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$4,254
pledged of $1,100pledged of $1,100 goal
191
backers
8days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, March 27 2019 10:00 PM UTC +00:00.

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What is The Ruins of Mistemere?

This adventure is inspired by, and is a revisit of, the first “Group Adventure” in a certain Red Box set of the world’s favorite basic roleplaying game. The original version of this adventure was likely the very first quest many players embarked upon in the days of 1983. It was also likely the first adventure run by many budding GMs at the same time.

Why reboot it? 

  • For the sake of nostalgia.
  • To make a fresh version available to the next generation of adventurers and GMs.
  • To add the Fail Squad Games flavor.
  • Because it’s fun, and we can.

This adventure is written to be fully compatible with the 5E ruleset and written in such a way as to keep the author(s) from goblin jail time at the hands of certain wizards who live near a popular coast. 

Some names seem to have changed as planes of existence were traversed. Borgle is well known in many original adventures and legends; many report that his name was spelled with an “a” in place of the “o”. It is also told in ancient tales from different cultures that the spellings of Mistemere and Alena can be slightly altered from the records of the coastal wizards. 

The Quest for Borgle!

Mistemere was once the grand castle of Lord Garund Gygar, who ruled over the lands for many years. It has since been occupied by the infamous Borgle, a dark wizard who had a recent encounter with a local warrior and the beloved acolyte Alena. During an altercation, the wizard killed Alena and fled, leaving the duo to the ghouls of his small dungeon hideout. Adventurers die in dungeons all the time, but not all adventurers were so loved by the people as Alena.

Can you bring Borgle to justice? Will Alena's soul find peace? What secrets lie in the mysterious ruins of Mistemere?

Back this project now to find out!

About The Ruins of Mistemere

The Ruins of Mistemere is written as an introductory adventure for a group of 3-5 5E players of levels 1-2. The ideal match for the adventure is 4 players at level 1.

While the beginning of the adventure relies heavily on the original story and layout of the "First Group Adventure" it has been changed significantly after the initial first few encounters. What follows is the Fail Squad Games' version of how the adventure progresses in our world (Artera).

Over-all this is a short page count adventure (20-24 pages), but can carry a group for four sessions and into level 2 or 3 before completion. 

We've gone above and beyond to improve playability and tested this adventure at a number of conventions and tables before releasing our final version.

Let's get ready to FUMBLE Dice bags!

These new dice bags are a Fail Squad Games exclusive. Each one is hand sewn and printed right here in Maine. The bags have an internal liner, are tough, and machine washable to stand up to all your Mountain Dew mishaps!

Added as an additional reward at select levels only.

Stretch Goal $4,000

With 13 days left, we're adding in a stretch goal. a few have asked for it, so here it is. at $4,000, we'll be adding in a VTT map for all you Fantasy Grounds and Roll 20 players. This is the digital version of all the maps wihtout any key information or overlays. You will be able to pop the maps into your preferred site, size them to the snap grid and have at it.

Stretch Goal $5,300

At $5,300 I will Hire Raven Metcalf to create a set of overhead icons of all the monsters in the adventure to add to the VTT map files. These will just come as image files zipped into delivery. so no searching, downloading from another VTT site you don't use etc.

Stretch Goal $6,000

All print copies come with a full color card stock of illustrations in the adventure. Digital backers get the illustrations added to the .zip file for online VTT or at table use.


A quick Livechat / update on Mistemere before heading off to GaryCon!!

Risks and challenges

Fail Squad Games has created numerous Kickstarters of this sort and our K.I.S.S. method has proven itself over and over. We will be using the same excellent printers. The adventure is written, layout complete, artwork in. We only need your support to publish, print and distribute.

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