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Bardic_DMBy Bardic_DM
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Bardic_DMBy Bardic_DM
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, June 9 2019 8:59 AM UTC +00:00.

About



Hello and welcome

To the Seekers of Legend Roleplaying game Kickstarter campaign. Seekers of Legend is my plan for a backward compatible successor to the third iteration of the world’s most popular fantasy RPG and its unofficial successor published by the purple golem.

Now as for why I’m trying to publish such a game? Simply put I’ve noticed over the last few years that many Roleplaying games have tried to downplay the fantastic elements of Fantasy games, whether that be by limiting how many magical items you can use, or tying the magic items to a single limited pool of points and I’m tired of that. As a near permanent Games Master, I’ve always wanted my players to enjoy themselves for them to feel like heroes. I think adventurers should be able to pull off amazing stunts reap the rewards for their adventures rather than having to resell almost everything because they’re out of slots or can’t risk the points.

However, don’t think just because I want you as players to have fun and feel like heroes that Seekers will be a cake walk. For every boost that I apply to the options available to Players, I’ll be applying two to the monsters. As an example we’ll take a look at Dragons, one of if not the most Iconic monsters of Fantasy yet in many tabletop games all they resist is non-magic weapons, for me you should need your own Black arrows to pierce the hide of a dragon, enchanted weapons forged of adamantine and before that you must muster your courage and overcome an ever-present aura of fear, rather than the activated version you’d find in other interpretations.

If you want to hear more about the game and the plans for it you can tune in on Twitch/BardicDM on Fridays from April 13th at 6 PM EST every week, but don’t worry if you miss the stream it will also be uploaded to the Seekers of Legend Youtube channel. If you want to support in a different way you can take a look at the official Seekers of Legend Merchandise.

Funding Plans: The current plan is to publish the PDFs and Print on demand copies through DrivethruRPG as a non-exclusive printing publishing account partnership. I would also Like to say that some of the oddities in the Stretch Goal thresholds are to account for the maximum percentage potentially owed to Kickstarter. I should also note the Beta-Test mentioned in my video and rewards will not be going live until the end of the Campaign so I know how many of the potential books I will be putting forward in the test.

Core Rulebook £4,500: The Core Rulebook will contain the rules for character creation, a list of spells and magic items along with revised rules for combat and other actions and an introductory chapter for Games Masters. Each of the included classes will also be accompanied by three alternate archetypes which can be used to alter core mechanics of the class enabling a different way to play.

Now as for what sort of changes you’ll see with the Seekers of Legend RPG that will in part be up to you as backers because as we develop the rules those of you who back the campaign at initiate tier or higher will be given weekly updates on how the rules are changing and can give feedback through email or the official Kickstarter Discord. Outside of the Player influenced changes the biggest standouts for me on the planned changes are:

  • A new Balance of classes: on top of the 11 classes which have become core to the fantasy RPG experience since the third iteration of the world’s most popular RPG and refined by its golem forged successor, Seekers of Legend will add in the Shaman a Spontaneous divine caster whose powers come from the spirits of the world rather than directly from the gods and the Alchemist, a master of arcane artifice who can focus on anything from brewing potions to crafting golems.
  • Innate item bonuses: that means when you find or enchant an item with something like keen or flaming it automatically also receives a bonus to its attack and damage rolls so when you’re looting a dragon’s lair it isn’t all just a stream of numerical bonuses, although you’ll still reap the benefits.
  • Monstrous materials: I’ve always found it odd that we can face all manner of monstrosities but can’t make use of them once they’ve been dealt with, instead we just get some random loot, why can’t we harvest the chitin or silk of giant spiders to craft armour or harvest their poison glands so that rogues can use or sell them.
  • Backgrounds and traits: when creating your characters you’ll have the option to select a background, which grants your character 2 additional skill points per level which you can allocate to a limited set of skills so that you aren’t penalized for having roleplay related skills. On top of backgrounds, you’ll also be able to choose traits which grant either bonuses to your character’s skills based on their experiences or give other benefits so long as you don’t mind a drawback to go with it.
  • A revised market: Now I know this might not sound too exciting for most of you but I know for me and other lore and logistics nerds it will be a relief. Never again will a chicken cost more than a pound of pepper in a pseudo-medieval society, because that and similar pricing errors have been driving me up the wall for years. 

Upgraded Core Rulebook and Publishing, £5,500: If we reach this threshold the Core rulebook will have full-colour interior art and I will be able to switch the physical publishing from DrivethruRPG to Xlibris publishing allowing easier global distribution.

Bestiary, £11,000: The Bestiary will have 250 monsters which combine classics or staples of the Fantasy RPG genre rebalanced for the new power scale of Seekers of Legend and a few new monsters along with revised rules for Monster modification or creating your own creatures. This version will have a colour cover piece and limited art for some of the most iconic monsters of Fantasy.

Expanded Bestiary Art, £13,300: This is what it says on the tin, if we reach this threshold I will commission additional art for the bestiary to have full-colour art for as many of the monsters as possible, this threshold will also allow for the improved publishing options.

Campaign Setting Guide, £18,800: This will be an original campaign setting containing new races, new options for class and character customization, Spells, Prestige classes and monsters. Beyond these mechanical options, there will be information on the nations and ethnic cultures of the world along with the major organizations of the world.

Expanded setting art and resources £20,000: this threshold allows for greater coverage of interior art for the campaign setting including more complex maps of the various national capitals and a series of additional PDFs which will give greater detail to the Local Flora, Fauna and cuisines and to upgrade to Xlibris publishing.

Game Master's Guide £ 27,700: The Games Master guide will include a comprehensive guide to running Seekers of Legend. This will include rules for creating custom traps and designing dungeons along with advice on world building. Beyond these rules, there will also be a system for creating your own races, classes and Archetypes and a set of optional or alternate rules for subjects such as spellcasting and character renown.

Beginner's Module £33,000: This is an introductory module designed to initiate those completely new to the world of RPG's to Seekers of Legend and take their characters from level 1-4 with seeds to expand it into a full campaign. The Module will also include a summarised version of the character creation rules, Illustrated characters sheets of pre-generated characters and an additional PDF of all the maps in the module with and without a grid.

Complete Publishing £38,800: This will allow both the Game Master's Guide and Beginner module to be published through Xlibris.

So what say you fellow adventurers will you join me on  the Quest to seek our own Legends?

Risks and challenges

In Regards, to risks and challenges, the most obvious is that I am the main writer for the Seekers of Legend RPG rules and mechanics with the other writers and proofreaders either being volunteers or those of you choose to participate in the Beta-Test so responses to feedback might not be as swift as you would like. I will, however, be seeking professional editing if finances allow. Beyond that, the other risk is that all of my art assets will be commissioned once the Kickstarter is completed from independent artists so I will have minimal control over the progress of the games art assets.

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