Hi, my name is Daniel – some of you know me as the creator of ZWEIHÄNDER Grim & Perilous RPG, and face of Grim & Perilous Studios. I am a level 41 husband/father/raconteur, and have worked in digital advertising for 14 years. Were you to compare me to a character on the show Mad Men, basically I'm Ken Cosgrove: biz-dev guy on the streets/author in the sheets. Much like Cosgrove, I am a writer when I'm off the clock.
I spent five years writing the brobdingnagian (read: mammoth) 688-page book you know as ZWEIHÄNDER Grim & Perilous RPG. I set up a Kickstarter, nearly two years ago to the day, to make it a reality.
Following a very successful Kickstarter & CrowdOx phase, a feature article on Forbes, and a 3-month climb to DriveThruRPG's Platinum Rated top 25 products, it drove over 62,000 copies of ZWEIHÄNDER moved worldwide to-date.
ZWEIHÄNDER Grim & Perilous RPG also took home two golds in the ENnie Awards for Best Game and Product of the Year at GenCon 2018.
Turns out, there's a market for world-agnostic, gritty D100 tabletop RPGs that doesn't rhyme with "Goonquest" or "Warslammer".
And after a stroke of inspiration, I began writing another book. Say hello to MAIN GAUCHE.
CHAOS IS NOT A PIT – IT IS A LADDER.
MAIN GAUCHE is a supplement for ZWEIHÄNDER Grim & Perilous RPG – a gritty, dark fantasy tabletop role-playing game. Using this book, you will be able to:
- Add 68 brand-new Professions to your grim & perilous game
- Build fantastic machines, like the Arkwright Cauldron & Rumblebutler
- Easily integrate cinematic, vehicle-based combat into encounters
- Use alchemy & Wytch-science to gain deadly abilities
- Devote yourself as an occultist to elder Daemons
- Learn damning Covenant Magick & wield their horrific manifestations
- Make soul-altering pacts for Daemonic Gifts of unfettered power
- Build your own unique creatures & NPCs on the fly
Plugging into the core D100 ZWEIHÄNDER experience, this book expands your gaming options into the realms of chaos and beyond. MAIN GAUCHE can also be used in your homebrewed campaign world, whether inspired by the works of Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Witcher, George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones, Glen Cook’s Black Company, Myke Cole’s The Armored Saint, Robert E. Howard’s Solomon Kane, Scott Lynch’s Gentlemen Bastards or other ‘grimdark’-inspired media.
With over 186 Professions and 300+ spells across ZWEIHÄNDER & MAIN GAUCHE, you now have countless ways to create your own vision of grim characters ready to embark upon perilous adventures.
Embrace the left-handed path of MAIN GAUCHE, where chaos awaits!
We estimate that MAIN GAUCHE will come in between 300 to 400 pages after we finalize layout, in full, old school black & white glory. Like its predecessor ZWEIHÄNDER, it will be illustrated cover-to-cover by Dejan Mandic.
Here is an overview of MAIN GAUCHE's chapters, and a little bit about each. We will dive deeper into what each of these chapters entail in our updates over the Kickstarter campaign, including preview chapters for download:
- Table of Contents – overview of chapters & various topics
- Introduction Story – as told by Danziger Eckhardt in our video
- Designer's Note – Daniel's POV on the book
- Chapter I: Liber Mortalis – 18 regular Professions, 44 Expert Professions & revised progress tables for all Professions across both books
- Chapter II: Liber Arma – new materials, weapons, armor, war machines & shields
- Chapter III: Liber Vehiculum – vehicles, fantastic machines & vehicle-based combat
- Chapter IV: Liber Alchemia – alchemy, Wytch-science, intoxicants, treatments & more
- Chapter V: Liber Daemonium – 13 Daemons & their worship, Daemonic Gifts & mutations expanded
- Chapter VI: Liber Umbra – introduces 99 Covenant Magic spells & all-new Rituals
- Chapter VII: Liber Malus – bespoke monsters & NPC creation
- Chapter VIII: Liber Conspiratio - rules for conspiracies & investigations
- Chapter IX: There's Something About Marie - an investigative adventure
- Appendix – a useable postscript to find what you need
Once funded, there will be two physical hardback versions of the rulebook – the Offset Print Edition & the Print-on-Demand Edition.
PHYSICAL VERSION #1: OFFSET PRINT EDITION: The offset print edition of MAIN GAUCHE will be in 8.5x11 format, which we anticipate to be shipped by December 2018.
It will be printed on 70# clay-matte paper, offset quality with soft-touch matte cover, smythe binding (section sewn) and interior ribbon. This is the best version you can purchase, of collector's item quality. Its materials will resemble the offset print edition of ZWEIHANDER Grim & Perilous RPG from our first Kickstarter, which you can preview here:
PHYSICAL VERSION #2: PRINT-ON-DEMAND EDITION: The print-on-demand edition of MAIN GAUCHE will be in 8.5x11 format and fulfilled by DriveThruRPG, which we anticipate to be shipped by December 2018.
It will be printed on 70# heavyweight paper with glossy cover and perfect bound. This version will withstand consistent use, with good binding and strong paper weight. Its materials will resemble the print-on-demand edition of ZWEIHANDER Grim & Perilous RPG from DriveThruRPG, which you can preview here (unboxing by Runeslinger):
If you want to understand more about the differences between the offset print edition and print-on-demand edition for print quality purposes, you can watch this comparison video from Runeslinger at Youtube.
DIGITAL VERSION #1: EARLY ACCESS PDF: Once funded, we will have an Early Access PDF. This is a fully 100% playable version of MAIN GAUCHE, without the illustrations. The PDF will be made available 30 days after the conclusion of the Kickstarter, direct from DriveThruRPG.
DIGITAL VERSION #2: FULLY ILLUSTRATED PDF: Once funded, we will also have a Fully Illustrated PDF: This is a fully 100% playable version of the MAIN GAUCHE, and will resemble the aforementioned hardback versions. The PDF will be made available to backers a few weeks before we begin shipping physical books, direct from DriveThruRPG.
Several Stretch Goals have been unlocked throughout the campaign. As new Stretch Goals are unlocked, they can be purchased as Add-Ons when surveys are sent out. Only a few Stretch Goals remain!
STRETCH GOAL UNLOCKED! - INJURY & MISHAP CARDS
Tracking Injuries to your character and Mishaps to your vehicles and animals sucks. Thats why we are creating these player-friendly cards for you to keep in front of your Character Folio to help manage tracking in a fun, easy way.
Let's face it: standard US & Euro poker card sizes suck. That's why every Injury & Mishap Card will be meticulously lain out in tarot card format with a matte finish (2.75" x 4.75"), fitting perfectly in-hand or on the table around your characters sheet. All Injuries will be beautifully illustrated by Ken Duquet, with each uniquely color-coded for easy memory using a legible font (visible even when you're five pints deep in the evening). In fact, we take cues from Flock of Seagulls with the card's design: party in the front (illustration), and business on the back (Injury or Mishap effects). Or flip that - you get the picture.
We estimate a total of 72 cards for this pack, which you need only add +$21 to your pledge level to pick up the physical+pdf edition.
STRETCH GOAL UNLOCKED! - DAEMON MAGICK CARDS
Tracking Covenant spells on paper for your Daemon-worshipping cultist sucks. Thats why we are creating these player-friendly cards for you to keep in front of your Character Folio to help manage tracking your spells in a fun, easy way.
Let's face it: standard US & Euro poker card sizes suck. That's why every Daemon Magick Card will be meticulously lain out in tarot card format with a matte finish (2.75" x 4.75"), fitting perfectly in-hand or on the table around your characters sheet. All Covenants will be beautifully illustrated by Ken Duquet, with each uniquely color-coded for easy memory using a legible font (visible even when you're five pints deep in the evening). In fact, we take cues from Flock of Seagulls with the card's design: party in the front (illustration), and business on the back (Daemon Covenant effects). Or flip that - you get the picture.
We estimate a total of 99 cards for this pack, which you need only add +$21 to your pledge level to pick up the physical+pdf edition.
STRETCH GOAL UNLOCKED! - ZWEIHÄNDER OFFSET REPRINT + RETAILER PLEDGE
You asked; we heard you. We are reissuing a second reprint of the ENnie award-winning Best Game and Product Of The Year ZWEIHÄNDER Grim & Perilous RPG!
The offset print edition of ZWEIHÄNDER Grim & Perilous RPG will be in 8.5x11 format, which we anticipate to be shipped by December 2018.
It will be printed on 70# clay-matte paper, offset quality with soft-touch matte cover, smythe binding (section sewn) and interior ribbon. This is the best version you can purchase, of collector's item quality. Its materials will resemble the offset print edition of ZWEIHANDER Grim & Perilous RPG from our first Kickstarter. This is only for the original cover by Jussi Alarauhio. It will include all errata, grammatical fixes and printed in the good ol' USA.
You need only add +$65 to your pledge level to pick up the physical+pdf edition.
A retailer pledge level is also now available for verified brick-and-mortar locations, sold in combined cases of 5 ZWEIHÄNDER offset copies and 3 MAIN GAUCHE copies. Cases cannot be split.
STRETCH GOAL UNLOCKED! - PURITY SEALS FOR CONDITIONS
Players! Are you running grim & perilous adventures, but tired of erasing your conditions over and over on your Character Folio for ZWEIHÄNDER Grim & Perilous RPG? Then prepare yourself with our color blind-friendly Purity Seals for Conditions!
Every Purity Seal is marked with one of 11 Conditions Characters will face. This set includes 2 pages, with 22 Purity Seals for you to cut out and apply to your Character Folio. Printed on high quality stock (same stock and gloss as the GM Screen and GM Playmat), you're guaranteed to get the best quality for your dollar.
You need only add +$1 to your pledge level to pick up the physical+pdf edition.
STRETCH GOAL UNLOCKED! - DEJAN MANDIC KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE COVER
We previously had Dejan do a MAIN GAUCHE alternative cover for Kickstarter that was solely exclusive, never to be printed again. And now, it's back!
Once this goal unlocks, you will be able to add Dejan's Kickstarter-exclusive MAIN GAUCHE offset print edition to your pledge. This wrap-around cover will be inspired by the original chaos cover by Les Edwards. Read more here about the original artwork.
You will be able to select the cover of your MAIN GAUCHE book during survey time - either Ken Duquet's beautifully chaotic cover, or Dejan Mandic's (still WIP). Alternatively, you can Add-On an additional copy of MAIN GAUCHE of either cover to your pledge for +$55
Please note that there will never be another print run of this exclusive cover, nor will it be made available as POD on DriveThruRPG.
You need only add +$55 to your pledge level to pick up the physical+pdf edition.
STRETCH GOAL UNLOCKED! - GAMEMASTER'S NOTEBOOK
Gamemasters! Are you running grim & perilous adventures, but tired of having to scratch together your own system to track a variety of tense situations for players? Then prepare yourself with a new Add-On: the 40-page Gamemaster's Notebook!
Designed to be used by Gamemasters to annotate different kinds of encounters, there are multiple sheets inside to aid you as you run a game of ZWEIHÄNDER. Printed in black & white and printed in softcover format, you can write in the book as-is, tear the pages out along the spine to put into plastic protector sheets or print out as needed. Our Gamemaster's Notebook includes:
- Trackers for Chase Scene events
- Trackers for Combat Encounters
- Trackers for Social Intrigue events
- Trackers for Wilderness Travel events
- Houserule & Notes section
You need only add +$6.00 to your pledge level to pick up the physical+pdf edition.
STRETCH GOAL UNLOCKED! - REVISED ALL-IN-ONE CARD SET
You asked. We listened.
Now you can get all Injury & Mishap, Monster, Arcane, Divine and Daemonic Magick cards with this revised set as an Add-On. This entire deck is color blind-friendly.
Let's face it: standard US & Euro poker card sizes suck. That's why every card in this comprehensive set has been meticulously lain out in tarot card format in matte finish (2.75" x 4.75"), fitting perfectly in-hand or plugged into the top of your Gamemaster Screen. Every card has been beautifully illustrated by Dejan Mandic and Ken Duquet, with each uniquely color-coded for easy memory using a legible font (visible even when you're five pints deep in the evening). In fact, we took cues from Flock of Seagulls with the card's design: party in the front (illustration), and business on the back (creature stats). Or flip that - you get the picture.
Note that Injury & Mishaps Cards and Daemonic Cards are not yet lain out, but will be included in this deck.
We estimate a total of 490 cards for this pack, which you need only add +$85 to your pledge level to pick up the physical+pdf edition.
STRETCH GOAL UNLOCKED! - MAIN GAUCHE SRD
We will contract our developer to rework the entire book into searchable SRD format! The above version is our ZWEIHÄNDER Systems Resource Document, which is being prepared for release by mid-September 2018.
The MAIN GAUCHE SRD will be ready by Q1 2019, and will be released entirely for free.
STRETCH GOAL UNLOCKED! - MAIN GAUCHE & ZWEIHÄNDER SPECIAL EDITIONS
(This is not the final image. Please look to Sandy Peterson's Call of Cthulhu 30th Anniversary Edition and Greg Stolze's Reign as an example of what our special edition books will look like)
Our final Stretch Goal is for a special edition version of MAIN GAUCHE and ZWEIHÄNDER!
These special edition books will be printed in limited quantities. These books will be encyclopedia quality with foil pages and an inlay of the original covers by Jussi Alarauhio for ZWEIHÄNDER and Ken Duquet for MAIN GAUCHE.
ZWEIHANDER special edition book (add +$200 to your pledge, MSRP $350)
- 688 pages 8.5x11 size (black & white interior)
- Red lexitone cover
- 5.5x7 color inlay of original cover by Jussi Alarauhio
- Smythe sewn case bound, head and foot bands
- Silver foil front and spine
- Interior black ribbon
- Black end sheets
MAIN GAUCHE special edition book (add +$200 to your pledge, MSRP $350)
- Approximately 300-400 pages
- 8.5x11 size (black & white interior/color exterior)
- Black lexitone cover
- 5.5x7 color inlay of original cover by Ken Duquet
- Smythe sewn case bound, head and foot bands
- Gold foil front and spine Interior red ribbon
- Red end sheets
YOU CAN ALSO PURCHASE BOTH BOOKS AS A COMBO ADD-ON with slipcase FOR +$375.
Should we hit our funding goal, can use Add-Ons when surveys are sent out by our pledge manager. Stay tuned as Stretch Goals are revealed to learn more about what Add-Ons will appear!
Note that the Beggar's Bowl pledge level cannot Add-On (as that would cheat people who paid full price beforehand). They can, however, upgrade their pledge in the pledge manager.
We will also be offering most of our print-on-demand products from DriveThruRPG at a significantly-reduced rate to you. Add Ons marked "POD -" before the title will be printed and shipped out from DriveThruRPG. After receiving your survey from our pledge manager, you'll be issued a code from DriveThruRPG at the email address you included in the survey. You will be required to pay $1.00 USD, plus your own shipping charges.
However, we have made certain to reduce the prices so that it's fair and economical for those both here in the US and overseas. POD products have very little mark-up, so that Kickstarter backers are guaranteed the absolute best price there is on these POD products.
Click on the links below to preview each of these Add Ons at DriveThruRPG. Most links include unboxing videos:
- MAIN GAUCHE offset print edition+pdf (either cover): $55
- MAIN GAUCHE ($75k stretch goal) special print edition+pdf: $200
- ZWEIHÄNDER Grim & Perilous RPG offset print edition+pdf: $65
- ZWEIHÄNDER Grim & Perilous RPG special print edition+pdf: $200
- COMBO! MAIN GAUCHE & ZWEIHÄNDER Grim & Perilous RPG w/slipcase special print editions+pdf: $375
- POD - INJURIES & MISHAPS CARDS+pdf: $21
- POD - DAEMON MAGICK CARDS+pdf: $21
- POD - PURITY SEALS FOR CONDITIONS+pdf): $1
- POD - GM NOTEBOOK+pdf: $6
- POD - REVISED ALL-IN-ONE CARD SET+pdf: $85
- POD - ARCANE MAGICK CARDS+pdf: $21
- POD - DARK ASTRAL CHAPBOOK+pdf: $5
- POD - CHARACTER FOLIO+pdf: $5
- POD - DIVINE MAGICK CARDS+pdf: $21
- POD - GM PLAYMAT, with fold-out World's Greatest Screen+pdf: $28
- POD - GM SCREEN, with fold-out World's Greatest Screen+pdf: $28
- POD - MAIN GAUCHE print-on-demand edition+pdf: $40
- POD - MONSTER CARDS+pdf: $25
- POD - ZWEIHÄNDER Grim & Perilous RPG core+pdf: $47
We've been through the hellscape that is shipping with our previous Kickstarter, and returned as masters of the art of shipment. We have a reliable printer who will package books up in protected boxes, bubble wrap and water-resistant tape.
In order to keep things running smoothly and to avoid the challenges we had from our previous Kickstarter, you will be responsible for your own shipping charges. Packages are expected to be shipped from the United States.
OFFSET BOOKS: Here's the standard rate for MAIN GAUCHE offset & ZWEIHÄNDER offset only. Each additional book you order has a reduced rate for shipping:
- United States: $15 USD/$10 per additional book
- Canada + Mexico: $20 USD/$15 per additional book
- EU countries: $25 USD/$20 per additional book
- Everywhere Else: $35 USD/$30 per additional book
- Customs Charges: 100% reimbursed!
- Retailer pledge levels: we will work with you personally by email
As an example, let's say you live in the US. You pledged for 1 offset MAIN GAUCHE and 3 offset ZWEIHÄNDER as an Add-On. Your total shipping charges would be $45 USD (15+10+10+10).
You can either add this amount to your current pledge (thereby increasing our chances of unlocking those sweet, sweet special edition books), or as surveys are sent out 2-3 weeks after the end of the Kickstarter.
Should we unlock the special edition books, we will also extend the same shipping rates.
POD Products (Print-on-Demand): Products marked as [POD] print-on-demand (books, cards, screens) will ship out from a printing facility nearest to your shipping address. After receiving your survey from our pledge manager, you'll be issued a code from DriveThruRPG at the email address you included in the survey.
For those of you who are buying more than three decks of cards, we strongly recommend you take advantage of the Revised All-In-One Card set to get the least expensive shipping cost.
You will be required to pay $1.00 USD, plus your own shipping charges. DriveThruRPG and its sister network has print-on-demand facility partners all over the world, so shipping costs will depend solely on where you live. Based on our sales with ZWEIHÄNDER to-date at DriveThruRPG, the average cost worldwide is $10.98 USD. You can also look at estimated shipping costs for Standard Shipping by country here.
We are working through a few additional shipping options with two fulfillment houses, and should we be able to land a better deal, we'll pass on a reduced shipping rate to you.
It takes a village to raise a child, and publishing an awesome RPG is no different. Say hello to the dramatis personae of Grim & Perilous Studios:
Risks and challenges
We here at Grim & Perilous Studios are firm believers in upfront, honest communication. Should anything change or evolve, you'll be the first to know. Outside of the Updates and Comments section on Kickstarter, we will be regularly posting progress notes with the community over at GrimAndPerilous.com, on Facebook and Twitter.
Additionally, I will be sharing my experience with the development process for MAIN GAUCHE regularly on Kickstarter. As an example, I released over 95 updates during the last Kickstarter prior to release, and remained engaged with fans across a multitude of RPG forums. Some said this was too much, but I am a firm believer in community engagement: over-communication is better than little communication, and you deserve perfect clarity, particularly when you've invested your hard-earned dollars into making someone else's dream a reality.
If you have any comments, feedback or suggestions during this process, we'd love to hear from you!
BEHIND THE SCENES
This isn't our first rodeo. We have our printer and shipper already locked in – we just need to collect the funds to get some additional artwork lined up, to pay our editor and to get the first print run going.
One of other biggest pitfalls we’ve seen with other failed tabletop RPGs on Kickstarter is that the product isn’t completely written or playtested before launch. We committed to the ideal beforehand that we’d not bring MAIN GAUCHE to Kickstarter until we felt 100% confident it’s ready for the public. We also didn’t want acts of chaos gods, writer’s block or other personal matters to interfere with getting the product out the door to our fans. We have purposefully avoided this by spending the last two years writing and playtesting the heck out of the game.
We've also cemented a great relationship with our local printer in Missouri (coincidentally, we work with the same printer Larry Elmore and Mike Ploog uses). That means we print our limited edition books in the United States. This ensures the best quality control money can buy; one which you simply cannot get by working with less expensive Asia-based print shops. Our pick/pack/ship distribution center is literally 4.3 miles from my driveway to the warehouse. We're incredibly fortunate to have great partners, and these relationships will ensure a smooth transition from Kickstarter, to print, to dependable packaging and shipment to you.
The real risk, however, is that we go unfunded. While we don’t anticipate this happening, there is a backup plan to get the Early Access Edition PDF out as a digital download and print-on-demand through DriveThruRPG.com should all else fail. Contingency is a 6th level evocation spell, and we're high enough level to cast it thrice daily.
In closing, we want to thank each and every one of you for interest in our Kickstarter. Without a loyal #ZweihanderRPG community, we could not do this. We know you’ll enjoy MAIN GAUCHE as much as we do, and hope to count on your support to bring this supplement to ZWEIHÄNDER Grim & Perilous RPG to market!
All the best,
Daniel & team
Grim & Perilous Studios
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