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A Wicked Dope Torchbearer RPG Zine
A Wicked Dope Torchbearer RPG Zine
214 backers pledged $5,338 to help bring this project to life.

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From the minds that bring you Mordite Mondays… comes a new zine, jam-packed with stories, one-page adventures, adventure ideas, monsters, items, town locations, NPCs, and oodles of content to expand your Torchbearer RPG campaign.

To be a part of Zine Quest, this will be a one-color, saddle-stitched, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2" zine booklet for players and GMs alike. 

The Grind is a dope, print-only, single issue containing:

  1. Stories for various campaign settings
  2. One-Page Adventures
  3. Adventure Ideas & Leads
  4. Essential NPC stat blocks
  5. New Monsters
  6. Intriguing Items
  7. Hacks and Conversions
  8. Lots of pages of wicked Torchbearer content

 Get this all exclusively in print.

Unleash The Grind and all of its glory in your Torchbearer campaigns!

The Player Handouts help players track light and resources, helpers, and henchmen inventory during the game. Designed to complement the character sheet, this tool will be finalized with input from our Kickstarter supporters.

The GM Card helps GMs track rewards spent, advancement, goals, beliefs, and instincts during the game. This useful tool with be finalized with input from our Kickstarter supporters.

Your copy of The Grind will be signed and personalized on the inside credits page.

At 4th Level or higher get the Battle Mage of Mordeth lapel pin. Hand-made, hand-cut 1" copper-plated pin with black and white kiln-fired enamel. Kickstarter exclusive!

Your name or a dedication will be listed on The Grind web page.

Your name shall be scribed in the hallowed pages of The Grind for all of eternity! There is precious space inside the zine because we've jam-packed it full of monsters, loot, and adventures, but we've saved a special place on the credits page for those that have given their all in this fight!

Marshal's Service Reward

Mockup of Marshal's Star
Mockup of Marshal's Star

Become a part of our Dastards & Desperadoes Wild West hack! Your name will inspire one of the characters in the book. We'll translate any real or fictional details inspired about yourself into a western NPC.

You'll also receive a commemorative, gold-plated Marshal's Star badge. Limited Edition: Only five total (one for each of the Wild West core classes).

1st Wave Folder 

As a special thank you and bonus for the first 100 of our early supporters (Levels 1 -3), you will receive The Grind in an 80's-style, 2-pocket folder adorned with unique doodles and decoration — just like you'd find in an old Trapper Keeper. 4th and 5th Level supporters always get the folder.

Special Rewards

We have two other special rewards. The first is an online hangout with Mordite artists Paul, Matt, and Koch. You'll get to see The Grind as it is developing. 

The second unique reward is original artwork from all three artists.

"Troglodyte," "Goblin Rider," "Caves of Mordeth"
"Troglodyte," "Goblin Rider," "Caves of Mordeth"

UPDATED STRETCH GOALS

Stretch Goals Map Key 

Room 1 (Completed):

  • Increase content to 24 pages
  • Soft touch aqueous cover
  • Paper upgrades

Room 2 (Completed): 

  • Increase content to 30 pages
  • Guest contributors
  • A Brunnmigi adventure

Room 3 (Completed): 

  •  Beiloch's Cure adventure by Owen O'Connell a.k.a. Lord Mordeth
  • Extra Physician character class for Dastards & Desperadoes™ Wild West hack.

Room 4 (Completed): 

  • Level Benefits up to 10th level for all five Wild West classes.
  • More diabolical monsters and magical items.
  • Even more pages of content!

Room 5 ($6,200): 

  • Front/Back fold-out page for two of the one-page adventures

Room 6 ($8,000): 

  • Torchbearer Gazetteer: Mordeth 

Room 7: More riches and adventure locked behind this door...

Room 8: Explore the other rooms to unlock this final chamber...

About Mordite Press

Mordite Press is a group of artists, authors, and Torchbearer enthusiasts that publish content under the Torchbearer Sagas license. The Grind comes to you from the creators of the Torchbearer adventures The Crypt of Khaab'r, Roost of the Condor Queen, and character classes in Fearless and Freebooting.

Main contributors: D. Koch, Matt Gibeault, Paul O'Connell, Ryan Browne, and edited by Owen O'Connell. For more info, check us out at www.Mordite.Press.

What is Torchbearer?

Torchbearer is a riff on early fantasy role-playing games like D&D. Players take the role of an adventurer seeking fortune from forlorn ruins, dungeons, and the wilds. 

About Zine Quest

We are excited to be a part of Kickstarter's Zine Quest. To participate in Zine Quest, our zine must be RPG-related, sized 5.5 x 8.5", feature one-color printing, and bound via saddle-stitch. There will not be a digital PDF version, so get this now!

Risks and challenges

We have a solid "adventure hook" for our next session: we have worked with the printer before and have built in some buffer for printing delays.

However, failure is an important concept in Torchbearer, and failed tests can sometimes lead to Twists.

Fortunately, we have been saving up our Persona points so that we can Tap Nature if the need arises.

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    Lvl 1: Apprentice of Mordeth

    A print copy of The Grind.

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    Lvl 3: Thaumaturge of Mordeth (1st Wave)

    Your copy of The Grind will be signed and personalized. In addition, receive a handy GM reference card.

    Plus, previous level rewards.

    The First Wave early supporters receive the customized bonus graffiti folder.

    US shipping included.

    Includes:
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    • Player Handouts
    • GM Game Card
    • Signed & Personalized
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    Lvl 3: Thaumaturge of Mordeth

    Your copy of The Grind will be signed and personalized. In addition, receive a handy GM reference card.

    Plus, previous level rewards and US shipping included.

    Includes:
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    • Player Handouts
    • GM Game Card
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    Lvl 4: Spellbinder of Mordeth

    Get the Kickstarter exclusive, limited-edition, hand-made, American-made Battle Mage of Mordeth lapel pin crafted by our artist friends. Don't miss out, these won't be available ever again.

    Plus, your name or a dedication listed on the www.Mordite.press website as a Spellbinder-level supporter of this project.

    All 4th Level supporters receive the special, 2-pocket graffiti folder and all of the previous level rewards too!

    Includes previous rewards and US shipping.

    Includes:
    • The Grind Zine
    • Player Handouts
    • GM Game Card
    • Signed & Personalized
    • Retro Trapper Keeper-style, 2-pocket Folder
    • Special Website Donor Listing
    • Exclusive Mordeth Lapel Pin
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    Lvl 5: Sorcerer of Mordeth

    Level up to the max to become a Sorcerer! Your name or a dedication will be listed as a Sorcerer supporter on the inside cover of the zine book.

    All 5th Level supporters receive the special, 2-pocket graffiti folder.

    Plus, you get all of the previous-level loot and US shipping included.

    Includes:
    • The Grind Zine
    • Player Handouts
    • GM Game Card
    • Signed & Personalized
    • Retro Trapper Keeper-style, 2-pocket Folder
    • Special Website Donor Listing
    • Exclusive Mordeth Lapel Pin
    • Special Inside Cover Listing
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    Marshal's Service

    Your name will become one of the characters in our Wild West hack.

    Plus, you'll receive one of five commemorative Marshal's Star badges: a curved, gold electroplate badge; 1.88" wide; pin with safety catch; and soft enameled lettering.

    Includes all 5th Level Sorcerer rewards.

    Free Shipping Across the World

    Includes:
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    • Player Handouts
    • GM Game Card
    • Retro Trapper Keeper-style, 2-pocket Folder
    • Special Inside Cover Listing
    • Special Website Donor Listing
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    Virtual Studio Tour

    Chill with Mordite artists Matt Gibeault, Paul O'Connell, and D. Koch. Join us for a screen sharing studio visit during the layout of The Grind. You will get a first sneak peek at the pages as they are being finalized. Hangout and voice chat with members from the Mordite team as they share some pieces from the zine. Tentatively scheduled for one of the Saturdays in March or April. Flexible Eastern US times.

    Includes all the 5th Level rewards.

    Includes:
    • The Grind Zine
    • Player Handouts
    • GM Game Card
    • Signed & Personalized
    • Retro Trapper Keeper-style, 2-pocket Folder
    • Exclusive Mordeth Lapel Pin
    • Special Inside Cover Listing
    • Special Website Donor Listing
    • Artist Screenshare and The Grind Preview
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    Lvl 1: Apprentice of Mordeth (1st Wave)

    A print copy of The Grind.

    Be one of the first! The First Wave early supporters receive The Grind in a bonus, 2-pocket folder decorated with pen and eraser graffiti!

    US shipping included.

    Includes:
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    • Retro Trapper Keeper-style, 2-pocket Folder
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    Lvl 2: Neophyte of Mordeth (1st Wave)

    Get the zine plus player handouts.

    The First Wave early supporters receive the bonus special, 2-pocket graffiti folder.

    US shipping included.

    Includes:
    • The Grind Zine
    • Player Handouts
    • Retro Trapper Keeper-style, 2-pocket Folder
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    Original Artwork

    Original Torchbearer artwork from Mordite artists. "Troglodyte" (pen & ink) from Matt Gibeault, "Goblin Rider" (pencil sketch) from Paul O'Connell, "Caves of Mordeth" (the complete, unfogged stretch goals map) and the Torchbearer-inspired abstract watercolor "Angry in Camp" from D. Koch. All four pieces in one package.

    Includes white matte. Additional framing options available for an additional cost.

    Includes all the Level 5 Sorcerer rewards.

    US shipping included.

    Includes:
    • The Grind Zine
    • Player Handouts
    • GM Game Card
    • Special Inside Cover Listing
    • Special Website Donor Listing
    • Exclusive Mordeth Lapel Pin
    • Signed & Personalized
    • Retro Trapper Keeper-style, 2-pocket Folder
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