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A non-linear adventure in the classic Sandbox style where the party (Level 11-12) fights to escape the lair of an Old One--Hastur
A non-linear adventure in the classic Sandbox style where the party (Level 11-12) fights to escape the lair of an Old One--Hastur
174 backers pledged $5,650 to help bring this project to life.

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Carcosa is an adventure for three to seven characters about level twelve. It is designed for use with the Fifth Edition version of Gary and Dave’s RPG. It can be adapted to any fantasy RPG.  

Special Note

I have removed the $5000 stretch goal, OSR conversion and replaced it with more dice. I will do that conversion without it needing to be a stretch goal. 

The Physical Catchup Naga reward description at the right is missing some critical text. The description below is accurate; however, the one at the right reads "DNH4-Carcosa" when it should read DNH4-Confronting Hastur, and DNH5-Carcosa" The "Includes" list is correct. I apologize for any confusion this typographical error might have caused. Thx to a backer for catching it early in the campaign. Sadly, I cannot edit that section for KS integrity reasons.

The Premise  

Immediately following the events of Confronting Hastur, the characters wake up in Carcosa and are greeted by a broken man who tells them they only have a day to escape the plane before becoming permanent residents. The way home appears to require them to confront a demon lady and the three demon brothers who constantly vie for her attention and their domains within Carcosa. A land teeming with minor demons, humans, and three powerful Abrar, dreadful demon lords. Pressed for time, the party members find themselves pawns in the petty games of the brothers as they claw their way to worship before the lovely Grushka, the Abrar who runs Carcosa while Hastur slumbers. Their search for a way home reveals rumors of a way to trap Hastur in a longer, deeper slumber, giving their world peace from his attempts to invade for hundreds of millennia to come. Will they work to go home, or will they chance eternal damnation to save their world?

Who We Are
Who We Are
Revised Cover.
Revised Cover.
Cover for DNH5 - Carcosa (with thanks to Randy Price's keen eye for typos)
Cover for DNH5 - Carcosa (with thanks to Randy Price's keen eye for typos)

Who is Dark Naga Adventures? Why should you trust me?   

I am Kevin Watson, and Dark Naga Adventures is my company. It exists to create and publish adventures that are a combination of the classic sandbox adventures of the early days of the hobby combined with modern features. I have probably written 30 adventures and designed about a dozen fantasy worlds in my life as a Game Master.  

This project is the fifth adventure for commercial release and my fifth Kickstarter Project. This concludes the Haunting of Hastur series. As a young company, I am motivated to produce quality products and intend to leverage the experience gained from several Kickstarter campaigns to mitigate potential complications in production.  

Previous Kickstarter Projects from Dark Naga:  

The Lost Temple of Forgotten Evil  

The Buried Zikurat  

The City of Talos  

Confronting Hastur  

As a one-person shop, the buck stops with me. Art, cartography, and editing are all being done by top-notch freelancers. Expect regular updates and as much transparency as we all can handle.  

Freelance Artists  

Catia Fantini, Cover Art  

Justin Andrew Mason, Cartography  

Brian McCranie, Interior Art

Front Cover - Full Image
Front Cover - Full Image
Back Cover - Full Image
Back Cover - Full Image
  • Saddle-Stitched 24+ page adventure  
  • Detached Color cover with color maps on the interior. These maps are far too elaborate and gorgeous to produce in monochrome.    
  • 5 full-color maps  
  • 3+ pages of black and white art, more when we unlock stretch goals. 
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Reward Tiers
Reward Tiers
$1 Support Naga - You want to keep an eye on things, and you want to be in the loop. Maybe you want to consider supporting a higher reward level as things progress. Well, for $1 you get that along with sincere gratitude from the Dark Naga.

$10 Digital Naga - You will receive a PDF copy of the adventure, Carcosa, suitable for printing and viewing on digital devices. This level includes all PDF stretch goals.  

INCLUDES:  

  • PDF Version of Carcosa  
  • All Digital Stretch Goals  

Physical stretch goals can be added as they are unlocked during the campaign or added via Backerkit afterward.  

$20 Print Naga - You will receive both a physical and a PDF copy of the adventure, Carcosa. This level includes all digital stretch goals.

INCLUDES:  

  • Print Copy of Carcosa  
  • PDF Version of Carcosa  
  • All Stretch Goals    

$40 Artistic Naga - You will receive both a physical and a PDF copy of the adventure, Carcosa, and an archival 8 1/2" x 11" print of the cover or any other piece of art from this project you select. Additional art prints can be added as an add-on. This level includes all stretch goals.  

INCLUDES:  

  • Print Copy of Carcosa  
  • Archival Quality Print of any one piece of Carcosa art  
  • PDF Version of Carcosa  
  • All Stretch Goals  

$40 Collector Naga - You will receive two physical and one PDF copy of the adventure, Carcosa. One physical copy for your archive and one for the table. This level includes all stretch goals. 

 INCLUDES: 

  • Print Copy of Carcosa (x2) 
  • PDF Version of Carcosa 
  • All Stretch Goals    

$55 Digital Catch Up Naga - You just discovered Dark Naga Adventures, and want the whole Haunting of Hastur series in PDF. You will receive PDF copies of all five adventures, DNH1–The Lost Temple of Forgotten Evil, DNH2–The Buried Zikurat, DNH3–The City of Talos, DNH4–Confronting Hastur, and DNH5–Carcosa, suitable for printing and viewing on digital devices.  

Additionally, this level includes all digital stretch goals. Physical stretch goals can be added as they are unlocked during the campaign or added via Backerkit afterward.  

INCLUDES:  

  • PDF Version of Carcosa  
  • PDF Version of Confronting Hastur
  • PDF Version of The City of Talos  
  • PDF Version of The Buried Zikurat  
  • PDF Version of The Lost Temple of Forgotten Evil

$60 Collector Naga plus Art - You will receive two physical and one PDF copy of the adventure, Carcosa, one physical copy for your archive and one for the table, and one 8 1/2" x 11" archival print of the cover art or another piece of art desired as a print. One copy of the adventure will be autographed by the author if requested. Additional art prints can be added as an add-on. This level includes all stretch goals.  

INCLUDES:  

  • Print Copy of Carcosa (x2)  
  • Archival Quality Print of any one piece of Carcosa art  
  • PDF Version of Carcosa  
  • All Stretch Goals  

$100 Involved Naga (Limited) - You will receive two physical and one PDF copy of the adventure, Carcosa, one physical copy for your archive and one for the table, and one 8 1/2" x 11" archival print of the cover art or another piece of art desired as a print. One copy of the adventure will be autographed by the author if requested. Additionally, you will enjoy limited participation by naming and describing an NPC, subject to Head Naga final approval. This level includes all stretch goals.  

INCLUDES:  

  • Print copy of Carcosa (x2)  
  • Archival Quality Print of any one piece of Carcosa art  
  • Name and Describe an NPC  
  • PDF Version of Carcosa  
  • All Stretch Goals

$110 Physical Catch up Naga - You just discovered Dark Naga Adventures, and want the whole Haunting of Hastur series in Print and PDF. You will receive print copies of all fiver adventures, DNH1–The Lost Temple of Forgotten Evil, DNH2–The Buried Zikurat, DNH3–The City of Talos, DNH4–Confronting Hastur, and DNH5–Carcosa. You will receive digital copies of these adventures as well. Additionally, this level includes all stretch goals for the current project.  

INCLUDES:  

  • Print copy of Carcosa  
  • PDF Version of Carcosa  
  • Print copy of Confronting Hastur  
  • PDF Version of Confronting Hastur  
  • Print copy of The City of Talos  
  • PDF Version of The City of Talos  
  • Print copy of The Buried Zikurat  
  • PDF Version of The Buried Zikurat  
  • Print Copy of The Lost Temple of Forgotten Evil  
  • PDF Version of The Lost Temple of Forgotten Evil  
  • All stretch goals  

$200 Committed Naga (Limited) - You will receive two physical and one digital copy of the adventure, Carcosa, one physical copy for your archive and one for the table, and one 8 1/2" x 11" archival print of the cover art or another piece of art desired as a print. One copy of the adventure will be autographed by the author if requested.  

Additionally, you will enjoy participation by naming and describing an NPC subject to Head Naga final approval. This level also takes things further by having the NPC you helped develop crystallized with a B&W drawing. The art blends the description with your likeness, or another's likeness. There are some Terms and Condition details on this item. If you have questions or concerns, please contact me via PM, and we can discuss offline.  

This level includes all stretch goals  

INCLUDES:  

  • Print Copy of Carcosa (x2)  
  • Archival Quality Print of any one piece of Carcosa art  
  • Name and Describe an NPC Custom Art based on your NPC  
  • PDF Version of Carcosa  
  • All Stretch Goals  

For any custom art based on an actual person, you will need to supply a release for the likeness of the subject.

Extra Digital Copies of any DNH Series title   

Add $10 per additional digital copy of each title you wish to gift to your favorite GM

Extra Print Copies of any DNH Series title   

Add $20 per additional copy of any print title  

Extra Talos Dice  

Add $2 per die  

Art  

$20 per print  

The art you love from this project, professionally printed on archival quality paper. The prints will be on matte archival paper, 230 gsm, 9.5mil. I will contact you to identify which print(s) you add and confirm it. These prints will look great. I am ordering a full set for myself to use as visual aids when I run the adventure.  

Important Note about Shipping:  

Shipping and Handling: Shipping charges will be invoiced just before fulfillment. Only the shipping cost will be invoiced. Transparency is important to me. We have opted to charge separately for shipping as part of our effort to provide individual backers with the best value. Every package WILL have the final postage fee printed on the label for verification. A tracking number will be provided when the reward ships. Estimated shipping costs are exactly that--estimates. The final weight of the product is undetermined, but most rewards are expected to weigh less than 1 lb.  

Using this method, you pay for actual shipping costs only. I pay for materials and labor. If I included shipping in the project, I would have to estimate shipping for each country, and cannot factor in shipping to Chicago is cheaper than shipping to LA from where I live. Additionally, I would need to pad that shipping to account for project fees. By moving the shipping to a separate transaction, I lower my costs, not eliminate them, can offer more shipping options, and the project funding reflects the goods, not the goods plus shipping.  

International: International orders will be invoiced at actual postage cost as well. International postage requires customs forms. We are required by law to disclose the pledge amount on these forms. If you are unsure how expensive international shipping can be, please ask us for an estimate.  

On the previous projects, the domestic shipping averaged about $5.50, and the International Shipping averaged about $18 (Most were either $15 or $25). I am going to collect shipping via Backerkit and PayPal when I am ready to ship and will invoice for the actual shipping costs. Parcels will be sent once the shipping invoice is settled. BackerKit makes fulfillment more organized and consistent.

 $2000 - Funded!   UNLOCKED

The project is a go.  

$3000 - Custom Hastur Dice, d6   UNLOCKED

For Carcosa, we will unlock and print a new run of the Hastur Die.  

Each Physical backer will receive one Custom Hastur d6 when this goal is reached.  

Additional dice can be added to the pledge for $2 per die, as listed in the Add-ons section. 

$4000 - More Art  Locked

We'll add another page of art. One full page or 2 half pages or 4 quarter pages, probably some art for the new demons.  

$5000 - More Hastur Dice    Locked

 All backers at the Physical Naga level, or higher, will receive a total of two custom d6 with the naga head logo on the '6' side in addition to any added-on dice.  

$6000 - More Art  

We'll add another page of art. One full page or 2 half pages or 4 quarter pages, probably the rest of the new demons. Further goals to be revealed as we unlock these…

The d6 with the newer die logo will be available as a stretch goal.
The d6 with the newer die logo will be available as a stretch goal.

Risks and challenges

I have a full-time job, and this is my other business. My work commitments are largely confined to 8 am to 5 pm, leaving nights and weekends to manage Dark Naga. I take projects seriously and respect my backers. Any delay will be disclosed in a status update with a revised estimate for all remaining steps.

This is my fifth Kickstarter. To mitigate typical risks, I am continuing the practice of starting this campaign with the adventure fully written. With the adventure fully written, and in a final round of playtesting at launch, most of the risks associated with me as a single point of failure are mitigated, specifically, the risk that I could fail to get the adventure written in the published time frame.

I have advanced the funds for the cover, maps, and most of the interior art (except for the stretch goals). I have some of the art in hand and will be showing some of the art and the maps off as we progress through the campaign. The cartography is done. As stretch goals are unlocked, I will get them underway and update the master schedule. My goals are to control the risks, minimize the delays, and deliver ahead of schedule.

To provide an additional layer of confidence, I will provide backers a project status update weekly until fulfillment is completed. I want to earn your trust and plan to do so by delivering a quality product with solid communication and a high level of open dialog.

I am glad you are looking at the project and hope you become one of my backers.

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    Digital Naga
    You will receive a PDF copy of the adventure, Carcosa, suitable for printing and viewing on digital devices.
    This level includes all PDF stretch goals. Physical stretch goals can be added as they are unlocked during the campaign or added via Backerkit afterward.

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    You will receive both a physical and a PDF copy of the adventure, Carcosa. This level includes all stretch goals.
    Print products are bagged by the printer and will be shipped in a stiff Kraft mailer to help avoid damage in transit.
    Backers will be billed for actual shipping costs at the time of fulfillment. For an estimate on domestic or international shipping charges, please contact me via private message with destination details.

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    Artistic Naga

    Artistic Naga
    You will receive both a physical and a PDF copy of the adventure, Carcosa, and an archival 8 1/2" x 11" print of the cover or any other piece of art from this project you select.
    Additional art prints can be added as an add-on. This level includes all stretch goals.
    Print products are bagged by the printer and will be shipping in a Kraft mailer to help avoid damage in transit.
    Backers will be billed for actual shipping costs at the time of fulfillment. For an estimate on domestic or international shipping charges, please contact me via private message with destination details

    Includes:
    • Print Copy of Carcosa
    • Print of one piece of Carcosa Art or Map
    • PDF Version of Carcosa
    • All Stretch Goals
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    Collector Naga

    Collector Naga
    You will receive two physical and one PDF copy of the adventure, Carcosa. (One physical copy for the archive and one for the table) One copy will be autographed by the author if requested.
    Additionally, this level includes all stretch goals.
    Print products are bagged by the printer and will be shipped in a Kraft mailer to help avoid damage in transit.
    Backers will be billed for actual shipping costs at the time of fulfillment. For an estimate on domestic or international shipping charges, please contact me via private message with destination details.

    Includes:
    • Print Copy of Carcosa
    • PDF Version of Carcosa
    • All Stretch Goals
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    Digital Catch Up Naga

    Digital Catch Up Naga
    You just discovered Dark Naga Adventures, and want to catch up on the first three kickstarters.
    You will receive PDF copies of all four adventures, DNH1–The Lost Temple of Forgotten Evil, DNH2–The Buried Zikurat, DNH3–The City of Talos, and DNH4-Carcosa, suitable for printing and viewing on digital devices.
    Additionally, this level includes all digital stretch goals.
    Physical stretch goals can be added as they are unlocked during the campaign or added via Backerkit afterward.

    Includes:
    • PDF Version of Carcosa
    • PDF Version of Confronting Hastur
    • PDF Version of The City of Talos
    • PDF Version of The Buried Zikurat
    • PDF Version of The Lost Temple of Forgotten Evil
    • All Digital Stretch Goals
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    Collector Naga with Art

    Collector Naga plus Art
    You will receive two physical and one digital copy of the adventure, Carcosa (One physical copy for the archive and one for the table) and one 8 1/2" x 11" archival print of the cover art. One copy of the adventure will be autographed by the author if requested.
    Additional art prints can be added as an Add-on.
    Additionally, this level includes all stretch goals.
    Print products are bagged by the printer and will be shipped in a Kraft mailer to help avoid damage in transit.
    Backers will be billed for actual shipping costs at the time of fulfillment. For an estimate on domestic or international shipping charges, please contact me via private message with destination details.

    Includes:
    • Print Copy of Carcosa
    • Print of one piece of Carcosa Art or Map
    • PDF Version of Carcosa
    • All Stretch Goals
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    Involved Naga

    Involved Naga
    You will receive two physical and one PDF copy of the adventure, Carcosa (One physical copy for the archive and one for the table) and one 8 1/2" x 11" archival print of the cover art. One copy of the adventure will be autographed by the author if requested.
    Additionally, you will enjoy limited participation by naming and describing an NPC (subject to Head Naga final approval).
    This level includes all stretch goals.
    Print products are bagged by the printer and will be mailed in a Kraft mailer to help avoid damage in transit.
    Backers will be billed for actual shipping costs at the time of fulfillment. For an estimate on domestic or international shipping charges, please contact me via private message with destination details.

    Includes:
    • Print Copy of Carcosa
    • PDF Version of Carcosa
    • Name and Describe an NPC
    • Print of one piece of Carcosa Art or Map
    • All Stretch Goals
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    Physical Catch Up Naga

    Physical Catch up Naga
    You just discovered Dark Naga Adventures, and want to catch up on the first two kick starters.
    You will receive print copies of all three adventures, DNH1–The Lost Temple of Forgotten Evil, DNH2–The Buried Zikurat, DNH3–The City of Talos,and DNH4-Carcosa. You will receive digital copies of the first three adventures as well.
    Additionally, this level includes all stretch goals for the current project.

    Includes:
    • Print Copy of Carcosa
    • Print Copy of Confronting Hastur
    • Print Copy of The City of Talos
    • Print Copy of The Buried Zikurat
    • Print Copy of The Lost Temple of Forgotten Evil
    • PDF Version of Carcosa
    • PDF Version of Confronting Hastur
    • PDF Version of The City of Talos
    • PDF Version of The Buried Zikurat
    • PDF Version of The Lost Temple of Forgotten Evil
    • All Stretch Goals
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    Committed Naga

    Committed Naga
    You will receive two physical and one PDF copy of the adventure, The City of Talos (One physical copy for the archive and one for the table) and one 8 1/2" x 11" archival print of the cover art. One copy of the adventure will be autographed by the author if requested.
    Additionally, you will enjoy limited participation by naming and describing an NPC (subject to Head Naga final approval).
    This level also takes things a few steps further by having the NPC you helped develop crystallized with a B&W drawing. The art blends the description with your likeness (or a likeness of someone you want to immortalize). There are some Terms and Condition details on this item. If you have questions or concerns, please contact me via PM, and we can discuss offline.
    This level includes all stretch goals.
    Print products are bagged by the printer and will be shipped in a Kraft mailer to help avoid damage in transit.
    Backers will be billed for actual shipping costs at the time of fulfillment. For an estimate on domestic or international shipping charges, please contact me via private message with destination details.

    Includes:
    • Print Copy of Carcosa
    • PDF Version of Carcosa
    • Print of one piece of Carcosa Art or Map
    • Name and Describe an NPC
    • Custom Art based on your NPC Description
    • All Stretch Goals
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