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An original fantasy roleplaying game that introduces 2d20 combat, open-ended character creation, and for the first time ever: Primordial Magic!
An original fantasy roleplaying game that introduces 2d20 combat, open-ended character creation, and for the first time ever: Primordial Magic!
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DRAGONHEIM, A Classic Fantasy Roleplaying Game

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Hello, I am Varon Cook, the creator of Dragonheim.

We are seeking $300 for the completion of layout and artwork to be included in the finished PDF.

The Origins of Dragonheim: Dragonheim is the culmination of over twenty years of fantasy roleplaying lore. It has traveled with me through D&D, AD&D 2nd Edition, Pathfinder, and now for the very first time, Dragonheim is spreading its wings and embarking on a journey of discovery all its own.

The System: There are many things that are unique about the Dragonheim roleplaying game. Character creation is completely open-ended. Everything about your adventurer, from the weapons they wield to the spells they weave, is entirely up to you.

Game play is balanced but versatile. Combat utilizes two 20-sided dice, which can be used in a number of ways beyond the standard "I want to attack Orc X" meme. This serves to introduce an unparalleled level of customization and strategy in the way that players approach combat.

The Fractional Armor System (FAS) allows PCs and NPCs to fortify themselves against specific attacks. For example, if a hero wants to adjust his armor in order to shore up his defenses against backstab attacks, FAS makes this possible. Also, some enemies have multiple critical points. By discovering and exploiting these points, players can lower an enemy's armor rating, inflict additional damage, or disable corresponding special abilities. And because there is very little number crunching involved, combat is quick and seamless.

Metagame Skill Feats add an  element of variety to Dragonheim's traditional dice-play. By calling upon a Skill Feat, players can overcome otherwise impossible Difficulty Ratings without resorting to yet another +2 skill bonus. Need to pick an impossible lock? There's a feat for that! Want to cast a spell far beyond your ken? There's a feat for that, too!

Check the Updates section for further details.

The Mythology: Dragonheim is rooted in the collective mythology of humankind. The Eddarhine is the heart of the world as far as the race of man is concerned, but beyond the frozen shores of the inland sea a vast world is waiting to be explored.

From the deserts of Istara, to the peaks of Nibelheim, I have poured every ounce of fantasy lore that I've invented over the past twenty years into the world of Kor. Dragonheim will always be the definitive setting for every work of fantasy I produce for the rest of my life. Welcome. Our journey has just begun!

The Artist: The incredibly talented Gilberto Borba is creating the artwork of Dragonhiem. Gil's work features a fascinating level of detail and beauty that has come to embody the art of Kor.

Why you should back: We're starting small and allowing you to take this project to whatever level you wish. Ultimately, I want to see the PDF  fully illustrated. $300 will allow me to do that. The question now is what would you like to see? A softcover edition, enhanced full-color layout, your character featured as a part of the Dragonheim lore -- it's all up for grabs, if you so desire it.

Reward Tiers:

Please note that there are two sets of stretch goals for this project. The first is for those who back at the $35 level or below. Meeting these goals will allow us to improve the quality of the PDF, and will allow us to make additional game materials available.

The second set of stretch goals apply to those who back at the $50 level or above.

Add On Rewards:

Dragonheim softcover edition - add $25 (available to backers who have pledged at least $10). International backers, please include an additional $15 for shipping (international shipping included for those backing at the Dragon's Wergild level, or above).

Additional Softcover - add $20 (available to backers who have pledged at least $10).

Stretch Goals: Reaching these goals will allow us to improve the core book and offer additional resources and materials for purchase.

  • (Unlocked) - FUNDED
  • (Unlocked) - Improved Layout
  • (Unlocked) - Enhanced PDF
  • (Unlocked) - Additional Art
  • (Unlocked) - Expanded Content - The Runewold
  • (Unlocked) - Expanded Content - Nibelheim
  • (Unlocked) -  Expanded Content - Istara
  • (Unlocked) -  Print edition character sheets available
  • (Unlocked) - Softcover edition available
  • (Unlocked) - Dice bags made available
  • $3000 - Hardback editions made available


The Dragon's Wergild: These stretch goal rewards are reserved for those who back at the $50 level or above.

  • (Unlocked) - Designer's notes / concept art PDF
  • (Unlocked) - Gift a friend with the "Hero of Dragonheim"
  • (Unlocked) Gift a friend with the "Dragon Slayer" reward tier
  • (Unlocked) Take part in an online play session
  • (Unlocked) Invite a friend to join the online play session
  • (Unlocked) Gift a friend with the "Lord of the Eddarhine"
  • (Unlocked) Receive a print edition character sheet booklet
  • (Unlocked) Receive a Dragonheim softcover edition
  • (Unlocked) - Receive a Dragonheim dice bag
  • $3000 - Upgrade to Dragonheim hardback edition

Print editions will be signed and personalized upon request

All backers will receive high resolution desktop backgrounds delivered to their inbox as soon as the funding period ends.

Dragonheim is kicking it forward! First back the project, and then visit http://kickingitforward.org for more information.

Risks and challenges

Gilberto and I are committed to completing this project. We work well together, we're fast, and we enjoy our work. I don't foresee any risks or challenges in putting together a quality PDF.

As we move to higher Reward tiers, I predict there could be a delay of up to one year for certain rewards, but this will not affect the production of the PDF.

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    Hero of Dragonheim - Your name will be included in the Hall of Heroes at the front of the book. You will live forever in song and legend.

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    Dragon Slayer - A PDF copy of the Dragonheim core book delivered to your inbox (+ you receive the Hero of Dragonheim reward tier). Also, a quote that you submit will become a part of Dragonheim lore.

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    Blessings of the Norn - A character in your likeness (or based on a description you provide) will be featured as an NPC in the finished PDF. You will be given a character creation packet with which to fully detail your NPC character. Along with being featured in the Hall of Heroes, your name will be included in the production credits under "Additional Character Design" (+ you receive the Hero of Dragonheim and Dragon Slayer reward tiers).

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    Lord of the Eddarhine - You will receive more frequent project updates and will be able to give feedback and help determine the direction the PDF is taking. You'll receive bi-weekly play test packets, and can submit anything as often as you like, from NPCs you'd like to see in the game, relics, places of interest, monsters, gods -- the sky's the limit! You'll also be given appropriate production credits for any content you submit which is included in the game (+ you receive the Hero of Dragonheim, Dragon Slayer, and Blessings of the Norn reward tiers).

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    NEW! - Thanks to the generous pledges of our backers, we have unlocked the Dragonheim softcover reward! Anyone who backs at this level will receive a softcover edition of Dragonheim (+ Hero of Dragonheim, and Dragon Slayer reward tiers).

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    The Dragon's Wergild - Thanks for pushing our project even closer to its next Stretch Goal! To show our appreciation, for each Wergild stretch goal reached beyond the $300 level, you will receive an additional reward. The higher our funding level goes, the better the Wergild reward you'll receive! (+ you receive the Hero of Dragonheim, Dragon Slayer, Blessings of the Norn, and Lord of the Eddarhine reward tiers).

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    Softcover, International Shipping: This option is for those living outside the US who want a copy of the softcover edition (+ Hero of Dragonheim, and Dragon Slayer reward tiers).

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    The Dragon's Wergild (2nd Raid)- Thanks for pushing our project even closer to its next Stretch Goal! To show our appreciation, for each Wergild stretch goal reached beyond the $300 level, you will receive an additional reward. The higher our funding level goes, the better the Wergild reward you'll receive! (+ you receive the Hero of Dragonheim, Dragon Slayer, Blessings of the Norn, and Lord of the Eddarhine reward tiers).

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    The Trove of Nibelheim - You will receive a PDF copy of every Dragonheim product to be made from now until the day of Ragnarok! Every update, every new edition, no matter how large or small, will be yours at no additional cost (+ you receive the Hero of Dragonheim, Dragon Slayer, Blessings of the Norn, Lord of the Eddarhine, and Dragon's Wergild reward tiers). Yep, you get it all!

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    Scion of Kor - What could possibly be bigger and better than every reward tier? How about an advertisement for your game, app, comic shop, bookstore, website, or Kickstarter project which will be featured in the PDF, on our Facebook page, and prominently displayed on our website and at our convention booths. Thank you! By pledging at this level you have gone above and beyond to make this project a reality, which earns you major respect from me and the entire Kickstarter community. I'll kick it forward to the project of your choice, and will encourage others to do the same! (+ you receive all of the rewards listed above).

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