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Awesome, unique, easy-to-use encounters for Fifth Edition (that are simple to adapt for any tabletop RPG).
4,057 backers pledged $256,734 to help bring this project to life.

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Out of the Box Encounters is designed for you, the Game Master, with your campaign, your players and their characters in mind. Every unique encounter provides insight into players and consideration for the out of the box ways characters approach challenges. 

Player ingenuity and engagement leads adventures in unexpected directions often as a matter of course, and we wanted to create a veritable box of encounters loaded with everything you need to run memorable, exciting stories no matter what twists and turns your group takes.

We ask that you consider backing this book to bring these encounters to life at your table, and at ours.

Matt Mercer believes in our project so much that he wrote the forward for Out of the Box Encounters. We're humbled and honored at Matt's sentiments, and wanted to share a portion of the forward with you. We'd love to show you exactly what Matt is talking about first hand if you back our project. 

 Thanks to our amazing backers, we've been able to absolutely obliterate our stretch goals so far, and we're not losing any momentum! We've added tons of encounters, some awesome print and play elements, as well as some awesome add ons... and a convention! 

We've themed our stretch goals as a multi-tiered dungeon that we've conquered along the course of the campaign. Here is the progress we've made so far, level by level. 

Mock-up of the Out of the Box Game Master screen! Final design subject to change.
Mock-up of the Out of the Box Game Master screen! Final design subject to change.

Check out the amazing quality of the dice in these production samples made by Norse Foundry!

These are 6063 aircraft grade aluminum precision dice that will be rolling 20's long after your other dice wear out! 

Designed with extreme attention to detail and practicality, these balanced and well-weighted dice are going to become the epicenter of attention during your next gaming session.

Computer-guided machinery is used to precisely cut these elite dice, and professional CNC machinery is used to ensure that every single dice is evenly balanced and always provides 100% random results.  

Once you use these dice... you'll never go back.

Use the following guide to add these dice to your pledge!

  • Full set $125
  • D20 $25
  • US Shipping $4
  • International Shipping $14

Remember to add the amount of the dice you choose plus shipping.

This is a journey for us, and like true adventurers, we’re mapping our delve into this dungeon of stretch goals and additions to the book… literally!

Thanks to our incredibly talented artist Darryl T. Jones, we’ve got an amazing, actual map of all of the stretch goals we’ve unlocked so far! Take a look below!

To see more of the awesome details of the project, keep scrolling!

  All of the Out of the Box encounters are designed for the Fifth Edition of the World’s Greatest Roleplaying Game. Our editors and designers have meticulously studied the Fifth Edition style and mechanics, working very hard to achieve clear, concise language and mechanics for all the creatures, traps, hazards, character challenges and new magic items. 

In addition, although the encounters are written for Fifth Edition, the concepts, characters, stories and situations can be easily adapted for use with other editions of the world's most popular fantasy roleplaying game, as well as other fantasy themed tabletop RPGs.

  Out of the Box: Encounters for Fifth Edition contains:

  • 30 unique encounters — even more with stretch goals by RPG industry professionals and influencers
  • New monsters — including new legendary creatures, lairs and regional effects
  • New magic items adventurers will really have to earn — especially when the monsters are using them!
  • Map packs for every encounter to put down on your table
  • Flat plastic miniatures for each encounter                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
    • Arc Knight developed a unique print-on-demand process to produce double-sided transparent plastic, leading to the Flat Plastic Miniatures line, and eventually the Roleplaying Spell Effects line.

                         Enjoy quick reference guides indicate appropriate character level ranges, creatures involved in the encounter, potential encounter locations and treasure. 

                        The encounters themselves offer relatable examples to help you understand the dynamic scenarios, guidance and tips for setting the encounter in your campaign world, and a thorough walkthrough of all the moving parts. 

                        An addendum for each encounter discusses some of the more unusual complications that might arise from any of these compelling situations.

     
    See some work-in-progress sample pages below!
     

  Do you want a gorgeous high-quality map, and durable flat, plastic minis for every single encounter in the book? Then look no further! 

 We teamed up with ArcKnight to curate a megadungeon’s worth of flat plastic miniatures and printed maps for all of the creatures lurking within Out of the Box Encounters.

You will have everything you need to run these encounters right out of the book. 

Arcknight Kit will include 16 map pages (double sided) for 32 maps. Roughly 120 minis. 2 pages of transparent object doodads. It will have an MSRP of $150. 

Pledge Levels with ArcKnight Packs:

  • Guardian of the Realm
  • Demigod
  • God Emperor 

All receive gorgeous maps and flat plastic minis for EVERY SINGLE ENCOUNTER in the book. 

Be sure to get your pledges with the ArcKnight Pack!

Our amazing team of artists and creators are bringing the encounters to life with gorgeous full-color art and digital and physical cartography.  

  • Cover from artist and creature designer Sarah Dahlinger
  • Illustrator and concept artist Kim van Duen
  • Game designer, comic book creator, and illustrator Darryl T. Jones of Splattered Ink Games
  • Cecil Howe of SwordPeddler.com and Cone of Negative Energy Publishing 

Town Guard - $1

You keep the city streets safe, and have your ear to the ground. We appreciate your support! In addition to gaining access to backer-only updates, you’ll be invited to view a private Nerdarchy livestream with the team. We'll answer your questions, talk about the project.

Novice Adventurer - $20

You’ve begun to garner a reputation for yourself as a local hero – and it’s well deserved. You’ll receive the PDF version of Out of the Box Encounters for 5th Edition. You will also get your name in the book, and be invited to our private Nerdarchy livestream!

Local Hero - $40

You are a renowned protector the realm, and your reputation precedes you. You’ll receive a durable hardcover version of the Out of the Box Encounters for 5th Edition. You will also get your name in the book, and be invited to our private Nerdarchy livestream!

Ethereal Summoner - $40

Your domain is the ether – the things beyond the veil of this realm – you are an arcane master of the unseen. You’ll receive a PDF versions of Out of the Box Encounters for 5th Edition, as well as Nerdarchy's full digital PDF library (a value of nearly $60!). You will get your name in the book, and be invited to the Nerdarchy livestream!

Infamous Hero - $50

You are a renowned protector the realm, and your reputation precedes you. You’ll receive a durable hardcover version of the Out of the Box Encounters for 5th Edition. You’ll receive the PDF version of Out of the Box Encounters for 5th Edition.You will also get your name in the book, and be invited to our private Nerdarchy livestream!

Guardian of the Realm - $115

Your acts have become the stuff of legend, and the forces of evil cower at the mention of your name. You’ll receive a durable hardcover version of Out of the Box Encounters for 5th Edition You’ll also receive a PDF versions of Out of the Box Encounters for 5th Edition. You will get your name in the book, and be invited to the Nerdarchy livestream! Also includes PDF copies of our two most popular books as well as physical copies of the core encounter maps and flat plastic minis of many of the creatures in the core encounters.

Demigod - $175

Over $300 worth of product for almost half the price! You are no mere mortal – you are an epicenter of matchless power and secrets untold. You’ll receive a durable hardcover version of Out of the Box Encounters for 5th Edition You’ll also receive a PDF version of Out of the Box Encounters for 5th Edition. You will get your name in the book, and be invited to our private Nerdarchy livestream! This also includes copies of our entire PDF library – 15 supplements with a value of nearly $60 alone! You will also get physical copies of the maps of the core encounters and flat plastic minis of many of the creatures in the core encounters... and be able to shape the future of our channel by controlling what videos we create next!

God Emperor - $5,000

Over $300 worth of product for almost half the price and an exclusive convention experience with Nerdarchy! You You are a God Emperor, and all bow before your might and power! You’ll receive a durable hardcover version of Out of the Box Encounters for 5th Edition You’ll also receive a PDF version of Out of the Box Encounters for 5th Edition. You will get your name in the book, and be invited to our private Nerdarchy livestream! Get copies of our full PDF library (15 supplements worth nearly $60 alone!) Also: physical copies of the maps of the core encounters and flat plastic minis of many of the creatures in the core encounters... and be able to shape the future of our YouTube channel!

Nerdarchy will put you up in a room, cover the cost of your badges, take you to dinner, PLUS you will game with a Nerdarchist!

*IMPORTANT: You must be able to get yourself to Gamehole Con 2020 or PAX Unplugged 2020 by your own means.*

From the very start, Nerdarchy has been about discovering and celebrating the frankly astounding RPG community. We’ve been rolling funny shaped dice for over 30 years, and we’re living our best nerdy life in this era of Fifth Edition with the staggering resurgence of our favorite game and hobby.

See what some other tabletop RPG creators have to say about Nerdarchy.

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Spending time with new and old friends around the gaming table, creating new stories together and making memories to last a lifetime is so much fun, and our ability to share these experiences through our media has given back to us in turn. Out of the Box Encounters is a product of the inspiration and creative energy we get from the games we play at our homes, online with new people, or at events.

Whenever you gather adventurers together, armed with pencils and polyhedral dice, there’s no telling where the story will go. But we’ve poured a lot of heart and soul into creating Out of the Box Encounters for you so no matter where your quest takes you, you’ll be prepared with all the monsters, myths, magic and maps to bring your game session — and your campaign world — to life.

Risks and challenges

Q: Will you finish the book?
A: We will absolutely finish the book, and many of the encounters are fully written. We will use the funds from the Kickstarter to have a professional editor comb through our work, as well as commission pristine art and maps for each encounter to make them ready-to-run.

Q: Will you deliver on time?
A: We are confident we will deliver on time or early. We are giving ourselves enough time to ensure a quality product, and deliver it to you when we promise. We’ve successfully completed many deadline-driven projects in other arenas, and are confident that this will be no different.

Q: Do you expect any delays?
A: Not at this time. Obviously we cannot account for issues beyond our control – printing delays, shipping mishaps, and things of that nature, however we are confident in our team, and have a solid schedule in place.

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    Guardian of the Realm

    Over $300 worth of product for almost half the price!

    Receive a durable hardcover version AND the PDF version of Out of the Box Encounters for Fifth Edition as well as two bestselling Nerdarchy PDFs.

    ArcKnight Pack! Receive the gorgeous physical maps and high-quality flat plastic minis for the core encounters of the book.

    Name in the Book | Live Stream Invite

    Includes:
    • All Backer Updates
    • Invitation to OoTB Exclusive Livestream
    • Your Name in the Book!
    • Out of the Box Encounters for 5th Edition PDF
    • Out of the Box Encounters for 5th Edition Hardcover Physical Book
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    Demigod

    Over $300 worth of product for almost half the price!

    Receive a durable hardcover version AND the PDF version of Out of the Box Encounters for Fifth Edition as well as the entire Nerdarchy PDf library (15 supplements with a value of nearly $60 alone).

    ArkKnight Pack! Receive the gorgeous physical maps and high-quality flat plastic minis for the core encounters of the book.

    Control Nerdarchy's video content!

    Name in the Book | Live Stream Invite

    Includes:
    • All Backer Updates
    • Invitation to OoTB Exclusive Livestream
    • Your Name in the Book!
    • Out of the Box Encounters for 5th Edition PDF
    • Out of the Box Encounters for 5th Edition Hardcover Physical Book
    • Physical, Printed Maps of the Core Encounters
    • Flat Plastic Minis for Numerous Creatures in the Core Encounters
    • Full Existing Nerdarchy PDF Library
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    Game with Nerdarchy! Nerdarchy will put you up in a room, cover the cost of your badges, take you to dinner, PLUS you will game with a Nerdarchist!

    *IMPORTANT: You must be able to get yourself to Gamehole Con 2020 or PAX Unplugged 2020 by your own means.*

    PLUS Over $300 worth of product for almost half the price!

    Hardcover version AND the PDF version of Out of the Box Encounters for Fifth Edition as well as the entire Nerdarchy PDf library (15 supplements with a value of nearly $60 alone).

    ArcKnight Pack! Receive the gorgeous physical maps and high-quality flat plastic minis for the core encounters of the book.

    Control Nerdarchy's video content!

    Name in the Book | Live Stream Invite

    Includes:
    • All Backer Updates
    • Invitation to OoTB Exclusive Livestream
    • Your Name in the Book!
    • Out of the Box Encounters for 5th Edition PDF
    • Out of the Box Encounters for 5th Edition Hardcover Physical Book
    • Physical, Printed Maps of the Core Encounters
    • Flat Plastic Minis for Numerous Creatures in the Core Encounters
    • Full Existing Nerdarchy PDF Library
    • Direct the Future of Nerdarchy's Content
    • Con Experience with Nerdarchy!
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