AndHeDrew brings you The Cloud Dungeon, a DIY Adventure Game with paper craft, coloring, co-op and competitive mini games, and difficult decisions with permanent (often hilarious) consequences. It's a creativity-inspiring co-op experience that's fantastic to play as a family. It can be played in 90 min-120 min, or broken up into 30-45 minute sessions, as the book is divided into three chapters.
This is the first book in the DIY Adventure Games format, an entirely new way to play games. Permanent team and individual decisions and the possibility of death and resurrection as a ghost make this a unique new way to team up and create a story together.
Great if you like:
※ Choose-Your-Own-Adventure books
※ Co-op games
※ Games that you and your kids can enjoy
※ Squids (who doesn't?)
It's a book that transforms into a game. As you progress through the book, you will create your characters, color them, and customize them. Your characters will face many dangers, brave many challenges, and make many decisions that permanently affect the story. You'll use a decision card to track the choices you make as the story moves forward.
What do you get?
☞The Book. Spiral-bound to lay flat as you play, with game pieces cleverly built into the back cover (see below for example). 2-5 players may play.
☞The Printable files. The Cloud Dungeon is designed to be a fantastic one-time experience, but it can also be played over and over again, with new results and unique characters. When you buy The Cloud Dungeon, you gain access to a file of the pages that you'll be cutting up, so any time you run out of characters, weapons, or just want a fresh experience, all you need to do is print out a few pages. Everyone who pledges $3 and above will receive the print-and-play.
☞Two Character Packs. 6 printable characters per pack:
☞All Stretch Goals. Built right into the book, or delivered digitally, depending on the reward.
Why I'm doing stretch goals: Since I'm a one-man show, designing, writing and illustrating all of this myself, I can add lots of additional content to the book very cheaply. If you put in the time and the effort to really reach out and tell people about this game, then I'll invest even more of my time to give more amazing stuff to everyone. Thank you for sharing!
This is a game that inspires creativity. As you progress through the game, your character might grow an animal tail, have their legs broken, or become a slightly insane zombie with a mustache. Drawing and editing your character allows you to make a completely unique adventurer, as colorful and crazy as your imagination!
Permanent decisions – Each team and individual decision you make is tracked on a Decision Card. Later in the story, these decisions will come back to help - or haunt - you!
Permanent death – but it's ok. You'll come back as a ghost, and you'll still be able to participate in team decisions, and aid the rest of your team!
Media and Testimonials
Geek Dad - "If you are looking for a fun, light-hearted RPG game for the whole family that will also let you and/or your kids have a lot of fun, creative play at the same time, go check out The Cloud Dungeon."
Draw 10 Games - "What really makes The Cloud Dungeon stand out is how events that happen in the story affect your character in physical space by modifying the drawing on the character card. That looks like a really fun game mechanic and I can’t wait to see more."
"I can't wait to play it again! My favorite part was how fun the story was and how it unfolded during the game. It kept me on the edge of my seat. And there were lots of surprises that I didn't expect." – Malachi, 9 years old
"The Cloud Dungeon is a good game because for people who like to draw can make and create there characters they can make their own characteristics through the game and I think that it is a good game for kids because they can create there own stuff or try to at least it is fun because you can be a robot or a zombie lady but I have never gotten to the end of the game but I know it will be awesome." – Cora, 10 years old
"The entire family enjoyed it, and I especially appreciated the fact that the "leadership" role in the game switched to each one of us as we played together. Little Mack took over at one point, laughing his little head off in the process. It's a great game! It's equal part strategy, invention, creativity, and great story-telling. ... I think bringing families together to the kitchen table to do something as simple and satisfying as playing a board game is a very good thing." – Amy, Playtester
⁂ Money-back guarantee – Within one month of receiving The Cloud Dungeon, if you don't absolutely love it, just e-mail me. You don't have to send the game back, just forward me your payment e-mail and I'll refund the whole amount.
⁂ Limited edition – Exclusive character/some stretch goals/spine color that will only be in the first printing of this game!
⁂ Make it better for everyone – As we raise more money, I will be able to devote even more time to making characters, and other extras. We're making the game better for everyone, forever! That's a good feeling.
⁂ Get your mark on the game – This Kickstarter is a shared creative experience. You get to vote on some aspects of the book, permanently affecting the game!
⁂ The game's almost done – I've rigorously tested and refined this game at Ultimate Team Up events for the past six months, and the edits I make after each round of play testing have been getting smaller and smaller. I'm very much in the polishing stage of this project, which is an exciting place to be! This isn't just an untested idea – it's been played and enjoyed over and over again by a diverse range of play testers.
Shipping outside the U.S.
As soon as the Kickstarter version of the game is done, I'll be making it available for purchase via Lulu.com, where you'll be able to get it shipped to you at Lulu's shipping rates, which are very reasonable. You'll get the same book at the same price (+shipping) as Kickstarter backers, and the free character packs as well.
❧ If you want ONLY the Print-and-Play: Back the campaign at the $3 level, and call it good! It's available for anyone in the world.
❧ If you want the Print-and-Play AND the book (and another bonus): Pledge the $3 level, and I'll notify you when the book comes to Lulu.com for international backers. The Lulu edition will come with both digital character packs, and you'll also get 6 months of the Character of the Month club as a "thank you" for backing the campaign!
❧ If you just want the book, not the Print-and-Play: Do NOT back the campaign, except for $1 if you want to comment/be involved. Message me through Kickstarter, or at http://www.andhegames.com/contact-me, and I'll notify you when the book comes to Lulu.com for international backers. The Lulu edition will come with both digital character packs.
Even if you're outside the U.S., please stick around and be a part of this project! All of the updates are public, and by spreading the word, you'll be improving the final book.
How to Play
This video goes through many of the mechanics used in The Cloud Dungeon. The game book is broken up into 3 chapters, each of which can be completed on a different night, or it can be played all in one shot.
The Cloud Dungeon is not designed to be infinitely repayable. I did this on purpose, because I'm interested in pushing games in directions they rarely go. Single-use experience games (like the murder-mystery type) haven't lived up to the potential I see in this format. This game isn't for you if you just want a game to play over and over again, but only if you love exciting new experiences that haven't been tried in modern tabletop gaming.
However – this isn't just a cash-grab. You don't have to buy the book multiple times to be able to play it again and again. When you buy my game, I want you to be able to play it as many times as you want without giving me another cent. With every purchase of the book, you'll get PDFs of every page, so you'll be able to print out any pages that were cut up and destroyed, print out new sets of characters, and play the game over and over again for just a few pennies of ink. You'll also always have access to my free printable D.I.Y. Game Nights, and every story created by the community, most of which will utilize the characters you've made to make a new story.
Note on extra characters/character packs: The base book (not counting stretch goals) will be coming with 12 characters, and blank character cards (for drawing your own characters). The character packs have 6 characters each, and will retail at $7 each.
(NOTE: Clarification on Print-and-Play level)
HOW TO CLAIM ADD-ONS:
1. Click the “manage your pledge” button on the project page.
2. Increase your pledge by the amount needed to claim the add-on.
3. Save your pledge. Do not change the tier that you originally pledged.
**You may claim as many add-ons as you would like, simply add each price to your pledge.
This is just the tip of the iceberg for D.I.Y. Adventure Games, this new way of playing games. I'm already writing my second game based on this system. I've only barely begun to explore using creativity, destructibility, and permanence to create amazing shared play experiences. I hope to continue crafting these games, and to inspire other people to make their own games exploring these mostly untapped realms of game design!
About the Creators
Kicking it forward: http://kickingitforward.org
Andrew (Andhedrew) Miller makes games and publishes at www.andhegames.com. The Cloud Dungeon is not his first game, but it's the first one he's brought to Kickstarter. Why does he feel like he needs to switch into third-person mode when writing the "about" section? It seems slightly strange to him!
Jared Von Hindman. Artist, Jared's Awesomely Named Character Pack. Jared is a Berlin-Based Cartoonist/Painter/Lost Boy & creator of Head Injury Theater. More than a decade since, he's worked for Wizards of the Coast on Dungeons & Dragons as an Illustrator, Columnist (D&D Outsider) and brought cartoons back to Dragon Magazine after they vanished for over a decade. He's contributed to the CCG Dungeon Crawler, Prismatic Art Project, Ratten, Critical Hits, Sly Flourish, The Spoony Experiment as well as (outside the Geek scene) done numerous illustrations for oddball institutions ranging from The Bangkok Opera to Publix to The National Institute of Standards & Technology. He is also terrible at condensing what he does into a Bio, so I'll just end by pointing out that Cloud Dungeon is the first RPG he's contributed to since he slew Cancer and started painting again. He's happy to be healthy & happy to help. @JaredvonHindman
Timothy Miller Musician, "Red Blues". Timothy Miller is a professional generalist. A traveler, a Christ follower, a web developer, and a musician. http://timothymiller.guru
Aaron Kessler Filmmaker. Aaron Kessler is a filmmaker and visual branding specialist in Omaha, Nebraska. He is a solopreneur in film and video production at, Candlefire Films LLC. In addition to everything film, Aaron loves music, philosophy, psychology, sociology, and small businesses. And coffee.
Risks and challenges
I've published two books before, so I'm quite comfortable with the construction and publication of my own books.
I'll be using multi-channel fulfillment by Amazon to send out the books. I haven't used this system before, but I've thoroughly researched it, and confirmed with my printer.
- (29 days)