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An expanded compendium of 5th edition character backgrounds.
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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.

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Not all backgrounds are left behind, nor can they be. Sometimes your responsibilities and skills are relevant to your life as an adventurer, too.

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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.

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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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I have literally published hundreds of books. I don't foresee any challenges to getting this done on time and on budget.

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    Signed Hardcover and contributor credit

    With deepest thanks, I will inscribe one of the first hardcover books to you (By the way, I'm Jerry Joe Seltzer, the writer and illustrator of the book, just in case you were wondering who would be defacing your brand new book.) ALSO, I'll include a contributor page in the book where I will list you as one of the heroes of renown who helped this book achieve immortal glory!

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    Make the book longer! +Hardcover

    So many great backgrounds didn't make the cut. Choose the one you want to rescue from the cutting room floor and we'll put it into the book. You'll also be one of the first to get your hands on the printed hardcover book!
    Fletcher
    Homemaker
    Prostitute
    Moat Digger
    Cook
    Slave
    Stable Master
    Hunter
    Thug
    Fisherman
    Servant
    Tax Collector
    Teamster
    Eunuch
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    Your likeness as a character background!

    I will draw you into the book as one of the illustrations for a character background. I will give you credit on that page as well as on the contributor page where you will be hailed as one of the heroes who made this adventure possible. But wait, there's more! I'll also send you a signed hardcover copy of the book. (Jerry Joe Seltzer, writer and illustrator, FYI)

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