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A deck of magic items for tabletop RPGs.
A deck of magic items for tabletop RPGs.
A deck of magic items for tabletop RPGs.
219 backers pledged $5,563 to help bring this project to life.

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The Knights of Vasteel, creators of the popular NPC For Hire card deck, are back. This time with a deck of cards that is sure to impress treasure hungry RPG Players. Meet Magwa's Magic Item Compendium, a deck of 52 magic item illustrations. Each card has been carefully hand-drawn to immerse game masters and players alike into a world of magic.

We have a history of running successful Kickstarter projects, and this is one you don’t want to miss. Based on the success of this campaign, it will be the first in a series of fabulous magic art. If you want to check out our track record, take a look at some of our other campaigns: NPC For Hire, NPC For Hire: Fantasy Races, NPC For Hire: Heroes & Villains

What is Magwa’s Magic Item Compendium?

Magwa is the foremost magic item expert in the Vast Kingdom. He has traveled the land collecting, cataloging, and sketching arcane objects. As such, Magwa's Magic Item Compendium is the most complete source of Magic Items in the Vast kingdom. His work is so influential that “Volume 1” has become required reading for all students of the Vasteel Athenaeum.

Magwa at work
Magwa at work

Magwa’s Magic Item Compendium is now available in our realm as 52 hand-drawn illustrations printed on poker size cards. These cards can be used in any Fantasy RPG, and like our NPC cards, the backs have been intentionally left blank so that game masters and players can keep notes and reuse the cards.

(Artwork not final)
(Artwork not final)
Sample Illustrations
Sample Illustrations

The cards are printed on smooth 300gsm card stock. They come in a thematic card box that will only make your game master toolkit that much more awesome. The more money raised beyond the initial goal will only make the product better. This product will be something you can be proud to have displayed on your bookshelf!

Card deck tuckbox (artwork not final)
Card deck tuckbox (artwork not final)

Stretch Goals

$4000 - Magic Item Reference Sheet PDF

Sometimes a little inspiration goes a long way when coming up with ideas for magic items. Our Magic Item Reference Sheet PDF will help you come up with backgrounds and mechanics for your magic items. We will include a few tables and charts for you to roll up an item on the fly.

$5000 - Upgraded tuck boxes

We want the card tuck box to be something worthy of display. We will be upgrading the tuck box with an embossing effect that will give it a unique look and feel. The exact treatment is still in the works, but it will be wonderful.

There’s a mobile app?

Yeah, we initially launched Magwa’s Magic Item Compendium as a mobile app. You can get it for free on the iOS App Store and the Google Play Store. You might be asking yourselves why we are turning it into a card deck? It’s simple really. A lot of role players like to get away from their phones when they play. We are no different. Digital tools are great for game prep and storing ideas, but there is just something about holding a physical product that we can’t get over.

In our previous project, we included an app as part of our rewards. This time around you can just get the app for free. If you are a strictly digital game master, you can purchase more artwork in the app to expand your digital collection.

Why Kickstarter?

Kickstarter has been a great way for us to get our niche products to the people who love them. By using Kickstarter we can gauge interest, develop a better product, and turn around our ideas quickly.

Here is what is cool about this project. All of the illustrations are done. This means we can produce this deck quickly. We still need time to finalize the graphic design and to format the cards for printing, but having the illustrations in our pocket will help us move quickly.

Who are you guys?

Austen Probst  

Table-top games and video games are Austen's jam. It was his love for video games that drove him to become a programmer, and now he is using those skills to bridge the gap between table-top games and technology. For his day job, Aust works as a full-stack web developer with a PHP back-end and a vanilla JavaScript front-end. At home, he works hard teaching his 4-year-old and his 1-year-old the ways of gaming.  

Nathan Smith

Nathan is a passionate designer, entrepreneur, and DM. His first successful Kickstarter, Dungeon Explore Card Deck, taught him a lot about creating, managing, and delivering a product. Professionally, Nathan designs software and is always looking for ways to bring technology into his hobbies. You can find his RPG tile art in the Roll20 marketplace and his blog at MakerGames.net.

Risks and challenges

The only risks in this kickstarter are if there are issues with the printer. We are planning on using the same printer that we've used in the past and so far we have had no issues with them.

Because we've done this before, we feel confident in our timeline.

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