A church from which all are turned away. The haunted eyes of past visitors. A missing leader throwing a town into panic. These phenomena lead PCs into a battle against elemental evil – or, as one character describes it, “Pure Sin”.
This is the premise of “The Mirror Tells Her Lies”, a short roleplaying adventure module for the d100 system released under the Open Gaming License. It is also the starting point for Michael Hopcroft Press, a new company I am founding. I'm Michael Hopcroft, the co-author of HeartQuest: Romantic Roleplaying in the Worlds of Shoujo Manga and The Kevin and Kell Roleplaying Game.“The Mirror Tells Her Lies” is created under OpenQuest, an open-content version of the d100 rules. OpenQuest plays easily, yet is still compatible with the numerous d100 game systems out there in the wild.
Unlike a certain set of systems, which I'm pretty sure you already know, d100 games do not have systems that rigidly enforce character morality. Also, for competent PCs death is still in the picture from any combat however one-sided it looks.
"The Mirror Tells Her Lies" takes full advantage of this quality. It is a take on the moral quandaries faced by PCs, in a place where all the dark places of their souls will be used against them. It is a short adventure, playable in one to two sessions, designed for experienced characters and players who love roleplaying their characters as opposed to hacking away at everything they see!
What the Money will be Used For
As a startup in a crowded field, I am trying to economize. Since it's a short module, the money will first be used to buy stock art. If enough money is raised, I will be using it to pay for technical assistance on layout. All in all, this will help me put out the module I would like, one I would buy if I were a customer, and the standard of detail expected of this platform.
If I get a LOT of money (comparatively), then I wilt make a print version available through DriveThru RPG's Print-on-Demand service.
Finally, by supporting this Kickstarter you are helping me produce both current and future products. I have plans.
$125 -- Print! If I can reach this amount, I will be making a Print-on-Demand version available through DriveThruRPG's service. I would also add a benefit level that includes it. (The extra is for the time of the layout artist to make a print file that will produce a book.)
Risks and challenges
Some of the challenges I face involve my relative inexperience with electronic publishing, which I have not done in a decade. The module is written and read for layout, all that is required is a cover, interior art, and the expertise to put it all together in a finished form. Finding those might take a while, resulting in minor delays.
I anticipate releasing the module by the end of September or early October.
My personal state of health might also delay the project. I deal with ongoing chronic pain that makes sitting for long periods difficult. I will have the assistance of a part-time caregiver, who ideally will help keep me on-task.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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