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.
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.
* 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.
Risks and challenges
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.
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