The Runewild - A Fey-Themed 5e Hexcrawl
A 5e hexcrawl campaign. In the Runewild, witches walk, goblins cavort, and the borders between the realms of mortal and fey grow thin.
Beyond the kingdom of Aruanda, there is an untamed land. It is a place where witches walk, where goblins cavort, where the borders between the realms of mortal and fey grow thin. For some, it is a place of unspeakable wonder; for others, only madness and death lie within its trackless depths.
It is the Runewild, and it is both beautiful and cruel.
The Runewild is a dark fairy-tale sandbox setting for use with the 5th Edition of the world’s most popular roleplaying game. Designed for character levels 1 through 10, it provides locations, encounters, and NPCs to support a campaign lasting months or years, or to be adapted into other campaigns. The 160+ page book includes:
- A history of the Runewild and its surrounding settlements.
- 100 detailed encounter areas for player characters to explore.
- New optional rules for exploring and resting
- Advice for running a sandbox campaign
- A new feat: Fey-Touched
- 13 unique magic items (like witch embers and the staff of clarity and confusion)
- 32 new monsters (including clockwork dwarves, fey lions, giant forest sloths, and the terrifyingly beautiful Golden Bodach).
- Detailed descriptions of the histories, motivations, and weaknesses of the witches of the Runewild, including the Whitebone Sisters; Missus Switch, the swine hag; Korthsuva, the Witch of Hours; and the hag-queen Griselda, Mother of Ogres.
- Dozens of random tables designed to help GMs make the Runewild campaign their own.
To learn more about the Runewild, you can check out our free previews:
Preview 1: Missus Switch, Swine Witch - The history and statistics of the Swine Witch and a detailed description of the school house where she teaches her porcine pupils.
Preview 2: Highvale Blade and Twisted Tome - The Runewild is a place steeped in powerful fey magic, and these items show how some harness it safely, while others let it get out of control.
Preview 3: Beasts that Lurk in the Runewild - This preview features four new beasts that live in the Runwood: the helpful fey lion, the thought-stealing fiddlehead, the enigmatic Seven-Tails, and the terrifyingly beautiful Golden Bodach.
If you want to see even more, you can back the project and see the current draft of the complete book by going to this backer-only post. We've written the whole book and gone through several rounds of revision, but we plan to do at least one more revision using your feedback.
We love the ways crowdfunding can involve our backers. Everybody who backs at any level can read the current draft of the book and provide feedback. For those who want to play an even bigger roll, we offer two backer reward options:
Denizen of the Runewild
The final book will contain a table featuring one hundred random fey denizens of the Runewild. We want to give you a chance to be part of that chart. If you select either the PDF and Runewild Denizen, or Print and Runewild Denizen reward level, you can create one entry on the chart that includes your fey creature's name, the type of fey, a brief description, and the creature's goals. (All descriptions may be modified for length, tone, and established setting cannon.)
Part of the Art
If you want to be even more involved with the creation, you can pledge at the Part of the Art level. At this level, we will also include an illustration based on either a photo or description you provide. We will add the NPC to the book, and you can provide as much or as little guidance as you would like.
In addition to the basic pledge levels to the right, there are several upgrades and add-ons available. To receive these, just increase your basic pledge by the amount below. When we send out the rewards survey we'll ask which add-ons you requested.
$3, $5, or $7 - Runewild Poster Maps: These 18 x 12 inch poster maps depict the Runewild in full color. There are three variants. The GM map includes a hex grid with the locations of all encounters. The player maps includes only the information characters would know, and comes in two varieties, one with hexes, and one without. You can choose one map for $3, two for $5, or get all three for $7.
$5 - Hardcover Upgrade: The basic print level is for a softcover book. With this upgrade you receive a hardcover book.
LOCKED - Premium Color Upgrade: If we reach the $7,500 stretch goal, we will start to include color art. The default print option will be for standard color. While standard color looks great, premium color can be richer and sharper. For more about the difference see this article.
If we reach our initial goal we'll be create a well-written, expertly edited book with glorious black and white art. But we love color art even better, so our first two stretch goals are to upgrade from black and white to color, and our third is for a free holiday-themed adventure, perfect for a winter one-shot.
$6,000 - Initial Goal
$7,000 - Partial Color: The book will include a mix of color and black and white art.
$8,000 - Full Color: At this level we can afford full-color art through the whole book.
$10,000 - Ember John's Night: A short adventure set in the Runewild. Can the heroes rescue Ember John in time to save Widderspire's solstice celebration?
William Fischer (Author): William Fischer has been creating strange and terrifying worlds for role-playing games for over 30 years. This is his first published work.
Joyce Maureira (Illustrator): Joyce Maureira (@joyker) is a Chilean comic artist and illustrator. Her professional career developed around role playing, tabletop and trading card games. She's participated as an artist for Fantasy Flight Games, Sine Nomine Publishing and Steve Jackson Games, and she's currently working on a personal comic project. www.joycemaureira.com
Craig Hargrave (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.
Matthew J. Hanson (Publisher): 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.
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Risks and challenges
While we have a draft of the full book, there is still work to do. We still need to do at least one more revision, complete the art, put together layout, and print the books. Each step takes time. We've made our best estimate of how long this will take, but this is just an estimate, and the actual books might take longer.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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