Saving Throw combines Mythbusters and TableTop to create a how-to show for the world of pen & paper role-playing games. Read more
This project was successfully funded on March 15, 2014.
About this project
Thanks to you, Saving Throw is a success! The show is getting made! But it's not over yet! Take part in the epic battle of good vs. evil and get a taste of the RPG life by backing the project and participating in the TOMB OF THE FORBIDDEN STRETCH GOALS. A campaign within a campaign!
Each day there's a new goal to reach. Which goal you choose determines the story - will you choose to follow the path of the light and defeat Cthulhu, or will you choose the path of chaos and help awaken him? The choice is yours! Read all about it in Update #10 here! And watch the updates page for new goals each day!!
Read below for what we're trying to achieve with these stretch goals!
Now that we're over $8,000, we have several stretch rewards - things to shoot for. Extra goodies, improved production value, and an overall sense of vast accomplishment for you to bask in!
$10,000 - We make another music video parody like Just Give Me a d6, focusing on another game system OF YOUR CHOOSING. We'll poll the lot of ya after the campaign and write a song based on the most popular system of choice!
$15,000 - This will help us afford to travel to conventions like Gen Con, Nerdtacular, Strategicon, Kubla Con, BoardGameGeek Con, and many more. Where we can host character creation panels, run games and most importantly meet YOU! Donors at the $20 level and up will receive a custom d20 with a Saving Throw design as an additional reward.
$25,000 - At this level we can have a professional web-design company restructure the site the way we ultimately envision it. This will be a hub of information and will be an easy to use and navigate marvel of technology (until some Shadowrun hacker archetype breaks in). ALL backers, from the $1 level and up will be given access to a backer's only private forum on the new site with behind the scenes info and cast/crew chats.
$50,000 - We'll throw in additional episodes throughout the season covering old school games like Paranoia, AD&D 2e, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & Other Strangeness, and more! PLUS, everyone who donates at the $35 level or above gets the item (either the t-shirt or the tote) that they didn't order before, for FREE! If you placed an order for two, you'll get your choice of a 3rd item, again FOR FREE.
$100,000 - We make a web-series based on our characters in the Pathfinder campaign. It'll be like Lord of the Rings (but halflings instead of Hobbits, of course)! Donors of $100 or more will get the opportunity to name characters, visit the set, and even a walk-on role (for donors at $1,000 or more). All donors at the $20 level and up will get a free digital download of this event!
Saving Throw is an instructional web-series and website, designed to teach you not only how to play, but why. We love pen & paper role-playing games and want to share that passion with you, your friends, and the world.
With over 40 years of history, RPGs can be an intimidating prospect for some geeks. And with new systems emerging each year knowing the choices and rules becomes daunting. That's where Saving Throw comes in!
Saving Throw will teach you what you need to get started in a friendly and engaging manner where YOU are in control. Episodes will be bite-sized and shareable because we know you've got that life-thing that keeps getting in the way!
We're like a mixture of Wil Wheaton's TableTop and Mythbusters, with a healthy dab of Top Gear thrown in for good measure. We're a flexible resource you can utilize to help you learn or teach your favorite RPGs.
What will the first series cover/be about?
Saving Throw will be a dynamic series that takes you out of the living room of most RPG instructional shows and takes you on location and into the studio. We'll help guide you through character creation and gameplay, showing you what you need to play and what makes RPGs so fun!
In the first series we'll be covering Paizo's immensely popular Pathfinder RPG system. Pathfinder is a fantasy-based tabletop game based off the 3.5 edition of D&D. Affectionately referred to as 3.75, it's got all the fantasy staples - wizards, dwarves, elves, magic, barbarians, evil kings, dragons and more. Much more. So much you might say you'd need a web-series to help explain it all!
In future series we'll cover other gaming systems, from old school to new. Our website also has articles about many other game systems. We've got you covered no matter what you're interested in playing.
Through in-depth instructional videos we'll take you step-by-step through the process of creating a character. From rolling ability scores to choosing weapons and spells we'll break down the why's and how's in fun and entertaining ways. With your help we can visit and film at places like Sword Play where people train how to fight like Jedi for a Star Wars: Age of Rebellion-themed episode. Or a blacksmith like the Sword and Stone to discuss skills and proficiencies in a D&D inspired series. Those are just a couple examples of how we'll take you out of the living room and into your imagination.
With your help we can make it happen.
We're players, just like you! We've got around 50 years of collective RPG experience between us. We love learning new games as well as teaching old ones. Some of us are recent RPG enthusiasts, while others have been playing since childhood.
Ivan Van Norman - co-host, co-writer, GM. A runner-up in the first season of King of the Nerds, Ivan is a formidable presence at the gaming table. He co-designed Outbreak: Undead, the zombie survival RPG, and continues to work on groundbreaking games.
Amy Vorpahl - co-host, co-writer. Amy has been playing RPGs for about 10 years and has experience with many systems. She was a member of the prestigious Sunday Company at The Groundlings and is a frequent guest star on The Dungeon Bastard and CritJuice web-series’.
Ben Dunn - co-host, co-producer. Ben is one of the stars and a co-producer on The Nerdist Channel's NerdTerns web-series and is a frequent co-host on GeekScape, 1337Lounge, the Super Nerd Trivia Game Show and more.
Dom Zook - is an award-winning producer of short films such as Snow Day, Bloody Snow Day, Coaching Me Softly (starring Dian Bachar and Steve Zaragoza), and Y Tu Nana Tambien among many more. He's been playing RPGs off and on since 1986.
Tyler Rhoades - Head Writer, Technical Consultant, co-producer. Tyler has been playing D&D since the early 80's having been born into a gaming family. An accomplished writer, Tyler has extensive experience in New Media formats.
Mason McDaniel - Technical Consultant, co-producer. Journeyman of the geeks, part-time Jedi, and GM extraordinaire, Mason is also a director and writer on the Super Nerd Trivia Game Show. A student of many RPGs, he lives and rolls in LA with his wife and child.
Together, we made this music video as an homage to the campaign we were running. With your generous donation, we can make more like this:
It's not surprising that a series like this will cost money. While we're dedicated to making this happen regardless of pay, we want to make sure the rest of the crew is adequately compensated, that we've got food on shoot days, and insurance to cover rentals. Your pledge will help us offset the costs to maintain and improve the website and ensure we can continue to bring you the best news, reviews, and information about all of your favorite RPGs.
Your donation will go towards the following:
$2,000 - Crew costs
$2,000 - Post-production (effects, editing, music)
$1,000 - Insurance
$1,000 - Location & Gear rentals
$750 - Travel costs for cons, on-location filming
$500 - Craft services & meals on set
$750 - Kickstarter fees/Shipping & Fulfillment costs
Reward descriptions and how to pledge.
These rewards represent only the tip of the iceberg in terms of our thanks to you for donating. And we've tried to keep things focused on things that will help your gaming experience. Because ultimately it's you who makes this show work!
$1.00 - $40.00 are pretty standard reward levels. You got yer t-shirts, yer tote bags, yer exclusive invitations to live filming, etc. From there, however, we get even more exciting!
You'll note that at the $35-40 levels you can choose either the BAG OF HOLDING - or - the LET'S DUNGEON T-SHIRT. If you want both, no problem! Just add that tier's amount to your pledge. So for example if you got the LET'S DUNGEON T-SHIRT but also wanted the BAG OF HOLDING, you'd add $40 to your existing pledge of $35 for a total of $75 (plus applicable shipping if you live outside the U.S.).
Starting at $85 and up we move into unique territory. Each item is tailored specifically to YOU. We'll help you develop your character, run a game with you... heck, we'll even compose and perform a song about you or your character!
Shipping costs are included for US residents, while non-US backers will be charged a small shipping fee depending on the item, as listed in the reward section.
Can't donate? No problem! If you love RPGs and you know other people who do, please share this project! Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Google+, YouTube... take to the streets! Let us know you shared... there might even be something in it for ya!
Or maybe you've got some skills with web-design, programming, writing, or After Effects and want to join us? Hit us up!
If we're lucky enough to hit our $8,000 goal, we'll be able to shoot the first season but the fun doesn't end there! No sir! We have big plans! With extra funds we can shoot in more locations, attend more conventions, reach out to more groups to help facilitate learning and events. TL;DR: With more money we can make the show even better!
Want to learn more? Head to Saving Throw! Check out our current website, watch a video or download a podcast.
Special thanks to Alex Perrault at evilolive.com!
Music provided by the Free Music Archive.
"Moondots and Polkabeams" (Podington Bear)
"Sounds like Jobim on a Mario in an Elevator" (µB)
"Shopping For Explosives" (Coconut Monkeyrocket)
Risks and challenges
There are risks inherent with every video project and Saving Throw is no different. If we don't reach our goal we'll still make the series and the website will still continue, however we'll be forced to scale back considerably and many of the fresh new ideas will need to be cut.
The rewards will be processed through reputable dealers with years of experience fulfilling these types of requests. Every effort will be made to ensure the quality of the items meets our strict standards. Likewise, any video reward is dependent on individual internet connections and technical issues. We will do everything we can to mitigate these potential problems.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
No! While Pathfinder will be the predominant focus in the first series due to its popularity and basic framework, we'll also cover (in some small way) other systems. Of course, the more we raise the more videos we can create. The website has tools and tips for a lot of game systems all at once, however!
While I make no guarantees regarding the livestream (in the heat of battle, things are said...) but if you watched the Kickstarter video, or our music video, you'll have a solid idea of our style. If you deem that kid-friendly then you can rest assured the show will be fine for younger players. We'd never go beyond a PG-13 in terms of content.
I'm an international backer and I want to support you at the $15 level or above, but don't want to pay shipping for a button. Can I?
Yep! At the $15 level, just send us a message indicating you'd prefer to not have a button sent to you. We'll make a note and confirm your choice in the survey.
Otherwise, the button is included at no extra charge for the $35+ reward tiers.
Pledge $1 or more
DAGGER: Thanks from the Saving Throw team! You're just awesome! And cute. We like the way you do that thing you always do. Oh stop it!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $6 or more
SHORT SWORD: Every little bit helps! You'll get Special Thanks on the website and we'll call out your generosity on Facebook and Twitter. Plus we'll add your name to IMDb listing you as a supporter! IMDb is the 21st century's version of the Yellow Pages. You're somebody!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $10 or more
WARHAMMER: You'll receive an exclusive invitation to the unedited LIVE video stream of our Gameplay. Chat with us as we roll, tell us what we did wrong as we do them, and otherwise join us for good times. PLUS you'll receive a button to show off your support of Saving Throw! Includes SHORT SWORD reward. Oooh, dual-wielding!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $10 or more
INTERNATIONAL WARHAMMER: This is exactly the same as the WARHAMMER reward, except no button. Just in case you wanted to watch the livestream but didn't want to pay extra for shipping a button!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $15 or more
MODULE: A PDF of the original adventure we'll run for the first season written by our very own Ivan Van Norman. Complete with crude drawings and notes from the cast & crew! Compatible with most d20 systems. Also includes SHORT SWORD and WARHAMMER rewards.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $15 or more
INTERNATIONAL MODULE: Same as the MODULE reward but no button. Which means no shipping charge if you're outside the US. Or if you're in the US and just don't want a button.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $35 or more
LET'S DUNGEON: T-shirts showcasing Orjuin, the Saving Throw mascot, with an emblazoned "Let's Dungeon!" to let passersby know you're ready to game! See the design in the description on the left. You are an official badass. Also includes MODULE, WARHAMMER, and SHORT SWORD levels.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $40 or more
BAG OF HOLDING: Cotton tote bags with Orjuin and the words "Let's Dungeon" seared into the side. The huge 15.5" x 15" size is perfect for carrying your rulebooks, pencils, scratch paper, dice, minis, character sheets, bottles of Mountain Dew, beef jerky, finger bones... Also includes MODULE, WARHAMMER, and SHORT SWORD levels.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $85 or more
THE BARD: We'll write and perform a Bardic Song for you OR your character. We'll post on YouTube so you can share with everyone! Unless you wanna keep it all to yourself, precious. (Includes either LET'S DUNGEON - or - BAG OF HOLDING and all previous!)Estimated delivery:
Pledge $100 or more
OPTION #1 TALENT TREE: The Saving Throw team will hold a personal character creation session with you via Skype. We'll help you build one character for an RPG system of your choice and help guide you from noob to seasoned grognard. (Includes THE BARD plus either LET'S DUNGEON - or - BAG OF HOLDING and everything previous!)Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $100 or more
6 backers Limited (4 left of 10)
OPTION #2 GM SPECIAL: You control the party! You will be given an opportunity to meet with GMs Ivan Van Norman and Mason McDaniel either in-person or over the internet to craft an encounter for the PCs that will be part of our Gameplay video! (Includes THE BARD plus either LET'S DUNGEON - or - BAG OF HOLDING and everything previous!)Estimated delivery:
Pledge $250 or more
2 backers Limited (18 left of 20)
COOL KIDS: We will play and film a short one-shot adventure with you in-person or via the internet of the game system of your choice. Practice your GMing skills with us, or practice improving your gameplay - the option is yours! (Includes your choice of TALENT TREE or GM SPECIAL, THE BARD plus either LET'S DUNGEON - or - BAG OF HOLDING and everything previous!)Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $500 or more
3 backers Limited (17 left of 20)
THE GYGAX: We will review YOUR game system on the show and website. We will film a session playing the game as well as instructing how to create a character. Please read the FAQ for more details. You'll also receive everything above, including both the LET'S DUNGEON - and - BAG OF HOLDING rewards!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $750 or more
1 backer Limited (9 left of 10)
THE 18/00: You will be listed as an Executive Producer on the first season complete with a pre-roll ad (must be tasteful and clear our approval). You get ALL of the above, plus an extra t-shirt and tote bag!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $1,000 or more
1 backer Limited (19 left of 20)
BAHAMUT: We will include a segment of your choice in the show, and you can even host that segment! This could be about your game company, your thoughts on a certain game system, or just your experience with RPGs. Subject matter will need to be approved by the producers first, but almost anything goes (please see the FAQ)! You'll also receive everything above, including both the LET'S DUNGEON - and - BAG OF HOLDING rewards!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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