Odyssey of the Dragonlords is an epic adventure book for the 5th Edition of the world's greatest roleplaying game.
In a land where even the gods are bound by oaths and prophecies...
At the dawn of time, a war between the gods and Titans left the world of Thylea forever changed. Thousands of years later, the first mortals arrived, carried by ship and dragon.
The Dragonlords were the champions who overthrew the Titans 500 years ago and forged the Oath of Peace. But the power of the Oath has waned, and now the Titans seek vengeance.
You are one of the heroes called by prophecy to end the conflict once and for all. Poets will sing of your deeds for centuries to come... if you survive.
From the lead designer of Baldur's Gate, Dragon Age: Origins, and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic...
Odyssey of the Dragonlords is a ~280-page adventure book, packed with full-color maps and illustrations. Our goal is to create a hardcover book that you can be proud to place alongside the official 5th Edition adventure books on your bookshelf.
An Epic Campaign. Join with other prophesied heroes to under take an epic quest to save the world of Thylea, sail the islands of the Forgotten Sea, and battle the Titans! The adventure will take a party of heroes from 1st to 10th level. (Now to level ~15 with stretch goal content.)
Choose your Epic Path. Includes six epic paths for players to choose from. Epic paths provide powerful motivations for your hero, making you a central part of the story. Change Thylea’s history forever, and go down in history as one of the new Dragonlords!
The World of Thylea. Includes an overview of the history, factions, kingdoms, and laws of the forgotten continent. Learn about the gods, the titans, and the legendary Dragonlords.
New Monsters. Includes a bestiary of over 15 new monsters inspired by Greek mythology, with lore, statistics, and full page illustrations.
New Magic Items. Includes over 20 new magic items inspired by Greek mythology. Find them scattered throughout the adventure or craft them using the legendary Mithral Forge!
New Races and Class Archetypes. Includes a variety of new playable races and class archetypes inspired by Greek mythology: satyrs, centaurs, medusae, as well as hoplites, amazons, and philosopher wizards!
Colorful Characters. In the tradition of our favorite RPG video games, we've got a colorful cast of villains and companion characters that players will encounter on their adventure.
In developing Odyssey of the Dragonlords, we took inspiration from the ancient Greek epics, including The Odyssey, The Iliad, and The Argonautica. We were also influenced by classic films such as Jason and the Argonauts and Clash of the Titans. The world of Thylea is designed to capture the magic of Greek mythology: being called by prophecy, sailing into the unknown, and battling against the gods themselves.
For a taste of what the world is like, check out our short story, Dragonlord's Wager, from Drew Karpyshyn. This story takes place 500 years prior to the adventure, during the events of the First War between the mortals and the Titans.
We aren't just throwing around the word "epic" because we think it sounds cool. When we say that this adventure is epic, we're referring to three specific qualities.
Epic Scope. This adventure sees your players growing from a band of untested warriors into famous heroes embarking on a sweeping journey across the oceans, inspired by the Odyssey and Jason and the Argonauts.
Epic Storytelling. This adventure combines strong narrative design with an open world. The adventure features a handful of critical story moments where players will meet important characters, confront villains, and make big choices. But for most of the adventure, they will be free to explore, with clear objectives.
Epic Heroes. Players in this adventure will grow into something more than just a party of intrepid adventurers. They will be heroes in the same vein as Odysseus and Achilles, called by Fate because they are destined for greatness.
If you've been following this project already, then you know that we've released the Player's Guide to Odyssey of the Dragonlords for FREE on DriveThruRPG.com. This 32-page booklet provides players with a starting point for their journey into the lands of Thylea. It contains all the information you need to create your character.
Our rewards are divided into three pledge tiers: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. We have a limited number of discounted HEROIC versions of each tier for our early backers.
Bronze Medalist is our digital reward tier. Choose this if you want all of the digital rewards and nothing physical. PDFs will be delivered as soon as they become available.
Silver Medalist is our standard physical reward tier. Choose this if you want the hardcover adventure book, the softcover player's guide, and all of the digital rewards. PDFs will be delivered as soon as they become available.
Gold Medalist is our deluxe physical reward tier. Choose this if you want the hardcover adventure book, the softcover player's guide, the custom GM screen, the deluxe poster map pack, and all of the digital rewards. PDFs will be delivered as soon as they become available.
Only reward tiers with physical goods require shipping. Shipping costs will be calculated automatically for you and charged in the pledge manager. You do not pay shipping during the Kickstarter. Below is a rough estimate of the costs.
- United States. ~$9
- United Kingdom. ~$11
- Germany. ~$14
- France. ~$18
- Europe. ~$26
- Canada. ~$26
- Australia/New Zealand. ~$39
- Rest of the world. ~$39
Arcanum Worlds was founded by James Ohlen and Jesse Sky. We're a team of ex-BioWare creative directors, working with talented writers and artists from around the world. We recruited our friend, NYT best selling author Drew Karpyshyn, to help craft Thylea's lore. Our collective portfolio includes some of the highest-rated roleplaying video games of all time:
- Baldur's Gate 1 & 2
- Neverwinter Nights
- Dragon Age: Origins
- Mass Effect 1 & 2
- Star Wars: The Old Republic
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Our layouts and graphic design are the work of Michal Cross, lead graphic designer at Modiphius Entertainment. Check out the Player's Guide for a preview of his fantastic work.
- John "Sirinkman" Stevenson created over a dozen beautiful full-color maps, including the world map for Thylea, two cities, and a dozen islands.
- Marc Simonetti created our awesome cover artwork, which depicts two heroes preparing to go to battle with a dragon as it attacks the city of Mytros.
- Lius Lasahido created some stunning hero and monster artwork, including the Amazon warrior on the cover of our Player's Guide.
- Sebastian Kowoll created most of our monster illustrations, including the hundred-handed Titan, Kentimane, and many awesome renderings of creatures from Greek myth.
- Chris Anderson created nearly two dozen character illustrations, including the gods and the Titans, Sydon and Lutheria.
- Wadim Kashin created mythical landscapes and cityscapes, including the Great Falls of Arkelon, the Colosseum of Mytros, and scenes from the Forgotten Sea.
- Erikas Perl created some beautiful landscape artwork depicting the greater steppes.
- Nicholas Spinelli created our dungeon maps, including some very cool cross-sections of landmarks such as the Colossus of Pythor and the Tower of Sydon.
This is our first time publishing a roleplaying book, so we thought that Kickstarter would be the best way to generate interest. We need to get a sense of the demand for the book, so we can determine how many copies to print during our first production run.
If you are a retailer and would like us to contact you after the Kickstarter to place an order at retail discount please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject DRAGONLORDS RETAIL PLEDGE. You will pay a small deposit and then the balance once your order is ready to ship.
Partnership with Modiphius Entertainment
We've partnered with Modiphius Entertainment to ensure that we can produce the highest quality book, with a smooth delivery process for our backers. Modiphius has extensive experience printing and shipping roleplaying books for Kickstarter campaigns. Modiphius will also be handling distribution to retailers and we expect to be in retail before Christmas this year.
ABOUT MODIPHIUS ENTERTAINMENT is a UK-based publisher of roleplaying games, boardgames and miniatures games from classic titles like Achtung! Cthulhu, Matt Leacock's Thunderbirds and Mutant Chronicles, to releases like Conan: Adventures in an Age Undreamed Of, Star Trek Adventure and Fallout: Wasteland Warfare. For more information please visit www.Modiphius.com and you can catch the very latest news on Modiphius' Facebook page and Twitter feed.
Risks and challenges
This is the first Kickstarter that Arcanum Worlds has run, and it's our first time publishing a roleplaying book. That means that there is a degree of uncertainty for us when it comes to the printing and fulfillment process. We've partnered with Modiphius to eliminate as much of the uncertainty as possible. We'll be relying upon their expertise for the printing and fulfillment process.
We've been careful to keep this Kickstarter campaign as simple as possible to ensure that we can deliver all the rewards at a level of quality that we can be proud of. All of the artwork and writing for the adventure book has been completed, and the book is currently being playtested while it goes through the editing and layout process. Our stretch goals were designed so that we can produce and deliver them as quickly as possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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