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About this project

What is Graveyard of Heroes?

Graveyard of Heroes is a pen and paper tabletop fantasy role-playing game in the dark/weird fantasy sub-genre. It was written to invoke the spirit of early RPGs while incorporating more modern game mechanics to improve the flow of the game. This is not a retro-clone nor is it compatible with any other game; however, if you are familiar with older versions of the world's most popular role-playing game you will be familiar with many of this game's core concepts.

Cover Art by Eugene Jaworski
Cover Art by Eugene Jaworski

 

Philosophy and tone of the game

All heroes die. What legacy will you leave behind? In a vast world where the actions of heroes are often overshadowed by the unknowable forces of the universe what impact can a mere mortal have on the world? Will you be forgotten like all the others in the graveyard of heroes or will your name be made immortal?

The last resting place of many a character
The last resting place of many a character

 

Features of the game

  • Graveyard of Heroes uses a classless character creation system so that players may personalize their heroes in the manner of their choosing.

  • A race creation system is included with the game so that game masters can design the playable races that will be allowed in his/her campaign.

  • 8 sample non-standard fantasy races are included in the book.

  • Character advancement is quest based and is not linked to the number of monsters killed or amount of wealth acquired. This helps prevent parties from degenerating into murder hobos and encourages players to get involved in the story.

  • The book has lots of monsters mostly of the pulp, weird or dark fantasy variety. In addition random monster generators are included in the book to aid in the creation of fresh new monsters to throw players off.

  • A sample adventure is included in the book.

The dungeon is prepared but are you?
The dungeon is prepared but are you?

 

About the author

Matthew Byers, also known as “Fez Sinister” has been terrorizing gamers since 1981 with his unique brand of storytelling. He is a collector of fezzes and is a villainous game master extraordinaire. One day he woke up and realized that in his career as a game master he has killed hundreds of player characters but that he would never be able to kill thousands of characters unless he created his own game. And so Graveyard of Heroes was born.

Fez Sinister
Fez Sinister

 

About the artwork

All of the interior artwork in the book is black and white pen and ink style line art of the type commonly found in classic role-playing games from the author's youth. A mix of professional and amateur art was intentionally used to emulate the look and feel of old school fantasy role-playing games of yesteryear. The book contains art by: Matthew Byers, Suzie Byers, Eugene JaworskiNancy Lowe, Bill Taylor, some artwork copyright William McAusland, used with permission as well as some public domain art.

Half Fey by Nancy Lowe
Half Fey by Nancy Lowe

 

       

Why should you buy this game?

  • If you like old school RPGs but don't always like the clunky archaic game mechanics they often use, this is the game for you.
  • This game encourages creativity from the players instead of limiting it.
  • This is the only rulebook you need to play the game.
  • It is accessible and easy to pick up by players of all levels of gaming experience. 

 

Why Kickstarter?

The purpose of this Kickstarter is to determine if additional expense related to artwork upgrades and other cosmetic improvements is warranted. If the Kickstarter campaign goes well additional art can be added to the book and additional time can be spent improving the general appearance of the book.

  

How does fulfillment work?

All backers will receive their rewards from DriveThruRPG a world leader in the distribution of digital role-playing products. I have selected them because I know they will deliver the goods as promised.Those who choose to get the print edition will be pleased to know they have printers both in the US and in Europe so shipping charges will be as low as they can be.

 

Risks and challenges

The book is 100% written and the layout is almost done. The purpose of this Kickstarter is to determine if additional expense related to artwork upgrades and other cosmetic improvements is warranted. Because of this fulfillment can proceed soon after the close of the Kickstarter campaign. While this is my first book, the fact that all major hurdles have already been passed makes the project low risk. In addition the fulfillment of the Kickstarter rewards will be handled by DriveThruRPG a trusted distributor of RPG products.

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    Grave Digger

    Anyone who pledges at this level will get to suggest a name for a minor NPC or hireling to be used in Fez Sinister's regular Graveyard of Heroes playtest group. These minor characters will meet horrible horrible deaths and then the manner of their deaths will be posted on Fez Sinister's facebook page for all to see.

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