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A bard's Illustrated field guide to the baddies, merchants, and adventurers found in dark dungeons, deep caves, and bustling towns.
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Dungeons of Amara: Poems and Art of Monsters and Townfolks

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I'm a huge tabletop nerd and fantasy cartoon/comics artist, working out of Indiana. I've been drawing and rhyming my way through an ambitious zine called "Dungeons of Amara" and all that's left to do is raise the funds to print this bad boy and ship it into your loving arms! So without further ado here's...

"Dungeons of Amara" is an illustrated roleplaying game companion zine for Dungeons Masters and table top GM's of any kind. It's full of cartoonish baddies, kind and unkind townfolk, and even a few budding adventurers. Each illustration is paired with an AABB poem which can be used by DMs/GMs as flavor when introducing important NPCs or used as riddles to stump those "kill first ask questions later" PCs your friends insist on playing.

From common cave bats to undead lich "Dungeons of Amara" can be used as a bestiary, for your players. There are NPCs and adventurers included too which can be used to bolster your worlds towns and provide unique visuals for your home-brew campaigns.

 Rewards are straight forward, pledge $5+ to this Kickstarter and you'll get a copy of "Dungeons of Amara" digital or physical, or both depending on your pledge.

There's a specialty $100 tier available for ten (10) people first come first serve who would like to have either their likeness or their D&D characters likeness added into the zine. I will be working with those people one on one to create their character and write an AABB poem for their page based on descriptions given.

If this project reaches $5000 I'll draw 10 extra pages showcasing custom dungeon maps for DM's to use in their campaigns.

If we make it to $10,000 I'll create a laminated fold out square grid map detailing the "Dungeons of Amara" noting key locations in the universe where the monsters from the zine commonly hide, where the best looting spots are in Amara, and points of interest to the players.

Last but not least, here are a few examples of what the interior pages will look like! Font is still being decided on and I'll be tweaking a few things here and there, but these images are pretty true to what the end product will look like. Physical copies will be in grayscale while digital copies will have colorized work.

The zine will be printed on heavier weight paper, to give the zine some heft, I want it to feel important in your hands as you turn the pages and peer over the details of the illustrations.

Style examples for "Dungeons of Amara"
Style examples for "Dungeons of Amara"
Example of grayscale, colorization, and the AABB poem paired with the illustration.
Example of grayscale, colorization, and the AABB poem paired with the illustration.
Interior pages will be 5.5" x 8.5" and will look similar to this
Interior pages will be 5.5" x 8.5" and will look similar to this

If you can't pledge for whatever reason, I understand. Please consider share this Kickstarter with your friends, family, and Dungeon Masters and social media instead or in addition to pledging. I'd love to be able to bring this zine into the world and to your D&D sessions and word of mouth will be the greatest help and is free! 

If you have any questions just ask in the comments. I'm here for you!

See you later! 

Risks and challenges

I'll be working on this in between my day job and freelance career, which means I'll be divided between multiple projects along the way. I'll have to make a conscious effort to give up my normal free time to make this project possible. Since it's only a temporary project I'll be able to resume my normal free time after the Kickstarter ends.

I'll be shipping out all the zine's myself so depending on interest and stretch goals achieved there could be complications in the timeline if I'm sending out more than 100 zines. This may delay the timeline for receiving your zines by a few weeks, but I don't anticipate struggling with this at all, if this becomes an issue I'll hire someone to help with distribution.

$100 Tier pledges will get one on one attention for adding their character into the zine, these pledges could potentially hold up production if too much time is taken in the communication stage of their commissions. I'll use Kickstarters messaging interface to talk to these supporters and If they take too much time to respond I'll be able to email them directly to get their descriptions.

Thankfully, most of Dungeons of Amara is completed already and the risk for errors in production have in theory been ironed out, this Kickstarter is going to be used to get the Zine printed and add in some extra bonus pages to the zine. I've produced zines myself before, but I will be having this zine printed and folded by a company that will be able to manage the process efficiently and timely.

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    Your name as you'd like it will appear in the back of "Dungeons of Amara" for aiding in the efforts to bring this guide to life!

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    You'll receive the Page's Honor reward, along with a digital copy of "Dungeons of Amara" in PDF format.

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    Mage's Enchantment

    Includes Page's Honor, Squire's Notice, and Knights Acknowledgement along with 3 full color, postcard sized glossy art prints depicting monsters, items, and adventures from the zine.

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    In addition I'll draw either you OR your D&D character and add you/them into "Dungeons of Amara" along with a riddle-ish poem, based on whatever description and imagery you provide.

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