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The essential tabletop adventure companion, with a reusable character sheet, 5E rules, references & tools, all in a deluxe notebook.
The essential tabletop adventure companion, with a reusable character sheet, 5E rules, references & tools, all in a deluxe notebook.
The essential tabletop adventure companion, with a reusable character sheet, 5E rules, references & tools, all in a deluxe notebook.
3,352 backers pledged CA$ 208,625 to help bring this project to life.

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HeroBook - The 5E Player Character Notebook

CA$ 208,625

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ALL STRETCH GOALS UNLOCKED!
ALL STRETCH GOALS UNLOCKED!

Give your imaginary hero a corporeal home.

HeroBook is a beautifully-bound A5 notebook made specifically for tabletop RPGs like 5th Edition. By simply using it to help you play the game and recording your account of the stories you weave with your friends, you create an artifact of your character's saga that will last a lifetime.

The essential 5E companion

HeroBook is packed with rules and references for 5th Edition, containing everything you need to play the game in a quick, easy reference format. Using the included tools, create a character from scratch using nothing but your HeroBook and your dice. Keep those heavy hardcover books and loose, disorganized note paper in your bag of holding - and keep that smartphone in your pocket!

Stay ready for adventure

HeroBook has a reusable character sheet on the inside cover that works with wet and dry erase markers, so you'll never need to reprint your character sheet or scribble over outdated stats ever again. The coated, erasable surface allows you to write and erase your hit points, track your spell slots, and update your ability modifiers over and over as your hero's story grows. A full character section inside the book records your more permanent details, and a second reusable surface on the inside back cover gives you extra space for erasable notes. 

Chronicle your hero's story

At the back of your HeroBook are plenty of blank note pages to keep track of spells, equipment, or anything else your quest might throw at you. The unique 4-in-1 note paper combines lines for writing, grids and isometric dots for maps, and blank pages for sketching. With time, use, and customization, your HeroBook grows into an artifact of your character's adventures - and should they ever face defeat, it becomes a cherished relic of memorable moments.

+1 material components

I've chosen high quality materials to ensure your HeroBook looks incredible and lasts a lifetime. The heavy 100lb cover stock keeps your character sheet in pristine shape, and inside, the 70lb acid-free satin paper provides an excellent writing surface and preserves your notes and drawings for eons. Even after you say goodbye to your character or your campaign, HeroBook makes an eye-catching conversation piece and the exposed smyth-sewn spine looks awesome on your shelf.

High constitution score

Your HeroBook is constructed using extremely durable Smyth sewing, the highest quality book binding available. The pages are physically sewn into the book with thread, in the same fashion as archival-quality textbooks, ensuring every page remains strong and sturdy from 1st to 20th level and beyond. This type of binding allows the book to lay completely flat no matter what page you are on, so not only is it comfortable to write in, but you'll never have to fumble through stiff pages when you need your attack modifiers or the name of the NPC you're hunting down.

Druid-approved & environmentally friendly

I'm thrilled to be working with Hemlock Printing, a 50-year institution in my hometown of Vancouver, to produce the first print run. They have received the Gold Canadian Printing Award for Most Environmentally Progressive Printing Company nine out of the last ten years, and HeroBook will be printed in a carbon neutral facility that recycles 99% of its waste. All paper materials used in HeroBook are 100% post-consumer recycled, and recognized by the Forest Stewardship Council, an international organization supporting sustainable forestry. Even your hippie druid in her tree bark armor approves!

Five cover options for heroes of any alignment 

HeroBook will be available in FIVE gorgeous cover options, one of which will be chosen by backers! You'll choose your cover options at the conclusion of the campaign via a backer survey. Designs are subject to change based on feedback.

Don't forget your other adventuring gear!

I've prepared three great add-ons to ensure you get everything you need to set out on your quest. 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 $3.20 / $6.40 USD. Exact appearance of add-ons is subject to change.

What's in HeroBook?

Take a look at all the resources, rules, and tools you'll find inside your book, all sourced from the official 5th Edition System Reference Document. Contents are subject to change prior to printing based on backer feedback.

  • Game rules (character creation, leveling up, ability scores, modifiers, proficiency, multiclassing, environmental effects, casting spells, resting, actions, bonus actions, reactions, movement, position, skill and ability checks, making an attack, damage, healing, mounted & underwater combat)
  • Races (Dwarf, Elf, Halfling, Human, Dragonborn, Gnome, Half-Elf, Half-Orc, Tiefling)
  • Sub-races (Hill Dwarf, High Elf, Rock Gnome, Lightfoot Halfling)
  • Classes (Barbarian, Bard, Cleric, Druid, Fighter, Monk, Paladin, Ranger, Rogue, Sorcerer, Warlock, Wizard)
  • Class Archetypes (Path of the Berserker Barbarian, College of Lore Bard, Life Domain Cleric, Circle of the Land Druid, Champion Fighter, Way of the Open Hand Monk, Oath of Devotion Paladin, Hunter Ranger, Thief Rogue, Draconic Bloodline Sorcerer, Fiend Patron Warlock, Evocation Wizard)
  • Character Options (backgrounds, languages, alignment)
  • Adventuring Gear (weapons and armor, equipment, mounts, vehicles, trade goods)

What are the specs?

A book made for a hero has got to have good stats! HeroBook is a 160-page A5 note book (148 x 210 mm, or 5.8 x 8.3 in) made with 70lb acid-free satin paper. The front and back cover are 100lb cover stock, with the inside laminated with a 1.5 mil polypropylene coating. All paper materials are certified FSC Recycled, and made from 100% post-consumer recycled materials. It weighs about 230 grams, or 0.5 lbs.

The reusable character sheet has been custom-designed to include all the most critical info you need during a 5th edition game.
The reusable character sheet has been custom-designed to include all the most critical info you need during a 5th edition game.

Beautiful original art from local artists

I'm excited to be working with four amazing local illustrators to bring the pages of your book to life. Our art team will provide illustrations for the various races and classes and bring the pages of your HeroBook to life.

When will I get my HeroBook?

The campaign ends on May 24th. Here's the expected timeline for the production of your books:

May to June - finalize pledges and backer surveys
End of June - complete all design elements and prepare for printing
July to August - printing your HeroBooks, procuring add-on items
September - distribute HeroBooks and add-ons to distributor(s)
October - ship to backers

What is my pledge going towards?

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

Want more than 8 HeroBooks?

First of all, you're amazing! Please contact me through Kickstarter or materialcomponents.co 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. Alternatively, contact me through Kickstarter or materialcomponents.co to discuss a custom pledge.

We have unlocked all three amazing stretch goals! Your HeroBooks will receive three upgrades at no additional cost.

UNLOCKED - $75,000 - Cover Stock Upgrade

This stretch goal has been unlocked! The cover stock on every HeroBook will be upgraded from 100lb stock to 120lb stock for extra durability.

UNLOCKED - $100,000 - Additional Cover Option

An extra cover option has been unlocked! The color and style will be chosen by backers after the campaign ends.

UNLOCKED - $125,000 - Edge Painting

This stretch goal has been unlocked! The edges of your HeroBook will be painted in a solid color to match the cover of your book. Extra style points!

Backer Quests are a way for backers to help promote our Kickstarter campaign while earning rewards for all other backers in the process. Complete quests by mentioning HeroBook on social media and helping spread the word to the community. Every quest completed earns XP for the campaign, and if we gain enough XP together, we'll unlock great rewards for all backers like bonus digital content and Kickstarter-exclusive covers.

LEVEL 3 (642 XP)

Campaign total - last updated May 23 @ 9pm PT

UNLOCKED! - LV 1 (125 XP) Post Campaign Livestream
I will be hosting a livestream at the end of the campaign where I'll personally thank every single backer by name, and if the campaign is successfully funded, I'll include a huge, live, backers-only giveaway draw.

UNLOCKED! - LV 2 (250 XP) HeroBook Digital Wallpaper Pack
All backers will recieve a pack of wallpaper images, designed to match the HeroBook covers, in all common device sizes.

UNLOCKED! - LV 3 (500 XP) HeroBook Digital Character Token Pack
All backers will receive a pack of character token images, designed to match the HeroBook covers. Print them out or use them in online/Roll20 games!

LOCKED - LV 4 (1000 XP) HeroBook Hall of Fame
If we reach level 4, all backers will be able submit their character's name to be included in the Backer Hall of Fame inside every HeroBook.

LOCKED - LEVEL 5 (2000 XP) Kickstarter Exclusive Cover
If we reach level 5, our final unlock adds one additional cover style to the available options! This cover will be Kickstarter-exclusive and the color will be chosen by backers.

Available Backer Quests

Adventurer Outreach Quests 
92 Competions - 92 XP Earned
Help us promote the campaign on social media and gain 1 XP per post. Got a friend who always loses their character sheer or is regularly flipping through loose, disorganized notes? Tag them too! These quests are repeatable, one per backer per day. Posts must be public and include the hashtag #BackerQuest to be counted.

Noble Patron Quests
1 Completions - 50 XP Earned
Got a favorite personality from a podcast, live stream or other tabletop show that you think might like HeroBook? Help us spread the word to them with a friendly message (DO NOT SPAM ANYONE). This quest is repeatable; each time we get a mention from a tabletop personality with at least 10,000 followers, the campaign gains 50 XP.

  • Get a mention about HeroBook on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook from a popular tabletop personality

Completions:
@cwgabriel - I think your notebook looks rad. (Mike Krahulik of Penny Arcade)

Treasure Hoard Quests
5 Completions - 100 XP Earned
The bigger our treasure hoard gets, the more loot for the whole party! Help us reach our funding goal to gain up to 100 XP for the campaign.

  • ✔ Reach $20,000 in funding (10 XP)
  • ✔ Reach $25,000 in funding (15 XP)
  • ✔ Reach $30,000 in funding (20 XP)
  • ✔ Reach $35,000 in funding (25 XP)
  • ✔ Reach $40,000 in funding (30 XP)

Guild Recruitment Quests
4 Completions - 100 XP Earned
Backers are the beating heart of this quest. Help us gain new backers to gain up to 100 XP for the campaign.

  • ✔ Reach 250 backers (10 XP)
  • ✔ Reach 500 backers (20 XP)
  • ✔ Reach 750 backers (30 XP)
  • ✔ Reach 1000 backers (40 XP)

Hero's Beacon Quests
3 Completions - 300 XP Earned
We're working hard to get our message out to heroes all across the realm. Like and follow us on social media and help us reach our milestones to gain up to 400 XP for the campaign.

  • ✔ 300 likes on Facebook (100 XP)
  • ✔ 800 followers on Instagram (100 XP)
  • ✔ 100/100 members in our Discord channel (100 XP)
  • 294/500 followers on Twitter (100 XP)

History of the HeroBook Project

Hero Book is a project over three years in the making. Check out our first Dev Diary or my appearance on the DMs of Vancouver podcast for more info on how the project has evolved over time. 

Find us on social media

Follow the campaign and drop me a line on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Discord!

Who's behind the project?

My name is Sean Hallaren. I'm a graphic designer and avid tabletop gamer from Vancouver, Canada. I've been enjoying tabletop games for about 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. HeroBook has been my passion project for three years and I'm so thrilled to finally bring it out of my brain and onto Kickstarter! Got any questions about me or my background? I'd love to hear from you on Twitter or Instagram, or simply submit your message through Kickstarter.

Risks and challenges

I've identified four areas of potential risk should the campaign reach its funding goal.

DESIGN: Much of the design and layout of the product is already complete. Changes will be made to the final design as art assets are added and feedback is gathered from backers, but I have allocated ample time for this in the estimated delivery dates.

PRINTING: I have worked closely with Hemlock, my book printer, to create the prototype, and I'm very happy with the product. As a large, well-recognized printing company with over 50 years of experience and a long list of satisfied customers, I do not anticipate problems with printing even if demand is higher than expected. Working with a local printer, rather than one overseas, allows me to be closely involved in the production process and gives me the ability to react quickly should a problem arise. Nevertheless, I have budgeted extra time for the printing process.

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

SHIPPING: I have three potential shipping providers ready to go, based in Canada and the United States, to handle shipping of rewards. Which one I choose will be based on the volume of books to be shipped, as well as the geographical distribution of backers. I have budgeted extra time for shipping to ensure we can deliver your HeroBooks by the expected date.

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    One HeroBook

    One HeroBook, for the brave solo adventurer.

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    Two HeroBooks

    Two HeroBooks, for a mighty adventuring duo.

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    Three HeroBooks

    Three HeroBooks, for a trio of legendary adventurers.

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    Four HeroBooks

    Four HeroBooks, for the classic adventure quartet.

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    Five HeroBooks

    Five HeroBooks, for a grand quintet of adventurers.

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    Six HeroBooks

    Six HeroBooks, for a serious sextet of adventurers.

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    Retailer Deposit

    Want to sell HeroBook in your retail or online store? We'll have wholesale pricing available at the end of the campaign. Select this reward to place a deposit, and we'll contact you at the end of the campaign to finalize your order.

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    Seven HeroBooks

    Seven HeroBooks, for a spectacular septet of adventurers.

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    Eight HeroBooks

    Eight HeroBooks, for an awesome octet of adventurers.

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    Q&A with the Project Creator

    Get a 90 minute Q&A with the creator of HeroBook! Chat about the campaign, talk tabletop games, get personalized advice on running your 5th edition game, ask for help developing your new character, pitch an idea for a future Material Components product, or pretty much anything else you want! Q&A will be conducted over Skype.

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    Your Character in Every HeroBook

    Our art team will draw your tabletop character, and they'll be printed inside every HeroBook as part of our original art. Includes a signed print from the artist.

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    Your Story in Every HeroBook

    We'll work with you to write a short story, first person narrative, sonnet, prayer, or epic poem about your tabletop character or party, which will be printed inside every HeroBook. Includes a signed print from the creator.

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    Your Party in Every HeroBook

    Our art team will draw your entire tabletop party - max 8 characters - and they'll be printed inside every HeroBook as part of our original art. Includes a signed print from the artist.

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