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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, March 31 2019 8:12 PM UTC +00:00.

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OgreBy Ogre
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$376
pledged of $900pledged of $900 goal
19
backers
11days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, March 31 2019 8:12 PM UTC +00:00.

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Introduction

"Welcome to the Graveyard" is a first level module for D&D 5th Edition and Pathfinder Role Playing Game. It is a module inspired by the classic modules of the 80s like "B2 The Keep on the Borderlands." It isn't a keep, nor is it on the borderlands, but it is a module that is ready to play and ready for first level characters.

Summary

The adventure starts in a tavern -- no, really! The characters will join up there and meet one another -- some groups might take an entire session just to meet and describe one another. From there, the adventurers find work and eventually head out to explore rumors of an old graveyard where the dead are supposedly coming to life! It's a complete adventure from start to finish so new game masters can jump right in and play. The adventure is designed to take a group of four characters from first to second level, if they can survive!

Creative Team

The creative team includes the primary writer (Jeff Ober) who has dozens of years experience with RPGs going all the way back to the early days of D&D (and yes, even the white boxed set); a number of others with a combined total experience in RPGs over 50 years; and professional illustrator MattR Illustration. We are also working with professional editors and publishers to ensure a top quality product. We have a team play-testing that has used a number of different game systems over the years as well.

Schedule & Progress

 We have already put a good deal of time and even money into this project to help ensure it will be a success. The adventure is already planned and mostly written. We've already signed a contract with the illustrator and have started work on the illustrations. We have purchased equipment and a web site to promote this project and others. We are not vapor-ware or a one-shot wonder. We just need this extra push to get this professional quality project complete and delivered to you, the gamer.

Estimated Expenses

Based on our analysis of costs, estimates from printing companies, and consultation with previous successful Kickstarter projects, we have estimated our expenses as follows:

Fulfillment 

Barring extreme circumstances (like thousands of pledges for the printed version of the module), all fulfillment will be done in-house: in my house...probably in the living room. We will receive and assemble the modules and then ship them to backers. But seriously, there should be no issues with fulfillment and packaging of rewards, as the creators and authors will have total control over fulfillment. The pdf rewards will use DriveThruRPG for filfulment and additional copies will be available there after the kickstarter is complete.

Goal

The goal for the project is $900. We really wanted to get some professional editing, illustrating, and printing involved, and this number will help us ensure that this is truly a quality product, one that we will be proud to manufacture and ship. Reaching this goal will help ensure we can get reasonable prices on the shipping and still keep this to a high quality standard.

Stretch Goals

We like the stretch goals as ways to reach for more. Sure, the basic product will be great, but there's a few extra things we'd like to add-on with a bit more funding:

  • $1,100 -- Adding four pre-generated characters to both adventures. This will help the beginning players get into playing right away so they can experience the game before they create their own customized characters. This will include all the stats and information for four characters in the D&D 5E module and four characters with states and information in the Pathfinder universe.
  • $1,600 -- Front page, full-color cover art! This is one that we really like and want to include. We want to put our illustrator back to work for a half-page illustration on the front cover of the module. This really makes the module match the classic module look and will make it look even better.
  • $1,800 -- Four more pre-generated characters for both adventures. In this case, we'll go ahead and add the pages and the stats and the information for four more characters. This way the beginning players can experiment with different options and have a lot more choices to start out their gaming experiences.
  • $2,100 -- More internal art! We all like art and illustrations and if we can reach this goal, we've got more space for even more art from our illustrator. It won't take away from the module, at this funding level we can add more pages and pay for more illustrations throughout the entire module.

Who Will Love This

This module has been designed and written by people who really love to play RPGs and have played them for a very long time. We think that this module will appeal to those who miss the classic modules from the 80s and it also will be fun and easy to use for those new to the game. Game masters who want to introduce new players to the game will find this to be loads of fun (we hope). Players who have played in the past but want a new start will also love jumping right into this adventure.

Future Plans

We hope that this project is a success here on Kickstarter (obviously). This is also an initial offering from Ogre Works. If this project is a success, we hope to continue this line of modules and RPG accessories to help others enjoy the game that we have all spent so much time (and money) on over the years.

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk is simply not reaching our funding goal. We've got authors, copywriters, illustrators, and game players on the team, but we don't have any marketers. And for a kickstarter of this size, we didn't feel the marketing expense would be worth the potential return, at least at this point. So we're working on marketing, but not professional, so please feel free to spread the word!

We have already gotten commitments from publishers and we've worked out the printing and mailing logistics with our best estimates. Another potential risk is at the other end: thousands of orders! If we start seeing trends showing physical orders in very large numbers, we will have to re-evaluate our fulfillment procedures, but if we can, we're just taking over the living room.

The module itself is already 95% or more written at the start of this campaign. We're just working on editing, layout, and final organization for the printed project. We hope that it gets funded primarily so we can share this module and the gaming systems with more people.

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