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Adventure Module and Box Set! Use with OSRIC or adapt to 1st Ed AD&D, 5e, DCC, Pathfinder, D20, Labyrinth Lord, Swords & Wizardry, etc!
Adventure Module and Box Set! Use with OSRIC or adapt to 1st Ed AD&D, 5e, DCC, Pathfinder, D20, Labyrinth Lord, Swords & Wizardry, etc!
Adventure Module and Box Set! Use with OSRIC or adapt to 1st Ed AD&D, 5e, DCC, Pathfinder, D20, Labyrinth Lord, Swords & Wizardry, etc!
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Maximum Mayhem Dungeons #5: Palace of the Dragon's Princess

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Pledge now! You can help unlock Stretch Goal #9 at $18,000: A B/W Live Action photo of the Princess will be included in a separate PDF!

Are you an RPG Gamer or want to be? Do you like adventures with outrageous villains, monsters and wicked encounters? Do you want something fun, memorable, and challenging to play with your friends that is awesomely collectable as well? If you answered "HELL YES!" then Palace of the Dragon’s Princess is the perfect module for you!

Welcome to Dark Wizard Games, where we create new and modern content to enrich your fantasy gaming. Our Maximum Mayhem Dungeons series continues to redefine the genre while preserving the classic look and feel of the original style we all love.

Our latest adventure is no exception, offering an irreverent take on the typical “Rescue the Princess and Kill the Dragon” adventure!

Once upon a time the kingdom of Thorin Vale was prosperous and benevolent but fell on dark times with the death of the King. A new hope was rising as his only daughter, the Princess was set to marry the King's bravest royal knight restoring the kingdom to ultimate power. However on the wedding day, the evil Dragon Maelfesto attacked the castle by surprise and swiftly took control! The serpent drove everyone out and took the princess captive in the caverns below, wickedly enchanting the palace! The groom went in with a party of rescuers to save her but never returned. Riches beyond your wildest imagination will be gained for the ones who save the fair maiden, defeat the wicked beast and return alive from the Palace of the Dragon's Princess!

At last, a classic "rescue the princess" module for you with the usual Maximum Mayhem Dungeons twists and turns you know and love! In fact, one of YOUR player characters could potentially end up ruling a kingdom... unless they're a bumbling idiot!

This module is designed for character levels 8-12 and can be played with the OSRIC system or easily adapted to AD&D, D&D 1e to 5e, Pathfinder, D20 System, etc or any fantasy role playing system you may want to use.

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A Dragon Cult has taken up residence inside the ruined castle and they are ruled by a mysterious leader known as the "Master." Don't worry they seem pretty cool?


"The Wedding" artwork by Brian McCranie. The Wedding of Princess Francesca and the Evil Knight she didn't want to marry. Hmmm, somebody seems more interested in the ultimate magical power the Unification Rings will bring himself and kingdom more than his bride!

"Torgo the Satyr" artwork by Ed Lacabanne. "I am Torgo, I take care of the new recruits while the Master is away." He notices the Dwarves and Halflings in your group and continues, "But the Demi-Humans... I'm not sure the Master would approve. The Master doesn't like Demi-Humans or Familiars. It will be dark soon. I just don't know." He looks at the party skepticly but hands you the cult robes anyways! The Players will meet Torgo a Satyr, the "Master's" assistant who mistakes them as "new recruits" to the cult, allowing your players a lot of role-playing fun while they infiltrate a Mola-Ram / Conan type cult ceremony!

"The Master" artwork by Brian McCranie. Dragos the evil Cleric / Magic-User cult leader is not happy with any adventurers exploring the castle on his watch! You'll be dead before you ever hear him utter the words, "and I would have gotten away with it too if it weren't for you meddling kids!"

"Beasts of the Topiary Garden" artwork by Jacob Blackmon. Before the Dragon Maelfesto attacked the castle, there was a beautiful topiary of plants shaped like animals in the central gardens. After the castle was turned into ruins the plants became overgrown and misshapen until the Dragon Cult arrived and promptly began trimming them into hideous winged and clawed monsters. This pleased the Maelfesto so much that he used his magic to enchant the plants to become animated and attack any intruders venturing into the Keep!

"Dragon vs. Adventurers - Dragon Wins" artwork by Hugh Vogt! Half-page art. The Dragon attacks a group of hapless adventurers and burns them to a crisp with a fire blast! Well... some get half-burned and are melted in ash-goo but who's counting? (IN-PROGRESS ARTWORK)

The disgusting Block of Hungry Flesh awaits you in the Palace of the Dragon's Princess! Yes this thing smells as bad as it looks, complete with body odor, bad breath, fart and unwashed flesh aromas. How does it move? It secretes a magical sweat that allows it motion, of course. If the Player Characters get devoured by the monster they will emerge from it as another appendage!

MODULE FEATURES:

  • Four classic blue map dungeons on the inside cover
  • High quality artwork
  • Over 40 numbered encounters
  • DM Background, Players Background, Character Backgrounds, Wandering Monster tables, Rumors table etc.
  • Removable covers (softcover books)
  • 32 Pages + (estimated)
  • Two new monsters (TDB possibly more see Stretch Goals)
  • Classic style Boxed and Un-boxed text
  • Saddle stitched book (softcover books)

This module also offers our first ever BOXED SET compilation as well! See the rewards levels below!

$85 - Mayhem Box Set Includes:

  • #5 Palace of the Dragon's Princess Softcover Module & PDF
  • High quality full color hard box
  • Palace of the Dragon’s Princess Dice Set Set of 7 polyhedral dice in Vortex Purple and Gold
  • Black velvet dice bag with white Dark Wizard Logo
  • PDF with 18 "first edition" style Character Sheets!

$220 - Everything Box Set Includes:

Everything above from the Mayhem Box Set above as well as the following modules / supplements:

  • #1 Hanging Coffins of the Vampire Queen Softcover Module & PDF (36 Pages)
  • #2 Secret Machines of the Star Spawn Softcover Module & PDF (40 Pages)
  • #3 Villains of the Undercity Softcover Module & PDF (32 Pages)
  • #4 Vault of the Dwarven King Softcover Module & PDF (48 Pages)
  • Monsters of Mayhem #1 Softcover Supplement & PDF (32 Pages)
  • PDFs of all books and supplements

 Sample below of the $220 "EVERYTHING BOX" Pledge Level:

Here is what the box will look like in your hands!

You also get our 18 pack PDF of 1e styled Character Sheets! Click here to download the free 6 pack!

NOTE: All backers who pledge $1 or more will get a special thanks with your name on the Dark Wizard Games Facebook page, our PDF 6 pack of 1e style character sheets and the 24" by 36" digital pdf poster file of the module cover!

NOTE: To add-on any of the products below, simply include that additional amount to your pledge. A survey will be sent at the conclusion of the campaign to determine which box / product you wanted, what size T-shirt, if you want your extra copy signed, etc

MODULE CREDITS:

Special Thanks (To Be Determined - This could be your name - see rewards)
Author / Editor: Mark Taormino
Art Director / Cartography: Alan Chamberlain
Technical Consultant: Joe Pearce
Proofreader: Justin Ryan Isaac
Front Cover Artist: Brian McCranie, Alan Chamberlain (digital coloring)
Back Cover Artist: TBD
Interior Cover Artist: Ed Lacabanne
Interior Artists: Brian McCranie, Bradley K McDevitt, Ragnar Hill, Stephen "Chuck" Bowman, Ed Lacabanne, Joshua LH Burnett, Mark Lyons and Jacob Blackmon, Hugh Vogt (pending schedules)
Playtesters: Thomas Allison, Timothy Connelly, Timothy Brannan, Jeremy Kear, Justin Ryan Isaac, Mitchell D. McPhetridge, Herb Severson, Kevin Watson (Pending Everyone's Availability)

WHAT DOES THE KICKSTARTER MONEY PAY FOR:

  • Module Creation, Production, Module Layout and Graphic Design
  • Artwork for the module
  • Blue Map Cartography
  • Printing of the physical full color cover and B/W interior module softcover books
  • Reward Fulfillment
  • Shipping to backers

RELEASE TIMELINE SCHEDULE:

May, 6th to June 11th, 2018: Kickstarter runs and completes backing phase.

June 12th to June 30th, 2018: Project funds released around June 30th. Begin final art gathering / finishing writing and creation phase. Get all boxes, dice sets and dice bags ordered and ready to ship. PDF rewards and T-Shirts will be delivered at this time.

July 1st to August 1st, 2018: Completion of writing, InDesign layout and art gathering, play testing, proofreading, fixing all typos or mistakes.

August 2nd to August 15th, 2018: Complete creation of any stretch goal items. Release Princess PDF file of module to backers.

August 16th to Sep 1st, 2018: Book printing and final gathering of all box set contents.

Sep 2nd, 2018: Begin shipping modules and box sets to backers.


#1 at $2,000: 8 Pre-Generated Characters will be created and included in a separate PDF (sample below) [UNLOCKED]

#2 at $4,000: A full page B/W interior artwork piece will be included in the module.[UNLOCKED]

#3 at $6,000: A first edition styled character sheet themed for Humans will be created and included in a separate PDF file. [UNLOCKED]

#4 at $8,000: A New Monster will be created, placed into the module and given a piece of art similar to the layout of our 1e style Monsters of Mayhem supplement. [UNLOCKED]

#5 at $10,000: A black and white, full spread two page Centerfold Art piece will be created for the middle of the Palace of the Dragon's Princess! (Like what we did in Vault of the Dwarven King and Monsters of Mayhem #1 which have centerfold artwork) - [UNLOCKED]

#6 at $12,000: A first edition styled character sheet themed for Elves, Dwarves, and Gnomes will be created and included in a separate PDF! - [UNLOCKED]

#7 at $14,000: A first edition styled character sheet themed for Half-Orcs, Half-Elfs, Halflings and Multi-Classed Characters will be created and included in a separate PDF - [UNLOCKED]

#8 at $16,000: Another full-page B&W drawing will be added to the module and a VTT friendly version of the Blue Maps will be included in the PDF.  [UNLOCKED]

#9 at $18,000:
A B/W Live Action photo of the Princess will be included in a separate PDF! Here's an example below of this type of reward from the Vampire Queen module [LOCKED]

So that's the plan! You can help by pledging for any reward level, even $1 you will get some PDF goodies! If you can't donate please share the links with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or any other forum that you think would like the project.

Please like the Facebook page for more updates: https://www.facebook.com/darkwizardgames/

You can also visit our website at: https://www.darkwizardgames.com

Check out the other modules below! Thank you again for your time and I look forward to making this project a reality for all the folks to enjoy!

Mark Taormino


You can read a sample of the Hanging Coffins PDF by clicking here!

Below the Vampire Queen on her throne with her two lieutenants Sin and Diabolica! Don't worry, they won't bite... they have many other horrible and deadly ways of taking you out to dinner!

Yes if you win the arm wrestling challenge then you go free and you don't get your appendage ripped off like this poor unfortunate bastard below!

Here is the Vampire Master freed from his Magic Jarring in the Heartstone... Now he is out for blood from everyone - and revenge on the Vampire Queen as well for his 500 year imprisonment!

 You can read a sample of the Secret Machines PDF by clicking here!

I hope your players can defeat Artimus in the Speedee Bike Race! If you lose you risk being ripped to shreds by hundreds of those Little Green Bastards in the stands!

The Star Spawn "busts up the joint" with his dance moves! Yes there really is a disco encounter where you will get to boogie down and "say hello to some Little Green Bastard friends!" The Star Spawn hyjacked the Venture star ship piloted by Capt. Buck Starblaster and turned it into his personal pleasure palace, creating a dance club, a shag carpet & lava lamp bedroom and even a toilet made out of solid gold! What's in the toilet? The Captains log? Eventually the Star Spawn notices the Player Characters and gives the "Cthulian Necktie" motion across his neck then several Little Green Bastards show up with laser guns and open fire on them like in the club scene in Scarface!

Engineering First Officer Kimberly Jackson a.k.a "Chocolate Thunder" fixing N.I.V.E.K the android with the Wire Tool. They are the last surviving crew members from the Venture Starship after the Star Spawn managed to kill everyone else on board. Your stalwart band of adventurers can team up with them to defeat the "Wicked One" in my Maximum Mayhem Dungeons #2: Secret Machines of the Star Spawn!

You can read a sample of the Villains Undercity PDF by clicking here!  

The KILL band from Snoot's Pit Fight and Rock N Roll Arena encounter! Be prepared to Hack and Slash All Night with these dudes!

The Ghost of Count Mohrberg! He's an ornery cuss and needs you to help him free the spirit of his old lady, the beautiful Valentina! In return he will "help" you if you need to call him. He looks pretty friendly and helpful yes?

These folks look pretty cool and trustworthy... anyone want to join them at their table?

 You can read a sample of the Dwarven King PDF by clicking here!

Oh it looks like the previous riders decided to make their visit a permanent one! One of the poor bastards "got it" right in the eyeball! I sure hope that doesn't happen to one of YOUR PLAYERS they would probably be pretty pissed... The Goblin attendant is wearing a little hat and a vest with a name tag that reads "Mr. Sprinkles." He speaks to the Party in Common. "Everyone all aboard, remain seated please and keep your hands and arms inside the mine car at all times..."

Valmort and Zeldarino can't believe their good fortune in finding a room full of hundreds of red candles! Despite Gretchen's initial skepticism - they are down to one last torch... so boom goes the dynamite?

These poor bastards don't know where the snake begins but it looks they definitely know how it's going end! If only that one guy could reach his hammer down there I'm sure things would be much different...

Risks and challenges

This is my 7th Kickstarter project and I don't anticipate any delays in this project. In the past I have run behind sometimes by a few months because of writing delays but I always deliver a high quality product usually with even more goodies than the originally planned! You can check my previous Kickstarters as well. I've also backed over 700 projects so I have seen it from both ends.

We've already got a sample box printed and ready from the the printing company and everything looks great. We have the dice ready to be ordered with the dice company and same thing with the dice bag company, they are just waiting until the Kickstarter finishes so I can give them each the order totals then they will deliver us the goods as we finish writing and printing the module. Thanks again for your support and have a great day!

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    You get the pdf version of the Palace of the Dragon's Princess module and the pdf copies of all of my other books, Hanging Coffins of the Vampire Queen, Secret Machines of the Star Spawn, Villains of the Undercity, Vault of the Dwarven King, Monsters of Mayhem #1 and an extra PDF of 18 "first edition" styled character sheets! Special Thanks with your name on the Dark Wizard Games FB page and you get the 24" by 36" digital pdf poster file of the module!

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    EVERYTHING BOX SET (6 SOFTCOVERS)

    You get EVERYTHING! All SIX of our softcover books + box set, dice, bag and pdfs! This is a perfect option for anyone new to our games who wants to get everything we've ever made to this point! You get 6 of our books: #1 Hanging Coffins of the Vampire Queen, #2 Secret Machines of the Star Spawn, #3 Villains of the Undercity, #4 Vault of the Dwarven King, #5 Palace of the Dragon's Princess and Monsters of Mayhem #1! SIX Softcover books and PDFs total! You also get a PDF of 18 "first edition" styled character sheets, special thanks with your name on the Dark Wizard Games FB page and the 24" by 36" digital pdf poster file of the module!

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    You get (2) of EVERYTHING! (2) Box sets with dice and bag! (2) Softcover copies of Palace of the Dragon's Princess module, (2) Hanging Coffins of the Vampire Queen, (2) Secret Machines of the Star Spawn, (2) Villains of the Undercity, (2) Vault of the Dwarven King and (2) Monsters of Mayhem #1. (12) books total! One set of each book will be autographed by the author for collectors who want to keep them pristine and I will sign the 2nd box as well! You also get the pdf copies of each as well, a Dark Wizard T-Shirt (a survey will be sent for size info S-3XL), a PDF of 18 "first edition" styled character sheets as well as one set of printed versions, special thanks with your name on the Dark Wizard Games FB page and the 24" by 36" digital pdf poster file of the module!

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    You get a Special Thanks in the module title credits page, ability to name 3 NPCs that will be in the story (per Mark approval) and a signed B/W photo of the author! You also get (2) of EVERYTHING! (2) Box sets with dice and bag! (2) Softcover copies of Palace of the Dragon's Princess module, (2) Hanging Coffins of the Vampire Queen, (2) Secret Machines of the Star Spawn, (2) Villains of the Undercity, (2) Vault of the Dwarven King and (2) Monsters of Mayhem #1. (12) books total! One set of each book will be autographed by the author for collectors who want to keep them pristine and I will sign the 2nd box as well! You also get the pdf copies of each as well and one Dark Wizard T-Shirt (S-3XL a survey will be sent for size info), the PDF of 18 "first edition" styled character sheets as well as one set of printed versions, special thanks with your name on the Dark Wizard Games FB page and the 24" by 36" digital pdf poster file of the module! NOTE: This Pledge level is a limited count (see rewards area for current count!)

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