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A Fifth Edition Fantasy Adventure
A Fifth Edition Fantasy Adventure
A Fifth Edition Fantasy Adventure
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The Buried Zikurat is an adventure for three to seven characters between levels six and eight. It is designed for use with Fifth Edition version of Gary and Dave’s RPG. It can be adapted to any fantasy RPG.   

The Premise   

The clay mining operation at Caford has discovered a large step pyramid, or zikurat. This imposing structure was buried completely in the clay sheet they have been mining for decades to make brick and other ceramic products. The local miners see what they think is an obvious entrance, but cannot get past the slab of stone. A call for aid is sent to the capital city of Meawold, and the party is sent to investigate.

Could this be one of the Nexuses that traded goods from the subterranean Land of Night to the surface world? 

Places where treasures of the subterranean kingdoms, like mithril weapons, were traded for surface goods. Bastions of trade that were lost during the fall of the First Age of Man. Why has it been dormant for almost two millennia? What lies within? Is it a threat to Caford, or the Kingdom of Meawold as a whole?

If they can get inside, the party will have to navigate millennia old magic locks and security sentinels to find answers to these questions and more within The Buried Zikurat.  

Potential Cover for The Buried Zikurat
Potential Cover for The Buried Zikurat

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

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 Gamemaster. This is the second adventure for commercial release. Several others are planned, including three more sequels to complete the Haunting of Hastur series. As a young company, I am very motivated to produce a great product and to leverage everything I have learned from participating in a number of Kickstarter campaigns, to reproduce the great aspects and mitigate the undesirable aspects. As a one person shop the buck stops with me. Art, cartography, editing are all being done by top notch freelancers. Expect regular updates and as much transparency as we all can handle.  

Saddle-Stitched 32+ page adventure  

        Detached color cover with color maps on the interior (These maps are far too elaborate and gorgeous to produce in monochrome.)  

        8 full color maps 

       4 pages of black and white art (maybe more if we unlock the stretch goals)  

Digital Book of Lore - Contains player handouts of the notes, letters and journal entries found in the zikurat

Digital Book of Puzzles - Contains 48 puzzles at four levels of difficulty

$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 digital copy of the adventure, The Buried Zikurat, in PDF form suitable for printing and viewing on all digital media devices.  

$25 Print Naga - You will receive both a physical and a digital copy of the adventure, The Buried Zikurat. Additionally, this level includes all digital stretch goals. Print products are bagged by the printer, and will have a stiffener added to the mailer to help avoid damage in transit.  

$40 Artistic Naga - You will receive both a physical and a digital copy of the adventure, The Buried Zikurat, 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 digital stretch goals. 

$50 Collector Naga - You will receive two physical and one digital copy of the adventure, The Buried Zikurat. (One physical copy for the archive and one for the table) Additionally, this level includes all digital stretch goals. 

$65 Collector Naga plus Art -   You will receive two physical and one digital copy of the adventure, The Buried Zikurat (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. This level includes all digital stretch goals. 

$100 Involved Naga (Limited) - You will receive two physical and one digital copy of the adventure, The Buried Zikurat (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 digital stretch goals   

$200 Committed Naga (Limited) - You will receive two physical and one digital copy of the adventure, The Buried Zikurat (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 digital stretch goals

$300 Apprentice Naga (Limited) - You will receive two physical and one digital copy of the adventure, The Buried Zikurat (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). This level also includes all digital stretch goals. 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. The final reward for this tier grants you the privilege of having me run the adventure for you. This can be online, or at a convention I attend. Convention schedule will be communicated at a later date once I commit. The adventure will be run over a total of 8 hours, and over at least 2 sessions. All rewards other than running the adventure will be fulfilled with the other backer levels. 

Mysterious Magical Artifact from inside the Zikurat
Mysterious Magical Artifact from inside the Zikurat

Extra Digital Copies of The Buried Zikurat

Add $10 per digital copy of The Buried Zikurat you wish to gift to your favorite DM  

Extra Print Copies of The Buried Zikurat  

Add $25 per additional copy of The Buried Zikurat

Extra Dice (When unlocked) 

$2 per die.   

Art  

$15 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.

Digital Copy - The Lost Temple of Forgotten Evil

$8 per digital copy of The Lost Temple of Forgotten Evil (includes 5e, PF and Illustration book)

Physical Copy - The Lost Temple of Forgotten Evil

$20 per copy of The Lost Temple of Forgotten Evil (includes a digital copy of The Lost Temple of Forgotten Evil)

Artist rendering of the Zikurat by Z. Mann Zilla
Artist rendering of the Zikurat by Z. Mann Zilla

Important Note About Shipping: 

Shipping and Handling: Shipping charges will be invoiced just prior to 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 product is undetermined but most rewards are expected to weigh less than 1 lb. 

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 project, The Lost Temple of Forgotten Evil, the domestic shipping averaged about $5.50 and the International Shipping averaged about $18. I am going to collect shipping via Backerkit 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!

The project is a go.  

$2500 - OSR and Pathfinder Editions - Unlocked!!

An OSR and Pathfinder version will be made in PDF

$3000 - More Art - Unlocked!!

We'll add another page of art (One full page or 2 half pages or 4 quarter pages, probably a full page).  

$3500 - Custom Dice - Unlocked!!

All backers at the Physical Naga level, or higher, will also receive a custom D6 with the naga head logo on the '6' side. Additional dice can be added to the pledge for $2 per die. as listed in the Add-ons section. 

$4000 - More Custom Dice  

All backers at the Physical Naga level, or higher, will also receive a custom D10 with the naga head logo on the '10' side. Additional dice can be added to the pledge for $2 per die. as listed in the Add-ons section

$5000 - More Art 

We'll add another page of art (One full page or 2 half pages or 4 quarter pages, probably some mixture).

$6000 - OSR and Pathfinder Old School Print 

As a $15 add-on, you can add an OSR print, a Pathfinder print or both. Same as the 5e version, detached cover, color maps on the interior of the cover. This version is only available via Kickstarter. 

Sample of the custom dice with the Dark Naga Snake Head
Sample of the custom dice with the Dark Naga Snake Head

Other goals will be detailed later, including more art, separate OSR and Pathfinder digital editions, print copies of the Book of Lore and the Book of Puzzles, and player handouts, etc.

Video Credits:

Narration: Kevin Watson

Music: "Sad Song" by maerkunst, from www.freesound.org/people/maerkunst/sounds/195940/

Licensed under CC-BY

Video Director, Producer and Digital Artist: John Hutton

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

I am here to answer your questions. There are no dumb questions. If you don't know and can't find the answer, please ask. I'll respond as fast as my sleep and meeting cycles allow. Always within a day. 

Q: Can I add a copy of the first adventure, The Lost Temple of Forgotten Evil (print or pdf)?  

A: Yes, you can. Please see the Add-On’s section  

Q: Will there be an OSR Edition, a Pathfinder Edition, what about a (insert system here) Edition?  

A: I am committed to an OSR Edition in PDF and Print on Demand (PoD). A detached cover print will be a stretch goal. I am on the fence about a Pathfinder Edition in PDF/PoD, that will be a stretch goal. I am open to an edition compatible with other systems if there is enough of a customer base to justify the work. This would extend to language editions beyond English. I am looking for feedback on what people want to see in terms of systems and languages. These editions might miss the current estimate for delivery. If that happens, I will communicate a list of milestones and estimated dates so that everyone feels they know what is going on and how close we are to reaching those milestones.

 

Risks and challenges

I have a full time job, and this is a side business for me. 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 second Kickstarter. To mitigate Sophomore issues, 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 playtest at launch, most of the risks associated with me are mitigated, specifically that I cannot get the adventure written in the planned time frame.

I have advanced the funds for the cover, maps and most of the interior art (except for the stretch goals). I have most 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. Additionally, I pledge not to work on the next project until fulfillment exceeds 90% Proof of Delivery. 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 taking a look at the project and hope you become one of my backers.

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    You will receive a digital copy of the adventure, The Buried Zikurat, in PDF form suitable for printing and viewing on all digital media devices.

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    Print products are bagged by the printer, and will have a stiffener added to the mailer to help avoid damage in transit.

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    You will receive both a physical and a digital copy of the adventure, The Buried Zikurat 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.

    Additionally, this level includes all digital stretch goals.

    Print products are bagged by the printer, and will have a stiffener added to the 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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    Collector Naga

    Collector Naga
    You will receive two physical and one digital copy of the adventure, The Buried Zikurat. (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 digital stretch goals.

    Print products are bagged by the printer, and will have a stiffener added to the 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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    Collector Naga plus Art

    Collector Naga plus Art
    You will receive two physical and one digital copy of the adventure, The Buried Zikurat (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 digital stretch goals.

    Print products are bagged by the printer, and will have a stiffener added to the 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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    Retail Naga

    Retail Naga

    Retail store status will be verified.

    You will receive Five copies of the physical adventure and five codes to allow your customers to access a digital copy of the adventure, The Buried Zikurat and all digital stretch goals.

    Print products are bagged by the printer, and will have a stiffener added to the 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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    Involved Naga
    You will receive two physical and one digital copy of the adventure, The Buried Zikurat (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 digital stretch goals.

    Print products are bagged by the printer, and will have a stiffener added to the 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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    Committed Naga
    You will receive two physical and one digital copy of the adventure, The Buried Zikurat (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 digital stretch goals.

    Print products are bagged by the printer, and will have a stiffener added to the 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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    Apprentice Naga

    Apprentice Naga
    You will receive two physical and one digital copy of the adventure, The Buried Zikurat (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 digital stretch goals.

    The final reward for this tier grants you the option of having me run the adventure for you. This can be online, or at a convention I attend. Convention schedule will be communicated privately. The adventure will be run over a total of 8 hours, and over at least 2 sessions. All rewards other than running the adventure will be fulfilled with the other backer levels.

    Print products are bagged by the printer and will have a stiffener added to the 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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