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Based on the RPG Castles & Crusades, this fantasy TV pilot focuses on a retired knight who solves crimes for kings and noblemen.
Based on the RPG Castles & Crusades, this fantasy TV pilot focuses on a retired knight who solves crimes for kings and noblemen.
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The Castles & Crusades Beyond the River Kickstarter is over but this is just the beginning of our adventurer together. Please stop by the d20E website ay www.d20entertainment.com  or Troll Lord Games for news on the Castles & Crusades  RPG at http://www.trolllord.com

"Beyond the River" is a tale of Juergan of Astode, a knight of some renown. Weary and spent, seeking only the solace of quiet, he's retired to the Barren Wood, upon the banks of the Hruesen River, in the shadow of the Blacktooth Ridge. There he's built his home. and there he lives out his days in meagre comforts.

But now, he stands before the Baron Botkin . . . .

"My niece, Clarrisa, fell into the cold waters of the Hruesen River. The current was swift there, in the river's bend, and it pulled her down stream. It was so fast. Areth went after her, but he never came up. But she did. Clarrisa did. She crawled out of the water on the far side of the river, upon the feet of the Blacktooth Ridge. She called to me, but I could not hear her. I could not hear what she was saying. The water was too loud and my blood was rushing. That's my sister's daughter. She's only nine.


"We went to get boats, but it took us too long. By the time the fisherman had uncovered their craft and brought them down to the river bank, she was gone.

"As the light failed we found her trail. She crawled up the bank. This we know. But it was snowing already. Not much. Just enough to cover her trail. We lost her. But there's been no murder of crows, no circle of death, no wolf calling its mates to the feast. She's alive. I know she's alive. 

"Juergan. You know the ridge. You know what dwells there. I charge you, as a knight of New Aenoch and servant of the Empress, to cross the Hruesen River and find my niece. Alive. Failing that. I want vengeance. But alive or dead, whatever took her, dies."

"Beyond the River" is the title for episode one of d20 Entertainment's live action drama, the first of what we hope are many tales of Juergan of Astode. 

Written by Stephen Chenault, the Troll Lord of Troll Lord Games, author of over 20 RPG supplements and the Codex of Aihrde, and Produced by d20 Entertainment. This is an epic moment in the history of Castles & Crusades and the World of Aihrde. Don't miss out!!! Only two days left!


Sir Juergan of Blacktooth Ridge was born the fifth son of a knight in the service of the King of Kayomar. As a young man he was farmed out by his father to the Knights of Haven who served many lords. Juergan quickly earned a reputation for his bravery on the battlefield, but more, for his skills with both lance and sword. He proved himself on many occasions and soon other knights wished to serve with him and he rose in the ranks, where he proved an even greater skill through calm deliberation and an iron determination both on the field of battle and off it. 

In his prime he joined the Crusade called by the young Empress of New Aenoch. She called for all men of worth and courage to come to her land and drive back the vestiges of evil that ever lurked upon her borders. For two and twenty years Juergan served the Empress, as well as the many Dukes and Prelates who ruled under her. It was during one such foray for the Empress, upon the heights of the Blacktooth Ridge that Juergan unearthed a coven of witches. They served the black-hearted Unklar, the Horned God, bound to him by covenants both ancient and new. For many years he struggled with them. Some were slain, others fled, but not until he convinced one of their number, Ingrid, to cast off he Horned God, was he able to destroy the coven. It was perhaps his greatest deed. But it soured him, and he left the Knights of Haven. 

He retired, with great renown, if little wealth, to a small plot of land near to Ludensheim beneath the shadow of the Blacktooth Ridge. There for years he has enjoyed the comfort of a simple life, but Juergan’s fame carried to the many storied halls of lords and ladies and the powers of one such as he are not easily forgotten. They come to him, more often than not . . . .

Starring: Rene LaVertu.
Producer: Ken Whitman 
Executive Producer: Stephen Chenault
Studio: d20 Entertainment


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  • Leather-Bound Limited Edition C&C Book: $100 
  • KODT: 20 Years of Covers (HARDCOVER): $100
  • GEN CON PREMIERE GOLD: $50 Now you can set in the from row seats at the Premiere of the show at GEN CON 2015. And go out for drinks and fun with the star of the show Renee Lavertue & Director Ken Whitman after the show. Add an additional $50 per friend. 
  • GEN CON PREMIERE SILVER: $30 Now you can set in the from row seats at the Premiere of the show at GEN CON 2015. Add an additional $30 per friend. 
  • GEN CON PREMIERE BRONZE: $20 Now you can set in row 2 and 3 at the Premiere of the show at GEN CON 2015. Add an additional $20 per friend.

Castles & Crusades is a fantasy role playing game with countless possibilities. Designed for use with multiple players, Castles & Crusades puts you in charge of the adventure path. Included within are all the rules of play, how to get started in your very own role playing game, how to run the game and play in it. It’s an easy to learn attribute-based rules system that allows players to choose among 13 archetypal character classes and 7 races to with which create their characters. Spells, equipment, fast-paced combat rules, and all essential information needed to play a game of Castles & Crusades are in this book. Want to know more about the game?  Check out this page on our website.

We are d20 Entertainment (d20E), creators of the Brothers Barbarian Web Series (in its second season.) Our production company, located in Brandenburg Kentucky, is currently crafting a variety of entertainments specializing in niche markets. The KODT Live Action Series (our previous Kickstarter) is the first of several we are generating for the geek culture.

Castles & Crusades is fantasy; a compelling story of a heroes struggling to survive in the chaotic world of Aihrdin Castles and Crusades role-playing game universe. We wanted to stay true to the Castles & Crusades world vision, and are working hand-in-hand with the game designers at Troll Lord games. We’ll have hundreds of people and thousands of person-hours involved just for the 11 minute version.

Funding this project is a monumental undertaking, and this is where you come in. Your support through the Kickstarter process is what allows us to make this happen.

  • At our base goal of $5k, we can produce a short Sizzle Real: around 11 minutes long. 
  • At our base goal of $10k, we can produce a short theatrical format movie: around 22 minutes long. 
  • At $20k, we can double the show length to around 44 minutes (which counts, under the various motion picture definitions, as feature-length).
  • At $30k, we can make this an extended story at around 66 minutes.
  • At $40k, we can make this a truly memorable experience at 88 minutes.

There’s more: We have a few stretch goals in mind after we break $40k, but we’re keeping that information under wraps until we get closer to hitting our goals.

You can get this the C&C players handbook, full color, covered in black leather with a silver foil logo on the front.  There will only be 50 of these made.  It is signed and numbered by the creative team!

Renee has been acting in the Indy film circuit, and has stared in several short films and a few features.  He says  he is looking forward to finally play a "good guy" role in the upcoming C&C: Blacktooth Ridge T.V. Pilot.  

Risks and challenges

•For those of you visiting our set, we anticipate shooting in February 2015 in Brandenburg KY 2014. However, this has the potential to change. We will keep you updated so you can plan ahead to visit us.

• SAG/AFTRA members are not eligible to become cast members or extras.

•You must be over 18 or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian (who will count as your plus one) to be an extra in the film.

•Some rewards may require additional paperwork. If you are appearing in the film or are on set during shooting, you will have to sign a release.

•The final cut of the film may have to be further edited in certain cases to adhere to the laws in the country which it is being viewed, or for different types of media.

•All shooting locations, are subject to change for a variety of reasons, including the amount of money we are able to raise and the particular locations giving us the right to shoot.

•This fundraising campaign is subject to applicable Kickstarter rules/regulations, movie guild rules and applicable law. if any of this conflicts, we will work with you in good faith to give you a substitute reward.

Movie making is a crazy business, with a lot of unknown factors. We start with a script, assemble the best team possible, get insurance, get everything approved by Troll Lord Games, and make contingency plans. It's impossible to guarantee everything will come together exactly as planned, but in the end, we will have created a movie that hopefully all of us can be proud of.

Credits:

All Rights Reserved. 2014. Castles and Crusades and the Castles & Crusades logos are registered Trademarks of Chenault & Gray, LLC. The Castles and Crusades Blacktooth Ridge Chronicles Series is licensed to d20 Entertainment, LLC.

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