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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, October 11 2019 2:00 AM UTC +00:00.

Scouts of the Wyrdwood Forest (relaunch)

A tabletop RPG about magical scouts in an enchanted wood! Explore the Wyrdwood, earn your badges, and befriend the Fae!

Scouts of the Wyrdwood Forest (relaunch)

A tabletop RPG about magical scouts in an enchanted wood! Explore the Wyrdwood, earn your badges, and befriend the Fae!

$4,145
pledged of $3,902pledged of $3,902 goal
78
backers
19days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, October 11 2019 2:00 AM UTC +00:00.

About

Fully Funded! Stretch goals announced!

We are raising funds to create an original tabletop role playing game in a 7x10 softback book, 120 pages long, with full-color illustrations by four talented female illustrators. 

This book will contain all the rules and background information needed to play the game, as well as lots of guidance and advice on how to run a successful campaign.

  •  You can check out a Free Preview PDF by clicking below:
  •  Or listen to the playtest podcast: 
  •  Or watch an actual play from Victory Condition Gaming:

Read on to learn more about the Wyrdwood!

We have created our own, original system for use in Scouts of the Wyrdwood Forest. It is narrative-focused and uses ten-sided dice for all mechanical resolutions. (See more about the mechanics and rules in the free preview PDF.)

The Wyrdwood (pronounced "weird wood") is a strange and magical place, an enchanted forest as old as time itself. Infinite and ever-changing, the Wyrdwood is accessible via any wooded area in the modern world, though usually not by accident.

New Wyrdscouts have spent their entire life up till now among their human families, but they are all descended from various Fae of the Wood as well.  The magic in their blood has been passed down from generation to generation and grants them special faerie abilities.

The dryads of the Oak King’s court wage a never-ending war with the shaggy, sun-averse trolls, and there are whispers of a spider queen who lives deep in the dark and weaves nightmares for the world. Ogres, twelve feet tall but as dumb as rocks, are a common trouble and rumors abound of a witch gone bad.

Stretch goals, including improvements to the physical book and expansion content, will be given to all backers once we reach the levels shown below!

  • 48 Hour Funded (Unlocked) - FREE Intro Adventure PDF
  • $5000 (Locked) - Another FREE Adventure by Sarah Orr Atten
  • $6500 (Locked) - Expansion Content included in the core book!
     

Shipping costs are NOT being collected during this Kickstarter. Actual shipping charges (with the exception of International rewards) will be collected at a later date, via PayPal invoices, once everything is ready to ship. We do this because otherwise Kickstarter takes a cut of the shipping charges, and thus we would have to charge our backers more than shipping should actually cost. 

The expected costs are noted below.

  •  Books Only = $5 via Media Mail
     
  •  Books + Anything Else (such as dice) = $9 via USPS

     

International Shipping

Unfortunately, shipping from the USA to anywhere else in the world (even Canada) is crazy expensive. We aren't big enough (nor are we doing a large enough print run) to have shipping hubs in various countries. Instead we have teamed up with DriveThruRPG to handle the printing and shipping of books outside the United States.

Your International Pledge will give you the pdf of the book and a code to be used on DriveThruRPG to order the actual physical book, once the files are finished in early 2020. To order the book, you must then pay the actual printing costs of the book (currently about $8) and the actual shipping costs (determined by your destination), to DriveThruRPG when you redeem your code.

Click HERE to see estimated shipping costs by country!

This method should bring your total pledge cost (including shipping) to roughly the same as United States backers for most countries. However, VAT may be charged locally upon arrival and is not included in the pledge.

We do not know how Brexit will affect international printing and shipping costs. DriveThruRPG has at least one printer in the UK, so those backers should be unaffected.

At this time we are unable to ship the custom dice, or any other rewards besides the books, to international backers at anything close to a reasonable cost. International books will not be signed.

Robert has published numerous traditional books and five previous games. Each of the artists involved has an impressive portfolio and considerable professional experience. The editor (Keith Garrett, not shown) is established in the gaming industry as both a great editor and an author in his own right.

Production Timeline

  • October 10th:    Kickstarter Ends!
  • October 11th:     Contracts finalized, Art breakdown assigned
  • October 25th:    Funds released, Images (from art backers) due
  • November 1st:   Art thumbnails due
  • December 1st:   Pencil Sketches due
  • Jan 6th, 2020:   Final Art Due, Textual editing begins
  • January 2020:    Final Layout and File Prep
  • February 2020:  Book Printing, Shipping Invoices sent
  • March 2020:       PDFs delivered
  • April 2020:          Physical Shipping Begins

Risks and challenges

NOTHING for this project is made in China and the tariffs will NOT affect us.

Every successful project we have run has delivered on-time or even early. That said, even though we have been working with this team for over a year now, delays are possible. It takes time to do good art, get everything laid out, and to complete the editing.

This will also be the first time working with this particular paperback printer (we usually work with another printer for hardbacks), but they do come highly recommended by other small game publishers.

Of course, any unlocked stretch goals may also bump the timeline down a bit.

Regardless of any issues that arise, we will strive to communicate clear expectations to all backers in a once a month update. (Or more frequently if something major happens.) We also guarantee that the rewards will be shipped (including retail backers) BEFORE any books are made available through regular distribution channels.

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