation project to be run by me. Electronic format. * See Update #5 for certain details.

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    You get the Sorcerer PDFs and books! Also, an 11"x14" signed and numbered limited edition print by Thomas; and your choice of one of the stackable $50 rewards.

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    You get the Sorcerer PDFs! Also, dedicated text review, playtest, and feedback for your game in development. Not a small matter. I'll do this throughout the year, so the listed delivery date refers to the latest that it can happen for you.

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    You get the Sorcerer PDFs! Also, I am your huckleberry, which is to say, I'll play some Sorcerer with you, a solid Kicker-through series of sessions for two to four people (only one pledge necessary). Chicago metropolitan area only.

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    You get the Sorcerer PDFs and books! Also, an original drawing from the
    development of the cover painting; an 11" by 14" signed and numbered limited edition print by Thomas; and your choice of one of the stackable $50 rewards.

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