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The Ebon Words
The Ebon Words

Ebonclad is a thieves' guild fantasy campaign setting designed for the 5th edition of the world's greatest roleplaying game! It's perfect if you're planning to start a new campaign, if you like stories about espionage and spycraft, or if you're simply looking for a change from the norm. 

Inside Ebonclad you'll find:

  • 170 pages of material accompanied by lavish illustrations and short stories to bring the setting to life.
  • 7 adventures for character levels 1 - 4 GMs can use to introduce new players to the setting, or customize for use in their own campaigns. 
  • Tons of character options including new backgrounds, subclasses, feats, equipment, poisons, and spells
  • Tools for GMs to generate random citizens, valuables they may possess, the contents of their pockets or purses, and ways of determining how connected they are and how they'd react to witnessing crimes.
  • Dozens of new NPCs, from generic stat blocks to specific characters living in the city.
  • Over 30 random street encounters with different customization options a GM can use.
  • New Urban Chase Complications specific to the setting.

Queen Alanna, Northon, and Swifthollow are just a few of the NPCs who bring the Ebonclad setting to life
Queen Alanna, Northon, and Swifthollow are just a few of the NPCs who bring the Ebonclad setting to life
 
The setting is easily customized, allowing you to pick and choose which elements you want to use. You can easily adapt it to your game world in progress or use it to begin a new campaign altogether!

With the funding goal met, many are asking for stretch goals. These goals are designed to engage the community while still bringing attention to the prohect. For a more detailed description of stretch goals please reference Update #2.

Progress of Gallery of Thieves
Progress of Gallery of Thieves

 

Progress of Sites of Kintalla
Progress of Sites of Kintalla

In this setting, characters take on roles as members rising within the ranks of Guild Ebonclad, proving their worth and gaining status as they complete missions for the guild. Ebonclad is a 170 page campaign setting available through this Kickstarter campaign in hardcover and digitally bookmarked PDF.

Kintalla, the Silver City. While the city sleeps, thieves are on the prowl...
Kintalla, the Silver City. While the city sleeps, thieves are on the prowl...

Themes in Ebonclad

This campaign setting is designed around the following themes of play:

  • Theft. Most of the guild’s income is derived from its lowest-ranking street thieves, burglars, and con artists who blend in with the citizens of Kintalla and prey upon them daily. Recruits won't gain full membership without proving they have the skill to a pick pocket or the mettle to pull off a heist. The guild keeps its eyes on big scores moving around Kintalla, sending its best agents after the most valuable prizes.
  • Subtlety. The world’s best thieves, spies, and assassins are the ones you’ve never heard of. Ebonclad asks its members to blend in, pick locks, cut purses, and operate from within the shadows. That's not to say there's no room for less discreet personnel among the Ebonclad ranks however, as guild enforcers and body guards are every bit as important to protect these spies and scoundrels.
  • Assassination. The guild’s major players are constantly at work, manipulating citizens of Kintalla like moving pawns on a chessboard. Sometimes, it's necessary to sacrifice a pawn. When such a time arises, the guild sends parties of enforcers and assassins to ensure these pawns never return to the board again.
  • Sabotage. Secrecy is paramount, but some things can’t help but be noticed. Ebonclad carefully plans acts of sabotage to ensure such deeds do not expose its members. Better still is when the dirty work can be pinned on the unwitting; many citizens of Kintalla are locked in the city’s dungeons, serving sentences for crimes they never committed.
  • Espionage. Knowledge is power, and no one understands this better than the brothers and sisters of the guild. The spies of Ebonclad routinely bring information of what's going on in the city, new scores to claim, new people to manipulate, and new places to explore.
  • The Great Wheel. Members of Ebonclad constantly refer to the turning the "Great Wheel," a metaphor for how the guild works to manufacture important events within Kintalla and across the world. When the Great Wheel spins, kings are crowned, armies go to war, and nations are forged.

   

You never know who (or what) lurks behind the corner...
You never know who (or what) lurks behind the corner...

 

Inside Ebonclad, you'll find...

 

Illustrations, short stories and read-aloud text to help the setting and adventures come to life
Illustrations, short stories and read-aloud text to help the setting and adventures come to life

 

Reese Kincaid is an important NPC in the Ebonclad adventures. Seven new adventures (or "missions") are included!
Reese Kincaid is an important NPC in the Ebonclad adventures. Seven new adventures (or "missions") are included!

 

 

Over thirty NPCs as new allies or antagonists
Over thirty NPCs as new allies or antagonists

 

Over one dozen high-resolution encounter maps you can print or use to play online!
Over one dozen high-resolution encounter maps you can print or use to play online!

 

Perks of the life of guild members, such as guild marks and Eboncant - a special form of thieves' cant
Perks of the life of guild members, such as guild marks and Eboncant - a special form of thieves' cant

 

Discover new poisons and equipment, character archetypes and backgrounds, spells and feats in Ebonclad!
Discover new poisons and equipment, character archetypes and backgrounds, spells and feats in Ebonclad!

 

Ways to quickly generate random citizens as targets - including their influence, affluence, loot, and how they react to crime!
Ways to quickly generate random citizens as targets - including their influence, affluence, loot, and how they react to crime!

 

Descriptions of each pledge reward level are listed below. The Ebonclad PDF will be digitally distributed via DriveThruRPG at the close of the campaign. You'll need a DriveThruRPG account, using the same email associated with your Kickstarter account, to receive the download link. 

In addition to the materials created for Ebonclad, you can also add Dungeons on Demand adventures to your pledge (see the Add Ons section below).

You'll receive the complete Ebonclad PDF via digital download. The PDF contains everything you need to play within the setting, including 7 adventures a GM can run for character levels 1 - 4. 

You'll receive the Ebonclad hardcover and PDF, giving you everything you need to play within the setting, including 7 adventures a GM can run for character levels 1 - 4. 

Shipping included to US addresses. See the Shipping section for more information. 

Looking for everything digital?

You'll receive the complete Ebonclad PDF via digital download. The PDF contains everything you need to play within the setting, including 7 adventures a GM can run for character levels 1 - 4.

You'll also receive the complete Dungeons on Demand series add-ons! Dungeons on Demand offers traditional site-based adventures you can run, an additional 20 adventures for character levels 1 - 20.

Do you want EVERYTHING?

You'll receive the Ebonclad hardcover, as well as the PDF, giving you everything you need to play within the setting, including 7 adventures a GM can run for character levels 1 - 4. 

You'll also receive the complete Dungeons on Demand series add-ons! Dungeons on Demand offers traditional site-based adventures you can run, an additional 20 adventures for character levels 1 - 20.

Shipping included to US addresses. See the Shipping section for more information.

 

I've chosen to ship Ebonclad with DriveThruRPG. This has several advantages:

  • It ensures you get your copies quickly, since they're shipping to you as soon as they're ready - not to me to then ship again to you.
  • It helps deliver physical copies to international backers at a reasonable cost, since the publisher can manufacture them in their locations overseas.
  • It keeps the cost of each backer tier as low as possible.

The cost of shipping physical rewards to US addresses is included in applicable backer tiers, but backers outside of the US will have need to cover additional shipping fees.The estimates to ship a single copy of Ebonclad are as follows: 

USA: No additional cost
AUSTRALIA: $11 USD
CANADA: $7 USD
FINLAND: $8 USD
FRANCE: $6 USD
GERMANY: $6 USD
GREECE: $6 USD
MEXICO: $7 USD
UK: $4 USD
OTHER: $19 USD*

*For backers shipping to another location, I'll send you a precise quote for shipping. You may be asked to increase your pledge to cover the shipping fees. If your actual shipping costs are less, I will refund you accordingly.

These additional costs cover the shipping expense only; you will still need to cover any applicable duties or taxes.

These quotes are directly from the manufacturer, so unfortunately there's not much I can do about the prices there. If you have a question regarding shipping, please feel free to send me a message or email.

You can add-on any previously published volume of the Dungeons on Demand adventure series by adding $10 per volume to your pledge. After you pledge, you'll receive a message from me asking which volume(s) you'd like to add. 

If you'd like to receive all of the Dungeons on Demand modules, simply select the VEIL or UNSEEN pledge level.

Please note, you can purchase any previously published product from DriveThruRPG right now, although you'll receive it at a better price when added on to your Kickstarter reward.

Try a sample Dungeons on Demand adventure right now, for free!

Click to get Cryptic Entry from DriveThruRPG for free (Enter "0.00" in the Support Publisher box)
Click to get Cryptic Entry from DriveThruRPG for free (Enter "0.00" in the Support Publisher box)

 

These adventures are specifically not written for Ebonclad (although you could certainly incorporate any and all into the setting for a more traditional, dungeon-delving experience). If you're curious, you can read reviews of Dungeons on Demand by clicking the GIF below:

Click the image above for a full list of reviews on DriveThruRPG
Click the image above for a full list of reviews on DriveThruRPG

 

Disclaimer: Dungeons On Demand products are published through the use of the Open Gaming License. Dungeons on Demand is intended to be used in tandem with products for the fifth edition of the world's best roleplaying game.

Dungeons On Demand is not associated with Wolpertinger Press or Dungeon-on-Demand - but you should definitely check them out!

Ebonclad is created by Dan Coleman, a life-long gamer and avid fan of fantasy roleplaying. Dan is a digital artist, graphic designer, and writer, all skills that have helped him produce content for gamers like you for the past two years.

Dan is the author of Dungeons on Demand, a series of 5E adventures that first debuted in early 2015, made possible by Kickstarters like this one and backers like you! He's also a co-founder and lead designer for Late Knight Games, LLC., the creators of MajiMonsters, the monster-catching RPG. 

Dan's favorite place to be - behind a Game Master's screen!
Dan's favorite place to be - behind a Game Master's screen!

Dan has been Game Mastering fantasy role-playing games for a long time - well over 20 years now. He can tell you what THAC0 stands for, a first level fighter's saving throw against rods, staves, and wands, and why players get excited to find Treasure Type H

You can follow Dan through his Dungeons on Demand Facebook page for updates regarding this campaign and all Ebonclad materials. You can also catch these updates by following him on Twitter (that is, of course, if you don't mind a healthy amount of tweets about football and Pokémon too).  

 

 

 

 

Richard “Rico” Gilbert is an official member of the Kintallan Grammar Police – badge no. 714 (we’re watching you).

Rico has written and edited articles for scholarly journals in the past, and has also done public speaking, lecturing and teaching. Though working as a mild mannered customer service representative and purchasing agent for a manufacturing firm, proofreading Dungeons on Demand adventures allows him to indulge his passion (some would say unhealthy obsession) for spelling, grammar and clarity.

Rico is an avid reader of history, alternative history, sci-fi, military fiction and fantasy. He has been playing, and sometimes Game Mastering, RPGs since 1990.

If you have writing projects you would like to have proofread, Dan can put you in touch with Rico.

Many talented artists have come together to bring the people and locations of Ebonclad to life. 

Alyne Leonel is an illustrator, concept artist, character designer, colorist and freelance artist. Her specialties are fantasy, anthros and animals. Born in Teresina, Brazil, she's been illustrating since 2006. Check out her Behance page or Instagram account.

Lukasz Liszko is a freelancer, digital artist, and photographer from Poland. He's a big fan of fantasy in any form – RPGs, PC games, books, etc. You can see his portfolio here.

Karen Martin is a self-taught artist from South Central Pennsylvania. She dabbles in traditional and digital media with a love for surrealism and realism, often working to combine aspects of both to create stylized portraits. Art has been a huge part of her life and she hopes to continue enhancing her art career with each piece she creates. Her works can be seen on Instagram and Facebook.  

Linn Kristine Pettersen is a passionate digital artist from Norway who focuses mainly on character design and illustration. She also has experience with making both 2D and 3D assets for games. She has recently started playing the world's greatest roleplaying game and has found it to be a huge inspiration for her art as well as being incredibly fun to partake in! Check out her ArtStation page. 

Resnark the half-orc, Dove Bluecourt, and Animal are all NPCs in Ebonclad
Resnark the half-orc, Dove Bluecourt, and Animal are all NPCs in Ebonclad

 

Risks and challenges

I've managed five successful Kickstarter campaigns leading up to this one, and during that time I've learned what setbacks are possible and what is the most efficient way to deliver rewards to backers. With each campaign, I've refined my process and have been able to fulfill core rewards as fast as possible after a campaign closes. You can click any of the campaigns in my profile for proof that I deliver quickly, and follow up on backer questions and comments as soon as possible.

While this is my first Kickstarter delivering physical products for Dungeons on Demand, it's not the first time I've worked with such rewards. I've worked with DriveThruRPG's printing services for MajiMonsters to publish and distribute rulebooks in the past. This has given me a very accurate idea of their turnaround time and costs, which are reflected in each backer tier accordingly.

This Kickstarter is to fund the last stage of production. Since Ebonclad is already developed, there's no risk that the product will remain unfinished. Funding, production, and distribution will be handled through Kickstarter and DriveThruRPG. If there's an error through either platform, I may be delayed in distributing rewards. Fortunately, this has never been the case in my experience managing these campaigns, and you should have utmost confidence in backing this project. Should something occur, I will be very forthcoming with any information you need to know!

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask! I try to reply to messages as quickly as possible.

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