About this project
When we want to bring new gamers into the hobby, whether friends our age or younger players, starter sets and boxes for beginners are great, but not enough. That's why we created Legendary Beginnings, products designed to be tons of fun for experienced gamers but with structure and content suitable for beginners, young and old. Now we'd like to take that to a whole new level with a 5-part series of exciting adventures, suitable for all ages, the Trail of the Apprentice!
These adventure modules use simplified stat blocks and other rules adjustments to keep gameplay fun and fast for new players, with helpful sidebars that provide advice on how to run RPGs for younger gamers so your whole family can Make Your Game Legendary!
A hidden danger threatens the kingdom of Threll and brave adventurers must answer the call! A bold attack and a mysterious theft set a group of heroes on a mission to find the mastermind behind them. They must follow clues, face terrible threats, and uncover ancient secrets to stop a madman before he can unleash a terrible evil upon the world.
Each adventure covers 1 level of characters, from 1st to 5th, and each is approximately 32 pages. Each adventure will be available as a separate PDF, and backers at the Thief's Pledge level and above also will receive an approximately 160-page PDF compilation of all 5 adventures PLUS all bonus material funded through the campaign. The more we raise in this campaign, the more bonus content we can provide for everyone!
For those who prefer print, all backers at the Oracle's Pledge and above also will receive a hardcover compilation of all adventures plus all bonus material, in addition to the individual PDFs and PDF compilation.
We are delighted to have a talented creative team on Trail of the Apprentice, including lead author Paris Crenshaw, Mike Welham, Linda Zayas-Palmer, Matt Goodall, BJ Hensley, Amanda Hamon Kunz, and more experienced authors lending their talents to this spectacular series of adventures. Their work is beautifully complemented by our outstanding artistic team, including award-winning artists and cartographers like Jesus Blones, Kenneth Camaro, Tyler Clark, Ivan Dixon, Bob Greyvenstein, Jason Juta, Tom Killian, Richard Kunz, Jethro Lentle, Matt Lewis, Annika Maar, Dio Mahesa, Matthew Manghi, Chris McFann, Anastasia Nicholls, Beatrice Pelagatti, Daniel Robinett, Colby Stevenson, Jon Tonello, Michael Tumey, and Steve Wood!
*Naming Privileges: Choose to name a monster, NPC, place, or thing. These names must be approved by Legendary Games design team so please email us as soon as possible to discuss.
Legendary Beginnings: Into the Feyweald
Into the Feyweald takes your heroes into a world of adventure in the realms of faerie! Guests at the fairiy queen Pryozha's celebration feast, the festivities are interrupted by the creepy, crawly spider-riders serving the wicked witches of the woods! You must take up the quest to find the hidden grove where Yaldira the witch works her dark magic, turning the forest sickly and rotten, battling her evil minions that menace the creatures of the wood. There, in the dark pits of her lair, you must stop her from awakening her cruel queen from her crystal tomb and save the woodland realm! This 1st-level adventure is 36 pages and is suitable for 5E or a standard Pathfinder game or one using the boxed set for beginners.
Add $6 for a PDF copy of Into the Feyweald (Pathfinder RPG or 5th Edition)
Add $10 for PDF copies of Into the Feyweald (both Pathfinder RPG and 5th Edition)
Add $12 for a Softcover copy and PDF of Into the Feyweald (Pathfinder RPG or 5th Edition)
Add $20 for a Softcover copies and PDFs of Into the Feyweald (both Pathfinder RPG and 5th Edition)
Add $40 for any additional hard copy print of the Trail of Apprentice compilation.
Add $6 for PDF copy of Pregen and Villian Image cards
Add $12 for a physical set of Pregen and Villian Image cards
Add $50 to name a monster, NPC, place or thing. Subject to approval within the perimeters of the adventure. Please email us first to get approval from Legendary Games design team before adding this to your pledge.
Add $100 to sponsor an illustration of a NPC, monster, place or action scene. You'll get a sneak peek at the adventure during development and help select what you'd like to see illustrated. Your name will be listed in the final compilation as a Patron of the Arts and you will receive a high-res PDF of the art.
Add $200 to design a pregenerated character of you or your child's favorite class complete with art. Your name will be listed in the final compilation as a Patron of the Arts and you will receive a laminated high-quality print of the character.
Add $300 to help develop a simplified beginner character class based on an existing Pathfinder Roleplaying Game class. (Pathfinder only)
Add $400 to pitch our writers a new Legendary Beginnings Adventure and work with them to complete it. You will receive a signed copy of the completed adventure and a high-quality art print of the cover artwork for that adventure.
NOTE: All design decisions are subject to final approval by the Legendary Games team. Please feel free to email us first before adding it to your pledge for approval. Design and illustration input is time-sensitive so be ready to blast off when you make one of these bonus pledges!
ACHIEVED! $8,000: We will create and include an art and map folio PDF for all backers at the $30 or more pledge.
ACHIEVED! $10,000: We will include bonus material and a gazetteer of the world of Terrallien, inspired by the Colonial era in North America, in the compilation for all backers at $30 and above.
ACHIEVED! $12,000: We will include a set of ready-to-play character sheets featuring the Heroes of the Zekerian Order, the iconic characters featured in the artwork throughout the Trail of the Apprentice, with every compilation at $30 and above, so that these adventures are ready to plug and play right out of the box!
ACHIEVED! $14,000: We will commission an artist to create a new cover illustration for the compilation.
ACHIEVED! $16,000: We will create image cards of our pregens and main villains. Add $6 for the PDF of the cards. Add $12 for a set of physical cards.
ACHIEVED! $18,000: We will produce a brand-new Legendary Beginnings adventure. This won't be part of the storyline of Trail of the Apprentice, but we'll be offering you a choice of several different adventure ideas (including a sequel to Into the Feyweald) and every backer will have a chance to vote on which adventure they'd like to see us do! This adventure would be created after we finish our obligations to Trail of the Apprentice.
$20,000: We will open up a second Legendary Beginnings adventure. To do this we will ask any and all backers at the King's Pledge and Emperor's Pledge level to submit an adventure pitch. Every backer will vote to see whose adventure idea reigns supreme and we will turned that into a Legendary Beginning adventure! Note this will not be included in the compilation but a stand alone product released at a later date.
ACHIEVED! At 200 backers: Linda Zayas-Palmer will create a simplified beginner version of the alchemist class for the compilation!
ACHIEVED! At 225 backers: Mike Welham will create a bestiary of subterranean fiends that come from the Shadescar Rift!
ACHIEVED! At 250 backers: Matt Goodall will create a simplified beginner version of the gunslinger class for the compilation!
ACHIEVED! At 275 backers: Linda Zayas-Palmer will create a simplified beginner version of the witch class for the compilation!
ACHIEVED! At 300 backers: We will add a bonus section on Continuing the Campaign! This section will discuss not only the secret master villain behind this Apprentice your heroes have been chasing (and what other apprentices or servants that villain may have), but also more broadly the idea of transitioning from a beginner-style game to a standard Pathfinder or 5E campaign.
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ACHIEVED! 1,400 Followers: We will create D20PRO files of The Bandit's Cave. Check our facebook page to see if Paris Crenshaw is running a game for YOU!
ACHIEVED! 1,450 Followers: We will create D20PRO files of The King's Curse. Check our facebook page to see if Paris Crenshaw is running a game for YOU!
1,500 Followers: We will create D20PRO files of The Thieves' Den. Check our facebook page for an unique opportunity to have Paris Crenshaw run a game for YOU!
1,550 Followers: We will create D20PRO files of The Oracle's Test. Check our facebook page for an unique opportunity to have Paris Crenshaw run a game for YOU!
1,600 Followers: We will create D20PRO files of The Wizard's Dungeon. Check our facebook page for an unique opportunity to have Paris Crenshaw run a game for YOU!
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ACHIEVED! 10 Retweets: When we reach 10 retweets, BJ Hensley from Playground Adventures will design a magic item for The Wizard's Dungeon
ACHIEVED! 20 Retweets: When we reach 20 retweets, Jonathan G. Nelson from AAW Games will award 1 free month subscription to Adventureaweek.com (adventures for Pathfinder RPG & 5th Edition) for all backers at the $50 pledge and up!
ACHIEVED! 30 Twitter Retweets: Paris will work directly with BattleBards.com and their sound team to create a branded soundboard just for Trail of the Apprentice. The Soundboard and Audio will be available for free to all backers at the $30 and up reward. Follow them on social media here twitter.com/BattleBards, facebook.com/BattleBards, or listen to some free samples here: https://soundcloud.com/battlebards
Listen to interviews about the project by Jason Nelson, and Paris Crenshaw on the following stations:
Adventure Party Podcast #46: https://youtu.be/Zp0klnD2nYo
Dave Gross' Creative Colleagues: http://frabjousdave.com/creative-colleagues-paris-crenshaw/
Fantasy Comics Round Table: https://youtu.be/B-sxLL_YVd4
Know Direction: https://youtu.be/ke4KYuueQ_A
Nerdherders: Listen Here
All Games Considered: http://www.agcpodcast.info/2016/04/agc-interview-38-trail-of-apprentice.html
Refresh and Reload:https://youtu.be/dx3Fa7D5Lsk
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Risks and challenges
The first four adventures in the series all have been written and the fifth is well underway, along with bonus material for potential stretch goals and the campaign setting of Terralien inspired in part by the Colonial era in the North America. Artwork for the AP is likewise nearly half-done already, with the final art and map orders already sent out as well!
Any special pledges, add-ons, or sponsored artwork during the campaign will still need to be sent and completed. All artists are experienced and familiar with Legendary Games and have a track record of timely turnovers, so we do not expect delays from them. We have already invested substantial time and money in preparing getting the project going before the Kickstarter began.
When the Kickstarter ends backers will be able to immediately download the first several adventures right away, and if all goes well we may have all five adventures ready as soon as the project closes, with print versions and the full compilation with bonus material available by the end of May!
Our previous Kickstarter project, the Legendary Planet adventure series, in still being created, with the first several adventures complete and the remainder in production and scheduled to release throughout the spring and summer. Please note, the creative team on the Trail of the Apprentice project is separate from the Legendary Planet team, so we are not pulling resources away from getting that done to do this one.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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