Sea King's Malice: a 5E Adventure in the Deadly Depths
A lavishly-illustrated hardcover book, with maps from Beadle & Grimm's, a host of additional resources, and much more!
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, June 13 2019 6:59 PM UTC +00:00.
In the murky depths sits a brooding menace, ancient, indescribably evil, and ravenously hungry. Perched on his massive throne, the Sea King dreams of his massive jaws bathing in runnels of fresh land-dweller blood. He dreams of the ecstasy of rending air-breather flesh. His hate-filled dreams suffuse him with visions of presiding over a glorious and bloody feast where his despised enemies, those both above and below the waves, drown in a tide of their own blood, torn apart by his fierce warriors. In this sprawling adventure the characters will come face to face with this terrible menace.
Sea King’s Malice is a full color and lavishly illustrated 5e adventure for the world’s most popular role-playing game that takes characters on a sweeping adventure across the ocean, to previously uncharted lands, and finally down under the waves to the very depths of the sea. It is also available for the 0E Swords & Wizardry system for those preferring old-school rulesets.
On the East Coast of the Crescent Sea sits the vital city of Bridgeport, where the merchant company of Zephyr Assimilated has mysteriously lost a ship. Not just any ship, either, but their flagship, a well-outfitted, well-provisioned merchant vessel with a veteran captain — who also happens to be the eldest child of Zephyr Assimilated’s owner, Jaxon Brand.
Brand is now assembling an expedition to search for and rescue the lost ship...
Only the most stalwart and bravest of heroes will have any chance of surviving the hazards of the open sea and the perils of other strange and yet unknown lands, both above and below the waves, as they search for clues surrounding the disappearance of the missing ship. For in the sea-green depths a brooding menace awaits them, filled with inhuman hatred of all things of the surface world. The adventurers’ journey will end, one way or the other, in the Court of the terrifying Sea King. This edge-of-your seat 5e adventure takes characters to level 10, and is also available for Swords & Wizardry (0e) The Swords & Wizardry version will begin at higher level and cover fewer level advancements.
Do you have the courage, fortitude, and lack of self-preservation to challenge the terror of the seas – the terrible and brooding menace of the Sea King? Surely only the foolhardy or the truly desperate would actually seek out this horror in the abyssal depths and confront him in his court, his very seat of power! For the sea is an unforgiving place, the natural realm of the Sea King, and the characters are merely intruders in his realm. And yet … perhaps they will turn out to be very deadly intruders indeed…
The Treasure from Beadle & Grimm's Pandemonium Warehouse.
Frog God Games is very proud to announce our partnership with Beadle & Grimm’s Pandemonium Warehouse. They are the premier creator of high-end tools for tabletop game masters and players worldwide. The Map Vault: Sea King's Malice is the first of a planned series of limited edition maps for gamers everywhere.
As grizzled veterans of the original AD&D, Alex’s tale of the Sea King really spoke to us here at Beadle & Grimm’s. The rules may be 5th Edition, but the vibe is old school in the best possible way – it strikes the perfect balance between heady role-playing, tense dungeon-crawling and visceral, gory combat. We’ve been looking for an opportunity to try something new, so we’re very grateful to Alex and Frog God for inviting us to create a special enhancement for the Sea King’s Malice adventure – our first-ever selection from the B&G Map Vault.
The Sea King’s Edition of the Map Vault focuses on one of the most exciting and unique elements of Alex’s story – the sailing ships. Three different ships are presented here, each on its own two-sided 24x30 map with art created exclusively for Beadle & Grimm’s. One side has the full-color detail of a ship from the adventure, while the other has blank interiors and a dry erase surface so that you, the Dungeon Master, can use it to create future adventures from your own imagination. All six battle maps are scaled and gridded for your minis, and they come rolled in a custom cartographer’s tube to keep them protected for years of future use.
Beadle & Grimm’s Pandemonium Warehouse was founded in 2018 by five old friends with more decades of gaming between them than they’d like to admit. Our first two products, the Platinum Edition of Waterdeep: Dragon Heist and the Sinister Silver Edition of Ghosts of Saltmarsh, have established us as a premier creator of high-end tools for Dungeon Masters. Now with our new Map Vault, we get to reach out to the vibrant extended community of 5th Edition gamers.
One last thing – like our Platinum boxes, the Sea King’s maps are a limited edition only – once they’re sold out, they’re gone forever. So jump on board!
(Seriously, we can keep this up all day. Don’t tempt us.)
Bill, Charlie, Jon, Matt and Paul
These items may be added to any pledge in any quantity. Please note that these are listed on a per version basis (e.g. if you wanted both 5e and Swords and Wizardry, you need to buy 1/each version). Version selection and add-ons can also be added during the fulfillment process on backerkit.
- Beadle & Grimm's Map Vault: Sea King's Malice- $50 3 double-sided Ship maps detailing the sailing vessels encountered while playing Sea King's Malice stored safely in a custom cartographers case.
- Rocky Cove ( Estimated 32pp.)- $8 PDF, $17 Full color Softcover. Introductory Module for Sea King's Malice designed for 1st level characters by Ken Spencer. The pauper village of Rocky Cove is missing many citizens and lacks the weal to investigate. With no weal, there is no way until a band strangers arrives. Your choice of Swords and Wizardry or 5th Edition.
- The Lighthouse of Anan Marath (Estimated 32pp LOCKED)- $8 PDF, 17 Full Softcover. Seventy years after a pious and orderly brotherhood of priests vanishes, evil remains at an abandoned lighthouse. An adventure by Jim Stanton.
- Ecology of the Sahuagin (Estimated 20pp.)- $7 PDF, $15 Full Color Softcover. Detailed guide to the culture, appetites and society of the Sahuagin. Written by Alex Kammer. Your choice of Swords and Wizardry or 5th Edition.
- Hardcover Sea King's Malice- $20 PDF, $40 Full Color Hardcover. Your choice of Swords and Wizardry or 5th Edition.
- Deluxe Leather Edition of the Sea King's Malice-A deluxe version of the book, library bound in genuine leather, $200. Your choice of Swords and Wizardry or 5th Edition.
- Art of the Sea King's Malice (Estimated 16 pp.)- Useful for illustrating scenes are areas from the book without having to show your players the book itself, in full color. PDF free to pledges of $20 or more, Softcover book $12 (if unlocked).
- Monster Reference (Estimated 48 pp.)- FREE PDF to all pledges $20 or more. $10 Full Color Softcover for 5e only (if unlocked). Easy reference companion to keep tables and minds clutter free.
- Dead Man's Chest (Estimated 96 pp. LOCKED)-A revised edition of the ocean adventure rules, encounter tables, spells and magic items from the long out of print Necromancer Games book Dead Man's Chest for Swords and Wizardry and 5th Edition (never before released in these versions!).Softcover book $20, PDF $10. Your choice of Swords and Wizardry or 5th Edition.
- The Black Spot (32 pages), a nautical adventure by Gary McBride will be provided to all pledge levels over $20 as a FREE PDF and as an add on as a softcover for $16 (if unlocked). Your choice of Swords and Wizardry or 5th Edition.
- Sinful Whispers (32 pages LOCKED), a nautical adventure by Tom Knauss will be provided to all pledge levels over $20 as a FREE PDF and as an add on as a softcover for $16 (if unlocked). Your choice of Swords and Wizardry or 5th Edition.
- Tapestry Map- A 71 inch by 72 inch cloth map of the City of the Sea King. $125
Note- If you wish to customize any combination of items, you may either add the appropriate amount to a standard pledge now, or later in Backerkit.
$17,000- Funded, Thank you for your support!
$22,000- The Monster Reference PDF will be provided to all pledge levels $20 or more as a FREE PDF. The Full Color Softcover will be available for 5e only for $10.
$28,000-Art of the Sea King's Malice-Useful for illustrating scenes are areas from the book without having to show your players the book itself, in full color. PDF free to pledges of $20 or more, Softcover book $12.
$35,000-A full color nautical adventure module, The Black Spot (32 pages), by Gary McBride will be provided to all pledge levels $20 or more as a FREE PDF and as an add on as a softcover for $16.
$45,000-All Sea KIngs Malice books will be signed by Alex Kammer (excludes POD)
$55,000-A full color nautical adventure module, Sinful Whispers (32 pages), by Tom Knauss will be provided to all pledge levels $20 or more as a FREE PDF and as an add on as a softcover for $16.
$60,000- A revised edition of the ocean adventure rules, encounter tables, spells and magic items from the long out of print Necromancer Games book Dead Man's Chest for Swords and Wizardry and 5th Edition (never before released in these versions!).Softcover book $20, PDF $10. Your choice of Swords and Wizardry or 5th Edition.
$70,000- The Lighthouse of Anan Marath (Estimated 32pp)- $8 PDF, 17 Full Softcover. Seventy years after a pious and orderly brotherhood of priests vanishes, evil remains at an abandoned lighthouse. An adventure by Jim Stanton. Your choice of Swords and Wizardry or 5th Edition.
And many more to come!
Special Note to the Temple of the Shark God Pledge
This premium pledge requires some explanation. First of all: All shipping costs are included with this pledge level.The Temple of the Shark God Pledge gets you an invite you to join the Froggies at North Texas RPG Con 2020 in June or at Gamehole Con in November 2019 (your choice of 1). At this event, we will pay for your:
- Convention badge
- Hotel room
- Meals and beverages
All you pay is your transportation to and from the convention! Shipping is also FREE, anywhere in the world! This is where you get to hang out with us behind the scenes, eat dinners with us, play in our games during the day, and generally stay up late without your parents telling you that it's bedtime. Ask any of our fans that have bought this pledge before, it’s truly a wonderful experience! This reward also includes automatic entry into a game game run by Alex Kammer at North Texas RPG Con or at Gamehole Con in 2019 or 2020! Plus a VIP invitation to Bill Webb's Tegel Manor Halloween Game at Gamehole Con (2019 Only)!
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