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Dungeons on a Dime is opening new worlds for everyone, one Quest at a time.
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A wizard craving recognition. A thief in hot water. A crew with everything to prove. An adventure where nothing is as it first seems.

Explore the theft of a ruby and the tangled mess a single gem can cause across a whole city with your players in the first Quest from of Dungeons on a Dime. Dungeons on a Dime is opening new worlds for everyone, one Quest at a time. Whether it's your first adventure or your hundredth, you and your party will love what's inside this book. 

With the popularity of shows like Community, Stranger Things and Critical Roll, more people than ever want to start playing role-playing games. Furthermore, with mainstream acceptance, many old school players are returning to their tables! However, there are never enough game masters to run games for everyone; many new players have no one to show them the way, and many experienced gamers don't have time to prep a whole world.

This is why I started Dungeons on a Dime. I want to help make role-playing games accessible through affordable, easy to use resources, with inclusively written characters and open-ended stories. And while I do this, I want to give artists the entry-level work that I would have appreciated when I had just graduated, helping lift them up with me!

Role-playing games like Dungeons and Dragons have been proven time and  time again to be a force for good in our world. They can help develop social skills and confidence, allow you explore new ideas, identities and perspectives, foster new friendships and stimulate creativity, critical thinking and problem solving. They enhance learning in schools. They help marginalised communities explore complex issues. In short, they bring out the best in people. I was so lucky to grow up playing Dungeons and Dragons, and the games I played and friends I made formed a core part of who I am today. 

In the Red is the first Quest from Dungeons on a Dime. Each Quest is a self-contained and open-ended adventure, filled with detailed characters and exciting scenarios. Each quest is also accompanied with custom maps, miniatures and handouts, so that you have almost everything you need to play in one pack.

The focus of every quest is to support the game master in every way. Helpful tips and tricks litter every page to advise new game masters in starting their first adventure, and every scenario is written to be easy to build on. Experienced game masters will love the diverse and well-rounded resources at their finger tips. Focusing on role-playing over rules, each adventure is written system-neutral, but comes with additional support for 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons (and can be played entirely with the free rules available from Wizards of the Coast!)

You can use a Quest as a one off adventure, as the start of a new campaign, or you can even tie it into an existing campaign you’re running already!

I've just released my fourth Quest, digitally distributed and ethically printed to be sold in indie stores across Scotland, England and America. However, self publishing is expensive. Partnering up with BHP Comics, a fantastic independent publishing house in Glasgow, allows me to bring In the Red out into the world for everyone to get their hands on, at an even cheaper price than before.



Our primary goal for this Kickstarter is to raise the funds to print a first edition of In the Red to sell wholesale around the world. Your support will be a pre-order on that first edition. A small portion of the funds will go to polishing the book, such as hiring an editor.

Our higher tiers allow us to provide nice add-ons that can really help around the table. They aren’t necessary for role-playing, but these aids can be very expensive to buy on their own and it’s our way of making them more affordable!

But that’s boring back-end stuff. Here’s the flashy cool things I can do with this Kickstarter!

  •  MORE CONTENT! In the Red was originally only 30 pages long. With a standardised book format, I’ll be boosting it up to 48 pages!
     
  •  CARD STOCK MINIATURES! Before, paper miniature were printed on 120gsm paper; now they’ll be on durable card!
     
  •  FULL A2 MAPS! Risograph can only print up to A3, so combat maps have to be printed in two halves. No longer a problem!
     
  •  AN EDITOR! Dungeons on a Dime has been a one man project the last two years. With this funding I can finally hire an editor and squash those pesky gRammur and spalling errors.
     
  •  EXTRA COOL STRETCH GOALS! I have so many ideas of how I want to support games masters to start role-playing. The more support there is for the campaign, the more I can offer you guys!

From game masters to teachers, parents to professionals, Dungeons on a Dime has received rave reviews wherever it’s read. Just have a look at what these folks have to say!

"I love this. I find it extremely refreshing to  see stuff like this hitting the market: a solid story good for a session or two of play, heavy on the role-playing, low on pretension and long on aesthetic and accessibility. More, please." - Stu Horvath / Unwinnable Magazine

"The artwork in this volume is wonderfully charming, and sourced from independent artists.They really help breathe further life into the guide’s story, and elevate it from being a simple rule-book; it is now a concept art piece that can be revisited again and again." - Zoe Robertson / Young Perspective

BHP Comics is an independent publishing house based in Glasgow, Scotland. They make graphic novels and art books from established creators- like Frank Quitely’s Drawings+Sketches, alongside cutting edge new talent, like Dave Cook and Craig Paton’s KILLTOPIA and Gary Chudleigh and Tanya Robert’s award-winning Plagued: The Miranda Chronicles.

For this Kickstarter, BHP will be publishing and distributing Dungeons on a Dime’s Quests, as well as fulfilling stretch goals post Kickstarter to the High Street book store audiences. BHP has a lot of experience running Kickstarters for indie press, and will be invaluable in this process! 

Risks and challenges

Overall, my assessment of this Kickstarter is that has a low level of risk, for you the pledger, as well as for myself and BHP Comics. In the Red has already been written and fully illustrated, with additional content drafted.

We’ve specifically chosen rewards that pack flat and can be sent safely (and cheaply) in the mail. In case of a large number of pledges, batch orders only get cheaper with larger volume and BHP have a lot of experience of delivering Kickstarters. If production issues arose, we would do our best to talk with the affected tiers and agree on a new reward that best-suited everyone.

Our timelines are quite conservative. If the Kickstarter fully funds, the final version of the digital-book should be ready by the end of November 2019, which leaves a comfortable two months for printing and delivery in February 2020. Our aim is for books to hit shelves around April 2020. Kickstarter backers would be receiving the first Quest earlier than anyone else!

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    Common - The PDF!

    Get a digital copy of the first quest, In the Red, Including maps and paper miniatures!

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    Uncommon - The Book!

    Get the first edition printing of In the Red sent straight to your doorstep before it reaches stores worldwide.

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    Rare - The Deluxe Edition!

    Get the book, as well as a high quality printed version of the combat encounter map and paper miniatures!

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    Very Rare - Exclusive Print!

    Get everything before, and a numbered limited edition signed riosgraph print! Ethically produced by Out of the Blueprint, a Leith based social enterprise. Hitting stretch goals will increase the number of prints everybody gets!

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    Indie Stores

    Dungeons on a Dime started out in indie comic book stores, and I'd like to keep supporting them. If you can verify that you're an indie comic book store, radical book store, game store or another form of small business, subscribe to this tier to get the 1st edition of In the Red before anyone else!

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    Legendary - Rolled a One!

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    Divine - GM Screen and Dice!

    Everything from the previous rewards, and a delicious new GM Screen alongside custom dice from Chessix!

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    THE PLAYER

    Get your character in the world! Work with cover artist Fraser Robertson to design a custom mini made of your own character! Your special design will be made available as a community resource for everyone.

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    THE DUNGEON MASTER - Your Own Game!

    I'll run a *very fancy* game of In the Red for you and up to four other friends! I'll even travel anywhere in the UK to do it!

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