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A hilarious campaign setting designed for fifth edition, brimming with parody, political satire, bad puns, and much, much more.
A hilarious campaign setting designed for fifth edition, brimming with parody, political satire, bad puns, and much, much more.
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WE DID IT! OVER 100% FUNDED!

You guys rock so much. I don't even have the words to articulate how awesome you guys are. Now that we're funded, we can move on to some AWESOME stretch goals!

 At $20,000, we'll add maps for EVERY CITY that's unlocked during the campaign. These maps will include not only a bird's-eye-view of the city, and not only details about specific locations like landmarks or specialized shops and locations, but ALSO playable maps for those specific locations! That means, if your players decide to up and start a bar fight in their local Owlbear Wild Wings, you, as the Dungeon Master, won't have to go searching for a generic bar map and give them some imaginary fluff about the magic screens displaying the latest and greatest Sportsball game - you can just pull out the Owlbear Wild Wings Battlemap and let them have at it!

Let's work together to unlock this stretch goal and tons more, like these:

 What exactly is Monsters of Murka?  

Monsters of Murka is a hilarious new campaign setting for fifth edition DND full of comical monsters, detailed maps, parodical mayhem, and political satire! This campaign setting includes adventures for first to tenth level characters.

Quotes from Monsters of Murka playtesters
Quotes from Monsters of Murka playtesters

The World of Murka

Murka was once a land of great promise. People flocked to it from across the known worlds. It was a place of myriad creatures, creeds, and most importantly, connections, each seeking its place among beautiful landscapes and bountiful resources. After centuries of development, prosperous cities dot the countryside. Their populations hail from distant lands, yet they thrive, together, with the common goal of progress, and of prosperity. 

The populace share a common goal of achieving that which all sought; The Murkan Dream.

The Murkan Dream

The Murkan Dream is an artifact of an unknown origin. In fact, so little is known about the Murkan Dream that some doubt its existence entirely. Others view it as an ultimate goal, an achievable reality towards which they push, day in and day out. Whispered words litter the streets, telling tales of those who have supposedly obtained or achieved the Murkan Dream. Many of these have proven to be categorically false: people who claimed to have achieved the Murkan Dream only to later reveal that they had begun their journey with such a wealth of resources and advantages, that the Murkan Dream was never something they really even wanted or needed.

These false mythologues serve only to further drive the Murkan people towards their goals, both individually and collectively. Recently, however, an evil being has come into power over Murka, and now his minions roam the lands, terrorizing those whose pursuit of the Murkan Dream may threaten his power...

Several years ago, The Don asserted himself as the leader of the free world of Murka. He painted outsiders as a threat to the Murkan Dream, insisting that their presence alone would somehow be enough to destroy it permanently. He claimed that he had achieved the Murkan Dream, that he had seen the light, and that he wanted his people to do the same. 

He gained influence over the population, and so gained control over the lands with false promises to its inhabitants—promises he never had any intention of keeping.  

Now, he remains safely within the well-guarded walls of The Pale Fortress, from which he issues commands to impose his will on those who support him to control those who do not.

However, rumors have spread of a resistance group growing within Murka: a people who want to stand against The Don's dark influence, who want to usher in an era of progress and providence, and return the Murkan Dream to the Murkan People.

There are a whole host of creatures and cretins roaming the lands of Murka. Many of them are intelligent, having their own societies and roles within the Murkan government. Others are wild and feral, seeking only to make a life in the wild and attacking anything they perceive as a threat. Here are some examples of some Monsters of Murka that you might encounter in your travels.

Whether it be the fearsome tromp, the bumbling trumplins, or any of the other various villains, you'll be sure to meet your match and more in combat encounters! These and many other creatures of varying shapes, sizes, and abilities await you in the wilderness of Murka. 

So, will you journey forth into this setting, encountering creatures and solving mysteries, in order to bring an end to The Don's evil rein of terror over the Murkan People?

Guest Art

One of the most fun parts of this book was working with some of my favorite artists who contributed guest art for the book. Some of this guest art is available in the demo PDF that all backers receive.

Guest art by Levni Yilmaz, creator of Tales of Mere Existance
Guest art by Levni Yilmaz, creator of Tales of Mere Existance

Other contributing artists include M. J. Wills (creator of Swords) and Steven Rosia (creator of Paper Paladins), and many more!

If you're interested in contributing guest art to the book, please reach out to us at info@monstersofmurka.com! 

Each of the below rewards will grant you immediate access to a 40-page demo PDF for playtest purposes, containing several monsters, maps, and an adventure seed. This playtest PDF contains everything you need to create a simple one-shot campaign and introduce your players to the world of Murka!

Stretch goals will be announced throughout the campaign, which will bring about even more Monsters of Murka goodness.

All shipping will be charged after the campaign.

Add-ons

Below are some of the add-ons you can purchase! Simply add the amount listed (in USD) to your pledge, and when the backer surveys are sent out, your add-ons will be included!

Book Stuff

  • Paperback Book - $10 
  • Printed Maps - $5 
  • Hardback Book - $30 

Additional Stuff

  • Murkan Dice Set - $10 
  • Five Murkan Coins - $15 
  • A Single Series of Minis - $35 
  • Kickstarter Coaching with The Kickstarter Guy - $101 

Dice - $10

A complete polyhedral dice set from Bescon Dice.

Mockup, final design may vary slightly.
Mockup, final design may vary slightly.

Coins - $15

These coins will be manufactured by Campaign Coins, who made these awesome D20 coins on Kickstarter.

This is a mockup of the final version of the coins from Campaign Coins.
This is a mockup of the final version of the coins from Campaign Coins.

Miniatures - $35 (Unlocked at Stretch Goal: $50,000)

 There are several series of Miniatures throughout our stretch goals, and each series will cost the same as an add-on. 

3D Rotation of the Trumplin mini
3D Rotation of the Trumplin mini

Kickstarter Coaching - $101

Justin Giddings, A.K.A. The Kickstarter Guy, is the real deal, let me tell you. His coaching is honestly probably the reason you're here right now, and it's definitely the reason I'm here right now. He's wicked smart and he's been helping push Monsters of Murka to its maximum potential for over two months. I encourage anybody who's thinking about launching their own Kickstarter for their own tabletop gaming stuff to consider grabbing this add-on.

This add-on gets you a 30 minute private coaching session with Justin, who is the top Kickstarter Coach in LA. His clients have a 98% success rate, and combined have raised over $5,000,000 for their projects. That's so many coins, you guys.

If you have any ideas or requests for more add-ons, feel free to join our Discord server and tell us about them!

Stretch Goals

 We have plenty of stretch goals planned! Here are the ones we're working towards now:

Stay in Touch with Discord!

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Our Discord server is the perfect place to hang out with other Murka fans, ask us questions, share your playtesting feedback, and stay up to date with the development of Monsters of Murka!


Press Kit & Contact

Our Press Kit can be found here. For all business-related inquiries, please reach out to info@monstersofmurka.com. 

Risks and challenges

A lot of the groundwork for this book is actually already completed! However, I work a full-time job in addition to creating TTRPG content, and so there is a chance for delays to completion of the book or shipping due to that or due to additional work created from stretch goals. I've tried to account for that in my projected completion/shipping dates, but life is weird sometimes. I intend to be open, honest, and transparent about any projected delays the moment I learn of them.

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    YOUR CITY IN THE CORE BOOK

    My team and I will travel to your city and explore it, learning as much about it as we can, and we will include it in the core book. This will include maps of the city, art of a high-fantasy version of your city, and as much parody lore about your city as we can manage! My team and I would love to sit down with you over dinner in your city and discuss what you think should be included in the book, so you get to be part of the magic! Additionally, I'll DM a one-shot for you and your friends IN your town! (U.S. Backers Only - Sorry!)

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