Hi my name is Mark Taormino. I am a game developer and software engineer here in Los Angeles. I've always wanted to make printed, retro-style modules since I first realized it was possible using the OGL v1.0a over these last several years. Now with your help and the Kickstarter system it is possible!
I am developing a classic style module called "The Hanging Coffins of the Vampire Queen." It will be around a 32 page printed module made with the old school, full color removable cover and saddle stitched printed B/W printed interior.
NOTE: Full Color means cover and back cover. Interior is B/W.
Depending on how many stretch goals we can reach then the module may end up being much more than 32 pages.
Death or freedom? The Vampire Queen has challenged a small band of her worst prisoners to escape from her wicked dungeon lair. With all of your original magic items, weapons and possessions, it is up to you to outwit and fight your way through the terrible traps, beastly monsters, and horrific surprises she has arranged for you.
THE HANGING COFFINS OF THE VAMPIRE QUEEN was created with one thing in mind: awesome dungeon crawl ass kicking fun. The adventure features that old fashioned look and feel, a carefully thought out story with interesting villains, encounters, monsters, magic, crooked npcs, traps, puzzles, blue maps and sexy yet gritty fantasy art created the best artists in the business!
If the funding is successful, I will create more modules of new adventures like this one!
The adventure will be for character levels 10-14 and use the OSRIC OGL 1st Edition rules. You can use the module and swap in rules for 3e, 4e or any other fantasy system you play as well.
The module will have a mix of hack & slash and interesting puzzles, traps and characters. I see it as sort of a combo of like classic adventures like Tomb of Horrors or White Plume Mountain. I already have the parts of the adventure written and was able to put some money together to get some initial artwork prepared, but I need your help to actually finish it and turn it into a real game book for players to enjoy.
I also have legendary artist Jeff Dee on board doing the cover. Jeff has been my favorite classic artist since I started playing it back in 1983!
We've also got more amazing artists on board as well. Trevor Henderson doing the back cover. Bradley McDevitt is doing the interior cover. Ragnar, (Steve Hill), and Brian Mc Cranie will be doing lots of interiors as well as the other artists if the project gets funded.
Executive Producer: (One Name - To Be Determined - This could be your name - see rewards)
Producers: (Two Names - To Be Determined - This could be your name - see rewards)
Associate Producers: (To Be Determined - This could be your name - see rewards)
Author: Mark Taormino
Front Cover Artist: Jeff Dee
Back Cover Artist: Trevor Henderson
Interior Cover Artist: Bradley K. McDevitt
Interior Artists: Trevor Henderson, Bradley K McDevitt, Ragnar Hill, Brian McCranie, Stephen "Chuck" Bowman and Jason Lenox!
Miniatures Sculptor: Michael Brand
Cartography: Alyssa Faden
Graphic Design / Layout: TBD (Mrs. McDevitt)
Play Testers: (To Be Determined)
What does the Kickstarter money pay for:
1. Printing of the physical full color and B/W interior Module units
2. Module Creation, Production, Module Layout and Design
3. Artwork for module
4. Cartography work
5. Reward fulfillment
6. Miniatures Creation if certain stretch goals are met! (See below)
I started playing AD&D when I was around 13 circa 1983. A few of my favorite 1e modules are: Tomb of Horrors, Expedition to the Barrier Peaks, White Plume Mountain, Ghost Tower of Inverness, Vault of the Drow, Palace of the Silver Princess, The Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan, Against the Giants, The Village of Hommlet, and The Temple of Elemental Evil.
My favorite games were AD&D type programs like text based adventures from Infocom e.g. Zork I, II, II, Deadline, Suspended, etc. By the time I was 16, I was able to program in not only C-64 Basic but also 6502 Assembly Language. I even made my own text adventures like the Infocom games with somewhat complex sentence parsing. I eventually started making graphic 2D RPG top down style games like Ultima II, III, IV, V, Wasteland etc for friends. I also figured out how to remap the character sets and to create games like Ultima with top down tiles and many rooms and maps.
Over the last 30 years I have worked on commercial and non commercial computer games, Windows software, dozens of web database applications, including an entire social network and even business software. Some of those projects involved organizations like The Dreamers Guild, Viacom New Media, Warner Brothers Consumer Products, Encore Software, The LightSpan Partnership and many more.
Faery Tale Adventure II: Halls of the Dead: (I was a Scripting Programmer on this project)
"Display Builder" A Web Database Project I made for Warner Brothers from 2008 to 2011:
I began acting in 1988, studying with veteran actor Virgil Frye (Colors, Wild Bill, Easy Rider) and his Actors Workshop. I have been cast in small several roles over the years, including both lead and character parts in many films and video productions.
From 1988 to 1994 I played various speaking parts in low budget independent films, television shows, commercials, music videos, and 35mm student films for USC, UCLA, Loyola Marymount. Some of those were Silent Bits in Seinfeld, Saved by the Bell, Parker Lewis, Newsies, Child's Play 3 and Batman Returns among a few. From 2001 to present has been cast in many more additional roles.
Seinfeld Silent Bit - Circa 1993: (I am Kramer #2 in the door)
Budweiser Spec Commercial I was the Magician - Circa 2001:
This year alone in 2013 I co-starred in a episode of a Prime Time German TV show called "Karsten Stahl Private Detective" as "Charlie Haggard" a vintage car thief.The show is sort of like Dog The Bounty Hunter of Germany...
I am also in an episode of "Justice for All with Cristina Perez" called "Sneaky GPS" as Burt Franklin the Used Car salesman. I can also be seen in the upcoming "Coca Cola Birdwatchers" commercial for the Coca Cola Youth Web Series for Break Media.
And also as "Danny" in the upcoming
2014 feature film called "Tin Holiday." Also as The Drummer in a the Key
& Peale "Wedding Band" bit for JASH TV. I will also be appearing in
a web series called "Unnecessary Force" to be released next year.
I am also appearing in an upcoming Superbowl 2014 commercial as a Military Minion with an eye-patch. I can't mention the product yet but watch for it next year! The photo below is not from the shoot but it is the outfit I wore to the audition...
In addition to this I have also wrote, directed and produced my own Doritos "Crash the Superbowl 2014" commercial as well. Here it is
Doritos Circus - Crash the Superbowl 2014 Entry:
Here is the link to the Doritos site if you want vote 5 stars:
You can add me on Facebook from my KS Profile and see more info on these things.
Below is the sample of the 8x10 photo of the Vampire Queen autographed photo that will be included with the Pledges of $25.00 Reward levels and above:
I have cast the lovely and beautiful actress / model Katarina Waters to play the Vampire Queen in the 8 by 10 photo reward! Katarina is a German-born professional wrestler and is best known for her time in World Wrestling Entertainment and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. During her time in WWE, she performed on its Raw brand under the ring name Katie Lea and performed under the ring name Winter, while working in TNA. Prior to signing with WWE, she spent many years on the independent circuit, particularly in the Frontier Wrestling Alliance, where she used the ring name Nikita.
$3,000 = (4) More Artwork drawings added to module.
$3,500 = (4) More Artwork drawings added to module.
$4,500 = (4) More Artwork drawings added to module.
$6,000 = Vampire Queen & Coffin Base Miniatures Unlocked! (Characters from Jeff Dee's cover modeled by Michael Brand)
$8,000 = Succubus #1 Miniature Unlocked!
$10,000 = Succubus #2 Miniature Unlocked!
$12,000 = Vampire Master Miniature Unlocked!
$14,000 = I will add another dungeon level with 15 more encounters and 8 more B/W pieces of art.
$16,000 = I will add 15 more encounters and 8 more B/W pieces
$18,000 = Mimic Miniature Unlocked!
$20,000 = Female Magic User Miniature Unlocked! (Characters from Jeff Dee's cover)
$22,000 = Fighter with Sword Miniature Unlocked (Characters from Jeff Dee's cover)
$24,000 = Cleric Miniature Unlocked (Characters from Jeff Dee's cover)
$26,000 = I will add another dungeon level with 15 more encounters and 8 more B/W pieces of art.
$28,000 = I will add 15 more encounters and 6 more B/W pieces of art.
$30,000 = Arm Wrestling Minotaur Boss Miniature Unlocked!
$32,000 = I will add a separate saddle stitched "players handout" of 16 encounters detailed out in B/W line art.
$34,000 = I will add 16 more encounters detailed out in B/W line art to the "players handout."
$36,000 plus = To be determined.
So that's the plan! If you can donate anything $1, $5, $10, $50 - everything helps. If you can't donate please share the links with your friends on Facebook, Twitter or any other forum that you think would like the project.
One final note: As a backer of many, many, many Kickstarter projects myself I have one request for you... Regardless of whether you can donate to my project - I'd like you to find someone else's Kickstarter project today and donate at least $1 to them, I assure you they will be super excited, you will feel awesome, and it will help us further everyone's creative and artistic goals on this site with this new crowd funding concept.
Thank you again for your time and I look forward to making this project a reality for all the folks to enjoy!
Risks and challenges
The project risks are pretty minimal for the basic print module. If we reach some of the miniatures stretch goals we have the right folks on board (Michael Brand) who will be heavily involved in the fulfillment process. If any delays happen we may have to ship the mini's separately. But for now we don't anticipate any delays or issues.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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