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The Blood Plague is a Dark Fantasy Adventure Module for Dungeons & Dragons: 5th Edition. Gritty & unforgiving. Brutal and realistic.
The Blood Plague is a Dark Fantasy Adventure Module for Dungeons & Dragons: 5th Edition. Gritty & unforgiving. Brutal and realistic.
The Blood Plague is a Dark Fantasy Adventure Module for Dungeons & Dragons: 5th Edition. Gritty & unforgiving. Brutal and realistic.
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The Blood Plague is a Dark Fantasy Adventure Module for Dungeons & Dragons: 5th Edition for Levels 3-5 which focuses on a deadly plague. The Blood Plague has struck the world of Penumbra and left it's people reeling in horror at it's ferocity.

The Cathedral of Arckenbury. Players will be tasked with reaching this ancient fortress and entreating for asylum with the dread Murder of Crows. Art by Jovina Chagas.
The Cathedral of Arckenbury. Players will be tasked with reaching this ancient fortress and entreating for asylum with the dread Murder of Crows. Art by Jovina Chagas.

What is it?

  • A dark fantasy adventure fraught with perils - The Blood Plague, warring knights & far worse...
  • The story revolves around finding a safe refuge in the Blood Plague at Arckenbury Cathedral, but getting there won't be easy.
  • A medieval Realm known as Penumbra with a distinctly dark and unique flavour. This includes brutal history & warring factions of Penumbra.
  • Gorgeous artwork of the Characters & World of Penumbra, as featured on the Podcast, Turncloaks.

Artwork 

Check out some of the early & finished artwork we've had made! Jovina Chagas & Jessica Bellamy are the lead artists on this project, and really do justice to the gritty feel of the world.

The Emperor's Knights approach Ostwald. Roaming bands of merciless knights are just one of the dangers in Penumbra. Art by Jovina Chagas.
The Emperor's Knights approach Ostwald. Roaming bands of merciless knights are just one of the dangers in Penumbra. Art by Jovina Chagas.

 

The Forests of Arckenbury hide unnatural dangers. On the road to Arckenbury, a place of refuge may not be as safe as it seems. Art by Jovina Chagas.
The Forests of Arckenbury hide unnatural dangers. On the road to Arckenbury, a place of refuge may not be as safe as it seems. Art by Jovina Chagas.

 

Victims of the Blood Plague. None know exactly how it started, but quarantining victims has become a necessity. Art by Jovina Chagas.
Victims of the Blood Plague. None know exactly how it started, but quarantining victims has become a necessity. Art by Jovina Chagas.

 

The Castles of Barons & Baronesses scatter the land of Penumbra, their spires looming above the peasants they rule over. Art by Jovina Chagas.
The Castles of Barons & Baronesses scatter the land of Penumbra, their spires looming above the peasants they rule over. Art by Jovina Chagas.

 

The Gothic Architecture of Penumbra. Art by Jovina Chagas.
The Gothic Architecture of Penumbra. Art by Jovina Chagas.

UNEASY ALLIANCES THAT YOU WILL FORGE:

Prominent Characters from the world of Penumbra as seen in the story of Turncloaks will feature in the narrative and history of the Adventure. While you may meet them as NPCs, we encourage you to create your own PCs for the Adventure, or use your existing ones!

Luna, the Gateway. A Human Monk, trained in the Monasteries of the Marshlands. Art by Gyo.
Luna, the Gateway. A Human Monk, trained in the Monasteries of the Marshlands. Art by Gyo.

 

Auri, Human Rogue. While Magic is rare in Penumbra and it's practices taboo, some still dare. Art by Gyo.
Auri, Human Rogue. While Magic is rare in Penumbra and it's practices taboo, some still dare. Art by Gyo.

 

Tamarin, a Human Ranger. Most children are taught the art of warfare in their villages, and learn to wield a bow at a young age. Art by Gyo.
Tamarin, a Human Ranger. Most children are taught the art of warfare in their villages, and learn to wield a bow at a young age. Art by Gyo.

 

Alastair, the White Crow. Elven Plague Doctor, Penumbra's version of the Cleric. Art by Gyo.
Alastair, the White Crow. Elven Plague Doctor, Penumbra's version of the Cleric. Art by Gyo.

ENEMIES WHO WILL HUNT YOU:

The Blood Plague has lead to the creation of the creatures of sinew and strife. These beings of transcendent evil haunt the darkest recesses of the forests of Arckenbury, searching for those who would seek to prevent the Plague. Something, or someone must drive them forwards...

The Plague Hounds are horrific animals, driven by blood, and rumored to be former victims of the Plague. Art by Gyo.
The Plague Hounds are horrific animals, driven by blood, and rumored to be former victims of the Plague. Art by Gyo.

 

Known only as the "Heartless Man," this mysterious individual cut out his own heart to feed the Blood Plague. Art by Gyo.
Known only as the "Heartless Man," this mysterious individual cut out his own heart to feed the Blood Plague. Art by Gyo.

 

A Note about Print Copies

You will be able to buy Print Copies of The Blood Plague via Backerkit once the Campaign is over for £18. You will also be able to buy Wallpapers, and Private D&D Game Sessions via Backerkit as additional add-ons. T-Shirts will become available at 10 Achievements.  

Print Copies will be available via Backerkit for £18.
Print Copies will be available via Backerkit for £18.

Achievements

There are 20 Free Achievements, similar to Stretch Goals, which unlock extra Rewards for every backer. These are a great way to support us even if you can't put money behind the project, and can be unlocked any order.

 

10 Achievements Unlocked: T-Shirts will become available in Backerkit.

20 Achievements Unlocked: We'll create unique Handouts (with Artwork) that you can use to print or in Digital VTTs for your players, and all Stretch Goals are unlocked automatically!

The Retweets & Shares refer to our Pinned posts. 

Why Kickstarter?

All of the written content for the Core Module itself is 100% completed, and well over 80% of the Core Artwork is also completed, and this has been paid for out of our pocket. We wanted to make sure that you received the exact product as promised, but this has of course cost us! We're looking to raise the money needed to cover our art costs we've already purchased, as well as to add in some amazing new content to the Module, including beautiful Maps & exciting new Published authors.

Meet the Team

WRITING & PROJECT MANAGEMENT:  

Will Jones - The Head of EncounterRoleplay, Will is managing the project and has been a full time D&D streamer on Twitch for nearly 2 years.   

Sydney Shields - Freelance Marketing Manager & Social Media Consultant, Sydney is running the Social Media Campaign for the Project.

ARTISTS:

Jovina Chagas - Jovina is a full time artist and runs an art blog, and is painting the fantastic landscape artwork for The Blood Plague.

Jessica Bellamy (Gyo) - Jessica is the character artist for The Blood Plague and has created some stunning character pieces born of her love for Turncloaks.

Louise Moore - Louise is a masterful DM & will be creating the beautiful World Map of Breath of Gorr.

Ethan Hudgens - Veteran Map Maker and DMsGuild author extraordinaire, Ethan will be creating the Maps & Tokens.

VIDEO:

Jay Tallsquall - The voice of Alastair on Turncloaks, Tallsquall runs a Twitch channel for charity.

William Piotrowski - Composer for Nox Arcana & the Turncloaks score.

Baastian Brands - Editor and Sound Designer for Turncloaks, Baastian edited the dialogue & music for the video. 

Risks and challenges

We've decided to keep everything within the Project as manageable as possible to minimize potential risks. We have experience with completing Kickstarter campaigns with our previous D&D adventure, The Breath of Gorr. This project was delivered on time and to a high quality, and we are now familiar with the challenges of creating an adventure. 100% of the writing for the core module itself has already been completed. Well over 75% of the core artwork has also already been completed.

Communication is very important to us with this project, and you have a direct line to the team via this page, as well as our email at: contact@encounterroleplay.com. We will also be posting regular updates to our Kickstarter page regarding the production timeline.

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    Full Color PDF & Wallpapers

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    • Name a Town within Penumbra which will be marked on the Map.
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    Master of the Plague

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    • A Private Game Session with the Team + Cast of EncounterRoleplay.
    • Pick the name of an NPC in the Adventure.
    • Describe a Villain in the Adventure.
    • Private Lesson with Will of EncounterRoleplay on DMing or Playing
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