Introducing Domestic Magic
Last year, we (your friends at Astrolago Press) brought you a sensational retro-glam look at the Faerie Wilds with Faerie Fire. This year, we’re back with a new take on crafting: WITCH+CRAFT, a book of domestic magic.
Witch+Craft, a beautifully-illustrated supplemental for 5e games, brings a new crafting system to your table. Designed to be fun to use and simple to implement, the domestic magic crafting system can be easily inserted into ongoing games without the need for rerolling characters or reinventing entire campaigns—perfect for the ragtag crew who want to repair an enemy’s shipwrecked boat, the cunning ensemble looking to build themselves an impromptu grappling hook, or the friendly bard wanting to spend their downtime baking a pie for their party. Whether you’re a butcher, a baker, or a candlestick maker, Witch+Craft has you covered.
But that’s not all: this new system also includes trade classes, a new character customization option that goes hand-in-hand with your characters’ pre-existing combat class and background. Trade classes allow you to define what makes your skills unique as you level up and make your mark in the world.
We call this system domestic magic because it emphasizes the miracle of making. Even non-spellcasters can tap into the power of creation, forging beautiful and useful items with their hands and their heart.
This content, and the crafting system we’ve designed, took inspiration from Studio Ghibli films like Kiki’s Delivery Service, where the acts of painting, baking, and inventing have a power as beautiful and unique as Kiki’s witchcraft. While many crafting systems are based around concepts like “stress” or “endurance”, we wanted a crafting system that encouraged rest, self care, inspiration, motivation, and collaboration.
Make something, because the act of making brings you joy.
Interested in taking it for a spin? Head over to gumroad to download our free playtest document and try it out for yourself!
Witch+Craft, at its base funding goal, will feature over 80 pages of new content, including the domestic magic crafting system; trade class progression and customization options; and appendices for rolling flaws & boons, crafting challenges, and obstacles. In addition, the book will also include a brand new setting resplendent with rich crafting challenges and a full adventure for characters with trade classes, spanning levels 5 to 9 and an entire year’s worth of crafting (mis)adventures.
The physical book will be printed in full colour 8.25"x11” hardcover (guaranteed to look cozy alongside your other 5e books), beautifully illustrated by 25 participating artists, while the digital edition will include DRM-free PDFs in multiple resolutions and mobile and desktop backgrounds featuring art from the book.
But we’ve got big plans: with stretch goals, we’ll be unlocking even more magical additions to the book: new familiars for spellcasters and craftspeople, new magic items, new spells, and over 40 additional artists and illustrations.
Witch+Craft is a production by Astrolago Press, the publisher that debuted with last year’s Faerie Fire; it is designed by Shannon Campbell (Editor-in-Chief), Damon Hines (game design), Dillon MacPherson (game design), and Conley Presler (graphic design).
We’re all passionate and experienced tabletop players and GMs with over two decades of gaming experience; Shannon, Damon, and Dillon are all video game developers by day, while Conley is a professional graphic designer and artist.
As our last book, Faerie Fire, can attest: we don’t want to make a book unless it’s lovingly illustrated by incredible artists. Witch+Craft will feature 25 artists to start, unlocking even more talent with subsequent stretch goals.
Julie Benbassat (JBASS)
AT THE “FANCY EDITION” STRETCH GOAL --- UNLOCKED!!
Isadora Zeferino (Endpapers)
AT THE “FAMILIAR EDITION” STRETCH GOAL --- UNLOCKED!!
AT THE “USEFUL EDITION” STRETCH GOAL -- UNLOCKED!!
Isadora Zeferino (Items)
AT THE “ENCHANTED EDITION” STRETCH GOAL -- UNLOCKED!
In addition to adding new artists, each stretch goal also unlocks pay raises for our hardworking team of illustrators, ensuring everyone shares in the book’s success and your patronage. And speaking of stretch goals...
At base funding ($31,000), Witch+Craft features -- FUNDED!
- Over 80 pages of content;
- A new setting (Cape Verdigris) and cast of characters;
- A full 10+ session adventure for levels 5-9;
- The full domestic magic crafting system;
- Trade class progression, customization, and quick builds;
- Appendices for rolling boons and flaws, crafting challenges, and troublesome obstacles;
- 25 participating artists.
Unlocked with the “Fancy Edition” ($37,000) -- FUNDED!
- Four additional artists & illustrations;
- Spot foil & spot gloss embellishments to the book’s cover;
- A satin ribbon bookmark;
- Beautiful custom endpapers designed by Isadora Zeferino.
Unlocked with the “Familiar Edition” ($43,000) -- FUNDED!
- Ten new creature statblocks for spellcasting and crafting familiars;
- Ten additional artists and illustrations.
Unlocked with the “Useful Edition” ($49,000) -- FUNDED!
- 20 new magic items, ranging from common to legendary;
- All items beautifully illustrated by four new artists;
- A newly-designed character sheet incorporating trade class features;
- A form-fillable PDF of the character sheet will be included in the digital download.
Unlocked with the “Enchanted Edition” ($60,000) -- FUNDED!
- 10 new powerful spells, weaving spellcraft with tradecraft;
- Printable spellcards;
- 12 new artists and illustrations.
Thanks to you, we've reached all our stretch goals! That means we've made Witch+Craft as great as we can possibly make it, and it's all thanks to your help. The final book will clock in at over 130 pages of great, crafty content. You're the best!
FROM THE AETHER: Digital Editions ($15 or $25)
You can acquire a digital download of Witch+Craft or a special Kickstarter-only bundle price of both Witch+Craft and Faerie Fire, our fey glam bestiary for 5e!
Unlocked at the “Useful Edition” stretch goal: Digital editions will also come complete with form-fillable PDFs of our new custom character sheets, designed by Conley Presler.
Unlocked at the “Enchanted Edition” stretch goal: Digital editions will also include printable spellcards of our new spells.
WITCH+CRAFT: Hardcover Edition ($35)
Made with love! This reward includes both the digital edition (above) of Witch+Craft and the physical 8.25'x11” full-colour hardcover of the book.
Unlocked at the “Fancy Edition” stretch goal: The book will be given gorgeous embellishments on the cover and spine, a ribbon bookmark, and custom endpapers designed by Isadora Zeferino.
CRAFTMASTER: Hardcover Deluxe ($60)
This reward includes both the digital and physical editions of Witch+Craft, but also guarantees your place in the annals of history with your name included in the book, and a beautiful trio of mini prints featuring gorgeous Witch+Craft illustrations.
CRAFTMASTER PLUS: +Faerie Fire ($70)
This reward includes everything in the Craftmaster reward tier, but you also get a digital download of Faerie Fire, our 5e fey glam bestiary.
Toil & Trouble ($70) and Toil & Trouble Craftmasters ($95)
Save on shipping! Get two copies of the book with Toil & Trouble, or two copies plus Craftmaster bonuses (including two entries in the patrons section of the book! Note that with this reward, both copies must be shipped to the same location.
RETAILER BUNDLE ($120)
Own a hobby or comic shop? Select this tier for six copies of Witch+Craft at wholesale prices. Note that this bundle doesn't include digital rewards.
CRAFTMASTER PORTRAIT: Custom Avatar ($150)
This reward includes both the digital and physical editions of Witch+Craft, a trio of mini prints, your name printed in the patron credits in the book, and an original avatar drawn by one of our Witch+Craft artists (artists assigned at random). Quantities limited!
Below are some samples of the quality of avatar on offer.
HANDCRAFTED: Custom Commissions
We offer numerous commission tiers from a few of the artists participating in Witch+Craft. Details on limitations (such as subjects, backgrounds, and colours) are in the individual commission tiers. Each of these reward tiers also comes with the CRAFTMASTER Edition of Witch+Craft, giving you a hardcover copy of the book, digital rewards, and prints, and your name in the back of the book.
CELI (Tier 1: Flat Colour)
CELI (Tier 2: Full Colour)
LEAFY (Tier 1: Chibis)
LEAFY (Tier 2: Couples)
CRAFTMASTER ENSHRINED: Your PC Canonized ($1000)
This reward includes everything from the Craftmaster PLUS reward tier, and a bit more. Your tabletop character will be included in the setting and adventurer module as one of the craftspeople in Cape Verdigris, and will be illustrated by one of our talented artists. In order to make sure this fits the tone we're going for, however, the character must have a crafting trade (of your choosing!), and be willing to offer advice or assistance to other craftsmen (even if it comes at a cost). Because we're on a production schedule, you'll be allowed to request one round of revisions from the artist before the art is due for the final printed edition. If this tier is right for you, then we thank you for your incredible passion and generosity in turning Witch+Craft into a reality!
Risks and challenges
This is our second book, so we're aware of hiccoughs and delays that can arise when working with a large team of collaborators. Things happen, and in the spirit of the book we don't want our artists to overwork themselves just to meet a deadline. However, we're confident that just like Faerie Fire, Witch+Craft will be a truly beautiful, lovingly-made book--with your help. Fulfillment services are being provided by White Squirrel out of Seattle, WA, ensuring fast and efficient shipping around the world.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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