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One Shot WonderlandBy One Shot Wonderland
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One Shot WonderlandBy One Shot Wonderland
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, June 15 2019 11:06 AM UTC +00:00.

About

Adapted from a campaign play-tested for 100+ hours over multiple iterations, Arabian Fights is a modular sandbox (hah!) written for players who want something a little different. Presently, Arabian Fights is a PDF nearing 100 pages and expected to be that size at print.

Your players have just survived a terrible crash in the middle of a mysterious desert. Stripped of belongings and points of reference, they see one distant spot against the horizon—with miles of glowing desert dunes in the way. What begins as a mad dash for survival quickly becomes something much more... Will they choose to save their own skin and escape at the earliest opportunity? Or will they leave their mark and unbalance a terrible, ancient rivalry of unparalleled magnitude? 

Here's the skinny

This is a game of making hard decisions and exploring vast wilderness. Even the choice of travel time comes with difficult repercussions. But with smart thinking and cooperation, the supernatural desert will unveil its treasures—and resultant alliances will fundamentally change not just the party's resources, but the very nature of the region itself.

I want this project funded because

It's my dream to see this campaign in hardcover format. In the meantime, I'd also like to raise funds to commission and appropriately pay a few fantasy artists to supply imagery for the interior—a few kobolds, some magical items and oh yeah a freaking lich would be great.

And here's how I designed it

Arabian Fights was originally built to satiate a table of players asking for magical loot, interesting combat encounters, fascinating lore, and interesting puzzles. As a result, this campaign handles a little of everything:

  • A system of low-level magical item discovery, tweaked for easy DM discretion
  • Five thematic puzzle temples scattered across the supernatural desert
  • Monsters familiar and unseen, divided into daytime predators and moonlight wights 
  • Distinctive NPCS & cultures—occasionally funny, occasionally dramatic, always flavoured
  • An ever-expanding main quest bolstered by lore—or easily ignored

You can expect the interior to look something like

Page two, illustrating the ambition behind this campaign.
Page two, illustrating the ambition behind this campaign.
An example of a campaign temple, featuring a boss encounter.
An example of a campaign temple, featuring a boss encounter.
An example of one of the many roleplay opportunities available to the party.
An example of one of the many roleplay opportunities available to the party.
One of the widespread desert villages. This one is particularly brutal... I wonder why?
One of the widespread desert villages. This one is particularly brutal... I wonder why?

Risks and challenges

The vast majority of the work is already done, as I've hosted this campaign myself from start to finish. Furthermore, I'm partnering with a US hardcover book supplier that provides premium colour on delicious 70lb white paper—and we've already discussed manufacturing and shipping costs. That's the physical side of things. As for digital, I could probably have these things out by a week past the funding period.

I need two months to commission artists, finalize the work, fine tune the available lore, and play-test the additional content. With the availability of resources at hand and my volunteer sacrifices (I mean, players), I handily expect August 2019 to be an easily-achievable shipping date for the final product.

I believe in open communication and will be providing quality updates as the stages progress this summer.

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    Wow! You'll receive the entire Arabian Fights (Digital PDF) setting and included campaign, presented in both that pretty FULL COLOUR and DM-happy PRINT-FRIENDLY versions. Heck, I might even help you come up with an inventive way to punish your problem bard.

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    Oh jeez! This tier snags you the complete Arabian Fights (in stunning HARDCOVER!) setting plus campaign. When wielded by hand, this hardcover is capable of inflicting 1d4 improvised damage (blugeoning) plus your strength modifier. But if you want to get really wacky, add a four-foot length of chain and start swinging overhead. "Kobolds hate this one trick!"

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    Wowzers. You really like what you see, huh? At this tier, you marvelous creature, you're gonna get the Arabian Fights (HARDCOVER + PDF) setting plus the whole dang campaign. The whole bloody package.

    PDF will come in both full colour and printer-friendly versions! Hardcover may or may not be flown via worldwide carrier griffin. Please do not set out cookies or milk for the griffin. We keep having the talk with him.

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    Desert Defender

    Hot damn! Arabian Fights (HARDBACK + PDF) complete setting plus campaign and bonus materials! PDF comes with FULL COLOUR + PRINT-FRIENDLY versions. This very special hardcover will also be personally signed to backers and individually numbered in a limited, single press!

    You will also receive a special, this-tier-only PDF to the same quality of the main material, including the following neat bonuses:
    • 5+ Exclusive exploration side-quests
    • 10+ Exclusive, fully-fleshed out NPCs
    • 10+ Exclusive magical items
    • 15+ Exclusive new pages of content

    (Bonus PDF is guaranteed September 2019, but EVERYTHING ELSE is on usual release.)

    Furthermore, backers from this tier will be entered into a drawing to submit a character of their own design, written into the main campaign as a quest-giver (or for a wacky cameo, if that's what they prefer instead!) At least five winners will be chosen, and I will check with them to personally ensure that their characters are properly represented.

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