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Dungeon NotebookBy Dungeon Notebook
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Dungeon NotebookBy Dungeon Notebook
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About

Finally, a worthy vessel for your fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons character! 

The Tome of Delving is more than a character sheet - it’s a character book! The Tome of Delving gives you all the space you need to fully record your character and their abilities. And it’s specifically designed to help you find your stats lightning fast and keep play moving. The Tome of Delving integrates your character sheet and your notebook, giving you one less item to carry. And its case-bound style stacks easily with your source books making it much easier to carry than a binder or a disc-bound solution.


As other observers have noted, TRPG play tends to fall into 2 modes: combat and investigation. The Tome of Delving used this fact as an organizing principle for its layout. All the info you need for investigation is on 2 facing pages. Right after those, the stats you need for combat are on another pair of facing pages. Depending on your class, you may have other data you need during combat, such as stats for your Wild Shape, an Animal Companion or Familiar. This information immediately follows the combat pages.

The notebook will be printed on heavy duty 85lb. paper; even so, stats like your hit points are written and erased so many times that wearing through the page is a risk. That’s why all the investigation and combat pages are included twice in the notebook. To be precise, this group of 8 essential pages -- 2 investigation pages, 2 combat pages, 1 companion page, 2 spell list pages and 1 wild shapes page (which has room for 2 wild shapes) -- is completely duplicated. 

Prototypes showing most of the 'essential' pages
Prototypes showing most of the 'essential' pages

NPCs can really make the difference in how "real" a campaign feels, yet we relegate them to a generic portion of our notes, stuffed in between random clues and riddles, mini maps, and doodles. Then one day you say, "oh yeah what was that guy's name?" The whole table starts madly shuffling through pages of notes as, tick-tock, verisimilitude fades and finally, maybe, someone comes up with his name. The Tome of Delving promotes NPCs to the first-class citizens they are, with pages specifically devoted to recording their names, where you met them, and anything else you want to jot down.

With room for 500+ items, the Tome of Delving inventory pages address another shortcoming of the typical character sheet. Not just a monotonous list, the inventory pages have groupings, so you can clearly indicate if the items are being carried in your backpack, pockets, or bag of holding. Perhaps you have some items in a strongbox back in your keep. The Tome of Delving makes it easy to record this detail. Perhaps even more importantly, this layout prevents the magical teleportation of items you left behind directly into your pockets just when you need them (ahem, you know who you are).

I am sorry but one little box with "GP" next to it just doesn't cut it. "Did you deduct 2gp for the torches or not?" “Hmm, I’m not sure.” You really need to have a list of transactions, not just your current balance. The Tome of Delving's 12 treasure log pages address this need. Each page has room for 30 transactions. Designate some of your pages for party funds if you want – there’s plenty of room. 

Prototypes showing NPC log, treasure log and inventory pages
Prototypes showing NPC log, treasure log and inventory pages

By definition, a notebook needs space for notes. The Tome of Delving has plain note pages, quadrille grid pages, even hex grid pages. Sadly, it doesn't have your map in it . . . or does it? The "Customized Tome" reward lets you get your homebrew maps and other content bound into your Tome!!

Prototypes with notes, grid and hex pages shown
Prototypes with notes, grid and hex pages shown
  •  Dust Jacket: Original illustration by John Aggs
  •  Cover: plain light color fabric - so you can decorate it yourself if you want.
  •  Binding: Hard cover a.k.a. case bound
  •  Page Dimensions: 7.5"x 10"
  •  Pages: 160+

Other Features:

  • Integrated ribbon bookmarks in red & black, one of each color
  • Section marks/tabs printed at the page edge for easy access
  • 5th Edition rules references including actions, conditions, stats and pricing for various equipment items

We are very excited to have John Aggs as the Tome’s illustrator. John is a concept and comic book artist living in Sweden. He has worked on a handful of games and numerous YA graphic novels and has worked with authors including Malorie Blackman, Robert Muchamore, and Philip Pullman. Most recently, John was an artist on the Indie title "Sunless Skies"and the graphic novel of "Deus Ex: Mankind Divided."

One of the features of the Tome is the obligatory space for a character portrait. John will be illustrating a frame for the portrait and it will be made available as a PSD with a mask. Which means that if you have Photoshop you can import whatever image you want and print it with the frame. Cut it out and paste it into your notebook for the perfect fit. If you don't have a portrait of your character then maybe you should pledge at the Tome + Portrait  level and John will draw a headshot of your character!

Also be sure to check out the Tome + Your Character reward. If you pledge at this reward level  John will do a full-body illustration of your character which will be printed in the Tome! 

Circle of the moon druid illustrated by John Aggs
Circle of the moon druid illustrated by John Aggs
  • Feb 27 - Mar 16 Kickstarter Campaign
  • Early April Illustrations Complete
  • Mid April Physical Proofs
  • Late April Go to Press
  • Early July Stock arrives at Fulfillment Center
  • Mid July All Rewards Delivered

Once the books are printed it's a really long wait (5-7 Weeks) for them to arrive at the fulfillment centers. This wait could be shrunk to just 1 week if the books went by air freight to the fulfillment centers instead of by cargo ship. The cost of this expedited shipping is quite high compared to the cargo ship option.  

The one and only stretch goal will be to pay for shipping the final product by air to the fulfillment centers. Meeting this stretch goal will mean reward deliveries will start in early June (or even May) instead of early July. 

The stretch goal target for earlier delivery is $35,000 USD.


All US and western hemisphere bound rewards will ship from the US.

Most rewards (2 exceptions) headed for the UK, EU & elsewhere will ship from the UK. A hard brexit may disrupt this somewhat, fingers crossed that they work something out. Note that the "Tome + Your Character" & "Kitchen Sink" rewards ship from the United States, all other rewards are EU friendly.

EU Friendly Shipping
EU Friendly Shipping

The Tome + Your Character & Kitchen Sink rewards are both subject to editorial approval of your character art. If there is anything obscene or offensive about your character's physical appearance it will be rejected. In this case you will have one opportunity to submit revised description text and reference art. In the unlikely event that the offensive features are still present, your reward will be revised down to just the Tome of Delving and you will be refunded your purchase price less $25 + shipping. 

The Customized Tome & Kitchen Sink rewards state that your Tome of Delving will be dismantled and rebound by hand to include the custom content. This means that the cover and spine will be cut off of your Tome and, where needed, signatures will be separated so that additional signatures may be inserted. The new signatures will be hand sewn into the existing ones. The spine will be replaced with a wider one, and the spine and old cover will be recovered with new book cloth.  Lastly, the dust cover will be refolded to fit the now thicker notebook. 

These rewards above require by hand customization of the Tome and consequently will ship from the US, via the USPS Priority Mail or Priority Mail International services. Shipping time for these rewards will be 2 days domestically and 6-10 days internationally. 

Risks and challenges

The risks and challenges of this project are pretty low. The notebook has already been designed and laid-out. And there is plenty of time to incorporate feedback from play-testers, while the remaining illustrations are being completed. That said, the potential sources of delay are:
1. Illustration -- all the illustrations needed for the notebook must be completed before it can go to press. While the schedule allocates sufficient time for the illustrations, I will delay rather than ship with poor quality. So, if getting the cover and character illustrations perfect takes longer than expected, delivery will be late.
2. Physical proofs -- I plan to request physical proofs before approving the full print run; the time necessary for this is already planned for. However, I've never sent a book to print before and some issues may be revealed when I have the physical proofs in hand. Unlikely, but if that happens it will introduce a delay to delivery.

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    Add up to 20 full-color pages of custom content you provide into your Tome of Delving. Your Tome of Delving will be dismantled and rebound by hand to include the custom content. You may specify exactly where in the Tome the custom content is to be inserted. Form-fillable versions of our interior pages will be available for your use. You may also send your own homebrew content, maps, drawing, spell descriptions etc.. Provide PDF and/or images in a single ZIP archive. If your content is larger than 7.5" x 10" the largest dimension will be scaled to fit maintaining the aspect ratio. Ships from the United States (not EU friendly) via USPS Priority Mail (2 day delivery domestically, 6-10 days internationally)

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    Get everything from all previous levels and a custom illustrated head-shot of your character drawn by our illustrator John Aggs. You provide a text description of your character and any reference art you may have. You will receive one sketch for review and comment and then the final image. The final will be a 300dpi black & white digital headshot of your character.

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    Includes all previous rewards plus our illustrator John Aggs will draw a full body illustration of your character to be included in every Tome of Delving. You provide a text description of your character and any reference art you may have. You will receive one full body sketch for review and comment and then the final image. The final will consist of a full color 300dpi digital full body image of your character. In addition, a black & white sketch of your character will be created. The black & white image will be printed in every copy of the Tome of Delving along with the character's name. The black & white image of your character is the property of Dungeon Notebook.com. Characters or costumes that might be considered offensive will be rejected.

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    You get everything and up to 60 pages of custom content. Undoubtedly your custom content will include your character portrait and the full-color version of your character illustration. Also, we'll happily remove any pages you feel are extraneous for your character or play style. Ships from the United States (not EU friendly) via USPS priority mail (2 day delivery domestically, 6-10 days internationally).

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