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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jun 13 2019
£1,390
pledged of £3,250pledged of £3,250 goal
58
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jun 13 2019

About

'TWAS - The Roleplaying Game Before Christmas is a rules-lite RPG, designed to be picked up and played with minimal preparation. It is inspired by the legends and literature of Christmas, as well as the ACE Gamebook 'TWAS - The Krampus Night Before Christmas

In 'TWAS - The Roleplaying Game Before Christmas, the players take on the role of various toys, brought to life by Santa Claus, so that they might save him from Krampus, the Christmas Devil, who has abducted the jolly old elf. What follows is an epic adventure, that will take them to the arctic wilderness of the North Pole and, eventually, into Santa's workshop itself.

Written by Jonathan Green, and illustrated by Tony Hough, 'TWAS - The Roleplaying Game Before Christmas is ideal for a festive gaming session with an established group, or even as an alternative to the games usually played on Christmas Day.

I am running this Kickstarter campaign to fund production of 'TWAS - The Roleplaying Game Before Christmas, which will be professionally typeset, laid out,  and proofread. However, the majority of the rewards will be delivered via DriveThruRPG.

What this means is that as soon as the book is ready, and the print files have been approved, if you backed at a level that includes a print book code, you will be sent a PDF as well as the print book code. Receiving a PDF of 'TWAS - The Roleplaying Game Before Christmas means you will be able to start playing straightaway.

The print code enables you to order a premium colour print copy of 'TWAS - The Roleplaying Game Before Christmas direct from DriveThruRPG. You will be responsible for paying printing and postage costs at the time you order, but it will be your choice when to order and whether you prefer to go with a softcover or hardcover version of the book.

Although I cannot yet say exactly how much printing will cost, a softcover version is likely to be about £12 and a hardcover version will be about £15. (The final price will depend on how many pages are in the finished book.)

Postage will of course depend on your location, but could be between £4 or so for the UK or USA, £5 for the EU or £6 for Australia. It will be possible for you to combine the postage for this book with other DriveThruRPGorders to reduce post and packing costs.

I am also planning various stretch goals, in order to commission additional art for the book. However, the vast majority of the artwork has already been completed.

'TWAS - The Roleplaying Game Before Christmas uses a simple set of mechanics expanded from the ACE Ruleset, which I created for the ACE Gamebooks series. Each Player Character has four attributes - Agility, Combat, Endurance and Magic - and three special abilities, selected from a set of twelve. Players can choose to either create their own unique characters, or play as one of the twelve pre-generated characters described in the book.

The rules use both playing cards and dice to generate random numbers, and indeed much of the adventure is randomly-generated, meaning that it is very unlikely that any two games will ever be exactly the same.

No matter which level you back at, your support will help to make 'TWAS - The Roleplaying Game Before Christmas a reality. The higher pledge levels include exclusive physical rewards, such as signed copies of the ACE Gamebook 'TWAS - The Krampus Night Before Christmas gamebook and themed decks of playing cards. Also, everyone who backs the Kickstarter will have their name appear in the Acknowledgements of every edition of TWAS - The Roleplaying Game Before Christmas!

If you back within the first week, you can get copies of the print book code at a £5 discount!

The Jack Frost, Yule Lad and Gingerbread Golem rewards involve me posting some of the physical items. These will be sent using Royal Mail's tracked and signed for services, where possible, to minimise the risk of parcels going missing in transit. 

Please remember, Kickstarter will not charge you anything until the end of the funding period (which is 8.00pm on Sunday 30th June 2019). Even when the funding period reaches its end, you will only then be charged if we have reached our funding goal (or surpassed it). 

Until that time, you can upgrade your pledge whenever you like.

Risks and challenges

I am an experienced author with more than 70 published books to my name, including 20 gamebooks. As a result you can be sure that I will see this project through to the end.

I have run eight successful previous Kickstarters and have a reputation for delivering my projects near enough on time. In this case the RPG is already partially written and much of artwork is already finished, meaning it is even more likely that I will hit the predicted December release slot.

The biggest risk faced by all Kickstarters is lack of exposure, so to help this one reach enough people to ensure it funds, please spread the word far and wide about it, using whatever means you have available to you. Thank you.

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    Pledge £2 or more About US$ 2.55

    Christmas Tree

    Thank you for your support. You will receive a set of exclusive 'TWAS - THE ROLEPLAYING GAME BEFORE CHRISTMAS digital wallpapers.

    (Backing at this level means that you will receive regular project updates and be able to follow the project's progress. You will also be able to upgrade your pledge before the funding period ends, if you so desire.)

    Includes:
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    • themed digital wallpapers
    • our grateful thanks
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    Snowman

    As CHRISTMAS TREE, but you will also receive ONE copy of the PDF of 'TWAS - THE ROLEPLAYING GAME BEFORE CHRISTMAS.

    Includes:
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    • your name in the Acknowledgements
    • themed digital wallpapers
    • our grateful thanks
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    Yule Cat

    Early Bird Print Book Code - As SNOWMAN, but you when the book is ready, you will be sent a code to allow you to order a premium colour print copy of the book direct from DriveThruRPG. You will be responsible for paying printing and postage costs at the time you order, but it will be your choice when to order and whether you order a softcover or hardcover version. (For more information, please check out the project FAQs.)

    Includes:
    • 'TWAS - THE ROLEPLAYING GAME BEFORE CHRISTMAS print book code
    • PDF of 'TWAS - THE ROLEPLAYING GAME BEFORE CHRISTMAS
    • your name in the Acknowledgements
    • themed digital wallpapers
    • our grateful thanks
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    Pledge £23 or more About US$ 29

    Nutcracker

    Early Bird Print Book Code - As SNOWMAN, but you when the book is ready, you will be sent a code to allow you to order a premium colour print copy of the book direct from DriveThruRPG. You will be responsible for paying printing and postage costs at the time you order, but it will be your choice when to order and whether you order a softcover or hardcover version. (For more information, please check out the project FAQs.)

    Includes:
    • 'TWAS - THE ROLEPLAYING GAME BEFORE CHRISTMAS print book code
    • PDF of 'TWAS - THE ROLEPLAYING GAME BEFORE CHRISTMAS
    • your name in the Acknowledgements
    • themed digital wallpapers
    • our grateful thanks
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    Pledge £28 or more About US$ 36

    Evil Elf

    Early Bird Print Book Code + 'TWAS gamebook eBook - As NUTCRACKER, but you will also receive ONE copy of the eBook edition of the ACE Gamebook 'TWAS - THE KRAMPUS NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS. (For more information about how the Print Book Code works, please read the project FAQs.)

    Includes:
    • eBook edition of 'TWAS - THE KRAMPUS NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
    • 'TWAS - THE ROLEPLAYING GAME BEFORE CHRISTMAS print book code
    • PDF of 'TWAS - THE ROLEPLAYING GAME BEFORE CHRISTMAS
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    • themed digital wallpapers
    • our grateful thanks
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    Pledge £33 or more About US$ 42

    Reindeer

    Early Bird Print Book Code + 'TWAS gamebook eBook - As NUTCRACKER, but you will also receive ONE copy of the eBook edition of the ACE Gamebook 'TWAS - THE KRAMPUS NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS. (For more information about how the Print Book Code works, please read the project FAQs.)

    Includes:
    • eBook edition of 'TWAS - THE KRAMPUS NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
    • 'TWAS - THE ROLEPLAYING GAME BEFORE CHRISTMAS print book code
    • PDF of 'TWAS - THE ROLEPLAYING GAME BEFORE CHRISTMAS
    • your name in the Acknowledgements
    • themed digital wallpapers
    • our grateful thanks
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    Jack Frost

    As REINDEER, but you will also receive ONE but you will also receive ONE signed copy of the paperback edition of 'TWAS - THE KRAMPUS NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, plus an exclusive bookmark on which you can record your game stats, a set of themed playing cards and a pair of 'TWAS dice.

    Includes:
    • paperback edition of 'TWAS - THE KRAMPUS NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
    • signed by author Jonathan Green
    • 'TWAS Playing Cards and Dice
    • eBook edition of 'TWAS - THE KRAMPUS NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
    • 'TWAS - THE ROLEPLAYING GAME BEFORE CHRISTMAS print book code
    • PDF of 'TWAS - THE ROLEPLAYING GAME BEFORE CHRISTMAS
    • your name in the Acknowledgements
    • themed digital wallpapers
    • our grateful thanks
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    Yule Lad

    As JACK FROST, but your copy of 'TWAS - THE KRAMPUS NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS will be upgraded to a deluxe, signed, limited collector's edition hardback, featuring exclusive content (in the form of artist's sketches and designer's notes).

    Includes:
    • hardback edition of 'TWAS - THE KRAMPUS NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
    • signed by author Jonathan Green
    • 'TWAS Playing Cards and Dice
    • eBook edition of 'TWAS - THE KRAMPUS NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
    • 'TWAS - THE ROLEPLAYING GAME BEFORE CHRISTMAS print book code
    • PDF of 'TWAS - THE ROLEPLAYING GAME BEFORE CHRISTMAS
    • your name in the Acknowledgements
    • themed digital wallpapers
    • our grateful thanks
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    Gingerbread Golem

    As YULE LAD, but you will also receive a signed copy of the paperback edition of 'TWAS - THE KRAMPUS NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS.

    Includes:
    • hardback edition of 'TWAS - THE KRAMPUS NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
    • paperback edition of 'TWAS - THE KRAMPUS NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
    • signed by author Jonathan Green
    • 'TWAS Playing Cards and Dice
    • eBook edition of 'TWAS - THE KRAMPUS NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
    • 'TWAS - THE ROLEPLAYING GAME BEFORE CHRISTMAS print book code
    • PDF of 'TWAS - THE ROLEPLAYING GAME BEFORE CHRISTMAS
    • your name in the Acknowledgements
    • themed digital wallpapers
    • our grateful thanks
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Funding period

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