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I've written a novel for the game "13th Age." Pelgrane Press would like to print it.
I've written a novel for the game "13th Age." Pelgrane Press would like to print it.
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A Man Without A Past

Cipher is a monk: a master of the Deadly Arts, able to dismantle enemies using his bare hands. He is immune to lies, and can see volumes of information in the smallest detail.

Unfortunately, that’s all he knows. His real name, his history - all stolen by an unknown foe.

Without memory or purpose, Cipher can only follow his instinct to find bad people, and hit them until they stop doing bad things. Joining a crime-fighting cavalry unit in a remote corner of the Dragon Empire, he finds himself allied with a singing orc, an indecisive elf, and a flying carpet that doesn't like heights. Together they’ll take on a crazy halfling death cultist, a love-maddened alchemist, a charming drunkard dog-thief, a blinded arch-demon in chains, and the bizarre Mantischorgoth.

The Forgotten Monk is high fantasy and high adventure, woven into a story of strong friendships, deadly hatreds, ingenious criminal mysteries and baffling affairs of the heart.

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CLICK HERE TO READ THE FIRST TWO CHAPTERS!

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The first time I read 13th Age, I thought to myself, "Wow, neat!" Then I thought, "Ooh, I've got a great idea for a character!" 

Then, a little while later, I thought, "Whoa, and I know the perfect story for that great character."

A bit after that, it was "...and that would be the perfect ending for the story." Which is when I realized that what I actually had was the outline of a novel.

So I wrote it.

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It was not the first book I've ever written. This isn't even the first novel I've pushed using Kickstarter: SINNER and Mask of the Other have both been improved, or just made possible, by crowdfunding. That's without getting into the many short stories I've released through this platform. (They're free now! Click the link if you haven't seen them yet!)

But The Forgotten Monk is something different. I'm not just funding this to release as a print-on-demand book and Amazon file. Instead, this Kickstarter is to push this into broader distribution through Pelgrane's fiction imprint, Stone Skin Press.

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Your backing does not get you a promise to write the novel, it gets you the novel itself. It's written! Done! Complete, 90,000 words long. But printing out that much action, magic and crazy mayhem isn't free, and the layout people and proofers and editors want to get paid for their expertise. (I do too, as do the IP owners for 13th Age.) 

That's where the money raised goes. This is a good story. Stone Skin Press is award-winning publisher Pelgrane's fiction imprint, and it's already released six critically acclaimed short story collections. (My favorite is The Lion and the Aardvark.) With your help, The Forgotten Monk can be their first novel.

If you're interested in stories about hard choices, loyalties and identity, I've got one. Or if you just want to read about fistfights in the Dragon Empire... it's got that covered too.

FIRST STRETCH GOAL... MET!

While I was fiddling around with an update promising a writeup of 13 characters, monsters and assorted antagonists if The Forgotten Monk hit $2,000, I checked back and found that it already had. Awesome! The good folks at Pelgrane are going to stat up thirteen challenges described in the book!

SECOND STRETCH GOAL... MET! O'DUFFY UNLOCKED!

Patrick O'Duffy -- author of The Obituarist and Hotel Flamingo -- has agreed to write a short story based on one of the minor characters from the novel, to be released along with the book through Pelgrane.

Secondly, that font there, which I created for certain sections of The Forgotten Monk, will go out under a CC: license when the funds clear. It's a TrueType font, so you'll be able to knock together mysterious manuscripts until the cows come home, probably breathing fire

THIRD STRETCH GOAL... MET! RYDER-HANRAHAN, UNBOUND!

Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan is now also on deck to write a short story based on one of the characters from The Forgotten Monk. Will he choose the singing orc? The burglar with a drinking problem? Karvak, man of the north? Only time will tell, but when the time comes, we'll be able to lay it out in this font. Not that we'd do that.

FOURTH STRETCH GOAL... MET! HEINSOO IS FREED!

Outstanding. On top of the other stories, we've got one of the two 13th Age founders contributing a tale as well, not to mention this fine looking font to decorate your holy documents.

FIFTH STRETCH GOAL... MET! JONATHAN TWEET COMETH!

I'll admit it, I was worried we wouldn't get here, but we did! Tweet's going to write something based on my work (albeit a work of mine that's based on a work of his, but hopefully the recursion stops here). Pat yourselves on the back! You earned this!

SIXTH STRETCH GOAL: THIRTEEN IMAGES

Can this novel raise $10,000?

Can this novel raise ten thousand dollars?

That's the question, because if it does, the artists of Pelgrane will swoop in like angels with paintbrushes and produce thirteen illustrations. (Of course it's 13. The book has 13 chapters. Also, I'm posting this update on Friday the 13th. It's all connected.) If you want to see what characters like Gruttla Hammerheart, Sergeant Dovestrom and the sinister Grossthorn look like... well, honestly, I'd love to as well. It can happen!

It can happen at $10,000.

-G.

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(Special thanks to James Semple, whose theme music for 13th Age is used in the video. You can also hear it, and more, online at Soundcloud!)

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(Grateful thanks also to Pat Loboyko, who did such a kick ass job on the cover. I particularly like the trees on the back, actually.)

Risks and challenges

As stated previously, the book is written. The stages that remain are editing, layout and printing. Delay is possible at each of those phases, but Pelgrane is a healthy company that has printed dozens of books and gotten them distributed. There might be a binding error, but this is not a project that's at risk of having the creator flake out.

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    DANCING MANTIS: In addition to the eBook of "The Forgotten Monk," you get electronic editions of two other novels by the same author. This offer includes the Mythos military-horror novel "Mask of the Other" and "SINNER," the story of a sarcastic supervillain.

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    IRON CRUSADER: You get the electronic editions of "The Forgotten Monk" and the original "13th Age" game book for what you'd normally pay for just the core. Shh! Don't tell the publisher!

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    TEMPLE WEAPON MASTER: If you're new to "13th Age" but ready to jump in with both feet, this tier is for you. You get the electronic versions of the "13th Age" rulebook, "The Forgotten Monk" and the spectacular "13 True Ways"--the supplement where the Monk character class actually wound up.

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    DISCIPLE OF THE HIDDEN FLAME! If you're in the mood to put some beautifully made bound, printed books on your shelf, this tier gets you a softback "Forgotten Monk" and a full-color hardback copy of "13th Age."

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    CHAMPION OF THE THREE WORLDS! Or, in this instance, three books. You get the softcover of "The Forgotten Monk" and the full color hardback goodness of "13th Age" and its massive first supplement, "13 True Ways."

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    DEATH'S QUIVERING SHADOW! The criminal demimonde of the 13th Age is thick with scum, and you could pick a name for one! At this level of decadent indulgence, you not only get one of the hardbacks (signed by the author!), and the eBooks of "The Forgotten Monk," "SINNER" and "Mask of the Other," you also get naming rights for a character in the book, a greasy little lock picker well-known to the gendarmes. Want to immortalize your rogue? Here's your chance.

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    FLAGRANT BLOSSOM! It's lonesome at the top, but if you pledge at this level, you not only get one of the hardbacks (signed by the author!) along with the eBooks of "The Forgotten Monk," "SINNER" and "Mask of the Other," you get something special and unique. You get to name the Imperial cavalry unit in which most of the heroes serve. (Serious suggestions only.)

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