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Savage World adventure and rules companion for Drakonheim, a decaying city where the dead freely walk the streets.
Savage World adventure and rules companion for Drakonheim, a decaying city where the dead freely walk the streets.
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Drakonheim: City of Bones was released earlier this year after a successful Kickstarter campaign. The system-free setting book features an ancient city where necromancers operate openly.

Now we're providing some rules content for the setting with the Drakonheim Savage Companion and the Heroes of Drakonheim adventure for the Savage Worlds RPG.

Savage Companion

The Savage Companion features all the rules you need to play in Drakonheim using the Savage Worlds system, including:

  • 9 archetypes
  • 2 new races (goblin and hobgoblin)
  • 6 new Hindrances
  • 22 new Edges
  • 5 pieces of gear
  • 5 deities
  • 3 new power trappings
  • Expanded rules for necromancers and undead
  • Full stats for all 29 of the major NPCs described in the setting book
  • Several NPC archetypes and monsters
  • An adventure generator

Because the companion is designed to work with the Drakonheim: City of Bones setting book, the companion does not contain setting information on its own. While written with Drakonheim in mind, all the material can be used in a range of fantasy settings.

Heroes of Drakonhiem

This three-chapter adventure introduces the players to the city of Drakonheim, as the heroes live through events that shape the city. The heroes trudge into goblin-infested sewers to solve a series of disappearances, confront the rise of the necromancers from the Gray Society, and finally defend the city from a hobgoblin invasion.

Originally written by Matthew J. Hanson as a trilogy of D&D 5e playtest adventures, Heroes of Drakonheim has been updated by Richard Woolcock to fit the fast, fun, and furious philosophy of Savage Worlds.

Drakonheim: City of Bones

Drakonheim:City of Bones has already been published after an earlier successful Kickstarter campaign. It is a system-free setting that details the important people, places, and plots in, under, and around the city. It gives history and flavor to the necromancers who rule the city, the holy order that clandestinely opposes them, the goblins who live beneath the city, and the monster-infested lands around it.

Because Drakonheim: City of Bones already had its own Kickstarter campaign, it will not be affected by this one. However, for those who don't already own a copy, it is available as part of some pledge levels or as an add-on.

Previews

If you want a sneak peek at Savage Drakonheim, you can check out some of the free previews we've released through RPGNow or DriveThruRPG. While you are at, it you can visit author Richard Woolcock's blog where he talks about the creative process.

Necromancy: Necromancers operate openly in Drakonheim. This preview contains just a few of the many undead-focused Edges, Hindrances, and setting rules in the Drakonheim Savage Companion.

Sewer Goblins: Goblins inhabit the ancient sewers below Drakonheim. In this preview we show off the new goblin race and its racial Edges in the companion, as well as a pair of encounters from the Heroes of Drakonheim adventure that feature goblin friends and foes.

Prepare for War: In the final chapter of the Heroes of Drakonheim adventure, the heroes race against time to prepare the city to defend against invasion. This preview describes the new system for managing the heroes' limited time and shows a few options of how they might prepare the city.

To learn even more about the setting, you can also check out the previews created for the original Drakonheim: City of Bones Kickstarter campaign.

The Gray Society: A cabal of necromancers who have recently come out of the shadows and now operate openly in the city.

Knights of the Eclipse: A clandestine order dedicated to destroying undead.

Little Grendus: The dwarven section of the city, it is home to the ancestors of the now ruined kingdom of Grendus.

Hobgoblin Lands: Territory to the north of Drakonheim controlled by hobgoblin war clans.

Why Kickstarter?

The text of the companion and adventure are completely written, and every backer can look at the first update to read the full books. The companion has even been given and initial layout that will be released to backers as soon as the campaign ends.

We say initial layout, because the book reuses several pieces of art from the Drakonheim: City of Bones setting book. This Kickstarter campaign is to help provide more original art for both the Drakonheim Savage Companion and Heroes of Drakonheim adventure.

The initial goal of $1000 will not provide for all our art needs, but it will give us enough to create a good number of original pieces, which we'll supplement with art from Drakonheim: City of Bones and published stock art, and we'll feel confident producing two beautiful books.

Stretch Goals

Because we're focusing on funding the art, the more we raise beyond our goal, the more original art we'll include. In reality, whatever we raise beyond paying for printing, shipping, and fees, we'll put towards art. Because it's fun to smash through stretch goals, however, we've named some milestones.

$2,000 - Some More New Art! - We'll include some more new art in both books!

$3,000 - Mostly New Art! We'll include mostly new art in both books!

$4,000 - A Whole Lot of New Art! How much art will we get at this level? A whole lot!

$5,000 - All the new art! Both books will have completely new art!

Add-Ons

You can add the following options on to any reward level by increasing your pledge by the appropriate amount. After the Kickstarter Campaign is over, we'll send you a survey that will ask you to describe what extras you want.

$5: Drakonheim: City of Bones PDF - A PDF copy of the Drakonheim system-less setting book (available as soon as the campaign ends)

$5: Drakonheim Poster Maps - Two 18 x 12 poster maps, one featuring the city of Drakonheim, and one the surrounding territory.

$15: Extra Print Copies (standard color): An extra standard color copy of any one of the print books: Drakonheim City of Bones, Drakonheim Savage Companion, or Heroes of Drakonheim.

$20: Extra Print Copies (premium color): An extra premium color copy of any one of the print books: Drakonheim City of Bones, Drakonheim Savage Companion, or Heroes of Drakonheim.

$35: Extra Kickstarter Collection Copies (standard color): An extra standard color copy of the Kickstarter Exclusive collection of all three Drakonheim books in a single volume.

$45: Extra Kickstarter Collection Copies (premium color): An extra premium color copy of the Kickstarter Exclusive collection of all three Drakonheim books in a single volume.

Premium vs. Standard Color

Print copies of the Drakonheim books will be fulfilled through DriveThruRPG's print on demand services. The standard color option provides high resolution color images, but the premium color options is more vibrant and gives greater color depth.

For more information, check out this page on DriveThruRPG's website.

About the Creators

Matthew J. Hanson (Adventure author): Matthew is the head of Sneak Attack Press, and has written RPG material for Kobold Press, Green Ronin Publishing, Dragon and Dungeon Magazines, EN Publishing, Expeditious Retreat Press and more. He won a 2014 silver ENie Award for Broken Earth, another setting funded through Kickstarter.

Richard Woolcock (Companion author and adventure converter): Richard is a freelance RPG writer, and has written Savage Worlds material for Obatron Productions, SPQR Games, Gun Metal Games, Melior Via, and Just Insert Imagination. You can read more about his work (including free tools and supplements) on his blog at savage-stuff.blogspot.com.

Joyce Maureira (Illustrator): Joyce's professional career started with indie videogame developers, for which she did character design and concept art. Then she had the opportunity to work on a vampire webcomic, thanks to an emerging company in Chile. During that comic she developed her passion for working in black & white and also started working on illustrations for card games, RPG books and tabletop games. She is currently developing comics and fantasy illustrations for a variety of publishers.

Craig Hargraves (Editor): Craig is a freelance editor and proofreader who got his start working on Robin D. Laws's Hillfolk series (2014 Diana Jones Award). This will be Craig’s latest project with Sneak Attack Press after previously editing the Broken Earth series (2014 Silver ENnie - Best Electronic Book), Abstract Dungeon and Drakonheim City of Bones.

This game references the Savage Worlds game system, available from Pinnacle Entertainment Group at www.peginc.com. Savage Worlds and all associated logos and trademarks are copyrights of Pinnacle Entertainment Group. Used with permission. Pinnacle makes no representation or warranty as to the quality, viability, or suitability for purpose of this product.

Risks and challenges

Please be aware that the delivery dates are just our best estimates, and no matter how much we try to build in extra time for things to go wrong we've often misjudge.

The text is written and edited, and you can see it as soon as you back. There are still many other factors that might slow down the final delivery date, including art, layout, printing, and shipping.

We've run several Kickstarters in the past and we always deliver (one project is still in progress).

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