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GM a clever mix of classic D&D adventure, sandbox, and hexcrawl in a post-apocalyptic setting you can easily drop into your world.
GM a clever mix of classic D&D adventure, sandbox, and hexcrawl in a post-apocalyptic setting you can easily drop into your world.
GM a clever mix of classic D&D adventure, sandbox, and hexcrawl in a post-apocalyptic setting you can easily drop into your world.
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Sandbox Meets Hexcrawl Meets Epic Storyline

Every millennium, a terrible evil trapped in the heart of the Luna Valley awakens to wipe civilization out — and the last awakening happened 1,000 years ago….

This time, if the heroes don't stop the evil, more than just the Luna Valley will die.

Welcome to The Demonplague, a rocking campaign that will take your players on a wild adventure rife with intrigue, secrets, and grim sword and sorcery action.

With equal parts classic adventure, sandbox, hexcrawl, and old-fashioned dungeon crawl, The Demonplague lets you GM with little prep time while at the same time offers your players total freedom and choice.

Designed For Game Masters

New GMs benefit from the initial simple structure classic linear structure that gradually leads them into the campaign's other styles. Veteran GMs will notice how the sandbox and hexcrawl sections flesh out the valley without shackling you with a brittle script.

The draft of the full adventure is written and already fully edited. This Kickstarter funds art, maps, layout, and design to bring this awesome story to your gaming table.

The Demonplague adventure comes in four parts. At the Ralekai Lieutenant tier or higher you will receive all four parts in full.

Draft Cover Previews of all Four Parts of the epic Demonplague Campaign
Draft Cover Previews of all Four Parts of the epic Demonplague Campaign

Features

  • A full-length 5E campaign that takes characters from 1st to 20th level.
  • The self-contained Luna Valley setting lets you drop this campaign into any fantasy world without a hitch.
  • 21 new monsters for 5E
  • 27 NPC write-ups
  • A fully-stocked village filled with intrigue
  • Over a dozen dungeon and adventure sites
  • 2-column PDF version for print and 1-column PDF for easier tablet and phone use. Fully bookmarked and searchable.
  • A complete 12 hour video course on how the epic adventure was built, step-by-step, for GMs interested in building their own such adventures and for getting deeper design insights into how to GM this campaign.
  • The product is done! It just needs art and layout and another editing pass.

The adventure involves: 

  • A classic linear adventure core story arc with village intrigue, wilderness exploration, and dungeon mission play.
  • A "sandbox" stage when PCs are tough enough to brave the post-apocalyptic wilderness, letting them choose when and how to engage in story milestones.
  • A "hexcrawl" portion where you can dynamically generate the contents of any hex, letting players roam freely throughout the valley.
  • A mega-dungeon finale with an exciting balance of roleplaying and action elements.
  • A player-driven narrative that puts tough choices in front of their characters to determine the direction and outcome of adventures.

Page Layout Preview

Click the image to see a larger version that shows you The Demonplague's page layout, design, and typography.
Click the image to see a larger version that shows you The Demonplague's page layout, design, and typography.

 

The Demonplague manuscript as it stands now without art and maps weighs in at a hefty 372 pages (at the rough standard 450 words per page, so there's no eyestrain using the book at the game table).

Hook players immediately when a natural disaster nearly destroys the Luna Valley. Icetongue, the thousand-year-old glacier, melts overnight. The deluge wipes out all but one community, Tomar's Crossing, which now faces food shortages, monsters dislodged from lairs, and deadly ancient secrets uncovered with the ice's passing.

Your players must help the people of Tomar's Crossing survive, battle their enemy through three dungeons — Fort Frostfell, Gardong Marhold, and finally, the Duladarin Star Elf Barrows — and confront Ralekai the necromancer in his underground laboratory.

The Frozen Necromancer adventure takes PCs from 1st to 5th level.

The actions of the PCs in the Frozen Necromancer shape the political climate of Tomar’s Crossing and the ever-stronger dangers crawling the Luna Valley for the second part of The Demonplague campaign.

In this sandbox adventure, the PCs delve into ancient ruins, temples to forgotten gods, dark tombs, and secret meeting places to find the words and components of a lost ritual that just might save the world...or end it.

The Winter Druids' Legacy adventure takes PCs from 5th to 10th level.

In this hexcrawl adventure the PCs head out into the uncharted wilderness of the ruined valley.

They'll face undead demons, fiends from the Abyss, mutated wildlife, deranged druids, and starving giants.

If they’re lucky, the adventurers fight their way to the entrance of the prison meant to hold a mighty plague demon…and discover the walls are cracking.

Icefall takes PCs from 10th to 15th level.

The grand finale draws the PCs into a magic prison that holds the plague demon Xancrown.

As the adventurers negotiate, deceive, and battle guardian factions within the prison, they struggle with the ultimate question:

Should they sacrifice the Luna Valley to ensure the world’s safety for another thousand years, or attempt to kill Xancrown and end his terror forever, which risks destroying their entire plane of existence if they fail?

The Xancrown's Prison mega-dungeon adventure takes PCs from 15th to 20th level.

About the Designers

The Demonplague was crafted by Johnn Four, publisher of RoleplayingTips.com and published author of over a dozen GM books and courses, and James Introcaso, an ENnie-winning blogger, multiple-time platinum best-selling DMs Guild author, and co-owner, host, and producer of Don’t Split the Podcast Network.

Backer Rewards

The goal of this Kickstarter: put The Demonplague in your hands. We know you'll enjoy GMing the gritty sword and sorcery setting of the Luna Valley with all its mysterious locations the PCs can explore to unravel the Demonplague mystery.

To make that happen we need your help to cross the last mile. We are keeping this Kickstarter short and simple, as we only need funds to hire a designer and artists for page design, layout, and maps.

Shipping: Print Book Fulfilled by DTRPG

The backer tier price is low for the print version because you will be paying DTRPG directly for base print cost and shipping.

This means lower shipping costs for you, especially in the EU, because DTRPG can ship to you from a nearby distribution centre.

When you back the print version of The Demonplague, you will receive a redemption code from us. That code gets you the entire adventure as a printed book and you only pay the cost of printing and shipping through DTRPG.

How Much Will the Print Book Cost?

We won't know until the final version is submitted to DTRPG for approval.

But their cost calculator says a 400 page softcover comes to $10.53 USD and a 400 page hardcover comes to $15.70 USD (black and white pages, large size).

How Much Will Shipping Cost?

This will vary by country, the final page count, and the final weight of the book. DTRPG's shipping estimates indicate less than $10 USD for standard shipping within the US.

Click here to see if they've provided a shipping estimate for your country (the book should be under 400 pages).

The Demonplague Backer Tiers

You have our undying thanks. Thank you for your support!

You'll get the first part of the series in PDF format. Part I offers three dungeons, the village of Tomar's Crossing, intrigue, politics, and lots of adventure.

You also receive a map PDF that includes layers you can turn on and off for custom views and easy printing.

You’ll receive two versions of The Demonplague PDF: a black-and-white, printer-friendly version laid out in 2 columns, and an easy screen-reading version laid out in 1 column for vertical scrolling. Both versions will be bookmarked and fully searchable.

You also receive map PDFs that include map layers you can turn on and off for custom views and easy printing.

Your name will also be included in the book.

Includes:

  • Black and white print-friendly bookmarked PDF (2 column text layout)
  • Easy screen reading bookmarked PDF (1 column text layout)
  • The Demonplague Part I: The Frozen Necromancer
  • The Demonplague Part II: The Winter Druids' Legacy
  • The Demonplague Part III: Icefall
  • The Demonplague Part IV: Xancrown's Prison
  • Your name in the book!
  • Immediate access to the finished drafts on Google Drive after project funding has been received

You'll get a durable softcover or hardcover version of the complete Demonplague campaign — all four parts delivered by DriveThruRPG POD. As an awesome Backer you only pay for the base printing cost and shipping. You can choose hardcover or softcover at time of order via DTRPG.

You’ll also receive two versions of The Demonplague PDF: a black-and-white, printer-friendly version laid out in 2 columns, and an easy screen-reading version laid out in 1 column for vertical scrolling. Both versions will be bookmarked and fully searchable.

And you also get map PDFs that include map layers you can turn on and off for custom views and easy printing.

Includes:

  • Durable softcover or hardcover physical book (POD, backer just pays base print cost and shipping)
  • Black and white print-friendly bookmarked PDF (2 column text layout) 
  • Easy screen reading bookmarked PDF (1 column text layout) 
  • The Demonplague Part I: The Frozen Necromancer 
  • The Demonplague Part II: The Winter Druids' Legacy 
  • The Demonplague Part III: Icefall 
  • The Demonplague Part IV: Xancrown's Prison
  • Your name in the book! 
  • Immediate access to the finished drafts on Google Drive after project funding has been received

You'll get access to a 12-hour course on how to build an adventure just like The Demonplague, with core adventure, sandbox, and hexcrawl elements. You walk through, step-by-step, each part of the ideation and creation process.

In addition, you'll get a durable hardcover or softcover version of the complete Demonplague campaign — all four parts delivered by DriveThruRPG POD. As an awesome Backer you only pay for base printing cost and shipping. You can choose hardcover or softcover at time of order via DTRPG.

You’ll also receive two versions of The Demonplague PDF: a black-and-white, printer-friendly version laid out in 2 columns, and an easy screen-reading version laid out in 1 column for vertical scrolling. Both versions will be bookmarked and fully searchable.

You also receive map PDFs that include map layers you can turn on and off for custom views and easy printing.

Your name will also be included in the book!

  • Adventure Building Course — 12 hours of tutorials and lessons 
  • Durable softcover physical book (POD, backer just pays base print cost and shipping)
  • Black and white print-friendly bookmarked PDF (2 column text layout) 
  • Easy screen reading bookmarked PDF (1 column text layout) 
  • The Demonplague Part I: The Frozen Necromancer 
  • The Demonplague Part II: The Winter Druids' Legacy 
  • The Demonplague Part III: Icefall 
  • The Demonplague Part IV: Xancrown's Prison
  • Your name in the book! 
  • Immediate access to the finished drafts on Google Drive after project funding has been received

Stretch Goals

The initial funding goal is $2000 Canadian. That will pay for page design, final cover design, page layout, and final PDF creation.

The print tiers will fund original art and cover design for the print book, layout changes required for print format, and layout changes for softcover vs. hardcover covers.

Should the project raise more funds that the original request, we will unlock the following stretch goals for you:

UNLOCKED!

Nearly destroyed by the deluge, Sweetwater lies in ruins. But some survivors chose to stay to protect a dark secret.

This expansion will include a map, a five room dungeon, 3 NPC write-ups, 3 new monsters, and 3 new items.

UNLOCKED!

Most of the city was swept into the sea, but some buildings remain. Survivors not only fend for food and water, but they must repel looters and creatures drawn to the ruins.

This expansion will include a map, a post-apocalyptic fantasy city encounter generator, 3 NPC write-ups, 3 new monsters, and 3 new items.

UNLOCKED!

Icetongue’s demise was no fluke. Demons travelling by comet crashed into the mountains at the glacier's head and then entered the Luna Valley in quest of Xancrown's Prison.

The comet was not left unattended, however.

This expansion will include a map, a five room dungeon of the comet's interior, 3 NPC write-ups, 3 new monsters, and 3 new items.

UNLOCKED!

James will run The Demonplague with a group of friends and broadcast those games live on Twitch. Recordings will be posted on YouTube.

Backers can use these videos for more insights and ideas on how to run The Demonplague.

UNLOCKED!

For the 27 new NPCs in the core adventure we will have custom art done for each.

You will be able to show your players exactly what the NPC looks like as you roleplay them using the portrayal guidance we've added for each NPC.

In keeping with the simple, strong, black and white art theme of the adventure, these illustrations will be easy to print, display on your phone or tablet, or upload to your VTT.

NPC art will be supplied by talented Newfoundland artist Randy M. Here's an example of Tomar's Crossing Villagemaster Bjalien Viadas, an aloof man villagers fear and respect.

Click to see a larger, sharper file:

Bjalien Viadas, an aloof man villagers fear and respect. Click to see a larger version.
Bjalien Viadas, an aloof man villagers fear and respect. Click to see a larger version.

 

UNLOCKED!

Right now the adventure comes with a nice hex map of the Luna Valley. It has lots of adventure sites for the sandbox, and lots of empty hexes for the hex crawl.

With this stretch goal you will also get some awesome extra maps to help you tell your story:

  • A pre-deluge map (thanks for the suggestion, sbarrie!)
  • A player's map you can use as a handout
  • An illustrated perspective map by Randy M. to help you visualize the Luna Valley
  • PDF of all the new maps for printing and full-screen viewing
  • The PDF will also have layers to turn various elements on and off for different views
  • JPG files of all the new maps for VTT use

UNLOCKED!

Make your players think twice and play smart when they see these fantastic illustrations of the 21 new monsters introduced in The Demonplague.

Illustrated by Randy M.

Illustrations will be added inline in the adventure plus put into a separate PDF for easy screen viewing and printing. Perfect for player handouts!

 

A winter goblin and his nasty ice blades. Watch out for his stealth outdoors and his special Cold Snap ability.
A winter goblin and his nasty ice blades. Watch out for his stealth outdoors and his special Cold Snap ability.

When this stretch goal is unlocked, every backer gets a PDF copy of James Introcaso's Platinum-selling, five-star DMs Guild adventure Cellar of Death, which pits level 1 PCs against a lich!

Included with the adventure is a set of conversion notes so you can connect the story of Cellar of Death to The Demonplague.

Risks and challenges

This is a very low-risk Kickstarter for you to back.

The complete adventure — all four parts — are already written and edited. The full adventure is done.

The main risk will be production delays while gathering finished art and layout.

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    You'll get the first part of the series in PDF format.

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    Ralekai Lieutenant – Full PDF Package

    You’ll receive all four parts of The Demonplague campaign. All PDFs are printer and on-screen friendly, bookmarked, and fully searchable.

    The PDFs include map layers you can turn on/off for VTT play and easy printing.

    Your name will also be included in the book!

    Includes:
    • Easy screen reading (1 column) bookmarked PDF
    • Black and white print-friendly (2 column) bookmarked PDF
    • The Demonplague Part I: The Frozen Necromancer
    • The Demonplague Part II: The Winter Druids' Legacy
    • The Demonplague Part III: Icefall
    • The Demonplague Part IV: Xancrown's Prison
    • Immediate access to the finished drafts on Google Drive
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    Xancrown Champion – Print + PDF Package

    You'll get a durable softcover or hardcover print version (your choice at time of fulfillment) of the complete Demonplague campaign - all four parts.

    Delivered by DriveThruRPG POD. As an awesome Backer you only pay for base printing cost and shipping.

    You’ll also receive all four parts of The Demonplague campaign as PDFs. All PDFs are bookmarked, printer and on-screen friendly, and fully searchable.

    You also receive map PDFs that include map layers you can turn on/off for VTT play and easy printing.

    Your name will also be included in the book!

    Includes:
    • Physical book (POD, backer pays print cost + shipping)
    • Easy screen reading (1 column) bookmarked PDF
    • Black and white print-friendly (2 column) bookmarked PDF
    • Immediate access to the finished drafts on Google Drive
    • The Demonplague Part I: The Frozen Necromancer
    • The Demonplague Part II: The Winter Druids' Legacy
    • The Demonplague Part III: Icefall
    • The Demonplague Part IV: Xancrown's Prison
    • Your name in the book
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    Star Elf – Adventure Building Course

    You'll get access to a 12 hour video course on how to build an adventure just like The Demonplague, with core adventure, sandbox, and hexcrawl elements. You walk through, step-by-step, each part of the ideation and creation process.

    In addition, you'll get a durable softcover or hardcover print version (your choice at time of fulfillment) of the complete Demonplague campaign - all four parts.

    Delivered by DriveThruRPG POD. As an awesome Backer you only pay for base printing cost and shipping.

    You’ll also receive all four parts of The Demonplague campaign as PDFs. All PDFs are bookmarked, printer and on-screen friendly, and fully searchable.

    You also receive map PDFs that include map layers you can turn on/off for VTT play and easy printing.

    Your name will also be included in the book!

    Includes:
    • Adventure Building Course - 12 hours of tutorials and lessons
    • Physical book (POD, backer pays print cost + shipping)
    • Black and white print-friendly (2 column) bookmarked PDF
    • Easy screen reading (1 column) bookmarked PDF
    • Immediate access to the finished drafts on Google Drive
    • The Demonplague Part I: The Frozen Necromancer
    • The Demonplague Part II: The Winter Druids' Legacy
    • The Demonplague Part III: Icefall
    • The Demonplague Part IV: Xancrown's Prison
    • Your name in the book
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    54 backers
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