About this project
The Dungeon Dome is a multimedia actual play project that aims to offer a new experience for audiences who love to watch role playing games. James D’Amato and the team at ONE SHOT took inspiration from sports and professional wrestling to create The Dungeon Dome. A fictional gladiatorial arena where teams of over-the-top heroes battle for wealth and glory, and the audience actively shapes the world.
Instead of telling the story of a single party adventuring in a fantasy world, The Dungeon Dome will follow several teams of gladiators as they face each other in death matches and challenges. We’ll follow these characters in and out of the ring through live streams and podcasts. Season 1 will be at least 15 live streamed episodes that follow two main storylines.
Viewers will be able to affect the world of The Dungeon Dome by cheering for their favorite teams, which gives them inspiration and the ability to perform special moves in the game. Backers will be able to take their participation a step further by submitting ideas for items, relics, characters, and matches that will appear in the story.
WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP
ONE SHOT currently has all of the basic materials we need to run this game except for time. Our studio is equipped with all the technology we need to give you the best view for the weird and wonderful world of The Dungeon Dome. The one thing I don’t have is time. With a full time day job, I can’t manage The Dungeon Dome in addition my other responsibilities at ONE SHOT.
So, in order to produce this ambitious game, the majority of the money raised by this Kickstarter will provide me with the income I need to leave my day job for good. The rest pays performers, crew, and provides us with a modest budget for props.
$1+ Tailgate Crew
James will thank you in a special podcast episode where he thanks everyone who supported The Dungeon Dome.
$10 Lower Circuits
You will get a copy of The Dungeon Dome PDF with all of the fan-created content after Season 1 has aired. This means you'll get stats for crits, fails, items, traps, monsters, and matches that you'll see on Dungeon Dome broadcasts.
$25 Roaring Crowd
Everyone in the live audience will be able to interact with the story and change the fate of the fighters. Backers get the opportunity to go further. You’ll have the ability to send in ideas for critical hits and fails that get added to a pool that are randomly rolled or drawn in all broadcasts of The Dungeon Dome.
Submissions for critical hits and fails will be drawn randomly as we encounter critical hits and fails throughout the story of The Dungeon Dome. Because this is random, it means some submissions may not appear in the story. Submissions will be released digitally after the finale of Season 1 for all backers to use in their home games.
The majority of The Dungeon Dome will be broadcast live through Twitch. It will be a wonderful and interactive experience for everyone. However, the quality of streaming videos on Twitch is not perfect. To give our backers the highest quality experience we are making high quality VODs available exclusively to backers.
Roaring Crowd backers will also get access to podcast versions of every Dungeon Dome event. We’ll take the audio for every Dungeon Dome match and edit it to make sense as a purely audio experience.
$35 Front Row Seats
The story of The Dungeon Dome is larger than the stories that will be streamed for general audiences. The full story of the champions battling in the dome will be told through supplementary podcasts that will be released between the streams. Backing at this level gets you access to them.
$45 Honored Dead
In The Dungeon Dome fallen competitors who fell short of glory are given a second chance as animated skeletons. It’s a practice that is a bit macabre, and probably works best if you don’t think about it too hard.
If you back at this level you can join this bizarre tradition by providing a name for one of the skeletons that will appear Season 1 of The Dungeon Dome. Everyone who backs at this level will be able to name one skeleton that is guaranteed to make it into a match. We can’t guarantee how effective your skeleton will be, because that’s up to the dice!
If you want to have a greater hand in the chaos in The Dungeon Dome, backing at this level will allow you to submit items that can be found in chests hidden throughout the arena. These items can be helpful, like healing items, or harmful, like cursed weapons. It’s all up to you, if you back at this level.
Items will be randomly drawn, so we cannot guarantee a particular item will appear in a match. However, like the critical hits and fails, items will be sent out in a digital packets so other Dungeon Dome fans will be able to appreciate your clever work.
$100 Deadly Traps
The Dungeon Dome is more than a patch of grass where blood is spilled. It’s a diabolical contraption built to challenge the wisest and bravest heroes. Part of that is the creative and diabolical traps hidden in every match.
At this level you can be a part of Dungeon Dome history by creating one of the traps that will appear in Season 1. This level is limited to try and insure every trap will be used, but it is up to players to trip them. No matter what, every backer generated trap will be immortalized the digital packet sent out to Dungeon Dome backers.
$150 Dandelion Club
The monsters of The Dungeon Dome, like the champions, are willing combatants. The arena has a cast of popular and powerful monsters like Dandelion the bone devouring lich horse. Backers at this level will work personally with James to create unique monsters who will challenge Dungeon Dome champions over the course of Season 1. Monsters created for this level are guaranteed to appear in a Dungeon Dome event.
$250 Box Seat Sponsor
Fans have been beating down the doors to see sponsors and care packages similar to the Hunger Games appear in The Dungeon Dome. Backers at this level will work with James to create an NPC or business that will affect the world by sponsoring fighter, monsters and events. Any characters created at this level are guaranteed.
$400 Corporate Sponsor
Like any other sporting association, The Dungeon Dome depends on the support of advertisers to mitigate costs. You can take advantage of this by becoming a real world sponsor of The Dungeon Dome. If you back at this level your logo will be hung on the dome set, a single match will have your logo displayed on screen, and we will produce a commercial with Dungeon Dome characters endorsing your product.
Sponsorship spots also come with a pre-roll ad on the ONE SHOT Podcast which costs $160 on its own.
$500 Dungeon Masters
The Dungeon Dome thrives on creativity and guile. Most of the matches we see are devised by the wizard Kazoodle, commissioner and commentator for The Dungeon Dome. However, occasionally guest dungeon masters are invited to spice things up.
Backers at this level will personally work with James to create a match guaranteed to appear during Season 1. It’s a great opportunity for ambitious dungeon masters with something to prove to show off their stuff.
$1000 A New Challenger Approaches
You and a friend will make characters and fight in a Dungeon Dome Exhibition match against a Team of your choice. If you are willing to travel to Chicago this match can be in person, otherwise it will be held online.
Depending on how many times people retweet this tweet, we'll release the following rewards:
100-I will film myself giving my dog Ollie a treat for being a good boy. -COMPLETE
200- Compass Cats lineart shirt -COMPLETE
250- Compass Cats promo
300- We’ll release the character art for our new team: The Ladies Disdain
400- We’ll release The Ladies Disdain team shirt design early.
Facebook Post Shares
Depending on how many shares this Facebook post gets, we'll release the following rewards:
50- I will film myself telling my dog Ollie that he is a good boy. -COMPLETE
100- Unlocks a Compass Cats logo shirt
150- Starlight surprise promo
300- We’ll reveal Character art for our new competitors: The Nothing
400- We’ll release The Nothing team shirt design early.
The Team with the most people tweeting their hashtag with #DungeonDome will get a new team shirt before the End of Season 1. Hitting the top spot on r/rpg I will film giving myself giving Oliver a treat. 1000 Backers We will reveal the poster for Season 1.
Post video or audio of yourself announcing your favorite Dungeon Dome Team or single Champion to social media along with a link to the Kickstarter. Once its posted, email a link to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We’re looking for entries as over the top and silly as possible. The winner will get to decide on a new shirt design for the ONE SHOT store.
$19,000 Tipping the 1s and 2s The stream operators like Pat and Mel work hard to insure you have the best view of the action. If we hit 19k we can give them better compensation for that hard work.
$20,000 Better Sets We can afford more elaborate environments for the Dungeon Dome instead of using odd bits of cardboard and coins to represent abstract ideas.
$21,000 Glorious Gird The Dungeon Dome will be guaranteed to have an official championship belt!
We’ll be drawing on some of the most talented folks in the
improv and gaming community in Chicago.
Stephen Kropa and Mike Migdall as The Compass Cats
Atop the dark and rocky Cliffs of Armoire sits The Pale Moon Palace and the magnificent queen Felicia sits atop her throne. At her left and right hands are The Compass Cats, the greatest champions of Arimore. Percival the Unwavering who commands the Justice Legion to the East, and Small Benjamin who commands the the Suicide Squadron to the West. They fight for the glory of Arimore with the charisma and honor of warriors who are vampires and also cats. Did we forget to mention they are vampire cats?
You might know Mike Migdall and Stephen Kropa from their performances as Binbon and Jubna on the Campaign podcast. Mike Migdall is also a co-host of the NeoScum Podcast.
Kat Kuhl as Mega Starlight Surprise
In the final thrilling round of The Dungeon Dome Tag Team Championship a mysterious challenger entered the arena and battled Team Rocks Let just before they could claim their wish. Starlight is powerful, charismatic and brash. We don’t know much about Starlight, but we hope to see more of her in The Dungeon Dome.
Kat Kuhl is the host and GM of the Campaign Podcast, and co-designer of Noisy Person Cards.
Pat O’Rourke and Aram Vartian as Team Rocks Let
Team Rocks Let is the first dark elf team to qualify for The Dungeon Dome, and nearly won the tag team championship. Despite their amazing story, they were not audience favorites due to their cruelty in and outside The Dome. Jessi in particular was nearly the only character voted down to die in the Tag Team Championships. Their skill is tantamount to their cruelty. Even without the support of the audience, Team Rocks Let easily defeat their opponents advancing to the champion spot. The only competitor who gave them pause, was Starlight Surprise.
Aram Vartian is the creator, host, and GM of the Godsfall podcast. You’ll recognize Patrick O’Rourke from his multiple appearances on the ONE SHOT Podcast and as the GM of The Dungeon Rats Podcast.
Ali Barthwell and Liz Anderson as The Murder Small town heroes of the lower circuits, The Murder delighted fans by finally getting called up to The Dungeon Dome. Just the Miz is described by her fans and hype man Dandy Gorton as a hero and visionary. While this is debatable, their official stated reason for participating in Dungeon Dome events is to “construct a flying machine.” If they managed to pull that off, it would certainly change the world as we know it.
Ali Barthwell and Liz Anderson have been on multiple ONE SHOT series. Ali maintains a popular recap column for The Bachelor and Bachelorette on Vulture.
Drew Mierzejewski and Bill as The Nothing
Benjin Direweir and Claw’dshare the most recent fighters sponsored by Asmodeus Lord of the Abyss and Prince of hell. Hellborn fighters typically do well in The Dungeon Dome, but they burn out quickly. Many do not last longer than a season. The Nothing has entered the Dome with the dramatic flair we’ve come to expect from hellion fighters. Whether they will suffer the fate of their predecessors, remains to be seen.
Drew is an actor, gamewright, and game master for Warda on the ONE SHOT Twitch stream. Bill is also an actor who can be found in local productions around Chicago.
Aly Grauer and Kate Booth as The Ladies Disdain
From the dark and fey ruled wilds of The Incredibly Dangerous Forest, comes the shining nobility of The Ladies Disdain. Bealan and her partner Galatea combine ferocity and style, commanding a rabid fanbase outside The Dungeon Dome. Unshakable in all of their other exploits, it will be interesting to see how they stack up against some of the greatest fighters in New Celia.
Aly is an author, gamewright, and actress. You can find her first novel The Isle of Sound and Wonder on Amazon and select retailers. Kate is an actress, fight choreographer, and RPG enthusiast.
Risks and challenges
This is probably the lowest risk Kickstarter I'll ever run. The bulk of the money is going to pay me for the logistic challenge of managing this project. The rest is paying performers and technicians who will help bring the Dungeon Dome to life. ONE SHOT already has the equipment and space needed to do this. Once we get our funding we just need to play things out, and production will begin right away.
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