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Introducing Death & Taxes
Death & Taxes is Lesser Gnome's follow-up box set to Whisper & Venom. It was nominated for an ENnie, for those of you who are into that sort of thing. Twice!*
Death & Taxes is an adventure for 4-7 players using characters level 4-6. Although designed for classic rules, the ultimate goal is to create total conversions of the game for popular modern systems. Once the goals for project funding and the backer surpass the initial stretch goal targets all options are on the table, As backers, you will have a seat at that table to decide which one will happen first! Look for the results to be revealed in our Stretch Goals section as the campaign progresses. The Gnomes are ready start to translating Death & Taxes into Pathfinder/OGL and (we hope) fifth edition compatible versions.
South of the Whisper Vale lies a land of gentle slopes with forests and greenswards. Small townships have sprouted alongside decayed municipalities. The area’s sparse populations are independent and self-reliant. Sporadic trade and a dim memory of avaricious rulers connect them.
On a gentle hillside sits an imposing stronghold known as The Auctor. It has remained empty and eerily pristine since the last noble family fled south. Its majestic rooms and corridors are shrouded in fear. Living memory recalls a time when the happy glow in its upper galleries was a thin façade to its real function.
An haute-coiffed tax collector arrives with his retinue of hairdressers, auditors of unusual size, a mason and a pack of gnolls. The collector carries important documents asserting his authority to tax the region. His orders are simple: Reclaim the Auctor and squeeze.
Mobs will form, tempers will flare, old scores will be settled and pounds of flesh will be exacted.
Welcome to the season of Death & Taxes.
Who is Lesser Gnome? Why should you trust them?
After having successfully completed Whisper & Venom's Kickstarter Project on schedule Lesser Gnome is jazzed to do it all over again. Death & Taxes can exceed the backer rewards seen in Whisper & Venom, provided the final pledge amount exceeds the projected expenses.
After living and breathing Whisper & Venom for 18 months we've learned a little something about projected expenses.
As always, our focus remains on the highest quality writing, professional design and the talents of the best freelancers available. No need to take our words on the matter. This link will lead you accolades, testimonials and even a sharp critique of a choice we made in design.
Still hesitant and want to be more sure of our releases? We have provided PDF downloads that allow you to examine our work. These are available for both OSR type games and Pathfinder- here is a link.
If the project funds the box set for Death & Taxes includes:
- 2 Game Books (Setting Guide & the Death & Taxes Adventure Book)
- A color poster map by Alyssa Faden
- Tax Collector & Goblin Herald 28 mm Miniatures and...
A potential plethora of planned stretch goals™ They say a picture is worth a thousand words :
Although the Death & Taxes Kickstarter is designed around the boxed set, Lesser Gnome has provided (to maximize your self-actualization) many back levels. Pledges start at just $1!!!
IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT SHIPPING
Shipping & handling: Shipping charges will be invoiced at the end of the Kickstarter. Only the shipping cost will be invoiced. Transparency is important to us. We have opted to charge separately for shipping as part of our effort to provide individual backers with the best value. Every package WILL have the final postage fee printed on the label for verification. A tracking number will be provided when the reward ships. Estimated shipping costs are exactly that- estimates. The final weight of product is undetermined but most rewards are expected to weigh less than 5 lbs.
Rewards for US supporters will be shipped via the least expensive parcel shipping available. The expected shipping for the majority of orders are described below: All Box-sets fit in USPS Medium Flat Rate Shipping Boxes (est. $12). Shipping on all US orders will not exceed the USPS Medium Flat-Rate box rate. In other words, pledge your heart out, we’ll make up the difference.
International orders will be invoiced at actual postage cost. International postage requires customs forms. We are required by law to disclose the pledge amount on these forms. If you are unsure how expensive international shipping can be, please ask us for an estimate.
EXCEPTION- Backers worldwide can pledge for Death & Taxes: Compendium Hardcovers ($40 Bibliophile reward tier or as an add-on) and opt to have their books printed in the United Kingdom, France or Australia. A significant portion of standard shipping and customs fees are saved when using this option. Backers in neighboring countries can also save money (New Zealand is one of these). Contact Lesser Gnome for an estimate.
Backer Pledge Levels$1 Well-Wisher - Watch the fun, read the updates and then realize you want to upgrade your pledge to a reward tier.
- Retro-Module $30
- Wall Map $30-Rolled Up & Shipped in a Tube (Shipping Included for US Backers, International backers please contact me)
- Death & Taxes Extra Box Set $50 (retail version)
- Death & Taxes Compendium $40
- Whisper & Venom Compendium (OSR) $30
- Whisper & Venom Softcover (Pathfinder) $25
- Extra Deluxe Miniature Pack $40
- Plastic & Foam Miniature Case (Chessex) - $15
- Quality Gnome Hat $18
- Attractive Gnome T-Shirt $20
- The Auditor - $15
- The Hydra- $20
- Hydra fountain
- Unlocked Figurine Extras-
- NOTE: These are included in the most popular pledge rewards. Extras of everything are always nice. Stylish too!
More to be unlocked as funding dictates.
Existing figurines from our store are also deeply discounted when purchased as add-ons. See update nine for more details.
Risks and challenges
Why should I trust you with my money?
The best reason is that we have proven we can do it. We are capable of delivering on a large, logistically challenging project without compromising on quality. Zach Glazar has backed over 100 Kickstarter projects. Most were successful, some were marginal and a few failed in a very public manner. Every single project he backed was a learning experience to make ours better.
Outside of Kickstarter We bring our own professional experience to the whole process. Zach has a degree in Business Management. His professional background is in managing government projects and governing bodies. Also John has a degree in English Literature and a more experience than he ever wanted as a proofreader and editor. We will not bore everyone with the details here. We will answer any inquiry that helps allay any fears regarding project fulfillment.
How can you guarantee my pledge reward? Truthfully we cannot. We did the next best thing though. We have alleviated much of the backers' risk. How? Simply by having started six months ago lining up the best freelancers and collaborators anywhere. We also have been paying very many of the fixed costs upfront. This investment by us, we hope, encourages investment by you in Death & Taxes.
What are the risks?
Nothing is certain in life (well, except Death & Taxes) and all the preparations and experience cannot thwart the power of unrelated events. Examples being very significant health problems (like death) or natural disasters (avalanches?). Those aside the biggest risk is delayed fulfillment. Thopas may be all-powerful but he does not own a printing company. He likes minis but has no interests in casting companies either. These ‘must use’ businesses are beyond our control.
That said. We did it before with happy backers (please ask them!) and we will do it again.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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