SideQuests are a collection of short adventures designed for Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons. These one-shot style campaigns are designed to be compelling standalone stories that can be implemented, played through, and completed in just a few sessions. Whether you're using them as a filler adventure between major story arcs, as a continuation of your own adventures, or just because you forgot to plan the session last Wednesday... SideQuests are an invaluable tool for any Dungeon Master!
Each campaign will come with a variety of Campaign Customization features, Adventure Hooks, and Epilogues — so you can naturally ease your players in and out of each and every quest. There will even be options to further include Settings and NPCs in your own campaign once you've completed the adventure. SideQuests are designed to work in tandem with your own campaigns, so you can easily substitute anything within the modules for your own original content. Each module also comes with a variety of role-playing, puzzle, looting, and combat scenarios, so players will enjoy them no matter what they personally value in a roleplaying adventure.
Every campaign module comes as a full-colour, beautifully designed PDF, as well as a more minimal print version: So you can either print it off, or run them digitally straight off of your laptop or tablet!
As a graphic designer and freelance character artist, one of my biggest aims with SideQuests is to make a collection of digital publications that look every bit as legitimate as all of the gorgeous gaming books that line our shelves. Every SideQuest document has been designed down to the last detail, maps are hand-drawn and digitally inked, and NPC portraits will consist of stylish digital paintings.
Portrait of Ruin is a gothic horror meets who-done-it style mansion mystery. It was designed for second level players, but can easily be adapted to suit players of any level. Portrait of Ruin tells the story of the disappearance of the wife of arcane painter named Augustine Faust. Faust, a progressive in combining traditional paints with unparalleled spellcraft, has seemingly locked himself in his massive estate, leaving the townsfolk to ponder the fates of Augustine and Eleanor Faust. This SideQuest is predominately centred around exploring Faust’s ominous mansion, solving the puzzles and mysteries therein - with something sinister stalking the players every step of the way...
Mausoleum Madness is centred around an ancient druidic temple, buried with time into the wilderness. The legends tell of untold riches and magical artifacts within - but no explorers have ever lived to tell the tales. In this adventure, players will have to find the entranceway to the legendary ruin - but that will be the least of their worries. Once inside, players will have to use everything at their disposal to solve riddles, avoid lethal traps, and fend off crazed cultists that worship something far below the earth...
You've been captured! The players have been outsmarted by a local crime lord [or, Insert Your Bad Guy Here], and have been jailed indefinitely. Their gear? Gone. The reason? You decide (or, in a pinch, pick from the Heinous Crimes d10 Table). Players will have to use all of their cunning, stealth, and resourcefulness to break out of the Geldeth Stronghold... before it's too late!
The Kobolds have grown strong - surely strong enough to overthrow the local abbey that they've been eyeing! This SideQuest begins as word has spread about the Kobold army that is planning to lay siege and take control of a humble monastery. The only thing that stands in the Kobolds' way is, of course, your group of brave adventurers. This is a perfect introductory campaign to the world of D&D; it is designed to give your first-level players their first taste of combat and dungeon-crawling!
But wait! There's more!
Update: All of the Stretch Goals for SideQuests have been met!
Since we've passed every Stretch Goal in the campaign, everyone who pledges $25 will be eligible for all five SideQuest Modules, as well as the NPC and Monster Index! Thank you for all the support!
$1500: Funded! (Unlocked!)
At $1500, SideQuests is fully funded! Thanks for the support!
$2000: Extra Artwork! (Unlocked!)
The modules in SideQuest already look fantastic, but hitting this stretch goal would allow the time and funding for added original art for each module!
$2500: NPC & Monster Index! (Unlocked)
SideQuests modules all include various NPCs and enemies: If this stretch goal is hit, I will be releasing a separate, fully-illustrated PDF of all of the NPCs and enemies found in the modules for your reference. Anyone in the Adventurer tier will get this awesome perk!
$3000: Bonus Quest! (Unlocked!)
Since we've hit the final Stretch Goal, everyone that backed the ADVENTURER, QUEST-GOER, and HERO Tiers will receive a fifth SideQuest module called Escape From The Neverwoods! There are stirrings of an enchanted forest, rich with ancient fey treasures. The problem is, once adventurers set foot in the woods, they are never heard from again...
Will your players be able to escape the forest, or will they be trapped there forever?
Upon the successful funding of this campaign at the end of June, all of the SideQuest Modules and the NPC and Monster Index will be delivered electronically mid-July 2017. Until then, feel free to share this campaign with fellow tabletop gamers and people interested in supporting independent RPG supplements!
Thank you for your support!
Disclaimer: SideQuests is not associated with Wizards of the Coast LLC. SideQuests is intended for use with existing products for the Fifth Edition of the World's Greatest Roleplaying Game.
Risks and challenges
The risks and challenges for this project are virtually nonexistent. Each SideQuest adventure is already written and currently in the final stages of the design process. SideQuest modules will be delivered digitally, making distribution a non-factor.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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