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What would the second edition of AD&D have looked like if Gary Gygax had been allowed to keep developing the game?
What would the second edition of AD&D have looked like if Gary Gygax had been allowed to keep developing the game?
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Adventures Dark and Deep™ is an attempt to explore what the world's most popular role-playing game might have looked like if its creator had been allowed to continue developing it, rather than leaving TSR in 1985.

This work is based on extensive research into Gary Gygax's public statements about his vision for the next edition of the game*, using the game's 1st edition rules as a jumping off point. It's not a retro-clone, but an entirely new game with a very familiar feel.

Some of the changes and additions include new character classes such as the bard, jester, mystic, savant, and mountebank, plus scores of new spells for them. It has a new combat system that's smoother than the original and yet fully compatible with it, all at the same time. There are new monsters and rules for magic items, including a system to allow for any sort of magic weapon to have almost any weapon power; you can have a spear of venom or a sword of thunderbolts. Plus much more.

The Players Manual is the first of three rule books to be published under the Open Game License. It will be approximately 270 pages and will be lavishly adorned with interior b&w art and a full-color cover. The Players Manual will be followed by the Game Masters Toolkit and Bestiary. 

Adventures Dark and Deep™ is designed to be played as a stand-alone game, but can also be used as a source of inspiration and new ideas for your existing game. 

The rules for Adventures Dark and Deep™ are completely written and have undergone an extensive 18 month open playtest. Feedback from that platest has been incorporated into the rules, ensuring that they are complete, workable, and above all, fun. The proceeds from this Kickstarter campaign will be used to pay for the artwork and professional editing. 

The game is done. We just need to make it beautiful.

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* Note that everything relating to this game was done purely based on public statements and publicly available works; nothing comes from access to any of Gary Gygax's private notes or any other special access, and this project is not associated with either his estate nor any of his living relatives. We wish them all well in their endeavors.

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Fortunately, the rules of the game are already written. So, if the Kickstarter campaign doesn't reach its goal, the book will still be published, but without the benefit of new artwork or professional editing. So you'll have the basic information, but it won't be the work of art that this project really deserves.

And that would be a crying shame.

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    KOBOLD: Access to all of the supporter-only updates, and your name will be immortalized in the back of the rulebook as our way of saying thanks.

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    OGRE: One hardcover copy for the GM and one softcover copy for your players to use at the table, a pdf copy of the book, plus your name immortalized as a supporter in the back of the book.

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    OGRE MAGE: One hardcover and a pdf copy of the rulebook, plus your name in the back of the books as a supported.

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    TROLL: One hardcover copy for the GM and two softcover copies for your players to use at the table, a pdf copy of the book, plus your name immortalized as a supporter in the back of the book.

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    GIANT: You get a hardcover copy, two softcover copies for your players to use at the table, a pdf copy, plus the author will run you and up to four of your friends through a four-hour dungeon crawl using the Adventures Dark and Deep rules, either using Google Plus or face-to-face if you're local or at a convention he'll be attending. We'll work out the details.

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