The classic Hero's Journey begins with humble beginnings. This meek and predictable life is what makes the next step, the call to adventure, so terrifying. The 13 backgrounds presented in D&D's Player's Handbook cover a lot of possible backstories, but I felt that the sense of humble beginnings was missing. What if there were another thirty or more backgrounds to choose from? What if each one had a uniqueness that added flavor and personality to your player character? What if your background wasn't the thing you chose at the end of your character design, but was the life you were Called To Adventure from?
When a life is left behind, it has been written in the past tense. It is who you were before you strapped that dagger to one side and that wineskin to the other.
Not all backgrounds are left behind, nor can they be. Sometimes your responsibilities and skills are relevant to your life as an adventurer, too.
These new backgrounds are balanced evenly against the existing ones. The features that each one benefits from are minor boons but useful in everyday game play. Proficiencies gained and equipment are likewise included in the balancing to prevent power-gaming. Rather than offer a choice of packs from the PHB, each background comes with it's own selected equipment. This further enhances the reality of the backstory.
I am publishing this book in hardcover and softcover formats. The monochrome interior ensures a retail price that any gamer can afford. Nobody is getting rich here. This is about making the world's greatest game even better.
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