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Lords of Gossamer & Shadow is a stand alone game using Erick Wujcik's diceless rules system which powered Amber Diceless Role-Playing.

Promotianal video music by Kevin MacLeod

We have have hit our initial goal!

Bonus Content: Lucian's Guide to Warden of the Grand Stair PDF (by guest author Rob Donoghue!):Every backer who pledges at least $15.00 will get this content at no additional cost (this is a thank you to our backers for making us so successful . 

Stretch Goal #1: The Long Walk  UNLOCKED! $6,300.00 (+$5,300 over the initial goal): 60-page Sandbox Adventure by Christopher "Kit" Kindred. Also Michael Kucharski who did the original artwork for the Amber Diceless Role-Playing, Shadow Knight and many an Amberzine has agreed to do the artwork for "The Long Walk."

Stretch Goal #2: Icon Deck UNLOCKED! $13,000.00 (+$6,700 from the previous stretch goal)

Stretch Goal #3: Guest Author Matt Forbeck UNLOCKED! $20,000.00 (+7,000 from the previous stretch goal)  30,000 word (40 pages) original Gossamer World

Stretch Goal #4: Threats Dwimmerlaik, Guest Author Andrew Peregrine UNLOCKED! $22,500.00 (+2,500.00 from the previous stretch goal) 7,000 word (10 pages) PDF supplement.  

Stretch Goal #5: Rival Faction, Guest Author Cam Banks UNLOCKED! $25,000 (+2,500.00 from the previous stretch goal) 7,000 word (10 pages) PDF supplement.

Silly Stretch Goal #6 if we reach 30k or 800 backers Steven D. Russell must do the Snoopy Happy Dance of Joy on YouTube, what a steal for his pride and self-respect!

Check out the Full-Sized Free PDF preview!

 "The spiritual successor to Amber Diceless Role-Playing" - Dominic McDowall-Thomas of Cubicle Seven Entertainment 

Introduction

This world is but one of untold many, a flux of chance caught between shadow and light. It is a world poised between great powers that shape and define all matter, one of many battlegrounds in an epic struggle between form and cacophony. This is the battle between the creators, shapers, and destroyers of worlds. Welcome to the Lords of Gossamer and Shadow!

Lords of Gossamer and Shadow is an original sourcebook and role-playing game using Erick Wujcik’s Amber Diceless Role-playing, licensed from Diceless by Design. It is a standalone product, but remains fully compatible with the existing rules system and can be readily used in new and existing campaigns.

ENnie award winning designer and Amber Diceless Role-Playing veteran Jason Durall brings you the talent and imagination you've seen in his work with Shadow Knight, The Game of Thrones Rpg, and the Basic Roleplaying game.

The manuscript is complete, written and edited. We've packed this book with great art from the talented Jason Rainville--Whose fantastic work has recently appeared in the NPC Codex by Paizo Publishing, Lamentations of the Flame Princess, and works by Rite Publishing.

There's just one problem. When this project began, we projected only a 60-page book. Sixty pages to create the spiritual successor to Amber Diceless Role-Playing. To create an entirely new realm of intrigue and adventure. And then we turned the author loose on it.

What we got back was an additional 100 pages of pure awesome. One hundred and sixty plus pages of adventure.

We knew we had to make this book, no matter what it took, but our resources for Lords of Gossamer and Shadow were spent-- and I think you'll agree, they were spent well. Rite Publishing could wait for months.

We could internally fund the remaining necessary artwork, but we don't want to wait. We don't think you want to, either. Artists get busy, new projects come up. We want to lock in Jason Rainville to create the remaining artwork. To keep the same artistic theme. That is the sole purpose of this project-- to fund the few remaining pieces necessary to fill out the completed manuscript. With your support, our Kickstarter campaign hopes to gather the resources necessary to present an absolutely gorgeous, unified game that is a joy to play and behold.

With design by Jason Durall, cover art by Jason Rainville and editing by Perry Grosshans, we want to give you a second chance to be a part of a roleplaying legacy. To rescue the project from a purgatory of waiting.

Thank you for your time. 

Steven D. Russell

Rite Publishing

Illustration by Jason Rainville,
Illustration by Jason Rainville,

(estimated 160+ page hardback full-color interior)

The manuscript is completed and edited, with initial layout near completion, we need an estimated 15+ pieces of additional artwork to complete this project.  100% of the initial goal will go toward purchasing this artwork. A percentage of any money earned over that amount goes to the estate of Erick Wujick via our licensing agreement with Diceless by Design, the current publishers of Amber Diceless Role-Playing. (Special thanks to them for letting us do this project.)

Staff

Lead Designer: Jason Durall (Amber Diceless Role-Playing, Shadow Knight, A Game of Thrones RPG, Supernatural RPG)

Editing: Perry Grosshans (To Kill or Not to Kill)

Lead Artist: Jason Rainville (Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Npc Codex, Lamentations of the Flame Princess, Coliseum Morpheuon)

Cartography:Jonathan Roberts (George R. R. Martin's Lands of Ice and Fire, Heroes of the Jade Oath, Coliseum Morpheuon)

What does access to print on demand at cost mean? 

When the book is done you will get a link to the print on demand copy at cost then you pay Drivethrurpg @$15.00 +shipping and they will print (via Lightning Source) and ship to you directly a backer exclusive full color hardback copy. T

his means 100% of backer money goes toward the project, and we don't have to charge additional money upfront and increase the goal to cover the costs of printing and shipping. This projects #1 goal is to finish the book.


Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The risk for this project is very low as we are in the layout stage and only need additional artwork to complete this project.

Jason Rainville is the most talented freelance fantasy artist Rite Publishing has ever worked with, he has always delivered on time, with each piece exceeding the quality of his previous work. Rite Publishing has worked with him for over 4 years on such projects as the ENnie nominated To Kill or Not To Kill, Coliseum Morpheuon, In The Company of Monsters. He has also worked for a vast array of other companies on their products and including the Pathfinder Role Playing Game: NPC Codex and Lamentations of the Flame Princess. Yet even if he were not able to complete the project Rite Publishing has a host of other talented freelance artists in its stable having worked including Wayne Anthony Reynolds, Ryan Barger, John Wigley, and Hugo Solis.

This will be Rite Publishing's 4th Kickstarter project
The Demolished Ones is out of the proofing stage waiting on three pieces of artwork and its index for completion.
Kaidan is in the manuscript design phase having release two of of its bonus adventures in print and pdf.
Lost in Dream was recently funded, and is being written by Matt Banach.

Rite publishing is committed to weekly updates that open to everyone on all its Kickstarter projects.

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    Dominant Rank (limit 1) Free PDF copies of every product produced by Rite Publishing for life (not just this project, and not just Lords of Gossamer & Shadow), signed physical copies of every product produced for this project (the icon deck will not be signed), and a signed and personalized copy of the full-color hardback core book (this book will have additional bonus content not included in the normal core book). Access to the Print on Demand (at cost) copies of all products created for this project, You can print up to 10 copies for you and your group, or if you just want a copy beyond your signed copies, Your name will be included in the credits of the project, the character name of your choice will also be included in the product, and you will work with our art director and our lead artist Jason Rainville to include your character and its image, in “The Long Walk” 60 page adventure. You will get immediate access to the PDF copy of the finished and edited manuscript, access to raw manuscripts of all stretch goal products, access to all the art descriptions, sketches, as all our artists turn them in (this includes art for the Icon Deck). One of our designers will run a private online game of Lords of Gossamer and Shadow (Diceless) via Google Hangout. With your copy of the 52 card Icon Deck (stretch goal #2) you will get to work with our art director (via email, google chat, skype, or google hangout) to create 3 custom character descriptions that will appear in our Icon Deck. You also get a poster/print of the Lords of Gossamer and Shadow cover art signed by Jason Rainville. In addition, you will get to help design your own private domain with one our designers; with art depicting it created by Jason Rainville and cartography by Jonathan Roberts that will be included in one of our stretch goal print products. Finally, Jason Rainville and our art director will help create your very own personalized Lords of Gossamer and Shadow character image that we will include in the artwork of the core book.

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