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HeroBook GM is the ultimate toolkit for 5E game masters, with a reusable party tracker and tons of resources in a deluxe notebook.
HeroBook GM is the ultimate toolkit for 5E game masters, with a reusable party tracker and tons of resources in a deluxe notebook.
2,434 backers pledged CA$ 134,308 to help bring this project to life.

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HeroBook GM - The 5E Game Master Notebook

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HeroBook GM: the little black book for 5th Edition game masters

The game master is the heart of every good tabletop game: they're the medium, the mythos, the monsters, and everything in between. To be a great game master is to be a transparent window into a teeming, expansive fantasy realm. Anyone who's ever done it knows how much preparation, planning, and resourcefulness it takes. HeroBook GM makes all of that faster, simpler, and more elegant.

What is HeroBook GM?

HeroBook GM is a reusable, deluxe A5 notebook for 5th edition game masters. An alternative to heavy hardcover rulebooks and disorganized folders and binders, HeroBook GM allows you to run your entire campaign from a single notebook. Monitor critical stats and combat info on the reusable party tracker, and you'll always have the most up-to-date numbers handy. Quick references inside each cover put the most commonly used rules at your fingertips. With full rules and incredible worldbuilding tools inside, you can simplify your game and focus on creating an amazing fantasy world. And as you dutifully track and develop your unfolding campaign, your HeroBook grows into a mighty tome of lore and legend. 

What's in HeroBook GM?

Inside the wet- and dry-erase front and back covers, you'll find fillable NPC and monster templates, tracking tools for your party's stats and combat initiative, along with plenty of space for erasable notes and maps. Inside the book, the full 5E rule set is available and fully indexed for quick lookup when you need a ruling on the fly. Dozens of tables and generators allow you to quickly create NPCs, settings, monsters, dungeons, plot points, treasure, and more with just a few dice rolls, so you're never caught unprepared for your party's antics. Beyond all that, you'll have plenty of blank pages with a unique 4-in-1 note pattern, allowing you to easily write lined notes, draw gridded or isometric maps, or sketch whatever you can dream up. 

Mockup of reusable wet/dry erase session tracker - subject to change based on backer feedback
Mockup of reusable wet/dry erase session tracker - subject to change based on backer feedback

HeroBook GM is the same compact A5 size as our first HeroBook, which raised over CA$280,000 in crowdfunding in 2018. At 256 pages, it's got additional space for logging all the minutiae of your teeming fantasy realm. A sleek gloss-black-on-matte-black cover makes HeroBook GM quite possibly our most gorgeous design yet. The heavy duty exposed smyth-sewn binding means the book lays totally flat, so you never have to battle against stiff rule pages and important notes that close on you the moment you look away. And of course, it's made from the same FSC-certified and sustainably sourced paper materials, and printed in a carbon-neutral facility. 

Archival-quality binding to last across many campaigns (original HeroBook cover design shown)
Archival-quality binding to last across many campaigns (original HeroBook cover design shown)

Gear up with HeroBook add-ons

To get any of these rewards, simply add the corresponding amount to your pledge, and we'll contact you after the campaign ends to determine which add-ons you want. Prices are in Canadian dollars, so approximately $3 / $6 USD. Exact appearance of add-ons is subject to change.

What are the specs? 

HeroBook GM is a 256-page A5 note book made with 70lb acid-free satin paper. The front and back covers are a folded 130lb cover stock, with the inside laminated with a 1.5 mil polypropylene coating. The book is bound with heavy thread and finished with a thin layer of transparent glue over the spine. All paper materials are FSC-certified, meaning they are either post-consumer recycled or sustainably sourced.   

By buying HeroBook you help take care of the world's forests • FSC® C014956 • www.fsc.org
By buying HeroBook you help take care of the world's forests • FSC® C014956 • www.fsc.org

What's in HeroBook GM?

This list of contents is subject to change prior to printing based on backer feedback.

  • 5E game rules indexed for quick lookup (character creation, races, classes, leveling up, ability scores, modifiers, proficiency, multi-classing, environmental effects, casting spells, resting, actions, bonus actions, reactions, movement, position, skill and ability checks, making an attack, damage, healing, mounted & underwater combat, downtime, poisons, traps, diseases)  
  • Gear tables (weapons, armor, equipment, mounts, vehicles, trade goods) 
  • Worldbuilding tools (encounter building & balancing, building custom monsters, adjusting monsters, awarding treasure)  
  • Tables and generators (adventure hooks, dungeons, place names, locations, weather, NPCs [names, professions, traits, quirks, appearance, equipment, voice, speech], traps, shops, treasure, food, mundane items)  
  • Session log
     

When will I get my HeroBook?

The campaign ends on April 4th. Here is the expected timeline for the production of your books if we reach our funding goal:   

  • April 4, 2019 - Kickstarter campaign ends
  • April 2019 - Finalize pledges & send backer surveys
  • April to June 2019 - Writing content, design & layout
  • July 2019 - Proofing
  • August 2019 to February 2020 - Manufacturing
  • March 2020 - Begin shipping
     
Original HeroBook (160 pages) shown - HeroBook GM is larger at 256 pages!
Original HeroBook (160 pages) shown - HeroBook GM is larger at 256 pages!

What is my pledge going towards?

Approximately 55% of your pledge goes towards printing and production of HeroBook GM, 35% to shipping costs, and 10% to fees from Kickstarter and our other campaign partners. 

Use and re-use the party tracker in the front and note page in the back with dry- or wet-erase markers
Use and re-use the party tracker in the front and note page in the back with dry- or wet-erase markers

Want more than 5 copies of HeroBook GM?

You're amazing! Contact me through Kickstarter (click on my profile) to discuss a custom pledge. 

Are you a game store owner or vendor?

 If you would like to purchase a larger quantity of HeroBooks to resell at your game store or other vendor, please select our Retailer Deposit pledge level, and we'll contact you at the end of the campaign with our final wholesale pricing. 

Who's behind the project?

My name is Sean Hallaren. I'm a graphic designer and avid tabletop gamer from Vancouver, Canada. Thanks to the generous support of backers here on Kickstarter, I was able to launch my company Material Components earlier this year. I've been enjoying tabletop games for over eight years as both a player and game master. I'm armed with over ten years of experience creating printed products, websites, and promotional videos. My day job has me assisting a wide variety of clients with website and graphic design needs, and in my personal life I'm an fervent video gamer, cyclist, and hockey super-fan. I'd love to hear from you on Twitter or Instagram, or simply submit your message through Kickstarter.

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Risks and challenges

This is my second Kickstarter campaign for the HeroBook product line, so much of the risk inherent in the manufacturing of a new product has already been dealt with. We did experience several delays in the course of manufacturing and shipping, so all timelines have been extended for this project based on what we learned last time.

I have identified three areas of potential risk for this project:

PRINTING - The timeline for shipping rewards for this campaign has been extended based on what I learned about the first manufacturing run, and I have added extra time to cover in the event of unforeseen delays. I am again working with my friends at Hemlock Printing here in Vancouver to create HeroBook GM, and was extremely pleased with the quality of the final product.

ADD-ONS - Although I do not foresee any problems with procuring add-on items, I have prepared backups for them in the event that a problem occurs and we need an alternate supplier.

SHIPPING - I will be working with the same shipping providers (Blackbox and Snakes & Lattes) to fulfill rewards. I have also budgeted additional time for shipping based on what I learned with shipping the first HeroBook.

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    Support the HeroBook GM campaign and receive a PDF version of the book, along with my gratitude. As a backer, you'll receive updates throughout the campaign, and the opportunity to influence the final product through feedback.

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    Four copies of HeroBook GM Edition, one for yourself, and three as gifts! As a backer, you'll receive updates throughout the campaign, and the opportunity to influence the final product through feedback. You'll also get a PDF version of the book.

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    Five copies of HeroBook GM Edition, one for yourself, and four as gifts! As a backer, you'll receive updates throughout the campaign, and the opportunity to influence the final product through feedback. You'll also get a PDF version of the book.

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